Saturday, December 5, 2009

Merry Christmas

Hello my friends! It's been a busy Saturday, with the usual chores and a rather feeble attempt at starting the Christmas decorating, but I couldn't let the day go by without popping in to announce that I, Lisa Hjulberg, lucky girl that I am, have been invited by the fabulous Claire Brennan to be part of her Design Team for Waltzingmouse Stamps!! I could not be happier!

I think I first "found" Claire through our mutual love of Papertrey Ink. I remember one of the first posts I read on her blog was a ghost story. Claire lives in bonny Ireland, land of fairies and magic, and I was immediately intrigued. I've read lots of books that take place in Ireland and am desperate to see it all for myself one day. So I get a vicarious taste of it through Claire's blog... not only from her unique and well-loved artwork, but also through her stories and pictures of Ireland.

I remember when Claire drew a "wee cottage" for a card. I was delighted because it was like something right out of one of those books I've read. When she decided to step out and start her own stamp company, I was thrilled! Her designs are truly special, and I love that most of them require no coloring. (While I love coloring images, it IS nice to do some solid stamping once in awhile, and certainly much quicker to a finished card.)

That "wee cottage" landed in one of her first sets, Irish Blessings.

My card features stamps from a very special Secret Stamp Set. You have to go to a special link and enter a password to see the full set... she's clever, our Claire!

You still have time to get some of her wonderful stamp sets in time for Christmas, but you must hurry... the Royal Mail is advising December 10th, but the sooner the better! Two new sets were just released yesterday...Very Vintage Labels #5 and Little Box Labels. Plus, there's a chance to win your entire order this weekend for free! For details, see Claire's blog post here. I can't wait until the Pony Express arrives at my door with Very Vintage Labels #5 so that I can sample it for you. I think it might be the most elegant of the Nestie labels sets yet!

The beautiful DP is from a digi paper pack designed by my dear friend Nina Brackett for GinaK Designs, called Simple Elegance. She just released two more wonderful digi papers, Lovely Shelf, to coordinate with her new stamp set of the same name. I'm printing those out next! You can see Lovely Shelf and all of the rest of Nina's stamp sets and digi papers at this link. My card base is GinaK's Pure Luxury Green Apple. I print my digi papers on SU's Whisper White because it's so lightweight.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you'll come back tomorrow for the latest Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge, and a few more things I have to share with you. Have a great evening!

20 comments:

Claire Brennan said...

Lisa, you just about blew me away with this - It STUNS!

Sharron said...

Lisa, what a wonderful card--so lovely! And congratulations on being added to the Waltzingmouse Design Team. I so enjoy your creations and look forward to seeing future Waltzingmouse projects.

Cindy Haffner said...

Pretty, pretty.

anya said...

Very pretty Lisa! I just love all the details. So glad to have you as a new member of the WMS DT! I'm looking forward to working with you!

Debbie Pamment said...

YAY Lisa - I'm gonna be one of your stalkers who can say "I knew you when..." LOL. You are just an AMAZING crafter and I'm soooo excited to see you grow and grow!!! I checked out Waltzingmouse thanx to you and have bookmarked a few sets for when I'm financial again post Christmas - LOL. LOVE them! Am going to LOVE watching you play with them too - even though I know you'll make my wishlist grow!!! You go girl!!!
HUGE hugs from across the miles
xXx

Danni said...

Congrats!! This is so striking! Wonderful job!

Marge said...

Your card is FABULOUS!!! Love it & the new sets (old ones too!) from Claire! Congrats on your DT position!!! Enjoy!!!

Lori said...

Spectacular! Your layers make it look like the image panel is recessed. Great color combo!

Jennifer Holmes said...

Hi, Lisa! This is a terrific card and I love the versatility of this stamp. What a special set this is! I'm delighted to be on the WMS design team with you and can't wait to see what other wonderful creations you come up with!

Bonnie said...

Congratulations Lisa!! I am so looking forward to working with you and Jennifer! This is such a great stamp company and Claire is the bestest ever!- but you already knew that- Love this beautiful card with that awesome secret set! Super!

peggysue said...

Congratulations to you! I could tell all along how much you love her stamps and designs. It will be a marvelous fit for you! And you are an amazing stamper with so much versatility (and productivity, I don't know how you manage to stamp so much!) I will look forward to seeing your creations for her line up.

Antje said...

Just one wonderful card! Love everything about it!

Alice Wertz said...

Congratulation, Lisa!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful card!

Annmaree (EmuUpAGumTree) said...

I love the wonderful colours and patterning of this card!

Heidi said...

Wow your card is amazing! Congrats on joing the Waltzingmouse DT!!

Julia Aston said...

Just lovely Lisa! The reds in the DP's highlight the green 'tree' (wink!) so well! The colors are all so rich on this!

Stamp and Smile said...

CON'GRATS LISA!! :) I'm so excited for you being a Design Team member for Waltzingmouse Stamps!! (Can you see my smile from Minnesota?)

This card you made is VERY beautiful and so rich looking!! And yes, that PERFECT ribbon thing going on... you have a gift with ribbon! SO excited and happy for you girl... ENJOY! :)

Belinda said...

Just lovely! :) The rich colors are great!

Helen said...

Very pretty card. That dp is awesome and I love your polka-dot bow!!! That tree is beautiful!
Blessings!
~H

Shesjetlagd said...

This card is absolutely beautiful - Love all the layers & patterns!