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Monday, 4 May 2015

...Springy thanks


Good afternoon - hope you are enjoying the May bank holiday! I'm footering with camera settings and lights, trying to get some decent pics of cards. Today's offering is a 5x5 inch card I made up using various bits and bobs.

I like to stamp. I've never had much of a budget for embellishments and so I don't have vast quantities of goodies that I can combine to create beautifully styled collections on the front of their cards - I admire folks who do this well, but I don't have a lot of time to browse - and it's not like Northern Ireland is brimming with craft stores... These days, even though I could probably get a load of stash from my wholesalers, I often find myself overwhelmed with choice and end up back where I started, making cards with little other than stamps.

The card began with me footering about with an odd little stamp from the Cameo Creations stamp set. I like creating patterns so that's usually where I start when I'm just playing around. This little stamp is a cross shape - made of leaves with a mini heart at the centre, it's just so pretty and can be used to make up lots of patterns. It's that wee stamp, 3rd down on the left hand side in the illo below.


I stamped a little lattice panel with is for the front of the card - I left a little empty space in the centre for my sentiment (from Fine Feathers stamp set), which I blind embossed with a pinked square die from Spellbinders. The pics below show how I stamped the panel again, this time for the inside of the card. I didn't fill the centre in as much for this interior panel - to leave room for writing.


The first time I did it, I eyeballed it, but a grid of dots placed at 3/4 inch apart will help you if you fancy having a go at this.

once I had a square, I stamped the little cross in each corner



Then I added a few flowers - I used a teeny tiny flower stamp from the now retired Earth Angel set, but I'll bet you have something similar lurking about. You can use any small stamp for this, a dot, a mini heart, whatever you have to hand.


This is the interior panel all finished.


The Mackintosh style flowers and leaves on the front of the card come from Simple Sprig. I die cut the shapes first and then stamped my flowers and berries in pinks (SU colours - Pretty in Pink and Melon Mambo) I inked up the leaves in pale green - Memento Pear Tart and then sort of smooched along the edges a bit with a darker green - Bamboo Leaves, I like how that turned out. I did a couple of sprigs in this way. Instead of using the simple sprigs as one piece I chopped off various sections of leaves and single leaves. then I added a little dimension to my leaves by rubbing them with an embossing tool until they went nice and curly - I've heard this called burnishing. It's best to do it on a foam pad, but if you don't have any foam a few layers of kitchen towel work also. I worked on the leaves from the revers to that they curved forwards, but I worked on the flowers from the front so they have a cupped appearance - I liked the contrast.



Hope it tickles and don't forget to scroll down for your invite to our PJ party - it's on the 14th!

Stuff I used (It looks like Pretty in Pink SU ink is no longer available, but any pale pink would do):



Saturday, 2 May 2015

...May PJ party - You're Invited


Folks, this is your invite to our next Pajama Party on the 14th of May. There are 4 challenges, listed below and you should make up your entries now and have them ready to post on the night of the 14th! Here's what's going to happen:

PJ Party Schedule
•The PJ party invitation post will go live on the Blog on the 1st of every month. The Invitation post will detail the challenges and the sketch. You will have 14 days to make your entries.
•The PJ party post and all challenge links will go live at 11:45pm on the 14th of the Month
• You can upload your entries for 24 hours after the Party post goes live. Links will close at 11:45pm on the 15th
•The PJ party winner will be announced just after 11.45pm on the 15th of the month.

Rules - a little housekeeping!
• You don't have to use Waltzingmouse Stamps to play along, but it will tickle us pink if you do!
• You can enter each challenge as many times as you like, using separate cards and separate links, but you cannot enter any one card in more than one challenge!
• Links should take folks directly to the blog post/spot where we can see/comment on your challenge entry.
• Please mention our PJ party and challenge on your blog or gallery post (- you are welcome to grab the PJ logo or sketch graphic and add those to your blog if you like)
 • You do not need to enter every challenge, but the more entries you have the better change of winning the prize!

Prizes
We will have one overall winner chosen at random from all challenge entries. The prize winner will receive £30GBP store credit for Waltzingmouse Stamps.

Now please note - this is important - if the winning entry uses Waltzingmouse brand stamps or dies the prize will be doubled and the winner will get £60GBP (approx $98USD)!

Please note that projects using only free WMS products will not be eligible for the double prize - though you could still qualify for the £30GBP!

OK - Here we go:

Challenge 1 - Man of the Moment 


Make a card for the significant man in your life - he doesn't have to be an adult... We are looking for masculine themed cards for any occasion. For some more masculine inspiration see these sets at the store: Man of the Hour, My Kind of Guy, Free Spirit Boy, Half pint Heroes,

When to make: Make your project now so that you can be ready to post it to your blog/gallery
on the night of the party.
How do I link it up?: On the night of the party, post your project to your blog/gallery and post a direct link to it into the inlinkz tool on the party blog post that will be here on the WMS blog. Links for this challenge will remain open for 24 hours, so you will still have time to play on the night!

Challenge 2 - Surprise Him

It's all about men this month, and we're getting ideas together for Father's Day, so we want you to make a masculine project that has some element of surprise about it - an exploding box card, a pocket card with a concealed message/gift, a moveable element. This cute card has a flying rocket! See details of this card here.



When to make: Make your project now so that you can be ready to post it to your blog/gallery
on the night of the party.
How do I link it up?: On the night of the party, post your project to your blog/gallery and post a direct link to it into the inlinkz tool on the party blog post that will be here on the WMS blog. Links for this challenge will remain open for 24 hours, so you will still have time to play on the night!

Challenge 3 - Old Pajamas 


Use one of your older Waltzingouse Stamps sets to create a project for this challenge! We'll be digging out our Man of the Hour, stamp sets for this one, and I used it on these projects above.

When to make: Make your project now so that you can be ready to post it to your blog/gallery
on the night of the party.
How do I link it up?: On the night of the party, post your project to your blog/gallery and post a direct link to it into the inlinkz tool on the party blog post that will be here on the WMS blog. Links for this challenge will remain open for 24 hours, so you will still have time to play on the night!

Challenge 4 - Bedtime Story sketch 

Here it is - Go ahead and create now so that your project will be ready to link up on the night of the party! This sketch features 3 co-ordinating tags with an all over stamped pattern and a smaller tag on top which carries the sentiment. We don't mind if you play around a bit with this - so long as the spirit of the sketch shows through!


 Hoping you can stop by to play along with us!


 

Thursday, 16 April 2015

...PJ Party Winner



Thank you all so much for playing along with our PJ party! I'm not finished leaving comments yet, but we have a winner! The random number generator chose the 4th challenge and then it chose entry no. 11 which was D. Ann C!

Huge Congratulations D. Ann - you win! ALSO - because your card uses WMS stamps your prize is doubled and you will get £60GBP (approx $98USD)! 

Please pop me an email on claire@waltzingmousestamps.com and I will 
organise your prize D. Ann!!

Well ladies I'm not finished just yet - I'm literally bursting at the seams with some HUGE news for WMS fans and since I can't spill just yet, I'm going to release a little of that good vibe by way of a £5 gift code for EVERYONE who entered this PJ party - I will need you to email me on claire@waltzingmousestamps.com put 'PJ PAL' in the subject line so I can find you fast - my inbox is awash - and I will reply with your gift code! 

I am just days away from the big announcement and I am so excited!!

I have a couple of special mentions below - I really enjoyed looking through all of the cards and you folks have done us proud, but there were a couple of entries that  stopped me in my tracks for one random reason or another -

Because I absolutely love frogs and this guy made me smile:

Because I just about fell off my seat when I saw this:

Because Nancy did something so cool with one of my alltime favourite sets

Because the chick is SPARKLY!! I LOVE the wee sparkly chick! click on the pic to make it bigger, it's the guy on the left.

Well that's it for tonight folks, I am so glad you could join us - we will resume our release pattern soon, soon as the big news is out!
Chat soon!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

...Welcome to our April PJ Party


Good Evening and welcome to our April PJ party - we are so glad to see you! We've been a little short of fun here at WMS lately - with so much going on behind the scenes, I've not had time to prep challenges or parties recently and my dear pal Jeanne Jachna has stepped in to create a little play time for us this evening, hat's off to Jeanne for some terrific challenges and to Jeanne and her partner in crime Cathy Weber for a super sketch! I'm making as we speak and look forward to adding my entries as I get them done!

Tonight's schedule looks a lot like this:

PJ Party Schedule:

The PJ party post and all challenge links will go live at 11:45pm tonight, the 14th April.
The PJ party winner will be announced at 11.45pm tomorrow night, the 15th April.

Rules - a little housekeeping!
• You don't have to use Waltzingmouse Stamps to play along, 
but it will make us especially happy if you do!

• You can enter each challenge as many times as you like, using separate cards and separate links, 
but you cannot enter any one card in more than one challenge!

• Links should take folks directly to the blog post/spot where we can see/
comment on your challenge entry.

• Please mention our PJ party and challenge on your blog or gallery post 
(you are welcome to grab the PJ logo or sketch graphic and add those to your blog if you like)

• You do not need to enter every challenge, but the more entries you have 
the better chance of winning the prize!

Prizes
We will have one overall winner chosen at random from the 4 challenges. The prize winner will receive £30GBP store credit for Waltzingmouse Stamps.

Now please note - this is important - if the winning entry prominently features Waltzingmouse brand stamps or dies the prize will be doubled and the winner will get £60GBP (approx $98USD)!

Please note that projects using only free WMS products will not be eligible for the double prize - though you could still qualify for the £30GBP!

Ready? Here are the links:

Challenge No. 1 - Shower with Gifts

Jeanne

Claire

Make a gift tag for a baby or wedding shower. 
Add your Challenge No. 1- Shower with Gifts Links here

Challenge No. 2 - Gift Card It

Tosha


 Jeanne

Make a wedding or baby shower card to get the new household started out on the right foot! A pocket card or place to tuck a little gift card would be just right!
Add your Challenge No. 2 - Gift card it Links here

Challenge No. 3 - Old Pajamas

Tosha

Make a project using any of your older Waltzingmouse Nestie Sets.
Add your Challenge No. 3 - Old Pajamas Links here
 


Challenge No. 4 - Bedtime Story Sketch

Jeanne

Add your Challenge No. 4 - Bedtime Story sketch 10 Links here