Thursday, 30 October 2014

... last minute Halloween freebies and ideas

Folks I'm sure you are all knee deep in pumpkin guts right about now - and have all your gift packs all made up, labelled and ready to go, but, If like me, you are still scrabbling with trying to set up your party and make cards you can get more Halloween Inspiration here on our Pinterest Board (the Vampire blood bottle was a project from the Wanda's Pantry release)

And on the off chance that you are in need of any practical help with your last minute prep here are some freebies:
 Downloadable printable Bat Poop poem, click here to go to the store where you can download it:
This works great with purple or green millions, chocolate covered raisins, or even just plain raisins if your cupboard is depleted like mine...

For super fast treat containers, you might like these twist pouches, click here:

And these open sweetie pouches, great for the table, click here to go to the store and get the free template:

And this fun Warty Witch - click here - be sure to leave one end of her unglued so you can add sweeties!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

...New Stamps and dies for October!

Good evening and welcome to the October 2014 New Product Release at Waltzingmouse Stamps! A great big Welcome to all of our friends and to the new folks joining us for the first time - Hello, we hope you find something different here!
I want to make sure that everyone knows all the important bits so here are a few points of interest:

We offer Free shipping on orders over £60GBP to anywhere. Yep, anywhere.

We now run a Loyalty scheme and folks can gather points each time they order, points turn into discounts so it's worth joining if you have not already, for full details click here. Even if you have not shopped with us in a while, you may already have some points gathered up - we were able to backdate the scheme as far as 1 November 2012!

We have a super Freebie for this release - The first 50 orders over £70GBP placed after the new release goes live will receive a £5GBP gift code for the store. The gift codes will be sent out during the week after the release.

We are running a Pin it Competition for this release - we want you to Pin your favourite samples created by the WMS Design Team or myself for this release to your own Pinterest boards. You can pin samples from any of the 3 preview days on any of the DT blogs or from today's blog hop. Use this hashtag #waltzingmouse, then come back and leave us a link to the pin in the comments on this post. For each project you Pin just leave a separate comment.

 Since we have already been running our sharing giveaways in the 3 days leading up to release, many of you will already have pinned - you can go ahead and use those pins and just leave a comment here to enter this competition also, but we would take it as a great favour if you would care to pin something new from today's release blog hop and leave a comment on that! Thank you!

For those of you who don't have Pinterest, just leave a little comment telling us what your favourites are. One random winner will be chosen just before midnight (GMT) on the 30th October. The winner will receive a lovely £30GBP store code!

Design Team Blog Hop

While we are waiting for the store to open you might like to visit our Design Team to see their creations for the traditional release day hop:

New goodies for October

and here they are!

Flurries clear photopolymer stamp set - size 6x4

Jolly Old Elf clear photopolymer stamp set - size 6x8

Jolly Old Elf Cut Files digital download product represented by red lines in this graphic - for use with electronic cutter.

 Elf Made clear photopolymer stamp set - size 6x4

Elf Made Cut files digital download product represented by red lines in this graphic - for use with electronic cutter.

Pretty panels One die set - one piece

Pretty Panels Two die set - one piece

Hope it tickles, don't forget to enter our Pin it competition - scroll back up for details!

...our giveaway winners!

We ran 3 giveaways during the new release previews, here are the winners:

Suezie who said... 
Lovin the simplicity Claire! wins a set of Flurries stamps
Fay Marie who said... This elf is a cutie!! I will be sharing with my stamp club through email. wins a set of Jolly Old Elf stamps
Susan who said... "I've pinned all three of your cards. Can't wait to see the full reveal tomorrow!" wins a set of Elf Made stamps

Congratulations ladies! If you can pop us an email on - OR if you are placing an order just pop a note on the order and we will get your goodies out to you!

Thank you to everyone who shared, pinned, tweeted and generally helped spread the word!

Monday, 27 October 2014

...Elf Made stamps and a final giveaway!

Good evening folks! are you liking the previews? I am, I love Christmas! Today the DT ladies are previewing our third set of this release - 'Elf made' - It's a cracking 6x8 set featuring two cute elves and various other bits and bobs designed to elvify your gift giving and cardmaking for this coming Christmas Season.

The card above was made by Jeanne, it features the boy elf stamp from the new Elf Made set - and also a couple of sentiments from that set - it's a cute set and is ideal for folks who like to do a little colouring, or paper piecing. I have pinched it to head up my blog post as I'm still busy with the Jolly old Elf... samples below...

The DT ladies previewing the Elf Made set today are listed, but here is the link to the DT blog - you can see them all in one go by clicking here.

Becca Feeken
Jeanne Jachna
Julia Aston
Karin Akesdotter
Laurie Schmidlin
Sandie Dunne
Tosha Leyendekker 


For this release I'm doing a giveaway for each set we have previewed, so, as with the previous two posts, we want you to share, pin, tweet all of your favourite samples of 'Elf Made'. Don't forget to come back here and leave a comment on this post - telling us how you have shared. A winner will be drawn from the comments tomorrow evening at about 6:30pm my time, just before the release goes live at 7:00pm.

We will have 3 winners in total, one each from the Flurries Post, the Jolly Old Elf Post and this Elf Made post. You can still enter these if you have not done so yet!

Ok, well I'm not quite finished with my Jolly Old Elves and so I have a few samples for you now that use that set,

The Jolly Old Elf set has a good many little accessory stamps in it - like this list stamp - I trimmed it out neat and just inserted it into a little slit I made at his left glove, it looks like he has been checking the list! The Santa Elf was stamped with just two stamps - the Santa figure and the hat. I stamped these onto a Santa shaped cut out that I created with the Cameo - Cut files will be available for this set, there were simply way too many options to do a die set for. I flocked his beard, and his hat band, and the wee pom pom at the tip of his hat. I took a black pencil and just filled in some black over his boots and belt, I'm just noticing I forgot to colour this tiny bit inside his

Finally this morning, my little Pretty panels dies came and on this card I have used Pretty Panel #2. The pretty panel dies work in the same way that the Picot panel die did - they are self matting. I love this feature - I always think a panel is a little naked without a mat and this type of die answers that perfectly.

The neat thing about figure stamps is that you can find so many more uses for them than some other types of stamps - here I have made up a Santa using 3 component stamps - the boots are one stamp (stamped in black), the legs, striped pantaloons and gloves are another stamp (stamped in green) and the waistcoat, sleeves and face are another stamp (stamped in red). I love how this looks like Santa in his civvies, it's like he is relaxing at home after the big event. I stamped him onto a cut-out that I made on the Cameo - I cut two of them and put a horizontal crease in one of them, I folded the feet backwards and glued the top half to the reverse of the stamped image, this makes the figure stand up.

By punching a tiny hole at his mitten and inserting a cocktail stick, you can have him wave a little flag - in this case I'm using him as a place card with my name on the flag.

I did the same thing with a full Santa image, except this time I just made a tiny slit at the bottom of each mitten so that I could slot in a little banner with a name on it. I just cut a thin strip of pattern paper and rolled the edges. There will be little banners in the Cut files that co-ordinate with this set if you fancy doing the same. I brushed around the edges with glue and added a little glitter, this is something that will take moments to make, even for a dozen or more guests. Below is the back view so you can see how he stands.

I just had to try out my Pretty Panels #1 die also, it's also self matting, and has a dainty little pin prick detail around the edge, here I made the main panel in cream and matted it with some glitter card. The accessory stamps in Jolly Old Elf are great fun and are perfect for mini cards in their own right. I've used the boots stamp and added a jingle bell to the toe of each. I mounted it on some patterned paper that's been lurking forever.

Hope it tickles!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

... Jolly Old Elf and another giveaway

'Evening folks and welcome to the second day of previews of our October release! - thank you all so much for sharing our last night's samples - I very much appreciate you all helping us get the word out. If you have just joined us we are running a little giveaway comp on this blog post. There's still time to enter - all of the giveaway winners will be drawn about a half hour before the release goes live on Tuesday 28th (two more sleeps!).

Tonight's Giveaway

I'm going to do the same for tonight's set - it's called 'Jolly Old Elf' and it is a new 6x8 set that will be releasing on Tuesday also. Let's share, share, share - post or pin your facourite samples of this set anywhere you 'hang out', Facebook, Pinterest, Twitterland, wherever you know of folks who might be interested in seeing these! Don't forget to come back and comment on this post tell us how you shared - the winner of this comp will be drawn on Tuesday and will win one set of Jolly Old Elf stamps.

The Design Team gals also previewing with me today are listed below and don't forget you can also see all of their fabby samples in one place here on the DT Inspiration blog.

Becca Feeken
Jeanne Jachna
Julia Aston
Karin Akesdotter
Laurie Schmidlin
Sandie Dunne
Tosha Leyendekker

OK, remember back when you first started stamping - what was it that hooked you? For me it was the moment I lifted the stamp away from the cardstock, leaving that lovely sharp, clean image behind - the fact that I could do that over and over again nearly blew my little mind - they do say little amuses the innocent lol. I love that. I love stamping. Stamping is my favourite!

The first set I drew - do you remember - it was the gingerbreads - I was, and still am in love with sets. Sets of stamps that work together, sets of stamps that I can combine with different colours - I love the idea of getting unlimited variations using the same set - I love that I can still pick up the gingerbreads for example and create something entirely different to what I made with them last year, or the year before. I love timeless stamps. I love stamps that don't date quickly - I love sets that can be mixed with other sets. Did I ever tell you I love Christmas? All of that was in my head when I was drawing these Elves.

Jolly Old Elf - Santa - Elf...mmmmm This set contains a figure of a Jolly Old Elf, but he is not limited to being Santa, he could also be your favourite garden gnome... There are a whopping 36 stamps in this set. You can either stamp just one image or you can combine lots of stamps - I cannot wait to show you this set.

For my card this evening, I used the Elf figure with his satchel full of candy canes - from his eyes down - he is all one piece - so he is easily stamped. Lots of detail in this stamp - his little stitched bag, his quilted waistcoat, stripey pantaloons, right down to his little turnover boots - I love this! There are 3 different hats stamps in the set and I chose the 'relaxed Santa' hat with the mistletoe - there are also a traditional Santa hat and a cone shaped gnome hat stamp. I stamped him in green to tone with my patterned paper.

Do you like his wee flocky beard? A little glue and some white flock. I sooo want to know what you think of this guy! :) So hope he tickles!

I used the Picot Panel die to place my sentiment on - the USA DT ladies got their lovely new Pretty Panel dies and us Euro ladies are a little jealous - ours have not arrived yet...fingers crossed for tomorrow... :)