Sunday, 21 September 2014

...winner announced and our Big News!

LOL, that was a bit of fun and I loved reading your answers ladies, cheers for playing along. The winner was drawn at random from all the completely correct answers and was this comment:

shirley-bee said... I think it's a PayPal chip and pin machine for taking payment at shows and other out-and-about events. Come round to my house and I'll test it out for you ;) 

Shirley, pop me a note at with your choice of set and I will get it right out to you!

Shirley-bee was absolutely correct, it's a Paypal card reader - and we need it because Waltzingmouse Stamps is going to a craft show!

A while back I was contacted by one of the organisers of the Happy Stampers Festivals. It was the loveliest invite to anything that I ever received in my life! I absolutely could not say no, even though I have turned down many craft fairs in the past! Normally there is simply not enough hours in the day for me to even consider taking time out to prep for and attend a show - but somehow I forgot all about that and said I'd go!!

So on the Saturday 4th October, Waltzingmouse Stamps will be in attendance at the Happy Stampers Northwest Stamping Festival in Port Sunlight, Wirral, Liverpool!

I can't really believe it yet myself! lol.

Are any of you going? You can get more details from their website here. It's a ticket only event and I hear the tickets are already nearly sold out!

We've only ever done one fair venue before and I must admit to a little nervous excitement! I'd love to hear if you have any craft fair stories or tips to share, since we are really newbies at this!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

...Win a stamp set!

So, what is this, and why would we need one here at WMS? And you must be very specifically right.....Answers below please, I'll pop you in a draw for a free stamp set, will pick a winner Saturday night!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 of Connemara

Derryclare lough, Connemara, Ireland
Derryclare Lough, Connemara, Ireland
Good evening all, I have a few snaps for you -(if you click on them, they should get bigger) it's been a while since we had some pics of Ireland here on the blog, and that's mostly cos it's been a while since I've been traveling, but we did manage to scoot down to Connemara for a few days last month. I thought you might like to see these while I'm footering in the background with the blog - hoping to refresh it a little, so bear with me, things might be out of whack for a day or two!

Derryclare Lough, Connemara, Ireland
Derryclare Lough, Connemara, Ireland
 If I was a real photographer, I'd p'shop out those telegraph wires... I would love a good camera, but for my level of knowledge, the point and shoot does ok. I can wholeheartedly recommend the boat trip - the children go free and the onboard catering is yummy! Hot chocolate and apple pie while cruising in Ireland, doesn't get any better.

Donkey in Inagh Valley, Connemara, Ireland
Donkey in Inagh Valley, Connemara, Ireland

The Connemara Lady cruise boat, Killary Fjord, Ireland
View from The Connemara Lady cruise boat, Killary Fjord, Ireland
View from The Connemara Lady cruise boat, Killary Fjord, Ireland

Mist, Killary Fjord, Ireland
Mist coming down to the boat, Killary Fjord, Ireland

Mist, Killary Fjord, Ireland
More Mist!

...Our September 2014 PJ party Winner is...

Folks our grand prize Pajama Party winner is : Cassandra!
We used the random number selector to chose a winning entry and it came up with Casandra, the winning project was the 9th entry in challenge number 3 - and on this card Cassandra used WMS stamps and so she wins the double prize!!!

All of Cassandra's lovely entries are shown above.

Cassandra - pop us a line on and we will get your prize to you!

Ladies I want to thank you all for playing along with us, it was a great party and I will be revisiting you all over the next few days to pin,pin, pin! So many lovely ideas and beautiful creations!

Just as a wee, by-the-way, anyone who entered, pop me a comment here to let me know what you thought of it - we changed the routine a little from previous PJ parties and I felt it all went well and I loved how everything happens on the one timescale, so that we have a real finale to the party with the winner being announced - what did you think?

Sunday, 14 September 2014

...Welcome to the September Pajama Party!

Hello folks and welcome to our September Pajama Party! So glad you could make it - we have some fun challenges for you tonight and we hope you can play along. If you saw the Invite post you will be familiar with the challenges and you may even have you cards all ready to link up, but don't worry there is plenty of time to play if you are only just joining us - the links will remain open for 24 hours! (this post went live at 11:45pm - UK time on the 14th, so you have 24 hours from then!)

PJ Party Schedule:
The PJ party post and all challenge links are now live since 11:45pm on the 14th Sept - Folks have 24 hours to link up their challenge entries. - The PJ party winner will be announced at 11.45pm on the 15th Sept.

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 change of winning the prize!


We're changing up the format of the prizes a little - 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 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, now we have the challenges, we have a couple of samples to get you going:

Challenge 1. Doodle Do
Make a project using this technique - stamp an image or 
sentiment and then add some hand doodling!

ideas from the WMS DT - 

from Claire - If you click on the pic it will get bigger and you'll see where I doodled kisses and hugs, (x, o) all over the 'happy' sentiment, the happy cake and candles immediately made me think of the Eat Cake set, and so I pulled that out and stamped the solid cake, I did a little doodling on the cake also, I just used the cake decorating stamp for inspiration! A white gel pen really makes the doodles stand out!

from Julia - click on this pic to make it bigger and you will be able to see how Julia has coloured her leaves using a pen dotting technique - this is super effective and rally gives that rustly old leaf effect, genius Julia! The oak leaf image is from Peace and Plenty and the background was created with the Cabin Plaid Backgounder, this card

Link your  Challenge 1. Doodle Do entries here: 

Challenge 2. Too cute to Spook
Make a project featuring Halloween cuteness - we want to see sweet treats and dinky delectables for Halloween - the sort of thing you might rustle up for the wee folks.

ideas from the WMS DT - 

from Claire - I remember when we launched the folding tag dies, Karin popped a little sewing kit inside for her release sample, and I have been wanting to put things inside those tags ever since, I made a tiny pocket out of vellum and stitched it to the tag, the closing tab on the tag holds it closed even with a few Tic Tacs in there, these tags would be super attached to pencils or other stationery items for a class giveaway. A chalkboard Boo popped up on the front - since these could be class treats I thought chalkboard technique was the one to use!

 from Jeanne - Boo and friends paired with the Opera Tags Stamp set - super combination!

 from Julia - Boo and friends paired with the stitched tag die and Zig Zag 
backgrounder for a little zing.

Link your Too cute to Spook entries here: 

Challenge 3. Old Pajamas
Make a project using any of your older Waltzingmouse Christmas sets - For our samples, we have blown the dust off our Seasonal Flourish sets!

ideas from the WMS DT -
 from Jeanne - Bright Season stamps are a classic match for the Seasonal Flourish sentiments.

from Anya - I love how Anya matched the dainty cups from Afternoon Tea with 
her warm Wishes sentiment from Seasonal Flourish sentiments.

 from Julia - classic silver embossing on a blue ground, the crown is from Seasonal Remedies.

 from Tosha - does't that Vintage Christmas Backgrounder look smart in red with 
the black and white, super pepperminty candy fresh!

 from Lynn - stunning silver embossing on the Ornate Ornament stamp, and I think I spy Alpine Christmas snowflakes in the BG...

 from Karin, cosy felt flower with Camellia leaves go beautifully with this lovely flourished sentiment on Karin's card!

Link your Old Pajamas entries here:

Challenge 4. Bedtime Story Sketch
ideas from the WMS DT - 

 from Claire - That Alpine Christmas mountain range die is one of my most favourites! A different texture was added to each mountain range, it works beautifully with the Seasonal Flourish stamps!
 from Jeanne - The Picot panel die is lovely as the centre panel on Jeanne's baby sketch card. 
It could be a boy... :) dainty little images from Vintage Baby Shower, sentiment from Little Darlings sentiments.

from Tosha - Boo and friends on the front of the folding tag, and a mix up of Peek a Boo sentiments and the Great Big Owl inside, a super take on the sketch from Tosha!

from Julia, I love that Julia used the Great Big Owl as the centre panel for the sketch, and look at his eyes glowing, those are amber gems, I think! a great spooky look for Owl!

Link your Bedtime Story Sketch No. 6 entries here:

Good luck ladies - I look forward to seeing what you all come up with!