Wednesday, 20 May 2015

...Beautiful Brogues, stamped...

So can think of this blog post as the blogging equivalent of lift music? - something to keep you from getting too bored while I'm in the office, desperately trying to save the life of a tired old, dilapidated printer... Actually the blighter is less than 2 years old and still shiny and I'm more than a little ticked off at the seemingly in-built obsolescence that appears to go hand in hand with technological items these days....but let me get down off my soap box and talk you through a couple of my PJ party things - ah go on, humour me...

Isn't that just yummy? That sort of faux leather brogue pattern - yep I love that.  It's a stamp from the My Kind of Guy set and it's a personal fave. I drew that stamp up in 2013, and it's just never going to date. Brogues or Oxford shoes are one of those things that I think are synonymous with my idea of the ideal man - Mr B wears them all the time...not - but he would look good in them if he did... I nabbed the top pics while I was out shopping, but let's get this straight...I don't shop for DH...he shops for himself...I just carry out research....and act in an advisory capacity...

For my card, I stamped and then clear embossed the brogue pattern and then just went nuts crinkling the whole piece up so that it would look worn.... I used some eyelets and string to help the theme along - it's a really quick simple card, I spent longer wrinkling it than actually making it...

And while I had the stamp out - sure it was easy to knock up a few tags...I just stamped the brogue pattern and use the middle size tag from Stitched tags to trim out three tags from the one stamped image...simple pimple... the sentiments (also My kind of Guy) were stamped on plain tags cut with the smallest tag die from Stitched tags.

And just for fun, because I had some scraps... and don't you like the eyelets laid onto the wee grommet thing on the tag? - go on, try that, I'll bet you have loads of those lying around in the back of a drawer... together we will bring them back into fashion...

Hope it tickles...normal service will resume, once I have figured out where this lead goes...

Here's what I used:

Saturday, 16 May 2015


Hello! How is your Saturday going? It's a beautiful day here in NI and I'm gathering the troops to deposit them at a Birthday party - it doesn't get much better than that when you are a youngster!

 I intended this tag for the PJ party, but I didn't get three of them made up in time so it's just a one-off. The main tag is stamped with images form the Vintage Postcards set - I do love making backgrounds and that's a great set for doing it! The smaller tag has a die cut 'hello' - the floating pieces of the letters are actually stuck on to a piece of clear acetate behind the tag - the smaller tag is then stuck in place on the larger tag. Very simple. Finished off with some brads - can't wait for those to make a comeback - I love brads.... lol. Hope it tickles!

inks were SU (Tempting Turquoise), Versafine Pinecone (stamped with the second impression fr a softer feel) and cardstock was plain white, a random tan and I think an SU blue?...

WMS goodies used:

...PJ party winner!!!

Gals it has been a great party! - I think I got round everyone - there were a few folks who slipped in at the last moment! thank you to everyone who played along I LOVED the entries - so without further waffle - I know you want toknnow who won the prize and here it is:

The random number generator chose Challenge No 2 - Surprise Him and the winning entry - again chosen by random number thingy was No. 7 Suezie from Nothin' says Lovin blog!

Huge congratulations Suezie! you win our double prize of £60GBP to spend instore - your entry was choc full of WMS!! - I'll be in touch with your code Suezie!

There were so many lovely creations that I couldn't pick favourites, but I did spot a few that made me think a little differently about some of the sets we have - and it's always good to get new inspiration for older sets so I pulled a couple of cards here to show you what I mean.

I loved what Antje did with these circles from the Free Spirit set and you should check out her use of the Asian gardens tree top also.

Elizabeta created this stunning background pattern with the Fleur de Lis stamp from the Vintage labels 2 set - I don't think I have ever even used that stamp!!

Tanja used the little teddy stamp from the Heroes additions set - I'm not sure that I've even seen this stamp used before anywhere - I cannot believe I never would have though to use the teddy on his own!

Well I'll be scrabbling in my stamp box tomorrow for odd and out of the way little stamps that are often overlooked!

Thanks for playing along ladies!

Thursday, 14 May 2015

...Welcome to the May PJ Party

Welcome to our PJ party folks - so glad you could make it!

ED to add - Just before we start I have some exciting info for you - the good folks at Addicted to Rubber Stamps are now carrying some selected Waltzingmouse Goodies! And - just for you - they have given me this fabby discount code to pass on to you - if you are shopping at Addicted to Rubber Stamps - simply enter the code WELCOME at checkout to get 10% off the site! (Items that are already discounted will not be eligible for this discount) so once you have uploaded your PJ entries - pop over and tell them we sent you!! :)

We have 4 challenges for you tonight - Links are now open - you have 24 hours to link up!
 Here's a run down of what's happening:

PJ Party Schedule
•The PJ party post and all challenge links are now live.
• Links will close at 11:45pm tomorrow, the 15th
•The PJ party winner will be announced just after 11.45pm tomorrow on the 15th of the month (all times are UK time).

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!

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 
from Claire

from Jeanne

 from Anya

from Julia

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.

Link Your Challenge 1 entry here:

Challenge 2 - Surprise Him

 from Claire -
One envelope unfolds to 4 envelopes with a message in each.

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.

Link Your Challenge 2 entry here:

Challenge 3 - Old Pajamas 

from Claire

from Anya

from Jeanne

 from Karin

Use one of your older Waltzingouse Stamps sets to create a project for this challenge! We're digging out our Man of the Hour, stamp sets for this one.

Link Your Challenge 3 entry here:

Challenge 4 - Bedtime Story sketch 
from Jeanne

from Claire

Link Your Challenge 4 entry here:

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

...New Webstore on the way

I'm working on a new webstore for WMS - it's going to be much simpler to navigate - sure hope you all like it! Should have it ready in time for the next release.... :) Can't wait to show you!