Monday, 1 September 2014

...just a quick thanks

 

Morning - a quick thanks for you here, literally - thank you to everyone who stopped by the release on Thursday last!! just catching my breath and had time to rustle this little goodie up.

http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/picot-panel-die-set

We just released this die - the Picot Panel die - and what is special about this is that it is a self matting die. There's a tutorial here on how to use this die so I won't ramble on in this post, but it is extra neat for creating a little contrasting frame like the one above:

step 1. Cut an aperture in your card front using the die, set aside the panel and frame piece for future use, you don't need those for this project.
step 2. Take a piece of card slightly smaller than your card front, (we'll call this Card B) and cut an aperture in the centre, again set aside the panel and frame for future use.
step 3. Take a piece of contrasting card - in this example I used a green card - die cut with the picot panel. Take the slim green frame and line it up inside the aperture on Card B. adhere with tape - you will want to tape it on the backside so you don't see the tape on the finished card.
step 4. Adhere the completed Card B to the back side of the card front from step 1, lining up the apertures.
step 5. Stamp your sentiment onto another piece of card and mount this in behind Card B. You now have a delicately framed sentiment which is recessed from the main card front, it's a nice look.

For my sentiment today I used the new Hello, Happy, Thanks stamp set, also just released. I love the options to combine colours and sentiments using this set. Well I hope it tickles and gives all you folks who got the picot panel die something else to footer with!



Sunday, 31 August 2014

...Couldn't resist - pun intended


Good morning! I hope you enjoyed the recent release, I took a wee break from shipping last night because I especially wanted to play along with this sketch challenge.

http://waltzingmousefanaticschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-25-sketch.html

It's the Waltzingmouse Fanatics challenge No. 25 and with being so busy it had been a week or two (ok well maybe a little more) since I'd had a chance to pop over and see what the ladies have been  up to. Well I scrolled back through the last couple of challenges and I was wow'ed! The ladies have a small following, but that small following is BIG on talent, I was pinning inspirational cards like crazy.

Anyhow, here's my take on the latest challenge - I started with some patterned paper and used the fabby Heirloom patterns stamps to create a diamond pattern - I clear embossed the diamonds and then rubbed on some brown ink, the clear embossing resists the rubbed on ink and lets the original pattern show through clearly this gives a nice texture as well as age to the paper. If you have your magnifying glasses on you will see that no, I certainly did not line up my diamonds perfectly, this was totally intended (lies) as I was hoping to give it that homey, homemade feel. (damned lies - I really, really like things to line up, I'll stress about it for an hour but then I'll give up and call it 'homey').

I folded the top down and stitched. I used a sentiment from Say it Loud Winter Holiday and stamped it with a tired old memento ink pad, sometimes I love the faded look of an old worn out ink pad more than a juicy new one. A little more trimming and stitching and a rummage through the cupboards for some embellies. It's a simple card, but I think it feels warm, which is what Christmas should feel like, all cosy and warm.

So, if you are a lose end today - why don't you play along!! Click Here.


Hope it tickles!
http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/say-it-loud-winter-holiday

http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/heirloom-patterns

Saturday, 30 August 2014

August Release Blog Hop Winner Announced

Hello! The August release was amazing. We are so appreciative of all your lovely comments AND your support of the Design Team and of Waltzingmouse Stamps.

The Design Team wowed and amazed us with creating incredible samples using our newest sets and dies: Great Big Owl, Peek a Boo Sentiments, Boo and Friends, ‘Tis the Season, Hello Happy Thanks, Vintage Baby Shower, Little Darlings Sentiments, Little Darlings Images, Picot Panel Die, Great Big Owl Die, Vintage Baby Shower Die Set, Boo and Friends-Boo Die Set, Boo and Friends-Vamp Die Set, Boo and Friends-Witch Die Set, Boo and Friends-Batty Die Set, Little Darlings-Bow Die, Little Darlings-Bassinet/Moses Basket Die Set, Little Darlings-Pram Die Set,  and the Little Darlings-Cradle Die Set.

As promised, we have selected a winner of a special code from Waltzingmouse Stamps for a person whose name was randomly drawn from ALL the comments on ALL of the DT blog posts from the Hop.  Each member of the Design Team selected one comment from their group of comments, and from those, we have selected a lucky winner from the blog of Jennifer Cuthbertson.

CONGRATULATIONS GOES TO: Lisa808

To claim your prize, Lisa, please e-mail me (Lynn) at lynn@waltzingmousestamps.com and kindly note in the subject line of your e-mail  August BLOG HOP WINNER. I will provide you with a special code to claim your prize.

Thanks again for all of your continued support!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

...New stamps for August!

 http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/collections/boo-collection
http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/collections/little-darlings-collection

http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/collections/vintage-baby-shower-collection

http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/collections/great-big-owl

Good Evening ladies - I have a very long release post for you today -
8 Stamp sets and 11 die sets!
Since it's been a while - allow me to refresh your memory about our FREE SHIPPING offer:
There is Free Shipping on all orders over £60GBP - 
and yes, that means free shipping to anywhere in the world.
http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/pages/our-thank-you-to-loyal-customers
Remember we also have a Rewards Program now - and yes we were able to backdate that for a whole year when we started running it - so even if you have not shopped with us in a while, you may already have some points gathered up! Just click the little 'Rewards program' tab on the store to check it out. points gathered turn into discount! discount is available on everything - even digitals!

OK, One last thing before I let you lose on the goodies - 
the DT ladies have a last round of inspiration for you - here they are (don't forget to comment!):

Lynn, Kelly, Renee, Becca, Karin, Teresa, Jeanne, Julia, Jen, Anya, Laurie, Sandie, Tosha


Here are the New goodies for August
 

Great Big Owl Stamp set 6x8 inches £15.95GBP



Great Big Owl Die set 5 dies £12.99GBP

Boo and Friends Stamp Set 6x4 inches £9.95GBP



Boo and Friends Bat Die set of 2 dies £5.99GBP



Boo and Friends Ghost die set of 3 dies £4.45GBP



Boo and Friends Witch Die set of 2 dies £8.50GBP


Boo and Friends Vamp die set of 2 dies £4.75GBP



Peek-a-Boo sentiments Stamp Set 6x4 inches £9.95GBP


'Tis the Season Stamp Set 6x4 inches £9.95GBP



Hello Happy Thanks Stamp Set 6x4 inches £9.95GBP


http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/picot-panel-die-set

Picot Panel self Matting Die £6.50GBP
 


Vintage baby Shower Stamp Set 6x4 inches £9.95GBP




Vintage Baby Shower Die Set set of 4 dies £16.99GBP



Little Darlings Sentiments Stamp Set 6x4 inches £9.95GBP



Little Darlings Images Stamp Set 6x4 inches £9.95GBP


Little Darlings Cradle die £5.79GBP




Little Darlings Pram/Baby Carriage die £6.35GBP



Little Darlings Bassinet/Moses basket die £4.89GBP

Little Darlings Bow Die £4.25GBP

 Now if you are in the mood to read on I will show you my Great big Owl



I really wanted to make this guy 'perchable' and I do this with the help of the matching die set. Fist, I stamped the owl in black - I clear embossed him at this point as I was going to colour him with copics. Then I trimmed him out with the die and colored in the white card - I knew he was going on a black background.


then, I placed the little 'claws line die right on top of his feet. Even though you cannot see the cutting line when you do this there is a simple way to make sure it lines up - see where the red arrows are - I just made sure the centre of the metal at both ends was 
centred on top of the last toe/claw on each side.



This is how it looks when the cut was made - perfect.



At this point you can slide a branch in underneath his toes!!! The Great big owl die set contains a branch die which is a perfectly sized perch for him. Love this tip.



I simply mounted him on a layered card base - he really is a big chappie


Hope it tickles!

...it's nearly time


Folks it's nearly time for our big release - we have 8 stamp sets and 11 die sets brand new and ready to go. The store is closed now, but will reopen around 7.00pm (UK time - in about 30 mins) with all the new goodies added. Check back here at 7.00pm (ish) also for the full reveal of all the new goodies in one place and also for the traditional DT release hop! Gotta rush...