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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

...Release wrap up!


Good evening - I'm shipping like a mad thing and I want to thank everyone who stopped by our release! I have another sample for you this evening. This wraps up the official 'Release days' but I have a few things still left to show so you can pop back over the next couple of days if you like.

 Heads up - we still running our:

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 this release's sample posts from either this blog or the DT blogs. 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.

One random Pinner will be chosen just before midnight (GMT) on the 7th March. The winner will receive a lovely £30GBP store code!

For those of you who don't have Pinterest, just leave a little comment here on this post telling us what your favourites are. A random commenter from this post will also be chosen and will receive a free set of Kaboom Stamps. 
 
The DT have a little blog hop for us today as they  wrap up their release samples - So I will send you off to Laurie next, followed by:
Anya
Jeanne
Tosha
Becca
Lynn
Julia
Sandie


So I've been itching to do an inlaid die cut card and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this swirly Mother word die.

You are all professionals at this I know, but just humour me, I took the how-to pics and so let me show them to you anyhow...lol.

 Get yourself a Background - I chose to paint a heart with watercolours - I used a heat tool to dry it since I've no patience.

 Then I positioned the die over the heart and taped it in place with some lo-tack masking tape. I must tell you that I was cutting into watercolour paper, which is kinda thick and so I used a metal shim plate in my die cutting machine - have you used these? - they are terrific for detailed dies - I use them on all my fancy Spellbinder shapes.

 When I got the die cut out of the machine, I very carefully flipped over the card leaving the die in place in the paper. This is the back of the image. I applied a little glue to each area of the die cut NEGATIVE area - that's right, the area around the word, and not on the actual die cut word itself.

Then I laid a piece of spare paper directly on top of the area I just glued. Let it dry for a while, or don't, if you are like me.

 Now flip it back right side up and you will find that it is easier to pick out the letters as the background stays in place as it is stuck to the backing paper.

I cut a plain white Mother shape out of some of the same watercolour paper and set it back into the die cut heart - a few dabs of glue was all it took. Once it was all well stuck down I rubbed over the whole surface gently with a little scrunched up kitchen paper to remove any little papery wisps and to further bed the die cut in place. Loved it! AND I have a lovely spare pinky watercoloured sentiment now to use on another project! Hope it tickles!


Monday, 2 March 2015

...Halftone Backgrounds


Good evening - are you enjoying the samples so far? the DT ladies and I have some Halftone Background samples for you today and after you have perused our projects you might like to enter our...
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 this release's sample posts from either this blog or the DT blogs. 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.

One random Pinner will be chosen just before midnight (GMT) on the 7th March. The winner will receive a lovely £30GBP store code!

For those of you who don't have Pinterest, just leave a little comment here on this post telling us what your favourites are. A random commenter from this post will also be chosen and will receive a free set of Kaboom Stamps. Here's who's showing Halftone Backgrounds and the new Easter word die with me today:

 
I used the Halftone heart (Halftone Backgrounds) for my card and tag today. I stamped my sentiment first (from the Kaboom stamp set), onto some newsprinty patterned paper - I masked it and then stamped the heart in Melon Mambo (SU ink) and then clear embossed. Then I coloured the sentiment with copics and did a little sponging. The last thing was to add a few white gel pen highlights and I was very happy with this. It's got that old comic look about it!



Sunday, 1 March 2015

...February release - Kaboom!

ED - Don't forget to keep pinning your fave samples from here and the DT blogs over the next couple of days - when you do, come back to this blog post(click here) and leave a comment to make sure you are entered in our Pin-It competition.

Good evening folks! I'm here a little later than I should have been! My apologies, I have ignored my family wholesale this week while prepping for this release and the guilt wore me down a little today and I spent a little time catching up with the kiddos this evening - and now I finally I have my samples here for our Kaboom stamp set and die! We just released this set yesterday and I have to say it is such a fun set to work with.

Did you enjoy this release - it was something a little different wasn't it? - I know at least a few of you LOVED it, LOL ;) and I'm hoping you can tune in over the next couple of days to see what the DT ladies and I have done with it.

Here are the ladies who are reviewing the release with me today:


I made these two cards with the stamps only. I started with the word stamps first and inked those up in black Versafine Ink. I sprinkled on clear embossing powder and heat set - this makes for a really rick black tone and also provides a little glossy highlight, and also makes it easier to colour as the black ink does not run with the copics. I make my masks with post it notes and just secured them in place with a piece of post-it before stamping on the 'burst' image. I masked that too before stamping  the various stars and pops and lightning marks. The last thing to get stamped were the halftone stars.


I coloured the lettering with copics, keeping it strong yellow at the top but blending in orange tones at the bottom where the halftone pattern appears in the lettering. Like a nitwit I forgot to take pics of the insides, but these card fronts go great with the smaller positive sentiment stamps in the set - phrases like 'You nailed it' and 'You did it". Perfect for any positive achievements that need celebrated!

http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/kaboom
The Kaboom stamp set is a medium sized set, click the image to see it in the store.


This pair of samples also makes use of the Kaboom die and the Halftone Backgrounds set, also released yesterday.

http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/kaboom-die-set
The Kaboom die is great fun, it produces the word and also an outline, essential for these comic book style projects.

On the tag, I cut the Kaboom first out of yellow card and then out of black card. On the yellow word, I stamped some orange dots using a stamp from the Halftone Backgrounders set. Then I too the Kaboom word stamp and inked it up in black, it is the same size as the die and I was able to stamp the word over the die cut to get those fabby black halftone dots on my die cut. I then mounted the yellow word onto the black die cut. I had taped all of the black die cut together, you can see pin the pics below - they show the front and back views of the die cuts.


The top 'kaboom', in orange and black was used on the tag, the bottom 'kaboom' with extra yellow outlining was used on the card - the back views below show you how these are put together. You can see where I taped the black word to the black outline to make a solid base on which to stick the yellow 'kaboom'. I used little dots of glue to attach the two yellow outlines that I got when I cut the yellow words.



Hope it tickles!!

Saturday, 28 February 2015

...New goodies for February

http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/kaboom
http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/halftone-backgrounds
http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/collections/new-dies-feb-2015
http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/special-lady

Good evening and welcome to the first Product Release of 2015 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 unique here! We have three new clear photopolymer (that's the good stuff) stamp sets and a bunch of new thin steel, USA made dies for you!

This release is a little different from our normal format - the products are going live right now, but we have another 3 days (after today) of fabby eye candy for you, showcasing what you can do with these new goodies - a couple of my samples are speckled through this post, I will be posting samples and how-to's over the next 3 days since there is too much for this one post. DT ladies showing samples with me today are:

Becca Feeken


There are just a few things I want to be sure that you know before we begin:
 We offer Free shipping on orders over £60GBP to anywhere. Yep, anywhere.
Our hugely popular Loyalty Scheme enables folks to 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!


Folks we have a fabby little die giveaway this evening on the first 40 orders over £60GBP. It's a mini 'hello die, perfect for tags and other dainty projects. The promotion begins at 7:15pm UK time when the store re-opens. You don't have to purchase the new release items to qualify, all orders over £60GBP are in with a chance, but you will need to be quick, this offer is limited to the first 40 orders over £60GBP placed after 7:15pm this evening.

Also - don't forget you can still scoop some of the few remaining retiring sets at 40% off - click here to see retiring sets.
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 today's samples or from the next 3 days of samples from either this blog or the DT blogs. Use this hashtag - #waltzingmouse, then come back and leave us a link to the pin in the comments on this release blog post. For each project you Pin just leave a separate comment.

One random Pinner will be chosen just before midnight (GMT) on the 7th March. The winner will receive a lovely £30GBP store code!
For those of you who don't have Pinterest, just leave a little comment here on this post telling us what your favourites are. A random commenter from this post will also be chosen and will receive a free set of Kaboom Stamps

New goodies for Feb/March

and here they are!
http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/kaboom

Kaboom clear photopolymer stamp set - size 6x4
£9.95GBP 
Below is a card made with the Kaboom stamp set - I will have a full set of samples and tips for you on the blog over the next couple of days, there is just not enough room in this post!

http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/kaboom


http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/kaboom-die-set

Kaboom die £4.39GBP.
This die produces a die cut of the Kaboom word. It produces a two piece die cut - you can either use the word on it's own or with the outline shape to create comic style focal points and sentiments for your cards/Layouts.
This die produces a cut 3 inches wide by 1.25 inches high at the widest points. A great fun die - this tag below uses it - more tips to follow in the sample posts over the next few days!

http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/kaboom


http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/halftone-backgrounds

Halftone Basics Backgrounds clear photopolymer stamp set - size 6x8
£15.95GBP
Super useful set based on halftone printing techniques, great for comic styles, contemporary styles, mixed media, a truly versatile set.
Here it is on a 'Vintage Comic' tag - see what I did there? I merged two opposite styles...and I think it looks good!

http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/halftone-backgrounds


http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/special-lady

Special Lady clear photopolymer stamp set - size 6x4
£9.95GBP
A vintage set featuring original Victorian art etchings and pretty sentiments.
I used my Special Lady set, together with the Pretty circle die on this project below - since today's post is a little image heavy, I'll pop up more pics of this and some 'how-to's' on the blog tomorrow.
Isn't she pretty?

http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/special-lady
http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/special-lady

http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/mother-word-die-set

Scripted 'Mother' die £6.90GBP
This die produces a beautiful scripted sentiment that I've been using with card, foils, watercolour papers. This is quite a detailed die and, as with all of my detailed dies I get great results by using a metal shim with this die. If you are familiar with die cutting you will know what I'm talking about.
This die is a good size and produces a cut 3.75 by 1.75 inches at the widest points.

I used this die with gold foil card on the project below - again I'll show projects in full here on the blog tomorrow.


http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/pretty-circles-die-set

Pretty Circles die £9.99GBP.
Another die from the pretty range, this die uses the same principle as the self matting dies to give two results from the one die. Each time you use this die you will achieve both a pretty circular scalloped label shape and a pretty scalloped aperture. The photo below show's you what the cut looks like - at the top you can just see the thin surplus ring that I have removed with my pokey tool. Your panel and aperture nest beautifully and you could use them together or separately.

The circle created is approx 2.5 inches in diameter and the aperture it creates is just over 2.5 inches wide in the opening.

http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/easter-word-die-set

Scripted 'Easter' die £4.39GBP.
A beautiful scripty word die. Suitable for so many styles of project. This die produces a cut 3.25 by just under 1.24 inches at the widest points.

Don't forget the freebie offer


Mini 'hello' die This release we have a mini hello die giveaway. The first 40 folks to order over £60GBP will receive one of these dies in their parcel. This mini die will be available for sale later in the month if you miss out now.

...Release day schedule

Folks, tonight's the night - the start of our 2015 releases! I have 3 new stamp sets and 4 new dies to show you at 7:00pm tonight here on the blog - we're having our release back to front this time around - everything will be live in the store tonight at 7:15pm and over the next 4 days including today, we will be showing you what you can do with the new goodies, so pop back often!

7:00PM tonight (28th Feb) my time is approximately:

Canada - Ontario: 2:00PM Sat 28th Feb
Australia - Queensland: 5:00AM Sun 1 March
Hong Kong: 3:00AM Sun 1 March
Russia - Moscow City: 10:00PM Sat 28th Feb
Germany: 8:00PM Sat 28th Feb
Malaysia: 3:00AM Sun 1 March

The store will close at around 6:00PM to allow me to finish loading the goodies and then we will re-open at about 7:15PM.

All of the new goodies will be revealed here on the blog at 7:00PM

Scroll down to see yesterday's blog hop post - I'm taking part in the Coffee lovers blog hop and the entries look amazing so far - you really need to do the hop, lots of the folks taking part have blog candy (we do too!) as well as the sponsored prizes. - Go scroll down to read all about it!