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Friday, 30 April 2010

Waltzingmouse Stamps 1 year Anniversary Competition

Hello to all my new followers, I can't make blogger play ball and show me your profiles so I can visit your blogs. It probably needs more cheese but I only have Cathedral City left and no way am I sharing it. So I'm sorry about that.

You all know who the wicked witch of the north is don't you?
Well after 3 weeks without crafting I turned into her.
Fortunately I have had my crafting fix and am back to normal again.

Waltzing Mouse Stamps is a year old this weekend.
Claire Brennan is the very talented owner who designs all the stamps herself and makes beautiful cards.
I think the design elements and professional finish of Claire's cards are outstanding.
8 new stamp sets are being released tomorrow and all 8 sets are the prize in this competition.

Now, I don't actually make layout cards normally, but I love love love looking at all the marvellous blogs and websites that do. I more or less love the whole range of card styles from sleek to quirky minimal and cards with enough bling and flowers to sink a battleship.

So why am I making some now?
To try and be brief about it, Last year I recommended my dear friend Sylvia to look at Claire's blog because I thought she would like Claire's designs, she did and has since bought some of the stamp sets.
Unfortunately Sylvia's house is undergoing major renovations and none of her crafting gear is accessible even if she did want to sit in her car and try and make things, which is the only place not covered in building dust.
So I am entering for her, and if we win it will make a brilliant early birthday present for her.
Thankfully the draw is going to be random, otherwise I don't think I would have stood a hope in hell of winning.

I forgot at first that the draw was going to be random and I was really trying to make a card in keeping with Claire's style and was failing miserably.
Thankfully I decided to reread her competition post and breathed a big sigh of relief when I discovered the now magical word "random".
The layout to follow was mercifully simple, and comprises three different sized circles.

If you're a regular here you'll recognise the Jo Kill style rabbits. It was a toss up of it being "Some days all you see are rabbits" or "Hare today gone tomorrow" but I'm glad I picked this "sentiment".
It nearly is a sentiment... really.
Actually it is a follow on from that well known card making phrase
"Happy Birthday to all you rabbits out there."
Click on them to make them bigger.

This next one is called "How sweet the bird sings."
When I was stamping out the singing bird I wondered what song he was singing.
Seeing as it is turning out to be a marvellous spring, his song was bound to be something grand and sweeping.
Well what do you know, it's Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, what a clever little bird.
I wonder if he sings
"Sparing his life for his pork sausages" instead of
"spare him his life from this monstrosity".
It's an easy mistake to make.

A Queen lyric makes a great sentiment.
I'm surprised we don't see them more often on cards.

"Happy Birthday Dear Son in Law and spare him his life from this monstrosity."
It just rolls right off the tongue, and such a happy thought for a happy day.

"Happy mother's day 'cos fat bottomed girls make the rockin' world go round."

"Congratulations on your Wedding, another one bites the dust"

Oh, I could play this game all day... Can you think of any?

Why have I made two cards?

A very good question, well on the basis that if you don't ask you don't get.
I am hoping that with two cards I can have two entries, one for me and one for Sylvia.
I cannot believe my bare-faced cheek either!
However, I completely except that the judges decision is final :-)

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing this weekend I hope it is a good one for you.
I am hoping for plenty of crafting time myself.
Happy creating!

Oh, and Claire always finishes her posts with "hope it tickles" so right back atcha kid!



Pauline said...
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Pauline said...

Love both cards, and agree about the queen sentiments, so many to choose from. Pauline x

Angela Mclean said...

Well.. I see... not rabbits but...darlin GREMLINS... and they so look like my son's GF babydoggie Jake (pomeranian mix) too!!! well.. LOVE LOVE it LOL
Angela xxx.

Sherry said...

Lovely to see you back Gini. Both cards are fab!! LOL at the bird singing the Queen lyrics - I'll have to try and come up with a few.

Happy crafting weekend x

Helen said...

Both cards are incredibly cute!! But I think I like the first one best :)

Claire Brennan said...

I am hugely tickles!! your cards are fab and how lovely of you to enter for your friend!! AND I love the queen lyric sentiments!!! Thank you so much for playing along, Good luck!

Karen said...

Awe how cute are these ????? You should make more cards Gini XXX


ROTFL Gini!!!! Have just popped over to see what's new in the Land of Shiny, and boy am I laughing!! Fab cards, and thanks for the mention! I know you really wanted to win those stamps over at Waltzing Mouse, and here's the Queen lyrics I would choose - "It's a kind of magic - one dream, one soul, one prize, one goal, one golden glance of what should be.....". I think this is quite apt, and would also make a fab. card sentiment.
Lotsa hugs, Sylvia xxxxxxx

Jingle said...

These are cute! I love the bunny card!!!

Rosemary said...

Still giggling as I type this - I love the Mother's day card with Queen's lyrics. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

You know, you're correct, more Queen's lytics!!!! Okay a sympathy card of "Who Wants to Live Forever?" Good lord, I hope I don't burn in Hell for that one.

Retirement? I want to ride my bicycle I want to ride my bike, I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it when I like!!!

Loving the rabbits and the birdies! Thanks (as always) for the kind words on my blog, I needed the boost!(((((HUGS TO YOU TOO))))

Gini said...

Oh they are brilliant Rosemary!
ROFL at the sympathy lyric!
That one is the best so far :-)
Question is am I bold enough to use it.....


Rosemary said...

Hey there! Thanks for enjoying my ill-placed humor! BTW, saw your comment on Electra's blog (giggled too, enough crap, lol)...

Blurfing is blog surfing, coined originally by Ms. Jana. We occasionally blurf together while chatting on the phone.

Electra said...

You have cheese??? The second card is my favorite of the two, but I like 'em both. It's good to have you home, I've missed you, even if I haven't some over here to visit and tell you that. I've been busy blurfing. tee hee

Chriss Rollins said...

Nice to see you Gini you were missed.

I see those flying rabbits are out again lol.

I too have the same problem trying to visit our followers and when I try it crashes my uter.

you should make more cards and with your soh they will be sooo different.

have a great weekend and hope to get your 6 atc's in the post to you i have not forgot they are ready.
please email me your addy as i o not have it in my book.

love chriss x


Now I am going to have the words to that song stuck in my head now. lol

Linda said...

Just brilliant....I'm still laughing over the Queen lyrics (and probably will be for most of the day).
Thanks Gini....you're dynamite with a laser beam :-)

Jana said...

Love both of these cards. Your idea for lyrics is fun. I'll have to try that. Soon.