11 March 2010

I AM THE PROUD OWNER OF MY VERY FIRST HOUSE MOUSE STAMPS
{DT Project for DDCC #73: A colour inspiration}
The challenge over at Dutch Dare Card Challenge this week is a colour inspiration (see photo below):
... and here is the card I created which showcases my very first House Mouse stamp. I am sure you will agree that these little mice really creeps into one's heart with their lovable warmness. Once again I did some iris folding to create the backdrop to the little mice. The sentiment is a Doing Life Rub-on which is also available over at Doing Life's Online Shoppe and you will find it under Products/Rub-ons/Quotes.

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And all this proudness is owed to the lovely and very talented Maya Stenshagen from Maya's Hobbyblogg. Its quite a lengthy tale, but in short here goes. Maya commissioned a necklace and bracelet set from me at the beginning of 2009. Which I duly created and posted to her. She duly received it through the post and was very thrilled with it. Unfortunately South Africa can't receive payment through Paypal, which we only discovered later and Maya wanted to send me some craft products which I really would like.

So, without hesitation I mentioned that I would love to own a house mouse stamp as I am always admiring the beautiful creations out there in blogland, being adorned with the lovable little mice. Maya promptly purchased some of the cute little mice stamps for me and posted it off.

But after several months I still did not receive them and it seemed like the parcel got missing in the post. Maya did not hesitate at all and re-purchased the stamps for me and posted it via registered mail this time. And still I waited for months on end and it did not arrive. At least I had a tracking number this time round and could attempt tracking it here in South Africa.

After literally hundreds of calls and visits to my local post office and being informed that it has been sent back to Norway and then been told again, no - it is actually on a ship to Cape Town (apart from tens of other stories). I have also been told that it has been sent to a local depot in our area, about 3 times and returned to Johannesburg International Airport depot on 3 occassions. Well all I can say is that all these stories just don't add up and someone really blemished the SA post office's reputation. But, after nearly a year I could jump with joy receiving my little mice. And you won't believe it the address on the parcel was absolutely correct with no spelling mistakes or anything ... so there was really no excuse. All I can think is that someone at the SA Post Office held onto this parcel trying to get to know whats inside, just in case its something valuable they could intercept.

And below is a photo of all the yummylicious crafty goodness that Maya lovingly sent to me in this long lost/found parcel. Not to mention the beautiful card she has also made me. Thank you, Maya.

MAYA-GIFT

22 comments:

  1. What a beautiful card. Love the colours and how you left the stamp uncoloured.

    Unfortunately you didn't make it on time to enter the PaperPlay challenge but thanks so much for joining us on Stamp Something :)

    Sandie

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  2. It's ADORABLE!!! Wonderful card! And what a story. Scheeez, but it was sure worth waiting for!

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  3. Love the card... you've really inspired me to try more iris folding... love the paper choices you've made. The stamps are adorable... in fact your whole parcel of goodies looks so nice... glad you eventually got it!

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  4. Your card is simply amazing!!! I love the iris folds... And yummy goodies you have from your friend! :-)

    Hugs,
    Smita

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  5. So glad you finally got your parcel.. Definitely well worth the wait!! I love the cute little mice!!!! Can't wait to see more of your beautiful creations!!!!

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  6. Gorgeous card, fab image and brilliant colours. So glad the lost parcel eventually turned up
    luv
    Debby

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  7. Oh my Desire is this ever sooooo gorgeous, I LOVE how you did the frame and the inside...WOW you are so very talented!!!! I just LOVE those little mice they are darling and just the perfect image for this creation!!!! Awesome card!

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  8. So sweet Desire! Love the Iris folds! Great goodies too, enjoy!

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  9. Hi Desire, Very beautiful card! I love the paper choices you've made.
    Hugs
    Helena

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  10. Awesome card Desire! I love the color combo and that fantastic fold design! Super sweet image of course! Fab details too. Thanks for joining in at Stamp Something, hope to see you again next week. :)

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  11. Your cards Desire are stunning!

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  12. Oh wow your card is so very beautiful Desire!
    Love your cute image and your design and details are beautiful!
    So glad that your package arrived at last what beautiful crafting goodies!
    hugs
    kim x

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  13. Stunning card Desire!! love it!
    Hugs
    Peet

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  14. wow nobody does iris folding like you Desire, stunning card and your house mouse stamp is fabulous, I just got one too
    Mina xxx

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  15. I just love the colours you used and the mice are just too cute. At least the parcel eventually got to you and what a lovely parcel too!!

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  16. Gorgeous card - love those adorable mice!
    Helen x

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  17. Fabulous card Desire... Love the iris folding, it adds so much texture and dimension.
    Hugs
    Sandra x

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  18. What a great background on your card! Great colors.

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  19. This card really works..the detail like the folding and the uncloured stamp make it stunning

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  20. Desire, your card is absolutely adorable! I love the quilted look and the color combo! Pure perfection!!!!
    Hugs, Becky

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  21. Beautiful card! Love the window folding design! Thanks for playing at CCC!

    Janna :)

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  22. Glad you managed to finally get your parcel! We can never send anything from the UK to our neices in CT as it would just never get there coming from the UK so we buy from kalahari as they tend to arrive!

    Its a wonderful creation, love the bold iris folding, beautiful x

    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers x

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