Saturday, February 27, 2010

Just a Little Project to Share

My SU demo shared a very easy pattern using nice folders and turning them into little packets with pockets, paper, etc. and so I made a few. I wanted to personalize them for my Americorps workers and I used my Slice to make the letters for their folders. The nestie frame is from my Waltzingmouse set called Very Vintage Labels No. 4. They were the perfect size.

For those interested in making the folders, you will find dozens of tutorials all over the internet if you google SU Folders, but the tutorial on Splitcoast is broken down into small segments with photos that are easy to follow. Check that one out if you are very visual like I am.

Add on note: Here is also a good tutorial----

Friday, February 26, 2010

Modern Vintage

Friday is my "Waltzingmouse Makers" blog day!

This is for my husband's birthday.  I always make multiple cards for him. One from me and others for other folks in the family to give him.  Can you tell this one will be from me?

He loves bold, bright, and modern. But I wanted to use this vintage heart from Seasons of Love.  I think combining the two works.  My layout is inspired from one that Laurie Schmidlin used for this same set. You can see her card here.

The heart is embossed and adhered with dimensionals.  The oval in the center was cut out and is also popped up.  Lots of dimension on this one.  Good thing it isn't being mailed!

Size of Card:  4.5" square
Mood when Done:  Still in love with my honey

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Seasons of Love
Ink:  Stampin Up Classic Brocade Blue and Real Red; Veramark
Cardstock:  Stampin Up Brocade Blue, Real Red and random white
Other:  Heart Nestability die (don't you love the way the stamp coordinates?), white embossing powder, red button and embroidery floss; dimensionals; red bling

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Easter Sugar Egg Card

I'm so happy to post my first contribution to the Waltzingmouse Makers blog!

The concept of this card was a simple one:   Remember those big sugar Easter eggs where you look through an opening on the end and there's a little scene inside?  I thought of that immediately when I saw the new set, Li'l Buddies!


These little critters are so adorable!   They are colored with Prismacolor pencils blended with Gamsol.  The animals are highlighted with a Sakura glitter pen  . . . here's a close-up:

The inside became little more involved than I initially planned.  I decided this card would be for my daughter and she would like some sparkle:


The basket, eggs, and bows are all colored with the pastel line of Spica glitter pens.  Here I used the WMS set, Spring Baskets.  These stamp sets are truly amazing -- they are packed with so many images and sentiments!   Here's a full view of the inside:


And I had to add a few eggs to the left-hand side here.  I didn't want to do that, but I had accidentally set the inside of this card on an inked stamp!  Lesson learned about putting things away, right?!   The stray ink marks had to be covered . . . I didn't discover it until the rest of the card was completely finished.   And I was not going to start over, LOL!!!

Hope you enjoyed this taste of Spring from Waltzingmouse Stamps!  I'll be back next week, and in the meantime, I'm sure you'll have plenty to enjoy from the rest of the Waltzingmouse Makers!

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Stamps; Papertrey Ink for the grass on front; A Muse for the clouds
Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink
Ink:  Memento, Versamagic for sponging
Accessories:  EK Success vintage photo corner punch, Kaisercraft rhinestones, PTI ribbon, Nestabilities scalloped ovals, Sakura and Spica glitter pens, lots of Stampin' Up dimensionals :) !!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A spring basket card

Hi everyone! I'm so happy to be here to share my first card as a "Waltzingmouse Maker"! Let me show you what I made...

a card using Spring Baskets and Faux Fun !

If you saw my blog hop card you might remember that I paired these sets together in that as well, but today's card has a different look. I kept a sentiment off as well, as I thought it might end up as a birthday or even a thank you...I'll wait and see, LOL!

I stamped the beautiful border stamp with Versamark and heat set it with clear detail embossing powder. For the focal image, I stamped the basket first, then the flowers on top, and the flowers again on a separate piece of Kraft cardstock. I then colored it, cut it out and popped it up with foam tape.

Thanks for taking a look at my card today, and don't forget to keep checking back--we'll have posts Monday-Friday!


Card Recipe
Stamps: Spring Baskets , Faux Fun
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), Versamark, Walnut Stain (Ranger)
Paper: Kraft, Ripe Avocado, and Scarlet Jewel (PTI)
Other: Heat tool, Foam tape, Clear Detail embossing powder (Filigree), sponge, 1/8" silk ribbon (PTI), Copic markers, Clear Spica pen, Coluzzle circle cutter

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Little Birdie Told Me...

I just love both of Claire's Sewing Box stamp sets! I love the cozy feel these stamps create. I also love all the possibilities that layering brings. These stamps are very versatile!

This card was done by embossing the bird in white on red cardstock. I also stamped it on the backside of a piece of designer cardstock a second time and then cut out the wing. I did this so that my stamping marks would not show on the front side of the image.


Designer Paper-Memory Box Cranberry Biscotti and small scraps of Basic Grey Urban Prairie (green leaves)
White Embossing Powder
Martha Stewart Deep Floral Vine Punch
All stamps used on this card: Waltzingmouse (of, course!)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Spring baskets....

Oh how exciting! My first post for 'Waltzingmouse Makers' (I'm a tad nervous). I Love this set, it's called 'Spring Baskets' & you can find it here. It's fast approaching Mother's Day here in the UK & this set is just perfect for it!

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Welcome to the Waltzingmouse Makers blog!

I want to thank Joan Bardee for starting up this lovely spot ~ how wonderful to have this special place to share our love of Waltzingmouse Stamps! 

My name is Nancy or Nan, also known as Phantom on Splitcoaststampers, and Shady Tree Studio at Cornish Heritage Farms, and my blog is also Shady Tree Studio.  I never know where to start when someone asks me to tell a little something about myself ~ but since stamping probably brought you here, that's what I'll share with you today.

My first glimpse of stamping art was a wood-mounted dolphin stamp I purchased as a teenager (and still have).  And about 10 years ago, I saw a demonstration of embossing powder at a scrapbooking store and found myself the owner of a set of foam-mounted stamps (they were horrible!), some cardstock and supplies.  I made a few monogrammed cards and that was about it. 

Then 3 years ago, I was introduced to Stampin' Up and Splitcoaststampers.  I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with this tale!  I was hooked.  Seriously so.  I jumped on the unmounting bandwagon immediately to accommodate my ever-growing collection of rubber stamp art and all the necessary accessories.   Soon, with a background in art, it was only natural for me to progress to stamp illustration, and then I took the plunge and established my blog.

I "met" Joan through her blog, Paperlicious, Splitcoaststampers, and our mutual affection for the fabulous new stamp company from Claire Brennan, Waltzingmouse Stamps.  I was drawn into Claire's world immediately ~ her designs have an indescribable quality that is so new and fresh, so unique, that I am captivated.  Everything about the world of Waltzingmouse is simply charming.

I'll do my best to share with you some fun designs using Waltzingmouse Stamps here on the Waltzingmouse Makers blog and I'm excited to see creations by my fellow contributors as well.   Thanks for coming by!

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Waltzingmouse Stamps


My name is Genevieve & I was very excited when I got an email from Joan asking me if I would be interested in being involved in this blog. I'm a huge Waltzingmouse fan. Claire has been a close friend of mine for almost 7 years now, we met when our daughters were at nursery school together & have been buddies ever since (we have consumed lots of tea & buns in that time lol). I've always admired her creative talents & I was so excited for her when she started producing stamps.

I'm a stay at home mum to two daughters aged 10 & 7, I have been married to Brian for almost 14 years. We live in Lisburn, N. Ireland. I've been making cards for a few years now and it was Claire who introduced me to stamping. I really enjoy card making, it helps me chill out - I'm a bit of a stress bunny ;)

I hope you enjoy this blog :)

Welcome to Waltzingmouse Makers!

Today is the first day for a new blog created by fans of Waltzingmouse Stamps!  Each of us will post an introduction to ourselves and then you will see a rotating posts with things we've made with Waltzingmouse Stamps.

None of us is affiliated in any way with the company.  Just fans.

I am Joan Bardee, also known on line as Joan B on the Gingerwood Bulletin Board and on Splitcoaststampers.  I discovered stamping about 7 years ago -- saw a jar of embossing powder in a craft store (I was there to pick up poster board for my son's science fair project) and the rest is history.

Discovered Claire Brennan, the owner and creative genius, and became a big fan.  For a short time I was loosely, and I mean loosely (!!) affiliated with Waltzingmouse but I quickly realized that anything that puts the words "requirement" and "stamping" in the same sentence does not work for me.  At least not now.

I am married, have one college attending son, and work full time as a lawyer for the Federal Government.  In what's left of my spare time, I stamp and I write!  I hope you enjoy our new blog. 

Oh, and my other blog is Paperlicious.

I Love Waltzingmouse Stamps

I am Donna and am thrilled that Joan invited me to join this special bloggers' group. I think it is going to be so much fun.

I have been a Papertrey fan for years and first met Claire (owner of Waltzingmouse Stamps), on the forum there. When she came out with her own line of clear stamp designs, I was so excited. I found Claire's style to be just what I was looking for. Her stamps are versatile and range from cute to classic. They are high quality stamps and I just love stamping with them. They come from Ireland, but her shipping is fast and the shipping price is actually less than I sometimes pay for shipping in the states.

I have been a stamper for about 15 years and still love to stamp as much as ever. I prefer clear stamps due to the ease of positioning as well as for storage. Hubby remodeled my stamp room (you can see pictures beginning August 1, 2008 in my personal stamping blog) and I set it up to store all my stamps in CD cases in drawers. All my stamps are unmounted from the wood and I have a growing collection of clear stamps. My blog is linked at the right side of this page.

I have been published several times over the years in Stamper's Sampler, The Rubber Stamper, and Take Ten. I quit submitting several years ago when I decided to just blog my cards rather than send them in, never to see the non-published ones again.

I am a teacher in a juvenile detention center and have been teaching all grades, all subjects, year round, for over 12 years. I am mom to 2 adult sons who are my pride and joy and have been married nearly 32 years to my husband, Jon who is a commercial salmon fisherman, volunteer firefighter, and also my substitute teacher. He has Parkinson's and almost a year ago had Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery, for which we are very thankful and willing to discuss with anyone who might have questions. I am hearing impaired but thanks to technology and a BAHA implant, I do just fine. We all live in Washington state.

Besides stamping, I have done tole painting and wood carving over the years. I love to read and I love holidays and all that goes with them. I like travel and Hawaii and Paris are my 2 favorite places to go. I like antiques and decorating my home with them. I must have chocolate daily!

My favorite stamping tools are my Slice, my Cuttlebug, and my Scor Pal. I am a die hard ATG adhesive gun fan. In addition to Waltzingmouse, I stamp with many brands of stamps such as Papertrey, SU, Hero Arts, Kitchen Sink, Crafty Secrets, Gina K. and basically anything that catches my fancy!

I am so happy you are joining us and cannot wait to see what you think of our creations!

Saturday, February 20, 2010


I'm so excited to be part of this new blog, thanks for the invitation Joan!

My name is Melissa Ladd and I've been been stamping for about 4 years. I originally found the papercrafting industry through scrapbooking after my son was born, and I was looking for something to help me organize all the thousands of photos we took during his first year!

I am a stay-at-home mom to my two little ones and I do a couple very part-time jobs. When I’m not crafting, I also like to read, travel and watch movies. I live with my family in the metro Washington DC area.

I first “met” Claire online before she founded Waltzingmouse Stamps and it’s been so fun to watch her dream come true! Her stamps are amazing in the detail they provide and the options for stamping diversity!

I show my projects on my blog .

I look forward to showing you my first project here very soon, thanks for stopping by today!