Friday, 22 March 2013

Waltzingmouse Stamps Friendly Feature

Today we introduce a new monthly feature on the Waltzingmouse Makes blog – a Friendly Feature of some of our most loyal fans and customers, and it’s especially exciting to feature our friend, Deborah Frings.

Deborah has been a true cheerleader for Waltzingmouse Stamps since the beginning, playing along with Blog Parties, and our sketch challenges week after week. Today Deborah bring us two adorable projects. Let’s take a look.

Hi everyone! Keeping secrets can be really tough, especially if you’ve been asked to guest blog for your favourite shop. I was jumping up and down with delight when I got an email from Lynn and Claire inviting me to “strut my WMS stuff” on the blog. So here goes!

I decided to make a card and a household project. I used some stamps that haven’t seen ink for a while. This pretty birthday card features the lovely Earth Angel set and some paper from the newly released Folk Art ‘Clean Collection’ 12 X 12 digital papers.


The background paper comes from the “Clean Collection” and I know that you might be wondering how I got green paper. I opened the image in Adobe Lightroom, photo editing software, and then applied one of the colour treatments which resulted in a pretty pale green which I saved separately.

IMG_2785During the recent Blog Party I saw Tara’s card and really liked the way she used the Folk Art frame - so I CASE’d (Copy and Share Everything) it. I stamped the frame in Versamark, and heat embossed it with white embossing powder, cut it out and then painted it with Twinkling H20s. In real-life it has a lovely shimmer.

I stamped the Earth Angel twice, once on white cardstock and again on the green paper. I coloured her face, hands and shoes and cut out the image. I painted over the green dress with a light wash of lilac paint and glued it to the cut out image. To make the wings I stamped in Versamark on vellum and heat embossed with iridescent embossing powder. I added some colour to the reverse of the wings with pencils.

For the inside I cut a panel of green paper and white cardstock, stamping a bold sentiment and a couple of medallions.

I got the idea for my next project from Jennifer Holmes - she made a beautiful Recipe Book last year when French Country was launched. I made a box to store my recipe cards – I needed to update a lot of my recipes since moving to the US, so this is an on-going project.


For my box lid, I was inspired to use the colours from the fruit bowl I made a few weeks ago. The base is deep jade (almost an exact match to Island Indigo), pale yellow and a pale blue/green colour.

I stamped the pattern onto a sheet of A3 white cardstock. It was so easy to make - here are a few photos showing the steps:

IMG_2736I used my Fiskars stamp press to stamp all the images - it really is easy to line images up with this tool.

IMG_2741 The second photo shows the paper on its way to completion as I filled in the white spaces.


This last picture shows the completed page.

IMG_2756To cover my box lid, I put the lid onto the reverse side of the paper, drew around the box and then extended the lines to show where to cut.


Once cut out, I applied Perfect Paper Adhesive all over the card and put the lid back onto the cardstock and folded the over the edges, keeping it as smooth as possible.


For the label I cut a mat layer in Island Indigo cardstock and a white panel on to which I stamped the Box Label from my French Country stamp set that I bought when it first came out and have been meaning to make a recipe box for ages. I was so pleased to finally ink up the stamps.

Before attaching the label to the top of the box I applied a thin layer of the paper adhesive all over the lid and label to protect them – giving it a slightly waterproof layer.


To finish the box, I made several recipe cards. I bought some 5” ×8” index cards and simply stamped a selection of border stamps along the edges - using the same colours that I used on the medallion pattern. Here’s an example of a finished card – I still need to make many more!!


Thank you so much for your time today. I hope you’ve enjoyed the project I made with my Waltzingmouse Stamps. I’m very lucky as I have all Claire’s stamps and a quick look at older cards show that I use them a lot.

My favourite set is Free Spirit Boy and I use it often, but I thought this would be a good opportunity to play with some of my less used sets.

Thanks to Claire and Lynn for inviting me to “strut my WMS stuff” - I’ve had a blast!



First Project:

Stamps: WMS – Earth Angel, Folk Art Labels 25, Folk Art Medallion; My Favorite Things - Favorite Sentiments

Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Distress - Shaded Lilac

Dies: Spellbinders - Labels 25 (S5-077) # 3

Accessories: WMS - Folk Art “Clean Collection” design paper; Twinkling H2Os - Iridescent Green, Irish Mist, French Lilac; White and Kaleidoscope embossing powders; Stampin’ Up! - Wisteria Wonder card; Promarkers and Copics; White luster cardstock and vellum from stash.

Second Project:

Stamps: WMS - Folk Art Medallion, Little Box Labels, French Country, Pic-Nic Patterns, Off Beat Backgrounds, Gingham & Co., Heirloom Patterns, Chicken Wire 

Inks: Memento - Teal Zeal, Pistachio; Stampin’ Up! - Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green

Dies: Spellbinders - Labels Five (S4-229) #5 & 6

Accessories: SU Card - Island Indigo; Promarkers - Canary, Khaki, Pastel Beige, Oatmeal; A3 white card; Large (8½” × 11”) index box; Index Cards 8”×5”


  1. What fabulous project Deborah, all featuring our favourite stamps! I love that recipe box, and the gorgeous colours with this medallion, and the sweet Earthangle card, so pretty!

  2. Love your recipe box idea...the colours are really fresh and pretty. I don't have the angel set (yet!) ...I think its going on my wish list!!

  3. Congrats Deborah! Well done on keeping this quiet too!!!! Amazing projects - glad I helped inspire you!

  4. Nicely put together Deborah FABBY projects... Well Done!!

  5. What a fab idea for a blog feature! Love it. Well done, Deborah on a wonderful post. I love, love, love your recipe box. The cover is beautiful, and I adore the decoration on the index cards.

  6. congratulations, Deborah.....
    Love your box, thanks for the inspiration.
    Love from Holland.

  7. Thanks again - don't think I've stopped smiling since I got the email! Hugs xx

  8. Deborah - your recipe project is simply gorgeous and I just love the colours you chose and the inspiring 'hand stamped' paper. Love it!

  9. Gorgeous projects, Deb. You are a true embassador for wms!

  10. Beautiful work Deborah!
    I'm glad you mentioned the Free Spirit Boy set...I've seen you use it (love your work with it) and hope it restocks soon~hint, hint! ;)

  11. Your card is lovely Deborah - but as for the recipe box - Wow! Gorgeous!

  12. Wow....these are wonderful!! My new stamps came but, I haven't had time to play with've certainly inspired me!!

  13. FABULOUS project, Deb! LOVE the box and recipe cards! So PRETTY!

  14. Your projects are great Deborah! Thank You so much for sharing them with us!

  15. Wow Deborah, I'm so pleased you've been chosen for this feature, I love seeing you play along with all the challenges, you're a waltzingmouse staple! Love your project with the new folk medallions, I so need to organise my recipes, and this is great inspiration!Bx

  16. What a wonderful recipe box, Deborah, and congrats on your feature. Super job!!

  17. Deborah..thank you for sharing :) Lovely project !!! xxx Aneta

  18. SO happy to see Deborah featured here! That cookbook is AWESOME down to the very last detail - the printed recipe cards! I love the pattern paper and color palatte. Deborah is such a sweetie too! I couldn't think of a better person to start off this new feature!

  19. WONDERFUL Idea for the recipe box and cards! LOVE it! Great guest post:)

  20. Wow Deborah first of all congrats as being the feature. Your projects are just so you and so fabulous!

  21. Wow, Deborah, how lovely to find you here on the WMS blog! And to think I knew you *before* you were this famous stamper! The card and recipe box are great. The angel wings are so pretty. Enjoy Americanizing your recipes!

  22. Yay for you Deborah! I was so excited to see you "strutting your WM stuff" today. You went all out with your projects and it is obvious you are a WM true fan. I always love seeing what you create. Well-deserved honor!

  23. Congrats Deborah! Oh, you made some great projects here! Love the recipe box and all that goes in it. Beautiful stamping and colors. Earth Angel is a favorite of mine so of course I love that card! Bet that was hard to keep a secret …well deserved honor!

  24. Congratulations, Deborah! Your projects are fantastic!!

  25. You did a very nice job on the cards and the box, and as an added bonus - thank you for sharing the recipe!!

  26. Great feature. And Deborah was the perfect choice for the inaugural post. Lovely projects! The recipe box, especially, is beautiful. And the recipe cards. I've got a bunch of recipes that need organizing, too, so come on over! ;)

  27. Deborah - your recipe box is fantastic. It's something I've been meaning to do for ages...I really must get on with it! And congrats on being a featured friend!

  28. Deborah, you go girl!!! And strut your stuff you did!! Love everything you've made here - just love seeing all the wonderful crafty ideas for ways to use the stamps in every day life!! Awe.some!

  29. There's not a better person that could start this off, Deborah! :)
    YAY!!! :)
    And what fabulous projects...
    I absolutely LOVE that recipe box and cards...
    what a great gift it would make too!
    You did awesome...
    and it was so good seeing you here!:)

  30. SO happy to see you being featured on the blog, Deborah! These projects floored me! You know I was doing a happy dance with your Earth Angel her lilac dress and sparkling wings. Your patterned paper with Folk Art Medallion is unbelievable! Totally looks like you purchased it from the store, it's stamped perfectly and in such beautiful colors. How could I leave out the recipe cards? LOVE all of the different sets you featured for the borders. You even zoomed in and shared a recipe on that one, and it looks quite delish. Can't you tell that I loved your post?! :)

  31. Stunning projects Deborah.

  32. Wow Deborah!! You showcased WMS beautifully with your charming birthday card and recipe box!! Love the sparkly wings on the angle and your beautifully colored label. And your box is exquisite with your perfectly stamped images in such lovely colors, along with those fab borders along the recipe cards!! Congrats on being featured. A well deserved honor!!

  33. wowowow that recipe project is gorgeous. I love the style of the box and the cards. Great job!!

    Have a great day everybody
    Dunja xx

  34. Love the card but that recipe box is FABULOUS. It's given me a great idea for my husband next Christmas. He loves to cook and has an exercise book that's bursting at the seams. Oooo I love that Folk Art Medallion set - it's so much fun to play with. Thanks for sharing Deborah

  35. Very well strutted, Deborah!!! Hope you are enjoying life in MI.

  36. AMAZING creations Deborah. Love them all!


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