Monday, 4 April 2011

...SOAP Day 4...look who's joining us!!!

I'll be back later with my last SOAP sample, there's just too much going on today to put it into one post and I am excited to spill our big news!!

It is with great pleasure that we announce not one, not two, but THREE new Waltzingmouse Stamps Design Team members.  These ladies have amazing talent and we are fortunate to welcome them into the Waltzingmouse Stamps’ family.  Please stop by their blogs – experience their amazing talent, and show them some “crafting” love. 

Without further ado, may we introduce the newest Waltzingmouse Stamps Design Team members:

Tosha Leyendekker

My husband and I own a dairy in central California, and have been married for over 21 years.  I'm also a mother to two wonderful children (20 and 17), a lover of all things to do with nature, and an addicted paper crafter.  I have been stamping on and off for about 17 years.  After joining Splitcoaststampers in 2006, and finally getting up enough nerve to post my first project a year later, I've been going full steam ahead.  I love patterned papers, die cuts, punches, lace and bling.  The first time I saw Waltzingmouse images, I fell in love.  Claire has such a unique artistic flair, and I'm oh so honored to be joining this fabulous team of artists.

You may find Tosha’s blog at:

Kate Whelan
I am a bit of an anomaly for my age; I have never been married and I don't have children. I live in a townhome in a Minneapolis suburb with my beloved Bichon, Pookie.   I work in downtown Minneapolis for a large financial corporation. Now that I am finished with law school, and trying to establish a "normal life" routine, I have a lot more time for papercrafting. I have been making cards ever since I was a little girl. I have been stamping for a long time, probably about 15 years. I guess there really is a lot one can do with a folded piece of paper! I really love to stamp backgrounds, which is one of the reasons I love Claire's stamps so much. I found Claire's website and have followed her along her Waltzingmouse journey. I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Claire, just about a year ago, while my parents and I were on a whirlwind tour of Ireland. Claire is a lovely and immensely talented person and I am beyond ecstatic to have the opportunity to showcase her wonderful images!
You may find Kate’s blog at:

Niki Estes

Hi Everyone!  I live in Oregon with my husband and our three beautiful children.  I grew up loving to draw and create things.  When my oldest son was born in 2003, I began scrapbooking as a way to preserve all the photos and memories of our family.  In 2007, I decided it would be fun to include some stamping in my layouts.    I've been an avid stamper and cardmaker as well as scrapbooker ever since.   I love the stamp designs at Waltzingmouse Stamps and I'm very excited and honored to get to work with Claire and all the design team ladies.

You may find Niki’s blog at:

So here is the list of folks who will be parading with me today!! Today we are featuring an older set - Spring Baskets - can't wait to see what the ladies have done with this one!!!!

The Competition
Now it’s time for you to get your craftiness on as we invite you to participate in a CASE (Copy and Share Everything) competition.

Find a card or project from any of the projects posted over the past few days by the WMS Design Team, and CASE that project using Waltzingmouse Stamp images. You don't have to use images from the March release, we're hoping that the SOAP event will provide inspiration for everyone, as well as the folks who have their March goodies to hand!
Later today, on this blog, I will put up the official competition thread - there will be an Inlinkz facility where you can link your project.

At the end of the competition, one project will be randomly selected to be highlighted with a Parade of its own on several of the Design Team blogs.

We hope you will enjoy this competition and that it will inspire your creativity. You have one week to complete and link your project as the competition will close on April 10th at 8:00 AM Claire’s time, which is 3 AM Eastern, 2 AM Central and Midnight, Pacific time.

The winner will be announced here on my blog on April 11th.


  1. Oh what fabulous news! These ladies are so talented and I cannot even wait to see all of the lovely things they make with Waltzingmouse Stamps! Congratulations to you all!

  2. Welcome Tosha, Kate and Niki... looking forward to seeing your fabulous creations.

  3. Welcome to the new DT members ... fabulous creations from everyone ... it'll be hard to pick one to CASE!

  4. Welcome Tosh, Kate, and Niki! I can't wait to see what you all create with WMS!!

  5. I had a sneeky feeling that Niki was joining the WMS crew!! :) Welcome to the new ladies, I can't wait to visit your blogs!

  6. It has been a fantastic four days of SOAP hopera heaven, Claire! The creations have been wonderful. And the news of the talented new DT members is the best part.

  7. There is so much loveliness to case out there - what an interesting competition. I have enjoyed looking at how people use your stamps, Claire and getting ideas for myself along the way. Good thinking 99!

  8. Congrats to the new DT members - great choices as I have admired each of their blogs. I can't wait to see what future creations they design with WMS:)

  9. Yay for three new DT members. All the samples in the SOAP hops are so lovely. Going to make sure I have time to CASE something!

  10. If you look up "dream team" in the dictionary, I'm pretty sure this list of names would be there. Congratulations Claire! You have the BEST there is!

  11. Claire, you have a fantastic design team!!! I want to CASE so many of the cards and projects, and I don't have that many hours in the day:-)
    You and they have done a fantastic job and certainly have inspired me!!

  12. Wohooo - what a talent pool you have got here, Claire. @Tosha, @Niki, @Kate - welcome welcome to the group - oh how i can't wait to see your creations!

  13. Wohooo - what a talent pool you have got here, Claire. @Tosha, @Niki, @Kate - welcome welcome to the group - oh how i can't wait to see your creations!


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