Hello! - I'm Claire and I run Waltzingmouse Stamps from my home here in Northern Ireland. I illustrate 99% of the stamps and dies, I pack them, I ship them, I answer the phone, email, fb requests and I make the tea. I have a really good friend in my USA shipper and she handles all of the USA orders for me, which is the reason I'm still relatively sane.
I began this crazy adventure form home when my husband suggested having my designs made into stamps here in UK. Up until then I had intended to submit designs to some stamp companies to see if I could get an illustrator post. I'm so glad I listened to MrB.
The first two stamp sets were launched from my blog and I’m delighted to say they ‘went down a storm!’ and so I designed some more, and then some more. I set up a proper online store in September 2009 - wow, what a steep learning curve that was - and I've been refining things ever since. I try to create designs that folks can use over and over again - I like things that can be used in different ways, many, many times. I'm all about getting the maximum value and I try not to create stamps that you will only use once. Our stamps sets are filled to the brim - many folks write back to tell me they are surprised at just how much we fit in one set. Our larger sets are especially jam packed!
I have thoroughly enjoyed connecting with the folks who use our stamps and I am learning all the time - I have three wee folk and I'm lucky to be doing what I love - running WMS means that I can be there for the school run and the dentist appointments and the sports day...
Our stamps are made in USA from top quality photopolymer. Our dies are thin steel dies manufactured in USA also. I spend a long time drawing these products and I use only the best quality materials that I can find. Our stamps are crystal clear and come mounted on clear carrier sheets and topped with printed index sheets so you can see what the stamps look like. Simply peel the stamp carefully away from the carrier sheet and mount onto a clear stamping block, then you can ink up and create. Care instructions are supplied with each set - or you can check our FAQ's here for how to care for your stamps. Our dies are steel and work with most leading die cut machines. Using our dies is easy - many are detabbed already, but some are supplied linked together - this video shows how to use them.
Thank you for visiting Waltzingmouse Stamps - I do hope you see something different here.