Waltzingmouse Stamps Design Team

My lovely Design Team ladies:

Hi everyone! I'm Julia Aston and I live in Massachusetts. I've been doing some kind of crafting since I was about 5 years old when my mother would set my sister and I up on the dining room table with papers, stickers and crayons! I've jumped from sewing, to quilling, to papermache and calligraphy - finally settling on stamping and scrapbooking where I've stuck for the past six or so years! I just love how I can create a beautiful card or craft with all the stamps, dies, and inks!! I was an elementary school teacher in the past - but I presently work full time as the administrative assistant in the Trauma Division at a Boston hospital. I have a grown son out living on his own and a wonderful husband who tolerates my stamping addiciton with very good humor! We also share our home with two sweet cats. Since I have to be at work all day - I'm usually up late at night stamping away in my craft room. When I'm not stamping you will find me hiking, kayaking or gardening. I can hardly believe my good fortune of being able to work on Claire's Waltzingmouse Design Team with all the other talented ladies!


Sandie Dunne


My name is Sandie Dunne and I live in the midlands of Ireland with my husband, 4 kiddos, 1 cat, 1 dog and an ever increasing population of fish. I left my Web Design job when my third child was born and have been a SAHM ever since. I happily spent 34yrs of my life without any inclination to craft but after meeting some very lovely American ladies, who are now close friends, I decided to give scrapbooking a try. I was a 'scrapper' for 2yrs before I made my first card {which was awful!!} - then I discovered stamps and fell in love. I have a paper obsession that I am not looking to cure and have been known to hot glue flowers to anything that stays still long enough. I used to run a monthly scrapbooking club but now I teach classes at crafting events around the country, which is a lot of fun - without all the admin work. When I'm not creating something I'm usually driving kiddos to school, Football, Hurling, Irish Dancing, etc, etc, etc.....  


Becca Feeken

Hi there, I’m Becca Feeken – a confessed craftaholic with a major weakness for die templates, stamps, paper engineering and all things crafty – along with a minor weakness in geeky things and gadgetry. Thank you Mom for putting me into Girl Scouts, making me participate in crafts and sitting me down at a sewing machine early in life; little did I know how much it would shape my life and evolve into such a passion! During my career years as a Network Engineer, I traveled quite a bit and only had time to be a collector of craft things and an observer. It was a perfect storm when I got my first stamp catalog in 1995. Although I do many crafts, paper crafting always seems to jump to the top of the list. It was during some hard times that I learned the sweetness of pouring my heart out into crafts and the therapy of creating beautiful things for others. I vowed to jump into the action and use every thing I own - I relish a day spent at my crafting table. I'm so grateful to be a part of the Waltzingmouse Stamps family. I’m a huge fan; the brilliance of design makes the Waltzingmouse products such a pleasure to work with. 


Jeanne Jachna

Hi! I’m Jeanne Jachna. I’m a married, stay at home mom of two teenagers, and one very active Akita puppy. I live in Northwest Indiana near Chicago. I like to read, garden, and cook, but I have been completely captivated by card making. I can’t resist a new set of stamps, bling, big bows and colorful paper. I love to layer on lots of die cuts and mix different patterned papers together. I am obsessed with Waltzingmouse Stamps and love the Victorian influence in their designs. I have been impressed by the talented designers I’ve been introduced to through Waltzingmouse, and touched by their kindness. I'm delighted and honored to be a part of the Waltzingmouse Team. 

Karin Akesdotter

My name is Karin Åkesdotter and I live in Gothenburg Sweden with my husband and our 5-year-old son. I studied arts and Craft with focus on textiles fro 5 years at the University of Gothenburg and now teach needlework and language full time at a 7-9 grade school. I love my work and my students, but always wish I had more time for my hobbies; cardmaking and watercolorpainting.

  I started my blog Peppermint Patty’s Papercraft in 2010 and have loved every minute. I've had so much fun, made some wonderful new friends from all over the World and have been published in my favorite Magazines and also received some awards that I’m really proud of! I am so excited to be part of the WMS Design Team because I absolutely LOVE Claire's wonderful designs and high quality dies.


  Tosha Leyendekker

Hi! My name is Tosha Leyendekker, and I live in Central California with my Dairyman/Farmer husband and our two dogs. My two kids are grown and live out of state, so we are truly empty nesters. Thankfully I have my paper crafting to keep me busy. I’ve been stamping for at least 15 years (I’ve lost track.), but it didn’t become a major part of my life until I started participating in the Splitcoaststampers challenges in 2007. I've been going full steam ahead ever since. It's been a pure delight designing for Waltzingmouse Stamps. Not only is Claire a gem, but her images are always inspiring as is the wonderful WMS Design Team. I’m truly blessed to work with such kind and talented ladies from around the world.  

Hi! My name is Lynn Mercurio and I live in the St. Louis area with my husband and our 4-legged fur-baby, Allie - a Golden Retriever. I work full-time as an executive assistant but would much rather be at home in my craft space, happily working on a project or two. On any given week night, or during the weekend, you will find me working on something craft related.

It was inevitable that I would find a creative outlet. I was surrounded by creativity since birth. My mom was a creative soul, dabbling in the arts in one form or another for as long as I can remember. I began scrapbooking in 1997 but wasn't a serious crafter until 2005 when a co-worker introduced me to stamping. From that moment on, I was hooked and knew that I had found my passion in paper crafting. Whether making cards or documenting memories through scrapbooking, there just is no comparison to the joy of creating.

Hi! My name is Laurie Schmidlin and I live in Southwest Montana with my husband and four children (and a myriad of pets)! I've been stamping for 17 years now, and I couldn't imagine my life without this fun and fulfilling hobby! I have been a huge fan of Waltzingmouse ever since I ordered my first set (Oven Fresh Gingerbread Joy) several years ago! I am so honored to be a part of this team, and can't wait to see all of the goodies Claire has in store for us!

I live in Pittsburgh, PA with my husband and two dogs. I spend my days working as the Natural Resources Permitting Coordinator for a utility company, but spend my evenings in my studio getting crafty. I love to create my own stamped patterns and backgrounds and can't get enough of fussy cutting. When my mojo needs a little nudge, I like to browse magazines and play along with different challenges. When I'm not crafting, I love to bake and spend time outdoors birding or hiking with my husband. We are certified scuba divers and jump on any opportunity we have to dive. Waltzingmouse Stamps have been near and dear to my heart since Claire started, and I have more favorites than I can list. I am grateful to be a part of the Design Team and work alongside Claire and the other amazing ladies!

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