Be­sides pa­per craft­ing, how do you en­joy spend­ing your time? Smile

CardMaker - - Meet The Designers - Deb­o­rah Nolan

I love to read or lis­ten to books on my iPhone if I’m by my­self. When I’m with my fam­ily, I like to har­mo­nize with my hus­band when he plays the man­dolin af­ter din­ner, and I love hang­ing out with my daugh­ter be­cause she’s a laugh riot!

Where do you get in­spi­ra­tion for new de­signs?

I like to do searches on Pin­ter­est for dif­fer­ent lo­cales and cul­tures—there are so many amaz­ing and fresh color com­bi­na­tions and shapes and pat­terns that it’s im­pos­si­ble not to get in­spired. I also like to take pictures of prod­uct pack­ag­ing in the gro­cery store (mainly for color in­spi­ra­tion).

Do you have a fa­vorite pa­per­craft­ing tip to pass along to our read­ers?

I’ve been a huge fan of cof­fee fil­ters for years; they’re cheap, lint-free, and have nearly un­lim­ited uses. You can use them to clean stamps, blot projects and wipe up spills, or har­ness small parts and bling while mak­ing cards. They’re also ex­cel­lent to use with em­boss­ing pow­der or glit­ter to trans­fer the ex­cess back into the jar. You can also stamp, ink and diecut them to ac­cent a project or use them as pad­ding for a card to pro­tect bling from be­ing crushed in the mail.

Please share a fa­vorite stor­age tip.

One of my fa­vorite “stu­dio” stor­age units is the IKEA Råskog util­ity cart. I have three to hold the sup­plies and tools I use most. I can roll out the carts to ac­cess the drawer units be­hind them and then roll them back in when I’m fin­ished. They also of­fer greater free­dom of mo­bil­ity. Like Wi-Fi and my lap­top freed me from my desk, these carts al­low me to cre­ate any­where I can roll them! • 1. Form a 51/2 x 41/4-inch card from white card­stock.

2. Die-cut Vi­gnette Flo­ral Branch from a 5 x 41/4-inch piece of white card­stock.

3. Leave die-cut por­tion, ex­cept for two flow­ers, in card­stock panel and se­cure in place with tape on back.

4. Place card­stock panel on card front, align­ing right edges, and lightly trace in­side petals and flower cen­ters with pen­cil. Re­move panel.

5. Color in flow­ers on card front us­ing darker color near flower cen­ters.

6. Die-cut sen­ti­ment from turquoise card­stock; ad­here to card­stock panel.

7. Cut a 1/2 x 41/4-inch strip of striped pat­terned pa­per; ad­here to left side of card.

8. Ad­here die-cut panel to card with foam tape.

9. Ad­here se­quins and pearls us­ing matte medium as ad­he­sive. •

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