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