MEET THE DESIGNER: STACY MORGAN
With an eye for color and design, Stacy Morgan has quickly become one of CardMaker’s regular contributors. Since discovering paper crafting 12 years ago, Stacy has developed her skills and grown into a designer that is known for her attention to detail and quality workmanship. She is a member of several design teams including a term on the CardMaker Blog Team last year. She shares creative projects regularly on her blog Twinshappy Creations by Stacy (www.twinshappy.blogspot.com), and she also hosts a website called Sweet and Classic (www.sweetandclassic.com) where she shares project tutorials. We are excited to feature her in this issue and invite you to join us as we learn more about her creative journey!
Please tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been involved with paper crafting.
My name is Stacy Morgan or mom as I have been called for almost 13 years. Being a stay-at-home mom of twin boys has to be the hardest but most fulfilling job in the world. I have always been into arts and crafts in some manner, but I dove into paper crafting 12 years ago when I was invited to a Stampin' Up! party. I told my husband I probably wouldn't buy anything, but I ended up liking everything and buying a few things. I have been hooked on paper, ink and ribbon ever since.
What are the top five paper-crafting supplies you are never without?
That is a tough one. The one supply I can't live without would have to be white paper. I like a lot of white space on my creations. Some of my other must-have supplies are ribbon, pearls, rhinestones, Copic® markers and metal dies. I keep my cards clean and simple, but I am always amazed at what minimal accents can do to a creation.
Which is your favorite occasion or holiday to make cards for?
That would be Christmas! I work on Christmas cards year-round. This keeps me in the loving and giving spirit and brings a smile to my face. I really enjoy working with snowman images, so I use a lot of blue-and-white color schemes on my Christmas cards. I always create extra cards to send to our troops so they can send cards home to their families. There are several organizations that help distribute and deliver these cards.
Do you have a favorite card-making technique?
Very seldom will you find a creation of mine without scored borders. It adds that little extra touch without much fuss to an image panel. I don't know if that is necessarily a technique or more of an obsession of mine.
Where do you find inspiration for your card designs?
Previous issues of CardMaker magazine are a favorite resource of mine. I also browse several websites and forums on the Internet. One unusual source I use is our church bulletin; I like the way the graphics are laid out and the unique color designs on the front.
Besides paper crafting, what are some of your favorite things to do?
I am a foodie! So I love the Food Network. Tyler Florence is my favorite chef. I have tried most of his recipes and love every one of them. His Ultimate Cheesecake is my absolute favorite; it is creamy and has just the right texture for a proper cheesecake. If you add some fresh fruit coated in sugar as a topping it is to die for. In addition to food, watching movies and reading books are high on my list of fun things to do. Between my husband and the boys, we spend a lot of time on the range at competitive shooting matches on the weekends. However, I tend to be more of a spectator or squad mom than a competitor.
What are some of your favorite websites/magazines/ books?
I don't get a lot of magazines anymore, but a couple of my favorites orites are CardMaker and Inc. I love to o look at the creations others have done, e, and I am always on the lookout for a new technique or idea. I browse quite a few websites including Pinterest,est, Splitcoaststampers and many of f my fellow card makers' blogs. I have ea a love of reading books; it is something thing I have always enjoyed. I read mostly ostly Christian fiction books; however,r, I like many different genres fromm suspense to romance.
Do you have a favorite paperpercrafting tip to pass along to our readers?
Clean and simple is always classic. ssic. Your message and thoughts can n come across even in the simplestest of creations. •