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CardMaker - - Contents - By Brooke Smith

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.twin­, and she also hosts a web­site called Sweet and Clas­sic (www.swee­tand­clas­ 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. •

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