CardMaker - - Meet The Designer -

My must-have card-mak­ing sup­plies are stitched dies and foam ad­he­sive.

No card is com­plete with­out foam ad­he­sive. It gives cards ex­tra di­men­sion which im­me­di­ately tells the re­ceiver that the card is hand­made, no mat­ter how per­fectly it is stamped. It shows that the card maker took ex­tra care when mak­ing it. When it comes to craft sup­plies, I can nev

er have enough beau­ti­ful, heavy card­stock in lovely col­ors. I ac­tu­ally have a small box full of die-cut squares of each card­stock color I have in my stash, and just taking them out, look­ing at them, and pair­ing them up will in­spire me to start a new card. My fa­vorite pa­per-craft­ing tech­nique is any­thing to do with col­or­ing. Col­or­ing with mark­ers or wa­ter­color pen­cils is re­lax­ing and fun. My reg­u­lar wa­ter­col­ors are very dear to me and even if I mostly use them for paint­ings (paint­ing wa­ter­col­ors is another pas­sion of mine), I try to bring them into my card mak­ing as of­ten as I can. I also can’t stop be­ing fas­ci­nated by em­boss­ing, both dry and heat, and die-cut­ting and the many dif­fer­ent ways you can use it. When I need de­sign in­spi­ra­tion, I browse the chal­lenge blogs I fol­low. I es­pe­cially love

mood boards or color/pic­ture chal­lenges. I have ac­tu­ally started us­ing these for my stu­dents when I teach em­broi­dery and they de­sign their own pic­tures. My fa­vorite junk food is pizza. If I could take a va­ca­tion any­where, I

would go to Nash­ville for the coun­try mu­sic and New Or­leans to lis­ten to jazz mu­sic. I would also love to show my son and hus­band one of my fa­vorite ci­ties in the world, Bos­ton, where I worked as an au pair for a year and a half when I was 20. The one word that best de­scribes me is cre­ative. At least that is what ev­ery­one says when they have to de­scribe me in a few words. My fa­vorite movie/tele­vi­sion show is a Swedish travel quiz show called On Track that has run for more than 20 years. The aim is to guess where they are head­ing by hear­ing clues and watch­ing a film as they travel to new ci­ties ev­ery week. I’m also a Sex and the

City girl.

I’d love to learn how to grow and make wine so that if we ever win the lot­tery, we can move to Tus­cany and own a win­ery where I would host wine tast­ings and hold wa­ter­color classes. I’m never with­out candy.

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