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Inspired by……

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Good Morning! 

A couple of weeks ago, my dear friend and fabulously talented paper crafting artist, Kittie Caracciolo honored me on her blog as an artist she is inspired by!  I was so thrilled and honored by her post!
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Kittie is well known in crafting circles and on Splitcoast Stampers. She joined Splitcoast in 2004 and was inducted into the Dirty Dozen in 2007. We first became friends through the challenges on Splitcoast shortly after I joined in 2007 and I’ve always been inspired by her fabulous style and genuinely sweet personality. Kittie is a wonderful water colorist and ultra talented dimensional paper artist. She serves on the Impression Obsession design team and is a new member of the Splitcoast Featured Stamper Challenge hostesses. If you’ve never visited her blog, KittieKraft, pull up a chair and prepare to be amazed.

Along with this honor, Kittie asked that I answer a few questions and share a couple other artists who inspire me.

Here are the questions!

1. What am I working on?

Even when I’m not working on a release or a challenge (I love the challenges!), I’m always working things out in my head. Right now, I’m preparing for the Our Daily Bread designs release tomorrow and also a new release for DRS Designs. That means new Thanksgiving & Christmas images/dies! I also serve on the design teams for Serendipity Stamps, North Coast Creations and as one of the Hostesses for the Splitcoast Featured Stamper Challenge on Sundays.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

That’s a really tough question…I’m not sure it does. Friends tell me they recognize my cards before they even see the closeup but at the same time, they’re never sure what to expect… that’s it’s different every time. I love working with a lot of styles of images & I love to make my own backgrounds. My three biggies when designing are color, composition and construction. The main one being color. I adore color and especially contrasts. Most of the time I rely on my coloring skills to carry the card. And I love to try different techniques.

Here are some of my favorites from over the years (click on any picture to make it larger or go to original post info):

  NCC Birthday Poppies 03726 Blakes 8183     Anchor 04218   Beautiful Clover 01549   Hang On 9248
  Julie Warner -justwritedesigns - The Write Stuff Julie Warner -http://thewritestuff.justwritedesigns.com   Learning to Sail 9695
  Lighthouse 03873 Watercolor Pottery 02020 NCC Poppies 02605   Julie Warner -justwritedesigns - The Write Stuff   LSC249 Peace 4024
  Crayon Bday 04010 Get Well Teddy 02539  
  Summer Seascape combo Autumn Leaf Pears 6415 Flowers on a Grid 3352a1   Delft Tile Card   Deco Faces 8204 Classic Red 7639 Best Fishes 2929a1    Winter Eve 4161 Bluebonnet Sky 9867 Beautiful Geraniums 04234   FS290 Moonlit Lake 022
  Holiday Season 04088 Aloha 2820a1   Cherry Blossom Umbrella  01137 Hooked on You 01197 Julie Warner -justwritedesigns - The Write Stuff ic149-reindeer-1009a Red Checlle 03968 fs84-zig-or-zag797a Ruby Slippers 03030 Party Candles dk 9009   Sweet Stamps Flower Frame 02911   DDIC13 Fall is in the Air 3533a2
3. Why do I create what I do?

I feel driven to create and since I’m just a bit impatient, I love the almost instant gratification of creating cards..my mini artworks. I started out in water color but that grew to include a lot of other mediums. As long as I’m able to color, the method or medium doesn’t really matter. Creating for me is fulfilling, frustrating (when it doesn’t work as planned), and always gives me a sense of accomplishment when the project is finished.

4. How does your creative process work?

Usually with something I see. It could be a magazine picture or one on the internet..or a card that has a technique that I want to try. A lot of times I look at an image I want to work with and an idea or finished design will appear in my head. Sometimes it works out just as I envisioned, but most of the time it morphs and evolves as I work on it. If I get stuck, I work on backgrounds. I find they usually get me going and sooner or later, I’ll pull one out and it will be perfect for what I need at that time. I never throw things out, lol. Even if I’m not crazy about it as a whole, parts or pieces of it will usually end up in another project.

And now I get to nominate a couple of lovely ladies who are not only friends, but always so inspiring to me!

Karen Dunbrook – Snippets

photo I first met Karen when we were on the Innovative Stamp Creations design team in 2009 and our friendship continues through Splitcoast. Karen is always a favorite in the Splitcoast Challenges…her remarkable CAS (clean & simple) style is easily recognized. Karen currently does design work for Penny Black and is a regular in the SCS Challenges. From conversations/emails I know Karen has a super busy life as a caregiver for a group of little ones which doesn’t leave her a lot of extra time. If you haven’t, check out her blog Snippets and her SCS Gallery. You’ll be floored by her beautiful creations!

 

Jenny Gropp – One Krafty Kat

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Jenny & I first met around 2010 or 2011 (in real life, yay!). There are a group of us in the Atlanta area and we usually get together a couple of times during the year. Recently, we all went to the CHA Hobby Show in July. Jenny and I are on the Serendipity Stamps design team and we were also on the Outlines Rubber Stamps design team. Jenny is a super talented Copic colorist and super sweet lady. She also serves on the design teams for Impression Obsession, Perfect Paper Crafting and Impressive Ideas (a stamp store where she teaches classes and handles the purchasing). If you haven’t, check out her blog One Krafty Kat and you will be amazed at her creativity! 


Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and you’ll be inspired to check out the blogs of Kittie, Karen & Jenny!

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A big congrats to Katie, the newest Queen for the Day (QFTD220) on Splitcoast! She has a wonderful gallery and I was so pleased to be asked by Trish to be a Guest Designer for her crowning! There are a lot of cards I wanted to case, but THIS one really stuck in my head. I guess I’m just crazy for color…especially rainbows of color. That’s about the only thing my card has in common with Katie’s fun card. Not really sure how it went from cute little chicks to tall skyscrapers, but there you go.  

Christmas Rainbow 04145 For my card, I stamped my newly acquired Christmas scene twice and colored the buildings on both but only the sky/moon on one. I cut off the lower row w/ the Jingle Bell greeting in favor of a larger one underneath.  I die cut a square window on the black layer, and a slightly larger window on the white layer. The extra row of buildings was fussy cut and popped up on top of the window and slightly down.

After stamping the greeting, I added a single row of a die cut border and attached a rainbow strip behind it. This was a tad challenging since it’s a 3 row die & I also made the row shorter than the actual die. So to do this, I cut my strip the size I needed, put the die on top w/ only 1 row on the paper and only cut half way down. Took it out, and turned the die around (so it would have finished ends on both sides) and cut the other half. This is similar to the tutorial I did a long time ago: Resizing Your Nesties.  The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 and these are the Copics I used.
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Thanks so much for stopping by! Congrats again, Katie!

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Stamps: Crafty Individuals – Jingle Rooftop CI-254, Studio G (greeting)
Paper: X-Press It white, lblack
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versfine onyx (for the greeting)
Accessories:  Copic markers, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B  & square diesImpression Obsession grid die #172-1,, 
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For the CAS (clean & simple) challenge (CAS277), we are to case a former CAS DT member, Harriet (hskelly). I chose THIS card of Harriet’s. I have that same image, but I used a different, similar one. I also changed the layout and colors. 

The greeting was computer generated and printed onto card stock. I die cut a window out of the top section and stamped my scene on the cut out. A larger black panel was attached to the window/greeting section  After die cutting the scene a little smaller, I attached it back into the window. 

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A cut out tree, gull and gull on a post were added. The finished card is 5.50 x 4.25 and these are the Copics I used.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Stamps: Stampendous, Studio G (cut out palm tree & gull), Our Craft Lounge (gull on post)
Paper: X-Press It white, black
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Accessories: Copic markers, Spellbinders long rectangle & matting basics dies
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