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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):

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  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 Jacquie, the newest Featured Stamper (FS399) on Splitcoast! What a wonderful gallery she has! I chose THIS card to case. I love the arc w/ the greeting and the wreath, so I kept those. I used a different greeting, a darker pink and a different embossing folder.

After I white embossed half of the greeting (the rest was too big) on the dk pink, I used a French curve ruler to pencil in the arc and hand cut it. The white panel was die cut and embossed. I die cut 2 of the wreaths out of heavy vellum and sort of spliced pieces together to make it bigger. The white embossed snowflakes were fussy cut and added along w/ the sequins & gems. 

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Congrats again, Jacquie! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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I’m also entering this is Simon Says Wed Challenge…Anything Goes!

Supplies:

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps –Merry Christmas 133F, Snowflake set 1335G, Snowflake 356C
Paper: Xpress It , dk pink, vellum
Ink:  Colorbox frost white pigment
Accessories:  Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies, Darice embossing folder (wire fench),white embossing powder, French curve ruler, pink sequins, tiny rhinestones, Poppy Stamps die (Breezy Wreath)
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What a fun Inspiration Challenge (IC460) on Splitcoast! I was inspired by THIS item. The squares reminded me of this Trick or Treat image. I stamped it & colored it w/ Copics. The 3 little pigs were stamped on a separate piece, colored & fussy cut. I know it looks like I may have cut out the blocks of the Trick or Treat image, but I didn’t…it’s just colored that way 🙂 So this is a pretty simple, quick little card and these are the Copics I used.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! If you haven’t, please head on over and check out the DRS Thursday Challenge…this week, Leaf it to Me (use leaves on your card). DRS images are not required so be sure to link up your creation.

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Supplies:

Stamps: DRS Designs-  Trick or Treat Squares, Count Porkula
Paper: white, black
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Accessories:  Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies,  Copic markers
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