by Julie Ebersole
When Linda invited me to write about the newest A Muse Guest Designer, I was so tickled--I love having a chance to look at others' clever A Muse creations up close and personal. And, so, I am rather excited to be introducing you to Lexi Daly! Lexi and her family live in New Orleans! Over the last 8 years Lexi has operated a small business herself, from home, designing custom hand-stamped or digital stationary and greeting cards! She is also a super party planner--you've just got to spend some time in the "theme parties" gallery at her blog: Confetti! The spa CAKE will blow your mind!
Hi! My name is Lexi Daly. I'm beyond excited to be the A Muse guest designer this month! I've been stamping for about 8 years, but only recently found A Muse. I got hooked on blogging through Paper-Trufflez.com and Stamping Scoops and fell in love with everything A Muse thanks to Julie's and Emily's wonderful creations. From there, I found Linda's blog and those of the rest of the design team and I was even more hooked. But, it was the A *Muse*A*Palooza blog challenges that truly turned me into a junkie! When I saw Linda's post a while back about being guest designer, I responded immediately--actually I had to respond twice because I hit send too fast! It was late and I was about to go to bed, when my new email "pop'd" with a response--needless to say, I had trouble getting to sleep that night despite the time and the exhaustion I'd felt only minutes before!
Choosing my stamps was tough, but, getting the box of goodies was a lot like Christmas. It was also a little like Halloween--scary! I had to just lay it all out and stare at it at first. How to begin? Would my designs measure up? I'm not an insecure stamper--I like my work. But everyone likes something different and I'm following behind some really great stampers here. And there are more out there sharing their work, too. Finally, jumping in seemed to be the best route and things just took off from there. Having newly released stamps and two of my favorite holidays to focus on made my job much easier! To conserve my A Muse mojo while working on my cards, I held back from posting A Muse designs on my blog, surfing and commenting on Splitcoaststampers.com and playing the challenges on the new "amuseaddicts" yahoo group, but you can bet I'll be getting back to all of that soon! I hope you find something in my work that inspires you, cause that's what it's all about. Thank you so much, Linda, for this wonderful opportunity to share!
Best Witches: Check out owl, here, just hangin' out on his broom, waitin' for some Spooky Boo Day action! It may be difficult to tell in the photo here, but orange, black & purple are the three colors primarily used in this sample. I love how she tied these three colors from the paper and coloring altogether with the ribbons she used to embellish the card. The buckle/band on the hat and the broom have been detailed with sparkly Stardust pens, and if you look closely, you can see that Lexi used the "Out of the box" technique--take a look at the tip of the hat! Instead of trimming completely square all around the focal, she dropped the top cutting line a bit, to allow the hat to extend beyond the edge, making it just a little more fun and interesting!
Pumpkin Tree: This is one of those fast & easy designs that everybody should have in their stash! Need a card in 5 minutes? This is POIFECT! I liked the effect of stamping the oval in a dark grey tone, but the tree in deep black--it gives a nice contrast. She only needed one marker to color the pumpkins in, and then went over those with a clear glaze pen so they gleam when you tilt the card in the light. And, SHAZAM!!! That's it!!! Gotta love it!
Hey, You . . . : I couldn't help but LOL over this card! "Hey, you guys, there'll be no spookin' me tonight--I can SEE you hiding in the trees!!!" I liked how she used the border image from the Clear Personal Stationary set to accent and define the different areas on the card, separating the greeting. And, to make the trees more conducive to the ghostly effect, she colored them in with black ink. By doing this, she didn't have to mask the trees, to make the ghosts appear to be hiding behind them! CLEVER GIRL!
Haunted House: I'm just guessing, but, doesn't the black stitched ribbon on this make you think of a street in front of the Haunted House? Did she intend it? I dunno, but I love the illusion it lends to this card--spooky house, spooky trees, on a spooky street! ooOOoooOOOooo! LOL! She accented the pumpkins, and the eaves of the house with Glaze Pens, so they have a nice shiny gleam to them, but, what I found most enchanting about this design was that she stamped the house twice, trimming out the 2nd one and 3D mounting it! Fantastic!
I have many more of Lexi's designs to share, so stay tuned. And, just wait 'til you see what she did with the Costume Shop!!!