She's got a smile that totally lights up the room the minute she walks in--there is such a warmth, friendliness, and sense of fun about her! It makes me envy the good times folks must have in the classes she teaches at her shop. Lucky ducks all!
Stephanie is a 3D paper fun-addict and loves to "make things"! She was kinda shy and hesitant about being a guest designer for us, but, I finally woo'd her into doing it with my charms ! Hah! When I received her box of creations, I fell off my chair--I can't wait to share these darling treasures with ya'!
But, first, let me tell you a little more about Stephanie:
She's a former television journalist (I know-- I blurted "GET OUT!" when I learned that!), who decided after her son, Miles, was born, that she had had enough of working 12 hours shifts, and reporting dismal news. It was time to find something new, and, with the support of her husband Ken, since she loved paper and happy colors, she opened up The Paper Garden Boutique! Filled with all of Stephanie's most favorite things, it quickly became, and is, "the happy place" for many stampers and paper crafters in the Sacremento, CA area.
We asked Stephanie to share a little bit more about herself with this fun little word-association questionnaire:
- Name - Stephanie Nishikawa-Yee
- Stamping - I don’t know how to draw, so I was so happy to discover stamping!
- Style - Simple and glittery!
- Inspiration - I feel I’m a freak sometimes, I get inspired while looking at the graphics or colors on someone’s t-shirt or purse, I think hmmmmmm…. I can use those colors and flourishes and birds and use them on a card design. I wonder about myself sometimes.
- Color - Robin’s egg blue and Milk glass green are my favorite colors
- Work space – I have a bar area at my store that will seat 12 people comfortably. The table top is a giant black granite slab that I work on and I can spread out all of my supplies. I don’t stamp at home anymore.
- Perfect day – Everyday is a perfect day now, the dream to own my own business is now a reality!
- First job – I filed golf receipts at my parents’ best friends' golf course in Fremont, California
- Ink – Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink pads and Versafine black
- Family - I have *the* best husband in the world (I’m not just saying that). Ken comes to work in the store every weekend without complaints and he is a much better sales person than I am. My 2.5 year old adorable son, Miles, who loves only choo choo and truck stamps. I also have my two cousins Laurie and Kelley working at the store and are the best worker bees--I am the luckiest entrepreneur!
- Beverage – uhhhhh . . . Diet Red Bull . . . or water . . .
I'll share a little more about Stephanie in the next installment of this series, but, for now, I wanted to let you know that Stephanie has selected her prize for our Guest Designer Drawing! If you leave a comment, one only per article, please, your name will be entered into a drawing for the Gerbera Daisy (Yesssss!!! One of my all-tine faves, too!) and the 4 Bar Light Blue Kitchen Collection Notes! And, we'll probably slip in some of our faboo ribbon, too! *wink*
Look at how she combined these great floral images together, by clustering them in the corner! I cannot want to try this myself--I think the effect is fantastic, and I loved the extra bit of dazzle she added with the bright yellow Stickles not only in the center of some of the flowers, but along the scallop edge of the pocket--she loves glitter, that girl!
Matching tags, and place-cards don't get much easier than this! And, did you notice how she "edged" each of the white layers by simply tapping the edge of the ink pad against the edge of the paper? This is a great finishing touch that gives more contrast, but without adding the bulk of additional layering!
The "just a note" notepad papers are clamped together by a heavy duty office magnet/clip --easy to find on your file cabinet. And, she cleverly made a "custom" tape dispenser by using the original paper insert as a pattern.
A matching pen and and steno pad complete the ensemble, and make for wonderful gift!
By punching a scallop shape out, just beyond the fold line, Stephanie was able to create a fold-over bookmark. Small magnets on the inside make it so easy to mark your page! I loved how she used the Clear Twinkle Stickers for the window shade pulls on our little Book Store image!
Yup. It's a fortune cookie. Made from paper! It actually also serves as a place-card--on the opposite end of the little "fortune", it indicates what table you are seated at.
Wouldn't they be fun to have at an event? They are just too SWEET!!! Ooooh, and totally no-cal, as well! LOL!
Aren't these all fun? I wish you could have heard me as I was opening the box and pulling out each of these. I was pretty much squealing, "Shut up!!!" over everything! *chuckle*
Be sure to leave a comment, to enter the drawing, and I'll have another article next week to share with you featuring more of Stephanie's super-cute creations!