Many of you may know her from the beautifully happy and clean designs she showcases at her blog, My Favorite Things
Dawn shared her biography with us, so we could get to know her even better:
My name is Dawn McVey and I have been stamping for about 4 years now, however my love of all things paper, was pretty fully developed by the time I was about TWO! Ha! I’ve been making my own cards for years, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I was introduced to Stampin’ Up! and it was about a year later that I became SU! demo myself. One of the things I love about stamping is being able to use my stamps to make high quality paper-crafted items that almost look store bought! I love being able to get the same image every time I stamp it and in any color I want it! Heehee! You can’t ‘run out’ of a stamped image! It’s yours to use over and over again!
I also enjoy scrapbooking, although I haven’t been doing much of that lately, as I’ve been busy pursuing my dreams of getting my cards published. My first cards were published in March 2008. You can find my work in Cards Magazine and later this year in Paper Crafts, Paper Crafts Card Creations 6 & Paper Trends! I have close to 30 cards scheduled to be published in magazines this year and I’m just SO excited!
Bart and I have been happily married for 7 years now. He always encourages me to go after my dreams. I couldn’t ask for a hubby more perfect for me! Bart and I LOVE to travel and have been blessed to go on some amazing trips together. Riley is our 60 lb. ‘baby’ – he’s a golden lab/shar-pei mix. :) I also love photography, reading, singing & blog-hopping.
I have been so amazed at the blessings God has brought to my life. Creativity is a tremendous blessing (wouldn’t you agree, especially during those moments when you feel like your mojo is complete toast! Haha!). I’m so grateful to have such a wonderful hobby that is so rewarding! I’ve made so many friends thru paper crafting and I’ve been given some awesome opportunities – working with A Muse, being one of them. What an honor!
Before I share this installment of Dawn's A Muse designs, I wanted to invite you to leave a comment (1 only per article, please!) on any of the articles in her Guest Designer series with us cuz she's picked out her A Muse favorites for us to give away to readers! WOO HOOOOO!!!
Eiffel Tower stamp
Pink Kitchen Collection 4 Bar Note Cards
How fun is this?! I loved how Dawn created a branch from the A Muse Twinkle Stickers for the darling owls in our Nature Set to perch upon!
The beautiful shades of cyan and moss green look wonderful against the dark green Kitchen Note.
I don't know what says sunshine or summer more than the fabled ice cream truck--Dawn's design here brought back plenty of great memories of my childhood when we'd all race to the change jar and slam out the front door when we heard the tell-tale tunes wafting up the street!
I love how she covered the truck with one of the Clear Scallop Square Stickers and then punched a hole and knotted some ribbon through it to create a fun charm for this design.
LOL! The mood is very "light" (hah--pun intended!) on this design, with the suggestion of a clandestine meeting under the glimmer of our elegant chandelier!
The Fancy Frame is a fabulous way to showcase it and creates a wonderful ornamental effect.
I thought it was very clever to layer the Kitchen Papers in this way to tie in all the colors used!
Ooh la la is right! This is probably one of the most clever uses of our Clear Stickers that I have seen in quite some time!
The scallop circle sticker was layered over a punched out circle of Kitchen Dark Brown Paper, and then affixed atop a larger scallop circle of vanilla paper.
By trimming out and layering the Eiffel Tower over the top, it creates a whole new depth and dimension for the finished embellishment on the design-- I'm pretty keen on this and can't wait to try it myself!
Thanks so much for poppin' in our newest Guest Designer, Dawn McVey--I have no doubt you've gotten some marvelous inspiration for your next creations! Be sure to leave a comment on this article so your name can be entered into Dawn's give away of the Eiffel Tower and Pink Kitchen Collection Notes--Dawn wants ya' to win!
--Julie See you again next week for more of Dawn's faboo designs!