It's my pleasure to present to you our latest Guest Designer, Krystie Hersch! I first met Krystie down at the A Muse shop, and her energy and enthusiasm are so contagious--ya' just feel happy bein' around her!
Krystie's very clean, simple stamping style is fabulous and I know you'll find her creations totally inspiring! You can also visit her blog here: Cupcake Martini (With a tasty name like that, I'll bet you're already smackin' yer lips, eh?! *chuckle*)
Be sure to leave a comment (1 per article only, please), and you'll be entered into a drawing at the end of Krystie's Guest Designer series for her personal favorites:
- Hailey's Snowman (illustrated by Linda's daughter Hailey herself, to raise funds for Scleroderma Research)
- Cabana Blue Square Note Cards
Hello! My name is Krystie Hersch and I am SO excited to be the Guest
Designer for August!
I am married to a wonderful man named Jesse. We have a two year old
daughter named Elsa, and we're expecting another child in January. We
live in beautiful Western Washington. Prior to staying home with my
daughter, I worked in Office Management and HR.
I discovered stamping almost three years ago as a new
stay-at-home-mom. I've never been artistically inclined, yet I always
sought a creative outlet. I finally found a hobby that I was
passionate about when I stumbled upon a stamping catalog. I ordered a
starter kit and was instantly hooked!
My love of A Muse stamps began when my mom and I signed up for several
of Julie's classes at the A Muse shop. I left with a ton of ideas and
a huge wishlist. I've been a big fan ever since. I'm lucky enough to
live near the A Muse store in Seattle and visit often!
I had so much fun working on my Guest Designer cards, I hope that you
To a deer friend
Krystie chose a very soft and subtle palette here to showcase our newest deer, "Fawn", from the A Muse-a-Palooza 08 Release! Isn't she so sweet in this design?!
She gently sponged some color in the background, and notice how she elected to outline Fawn with color, rather than filling in--a fantastic approach I can't wait to try.
The grass element was punched from white card stock, and also sponged to continue the same soft, subtle effect.
Surprise & Delight
CindyLoo, also from the A-Muse-a-Palooza release, is excited and ready for Christmas, as you can see in this fun design! Her candy cane and the heart on her little pajamas have been highlighted with red glitter for a tiny touch of dazzle.
In this design, Krystie strayed outside the lines with her coloring to yield a wonderful effect with the mossy green she chose, and finished off the design by using a clear glaze atop the leaves. It created a wonderfully glossy and dimensional effect that really sets the whole design off beautifully!
A Beautiful Day!
Aaaaaaah, Krystie snagged a bunch of my favorites to use on this creation--lemme count 'em:
- "have a beautiful day"
- green and cyan color combo
- clear domed stickers
- white base card
I love how she used the pattern of the cottage green argyle paper for contrast and interest, and how it sets off the trio of daisies--trios or odd numbers of things are frequently very visually pleasing to the eye.
The hint of black makes for a striking, yet not overwhelming color accent, and the finishing touch of the dome stickers really makes the whole design POP!
Thanks so much for joining me, and I hope you'll come back next week to see more of Krystie's lovely work, and I'll also have some fun tidbits to share about the designer herself!