Meet Greta Smithson, of New Hampshire!
Before I begin sharing Greta's wonderful designs, I gotta tell ya' WHY we're bouncin' around here, of course!
Greta was one of the very first Creative Designers on our Team! Life got a bit hectic and she stepped down a few years back, but, we always remember how exciting it was to receive a box filled with her wondermous creations and, we're pretty gosh-darn thrilled to be able to share her designs once again with all of you in this month of October!
Here's a little more, from Greta herself:
I live in Northern New Hampshire and have owned my own retail gift shop, The Moose's Antler, for the last 15 years. Besides gifts, we carry a lot of lodge decor and moose merchandise for the tourists, because moose are common up here!
Several years ago, I added a stamp "department" since there was no place near to buy supplies--even the closest chain craft store is 2 hours away. Needless to say, I am thrilled with the new A Muse moose stamp (you'll see him appear in the coming Guest Designer articles this month)! My business is seasonal so during the long, snowy winters I get to hibernate and stamp!
I enjoy spending time with my family and love being a "Grammie". Stamping and card-making have edged out most of my other hobbies, but, I still fit in a little reading, knitting, and quilting--especially in the winter!
Without any further delay, I'm tickled to share some of Greta's clever Halloween designs:
Talk about quick, easy AND cute! What got me about this design, was how she cut apart the letters in "Boo!" and fanned them out behind the circle punches. A little bit of Yellow Stickles, and a pre-printed note card make this a snap to mass produce.
After removing the mask, she stamped the tree into place. I thought the rounded tag for the sentiment was a perfect way to highlight it, and, instead of knotting the Yellow Stitched Grosgrain, she tied it together with some black twine, for additional contrast and interest.
A simple piece of folded card stock as a "header", with another rounded tag for a label, and a 3D mounted Trick or Treater make this candy corn treat, especially sweet!
And, isn't this little box just da' bomb??!!! When I opened it, it dawned on me how she had constructed it and it's so easy, you could make dozens and dozens of 'em in no time flat! I drew up a diagram and some brief instructions, so you can download it and try for yourself, because these are just too quick and fun to resist!
Be sure to leave a comment (1 only please!) to this article so your name will be entered into a random drawing at the end of our Guest Designer series on Greta! Greta's going to pick a favorite A Muse stamp, and some of our fun note cards, and next week, I'll share what she chose for this give-away!
Thanks for stopping by, and let me know if you try Greta's boxes--aren't they just the cutest?
I also enjoyed reading about some of your Fall traditions--leaf peeping in Virginia sounds like something our family would get a kick out of, too! And, I'll be sure to dig out my pumpkin dip recipe and post that for those of you that expressed interest--oh, it is yuuUUUuuuuumm-eee! *chuckle*