Today I have a special treat for you! Please join me in welcoming our Guest Designer for June... Lisa Strahl! You may know Lisa from her fabulous blog - Petite Palette. I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa in person at the CHA show in January and am excited to share her designs with you this month!
Lisa has created beautiful cards featuring our Floral and Everything's Rosy stamps as well as some fabulously clever Twilight inspired designs! I cannot wait to share them with you! To get things started, I'll let Lisa tell you a little about herself:
"My stamping journey began 6 years ago when I grudgingly told a friend that I would just buy her hand stamped cards. Would I like to learn how to stamp? No thanks, don't have the time or inclination, I said. Maybe I will just make some baby announcements, but that's it. And the rest as they say, is history.
I have had several amazing opportunities over the past 4 years as I have worked as a creative designer, design team coordinator, product designer and art director in this industry. From being ask to serve on the Splitcoast Dirty Dozen Design Team to attending Ranger University in New Jersey to exhibiting at and walking many CHA's - the craft industry's annual exhibition, it has been a whirlwind.
My time "behind the scenes" working for a manufacturer was extremely rewarding and challenging and I loved it. There came a time however, where I was not doing any creating or teaching due to time constraints. I am now teaching on a permanent basis at my local all rubber, rubber stamp store (yes, they still exist) and am feeling immensely fulfilled. The joy that I get to experience each time someone discovers a creative ability that they never new they had, well, that is priceless. I like to teach in a way that fosters self discovery. I want my students to make mistakes when I am there to help, so that they can go home and be successful in what they do. I am also enjoying doing some freelance design work.
This Guest Designer opportunity has quite literally been one of my most enjoyable experiences since taking up this hobby. The stamps, paper and charm of A Muse really spoke to me and it was *easy*. I can tell you honestly that there are many times that designing is anything but easy. Kudos to Linda and the other gals on her team who have build such a unique and lovely company.
I hope you will enjoy my silly sense of humor regarding Edward, Bella and Jacob the wolf. Can you deny that with my skin I even look like a Cullen? If you are not a fan of the book or movies, I apologize in advance and made the other designs just for you."
And now on to the cards!! Today's theme is Everything's Rosy and Lisa's designs are simply beautiful!
Lisa did some clever things with our clear circle stickers on this first design. She stamped the solid Chrysanthemum on white cardstock, applied a clear circle sticker and ran it gently through her Big Shot to burnish it to the paper then colored over the circle with a Copic marker! Such a cool effect! And you'll see there are also beautiful details on this design with the shimmer damask paper, ribbon, twinkles, and pearls!
Florals on Gingham
Lisa described this one layer card as a Five Minute Quickie and "Ode to Julie"! She stamped several images in different ink colors creating a beautiful floral collage! And I just love that she used Gingham as the card base! This is definitely one of my favs of all her designs!
Ooo - the "kissing" technique! Lisa used this fun technique to transfer the pattern from the woodgrain stamp onto the Flutterby stamp. Don't worry - you don't actually have to kiss the stamp! If you want to give it a try, simply ink the Flutterby stamp with Pearlescent Chocolate Brilliance, press your CLEAN woodgrain background stamp to it and then stamp to paper! If you look closely, you'll see that Lisa also inked the "flight" portion of the sentiment in a different color to make it stand out! And notice that she used pearls on the ends of the butterfly's antennae!
Melt Art Leaf
I've never played around with melt art, but after seeing this I might have to give it a try. This design is so cool and I LOVE that Lisa glittered the leaf! Here are a few notes from Lisa on how she created it: melt Platinum Ultra Thick Embossing Powder (UTEE) in the Melting Pot and pour a pool of it on a Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Ink stamp with permanent black ink and press into hot UTEE, allow to cool, pull piece away from stamp, fill in design with Turqoise Stickles.
Now as you may remember, a Guest Designer means that it's also giveaway time! We asked Lisa to choose a stamp and a pack of notecards to share with one lucky winner! So stay tuned to find out what Lisa has chosen! To enter for a chance to win, just leave a comment on this, and on each of the upcoming Guest Designer posts featuring Lisa's designs! (one comment per post please)