Tuesday, July 5, 2016

What would you ask a stamp designer if you could?

Each stamper has a favorite style or favorite stamp company. Whether it's the cute cartoon style of Lawn Fawn or the realism of Darkroom Doors Photo Stamps you have a favorite style. 

So if you were to meet a stamp designer and could ask just a couple of questions what would you say? Would you ask about their crafting/creating space? Would you ask about their personal life? Would you ask what they are working on for the future? They probably are sworn to secrecy on that one.

I would like to know how they know what will be trendy. Pineapples, flamingos, and mermaids are everywhere right now. How did everyone everywhere decide this was going to be the THING this summer? OK granted they are summery images but they weren't popular last summer.

Comment below and let me know - what would you ask?



Happy Crafting,

Monday, June 27, 2016

Man Week Continues - Anthony Gilbert

My apologies to Anthony Gilbert. The craziness of this weekend and work deadlines postponed his time in the spotlight.

Anthony Gilbert lives in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been crafting since he was a child because his mother was a teacher and craftaholic.

He has been paper crafting for the past 13 years, and it all began with making holiday gift tags. "After purchasing a few stamps, stamp pads, and paper, I have accumulated enough paper crafting supplies to open my own store.

"My craft room has also grown from a corner desk to a 12’ x 24’ room. In this space, I can accommodate up to 12 crafters. I host a monthly group of crafters and also have guest instructors come to my home and teach their ideas and techniques.

"My goal had been to start my own stamping/paper crafting business and that day has finally arrived!

"I design cards, scrapbook page kits as well as complete scrapbooks. These items all include multiple techniques and feature many different stamping/paper crafting companies products." You can check out his list of favorite companies on his website, Anthony's Paper Craft.

Anthony is a zentangler.
Anthony is also a traveling teacher and demonstrator at rubber stamping conventions in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. He is also a staff member and designer for The Embellished Scrapbook Boutique in Sandusky, Ohio. He has a nice little online shop where he sells stamps he has designed.

"My stamps are not all hand-drawn. The string art stamps are drawn by me and the fireplace and mantels are drawn by Eric Dull from eMagine paper arts in Grafton Ohio.

"I am releasing a geometric line this week that are hand-drawn that are geared to the folks who like to Zentangle. Others are scheduled for release in August and September. My goal is to replace all the stamps with original hand-drawn artwork."

Zentangle is a form of artistic meditation through a very specific Method of deliberate intention that produces non-objective drawings composed of patterns (tangles) that can be viewed from all four sides. Zentangle is about process, not outcome.

—http://tanglepatterns.com/zentangles/what-is-a-zentangle 


Coming soon to Anthony's shop.

Check out Anthony online: Facebook and Anthony's Paper Craft.


Happy Crafting,

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Man Week Continues - Meet Steven Barlow


Steven Barlow is 24 years young and lives in Australia with his partner Nathan and their 6-year-old daughter, Gemma.

"I have loved Paper and Pens since I was a child. My Christmas's were filled with markers and pencils of all kinds while my brother got action figures and a skateboard. I dabbled in Scrapbooking during my teens but kept this hidden as it wasn't what my friends would call "normal". About two years ago was when I really decided to forget what society believed was normal for a man and start taking my passion for paper crafting to the next level. Ever since most of my time (other than family time) is either spent in my Craft room getting messy or shopping for craft supplies.

"I love all types of crafting and will give anything a shot. However, card making is my main passion. My style isn't what I would call manly and most of my creations include shimmer of some sort. My favorite techniques are those of which involve getting messy. There's nothing more fun than having ink and glitter everywhere. Nathan disagrees. LOL

"I love watercolors, Copics, and Distress Products. There are so many incredible stamp companies out there, but I am generally attracted to products that are unique. I am in the midst of creating a blog and cannot wait to start sharing how my cards came to life!"

Art Impression Cats peeking out of a colorful shaker card
Art Impression Cats peeking out of a colorful shaker card
Art Impression Cats peeking out of a colorful shaker card
Art Impression Cats peeking out of a colorful shaker card



Art Impression featuring an action wobble backside.
Art Impression featuring
an action wobble backside.
Art Impression featuring  an action wobble foam finger
Art Impression featuring 
an action wobble foam finger.
Art Impression spinner
Art Impression spinner
featuring amazing shading.

I absolutely love this card. Steven's coloring
is spot on and the background is stunning. 
You can find more of Steven's creations on Facebook and Instagram.

Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Meet Stamper Ted Mattos

I first say Ted Mattos' cards in the Stamping Enablers Group. I knew he was someone I wanted to feature during Father's Day week. His style is clean and simple and just gorgeous. I contacted Ted about being featured here and he graciously sent me information and images of some his beautiful cards.


I'm Ted Mattos, an elementary school teacher who just completed my 21st year of teaching. I currently teach fourth grade. I was born and raised in the SF Bay Area and have always had an affinity for arts and crafts. While other boys were donning baseball hats and cleats, I was making popsicle stick cabins and clay figurines.

About ten years ago, I thought I'd check out this scrapbooking craze. So, I took some photos of my cat and made a miniature scrapbook album. It was enjoyable, but I found that it was overwhelming in that there were too many pages to fill. That's when I discovered card making and have been hooked ever since. I love the smaller canvas and the chance to actually give out my creations as gifts or notes of encouragement and prayers. (I love the smaller canvas too, Ted.)

Do I have any favorite techniques or tools?
That's a hard question really. I love the CAS (Clean and Simple) style, so I tend to try to have a lot of white space, or at least a very organized card with limited embellishments, etc. I've recently gotten into stenciling and really enjoying the look of that. It may be easier to say that my least favorite technique is heat embossing. I absolutely love the look of heat embossing, but I have yet to find a way to not get terribly frustrated when I notice stray specks and random blemishes. :)

Do you sell your creations?
I have sold a few cards to family and friends. I don't have an Etsy site per se, but I may look into that in the future.

Crafting Inspiration
With regards to crafting inspiration, that's much easier. I love Jennifer McGuire's tutorials, reviews, and videos. Her style is also amazing, and she is always teaching me something new. Gina K is also such an inspiration, as her videos on StampTV were some of the videos that taught this rookie many new techniques. A fellow crafter who has always knocked off my socks is Laurie Willison. I can't get enough of her CAS creations and perspective on card making in general!

Ted's creations can be seen on his blog 
Happily Ever Crafter. Here is a sample to whet your appetite.

It's hard to make out, but there is glitter on the
horns, sun, castle, and the flying unicorn's wings. 


Hard to make out in the picture, but the Vintage Cream
panel has a "burlap" texture to it, and many of the
flowers have a little "Wink of Stella" to add some shine.


Ted outlined each flower with a Micron pen and then
outlined all of the flowers with a T1 Copic marker.

Ted's first pocket card! He's loving the Blueprint dies from My Favorite Things.

Come back tomorrow when I will be featuring Steven Barlow.

Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tim Holtz can't draw

For the last few weeks, blogs and social media have been flooded with cards created for Father's Day (sadly a holiday we no longer celebrate). It got me thinking about the men who papercraft. I'll be featuring a male paper crafter each day this week. Let's start with a celebrity of sorts.

Every hobby has its celebrities. People who are well known within the hobby's circle of devotees but are relatively unknown to the rest of the world. Foodies have Bobby Flay and Jamie Oliver among others; woodworkers have Norm Abram, and anglers have Aaron Martens (and Yes I had to look those names up). I think most paper crafters would consider Tim Holtz a celebrity.

For those new to paper crafts Tim Holtz is a product developer, teacher and Creative Director. His name and personal touch are on products from Ranger, Advantus, Stampers Anonymous, Sizzix, Tonic Studios, Core’dinations, and Westminster Fibers/Coats.

He creates beautiful tags, cards and decor items using products that bear his name and shares the techniques he uses with the world on his website, timholtz.com. To hear him explain how he got started as a stamper check out this video.

Even though his name is on numerous stamp sets Tim Holtz can't draw. He said so himself in 2013 when he introduced the paper crafting world to Brett Weldele. Tim is a curator, he finds great images and has them made into stamps. He commissioned Weldele to create the time travelers set and the chemist set.


Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Time Travelers
Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - The Chemist

Brett Weldele now has a series of stamps and stencils available from Stampers Anonymous. You can check them out here. 

 Hope you come back tomorrow to check out the work of Ted Mattos.

Happy Crafting,