Thursday, March 25, 2010

How about some inspirations from my friend?

I am so happy to introduce you today to another of my Designing Friends, Melissa! She and I became friends through StampTV and she has been a source of inspiration and encouragement through her beautiful work and frequent visits to my blog.

Look at what she's done with my Nana's Needlework and Sentiments sets:

And she paper pieced this quilt! Wow, amazing, isn't it? I love her attention to detail.

1. How long have you been paper crafting and how did you get started?

I have been stamping for 18 years. I got started by taking a class at a little stamp store and the rest is history. As a little girl, I love coloring and playing with paper. Even then I needed to have every color of Crayon that was made. :) Kind of like my Copics today!

2. What are your current favorite:
  • Techniques : I guess you could call me a layering junkie! I love, love cards that have lots of layers.
  • Tools: I don't think I could make a card without my Cuttlebug, Spellbinders dies or my Scor-It. I consider good adhesive a tool as well and some of my favorites are my Scotch ATG gun, Scor-Tape and Glue Dots. Oh, I can't forget my Copics, Prismacolor pencils and Twinkling H20's either.
  • embellishments : rhinestones, ribbon, glitter and buttons, I love them all!
3. What makes a "WOW" card, in your opinion?

A wow card to me is any card that I see either in person or online that I wish I could pick up and touch. Usually these are the cards that are layered and embellished alot such as cards created in a vintage style.

4. What inspires you to create?

  • My love of stamping and papercrafting,
  • All of the amazing blogs/designers on the internet. Everyday, I fall in love with a new card!
Define your crafting style. Oh wow, I don't know if I have a style per se. I like everything from cute to vintage. I am partiulary drawn to flowers and images that are timeless.

5. Tell us something about your family. Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Central California. I have been married to my best friend for almost 24 years and we have two sweet, wonderful sons. We also share our home with two terrier mix furbabies. We live in a rural area near Yosemite National Park and I am so blessed to be living the life I have been given.
Other interests besides paper crafting. I like to read (although I haven't done much of it lately) and I aspire to be a world traveler some day. My hubby says " I have one foot in the road at all times", I like to say "have passport, will travel"

Or any random fact about you.
I have never been to the circus, because I don't like clowns. I think clowns are so scary! Also, I am a tried and true warm weather girl, I am happiest when the sun is shining.

6. Do you have a favorite quote/verse that you live by?

I don't know if I have a quote that I live by, but I do have a couple that I really love. 1. “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; –Psalm 84:11 2. The better part of life, consists of its friendships; -Abraham Lincoln

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  1. I saw both these cards in the Stamp TV gallery and LOVED them they are amazing!

  2. WOW!!! These are FABULOUS!!

  3. Melissa's cards are really gorgeous!

  4. Wow! talk about patience for the quilt card!

  5. gorgeous samples, esp love the quilt, great work melissa!

  6. Great job showcasing Nina's new sets!!! I absolutely adore the hanging quilt idea!

  7. Wonderful creations from your guest designer.

  8. Oh my goodness - love that quilt!!!

  9. Good morning Nina! Thanks for showcasing my work this morning. I love, love working with this set and look forward to seeing what you come up with next!

  10. Gorgeous cards...just love the the beautiful quilt.

  11. Thanks for sharing your friend with us!! Her cards are so cute. Love that quilt! Enjoy the weekend!

  12. Love these cards and reading about Melissa! Hey Melissa...these are WOW cards.
    Just so pretty and great choice to showcase her as your (DF) designing friend :o)

  13. Wow Nina that has got to be an amazing feeling to see the stamp you created being used so fantastically, well I guess just seeing them in use period is such a blessing and major compliment.
    Melissa did an outstanding job on these.

  14. Love Melissa's cards especially the hanging quilt!!
    Can't wait to get my set!
    Nina.......don't start talking about the next set yet......those of us who love your stamps and live a long way away are always on the back foot!!!!!!!

  15. I love your friend's cards! Very beautiful!

  16. wow! Melissa's cards are so beautiful! love them!

  17. Both cards are just beautiful! I especially like how Melissa created a scene on the 2nd card.

  18. Stunning cards!!! These are just awesome, especially the one using the Grandma's basket set

  19. Beautiful cards!! It's great getting to know you Melissa!

  20. I sersiouly need that set. It's next on my list to get as soon as i can go shopping again. Love it!

  21. Oh I love Michelle's cards, they are both gorgeous but the quilt on the line is stunning!! The colouring is stunning and I love the scene you have created! Thanks for sharing!! {{{hugs}}}

  22. I love checking out Melissa's work on StampTV. Her talent is amazing. I love the piece work on the quilt.

  23. Beautiful cards!!! I think your styles are similar, Nina! :) So many gorgeous details!


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