I received the most wonderful email a couple of weeks ago – from my idol, Miss Anna Wight!!! That, in itself, is exciting to me. (what can I say, I adore her work!!!) Imagine how much my excitement multiplied when I realized the purpose of her email was to invite me to be a Whipper Snapper Guest Designer for her September/October releases!!!
Of course I said “is this a joke?” YES!!!
I’m so honoured and thrilled to have been asked to participate. Anna (along with Whipper Snapper) has a wonderful design team concept in that you are invited to be a guest designer for two months and then a new group of designers is chosen for the next two months. It’s a great way to showcase the work of many talented paper crafters (and there are LOTS of you out there!).
The other great thing about Anna’s team is that *she* comes to *you* so she knows she is choosing someone who ENJOYS working with Whipper Snapper’s wonderful images. If you take a peek back through my blog you’ll constantly see references to how much I love Whipper Snapper stamps. They are my favourite so it’s a double thrill to be working with my favourite designer AND using my favourite stamps. It’s impossible not to be inspired!!!
May I present my first official guest designer project:
Here’s a solo shot of the card:
As two of my projects used glass, it was difficult to get a picture without a lot of glare. I had to ask my husband to take a picture with his spiffy camera. Thanks, babe!
The framed snowman is a shadowbox from Dollarama that I painted with blue paint and distressed with some Ranger Distress Ink. The image was stamped on the OUTSIDE of the glass using Stazon and I coloured the INSIDE of the image with some Bic markers and then covered it all with white embossing power. I ran my tracing wheel around the wood in true Anna style and couldn’t resist a signature Anna banner sentiment using a felt star and button. Some MS glitter on the inside of the shadowbox gives it a little more interest.
The image on the ornament was coloured/embossed in the same manner as the shadowbox using a piece of acetate as the stamping surface.
I created the card with Anna in mind so I tried to give it just a touch of the country charm she is known for and I think I pulled it off. Anna has shared so much of her time, talent and technique with the card-making world and I have learned so much from her. When I discovered her blog, I learned to be comfortable with my clean style of cards. I now embrace my simple cards and have learned some great tricks from Anna on how to give them more depth without bogging them down with “stuff”.
The snowman image I used is just one from the Spirit of Christmas stamp set that Whipper Snapper is releasing today. Anna is actually releasing 3 sets this month and I will be back in the days and weeks to come with a few more samples. Here’s a picture of the set that this stamp came from:
Please take a moment to visit the other talented members of the design team. I’ve linked their blogs and their Splitcoast Stampers galleries here:
The Who’s Who of September/October Featured Designers:
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/dlounds
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/Jeanie_Witmer
Katarina (Kathy) Menzies
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/katarinam
Kelly Bee (that’s me!)
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/kellybee
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/booga3
and last but not least - Anna Wight
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/sweetmissdaisy
Be sure to check back all week…I’ve got more to share (plus blog candy at some point this week)