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:

Danielle Lounds
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/dlounds
Blog: http://fatcatstamper.blogspot.com

Jeanie Witmer
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/Jeanie_Witmer
Blog: http://thespottedchick.blogspot.com

Katarina (Kathy) Menzies
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/katarinam
Blog: http://thecreataholic.blogspot.com

Kelly Bee (that’s me!)
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/kellybee
Blog: http://kellybee.ca

Stephanie Kraft
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/booga3
Blog:http://handkraftedbystephanie.blogspot.com

and last but not least  –  Anna Wight
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/sweetmissdaisy
Blog: http://sweetmissdaisy.typepad.com

Be sure to check back all week…I’ve got more to share (plus blog candy at some point this week)