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Get to know a Designated Designer ~ Tracy!

 We are thrilled to have Tracy joing the Drunken Stamper family this week!  We first noticed her when she started blogging to play along with our very first challenge and have been amazed by her work every week and I’m sure that things will not change now that she is an official Drunken Stamper!

Let’s get to know Tracy a little bit better!

1. What is your drink of choice when stamping?

Guinness! In a lovely stemmed glass complete with my homemade Aztec sun stem charm! Prost!
2. What or who inspires you creatively?

Color is a big draw for me: I adore pink, but all colors find their way occasionally on and off and on again my favorites list.
    Fellow bloggers also are an amazing inspiration. I’ve been led to more adventurous designs and learned new techniques: For instance, this blog (Drunken Stampers) and Linda at Studio L3 have literally and figuratively challenged me to use mediums I might not have tried on my own.
3. How would you describe your style?

I have no idea — and my art frequently suffers from this fact. To illustrate my confusion, here’s a list of the items on a single shelf in my craft room: A Yankee Candle set in a Longaberger basket, surrounded by a Rubik’s cube, a Lego dragon, a Chevron car, a remote control bug, antique ViewMaster, wind up toys from kids’ meals, a few shells, several rocks, a couple of Christmas ornaments, an enormous hex bolt, jars of glitter, vintage label art in small frames, a chunk of wood from an Aspen tree trunk and a hand-painted wooden box from a special-edition bottle of tequila.
    Yeah, you know, my style is pretty much whatever makes me say, “Ouuu, neat!”

4. What are your top 5 stamping must haves that you could not live without?

ONLY FIVE? OK .. I’ll try to choose only five …
    A heat gun: I lack any level of measurable patience, so waiting for something to dry is out of the question (plus, see embossing below).
    Acrylic paint: It’s cheap, painless to clean, comes in hundreds of colors and can be used for a variety of projects.
    Mounted AND unmounted stamps: It’s brilliant to be able to collect sets of acrylic sentiments or shapes that aren’t going to be used every day, but have occasional uses. Meanwhile I still adore the mounted stamps, especially for use as grab-and-go envelope “seals,” package art and embellishment on card interiors.

    Sharp things: X-acto knives and paper cutters, scissors, punches, piercers, scorers, perforaters … you can never own enough paper-damaging tools.
    Embossing tools: Shiny, glittery embossing developed with finger-burning heat or subtle, textured embossing from a paper press … such a gift of living in our century … ‘cuz it’s like grandpa used to say, “I remember them days when the young’uns only had wet paper, rocks and the ol’ sun for embossing.”