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Day 2 ~ Up close and personal with a couple Drunken Stampers Designated Designers

*** If you’re looking for our current challenge #115 – Miss Congeniality, please click here ***

Happy Monday!! Welcome back with another segment of Up Close and Personal with our new Designated Designers!

First up today, we have Jen from The Sparkle Within

Jen ~ Bahama Mamas Team


Jen’s Blog


What is your drink of choice when stamping?

Seriously, people? No drinks near the cards! It took me two times to almost wreck a project with a spilled diet Coke before I banned drinks from my office. Now, outside of the crafting zone I enjoy my diet Coke, but I’m trying to cut back. Wish me luck on that.

What or who inspires you creatively?

Blogs and Pinterest. I have so many bloggers I admire that I won’t name them; I just love seeing how people can interpret the same products in very different ways.

How would you describe your style?

Good question. I would go for “classic” tending toward CAS.

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

My Tonic guillotine, my ATG, a bone folder, Gina K cardstock, and my dimensional tape. Oh, and all the pretty paper in the world. πŸ™‚

And what is your fave project?


My lightbulb card, probably. I’ve gotten more kudos on that card than probably any other I’ve made. Someone pointed out to me recently that a local medical complex also uses the slogan “don’t just live, shine”. It’s coincidental but cool. πŸ™‚

We’re so glad we saved a couple of spots in the lounge as we had Barb from Handmade with ❀ joining us a little later but she’s made herself right at home! πŸ™‚

Barb M ~ Midnight Margaritas Team

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Barb’s Blog


What is your drink of choice when stamping?

Diet Pepsi

What or who inspires you creatively?

Usually I’m inspired by the very person I’m creating a card for. Occasionally, a random logo, photo or story will inspire me too.

How would you describe your style?

CAS with a lean towards cute. Every now and then I’ll hammer out a shabby or elegant design, but I have to work at it, those design styles don’t come easily to me.

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

-inks (Tsukineko’s Memento, VersaFine, VersaMark & the new Hero Arts inks – LOVE!)
-cardstock (Bazzill CardShoppe & Hero Arts layering papers)
-adhesive (ATG & SU dimensionals)
-dies (my Cuttlebug sees a LOT of use. My die collection is ginormous.)
-detail scissors

And what is your fave project?


I have lots of faves, but this one is a favorite because it’s so cool! Now I just have to find the right guy to give it to! πŸ˜‰

Thank again for joining us today! Please visit Jen’s and Barb’s blogs to explore more of their work. Come join us tomorrow as we announce our Life of the Party winner for Challenge #114 ~ Finding Nemo. We’ll be back with more crafty interviews on Wednesday.



  1. donnastamps1971

     /  February 18, 2013

    Yay Jen & Barb!! So glad to get to know ya a wee bit better πŸ™‚

  2. I’ve made myself right at home…harder to get rid of me that way! lol πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for the warm welcome ladies. It’s great to be part of such a cool crafty family πŸ™‚

  3. Jen: cutting down on the diet coke? I wish you luck! I’ve been trying for ages and nope. Just isn’t happening!
    Barb: BWAHAHA. Diet Pepsi. EW! I dearly love that lightbulb card – it’s one of my faves of yours too!

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