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Place: Beach ~ Drunken Stampers Challenge 136

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This term our challenges are either based on a Person, Place, or Thing. You can use the base of the challenge or if that’s got you stumped, try one of the alternate ideas suggested.
For Challenge 136 is Place: Beach OR use water OR Tropics to inspire you.

This is the first challenge for the Tropical Hooters Team! YaY! Kokomo by the Beach Boys was playing in the lounge to help us for this challenge to get into the groove! Check out all the inspiration they have for you!! (click on the card to take you to their blog for more info)

Wendy

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Lee

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Chris

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Chelle

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Linda

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Diane

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Karen

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WAHOOOO!!! We hope we’ve inspired you to splish, splash, get some sun, and get into some inky fun!! To play in this weeks challenge all you need to do is when you are finished your card or project, click on the InLinkz link below (it will open a separate window) and add your blog link, gallery link, etc. (for more info on how to participate please click the FAQ tab at the top)

Please add the link DIRECTLY to your project blog post (any generic blog links will be deleted from the list) then please leave us a comment to let us know. (if InLinkz isn’t working or just misbehavin’ please leave a comment with the link to your card) You have until Friday August 16th at 11:59pm PST to post your link.

Thanks for dropping in! Come play with us!

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Day 4 ~ Getting to know our new Drunken Stampers designated designers

Welcome to the eve before the Drunken Stampers start up a whole net set of challenges for the new term! If you need a little nudge to get crafting again, tomorrow’s challenge will definitely get you started! 🙂

But we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves! It’s the last day of getting to know the new additions to the designated designers, if you’ve missed the past 3 days of introductions please check them out!

Click here, if you’ve missed Day 1 featuring Jacki & Wendy.
Click here, if you’ve missed Day 2 featuring Lindsey & Lee.
Click here, if you’ve missed Day 3 featuring Chelle & Karen

Now these next two ladies are definitely not strangers to the Drunken Stampers crew! So if you’re a long time fan, you’ll recognize them and get all giddy, excited just like we did!!!

Diane was a guest designer last term and we all had so much fun that we offered her a key to the lounge and would you believe it? She actually took it!! Haha! You can’t leave now Diane!! Though she’s made herself pretty cozy in the lounge and dove right in soooo maybe the joke is on us???

Diane ~ Tropical Hooters Team

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Diane’s blog

http://dianecreateswithpaper.blogspot.com/

What is your drink of choice when stamping?

I should say water but Diet Pepsi is my favorite…I am trying to cut down on it but I just cannot stop!

What or who inspires you creatively?

I love to check out blogs by lots of card makers and with lots of different styles. I will gravitate towards blogs with a focus on coloring with copics for a while, then cards made with the Cricut, then maybe fancy folds- I love that so many people share their cards and ideas so freely. I like sketches as a starting point and of course challenges force me to think outside my creative box. Sometimes the stamp or a piece of paper will inspire me.

How would you describe your style?

Very simple…I do love the look of lots of layers and ribbons and frills- I just cannot get it to look right! I tend to have a clear focal point, the star of the show- like a colored image- and then just have the rest of the card be the supporting cast.

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

ATG, Copics, Memento ink, paper trimmer, fun stamps! I love my Cricut too!

What is your fave project?

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I really like this scrapbook layout – I am thrilled with the happy colors and the simplicity of the pages and how the pictures are the main focus –but mostly I just stinkin love those 4 girls! I smile every time I look at these pages and remember the great times we have had throughout their lives! I love when they go through my albums and and the pages prompt such good memories!

Our last designer featured has been a Drunken Stamper once before. Now, she may either come after me with a stick or grab a couple of cold ones and we sit down for a long chat, for posting this but hey…it was the early days for all of us 😉 check out challenge 7, where she joined Drunken Stampers for the first time! I just about peed myself from laughing when I saw that card! It’s that crazy, off beat sense of humour which makes her the perfect Drunken Stamper! And we’re elated to have her with us again!

Linda ~ Tropical Hooters Team

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Linda’s Blog

http://studiol3.blogspot.com/

What is your drink of choice when stamping?

A triple venti caramel macchiato from Starbucks. Oh, how I love them! And, if a little Godiva Chocolate Liqueur should happen to accidentally fall into the cup, who am I to argue? Of course, that’s never happened…

What or who inspires you creatively?

I think every mixed media crafter I’ve met has inspired me in some way. The incredible variety of techniques, the brilliant ideas, the “Why-didn’t-I-think-of-that??” experience. The more I read, the more classes I take, the more blogs I visit– I’m just blown away by the cool stuff people come up with.

How would you describe your style?

Tough question! Until I come up with a more definitive answer, let’s go with “Grunge meets med-century-modern meets Tim Burton, with an occasional journey to Cute City thrown in.”

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

1. Distress Ink… okay, let’s just lump ALL the Distress products– ink, paint, stains, stickles, you name it– into one neat category lest they consume this entire question.

2. Ranger Archival Ink. This stuff is magic, and I don’t think it gets enough love. Fantastic, permanent, GORGEOUS colors– it rocks!

3. Wendy Vecchi’s Embossing Paste. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s awesome for creating texture, and it’s completely redefined how I use stencils.

4. Claudine Hellmuth’s Sticky-Back Canvas. One of the most versatile surfaces in the world.

5. It’s not a stamping product per se, but my obsession for the last year has been photography, so I have to include my Olympus E-M5. I’m always looking for ways to mash up my shutterbug-itis with my love of mixed media.

And what is your fave project?

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I have a few, but right now my favorite is a Thanksgiving place card project I made using photos of my family combined with hand-sketched details, Tim Holtz papers, dies and embossing folders, and a whole lot of attitude. It made my family laugh, and that was downright awesome.

Thank you ladies!! Now if you haven’t visited Diane’s and/or Linda’s blog…be sure to check out their work. Then come back tomorrow to see our new challenge and the inspiration from Team Yellow Canary!! Then…come play!! 😀

Thanks for joining us this week!

Day 3 ~ Getting to know our new Drunken Stampers designated designers

Welcome to Day 3 of our wandering around the lounge visiting with the newest members of the Drunken Stampers Designated Designers.

Click here, if you’ve missed Day 1 featuring Jacki & Wendy.
Click here, if you’ve missed Day 2 featuring Lindsey & Lee.

Wahoo!! Next up we have Chelle taking the hot seat answering our infamous Drunken Stampers tell all questions! 😉 Take it away Chelle!

Chelle ~ Tropical Hooters Team

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Chelle’s Blog

http://www.maybecreative.blogspot.com/

What is your drink of choice when stamping?

I usually just drink water when I am being creative…but alcohol is usually Malibu rum with rootbeer

What or who inspires you creatively?

A crafter that goes by the name “Pinky”, it all depends on my mood at the time.

How would you describe your style?

Again that depends on my mood, sometimes I am a very clean and simple card maker, sometimes I just get messy and sometimes use bright bold colours.

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

black ink, heat gun, stamps, you know this is really difficult I am having a hard time coming up with 5, baby wipes, good white paper

And what is your fave project?

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Currently, as when I was answering this question, is a art journal page. I have just gotten into art journalling and love it. Most of my pages were done following instructions or looking at another page. This one just seemed to flow. I really liked the flower on the side of the page. I always had a stamped(or digital) image (at least for now).

Our next designer is not a stranger to Drunken Stampers. She was awarded our illustrious “Life of the Party Award” for our Edward Scissorhands Challenge! She is part of an elite group that have not only been bestowed this award but is now also a Designated Designer. She and Jessi are the only two who have achieved this. They have their own special place in the lounge! Welcome Karen from Karen’s Stamping & Crafting Creations!

Karen ~ Tropical Hooters Team

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Karen’s Blog

http://paleopal623.blogspot.com/

What is your drink of choice when stamping?

My drink of choice when stamping is either water or ice tea. When I really need some inspiration, I have a margarita or two!

What or who inspires you creatively?

I find inspiration through a variety of blogs, Pinterest, Tim Holtz ideas, and the Stampington & Company Magazines-Stampers Sampler and Take Ten.

How would you describe your style?

I guess it could be called eclectic…I use a variety of styles depending on my mood and stamps I have chosen. Making cards using some type of distressing on them is what you’ll usually see..

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

Scotch ATG -1/4 inch adhesive
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Tonic Studios Guillotine Paper Trimmer
Scor-Tape
Inkadinkoo Stamp-a-ma-jig Stamp Positioner

And what is your fave project?

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Summer is upon us in Wisconsin with heat, humidity, and thunderstorms. When it is hot and humid one of the best places to be is on the water, relaxing in boat.
I used my Ranger Ink Blending Tool to color the watercolor paper with Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. I tried to make a mist-like feel where the water met the horizon. Then I covered the water in Clear Rock Candy Stickles (bottle) using the brush in the cover. It was so easy to spread! I love the subtle glittery effect, but the picture doesn’t do it justice. I shot the close up photo from a different angle and the color is distorted, but you can see the Rock Candy Stickles.

After looking at the {Pin}spirational picture I knew which stamp to use. The stamp of the woman in a boat is from Stampin’ Up. I stamped it in Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I colored the Stampin’ Up Summer by the Sea woman stamp (retired) with Copic Markers

Thank again for joining us today! Please visit Chelle’s and Karen’s blogs to check out their fabulous work then perhaps leave them a welcome comment on their blogs! We’ll see you tomorrow with our final two “new” Drunken Stampers! 😀

Day 2 ~ Getting to know our new Drunken Stampers designated designers

We’re on to day 2 in getting to know our newest Drunken Stampers designated designers!
If you’ve missed Day 1, please click here.
What’s great is that inspiration is everywhere and we encourage ALL paper crafters to come play with us.
Our next two designers showcase two totally different styles, it’s just cool to see how they interpret the same challenges in their own way. We hope that they inspire and challenge you to try something a little different or even get you out of your comfort zone!!! 😉

We had a chance to catch Lindsey as she was getting familiar with the facilities of the lounge. Poured a couple of beverages and had a great chat!

Lindsey ~ Yellow Canaries Team

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Lindsey’s Blog

http://bashfulblogging.blogspot.ca/

What is your drink of choice when stamping?

Non-alcoholic… tea
Alcoholic… white wine

What or who inspires you creatively?

What and who doesn’t? Blogs, Pinterest, Paper Crafts magazine, life..

How would you describe your style?

Without a doubt, Clean and Simple. I will attempt other styles occasionally, but always come back to clean, graphic cards.

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

Cardstock, stamps, inks, embossing powder, my X-acto knife

And what is your fave project?

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So… I’m not sure I have a *favourite* project, but here’s one that I’d say captures my usual style… clean and simple, bright colours, and just a bit of fun.

We caught Lee hanging out in the mixed media corner of the lounge. We’re ecstatic to have more mixed media peeps join us. Watch out there will be paint spraying everywhere! 😀 Before Lee could get all inky in the lounge we had a chance to ask our infamous tell all Drunken Stampers questions!

Lee ~ Tropical Hooters Team

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Lee’s Blog

http://violentkittie.blogspot.com/

What is your drink of choice when stamping?

I stick with water while working, but I like to have a beer, a glass of red wine, or a vodka lemonade as I clean up. It’s makes the cleaning up bit of crafting more enjoyable!

What or who inspires you creatively?

Everything. Quotes, TV, Pinterest, Facebook, books, challenge sites all inspire me. I feel like I am on visual overload and I must make things to get them out of my head!

How would you describe your style?

I think I’m on the artsy/grunge/messy side. I am not a clean crafter.

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

My must haves are Stazon ink, ATG, mists/sprays, glass cutting board and my little Fiskars finger blade.

And what is your fave project?

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My current favorite project, “Imagination,” is one with my son blowing a hot air balloon. I stamped the cardstock with metallic distress paints for the background. This was one was fun to put together!

Thanks for dropping in today! Please check out Lindsey’s and Lee’s blog to see more of their work and we’ll see you tomorrow with a couple more our new Drunken Stamper’s Designated Designers!

Day 1 ~ Getting to know our new Drunken Stampers designated designers

Welcome! This week we are super excited! Tuesday to Friday, we’ll be featuring our newest Drunken Stamper’s Designated Designers to get to know them just a little better! And on Saturday, we’ll be diving right in to our first challenge of the new term!

Now for those of you who have been long time Drunken Stampers fans, you may wonder about the crazy team names we come up with! Every new term, the teams collaboratively come up with a unique team name…and because we’re the Drunken Stampers, they’re drink names 😉

So this time round, instead of drawing names out of a hat…we’re featuring our newest Drunken Stampers in chronological order of who responded to our DT call!

Jackie ~ Yellow Canaries Team

Jacki’s Blog

http://scullduggery-cardsbyjacki.blogspot.co.uk/

What is your drink of choice when stamping?

In a morning it’s tea and lots of it, afternoon coffee and after that Cider (strawberry & lime  delicious)

What or who inspires you creatively?

Definitely other crafters and also if I see an image sometimes I get ideas Also from the person who the card is for helps

How would you describe your style?

Oh I love to do dark gothic style cards but I also love doing cute girly cards and if I can combine the two even better but my style generally depends on who the card is for

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

Only 5 eekkk right well they would have to be my alcohol pens (either promarkers or spectrums) craft knife, tape, pinflair glue and finally my ink pads

And what is your fave project?

I have a couple but I would I would say one of my fav recent projects would have to my skull and roses card I made a blog hop I had loads of gorgeous comments about it and it was a great card.I made the BP’s using plain paper (digital) and over lays then made some roses from satin ribbon to go with it.

Next, we caught up with Wendy as she was moving into the lounge. Told her to take a break to sit down and have a chat with us 🙂

Wendy ~ Tropical Hooters Team

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Wendy’s Blog

http://lilymaecreations.blogspot.co.uk/

What is your drink of choice when stamping?

A nice chilled Diet Coke, occasionally mixed with Whisky!

What or who inspires you creatively?

I love chintz and florals, so designers like William Morris, Cath Kidston and Laura Ashley inspre me.
From the crafting world, I love Sue Wilson and her use of tone on tone colours.

How would you describe your style?

As before, chintz is FAB! So I tend to go quite classic, but I do like the challenge of using brighter
colours as I find them harder to work with.

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

Complete set of Adirondack inks (hope you don’t count that as 48!)
Crafters Companion Rock-a-Blocks, you get a really clean image with no echo.
Cosmic Shimmer embossing powders, best I’ve found for the tonal look i love.
Card, well what else would I stamp on!
And finally my Ink Dusters, newly bought and totally loving them.

And what is your fave project?

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Little Girl, 3 times.
Stamped the same image three times, firstly classic black on white, them white on black
then for the third black on cream and coloured using Promarkers.
All three were them mounted and arranged onto a black and cream easel card.

Thank again for joining us today! Please visit Jacki’s and Wendy’s blog to check out more of their fabulous work and we’ll see you tomorrow with a couple more our new Drunken Stamper’s Designated Designers!

Introducing our New Designated Designers!

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Soon Drunken Stampers will be starting up again for the new term. Every day this week we will be featuring two of our new designers to get to know them a little better! Today we’ll introduce all our new additions to the team!! We are so excited to have such a talented group of crafters!

In no particular order…(click on their pictures to take you to their blogs)

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Karen from Karen’s Stamping and Crafting Creations

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Lindsey from Bashful Blogging

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Chelle from Maybe Creative

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Wendy from LilyMae Creations

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Lee from Violent Kittie

Jacki from Scullduggery (cards by Jacki)

We are SO happy to have Diane back! She was a guest designer last term and she was so much fun that we had to ask her to join us for the full term.

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Diane from All I need is paper and ink…& stamps & copics

Now…we had a last minute addition to the team. A face you may be familiar with…she is an original Drunken Stamper and always has a home here…welcome back Linda!!

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Linda from Studio L3

Didn’t we tell you it would be an exciting term??? Come back tomorrow and get to know two of our new Drunken Stampers and be sure to come back Saturday to come play in our newest challenge!

Drunken Stampers Challenge #133 – Edward Scissorhands and/or Anything to do with sewing

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Hi everyone! Thanks for playing with us in last week’s challenge! This week’s movie is Edward Scissorhands and the theme Anything to do with sewing. As our challenges this term are to make your card using the movie Edward Scissorhands OR use Anything to do with sewing OR both.

First up is our June guest DT member Cat:

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Now let’s see what the team Midnight Margaritas had created! (this is their last official challenge for the term, give them some good ‘ole DS happy juju!) Thanks so much for all your work!

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To play in this weeks challenge all you need to do is when you are finished your card or project, click on the InLinkz link below (it will open a separate window) and add your blog link, gallery link, etc. (for more info on how to participate please click the FAQ tab at the top)

Please add the link DIRECTLY to your project blog post (any generic blog links will be deleted from the list) then please leave us a comment to let us know. (if InLinkz isn’t working or just misbehavin’ please leave a comment with the link to your card) You have until Friday, June 28th at 11:59pm PST to post your link.

We can’t wait to see what you create! 🙂

Don’t forget! We have an open call for Designated Designers for our fall term. Check out this post for more info.

Thanks for stopping in and enjoy the weekend!

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Looking for fun crafty peeps for the Drunken Stampers Fall Term

Calling all creative people! 🙂

Do you have a current crafting blog?
Do you love a challenge?
Do you love to create?
Do you need an excuse to create?
Can you meet a deadline?
Do you like hanging out with like minded crafters? (we’re an off beat, enthusiastic and somewhat crazy bunch…)
Have you blurfed around our blog to see to we’re about and think…wow, it feels like home!

If you answered yes to the any of the above then you should apply for the Drunken Stampers Design Team!!
We’re looking for 5-7 designers to join us. In addition, we’re looking for 5 guest designers to play along…one a month.

What do you need to do?

1. Tell us your name, a little bit about yourself and how you would describe your style. (we’re looking for all different styles)

2. send us 3 pictures of what you think are your best cards/projects.

3. Let us know if you are on any other teams? (past or present and if you don’t have DT experience…that’s okay too)

4. Have a blog that you keep current (your 6 most recent posts should be no more than 4 months old), please send us a link so we can check it out! (as well as any other galleries) We love to see what everyone is up to!

5. Which position are you interested in? (Full Meal Deal or just the burger?)

What do you get????

FUN!! Sometimes (rarely) we have sponsors who provide us with stamps to use, but that is not what we are about! We are here to have fun and inspire each other on our creative journey.

Your term will start in August and be 5 months long, possibly longer 🙂 You would need to create 2-3 cards a month (as there are 3 challenge Saturdays in August & November).

So are you up for the challenge? We can’t wait to see who will be joining us! Email your applications to You have until midnight pacific time zone, July 13th, 2013.

Just a note, if you seriously want your application to be considered please no generic applications and please follow the format above.

Good luck!

Love,

Drunken Stampers Challenge #131 – My Best Friend’s Wedding

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Hi everyone! Thanks for playing with us in last week’s challenge! This week’s movie is My Best Friend’s Wedding and the theme Blue. As our challenges this term are to make your card using the movie The My Best Friend’s Wedding OR use Blue OR both.

Here’s the inspiration from our guest designer for the month of June, Cat:

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And it’s the Midnight Margaritas turn this week to inspire you for this challenge…

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Barb M

To play in this weeks challenge all you need to do is when you are finished your card or project, click on the InLinkz link below (it will open a separate window) and add your blog link, gallery link, etc. (for more info on how to participate please click the FAQ tab at the top)

Please add the link DIRECTLY to your project blog post (any generic blog links will be deleted from the list) then please leave us a comment to let us know. (if InLinkz isn’t working or just misbehavin’ please leave a comment with the link to your card) You have until Friday, June 14th at 11:59pm PST to post your link.

We can’t wait to see what you create!

Thanks for dropping by and have a great week!

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Meet our Guest Designer for June

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Introducing Cat of Cat Scrap Fever as our Guest Designer for the month of June! YaY!!! Welcome Cat!!

Just check out this wonderful blingy card Cat put together for yesterday’s challenge (#130 Breakfast at Tiffany’s).

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Isn’t it just simply fabulous???! Now let’s get to know the crafter behind the card… here’s Cat!

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1. What’s your favourite drink when crafting?

Nothing! I’m such a klutz that I can’t trust myself to have any liquid of any sort around – not even liquid glue! If I occasionally do have a drink around, its usually a bottle of water. And it has to be in a bottle so I can put the cap on in case I knock it over.

2. What’s your favourite colour to craft with?

For some reason I use a lot of pink. Which is kind of odd because I’m not a real girly kind of girl. But I like to create lots of pretty, flowery, ruffle-y kinds of things – you know pink stuff.

3. What’s the #1 tool you cannot live without?

I cannot make anything without my ATG. It really is the only tool that I use on almost every single paper craft project I do.

4. Glue: Liquid or tape?

Duh! Did you read the answer to question #1. Smile Seriously, I am a klutz so it has to be tape (hence the need for my ATG).

5. Your fave project

My favourite project in the last while is the scrapbook layout I made of my little dog, Mitzy. Its funny that I’ve become a dog person with the nickname Cat, but this little dog has become our baby. I really like the layout because, first, it doesn’t use pink and uses my favourite colour blue (or shades of it). And second, I like it because it has so much dimension. I’ve been trying to step up my scrapbook pages and I like where this one ended up. And lastly, I like that I was able to take a digital scrapbook layout I did and make it into a paper layout. Next, I’m going to work on incorporating stamps on my scrapbook pages. Might as well, I have a whole room full of them. 🙂

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Please help me welcome Cat as well as catch more of her work, please visit her blog, Cat Scrap Fever!

Thanks so much for taking time to visit with us Cat! We look forward to see what you create with us this month!