Featured Crafter Friday

January 11, 2008 - 8:00am

Featured Crafter

Please welcome Nicole! Nicole contacted me to be a featured crafter and I am so glad she did! She is a wonderfully creative lady and I can't wait for you to learn more about her. Nicole has a wonderful website and you will have to spend some time looking at it. Nicole's real job is a librarian. I have to let you know how jealous I am of this! She is a demo for Stampin' Up!, but says she is an "equal opportunity lover of stamps and products from all companies." She is also on the design team for Kitchen Sink Stamps and she says it has been an amazing opportunity for her. She loves to make cards and has recently gotten into digital scrap booking, but her passion really lies with altering projects, making 3D items and stamping on non-traditional surfaces (i.e., fabric, tile, glass, etc.) and you will see some examples in the photo section!

I also asked Nicole a few questions I thought would be fun to hear answers to.

How did you get started with crafts?
I've always been into crafts (jewelry and needlecrafts), since I was a little kid. I didn't get into stamping until 2003, and dabbled until 2005 when I became a demo - that's when the obsession set in, LOL! In late 2006, I decided to become serious about my art, and I started branching out with other companies and products. I also decided to begin submitting my work for publication and design teams. When I made that conscious decision, I started my blog and I really started growing in my work, working outside of my comfort zone, and thinking "outside of the box" when it comes to stamping and artwork.

How much time per day do you spend on your crafts? Is it enough? :)
Well ... there's really never enough time in the day, right?!
I work nights and weekends for my day job (the one that supports my stamping habit!), so I tend to work very, very late at night on my cards, and I probably only spend 30-45 minutes, 2 or 3 nights a week. Weekends are when I get the bulk of my projects done. Depending on what I'm doing, I could spend 3-6 hours on the weekend making multiple projects. I do, however, do a lot of planning during the week (what the project is going to be, what I need, what colors, etc.), so when I get down to business, I don't have to spend a lot of time gathering and setting up.

What is your favorite craft item to use or project to make?
3D items for sure! I love tins, of all shapes and sizes. Recently, I've been making beaded pens and stamping on fabric, which are among my favorite things to make. I have also been working on simple one layer cards, which can sometimes be harder to create than fancy, multi layered cards.
My favorite accessory is ribbon, hands down!

Where do you get your inspiration (for your stamp creating or card making)?
Hmm ... I browse a lot of magazines, blogs and galleries to get ideas for colors and layouts. I try not to spend too much time because I just use these ideas as jumping off points. I rarely CASE other people's work, but I do use certain elements or aspects of others cards and projects for inspiration. I typically pick out a stamp, a piece of ribbon, a piece of patterned paper and create a project / card around a particular element.

Do you have any advice for fellow crafters out there? Words of wisdom, perhaps? :)
I know it might sound a little hokey, but make the things that make you happy. Keep it fun. Don't be afraid to work outside your comfort zone and learn new things.
Develop your own style / specialty and stick with it. I've not made a lot of design teams because my style doesn't "fit," because I don't scrapbook and because my work is heavy on 3D items. But I eventually made a design team, where I am able to showcase my 3D projects, and eventually, I know that my work will get published in the right venue. You have to keep plugging away!

I have included a few pictures of her work for you to admire!

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I hope you have enjoyed meeting Nicole and Featured Crafter Friday. If you would like to be featured, please send me an email! I would be more than happy to include you! See you next Friday for another wonderful crafter!

Your work is beautiful. You

Posted by Laurie (not verified) on January 12, 2008 - 6:47am

Your work is beautiful. You deserve to be Featured Crafter. I found your blog a few weeks ago and have regularly visited ever since. Congratulations Nicole!

YAY! Nicole is an amazing

Posted by Erika Martin - Stampin' Mama (not verified) on January 12, 2008 - 8:45am

YAY! Nicole is an amazing artist and SO deserves to be featured here. Her work with 3-D items is inspiring and original! Thanks for showcasing her work!

Nichole I just LOVE those

Posted by Becky (not verified) on January 12, 2008 - 10:33am

Nichole I just LOVE those Bella pins :) Nichole always has such wonderful projects!

Whoo Hooo NC

Posted by SmilynStef (not verified) on January 12, 2008 - 11:30pm

I love your blog, pins and all of your other crafty creations ... congrats on the feature.

Yay, Nicole!!!

Posted by Verinder (not verified) on January 14, 2008 - 5:49pm

I recognize a couple of those projects, and I'm happy to say that I am the proud owner of a couple of Nicole's amazing creations-an altered domino keychain, a stamped scarf and an altered Maya Road tin, very similar to the one pictured here-it may even be the same one. YOU ROCK!!!

Awesome Nicole!

Posted by Maria (not verified) on January 15, 2008 - 10:03pm

Way to go Nicole!
You are the Queen of 3-D!
Loved learning a little more about you!
Hugs to you!

What beautiful creations,

Posted by Charmaine (not verified) on January 17, 2008 - 9:59am

What beautiful creations, Nicole! So glad to "meet" you!