Featured Crafter Friday

February 22, 2008 - 7:00am

Featured Crafter

Please welcome Lori Tecler! Lori is a very talented crafter. I came across her website not too long ago, and I was hooked immediately. I hope you will enjoy meeting her! She is such a nice person. Here is a little about her in her own words!

My day job is in education. After teaching kindergarten and first grade for about 10 years, for the past five years I've worked full-time in the early childhood office for a very large Maryland school system. I'm also taking classes towards a masters degree (my second one--crazy, I know!) in instructional technology. I have two more classes to take this summer and then I'll be done--yay! So, I guess that turning to blogging was kind of a natural extension of my professional and personal interest in technology.

I live with my somewhat high maintenance dog, Cosmo. He's an almost 12 year old German shepherd/golden retriever mix who is convinced that he's 2 years old and the size of a lap dog. He's lucky he's cute!

I am a member of the Kitchen Sink Stamps design team (the "Kitchen Sink Crew") and a guest design team member for Starving Artistamps. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Maria (at Kitchen Sink Stamps) and Tracey (at Starving Artistamps) and their amazing images. I'm also constantly inspired by the work of the other members of the design teams I work with. They are so creative and talented. I consider myself lucky to be working alongside them. I'm a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, too. Stampin' Up! was my introduction to the stamping world. This is my fourth year of being a demo, though I must admit that I am for the most part a "hobby" demo.

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

How did you get started with crafts?
I never really thought of myself as an artistic person. Years of teaching kindergarten and having five year olds tell you "That doesn't look like a dog, car, plane, table, whatever . . ." when you draw something doesn't help build your confidence! Even though my drawing skills gradually improved while I worked in the classroom, my start in crafts really came when my best friend Michele caught the stamping bug and introduced me to Stampin' Up! about 5 years ago. We spent lots of time together as she taught me all of the stamping basics. She was a demonstrator and I eventually signed up to be one, too. We still spend time together on "play dates," shopping for crafting stuff, and trying out new tools, techniques, and ideas.

How much time per day do you spend on your crafts? Is it enough? :)
Between creating things for design teams, participating in swaps, and doing stuff just for fun, plus keeping my blog updated pretty much daily, I spend a lot of time stamping. I probably spend two hours or so on the weekdays and definitely more than that on the weekends. In addition to my crafting time, I also spend time looking at blogs and online galleries. I'm constantly amazed by the talented crafters out there!

What is your favorite craft item to use or project to make?
I’m mostly a stamper and card maker. I love creating something unique to give to someone to brighten their day. I do some 3D and altered items, too. I don't do much scrapbooking. As a single person, there's not so much in my life that's exciting to photograph and scrap, other than my dog, Cosmo, and I kind of hope he's not doing things that are too exciting because those things tend to lead to expensive vet bills (I've learned that from lots of experience!)

Right now, I am loving using my Nestabilities dies. Something that I've cut out with one of the dies appears on pretty much everything I'm making these days. I'm slowly adding to my collection. Other "stuff" I tend to use a lot is ribbon (can't resist this, especially the big rolls in the dollar bin at Michaels!) and my paper piercing mat and tool. I'm learning how to use Copic markers, but have a long way to go on the learning curve with them. Dew Drops are another item that's kind of new to me that I've been using a lot lately. And, kraft cardstock--don’t know what it is about the stuff, but I really like using it.

Where do you get your inspiration (for your stamp creating or card making)?
This used to be a hard thing for me to answer. I just couldn't put my finger on why I was doing what I was doing. Now that I've become more involved in crafting and cardmaking--and blogging, too-- I see possibilities for inspiration pretty much everywhere--a shirt at Target, the sign at Caribou Coffee, a print on a comforter in the Pottery Barn catalog.

Do you have any advice for fellow crafters out there? Words of wisdom, perhaps? :)
For me, I think practice has made a difference. The more I've tried out new techniques, used different tools, and participated in a variety of different challenges, the more comfortable I've become about my abilities and my creations. Also, looking at what other cardmakers do by visiting online galleries and blogs is helpful to me. Seeing elements of cards that I really like and trying to incorporate those into my own work while making them my own has helped me to figure out my "style" and what works for me in cardmaking.

Here is just a small sample of Lori's wonderful work. Don't forget to check out her website and even more of her creations!

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I hope you have enjoyed meeting Lori 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!

Congratulations Lori!

Posted by Carol (ScrapMomOf2) (not verified) on February 22, 2008 - 9:11am

Way to go Lori! I'm inspired every time I visit your blog! Your cards are FANTASTIC! Congratulations on being featured! I'm glad you're one of my SBS2 sisters!

Congrats

Posted by Maria (not verified) on February 22, 2008 - 10:07pm

Congrats to Lori! These are all awesome cards!

Hooray, I found aonother

Posted by barb schram (not verified) on February 22, 2008 - 10:25pm

Hooray, I found aonother great blog to visit. Lori, your work is wonderful.