Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Guest Designer - Mary Anne K

I'm so excited to show your some fabulous creations by my wonderful guest designer, Mary Anne! After Mary Anne had the set for a few days, she sent me an email and said she only had 10 cards so far. I almost fell off my chair. I wish I had that kind of mojo and speed. Mary Anne is such a kind and supportive person and, of course, so very talented!

Here is a sampling of some of the wonderful cards Mary Anne has created with Gone Fishing. The first two cards are such a great examples of how well Gone Fishing will coordinate with some of my older sets, like Hang in There, Life is Good and Happy Camper.

I love the tranquil scene Mary Anne created in the first card. The soft sponging combined with the silhouette images.

And check out how beautifully she incorporated the man/child image onto a creek bank in this gorgeous scene! What a fabulous card!

And here she used a real fishing fly and I just love the wonderful background she created with the scattered images of the small fisherman and fishing fly. What a great masculine card!

Love the gorgeous coloring on this fishing fly! Isn't that pattern paper fabulous? Another awesome masculine design!

I asked Mary Anne a few questions to get to know her better...

How long have you been stamping and how did you get started?

After taking care of 2 very ill parents over a span of 10 years, my DH sat me down at the end of it and said I needed something to make me happy. I went to my first stamp show and I was hooked. I moved to scrapbooking for many years, trying to find a way to use the stamps I aquired. Since I have discovered card making, I have enjoyed my hobby so much more!

What are your favorite kinds of projects/techniques?

I love to color and make scenes, so I think I would have to say Colored pencils and OMS, with a new found love of Copic markers.

How do you overcome loss of mojo?

If it is not back within 48 hours I send out an A.P.B. and start stalking Stamp TV, everyone's blog.

Which tools do you reach for first?

You will think this is silly but the tool I use the most is my metal handled piercing tool. I call this thing my third hand. Not only does it pierce, it will tuck ribbon, pick up glue dots and gems, put glaze back inside its border, and just anything that fumbly fingers won't do. I freak when I can't find it!

What or who inspires you in your crafting?

I grew up as the daughter of 2 antique dealers. My mother specialized in antique buttons. I think that has always made me see art in minature. The things we stamp are just small versions of what we see around us.
Also, living on a lake does not hurt either, when it comes to things involving nature.

What do you "know now that you wish you knew then" about stamping?

That I need a bigger stamp room so I would have bought a bigger house! LOL! (me too!)

Thank you, Mary Anne! I loved getting to know you better. Thanks for the all the wonderful cards and inspiration, and most especially for your friendship!!!

Be sure to stop by Mary Anne's blog today. She is planning to post another Gone Fishing project today. I'll be featuring some projects from my other guest designer, Melissa Shultz, on Saturday (or Friday night if your up late)! Melissa also has a Gone Fishing project up today, so be sure to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!


Betty Benton said...

Mary Anne has done a fabulous job with your sets, Theresa! I love her work and in addition to your gorgeous sets, she has a collection of the most eclectic stamps (and those antique buttons too!) --guess it comes from being raised by art dealers!

catdidit said...

Wowza! LOve all of Mary Anne's cards, but that scene one...AWEsomeness!

Olga said...

You know I love em! You inspire me so much Mary Anne, and you too Theresa. I love the guys sitting on the bank fishing!!!! OMS!!! (Oh My Stars)

Patti said...

Yea Mary Anne! I love your work and it was so fun learning more about you my friend! My fave tool is the piercer too!

Payne Holler Cards said...

I LUV Mary Anne and all of her work! this set was really made for her!! i never thought about my piercer, but i guess we do use it more than we think..so looking forward to more from Mary Anne! Thanks Theresa for sharing her!

redwasher1 said...

Mary Anne cards are just gorgeous!!I love them all!!

Cathy said...

Theresa, what a great choice, Mary Anne's cards are wonderful as are your new stamps. Luv Ya GF

Jennie said...

Mary Anne is so amazing! She is so very creative and has done beautiful cards with your stamp set :o) Love ALL of these and reading a bit about her too!

Patti P. said...

Theresa and Mary Anne,
Loved your post today...the camping card is outragous!! Love how all the elements came together and the others are just as great. Nice interview and congrats on being Theresa's guest.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Thanks everyone, and especially you, Theresa, for giving me the opportunity to show my work. I have loved being able to work with you and your new set!