I am so thrilled to be here on the Paper Crafts blog with my first Go-to Gal post!
My name is Kimberly Crawford and aside from my husband of almost 14 years and my seven-year-old son, I have two passions in life: paper crafting and teaching.
Teaching has always been a part of my life, from teaching Sunday School at a very young age to being an elementary teacher before having my son. Paper crafting arrived a bit later, thanks to my husband. Wanting the look of a seal on the back of our wedding invitations, he suggested I talk to his mom about this “stamping thing” she does. She sent me my first supplies, and the rest is history. (How long do you think he will let me get away with using him as an excuse for all the supplies?) And the best part for me is when I get to combine my two passions, teaching paper-crafting classes!
I am excited to share a few of my favorite projects with you today. Being a stamping girl at heart, my projects almost always have some element that has been stamped. My style tends to be classy with a touch of shabby. And forgive me for making up a new word, but I also tend to be technique-y. It’s fun to experiment and to try new things. The funny part is, very often the failures turn into the best projects!
Sewing and embroidery hoops are very trendy right now. I wish I could sew. My mom is an amazing seamstress. Sadly, it is a skill I did not inherit. But, wanting to create the look, I thought about my stamps (because those I can create with) and wondered if I could use them as a guide for stitching. I stamped the handwriting lines and words onto muslin with a light ink. Then using embroidery floss, I was able to stitch over the stamped lines. This turned out so well that I tried it again and made Halloween décor for our house!
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One thing that goes well with my love of teaching is being able to create video tutorials. And this spring I got to film video tutorials for Paper Crafts Magazine! While I was playing around with watercolor markers and stamping, (also known as staring at that pile of awesome supplies on my desk) an idea came to me. I wondered if instead of misting water on my stamp to re-wet the ink, how would a spray mist work? Well, turns out it works brilliantly and adds a beautiful touch of shine!
The last card I want to show you is from Paper Crafts Magazine Stamp It! Cards from back in 2010.
This project forced me to get creative when I did not have the perfect supplies. Originally I wanted to color the peaches, but alas, there were no orange markers, or any orange coloring tools for that matter, in my stash. It was time to get creative. Using orange inks and a faux letterpress technique, I created some pretty neat peaches, way better than just colored ones.
Thanks for letting me share! I look forward to sharing more experiments (maybe we should call those creative opportunities) and happy accidents with you in the future!
Kimberly Crawford, Paper Crafts Go-to Gal
P.S. the Go-to Gals are participating in a blog challenge today, so check out their blogs to see how they use stamps from The Craft’s Meow!