This month we have a special guest: Norma Lee
I admire her work for years and when I asked her to be my guestdesigner she immediately said yes, so I was very honored.
Here is the first card she made for Crealies:
To get to know Norma a bit more here are some questions I asked her. After that you find the card when it is open…
Guest designer questions
Name and other information about yourself:
My name is Norma Lee. I live in Vancouver, Canada. I started by blog (shortly after I bought my first computer—I’m a late starter...LOL) and did my first posting about 3 1/2 years ago. Blogging has kept me busy every since, but I’m loving it!
What inspires you to create?:
I am inspired by my fellow bloggers--their creativity and talents amaze me. I am continually learning from them. I like to think that we inspire each other.
Describe your style:
I like to be very precise with my paper cutting, so I don’t use a paper cutter but use a ruler and a kraft knife. I ink-distress the paper edges of my designer papers and then frame them with thin borders of darker-shade cardstocks. And if appropriate, I like to add my favorite embellishments of flowers and pearls.
Distressing the paper edges using Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pads and blending tool. It's both my favorite technique and my not-so-favorite technique...LOL, because my arm gets tired doing this! However the DP's don't look quite finished if I don't do this, so it's like I have to do it!
Favorite way of coloring:
My favorite colouring medium is alcohol-ink based markers. I use Letraset Promarkers, Letraset Pantone Trias (now discontinued) and Shin-Han Touch markers. I also love to colour with my coloured pencils (Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Coloursofts and Prismacolor Premiers). It takes me longer to colour with the pencils than the markers, but I think I have better control. My favorite images to colour are from Magnolia.
Favorite Crealies product:
The Creative Flowers dies are my favorites as I simply love making paper flowers.
Tips for creating with Crealies products:
My tip has to do with making paper flowers. I like to precut the flower die cuts ahead of time—lots of them! As I don’t know what colour flowers I will need, I make the die cuts out of white cardstock. Then I use Tim Holtz distress ink (from the stamp pads) to give the flowers the desired colours.
You can find a tutorial written by Norma on her blog: http://frommycraftroom.blogspot.ca/2012/05/wrinkled-flower-coloured-with-distress.html
When you open the card:
CreativeShapes no. 16