I'm thinking it may be Thursday before I get this week's Wednesday Wonder posted! I spent all day yesterday in Cincinnati and about 12 hours today glued to an Excel table, running number projections.
My eyes are screamin'!
Which is why it's nice to finally be able to look at something pretty made by someone who knows her way around a rubber stamp.
Today's Wednesday Wonder is Karen Piskor (pronounced: PIE-SCORE). I've had the pleasure of knowing her for about a year now, and have had the additional honor of serving with her as a Hero Arts Hostess on the Hero Arts Flickr Group.
And here she is !
Karen's creations are light and whimsical and super-cheery! Her cards are always colorful and there is almost always something unique about them. She's also very good at putting her stamps to work on her scrapbook pages. Check it out:
(Yes, that's our Karen boogie-boarding!)
Karen is very modest and insists that her work is "nothing special." However, she's won a lot of Hero Arts contests over the years: 2002 Hero Arts Love Art Stamp Contest "Love Bouquet" card (Honorable Mention); 2003 Hero Arts Love & Hearts Stamping Contest "My Birthday Surprise layout (1st Place); 2004 Hero Arts Spring "Tulip Shadow Box" (Honorable Mention); 2006 (?) "Shout Out" from Nancy Taylor for a card she submitted that "inspired her." (Nancy sent Karen the nicest set of stamps for this and even phoned her home.) And in the Hero Arts weekly challenges: Pink Challenge (2nd Place); Make It In Minutes Challenge (3rd Place); Layers Challenge (Honorable Mention); and Friendship Challenge (Honorable Mention).
Oh, and she's been published, as well, in Vamp Stamp magazine and Stampington’s
Take Ten, Volumes 1 and 2.
So I beg to differ - I'd say Karen's work is definitely special. Which makes sense because Karen is special, too. (If you've visited at the Hero Arts Flickr Group, you'll recognize Karen by her enthusiasm. She's a one-woman cheering squad for all the members - nothing but positive feedback coached in all-caps and plenty of explanation points! (On a side note, she's the only Wonder I've not edited to conform with AP form, because Karen's voice is just too visually distinctive to alter.)
Unfortunately for all of us, Karen is a self-proclaimed technically-challenged, non-geek, so she doesn't have a blog. But she got a Mac in the last year, so I'm rooting for her to succumb to that siren song of the Internet! (If we all start harassing her at the same time, she'll be forced to acquiesce just to get some peace! Bwuuuuu-haaaaa-haaa-haaaaa!)
Without further ado, raise your Diet-Cokes to Karen Piskor, the girl voted Most Likely to Become a Stamp Champ!
Karen's Wonder-ful Interview
1. Do you pre-sketch a design or do you just leap out of the gate? How long does it usually take you to make a page? A card?
"STEP out of the gate, VERY SLOWLY". I'm AGING now. To make a card it takes me HOURS....and a layout MORE HOURS....I am VERY SLOW at EVERYTHING I do in LIFE! Molly calls me a TURTLE!
2. How many, on average, pages per week do you make? Cards?
Hmmmmmmmm... as a Hero Arts Hostess, I made a MINIMUM of ONE "project"... that could be a card or layout. I really like to make layouts, but I have to look around the house for photos to "snatch" up (so if they're attached to a memory board, I gently peel them OFF)! So there is more time involved with the "hunt." One morning I sat down recently and PUMPED OUT FOUR LITTLE CARDS – they just fell into place. (God was good to me.)
3. How has your process evolved to make you a leaner, meaner crafting machine? (In other words, what are some lessons you've learned or tips you can share that allow you to make better and faster design choices?
Having my supplies within a "pinkie" reach sure does help!! Honestly, I don't have a huge area to craft on, so I make "little cards", which I seem to create quicker. I LOVE clear stamps SO MUCH and they are EASY to work with. That has helped, too.
4. What's your stand-by, FAST dinner solution for those times when you really want to get to your scrap space ASAP (or stay ALAP)?
SAVORY CHICKEN BASEBALLS!! I will provide you with the recipe if you'd like. It's chicken stuffed in a crescent roll, shaped like a baseball and served with a NICE TOSSED SALAD! I LOVE MY SALADS!! I KNOW the girls would LOVE this recipe! Let me know and I'll type it up (not much to it, but it's GOOD)!
Well, serve it on up! Get it? Baseball... food... double-play on "serve" - oooh, play on double-play! Oh, I'm killing myself here!
5. If you were stranded on an island that had a billion supplies but NO tools, what ten TOOLS would you HAVE to have? (All the stamps in the world are available, so you don't need to list them as one of your tools. EX: we've got all the embroidery floss in the world, but you're going to have to bring your own needle if you want to use any of it!)
1. Honey Bee scissors
2. Prisma color pencils
3. Cuttlebug PLUS NESTIES (thank you "LU FAMILY")
4. Crafter's Pick "Ultimate Glue" (it's the BOMB)
5. Black Memories Dye Ink
6. Paper Flowers
7. Scallop Scissors
8. DIAMOND STICKLES!!!!
9. CRYSTAL GEMS and PEARL GEMS
10. BUTTONS...lots of these!
6. If you were still on that island, what kind of noise would you want (if any) in the background? List as many as five different favorite musical artists.
I LOVE to hear the waves rolling in and just the sound of the surf. I'm a SURFER GIRL (well I boogie board... more in my upcoming layout), but I do LOVE MUSIC, so I'd probably love to hear the tones of KEM, Michael Buble, Luther Vandross, Amos Lee and Chris Botti! Am I a ROMANTIC or what???? Oh, and Sarah McLaughlin (Ordinary Miracle is my FAVORITE SONG).
7. If you could have anything you wanted, (concerning scrapping or stamping) what would it be?
A WOODEN FLOOR. I seem to always be on the FLOOR crafting!! I guess a large DESK or TABLE would work, too.
Okay, since this is a fantasy, I think you should definitely ditch the table and go with the table.
8. What about your style/artistry are you least satisfied with?
Lack of DIVERSITY!! OH MY, I am such a HEART and FLOWER GIRL and LOVE BRIGHT COLORS - it's JUST ME! And maybe I'll have to say my "NEATNESS" level. I have received cards from other "family" members and they all have such a HIGH QUALITY to their work.
9. What cameras have you tried, which one is your favorite, and why? (You can shorten this to just the one you're using now if you like.)
Cannon Powershot SD 1000 Good old Molly thought that I NEEDED this camera a couple years back and she gave it to me for Mother's Day. I can fit it in my POCKET!
10. What's the word or phrase that comes to your lips when
you mess up while creating? ("Unprintable" is definitely an
(over and over again).
Visit Karen's photostream at Flickr to see more or her beautiful creations!