Yowza! Have these last two weeks been intense! I had to postpone last week's Wednesday Wonder because I was up to my ears in activities. (This hasn't actually changed, but one can only go Wonder-less for so long!!!)
Part of what has kept me so busy is all the action at the Hero Arts Blog. If you're reading this, you're probably a stamping enthusiast; therefore, you also probably know that the 2010 catalog and collection is scheduled to premiere nationwide this Friday, December 18th. (If by some chance you've been hiding under a rock and don't know about the 2010 release, please join us in our collective mass hysteria of anticipation and let the jumping-up-and-down commence forthwith!)
A great deal of fun and excitement have been shared thus far on the HA Blog, including a little brain child I'm rather proud of hatching - a sort of Easter egg hunt involving a frog prince. Go here if you're interested in playing for a chance to win some of the new 2010 stamps. Another activity is a blog hop showcasing 36 artists' use of some of the new 2010 stamps. I'm very honored to have been invited to be a part of this hop and am in much better company than I deserve, I assure you. (Some of these artists are bona fide celebrities in the stamping and scrapping world - I'm talkin' cream-of-the-crop, knock-off-your-socks, why-didn't-I-wear-my-Depends?! kind of talent here!)
So head on over to the Hero Arts Blog on Friday, December 18th at 10:00 a.m. for what promises to be a terrific array of eye candy! Oh, and before I forget, there will also be preview parties at local scrap and stamp stores as well (see participants here).
Okay! Now that I have all that off my chest, I can turn my full attention to today's Wonder - someone that I have gotten to know and whom I find as nice as her cards. Ladies, allow me to introduce Anette Hjerpassen from Norway!
(Another happy, smiling individual - scrapping is good for the soul, I'm tellin' ya!)
I have to admit that it's hard for me to pin down which aspect of Anette's art I like best, but it's all her fault. If she didn't have so many fine abilities, I wouldn't be in this fix! In general, though, I can say that I like Anette's work because it always has an air of surprise about it - there's always a little something in there that's rather unique and refreshing.
One thing I really admire (and mean to emulate more in the future) is her ink usage. Anette uses her inks not just as stamping mediums; she uses them to add dimensionality and interest. Take this card, for instance:
Anette is also very fond of embossing, (another area I could stand to emulate) and she's quite good at it. When paired with her use of deep colors, you get a dramatic and somewhat unique look:
This particular stamp is lovely, but I never think to use it with a lighter color on a darker background - which I think is fairly typical. But, as you can see here, just by "reversing the negative" you get a whole new take on the stamp with some drama to boot!
Here's an example of reversing the negative combined with Anette's ink blending skills:
I really love this card - it would be very nice with a traditional, solid card stock background, but the two-tone shading generates amazing visual interest - really gives the card energy. And the use of the dark orange against the light aqua is a perfect punch of color! (You know me - I'm a sucker for maximum impact via complimentary colors!)
(I like this card so much, and it uses a stamp so similar to the 2010 stamp I was given for the blog hop on Friday, that I may just have to flat-out steal this design!)
And speaking of Anette's use of color, she's got a terrific sensibility. She uses combinations that are fresh to my eyes and in ways that I wouldn't think of - like this card (which I actually happened to receive from her in the mail - eat your hearts out!):
One last thing I want to say about Anette's work: her craftsmanship is exceptional. Click on any of her cards at Flickr and choose the "enlarge image" feature to see them magnified. If you do this, you will find that her work can stand unashamed under such scrutiny. There's nothing sloppy about the way she puts together a card - which heightens one's viewing pleasure and is an aspect of card-making, in general, that is too often taken for granted.
Anette doesn't belong to any design teams, but she regularly teaches classes at her LSS; if I lived in Asker, I'd definitely take one of them! She is published, however, with some of her cards appearing in the gallery and challenge sections of the Norwegian stamping magazine, Ett Trykk, (I hope this is the correct link) with her Christmas ornament winning a Third Place in its December, 2008, issue.
Anette has also done well in the Hero Arts weekly Blog Challeges, receiving Honorable Mentions in the Pocket, Valentine, Manly and Favorites challenges and a Third Place in the Inspired By WAD 2009 challenge.
Anette is fortunate enough to have a dedicated craft space, and I must say that I like it! I am especially keen (and envious) of the sewing machine having it's own space right there at hand! I also like her lamps - not only do they throw out a lot of light, they're just plain cool looking!
So there you have it! Raise your Diet-Cokes to Anette Hjerpaasen, the Norwegian Star of Surprises!
Anette'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?
I hardly ever pre-sketch anything. Either I picture the design (loosely) in my head before I start, or I just grab some stamps or papers that I want to work with, and go from there. The time I spend on a card varies a lot - from 15 minutes to a couple of hours. Sometimes, when I’m stuck, I put the card aside and then wait for a day or a week before working on it again – that usually helps.
You're a very wise woman.
2. How many, on average, pages per week do you make? Cards?
On average, I think I make about 3-5 cards a week.
I’m afraid I don’t have too much to share here, other than the fact that I just recently discovered how to use scraps! Hah! When playing with techniques I used to put all the test-pieces in a box, MEANING to use them later – but I never did. I'm getting much better at that, thanks to all the great scrap inspiration in the HA Flickr pool!
No arguments there!
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)?
My husband! He is usually home before I am, so dinner is served when I get home from work.
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!)
I would bring my paper trimmer, scissors, black ink, Distress inks, adhesive, Cuttlebug, Nesties, ribbon, pearls, and buttons.
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 would prefer silence, to be honest… I am surrounded by noise all day, so even though I love listening to music I tend to craft without anything on.
7. If you could have anything you wanted, (concerning scrapping or stamping) what would it be?
More time to create!!!
This is the second most popular answer - right after having a dedicated craft room/space. So, basically, we all want to be sent to a better place for a long time. This sounds suspiciously like heaven....
8.What about your style/artistry are you least satisfied with?
I am very indecisive, and I hate that! Working on it, and getting better, but not “there” yet.
Oh, Sister-Girl, can we TALK? Everybody who's indecisive raise your hand - if you can decide which one to use, that is.
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.)
Canon EOS 400D. It is a very good camera, and I’m sure it can do a lot more that what I make it do!!
10. What's the word or phrase that comes to your lips when you mess up while creating? ("Unprintable" is definitely an option!)
I will have to go for “unprintable”!
11. Give us a quick description of your pets.
Now that's a real shame. You just haven't lived until you've experienced the aggravation of finding your cat wallowing in your ribbons or sleeping on your work-in-progress.
12. Give us a quick description of your job.
I am a senior travel consultant, business travels.
13. Give us a quick description of your family.
DH is Jon Olav, DS is Gaute (11 years old), and DD is Guro (8 years old).
14. Got a fun or little known fact about yourself you’d like to share?
I won a bronze medal in the Norwegian Bowling championship in the early 90’s.
WOW! That's the best little-known fact yet. Others will have to work hard to top that one!
15. What’s your favorite stamping technique?
Clear embossing and resist technique with Distress inks and water!
To see more of Anette's art, visit her Flickr photostream here.