She’s Sally Traidman, and, dang, she’s good!
Isn't she cute? When was the last time you saw a grandmother look so cute? (She has the kind of hair I've always wanted, too, btw.)
Because she's a Stamping Star, my typical coverage of her accomplishments is rather limited, verging on the terse, I fear! My first question typically is, "Have you been on any Design Teams?" Well...DUH! However, she's got a few accomplishments of which some people may not know.
For instance, did you know that Sally has been published in Somerset Studio, RubberStampMadness, Stamp'n'Scrap, British magazines and Australian magazines. AND... (drumroll, please) she's even got her own book!
Yup! I had somehow never known this, so I had to order it. (I found it to be a very good purchase, and I highly recommend it, btw! Click on the image below to get your own copy!)
Another thing I learned about Sally is that her design talents have been tapped by companies other than Hero Arts: Hanko Design, Design Originals, and Paper Adventures have all been graced by her talent! Did y'all know that? I did not know that.
And just in case any of y'all are not familiar with the Hero Arts blog, (crawl out from your rock, already!) Sally is a regular hostess there and contributes many, many, many fine works of card art.
Because Miss Sally is so prolific and talented, trying to pick just a few favorite cards is, like, impossible. Luckily, you can find a gazillion of her cards (with How-To instructions) at the Hero Arts Card Galleries.
Sally's got a signature style that is unmistakable and irresistible. If you're looking at some accomplished watercolor painting, you've got your first hint that you might be looking at a Sally Traidman original. She loves bright colors, (especially pink and orange) and she's enamored of hearts. One of my very favorite things about Sally's style is that she proves time and again that you don't have to have a lot of layers and/or techniques to make a great card. (I don't know about the rest of you, but I often feel intimidated by the Card Extravaganzas I see other people making and sometimes will not even enter a challenge because it's just too overwhelming. So it's nice to see a spectacular card that didn't require paint and glue and glitter and spritzing and a blow torch.)
Case in point:
That's Sally, alright! Chic, clean lines every time. So lift your Diet-Cokes to Sally Traidman, the Chanel of Hero Arts!
Sally'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 LEAP! I sometimes sketch and then can't remember what it means....
Man, am I glad to hear that I'm not the only person who experiences that!
2. How many, on average, pages per week do you make? Cards?
I only make cards, and I make a LOT of them - for instance, today I made about 30 Christmas cards.
Gulp. I suddenly feel rather small and insignificant....
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?
Focus is important, and I use the least amount of stamps I can.
Aaaah... an alumna of Less Is More U....
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)?
Soup! I make big pots and freeze small batches. I also rely on bananas and peanut butter. AND dark chocolate - my favorite is Dove Dark.
Eeeeep! That's my favorite, too! I can attribute at least five pounds of my bum to Dove Dark!
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 need scissors, a black pen, watercolor paints and brush, a black pad, sewing machine and thread, glue, foam tape, and gems.
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 want loud dance music... like Katy Perry, Black-eyed Peas, ABBA, Coldplay, and The Beatles.
Okay, now I have a very clear picture of you bustin' a move to Long Tall Sally as you ink up your stamp....
7. If you could have anything you wanted, (concerning scrapping or stamping) what would it be?
I want more punches... I love those.
Hey, do you know about the curtain rod trick? Mount a curtain rod on the walls (nail into the studs), and "hang" your punches - it works a treat! (See here.)
8. What about your style/artistry are you least satisfied with?
I wish I had the ability to draw better.
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.)
I would love a new one with better resolution. I currently use an old Sony.
10. What's the word or phrase that comes to your lips when you mess up while creating? ("Unprintable" is definitely an option!)
"Oh, shit!" (And my mess-up is always getting ink on an almost finished card because my hands are dirty.)
Ah, a classic and timeless phrase. As a connoisseur of blue language, I can attest that there really is no substitute for the truly satisfying and cathartic venting experience this phrase produces. I've tried them all, and "Oh, sugar!" just doesn't cut it.
I find the product most satisfying.
12. If you couldn't do this for a career, what would you do?
I'm an art teacher - I could go back to that....
13. I know you've been with Hero Arts for many years. How did you begin that relationship?
I used to attend trade shows as I had a retail mail order business that sold stamps. Jackie Leventhal called me over 20 years ago to make cards, and the rest is history.
14. Give us a quick description of your pets.
I don't have any currently. I had a Bichon mix, and he was in some of the Hero Arts catalogs.
15. Give us a quick description of your job.
I am a card designer and stamp designer (I have drawn some of the Hero Arts stamps).
SALLY! How can you leave us hanging like that?! Which ones did you draw? Which one(s) are your favorites?
Here's an update, ladies! Since originally posting it, Sally has graciously sent me a picture of some of the stamps she's designed. I recognize some of these pretties!
16. Give us a quick description of your family.
I have two married sons, 2 granddaughters, and a wonderful husband that puts up with all my craft crap.
Sounds like you've reached Nanna-Nirvana!
17. Got a fun or little known fact about yourself that you’d like to share?
I love to dance.
18. What’s your favorite stamping technique?
Simple, simple stamping in black and coloring in with watercolors.
You can see more of Sally's creations at the Hero Arts website, and I suggest you do.
Just a reminder that the day after tomorrow is the opening of the January Card Chain Challenge sign-up. Hope to see y'all there!