Hey, y'all! Today's Wednesday Wonder is a special treat because we all know this stamper's work and have collectively drooled over it.
But before I start in on what wonderful creations this stamper makes, I'd like to address an aspect of her personality: she's really nice. I mean, Really Nice. I went to her blog last week and saw a shape I've been trying to find, and there it was on her card! The card credits listed it as a Nestibility - which was news to me as I had not seen that particular one before. I was so thrilled that I left a comment asking her where she got it, even though experience has taught me that I probably wouldn't receive an answer. (People are busy, after all.) And do you know what happened?
That woman actually sent me an email with the answer on the very next day.
She was so nice in her follow-up, that I decided to ask her if she would be interested in being a Wednesday Wonder. (I figured that my not being a high-profile magazine or stamping celebrity with a huge blog audience might be a deal-breaker for a stamping celebrity, because people are busy, after all.) But she was thrilled to do it - even thanked me for the honor.
How stinkin' NICE is that?
So raise your Diet Cokes to Lisa Spangler, the Star Spangled Stamper!
(My apologies, Lisa, but I just couldn't resist....) :o)
I really don't know where to begin when it comes to introducing Lisa. If you're not familiar with her work, you are in for SUCH a treat! Lisa is one of the Creative Geniuses over at Hero Arts, and I'm not even going to try to post a listing of every competition she's won, or design team she's been on, or magazine she's been published in because I think I'm limited to a certain amount of memory here at Typepad, and I still have 28 days left in this month! Lisa is also one of those people who teach classes from here to Timbuktoo on occasion.
If I had to describe Lisa's style, I'd say it's Organized Whimsy. Her cards always have very clean lines, usually with a simple design scheme that subtly spotlights the stamped image. (I didn't really realize that last bit until I started trying to describe her style, but it's true, and now I'm really intrigued.) Yes, I know the stamp is usually the focus on one's card, but Lisa's very good at finding ways to draw your attention toward the stamp - like shining a spotlight on the image.
But don't sit there scratching your head wondering what I mean. Go look at her stuff, and I think you'll see what I mean. Of course, I could be delusional, (wouldn't be the first time) but I think I'm on to something here! And I think one of the reasons I'm right is because Lisa is a self-admitted shutterbug - and I think all that time spent looking through a rectangle and focusing in on a specific detail can be seen as an influence on her card-making.
So that's all the "Organized" part. The "Whimsy" part may be easier to spot. She favors attractive colors and tends to use her embellishments in unique ways. She also comes up with whimsical compositions. Like, who can forget this one?
I mean, how stinkin' clever and cute is that? (Maybe that's what we should call her style: Clever & Cute.) Watch the video on how to make this puppy!
So, without further ado, here's a chance to take a peak into Lisa Spangler's life as a stamping artist....
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 do both! I've been known to LEAP up in the middle of the night and sketch a card -- just ask my poor husband, ha ha -- or do sketches during boring meetings or when I'm on hold on the phone -- but usually I just start stamping. One thing I like to do is to get a piece of used printer paper and just play around and stamp some stuff on it to see how it looks together -- then I don't have to waste "good" cardstock.
2. How many, on average, pages per week do you make? Cards?
Pages, not so much -- I am more of a mini-book person. I like to give them as gifts, so I usually only do them when an event rolls around. The last one was for my sister's 30th birthday, I used all these old school pictures of her, plus baby pictures and then pictures of her wedding at the end. The number of cards per week varies a ton. I'd say probably 3 per week average.
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?
When I make something, I usually pick out the stamp first, then figure out what colors I want to use and then it all flows from there. I like to keep a journal of color combos that I think are neat for inspiration. The biggest lesson I've learned is to not worry about all the little flaws that I see in my stamping. Most of the people who I give my cards to never notice them at all.
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)?
Pizza! I keep those frozen pizza shells on hand and can whip up a pizza in 15 minutes flat! Plus I can put healthy stuff on top, so I don't have to feel as guilty about it...!
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!)
WOW, what a tough question! I guess I'd have to have my Cuttlebug, and then my Nesties (does each one count separately? I don't have to chose, do I?). Swiss Dots embossing folder, Prismacolor pencils, a pencil sharpener, metal ruler, Xacto knife, Crop-o-dile, scissors and double-sided tape.
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 think in the mornings and evenings I'd just want to listen to the sounds of the island. But then in the afternoon I'd need some Feist, Jay May, Katie Herzig and Yo Yo Ma.
7. If you could have anything you wanted, (concerning scrapping or stamping) what would it be?
This may sound corny, but I think it would be to make people happy when I give them one of my creations. And to have FUN -- because to me, that's what stamping should all be about. :)
8. What about your style/artistry are you least satisfied with?
Hmmmmmmmm, I don't think I really have a style? I guess that's what I'm least satisfied with. Gotta find some signature "look"! :)
You already have one – you just haven’t analyzed it. Which is a GOOD thing. The minute people start thinking about this stuff they get all self-conscious and lose their creative way.
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 am a photo nut and have tried a ton of cameras and I love them ALL! For taking pictures of cards, my go-to camera would be the Canon Digital Rebel Xti. With a 50 mm lens and a tripod. :)
10. What's the word or phrase that comes to your lips when you mess up while creating? ("Unprintable" is definitely an option!)
Usually it's "Oh nooooooooooooooooo!!!!' followed by lots of laughter. Unless I've really, really, REALLY messed up something that took me hours to do, and then it's definitely unprintable, ha!
If you would like to see Lisa's work, I know of a few places you can go. You can visit Lisa's blog Sideoats & Scribbles. Or you can check her out at the Hero Arts Blog (She's hosting this week). Or you can check out her Flickr page. Or you can jump around the Hero Arts Card Gallery.
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