Today's Wednesday Wonder is another International. She's a Brit... married to a Dutchman... living in France!
How cool is that?!
Another cool thing about this woman is that she's is a committed Christian whose faith is worn like the armor spoken of in Ephesians. She walks the talk, and it's a wonderful thing to see.
Her name is Jacqueline de Groot, and she's a beautiful person, inside and out. Look, I'll prove it:
(It dawned on me that a lot of people have their pictures displayed on their blog or as an ID, so why not start showing them? Give these names a face, for crying out loud!)
(I can't believe it only took me 10 months to come up with this idea.)
I are smart!
(By the way, she's won a lot of awards for that blog, so I'm not the only one who thinks it's wonderful.)
Jacqueline's work embodies my favorite style - which can be described by a number of terms: distressed, "antique", shabby chic, vintage, nostalgia.... whatever terms you choose to use, it's yummy-delish in anybody's vocabulary! She creates these mouth-watering... valentines (for lack of a better term). Technically, they aren't valentines, but that's what they remind me of.
Think of it this way:
You inherit an old Victorian manse in the country, and you go exploring in the attic. Sunlight slants through dormer windows, capturing motes in flight. While rummaging around, discovering all sorts of wondrous things from a bygone era, you come across a fantastic steamer trunk. It's made of weathered wood with brass fittings, and vivid labels of port and station adorn its sides. You turn the key and open the lid, and find yourself looking into a collection of keepsakes. And one of those keepsakes is a rosewood box, intricately carved, lined with faded satin the color of a robin's egg. And inside that box are beautiful handmade cards that stop your breath and drive every other thought out of your head because you know you just stumbled across a priceless treasure....
That's what Jacqueline's cards are like. (I seriously hope she's got plans to buy an antique box and a picturesque trunk so she can save some of her cards that way. I know her future great-granddaughter would LOVE to find them in such a place.)
I am thrilled to state that she is published! Her work has graced the pages of Stamper's Sampler, Take Ten and a variety of English craft magazines. (Here's a fun thing to do: if you keep your mags, the next time you're flipping through them, keep an eye peeled for Jacqueline' name! Betcha you find it!)
Jacqueline has also received recognition for her contributions to the Hero Arts Weekly Blog Challenges - including the granddaddy of them all: the Hero Arts Win A Day On The Blog.
Without further ado, lift your Diet-Cokes to Jacqueline de Groot, a Viscountess of Vintage Treasures!
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 only pre-sketch if I'm doing an assignment or waiting for stamps to arrive, but I also need inspiration. I usually create spontaneously because I love creating. It takes, on average, 30 minutes to make a card.
You must be Divinely inspired... and the fastest stamper in France!
2. How many, on average, pages per week do you make? Cards?
I make three cards per week.
Gulp. Do they ALL look as good as the ones here?
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?
I have eliminated what I don't like and know what I do like. I love Hero Arts stamps and vintage images - I don't need anything else. I love distress inks, certain paper punches and a certain designer paper - that's all I need, which makes my choices easier.
I must say that you are a role model for simplicity. I wonder if I could create faster if I had less stuff competing for my attention?
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 crafting and craft space are not my priority - feeding my family is, so I haven't had to entertain that thought!
Are you SURE you're not an angel in human form? You are SUCH a better woman than I am!
- Paper punches
- Designer papers
- Hero arts pearl embellishments
- Ink pads (VersaFine Onyx Black, StazOn Timber Brown and Jet Black are must-haves!)
- That's all I'd need.
Okay, clearly you are not a mere mortal!!! Oh, how I wish I had your level of contentment!
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
I don't listen to music - I love the peace and quiet, just hearing the birds outside or a slight breeze. I do love anointed gospel music but not when I create.
I have everything I want!
Again, I wish I had your level of contentment....
8. What about your style/artistry are you least satisfied with?
I am the least satisfied with the fact that I cannot let a card rest unfinished until the next day, I have to finish it - which doesn't leave any space for new inspiration.
I have this problem, too - even though the few times I've been able to walk away, the result has always been good. In other words, I've proven to myself that it would be best to not finish the thing in one sitting, but still I stubbornly persist....
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 have a simple digital camera - as long as it works, is sharp, and takes pictures, that's all I'm worried about. I am not technical!!
10. What's the word or phrase that comes to your lips when you mess up while creating? ("Unprintable" is definitely an option!)
"OH, NO!" (Sorry - I know I am quite boring!)
You're NOT boring. This question is more about gauging frustration levels in a humorous way.
If you would like to see more of Jacqueline's work, please visit Jacqueline.fr's Photostream on Flickr or her blog, My Scrap Basket (an exceptional place to get a devotional and/or a spiritual recharge as well as terrific card ideas).