It's been a few weeks since we had a Wednesday Wonder what with Thanksgiving and some other job-related events taking me away from home. Today's Wonder has been waiting patiently, though, bless her heart! Somehow I managed to not discover her country of origin. (However, I suspect it's Germany because (1) she currently lives there; and (2) her favorite swears sound like they're in German.)
A regular Sherlock, I am....
Ladies, may I present the lovely Vanessa Menhorn:
And here is Vanessa's sweet baby Alyssa:
Two cutie-patooties under the same roof - you know the resident Daddy-Man doesn't stand a chance!
If you haven't been exposed to Vanessa's cards, you're in for a treat. She makes wonderful, classy little pieces of art - receiving a card from Vanessa might cause one to purchase a frame so it could be hung on the wall for everyone's visual enjoyment. Case in point:
If I received a card like this, I'd have it mounted and framed and add it to my annual Christmas decorations.
Vanessa has not been published, nor does she belong to a design team, but I say it's only a matter of time. She's apparently only been making cards for a few months, so watch out, world! Vanessa has won several online challenges: Hero Arts Blog: ATC (digital winner), Be Inspired (Fresh Face winner), Learning (HM), and Holiday Accessory (1st Place); Paper Crafts: Gallery Idol 2009 Top 15, Gallery Idol 2009 Top 20 and World Card Making Day Gallery Winner; Moxie Fab World: Not Your Regular Ruffles (winner), One Last Nod to Fall (HM), A Hoot or Two for You (winner), Stretch Your Holiday Style (HM), Gradient is Radiant (winner); Get Sketchy Top 5 (winner); Papertrey Ink: Guest Star Stamper (HM), Guest Star Stamper (HM), Guest Star Stamper (winner); and Caardvarks: Take a Bow (HM). And if that's not enough, one of her cards was selected for a 2 Peas newsletter, AND she was was a featured artist at Caardvarks World Card Making Day and Moxie Fab world's World Tour of Card Making.
And now my fingers hurt from all that typing and copy-n-pasting of links!
Here's my favorite, arguably, of Vanessa's cards:
I just love the simple elegance that's coming out of this rustic card. I love the delicate stamping on the patterned paper (she likes to do that, I've noticed) with the lightly inked edges. And her stitching is terrific. (On a side note, don't you just love her signature digital stamp?)
Vanessa was able to send me some pictures of her craft space with a few comments:
"I occupy a corner of our bedroom! You can see our bed and a bit of my husband`s Kung Fu weapons. Your interview was the reason I organized my space. :~) Now I am quite happy about it! I labeled all my drawers, sorted my stash and moved an old sideboard to my corner. When I started cardmaking a few months ago, I was sitting / crawling on the floor of my girl`s room in front of her closet where I had my crafting supplies, with her lying next to me on her toddler blanket! Wow, my space improved a lot!"
I'm so pleased that I was able to motivate someone to snaz up her space! (I feel very pure and noble and good... and less guilty about the present state of squalor in my own craft space.) Did y'all catch that part about how she started making cards a few months ago?!
I believe that I have each and every one of the tools and materials she used to make this white wonder of a card (with the exception of that lovely pearl button). However, trust me when I say you will never see me produce anything anywhere near this gorgeous. My sensibilities are simply not that tasteful!
Is this a cool card or what? It's pure Vanessa: deceptively simple with a fresh composition-disposition and an eye for details. And classy as all get-out....
Please join me in lifting your Diet-Cokes to Vanessa Menhorn, the Belle of the Butterflies and an exceptional card artiste!
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?
Sometimes when I have an idea for a card, I try to sketch it, but it never turns out like I intended it to! Most of my cards just "happen." It takes from 30 minutes to 3 hours to finish a card (that sometimes depends on my girl's nap times).
2. How many, on average, pages per week
do you make? Cards?
I usually create about 5 cards a week (all naptime crafted).
I wish I could do that. Unfortunately, I'm afraid I would actually nap during the nap times.
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?)
I've learned so much through all the challenges! They make me try new things and keep my creative juices flowing.
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)?
I want my girl to eat a lot of healthy stuff, so I prepare/precook our dinner in the afternoons so I can start crafting as soon as she is asleep. Love cooking, too, so it's no burden for me. :~)
Ah... another well-adjusted super-mommy. I envy from afar....
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 sewing machine, paper trimmer, scissors, Cuttlebug, Nesties, heat gun, ScorePal, border punches, computer and printer (for the great digital kits).
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 listen to the Harry Potter audio books read by Stephen Fry while crafting and my favourite music is punk rock, but on an island I would probably listen to songs like "Somewhere over the rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo`ole or "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz.
Punk rock, eh? I think I was correct about that devilish look in your eye.... Long live The Clash, btw!
A 48-hour day; my own, big crafting room with great storage possibilities; being on a design team; having a craft shop around the corner holding all the newest supplies that only cost as much as you have to pay in the States.
8. What about your style/artistry are you least satisfied with?
I have problems with adhering my layers straightly, (my dear husband likes to point out that something is not straight!) and I would love to be able to create beautiful scrapbook pages to do all the cute photos of my daughter justice.
I suspect that your scrapbook pages look dandy!
I have a Canon Powershot A720 IS and it's ok for me....
10. What's the word or phrase that comes
to your lips when you mess up while creating?
("Unprintable" is definitely an option!)
Scheisse! Verdammt! (in this order)
That looks German - or something in the Nordic family at the very least!
Tiger Lilly Lionheart, called Lilly. She is a grey striped, incredibly fluffy cat. If she were human she would go shopping all the time, buying the newest clothes and checking her make-up all day long.
12. Give us a quick description of your
I am a stay at home mum at the moment but will try to return to work next summer. I had an exciting job in a bank ;~)
My husband is working as a media designer (hence his eye for the straight positioning) and is practicing traditional Kung-Fu four times a week (that's when I do crafting in the evenings). My cute daughter, Alyssa, is 15 months old, loves to look through books with her mummy, has a good sense of humor already, and loves to hug everything and everybody.
14. Got a fun or little known fact about
yourself you d like to share?
No, I am too boring!
Oooooooh, no you're not. Let me reference again that mischievous grin of yours - that smile belongs to a lively personality!
15. What's your favorite stamping
I love to use distress inks and Versamark inks.