Today's Wednesday Wonder is probably freezing her little fingers off right now because she's from Maine, and that's pretty far north. But if she's feeling the chill, you'd never know it to look at her card creations. She's a woman after my own heart because she embraces color, and (unlike Yours Truly) she's a whiz at incorporating patterned paper into her cards.
I'm talking about Sherri Thompson, of course, and would you just take a look at how cute she is! She reminds me of a little Christmas elf - all she needs is a Santa cap and some bells, and she'd be ready to go!
The very first thing that caught my eye about Sherri's work is how good she is with patterned paper and details - I mean, she can really pull it all together! Check out this terrific creation:
I recognize that paper - it's Cosmo Cricket (one of my favorite companies), but you'll never see me handling it as well as she does. I have a horrible time layering patterned paper without it looking like so much overkill - or it's opposite: too stark to make an impact. But Sherri balances it all just right! She's got no less than four pieces of patterned paper on a surface area measuring approximately 4.25" x 5.5". Plus she's got no less than 6-7 layers - and it all looks terrific. She devotes the most space to the busiest print, but she balances it with multiple layers of simpler prints and highlights a good-sized focal point with a "frame" of colored semi-circles and dimension through pop-dots. If she'd laid down the busy paper as one of the background border pieces, it would have been wasted, visually, as it would have been all but covered up. And if she'd used the smaller patterns on the main background, the chick image would have overpowered it. Love this!!!
Here's another little birdie I'm lovin'. Who couldn't help but feel better after getting this in the mail? I LOVE how she used a striped paper for the sun's rays! She's also used small prints so they don't overpower the small card size. And would you look at those vibrant color choices?!
Don't you just love, love, love the bright colors here? I don't know what she was going for, but I find this card provocative. Is this penguin on the beach in Antarctica? Or is she actually on one of those beaches in St. Bart's that have white sand? Are those polka dots snow or just a great paper choice because of the color? Then she's got these little touches of red and orange accents that lead your eye all around that design. (This thing couldn't have more movement if the hula skirt was fluttering.) This may very well be my favorite cards of hers because it's got it all.
Sherri's work has not gone unrecognized in the stamping community. Her Red, White & Blue Thanks card made the Fab 5 at 2 Sketches 4 You in July, 2009, and she's been published in a number of Magazines and e-zines: Cards (January, 2010), Papercrafts (March/April, 2010), Scrapbook News and Review (January, 2010), Scrapbooking.com (November, 2009 and December, 2009). (It looks like she's just gotten started submitting, and I'm soooo glad of it!)
Sherri hasn't been on any Design Teams yet, but she's so busy with her family and school that I don't know how she'd be able to fit it in. Although, as you will learn later, she's QUITE the prolific card maker! So I wager she'll be on a DT before it's all said and done.And here's where all of Sherri's creating occurs....
Look at how contained all of that is. Just goes to show how little you really need to make awesome card art!
With no further ado, lift your Diet-Cokes to Sherri Thompson, my favorite Maine Event!
Sherri'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?
For cards, I usually start with my accent and papers and just go for it. I add things as I go. For layouts, I usually start with a sketch or layout as a guide. It usually takes me at least an hour to make a page. If I’m really struggling, it can take me a whole day. For cards, it usually takes about an hour, depending on the technique I’m using. If I need a quick card, however, I can whip one up in about 15 minutes.
2. How many, on average, pages per week do you make? Cards?
I’m so bad-I haven’t made a layout since last summer! Now that my kids are getting older, they’re no longer willing camera subjects. I love making cards, however, and I make about 5-10 a week.
Good grief! I am so not worthy....
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?
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)?
Fast dinner solution-I love my crockpot and have some great recipes. My husband’s favorite is Crockpot Lasagna. It’s so easy and everyone always asks for the recipe. I will post a link on my blog.
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!)
My Top 10 Tools are my 12” Cricut paper trimmer, Making Memories paper piercer, Sizzix Big Kick, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Sewing Machine, Threading Water Border Punch by Fiskars, 3” scalloped circle punch, Creative Memories circle cutting system, Precision tip scissors (I use tiny sewing scissors), and myCrop-o-dile.
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 don’t usually listen to music while I’m scrapping, unless it’s Christmas music. (I start listening to it in October - I’d start even earlier if I could!)
If you go to her blog, you'll hear some young men harmonizing a very original medley of Christmas tunes. You see? I know an elf in hiding when I see one!
7. If you could have anything you wanted, (concerning scrapping or stamping) what would it be?
What I want next: Copics!
Aaaaaaah... a fellow Copic Compatriot. As Wallis Warfield Simpson once said, "You can never be too rich or too thin." I would add that you can never have too many Copics, either. Just a little warning right here and right now: Once you get the first few markers, you'll never be able to turn back. Just accept that you will become addicted and spend the rest of you life fighting that Copic monkey on your back. But never fear! It's a great high (not to mention completely legal).
8. What about your style/artistry are you least satisfied with?
I like my “cutesy” style, but I’d like to create just one shabby chic card just to say, “I did it!” Also, there are lots of things I’d like to learn or be better at. I would love to be able to color and shade stamped images using Copics.
Oh, boy... she's got the Copic Fever in a mighty bad 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’m not tech-savvy AT ALL. My DH bought me a Kodak Easyshare several years ago for my birthday, and I’m still using it. It’s so easy to use. I hope I never have to learn how to use any other! Plus, I can print my photos easily at home with the printer dock. It’s perfect for scrappers like me who are technologically-challenged.
10. What's the word or phrase that comes to your lips when you mess up while creating? ("Unprintable" is definitely an option!)
I don't know if I say anything - usually I'm by myself when I scrap! So I guess I really don't have an answer for this one. Kind of boring, I know!
Okay, folks, we now have conclusive proof that Sherri IS an elf. When she messes up, she doesn't say anything. At least that's what she claims. But I suspect there may be an occasional, "Oh, for the love of candy corn!" ricocheting off the walls....
11. Give us a quick description of your pets.
I have two very spoiled indoor cats (Hallie and Oreo) and two equally spoiled beagles (Bo and Luke.) I would love to have a little girl pug - named Daisy, of course!
Is this a reference to the Dukes of Hazard? Despite it being wildly popular during my youth, I have never seen it. Will this pug puppy have little hotpants?
12. Give us a quick description of your job.
Right now, I’m a full-time student. I am a college senior studying elementary education.
(Betcha she'll be hollering, "For the love of candy corn!" a lot more after she starts teaching - especially if her students are sixth graders.)
My DH, Donny, and I have two children. Our DD, Jordan, is 15 and a freshman. Our DS, Ryan, will be 13 in March. He’s in the 7th grade.
14. Got a fun or little known fact about yourself you’d like to share?
I traveled a lot before I got married. I have been to the Soviet Union (when it was the Soviet Union), Germany, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Mexico. Oddly enough, my state borders Canada and I’ve never been there!
That's okay. But, really now, no self-respecting elf would bypass visiting the North Pole! Or is that part of your cover? A sort of "Don't ask, don't tell" thing you elves have got going there?
15. What’s your favorite stamping technique?
I love to paper piece. I often stamp on patterned paper, too instead of coloring images. It gives a fun look. I also love to add details with chalk, a white gel pen or stickles.
16. What do you find more satisfying - the process or the product?
That’s a tough one. After trying many different crafts, I have found papercrafting to be my very favorite. I love mixing and matching the colors and design elements. Plus, I never really outgrew my love of coloring, cutting and pasting. I love the finished product, as well. Store-bought cards could never compare to handmade cards.
So very, very true.