Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday Stamping With Marie Oberg: Snowman Soup

In preparation for Marie's Guest Designer spot, I asked her several questions as part of an online interview so you (and I) could get to know her even better:

What’s your favorite beverage and/or snack (whether you’re stamping or not)? 
Besides wine, I enjoy salsa and chips with melted cheese and sour cream. Yum, yum, yum!

Describe your stamping style in five words or less, and explain how this style came about or why you feel you stamp the way you do.
My style is "outside the box." I tell my grandchildren that they should learn something new every day, so I try to apply that same same advice to my stamping hobby er, should I say addiction?). So whenever I sit down to create a card, I try to do something that is new and different for me. I try to work outside my "comfort zone. As they say on Star Trek, "Go where no man...er, stamper...has gone before."

What have you learned as you’ve evolved as a designer? In other words, what advice or tips can you share with our readers for helping them improve?
As I have spent more time with this hobby, it has given me the confidence to try many different techniques. Don't be afraid to try something new. It is only paper...stop saving it for something special, dig into your stash, and create. If you use some of these saved items, it will give you an excuse to go shopping and buy more!

(Jackie's Note: Oh, Marie, that last part cracks me up. What great advice! Seriously, though, we agree...it really is just paper.)

What is one area that you are trying to improve in your own creative style, techniques, or process?
I try to be less critical of my designs and be more adventuresome. Being OCD, I try to be less of a perfectionist. Don't sweat the small stuff...chances are no one will notice the possible flaws but you!

(Jackie's Note: Isn't that the truth! We're always the most critical of our own work, and I try to remember that and be easier on myself, too.)

What’s your current favorite stamping technique?
My current favorite stamping technique is exploring different color mediums to use on Kraft cardstock. So far, Prismacolor colored pencils work the best. You can get awesome results using white colored pencil on Kraft cardstock. After you apply the white, you can add any color you desire [on top].

What are your top 5-10 tools that you rely on most when you create (besides stamps, of course)?
I would be lost without my die cutting machine, embossing folders, white pigment ink pad, Sakura Stardust pen, Marvy gold Metallic pen, Prismacolor pencils, and Gamsol! Of course, a glass of Finger Lakes wine helps me to listen to my creative muse!

Name a few of your favorite Inky stamps (and what you like best about them, if you wish).
I can't narrow that list down to a few favorites; there are too many. The Inky Antics stamping universe is so varied that it is hard to pick favorites. Who can't relate to [the] My Friend Ronnie, Worldly Women, Girly Girls, or Well Seasoned [collections]? The Critters Friends, Furry Pals, and HoneyPop collections always bring a smile to the face of anyone who sees them.

What is the most recent stamping project you made, and how long did it take you to create it?
The "Snowman Soup" folder that I created was the most recent. It took me about 8 hours (with several revisions), before I was completely satisfied with the end result. Despite the number of hours spent, the creative process was very fulfilling. I was very pleased with the final project.

(Jackie's Note: I totally agree, it turned out fantastic! Inky friends, please see the bottom of this post for Marie's awesome project.)

Where do you find inspiration for your stamping projects?
Everywhere. I am constantly looking at everything around me. For instance, at a recent visit to a friend's home, I noticed the design around the picture on a picture frame that I thought would be great as a layout for a future card.

Jackie always has the greatest samples (and humorous jokes) that inspire me to try different things. Who would have known you could make a box out of clear cardstock or a photo album from clear envelopes? The organizational samples are invaluable...a card and coupon organizer, a password saver book, a date book, address book, memo pad, and the list goes on and on and on...how's that for inspiration.

I have made photo albums for my youngest grandchildren's birthdays every year since they were born, the daughters have received card organizers, address books, date books and password saver books.

(Jackie's Note: Aww, that much praise makes me blush. I definitely can't take credit for all of these ideas, but it makes me happy to be able to share them with our readers.)

Is there anything else you’d like to tell our blog readers?
Feel free to experiment...it's only paper...use it...you can always buy more!!! Who doesn't love shopping? Don't be afraid to try something new. Look around you, study the Design Team's samples. Try it...you might like it!

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And with that last bit of awesome advice, I'm pleased to show you the project that Marie made for today's post. Although it's not quite as relaxing as a glass of wine, a mug of cocoa can be pretty enjoyable...so, the featured stamp set for this week's Sunday Stamping series is 10936MC Snowman Soup Clear Set:


Marie used a CD literature folder as the base of her creation. (She said they're available in bulk at Uline, or you can get them in smaller quantities here.) This is the front cover of her folder:


Not only is the base double-matted with red cardstock and then a stamped piece on top, but the die-cut circular area is a shaker window. Marie used a process similar to this when making the shaker window, except she altered the shape and added a scalloped circle overlay to frame her window.

The shaker window was filled with glitter and teeny star confetti. If you click on the above photo for a close-up view, you'll also see how she placed individual small snowflake confetti pieces around the scalloped border and then adhered a sparkly red rhinestone on top. The teardrop cut-out areas are each filled with glitter, too. Now that is some super fancy detail work, and it turned out gorgeous!

Open the folder, and you're treated to more goodies inside...literally:


The right side of the CD folder has a built-in pocket that's just the right size for holding the dry cocoa mix and candy cane...or "snowman soup with stirring stick," as we like to call it.

I like how Marie repeated elements from the front, such as the scalloped circles and stamped background pieces, along with more carefully positioned snowflakes.

Did she forget the back? No way! It's lovingly decorated to match the rest of the project:


Thanks again to Marie for another terrific project. Here's wishing YOU a warm and cozy week!

3 comments:

Dee in N.H. said...

Great interview! Would love to hang out with Marie, a glass of wine and all that unused paper for an afternoon of fun! The snowman soup holder is gorgeous!

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

What a fun interview and such wonderful words of advice...lol
This snowman soup is so darn cute.
Just worked on a project using this same cutie last night.
What a great project to share
Happy Holidays

Liz Terrazas said...

this is gorgeous and so fun... Great job...