Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sunday Stamping With Karen Taylor: More Brushed Calligraphy

We're so glad to hear you enjoyed Karen's first Guest Designer project! Thank you for your kind comments, Inky friends.

Today I thought you might enjoy learning more about the fascinating woman behind these vintage-style creations:

Where do you live?
In my studio…no, not really, but you can find me there often. I live in Southwest Missouri.

What can you tell us about your family?
We have two children, Jessie and Douglas. We were blessed with our first grandson almost two and a half years ago and have added five-year-old Landyn and sweet baby Chey to our list of grandchildren this year. But I am no frumpy grandma. ;-)

What is something people may not know about you?
I am a grandma, but I ride dirt bikes, a vintage style scooter around town, and my jet ski as fast as I can, jumping every wake I can find. (The back of my life jacket says, "YES, I am a GRANDMA!") I love to scuba (one of my lifelong dreams is to dive with great whites...I will be in a cage of course, but I'll have be diving with many sharks and swimming towards them, not away ), and I love zombies...vegetarian zombies, of course, as I am a vegetarian.

How and when did you learn to stamp?
As a child, I did a little of all kinds of crafting with my beloved grandma. We even carved our own stamps out of potatoes.

What’s your favorite beverage and/or snack (whether you’re stamping or not)?
BOMB POPS!! I would love to be their national spokes-paper crafter! I can eat 6, maybe 8 at a time...really. Now they only have 40 calories each!

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.
Artist out of the box! I just want to be free. No boundaries, just to create with the heart and, in doing that, I come up with different and fun ways to use stamps. Nothing is off limits!

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Want to see an example of Karen's work as an "artist out of the box"? Here's the set that she started with, 11013SC Brushed Calligraphy #2 Clear Set:

Check out Karen's wonderful creation using these stamps:

Wow, I love all the fantastic details she incorporated (you can also click on the photo for a big closeup):

This card is commonly known as a petal card, but I don't think there's anything "common" about it! When you open up the flaps, an inspiring message is revealed:

The saying says, "Live among the flowers / Dance with the petals / Laugh in the sunshine." Here's another closeup:

There are so many beautiful elements to Karen's project, I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite. Which one is yours? (You can name more than one technique or embellishment if you're having trouble deciding like me.)

Let us know, and you'll be entered in a little BLOG CANDY giveaway! On Wednesday, January 11th, I'll randomly choose the winner for the same clear set that Karen used and post that person's please check back to see if you've won!


stamping sue said...

Karen your petal card is wonderful. I like that you didn't make a standard card and all the detail is terrific. even the inside of your card is beautiful. thanks for sharing
stamping sue

Lucy said...

Live among the flowers, is absolutely gorgeous but so are the others. Wish I could do work like this :)

LaNell said...

Karen's card is gorgeous! I love the flower. There is sooo much dimension to this card.

CheckerBeads said...

I like how many layers she uses- makes everything so rich..


Tanya said...

This set is beautiful. Love the card, so artistic, I love all of the elements and embellishments here, gorgeous.

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

I love this sentiment! Beautiful design and no it doesn't look simple at all-wonderful design

Sue D said...

Gorgeous! I like the ruffle on the petals and the doily on the inside.

Njeri said...

A grandma who rides bikes and scuba dives? I want to be THAT grandma one day (only my son is 2 years old to it will be a long wait). Karen's blog is fabulous, I love everything she does with ink.

Anonymous said...

I am enjoying Karen Taylor's (Jan. Guest Artist) beautiful project. I have gotten "into" the vintage look in the past year and love the distressed look to her project (whether DTP or sponging on the colors)! And all the bling she's added-cutting and layering the flowers, pearls and gems, and heat embossing the saying, all put together looks fantastic!
Kavi Coulson

sjkrueg said...

Great card! The flower on front is stunning but the sentiment inside is absolutely wonderful.

Debbie said...

If I have to choose, it would be the ruffles on the petals on the front of the card ;- ) TFS!

Amy S. said...

I love Karen's petal card, such a refreshing change from the standard. I also love the shabby chic look of the front, something I've always wanted to try. Thank you for the inspiration to help me think outside of my own box!

ellenmcrawley said...

I love the use of the petal card. Its like opening a little gift box!

Mary said...

The flower on Karen Taylor's card has the look of a vintage piece of jewelry - amazing! I can see why she is the January Guest Artist. Her cards are truly works of art. I love the way she gives the flower such dimension.


Anonymous said...

What an amazing card. I love the saying inside as well as the beauty of the card.

True :) said...

That's my girlfriend! :)
Beautiful work as always Karen!

True :D

Allie Gower said...

the flower looks like a vintage brooch