Friday, 4 July 2014

Feature 123: Kreative Kymona

Hi friends!! this is Deepti and I am here with another uber talented artist :) If I have to describe her style in one word, I would say "subtle beauty" , I  love how clean and simple her designs are and yet the way she incorporates color, makes her cards look so remarkable. I am sure you will love her creativity. So let's welcome Kymona... 

Name: Kymona Tracey


1. Tell us a little about yourself and your blog
Hello, I’m Kymona Tracey. Who am I, you ask? I am a women who never slows down and loves it. Yes… I am the energizer bunny’s sister! I just keep going and going (which is something that I am working on, if you follow my weekly wishes on my blog). I am a single mother of two wonderful children who are 8 years apart. My 16 year old son is a true self-made jock who plays every sport you can think of ! My 7 year old daughter is a real life princess who loves anything crafty and girly and absolutely hates anything related to sports. Talk about yin and yang! …but I love it!! Besides running from one activity to another with them, I work full time at a hospital (public health background), facilitate a reading group at work, teach high school students on the weekends and have a huge love of learning new things. I’ve taken classes in photography, web design, knitting, scrapbooking and card-making. I love them all, however, my true passion is card-making. I was introduced to card making back in 2004 and haven’t turned back since. I started out as a hobbyist just making cards for family and friends. People were always ecstatic when they received a card from me. What they did not know was that it made me feel just as special to make a card for them. This passion pushed me into teaching card-making classes at work with a couple of coworkers who wanted to learn how to make projects for their families. In September 2013, I made a big leap and created my blog, Kreative Kymona. Besides being a mom, I think that this has been one of my most rewarding accomplishments. Just being able to share with my world community makes life so rewarding!

2. How and when did you start crafting?
I was introduced to card making back in 2004.  One of my coworkers saw something that I made for my son’s teacher and she showed me a Stampin’ Up! catalog.  I was totally blown away by what I saw.  She told me that her sister was a demonstrator and she did workshops.  I couldn't attend any workshops because I lived 2 hours away from work.  Shortly after that I changed jobs, and my new boss introduced me to her friend who held Stampin’ Up! workshops.  I was hooked. Since then, its been all up hill for me in the crafting world and I love it!

3. From where do you draw your inspiration? How do you continue to be creative?

I draw my inspiration from everywhere.  I pay close attention to my surroundings.  I look for colors, abstract items or anything that seems appealing.  I also look at old magazines.  Yes, I have magazines dating from the year 2000.  Pinterest is another big hit for me! What were we doing before Pinterest???  I continue to be creative by taking classes.  I love to learning so if there is a class out there, I’m taking it.  I learn what’s new and trendy so that I can share what I learn with the world.

4. How would you describe your style?
My style, I would have to say that its clean and simple except when its not, LOL!  I try my best not to over do it on my cards.  

5. What are the must have tools in your crafting space?
I love all of my “crafting stuff”.  What I grab for the most in my craft corner are my Stampin’ Trimmer, Tombow Stamp Tape Runner, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Koi Watercolors, my Big Shot, Distress Inks and the Blending Tool.   

6. What’s your favorite technique? What is your favorite medium to work with?
My favorite technique is WATERCOLORING!! I absolutely love watercoloring.  Its so much fun and carefree.  I never worry about being perfect.  Watercoloring allows me to be imperfect.  My favorite medium to work with is my Koi Watercolors and Distress Inks.

7. What is the one crafty skill that you wish to excel in?
I would love to excel in Copic coloring!!  The pieces I see are totally amazing.  I’ve taken all of the certification and workshops.  I just need to practice some more.  One of these days, I will master my Copic skills, LOL!

8. What makes you smile?
Helping others!!  Hands down, I love helping others with whatever I can help with.

9. What is/are your favorite thing/s to do other then crafting?

Wow, my favorite things to do other then crafting.  This list might be a long one but I’ll make it short.  I love spending time with my children.  They make me laugh and keep me on my toes.  I love traveling.  Seeing new places and getting away from home is such a great feeling.  I love spending time with my brothers and sisters.  Its 6 of us in total and all of us have different personalities that just fit together. We have a good time together.  I love sitting out in the sun with a good book.  Reading takes me to a new place and I love that. I can go on and on and on but these are on the top of my list.

10. Are there any artists/ crafters/ designers that you look up to? What is that one quality in them that inspires you?
There are a couple of crafters that I’m drawn to.  I will try and keep my list short….Laura Bassen of Doublestick Heaven: Laura is so funny.  I love how she makes crafting look so easy.  Her CAS style is very appealing to me.  Kristina Werner of Kwernerdesign: Kristina to me is a master Copic colorer!  Her coloring looks so effortless and the results are amazing.  I will be as good as she is one day.  Debby Hughes of Lime Doodle Design: Debby inspires me to take better pictures.  Her pictures are always picture perfect.  I also love her placement of embellishments.  They are always placed perfectly.  Ardyth Percy-Robb of MASKerade: Ardyth has an awesome CAS style that you can’t help but fall in love with.  She reminds me that less is definitely more!  There are many more people who I love to watch but these are my top 4 that I’ve followed for years.

11. If you were not a crafter what would you be?
This question is funny.  My brothers and sisters would have a lot to say.  They get on me about all of the things I want to be.  If I wasn’t a crafter I would be a carpenter or an ice sculptor.  Don’t laugh, but its true.  How many women carpenter or ice sculptors do you know.  Not many, so I wanted to be a part of that elite group!  LOL!

12. What will be your one suggestion to all the new crafters out there?
For new crafters, I would say take as many classes as possible.  They would learn so much to get them started and finding their own niche.  Also reach out to crafters that you like and admire.  My doors are always open!!






What a wonderful interview :) Thank you Kymona for sharing ur life and creativity with us.  My dear friends aren't these  cards the most creative and artistic. Please head over to her blog and take a peek into the world of her awesomeness...
By the way, this is our last feature till September... Until next time, stay safe and happy crafting ^_^

Friday, 6 June 2014

Tanya's Talent

Hey crafty friends!! New Friday with a new artisan... Today we're featuring sweet Tanya whom I luckily came across at an online craft market... Her clean-finished projects are so eye-catching that you will never leave her page till you see them all :) Let's introduce you to: Tanya Lerdkasem 


1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.
I’m a mother of two who enjoy crocheting, knitting and sewing. I picked up needles six years ago and it became my passion. People know me by “hearmade by tanya” through my Instagram and Facebook page.  I also have my online store at http://www.littlemajlis.com/shop/heartmadebytanya
I am based in Muscat, Oman. I’m the admin of  ‘Crafty in Oman’ Facebook group and the start of me being involved with crafters, organizing craft fairs and workshops. Our group is growing rapidly with more than 2,000 members. It’s amazing to see how people are interested in crafting.
I also conduct a crochet and knitting workshop twice a week at my home. People used to think that crochet and knitting is the ancient art. Little that they know it made a come back. My class is always full with a three months waiting list!
2.  How and why did you start crafting?
Graphic design is my profession. I love to be creative and think of something new and unique. After i've become a mummy, I decided to quit my full time job. Crafting is a good way to channel my creativity and gives me an instant gratification. I was self-taught along with learning from my mother who is a knitting goddess.
3. How often do you craft? How would you describe your style? 
Everyday! Most are at night when kids are in bed. My style is modern and sweet. I love playing with colour, shape and texture.
4.  What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials? 
My TV! I feel relaxed at the end of the day crafting and watching my favorite show.
5. Where do you get inspiration? How do you stay creative?
I have so many inspirations until my head can’t stop thinking. Most comes from things around me like flower, tree, animal, weather, people, culture, etc. List goes on. I feel that I can depict anything and make it my own.
6. What is your favorite medium to work with? 
Yarn and fabrics.
7. What’s the one craft skill you would love to master?
 Irish lace.
8.  What is your guilty pleasure? 
Crafting until 2 am.
9. What makes you smile? 
I love when people appreciate my work and effort. That it’s not just merchandise but my heart and soul is inside.
10. What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting of course)? 
I love playing piano and teaching violin to my five years old son. I feel like our soul just connects.
11. What do you do to keep yourself, your space and your time organized? 
Nobody knows that I’m a super mum. I wear red underwear outside my pants from time to time.
12. Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to? 
Martha Stewart. I love her simplicity and colour scheme. I like how things change according to season.




I'm smitten with the classy, fresh colours and modern style. These projects tick all the boxes!!! Thank you Tanya for being kind and sharing with us :) Happy Friday,,,

Friday, 23 May 2014

Shining Shirley

Hi friends!! This is Deepti and I am here with another super talented artist. Her style is unique, she is one person whom I have consistently seen experimenting with new things, new ideas, new mediums and new designs. You will find most thoughtful designs combined with most beautiful colors on her cards. Anyone who sees her creations would get addicted to her style. Her talent is not just limited to cards, you will be amazed to know how multifaceted she is :) So let's welcome Shirley Bampton... 
Name: Shirley Bampton

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your blog

I live in a beautiful village in north-west England with my husband (today is our 39th wedding anniversary!) and our border collie rescue dog, a surprise present from our kids a few years ago.  A couple of years after we married, we emigrated to Australia.  Six years later we returned to the UK and had our two sons.  Ironically they've now both relocated to Australia!  I'm fortunate to have retired early so I get a lot of free time to play.  DH has also retired early and he likes to do all the cooking.  I just need to train him to do more housework then I'll have even more time to play...

I started entering challenges a couple of years ago via Flickr but quickly decided I should take the plunge and start a blog. I'm currently on the Design Team for STAMPlorations, Craft Stamper and Seize The Birthday. I am amazed at all the talent out there and feel honoured to be a part of it all. And thanks, Deepti, for featuring me on Paperie Designs' Studio.

2. How and when did you start crafting?

I've been knitting and sewing since I was a child.  By the time I was in my teens I was making most of my own clothes, then when the children were young I had two knitting machines and used to knit and sew most of their clothes.  I loved art at school, especially drawing.  Over the years I've done pen and ink drawings, pin art, pyrography (woodburning), leatherwork, calligraphy, glass engraving, encaustic wax and stamping. My newest obsession is needle felting - depending on my prowess with that, you may get to see the results on some of my cards.  My obsession with stamping started in 1997 when I saw heat embossing for the first time - I was hooked when I saw the powder melt.  Last year I bought myself a stamp making machine because I wanted to make my own big word sentiments but there are so many fabulous word stamps on the market now, I've been buying those instead and haven't got around to making my own yet. 

3. From where do you draw your inspiration? How do you continue to be ever creative?

From blogland - stamp manufacturers' blogs, challenge blogs and other crafters' blogs.  I like to combine challenges, usually a colour challenge and a theme, and I find that often sparks the creativity.  I'm sketch-challenged, so I tend to avoid them, especially the fussy ones.  Sometimes an idea for a card will just pop into my head, and if I'm lucky, it's still there by the time I get to my craft room.

4. How would you describe your style?

Hmmm.  I'm not sure.  How about clean and arty with a hint of grunge?  Does that sound like me?

5. What are the must have tools in your crafting space?

Teflon bone folder, ATG, Fiskars cutter, heat gun, paintbrushes and a needle for de-gunking the nozzles on my tubes of glue and glossy accents!

6. What’s your favorite technique? What is your favorite medium to work with?

My favourite technique at the moment is sloshing colour outside the lines. And spattering.  And then there's printing from embossing folders and stencils.  And magazine style compositions. Basically anything with Distress Inks, I love them!  I use Distress Inks rather than watercolours because I find them easier to work with and the colours are brighter.  And they have other properties that watercolours don't have, like reacting with water when you spritz them.

7. What is the one crafty skill that you wish to excel?

Using Distress Inks to their full potential (or rather, my full potential!).

8. What makes you smile?

Knowing how happy my kids are in Australia, watching the dog dreaming (well that makes me laugh, actually), being out with DH walking through the fields and along canal towpaths (not many hills on canal towpaths), being with friends, seeing a card turn out as I'd hoped - or better than I'd hoped ;)

9. What is/are your favorite thing/s to do other that crafting?

Thinking about crafting.  Planning the next craft project.  Oh, sorry - going to the cinema, train travel, exploring the local countryside.  Buying craft supplies.

10. Are there any artists/ crafters/ designers that you look up to? What is that one quality in them that inspires you?

Tim Holtz for his inventiveness with Distress Inks, Heather Telford for her watercolour techniques, Jill Foster for her vibrant colours, Shery Russ for her one layer cards that look several layers deep, Maria Fischer for her sheer creativeness, Karen Dunbrook for her use of colour. I suppose they're all about colour and composition.

11. If you were not a crafter what would you be?

Oh, I can't imagine life without any crafting in it.  I'll always be creating something with something.

12. What will be your advice to all the new crafters out there?

Use good quality supplies and make it as good as you can.  And if you want to sell what you created, ask yourself, "Would I buy it?".  If you wouldn't, probably no-one else will.





What a wonderful word of advice on selling ur projects :) Thank you Shirley for sharing ur life and creativity with us.  My dear friends aren't these  cards the most creative and artistic. Please head over to her blog and take a peek into the world of her awesomeness...