Friday, 5 August 2011

Mary's Majestic Makings

It's a new Friday; a new artist to feature here at the home of Fascinating Fridays!!! Today's artist creates such striking cards from a simple style. She does not only post her creations but shares excellent tutorials on her blog too. Gals, let's get to know a new friend- Mary Dawn...
Name: Mary Dawn

When and how did you start Cardmaking?
A few years ago I reconnected with an old friend from high school. We had been roommates off and on in college as well, and we always pursued crafty things together. She started talking about “Stamping” and “Scrapbooking” and it really piqued my interest. So she sent me a flat rate box full of stash she was going to put in the Goodwill box. I had to buy my own ink, but I didn’t stop there! It was a wonderful beginning for me.

When would you say you are most creative?
I’m the most productive right after the school bus leaves! But my mind is reeling with ideas all the time (I just need to learn how to write them down somewhere…the ol’ memory ain’t what it used to be).

What is your favorite technique?
One of my all time favorite techniques is Embossed Resist. It’s simple, but so amazing. It gets me every time.

Do trends inspire your creative process?
They do, to an extent, but I’m not a slave to them.

Is there something about paper crafting you find challenging?
Finding enough time to execute all of the ideas in my head--that’s my biggest challenge. Doing and learning and of course shopping for supplies, those are the fun parts.

Is there a designer in the paper crafting industry that inspires you?  If so, what about their style or technique inspires you?
I’m a huge fan of Jennifer McGuire. She’s creative, generous and an excellent teacher. She’s really relatable and down to earth, it’s easy to believe that I can do what she does. Her style is detailed without much frou frou, but it’s clean too.

How would you describe your style?
My style is pretty eclectic--I’m comfortable with Clean & Simple, I love Elegant, Shabby/Vintage makes me happy. Good design is what I strive for.

How long would you say it takes you to complete a card or project?
If I have a clear idea in my head, say for a challenge, it might take me less than an hour to complete a card. But sometimes I just sit and play with my stuff and a card evolves—that can be days or hours.

When you are finished with your beautiful creations what do you  do with them?
My cards very rarely get mailed, I’m a terrible card sender! They are currently (thanks to my niece and mother-in-law) sorted in clear bins, by occasion, waiting for my BFF to come choose her quarterly stash.

Are you on any Design Teams or have served on any in the past?
I am currently on the Clearsnap, Inc. Design Team and I’ve Guest Designed for All That Scraps and Making Memories in the past.

Feast your eyes on these art pieces:

Aren't they soooo gorgeous?! The backgrounds are just stunning and the amount of stamping is so tempting... Thank you Mary for this full of top-shelf inspiration and thank you friends for visiting,,,mwah


Leslie Hanna said...

YAY, Mary Dawn! I love your work. Thanks, Noor, for featuring one of my bestest crafty pals!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Wow! THese cards are awesome, especially lovin' that last one. Congrats, Mary Dawn!

WillieburgScrapper said...

These cards are gorgeous! I especially love that first one with the misting- I really need to try it. Thanks for the inspiration!

MakingCardsIsFun! said...

She has lovely cards! :)
Have a great day,
Laura (14yr old)

Kathy (krolski) said...

Beautiful cards and a great interview!

Michellem said...

Mary Dawn is a fabulous stamper!! Great interview!

Mannayah said...

WOW .. I love Mary Dawn's cards and am a constant follower .. so glad she's been featured here ..

Viva pink Mexico :)


~Tammy~ said...

I found Mary Dawn's work to be inspiring and so happy to feature her! I was surprised to learn she had only been stamping for a few years she wows with many many years of experience!

Donna Heber said...

Mary's cards are gorgeous! I especially love the last card with the layered butterfly. Congrats to her for being on a design team. Thanks for sharing her with us Noor.

Tenia Nelson said...

Yay!!! Love Mary Dawn's work!!!!

Mary Dawn said...

thanks everyone, for the sweet comments and thank you, Noor, for featuring me on your blog <3

Noor Nahdi said...

Welcome Mary!!! Loveee your cards :)

Farah Muzaffar said...

Hi Noor ... its my visit to your blog I came here via Craftionry... very interesting interview... although I never tried card making but love yours and they provoke me for some...
Now I am back from my vacations and in blogging world too…
A little post to share some of my moments of vacation... hope you like to visit and enjoy it...

Danyelle Kessler said...

Yeah, I'm a Mary Dawn fan! Her style is the exact polar opposite of mine and that has got to be the attraction. Her talent is tasteful simplicity. She is so comfortable in her style, it shows and really allows me to appreciate and admire design and technique outside my comfort zone. Her work is stunning and she is quite a looker herself....and the crack up!

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