Friday, 22 March 2013

Kelly's Kreativity

Hello! Tasnim here this week, bringing you an interview with a rising star! She has been blogging for only about a year, but her popularity speaks otherwise. Her incredible talent and creativity will keep you on your toes waiting for her next post! Please join me to welcome Kelly Griglione:
 Name: Kelly Griglione

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your family.
I'm married to my high school sweetheart ... our first date was 25 years ago. He asked me out on the bus coming home from a Math Team contest. How romantic, hahaha : ) We now have two boys, 5 years old and 8 years old. They are into sports, video games, and Legos. 
2. How and when did you start crafting?  
My dear Grandma started me on crafts at a really early age. My first memory was crocheting a scarf when I was 6 or 7 years old. I worked on it for what seemed like hours. She asked to see it, and tears welled up in my eyes as I watched her rip it all out to correct my stitching. What a hard, but in hindsight, valuable, lesson for me. Maybe that's why I'm so detail oriented! And why my recycling bin is so full. As far as types of crafts, I've gone through many different phases over the years ... crocheting, cross stitch, needlework, beading, sewing, scrapbooking, and of course card making.  

3. From where do you draw your inspiration?
Like many card-makers, I get inspiration from fashion, home decor, advertisements, wedding invitation sites, magazines, etc. I also collect 19th century paper, and hope to start focusing on the mechanics of some of the great valentines that were made in the 1880s - 1920s.  

4. How would you describe your style?
I'm definitely not a beautiful card maker. I can't take common elements, put them together, and come away with a stunning card. There has to be a trick to it. Wida Miller (one of your earlier interviewees, calls me a card engineer. I'd have to say my style is Clean & Graphic or Clean & Complicated, something like that.  

5. Tell us briefly about your design process.
If I have to make a specific project, I take the first thing that comes to my mind. And then I toss that out. I usually start with the second or third thing that comes to mind, and go from there. Ardyth Percy-Robb ( is so great at doing this.  

6. What are the 5 top tools in your crafting space?  
Aside from the true basics like stamps/ink/paper trimmer/scor-pal, 1) fine-tip scissors, 2) white embossing powder, 3) dies, 4) Martha Stewart grid ruler, and 5) alcohol markers (I ended up with the Spectrum Noir markers instead of Copics since I got a great deal on them, but I prefer the Copics) 

7. What’s your favorite technique?  
I love to take a concept and see all the possibilities I can get from it. A narrower focus is better for me. Give me too many choices and I'm paralyzed. But tell me to make 20 different cards using Papertrey's Quatrefoil die and I'm OK with that. 

8. What are your go-to colors?  
Love chartreuse, raspberry, aqua ... definitely more towards the happy colors vs. vintage/grungy colors.  

9. Do you sell your projects?  
I don't. I am such a sloooow crafter I would end up making pennies/hour!  

10. How much time do you spend crafting every week?  
It depends, but if I have free time it's in the craft room. In the winter I'm there a lot. 15-20 hours a week? I should time myself. It's probably more than that. Like I mentioned, I'm a slow crafter : ) In the summer we like to be outside, so crafting time definitely takes a big hit then.  

11. Are you currently designing for any blog?
I'm designing for the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge blog, the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog, and will be designing for the new Fusion Challenge blog. It's been an adjustment for me to balance the time, but I absolutely love working with those design teams!

 Wowza, these are out of the ordinary!! You never know how I couldn't stop looking at the honeycomb card and quatrefoil one.. Oh yeah and Wida is so true- You're a rocking card engineer... Thanks Kelly for sharing with us your gifted talent and being here today =) Hugs to alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll


Kelly Griglione said...

Thanks so much for having me, and for your very kind words! I am very honored : )

Wida said...

I so love the answer to #7. Great interview!!! I heart Kelly!

Virginia L. said...

Kelly rocks!! I have the pleasure of knowing this talented gal in the past year! We started off chatting about Lego (LOL) and then a lot of card-making ! Awesome interview, Tasnim!

Ardyth said...

Kelly is awesome! Thanks for giving us an opportunity to get to know her a bit better!

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