Hi bloggers! It is with true bitter sweetness I wish you a HAPPY last day of STAMPtember™! It's been such a treat sharing and creating with so many amazing people in this industry this month! The last day is of no exception, I came to know this amazingly talented lady, Mandy Stacey, when she joined our design team and I continue to be blown away by her stunning cards & creations! Be sure to stop by her blog, A Sprinkling of Glitter, for oodles of inspiration! Here's a brief bio about Mandy in her own words:
I live in the beautiful South West of England with my husband, two children and many fur babies. After passing my A levels at college I began my nursing career, firstly mental health, then elderly & wanting to try something more of a challenge I began working with young adults with severe learning disabilities & challenging behaviors & I knew straight away that I had found my niche.
Following a car accident I had to give up work & I needed something to keep myself busy that wasn't too physically demanding which I could do with my injury, so my husband brought me home a card making magazine saying he'd found me a hobby! I was amazed at the amount of detail on the gorgeous handmade cards in the magazine as I had never seen cards like it, and decided that maybe hubby was on to something here.
That was almost 4 years ago now & as I discovered more about papercrafting I fell in love with stamping & coloring, especially Magnolia stamps. I love using lots of lovely embellishments, anything pretty, feminine and sparkly is a winner in my eyes :)
Philosophies on making these cards by Mandy:
On my Autumn card I wanted to show a mix of older and new Magnolia stamps and also how with a little masking I could have Pie Tilda appear as she is leaning on a pumpkin instead of having her elbows resting on her knees as she does when stamped normally. When creating scenes with my Magnolia's I always use a Stamp-A-MA-JIG to get that perfect positioning & Mask It flexible masking film & both in my opinion are a must for every stamper to include in their supplies.
I like to switch between collections and use the products in different ways, the paper I have used on this card is from the 2010 Wedding Collection & again shows that we are not limited to use it only for the collection it was released as the colors are not only perfect for an Autumn card, but also Christmas, Birthday or Thanksgiving cards, the only limitation is our own imagination!
We don't give Halloween cards here in the UK so I only tend to make them for DT creations which is a shame as I really enjoyed stamping and coloring this little scene. I started to build my scene by stamping and masking Bat Tilda, then I stamped and masked Dracula Edwin and I would then usually stamp and mask the next furthest away image which is the Boo background but as the letters are solid I didn't need to worry about another image showing through them so I did things a little differently and stamped the moon. I then finished off by stamping the Boo background before removing the masks and beginning to color them.
BONUS!!! Be sure to stop by Mandy's blog for a special coupon on Magnolia stamps you will only find on her blog!!
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