TGIF ‘Fetti Fans!

While the week is coming to an end, the party here at Reverse Confetti is not.  In fact, we have just gotten started!  Today I am happy to introduce THREE more members of the CONFETTI CREW.  As you saw yesterday, I gave each of these super talented ladies a few questions to answer so that everyone could get to know them a little better and so that you could be inspired by them right here, right now.

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First up today is the very talented AMY KOLLING.  Amy and I have spent some time on the same design teams and I truly admire her style…so clean, crisp and graphic.  Each of her projects is pure eye candy!..which is probably why she was just named one of the newest STAMPING ROYALTY winners by Paper Crafts Magazine! Congrats, Amy!

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My name is Amy Kolling.  I live in Topeka, Kansas and work full-time as a Hemodialysis RN.  I am married and have 2 kids:  Brett and Payton.  I’m so excited to be helping Jen with her new stamp company.  Although we’ve never met in person, we’ve been on several DT’s together and maybe one day we will meet especially since we really don’t live that far away!

How were you introduced to stamping?
I was introduced to the world of stamping when I made the mistake of asking a co-worker for a SU catalogue. That was almost 15 years ago!

How would you describe your design style?
When it comes to answering the question of “What’s your design style?”, I would have to say clean and simple but I can throw in some fancy layering in there too!

What’s your best advice for finding lost mojo? 
I enjoy browsing through some of my favorite challenges especially a sketch challenge.  It really helps to get an idea started for me.

What are 2-3 of your favorite color combos? 
 1)  Purple, olive green  2)  Yellow, aqua, grey  3)  Red, turquoise, yellow

What is your favorite thing about stamping/paper crafting?  
I have most enjoyed meeting all my online friends…..there are so many wonderful people I would have never met if I didn’t stamp/blog!  The best part about this too is getting to meet some of them in person!!!

Do you like using different techniques on your projects? If so, what is your favorite technique?  
My most favorite technique is Emboss Resist……there is just magic that happens with this technique!  There are so many techniques out there and it’s fun to give them a try!

Where do you find inspiration?  
Goodness……I find inspiration at places like Target when looking at clothing patterns or colors, from gift wrapping, and I’ve even been known to find inspiration from my kids clothes!!  If I’m out shopping, I snap a photo of the inspiration piece for use later!

Do you listen to music while creating? If so, what are 3 songs on your current playlist? 
I generally do not listen to music when creating……peace and quiet is what I LOVE!  However when I do listen to music when crafting, it’s Pandora and it’s an array of artists!!  If I’m quite honest, my favorite songs lately have to be from Radio Disney as that’s all we listen to in the car!!  My favorite adult music would be Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, and Nickelback.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not creating? 
Hands down……being with my family!!!  Whether we are just watching The Voice (a new show to us and we love it) or being outside…..being together is priceless.  We stay very busy with weekly activities for the kids that having family time makes it all the more precious!

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I don’t think that the CONFETTI CREW would be complete without my sweet friend, AMY SHEFFER.  Her stamping style is one of a kind with each layer of her card receiving special treatment.  If you have visited her blog recently, you may have noticed that her amazing scrappy style of card making, too.    While I have never met her in person, we have shared time on a few design teams and have spent a few hours here and there chatting on the phone.

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 Hi everyone! I’m Amy Sheffer from small-town Virginia on the outskirts of the Washington, DC area. I live with my husband of almost 20 years, our three children, and a very spoiled cat. Jen was one of the first friends I ever made in the online papercrafting community, and I was stalking her on Splitcoaststampers long before we ever exchanged any emails or phone calls. I’m so excited to be along for the ride in this new venture of hers!

How were you introduced to stamping?
My first stamping experience was at a friend’s Stampin’ Up party. I was hooked right away and have never looked back!

How would you describe your design style?
All over the place! I like to try it all, from vintage to clean and simple, and everything in between. Usually, though, my style has lots of layers and embellishments. I often like to add something of the unexpected as well, whether that’s an interesting new product or an unusual ribbon treatment. Those personal “aha” moments are what keep things interesting.

What’s your best advice for finding lost mojo?
Trying out a new technique or style, working with some new product, or stepping away to do something different altogether (i.e., visit an antique shop, read a good book, see a movie) are things that usually work. Worst case, ride it out. The ebb and flow is part of any creative process.

What are 2-3 of your favorite color combos (please use non-company specific color names)?
Variations of the blue, yellow, and green combo have long been a personal favorite. Currently, just about any color with gray speaks to me. And I love orange, especially with yellow, aqua, or lime green (or all four).

What is your favorite thing about stamping/paper crafting?
The people! I treasure the friends I’ve made through stamping and blogging.

Do you like using different techniques on your projects? If so, what is your favorite technique?
I don’t typically set out with a technique in mind, but it’s always fun when one sort of organically works its way into whatever else I’ve got going on. One technique, if you call it that, that shows up a lot in my designs is distressing/aging of some sort, whether with ink, paint, sanding, or stitching.

Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere! For color combos and trends, clothing and home decor fabrics are great sources of inspiration. For fun layouts, any print or graphic materials, from magazines to junk mail, book jackets to billboards.

Do you listen to music while creating? If so, what are 3 songs on your current playlist?
I love music, but surprisingly, when I’m creating, I seem to prefer quiet and solitude.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not creating?
Reading, home decorating projects, and photography, to name a few. I’m really into the whole perpetual student thing, too, so I’ve usually got a handful of online classes I’m taking or waiting to take.

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We conclude our introductions today with the one and only VALERIE STANGLE.  Long before I could call a friend, I admired her cute and fresh project style.  It’s too bad I wasn’t a stamper when I lived in San Diego, but fortunately I get to go back to visit friends and family and we get to connect over coffee and shopping then.

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My name is Valerie Stangle and I fell in love with the wonderful art of rubberstamping/papercrafting over 10 years ago.   I am the proud mother to 3 terrific kids and wife of 21 years to Jay.  We live in the inland area of San Diego County, which is also where I have lived my entire life.  Jen and I met years ago when she came out to visit family here in San Diego and still try to meet up each time when she visits.  I am so honored to be part of the launch of Reverse Confetti! Thanks, Jen!

How were you introduced to stamping?
A friend who was a demonstrator for a prominent stamp company invited me over a dozen years ago to a home party; I was instantly hooked.

How would you describe your design style?
After dabbling in all sorts of styles, I find that Clean and Simple is my design style.

What’s your best advice for finding lost mojo?
Don’t stress about it!

What are 2-3 of your favorite color combos ?
I can’t say I have favorite colors combos, per se, but I do tend to gravitate towards fresh, bright colors.

What is your favorite thing about stamping/paper crafting?
Playing with all the fun stamps, inks, papers and dies allows me to not only make cards or projects that are a part of me, but I can also customize them for the recipient.

Do you like using different techniques on your projects? If so, what is your favorite technique.
I am not a technique driven stamper, I have experimented with many techniques as I was learning about this craft but have settled comfortably into my CAS style.

Where do you find inspiration?
Blogs, sketch challenges, home magazines, as well as industry publications.

Do you listen to music while creating? If so, what are 3 songs on your current playlist?
I usually craft in the quiet, but have been known to blast my iPod on occasion.  My playlist is wide and varied, from Aerosmith to Zac Brown, with an eclectic mix in the middle, with a large percentage pop country.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not creating?
In no particular order, hanging out with my family, watching movies and tv, attending plays, reading, hiking, riding bikes, walking Riley, and gardening are just a few of the things you might find me doing when not creating.

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So far, you’ve met 6 of the CONFETTI CREW Design Team.  Come back again tomorrow for the last 3 introductions and interviews.  Until then…

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