Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Susan Liles

Those of you who have been surfing the blog scene can’t help but have stumbled across a very special one called “Susiestampsalot”.

Then, I’m sure, you were kept busy for a couple of hours going through all the wonderful cards and projects she has done through the years. Certain phrases run through your head like "Wow!", "LOVE IT!" and "How did she think of THAT?" She has a staggering number of designs that make you want to stand up and applaud. And an equal number of drool-inducing ones.

I was so happy that Susan agreed to be our Special Guest Designer for December and work that drool inducing magic. So without further ado...

I just love this very playful and bright and very, very special ornament. The white wire base with the colors will make this ornament just pop on tree. This ornament has such whimsy, it just feels like something a fairy would put on her tree. And the dewdrops just skirting the edge add just the right amount of glam.

These are some very special Holiday notebooks. A whole new take on shaker cards. I can see these tucked into a stocking to be found on Christmas Day. Better yet, tucked into my back pocket.

A great stocking stuffer or something to keep the kids, young and young at heart, busy and out of the kitchen. (This is one of those drool inducing ideas I was taking about).

So if you've picked your jaw off the ground, I'm sure that you want to know more about Susan.

What's your favorite product?
Gosh, this is so hard! If I had to pick a tool, hands down, my Cuttlebug and Nestabilities. But for everyday designing, I love patterned paper!

What's your favorite stamping technique or tip?

I'm really not a "technique-ey" stamper. I like embossing, but I'm not all that great at it. Other than that, I like coming up with elements that make my designs unique and fun. As far as a tip goes, I always have "Susie Q-tips" on my blog and I think my favorites are the ones that include mistakes I've made and then learned from. (I always end the part where I mess up with "I don't want to talk about it!").

What got you into stamping?
I used to think stamping was crazy after having been overwhelmed at my first stamping experience for a lot of reasons. However, several years later, I went to a couple of Stampin' Up! stamp camps led by a really great demo who became a good friend and got hooked!

How long have you been stamping?
The "bad experience" was about eight years ago, and I only really bought into it (haha) and started obsessing over it about five years ago (the back of my SCS gallery is scary!).

Any thoughts about your art, Susan?
What's helped me grow in this craft tremendously is having a place where I can work without having to lug it all out every time I want to play and then have to put it back up. (A corner of my bedroom doubles as my studio.) I also believe that the more you do play and study others' work that you like, the better you will get at it.

"If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good."—Dr. Seuss

Have fun!

Want to know more about Susan and see more of her wonderful work? Come back next Wednesday.

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