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Thanks everyone for participating in our latest giveaway. We were so excited to team up with Kiwi Lane this month. They have great products. Keep following us for all the fun coming up!
We continue our November spotlight with our craft questionnaire.
Name: Carlene Eshelman
How long have you been a crafter?
I've been crafting for 22 years.
How did you get started?
I got started when my son was 5. He usually invited to a class mate's birthday party at the last minutes. So I learned how to make quick cards so I could put money in the cards as a gift. That was the beginning of my long-term addiction.
What is your favorite type of project now?
Wow, narrowing my favorite craft down is very hard because I love mixed media, upcycling, and basically any paper craft. If I have to choose it would be 3D paper crafts.
Do you listen to music when your craft? If so, which genre?
I do listen to my radio or play music while I am crafting. My favorite artists are Mariah Carey, Pink, Leona Lewis, Shania Twain....mostly what I call girly music.
What part of paper crafting is most intimidating?
I don't have an intimidating part of crafting. The way I see it is that I can always find a happy opportunity to fix something. If I don't like something, I can always redo its...and really...it is just paper right?
Do you preplan your projects or get inspiration as you go?
When I start on a craft, I usually just have a general idea. When I sit down to do it is when I choose papers and supplies. I have been called a fast crafter but I think the reason is because when I start a projects, I do not stop until its done. If I put aside a project to a "later", that time never comes....lol
Do you clean your craft table after each project?
I sort of clean my table when I am done with a project. I will put away paper pads, embellishments, paints, etc., but my table is usually messy on a daily basis. Its an "organized" mess.
Have you ever sold any of your projects? If so, where can we find your work?
I have sold my projects at craft shows locally and online, however I do not currently have a store.
What do you do outside of crafting? Other hobbies/interests/accomplishments?
Outside of being a craftaholic, I am also a Mom, wife, and Grandma. I spend time with my 3 granddaughters every week. Being a Grandma is one of the best things ever. I have also been featured in a handful of Scrapbook magazines for my projects and have been on a few Design Teams as well.
If you were given the chance to pick 3 products in any craft store where money was no object, what 3 things would you choose?
If I could buy three products in a store where money was no object, I would buy a Tim Holtz Vagabond die cutter because I’ve always wanted one, a Crop In Style P3 Tote with Paper Shelves built in, and any other huge organizer for my craft room.
Favorite Topic: (Vacations, Children/Baby, Disney, etc)
Tombow Liquid Mono Adhesive
Favorite Craft Brand:
Many different ones but Kiwi Lane of course for cards/scrapbooking
Rhinestone bling or flat back pearls
Favorite way to shop: (Online, In-store, Bazaars, Expos, etc.)
I prefer to shop in stores but online when I need something specific and cannot find it locally
Favorite Craft Blogger:
I don't have a favorite craft blogger but I have friends on YouTube
THIS OR THAT: (And tell us why if you have an interesting angle)
Keep scraps or toss scraps?
I keep larger scraps of paper generally if they are larger than 2”. Sometimes I will punch out 1” circles with smaller scraps to have around when I make flowers or cards. I found that I rarely used smaller scraps less than 2” and boy they sure can accumulate very quickly.
Buttons: Thread or No thread?
I do both. Sometimes I put twine in buttons, sometimes not. It just depends on my mood and where I am using it. I’m in love with sequins so I will often adhere a sequin on top of a button.
Decorative scissors or edge punches?
I LOVE punches and use them often, but I still have decorative scissors as a backup. ;) I also let me granddaughters use the decorative scissors.
Remember to take part in the contest with Kiwi Lane.
The winner gets:
Winter Accessory 3 pc. set
Tiny Traditions 6 pc. set
Decorated notebook and 4 piece card set with envelopes!!!
*US Residents only*
This month we’d like to spotlight Carlene Eshelman from Kiwi Lane. They have a unique way to simplify scrapbooking. In our busy hectic lives who doesn’t want to simplify things? Their Play-to-Create system uses design plates that gives you different options.
Plus, you can use the templates to set up your layout before you start any cutting. That is a paper saver for sure. As you collect different templates you can mix things up and layer different ones together. If you need inspiration they have a gallery of layouts and cards on their website, Pinterest and Instagram.
If you are curious how the system works, below is one of their videos on how to use the system on their YouTube channel.
Friday was our second appearance on the Idaho Living Show doing a craft segment. This time Maggie Shumaker demonstrated how to make a wreath that you can use during different seasons with one simple change.
Idaho Scrapbook Show just returned from a road trip.
We were so excited to attend the Salt Lake City
Pinner’s Conference for the first time.
We met so many amazing people.
A couple of highlights for us was meeting Stephanie Fleming
from Me & My Big Ideas and her entire crew in the
Happy Planner booth. We are Happy Planner addicts!
The classes by Tombow were a couple of our favorites.
We can’t wait to use the new techniques we learned.
The team at Wood Connections was so helpful.
We all came home with a completed wood project.
We were awed at the craft kits at the Seventh & Lark’s booth.
We need a representative in Idaho!
There were just so many incredible people and we didn’t want to leave anyone one out so
here are some additional links.
The demonstrators weren’t the only amazing people we met. We were waiting in line for the
Happy Planner class, we met a couple of the friendliest gals. Since they were VIP they could enter
the class first, and they were so awesome to save us seats in the front row! When we signed up
for Pinners VIP was already full. Next year we'll be sure to sign up early.
We still have room in our VIP for you!
Idaho Craft Association