Thursday 24 March 2011

Spotlight on Me!!! (LOL!)

Today I was very honoured to have been spotlighted as the 'Featured DT Member' in The Stamping Boutique Journal. If you've never read it, it's definitely worth subscribing to - even if for nothing else, you get a free image with every issue (this week's is the one that I've used on my card). You can get the newsletter sent to your email address by going here and filling in your name and email addy in on the right hand side. Here's the card that I made for the feature:
 And here's my interview (I won't be offended if you can't be bothered to read it all LOL!)


1. Tell me about yourself.
I'm Marie and I'm a single mum to one amazing son, Sam who's 10. We live in London in the UK with our dog, Tippy who's a chorkie (a cross between a chihuahua and a yorkshire terrier). For many years I worked at an advertising agency in central London and I was far too busy working and socialising to have any kind of hobby. But then in 2006, all that changed - I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer and after having a major operation and radiotherapy, I found myself on the road to recovery but being unable to work, with a lot of time on my hands!! I don't know what drew me to card making but I thought I'd try it and I haven't looked back!!! My house has now been taken over by stash and my clothes obsession has been replaced by a paper and stamp obsession LOL!!!! I started blogging at the beginning of last year and it's opened up a whole new world to me - I love visiting other people's blogs and taking part in challenges. There's so much talent and inspiration out there!! In a lot of ways, card making has saved me - at what could have been a very dark time in my life, I've found something that I'm passionate about and that I find very relaxing. Not only that, the friends that I've made are fantastic. I can't imagine my life now without cards and blogging!!!

2. How long have you been with The Stamping Boutique?
I got the email inviting me to join the team at the end of August last year and haven't looked back!! Tracey is amazing for bringing out new (and gorgeous!!) images all the time, I don't know how she does it!!

3. What is your favorite TSB image or line and why?
Oh, that's a hard one!! I love Fairy Cynthia and Princess Jennifer Latte - both so much fun. But then I've seen so many beautiful cards made using the enchantment line.

4. What is your favorite coloring medium?
I love the effects of prisma colour pencils blended with sansodor like on the card I've made here and I love watercolouring with distress inks but I must be honest, 9 times out of 10, I turn to my promarkers for quickness!

5. When you are not crafting what do you like to do?
I'm a big TV fan! I love American shows. I enjoy walking around the heath where we live with our dog but most of all, I like spending time with my son - one of our favourite things to do is to go to the cinema.

6. If you could do or be anything...what what you do or be and why?
My absolute dream would be to open up a little craft shop - I'd love to be able to sell things that I'm passionate about and pass on my love of papercrafting to other people. And to be able to sit in a little corner and make cards during the quiet times would be my idea of heaven!!

7. What are your favorites? papers, colors, embellishments, tools.
Well, TSB images, of course! LOL!! I love MME, Basic Grey and October Afternoon papers. The flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts are TDF. My fave colour is purple. And at the moment, my favourite thing is my Slice machine!! I got the new Elite version and it's fab!!!

If you did manage to make it this far, I hope you found it interesting - or that you're at least still awake, hee, hee.

I'm going to enter my card into the Fussy and Fancy Friday sketch challenge, Flutterby Wednesday's open challenge #147 and Crafts and Me challenge #27 Anything Goes.

OK - that's about it from me for tonight, I'm off to watch a bit of telly and do some crafting! Bye for now.......


  1. congrats girlie!!...gorgeous card!:)


  2. Hi sweetie, this is just gorgeous fabulous colours too hugs pops x x x

  3. That is a really gorgeous card Marie! Looks so sweet!
    Hugs Kristel

  4. gorgeous card well done jenniexx

  5. fantastic card marie.the image is so adorable and i love your beautiful colours and details :D
    big congrats on being in the spotlight hun, you deserve it :D

    xx coops xx

  6. A beautiful card Marie and congratulations on your feature article.

    You're a very special young lady! :)

    Edna x

  7. Well done hunni on your spotlight and I'm glad its not just me that would like to do your no 6. Wouldn't that just be the best job in the world? Great card hun. Have a fab weekend hun. Hugs, Claire x

  8. Such a pretty card, and great interview!

  9. It was great learning more about you when I was reading the newsletter this morning! Great card & congrats on being in the spotlight!

  10. Congratulations Marie and what a stunning card you've made too. It is a beautiful image, xx

  11. Hi my sweetie big huge congrats on being in the spotlight you soooo deserve it hun. The card is beautiful & the image is stunning.
    I would love a little craft shop somewhere too hun. I know I havnt been crafting long but I really believe I was meant to do it, like it was my calling inlife.....I know it sounds a bit corny lol.
    Thank you sooo sooooo very much with all my heart for your comment regarding Natalie hun it means a lot.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

  12. What a pretty card! Thank you for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

  13. Congrats on the spotlight! Beautful card too - the flowers are perfect!


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