OMG it's here! It's here!!
Okay I may be a little excited, but only a smidge.
I am ecstatic to introduce you to our first Genius!
Without further ado . . .I give you
I absolutely adore her. She has such a way of being able to do such different styles that I'm beyond envious of. Speaking of jealous she can also go from cards to scrapbook layouts and back again seamlessly. I find this attribute to be completely amazing because I CAN NOT do it. At all. Ever. and her coloring? Shut the front door.
Linda is one of the most supportive encouraging crafters I've ever known. She is humble and gracious and always helpful. She's just simply wonderful. I do hope you'll hop over to her blog , Linda Trace Designs, after learning about her and visit. Don't forget to eave some love :) After all, that is the point of this whole feature, so you all can meet and greet each other. It's kind of like giving peace in church ha!
Are you ready to learn some more about her?
1. Who are you and where do you live?
I’m Linda, I live in Perth, Western Australia
2. How would you describe your style?
I really don’t think I have a style, as I really vary dependent on my mood. I love CAS cards and cards with interesting techniques and lots of colour. I love Modern too, but I completely FAIL at that style :)
3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?
I’ll give you two, one I have, one I want. The one I have, is texture paste with stencils (but the paste specifically), and one I want is some distress glitter from Ranger. I recently saw it used on a card and boy is it beautiful.
4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?
My first crafty purchase was probably pop sticks to make pop-stick models when I was a kid, but paper-crafting-wise, it’d have been patterned paper, an album and some Walnut Stain distress ink. My first project was a mini album for my sister, which I started about 5 years ago when I began crafting. It’s still unfinished *ahem*
5. What is your current favorite song?
I haaaaate to admit it, but Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off gets stuck in my head CONSTANTLY. Otherwise I really like Chandelier by SIA. Amazing.
6. Who would play you in a movie?
I’d love to say Julia Roberts, coz she’s got a wide mouth and so do I. I also tend to burst out laughing kinda loudly like she does. I wish I had her legs though :)
7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
I wanted to be a singer/actor in musicals, and work on broadway. I took singing lessons and dance, and applied for the big, highly competitive Musical Theatre University Program here in Australia, and did well in the audition rounds, but never got in. I eventually gave up hope. It’s my one regret! I wish I’d kept trying.
She can sing. Of course she can. As if she wasn't impressive enough right?
Here are some of Linda's amazing projects
I love the die cutting with the resist embossing on this one. Plus, what great colors!!
Completely adore the repeating sentiment and scattering of sequins. The tone on tone background is perfect.
Alright seriously? Seriously, serious?! This coloring is totally awesome. Her hair looks amazing!! Coloring with colored pencils is clearly Linda's secret crafty talent. Now hopefully not so secret ;)
That last card was the major influence for my CASE. I had never used a Saturated Canary stamp before Linda introduced me to them. I will not confess how much I spent at their store. You'll be frightened.
I started with the sweet Highschool Girl stamp from Saturated Canary. My co-worker's daughter looks almost exactly like this stamp so I colored it to look like her. I'll be sending it to her as a little pick-me-up :)
I printed her out on white card stock and then drew in the background. It's a one layer card. I used copics to color my card instead of colored pencils. I can't use those things. They hate me.
I loved the two tone hair Linda did and wanted to recreate it. I chose to giver her purple highlights. I love them. How fun right? I mounted the panel to a card base leaving a thin border of black like Linda's second card. I think it adds a pretty little frame.
The sentiment was a die cut inlay/heat embossing combo. In Linda's first card I love the die cut "Hey" but wanted my card to be one layer. Since my background is so busy I decided to add a drop shadow with a black marker to help it stand out. Then I covered it with glitter because it is a "Kelly" card. haha! The second part of the sentiment was heat set in white and colored with copics to match. I added a drop shadow to that too.
Alright, That's it!
Thank you so much for visiting me and please go visit Linda too. She's truly amazing. I am blessed to know her and enjoy her creations. You will be too!