The day is finally here, friends! This secret was born clear back in February, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to be able to shout it to the rooftops at long last! So here it goes (I can’t believe I am even saying this!):
I am designing stamps and dies for one of my favorite companies in the whole entire world, Technique Tuesday!
I mean, seriously. If someone had asked me to look into a crystal ball ten years ago when I met the amazing ladies who make up Technique Tuesday–a stamp company I have revered and admired since Day One–and told me that I was going to be designing stamps for them someday? I would have died of laughter.
Because for one thing, it hasn’t been until recently that I’ve discovered that I can draw. I’m not even kidding you. When I was a child–and maybe this is a testament to my perfectionist tendencies more than anything else–I hated the way I drew. I enjoyed drawing, but it certainly wasn’t something that I thought I did well. In fact, any artistic leanings I had were planted firmly in the realm of writing and music. (Did you know that I used to play the violin, piano, and clarinet?)
Until I started making cards and turned that into a business, I didn’t consider myself “artistic” at all. Crafty, yes. I used to be quite the seamstress, idolizing my mother and her sisters who could–and did–sew entire wardrobes for themselves. I made complete baby layettes for both my daughters, as well as Halloween costumes, dresses, clothes, dance costumes, and all kinds of stuffed animals back in the day. I love to cross-stitch and embroider (you should see my house at Christmas!), and I recently learned how to crochet.
But drawing? Not even.
When I was the creative editor for Paper Crafts magazine, it was my job to make sure that the projects we put in the magazine were cool and trendy, made with hip product that would inspire our readers to create. It was also my job to make sure that our team was aware of all the new products being released–so I looked at and reported on pretty much everything that would come out at CHA. In the process, I developed an eye for trends and products that would resonate with our readers. When I wrote the Moxie Fab World blog, I ultimately searched out and showed thousands of images that were meant to inspire my readers, and my eye was honed even more.
When I left Paper Crafts, I wanted to try my hand at something new. In writing the Moxie Fab World, I came across a medium that really resonated with me, paper cutting. I had dabbled a bit in the craft when I created silhouette windows in the bay window of my kitchen for Halloween years and years ago, and I had an absolute blast doing it. As I became more familiar with paper cutting artists like Rob Ryan, Elsa Mora, Mr. Yen, Jennifer Judd McGee, and Suzy Taylor, I admired the simplicity of the craft. All you need to create stunning works of art is some paper, a pencil, a craft knife, a self-healing mat, and your imagination. Since simplifying my life is something I have been trying to embrace more and more in general, paper cutting seemed like a perfect fit.
And so I started messing around with it, drawing with a pencil on tracing paper, and lo and behold, miracle of miracles, suddenly I was able to draw! I don’t know how it happened, but the only thing I can guess is that somehow, after looking at all those fabulous images for my job, a new vein grew from my brain to my hand that allowed a decent drawing to occur. When I transferred that to a piece of white paper, painstakingly cutting around each line with my handy dandy Xacto knife, I was ridiculously thrilled with the result and invariably shared each of my creations on Facebook. I got a Silhouette Cameo for my birthday last December, and I started creating even faster because cutting the designs became so much easier.
And then one cold day in February, I was just minding my own business, paper cutting away, when I got an email from my good friend Bev Grey at Technique Tuesday asking me about the possibility of creating some products for them, and the rest, as they say, is history. (Er, after the jumping for joy, of course.)
And lucky lucky you, you are getting the first look at these products right here, right now. Ready? Set! Scroll!
The stamps that are being released today are inspired by this paper cut I did for Valentine’s Day last year:
When I drew this, I wanted it to look like a lacey heart. Because everything in a paper cut has to be connected together, lace is actually a perfect medium to emulate because it is, by nature, connected all together as well. Technique Tuesday pulled aspects of the digital design to create these amazing stamps, and I was surprised to see that in stamp form, the designs also remind me of stained glass windows:
Here are the gorgeous steel dies:
I’m not sure when I’m going to actually believe that this is real. Seeing my name on the stamp sets helps:
…but never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that I would re-emerge in this craft as an “artist.” But life is all about the journey and the often magical places it takes us, and while I never even knew this is a dream that I had, I am grateful for the opportunity to explore it with Technique Tuesday, one of the classiest acts in the business, run by some of the most kind, supportive, and nurturing women I have ever met.
For even more information regarding these stamps and the rest of Technique Tuesday’s September release click HERE for their website, HERE for their BLOG, and HERE for a fun video that details the entire line and talks a little bit about moi, too!
To be one of the first to purchase these inaugural Cath originals, click HERE.
Stay tuned for even more inspiration when we show you a BUNCH of projects created with my designs sometime a little later this month!
Oh happy day!
PS I’ll announce the winners of Tuesday’s Take 2 tomorrow. I just wanna sit with this day for a while and savor it. 🙂