Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Tuesday Spotlight

This week we have sweet Andie in our spotlight 

Just look at this sweet card she made for our Spotlight

*Start by telling us a little about you:
I'm Andie, or Andrea as most people know me. I'm a Civil Servant working in the local Job Centre. I turned 40 earlier this year & for as long as I can remember I've had a weakness for pens & paper. I'm so lucky to be married to my best friend, Paul, who tolerates my crafting addiction as long as I turn a blind eye to the amount of time he spends playing video games. We have two gorgeous boys, Jack 8, & Ben 5 who are our pride & joy, despite the stress they cause, LOL!!

*When did you start card making and what made you start?
. Imagine my joy when 8 years ago, I discovered scrapbooking as a way of indulging my passion for all things paper & providing a release for my creativity. When Jack was born it seemed the perfect way of documenting his progress. However, once I'd had a go at stamping I was hooked on cardmaking. Having loved art at school, colouring images is the perfect outlet for my (limited) artistic skills. I then enjoy the challenge of composing a card, choosing papers & embellishments. It's a pastime I can also share with the boys, (when they're in the mood!) & it's the perfect therapy to counterbalance the stresses of work & the rigours of family life!

*What is your preferred coloring medium?
I love colouring! It's my favourite part of the cardmaking process. My first love has always been Distress Inks as I feel more comfortable colouring with them. However, I am also on the Passion For Promarkers DT & love using them too. I think it depends on my mood really as to which one I prefer at any given time. I'm also saving up for a set of Prismacolors. I would love to give them a try, as they look gorgeous on other people's cards.

*What is your fav Simply Sassy stamp?
It's so hard to pick a fave. I think my absolute favourite is 'I Give you My Heart'. But I also love colouring hair. I've never been satisfied with my own! I always want to give my images lustrous shiny hair, so 'Windswept' is another Sassy girl I have a big soft spot for. I also adore 'Little Light if Mine' that I chose to colour for my spotlight card because she just looks so shy & sweet.

*How did you notice the Simply Sassy stamps the first time?
I visit the Sugar Nelly blog all the time & play along at the Sugar Bowl too as often as I can. As soon as I saw the first sneak peeks I was smitten! They were, & still are, quite a unique style & look so fabulous when they're coloured. I look forward to seeing what the next Simply Sassy collection has in store!

*What is your favourite style (card making)?
I love the distressed/shabby chic look, especially when there are loads of embellishments. It's a style a lot of Scandanavian cardmakers excel at, but there is quite an art to loading the card with lots of interest, embellishment & texture & getting the composition just right. My own style I would describe as more practical for sending in the post! Every so often though I like to give the distressed look a go. For me though, on any card, the image is the primary focus & I this is what I focus on most.

*And what would you love to see more of at the Simply Sassy blog?
I honestly can't think of anything I'd like to see more of the the Simply Sassy blog. I think the DT all provide fabulous inspiration & I'm always keen to learn more in tutorials. Generally I just like to admire the talent on display & see where the inpsiration takes me on my own cardmaking adventures! 

Here are some of Andies Sassy cards picked from her blog

Using: Lost in Thought

Thank you Andie for letting us Spotlight you ♥ 


  1. Gorgeous cards Andie you really are on talented lady, and well done on your spotlight,
    Hugs Bridget :0) x

  2. absolutely beautiful cards, Andie, your colouring is out of this world!
    hugs, Alina

  3. Wow, so sweet and adorable ! Love your styl with these Sassy girls. Hugs, Marion

  4. what gorgeous cards, beautiful colouring x

  5. So beautiful. I love your colouring xx Jenny XX