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Designer in the Spotlight-Ashley Horton

Hello Clique Fans!  Erica here with you today to bring you our Designer in the Spotlight!  Our September Travelers Notebook kit features the Wish You Were Here collection designed by the super talented Ashley Horton!

We are so excited to have Ashley as our Designer in the Spotlight!  You can find Ashley’s collections at Pretty Little Studio and also her fabulous cut files and digital products at The Cut Shoppe!  You can check out Ashley’s blog HERE for a ton of inspiration!

 

 

We want to thank Ashley for taking the time out of her busy day to share a little bit about herself with us!  So grab your drink of choice, curl up in your favorite place and say HELLO to the fabulous Ashley Horton!

What are 3 of your must have tools?

Silhouette Cameo, sewing machine and tape runner

Who are some of your favorite designers?

Paige Evans, Flora Farkas and Zsoka Marko

What inspired you to design the Wish You Were Here collection?

I wanted to do a travel collection, that include a lot of bright colors and different travel icons. And my biggest inspiration came from the super-cute llama that’s a part of the collection!

Favorite movie – The King & I

Favorite color- Yellow

Favorite book- Anne of Green Gables

Favorite food- Fish/Shrimp Tacos

What are your trend predictions for 2018? Do you think we will still see pineapples and flamingos?

It’s always hard to predict what will show up in the paper crafting world, but I think it would be fun to see some collections that reflect the farmhouse look that is so popular in home decor right now. And I wouldn’t mind, if the pineapples and flamingos stick around, because let’s face it, they are always fun to use!

Thanks for connecting with our readers Ashley!  Shrimp tacos are some of my favorite too! Yum!!  Ashley has also created a fun cut file to share with our readers and a couple spreads in her Travelers Notebook using her Wish You Were Here collection!   This file is perfect to use in your travelers notebook or scrapbook layouts and you can download it HERE for free!

Love that llama die cut and how the cut file is the perfect size for the travelers notebook!!  We would love to see how you use this free cut file so make sure to tag Clique Kits and The Cut Shoppe in your projects!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Make sure to follow the Clique Kits blog and Ashley Horton for more inspiration using the September Sundance Travelers Notebook kit and the Wish You Were Here collection!  Enjoy the rest of your day!


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Designer in the Spotlight – Sheryl Banares

Hello everyone!!  I am super excited to introduce you to our  Designer in the Spotlight!  She has been a member of the Clique for sometime now and recently became one of our newest members on our Graphic Design team!  This month she designed the June journal cards that are included in your June Kit and even some of the exclusive cut files!

Our Designer in the Spotlight  has taken some time to answer our fun Q&A to share with all of you today!  Please say hello to Sheryl Banares!

 

 

1. Tell us a little bit about your creative process. I love creating where I feel comfortable at that moment, it can in the kitchen or in the living room even on in bed sometimes (when I’m super lazy). I don’t force myself to think of how to make a layout. I just sit down and start scrapping whenever I feel like it.

2. Where and when are you most creative? I don’t like scrapbooking at night because my lighting is terrible so I mostly scrapbook on daylight. My layouts are often inspired from pinterest, that’s where I like to search for random stuff when Im bored.

3. What are some of your must have supplies? scissors, zig glue pen and double sided tape.

4. Who are some of your influences? I’m a graphic designer so I meet a lot of creative and interesting people that are inspiring me everyday and let’s not forget the amazing scrapbook community we have on Facebook and youtube, there are lots of talented woman that truly inspire me.

5. 3 things people probably do not know about you. – I love korean dramas! (be aware! super addicting once you start) – I’m learning russian, since my fiancee’s family speak mostly russian. – I play the guitar, ukulele and keyboards.

6. Favorite: !

Book- It ends with us by Colleen Hoover !

Movie- Phantom of the opera (2004) and Titanic ! Candy- Coconut chips !

Drink- Coffee!! !

Music- anything 90’s 🙂 !

Color- light blue !

TV Show- anything with action and suspense- NCIS, Criminal minds.

7. Can you share what helps you break out of a creative slump? I love taking a walk, listening to music and riding my bike.

8. How long have you been design and what inspired you to get started. I’ve been scrapbooking for 4 years now. I started scrapbooking when I accidentally saw a process video of someone on Youtube and ever since my world became colourful and scrapbooky (I think I just invented a word)

9. How would you describe your style? My style is very much colourful and heavy embellished, I love taking my time when I’m creating the layouts. I add sometimes mix media and some stitching.

10. Can you share with everyone the places where they can connect with you such as your blog, Instagram and website. Blog- http://www.sherylbanares.com Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/sherylbanares/

11. What are your predictions for the new trends? I think we’ll be seeing more colors that we usually don’t see in scrapbook collection like purple, neon colors and some gold rose foiling, maybe even metallic colors with abstract designs.

Sheryl thank you so much for being our Designer in the Spotlight!!  I am sure our readers are looking forward to more beautiful designs from you!

Thank you for stopping by our blog today!  To get your hands on some of Sheryl designs you can grab a June Clique Kit HERE in the shop or head on over to our Digital Shop and purchase some of her cut files!  Have a wonderful day!


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Clique Kits March Designer in the Spotlight – Shimelle

Hello Clique Fans!  We are super excited about this months Designer in the Spotlight!  Our March 2017  kit featured the Little by Little collection designed by Shimelle!

We want to thank Shimelle for taking the time out of her busy day to share a little bit about herself with us!  So grab your drink of choice, curl up in your favorite place and say HELLO to Shimelle!

Tell us a little bit about your creative process. Where and when are you most creative? 

I work (and play!) from a studio space that is a room in our home with the outside ‘wall’ actually a floor to ceiling window. The light is beautiful even on grey days, which we have plenty of here in London. For many years I was a night owl, but my son is not on board with this plan and likes to get up far too early, so my most creative time is whenever I have five minutes uninterrupted really, almost matter what time of day that may be.

What are some of your must have supplies?

My giant scissors have been on my desk for so many years that they feel like an extension of my hand. I could give plain cardstock a miss entirely but you will have to pry the patterned paper, little tiled letter stickers, and glitter Thickers from my cold dead hands.

Who are some of your influences?

I was a film and theatre student when I first discovered scrapbooking, and much of my inspiration comes from that visual world: Wes Anderson, Mary Blair, and even Busby Berkeley.

3 things people probably do not know about you.

My family tree is a long line of performers in one way or another. My mother is a musician and my grandmother still sings several shows a week.

I take great joy in the extremely trivial craft of coordinating-but-not-exactly-matching family clothing.

I grew up in Kansas and came to England as a student but knew within the first two weeks that this would be home. 

 Favorite:

Book Alice Through the Looking Glass
Movie Romeo and Juliet.
Candy do they still make Butterfingers in America? They do, right? I’ll say that.
Drink coffee. Except I haven’t had caffeine since 1996. Sometimes this is frustrating.
Music there is little I don’t like but I have a serious passion for Sigur Rós.
Color really? I have to pick? Aquapinkgreenpurpleredblack. That’s just an unfair question so I’m giving an unfair answer.
TV Show Buddy the Vampire Slayer (though for current things, I’m glad Designated Survivor has come back!)

Can you share how Glitter Girl came about?

I was at the end of a year-long video series for Two Peas in a Bucket (an online shop that has since closed) and we were happy with what we’d done with a series of twelve videos over a year but at the same time, it didn’t always feel right to lock into a single topic for a whole year when trends can change so much over that time. I really liked the idea of working with the community and involving them, so I pitched the idea of a scrapbooking superhero who kind of flew down to the message boards to give a surprise video response each week to one of the discussions. I pitched it totally out there bonkers hoping they would say yes to something, even if it was less – like once a month could work so I said once a week. They loved the idea and took it on board pretty much exactly how I pitched it. I think we did 122 episodes with the store? Then a while after the shop closed I was able to start the series again and now the questions come from those who watch and comment on YouTube or post on the Scrapbook Like a Superhero Facebook group. There’s no single shop involved and everyone is welcome, no matter the style you scrap.
We love the little by little collection! Can you tell us what inspired you when creating this collection?

Thanks so much! Little by Little is inspired by British children’s literature, and you’ll find references to Harry Potter and Peter Pan if you take a look. I wanted the colours to be a real highlight of the collection, that you could work just with pastels for one look but switch it up to primaries on your next page and then again with black and white plus a bold colour of your choice. I hope the variety gives you so much versatility while you craft.

Have you always had a love for design?

Perhaps an appreciation for design is a better term for me. I never took an art class after elementary school (until the last few years when I’ve done some study to broaden my skills) and although handwriting and lettering were something I can see developing in the notebooks I have from my youth, I didn’t know where to start with drawing or painting. I could see it in my head and then just nothing would come close on paper. I was quite embarrassed about it so I just stopped doodling, which is really the worst you can do in terms of keeping your sketches improving. But I did use the time to absorb so much visually so I developed a much stronger idea of what I liked. I don’t regret that chain of events though, because it has been quite enjoyable to learn essentially a whole new aspect of the craft at this point in my life, just since working with American Crafts.
What is one thing you love about the scrapbooking industry and what is one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out with scrapbooking?

I love how the industry creates products that become a neverending mix of unique pieces on unique pages. I dabble in crafts that ask you to follow a pattern and I can enjoy a sewing project, something to stitch, and so on. But scrapbooking is my passion because every page is its own creation, from start to finish. I love that feeling when your words come together in a way that you wonder if anyone has ever said that before in the history of the English language, and I love that same feeling when mixing and matching supplies de new and old collections across dozens of manufacturers.

If you’re just starting now, be true to yourself and don’t stress. Today’s photos can easily be reprinted if you decide you don’t like something and want to start again. Don’t be scared out of something that feels right to you- for years I printed all my journaling with fonts because someone told me I should. It’s been ten years since I did that on a single page and I’m so much happier for it. Whatever it is that makes it joyful for you, keep doing it no matter what trends tell you.
How would you describe your style? 

Relatively simple at the core, but filled with colour and pattern, and always created with a story in mind. In fact, that’s how I design products as well as my pages: if I can think of ten different stories scrappers might be able to tell with a particular product, then I know that’s something I want to include.

Shimelle thank your for being a creative superhero and connecting with our readers!  You can check out the Scrapbook like a Superhero Facebook group HERE and also find Shimelle on Instagram and Twitter!  Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a wonderful rest of your day!


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September Designer in the Spotlight – May Flaum

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Hey everyone!  Erica here with you today to bring you this months Designer in the Spotlight!  This month we are so excited to have May Flaum sharing a little bit about herself!

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I love May’s style and have been a huge fan of hers for a long time so was super excited when she agreed to be our Designer in the Spotlight!  We got to meet May and check out her new line 28 Lilac Lane at CHA and she was super sweet and fun!  You can see more of May on her blog HERE and if you missed her post here on the blog on Monday you can check it out HERE.  May currently has a new class out called Kittastic where she is using our August 2016 kit along with some other products and will be covering everything from scrapbooking to mixed media as well as every product in her stash!

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You can take $5.00 off this class until the end of September by clicking the HERE and if you would like to pick up the August kit and you check it out in the Clique Kits Shop!

 

 

  1. Tell us a little bit about your creative process and what inspires you?

Life and the world around me are my ultimate inspirations! From getting an idea at Target to my supplies inspiring me to an event or random musing – I’m always finding inspiration!

 

  1. Where and when are you most creative?

I am the most creative when I am regularly creating on a daily or near daily basis. Creativity is muscle best used often and kept in shape!!

 

  1. What are some of your must have supplies?

PPA adhesive, kraft cardstock, Heidi Swapp gold mist, distress inks, and an assortment of buttons are always with me when I create.

 

  1. Have you always had a love for creating?

For me creativity comes in many forms from baking to gardening, scrapbooking to holiday crafts to creating an awesome table centerpiece. My entire life, I’ve loved creating in many forms, and I believe I always will!

 

  1. 3 things people probably do not know about you.

My studio is the messy wild place, the rest of our home is very minimalistic and clean!

I am obsessed with sticky notes and notepads.

I get a minimum of 8hrs sleep every night, and drink water almost exclusively – keeps me active and healthy!

 

  1. Favorite:
  • Book            Pride & Prejudice
  • Movie          Summer Stock
  • Candy          Blackberry starburst
  • Drink           Coca Cola from Mexico
  • Music           Harry Connick Jr
  • Color            Lilac
  • TV Show    Game of Thrones
  • Smells          sleepy dogs

 

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about 28 Lilac Lane?

I dreamed of a place full of embellishments, where creative thought had total freedom and all ideas were given green lights. Where planners to scrapbooks, mixed media to simply playing with pretty embellishments was all good. I named this place 28 Lilac Lane. With my embellishment line my goal is to offer beautiful mixes of colors, textures, and types of embellishments that you can enjoy and create with in whatever way inspires you.

 

  1. A piece of advice you would give to your younger self.

The best advice I’d give anyone, would be to not let fear stop you. Don’t let being afraid stop you from wonderful experiences and taking chances on new things!

 

  1. One of your favorite embellishments to use on your projects.

I am obsessed with gold mist (Heidi Swapp) + sequins and beads and buttons on projects

 

  1. What was the last thing you took a photo of?

The dogs! They are always doing silly stuff at my feet and get photographed constantly.

May thank you so much for sharing with us today!  To see May’s collection 28 Lilac Lane please head on over to the Buttons Galore website and see all the beautiful embellishment kits May has to offer!  May sure to follow May on YouTube and her blog for tons of inspiration and fun!


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Designer in the Spotlight – Jordan Hasek

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Hello everyone!  Erica here with you today to bring you our Designer in the Spotlight!  This month our designer is the owner of SharBearCrafts and he is also the designer behind our exclusive September flair which has been very popular!

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Jordan is so inspiring and at the age of 17 has accomplished so much  Here is a look at some of Jordan’s stamp sets that you can pick up in his shop SharBearCrafts!

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Today we are excited to share a little Q&A with Jordan so sit back with your favorite drink of choice and say Hello to Jordan!

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Can you tell us a little bit about your creative process.

My creative process usually gets fueled by looking at social media and fashion for inspiration. I get a lot of ideas from browsing the internet and while shopping online for clothing.

Where and when are you most creative?

I’m most creative at night time, especially when I lay in bed and finally have a second to think about everything. A lot of my ideas and designs come to me while laying in bed when I’m trying to sleep.

What are some of your must have supplies?

When it comes to scrapbooking my must have items are manilla tags and flair badges.

Who are some of your influences?

My graphic’s arts teacher at school, Kelly & Jeff Mindell, Kate Albrecht (Mr.Kate), Kanye West, and Troye Sivan.

3 things people probably do not know about you.

Most people don’t realize I’m a 17 year old boy running SharBearCrafts, I can’t wait to go to college, and I have a huge passion for fashion and style.

Favorite:

  • Movie – Nerve
  • Candy – Chewy Sweet-Tarts
  • Drink – 7-11 Slurpee’s
  • Music –  Beyonce
  • Color – Gold
  • TV Show – Chelsea on Netflix

Who are some of your favorite designers in the industry?

Some of my favorite designers in the industry include Amy Tangerine, Liz Kartchner, and Maggie Holmes.

What inspired you to design your first stamp set?

I was inspired to design my first stamp set because there were designs and images I wanted but couldn’t find, so I decide to make them myself.

Can you tell us about Sharbear Crafts and how you got started?

SharBearCrafts was established in the summer of 2012 and is run by myself and the help of my mother, Sharon. I opened the shop when I was 13 years old (I’m currently 17). The shop all started because of my love and passion for creating and all things business. I do everything from the posting on social media to ordering new products, packing orders, and the customer service from the basement of my home.

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Jordan thank you so much for taking some time for our Q&A!  We loved learning a little bit more about you and we look forward to seeing more designs from you!  You can visit Jordan’s shop SharBearCrafts HERE and also on Facebook HERE!  We hope you all enjoy the rest of your day!

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Designer in the Spotlight – Jill Yegerlehner

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Hey everyone!  Erica here with today to bring you our Designer in the Spotlight!  We are so excited to have Jill Yegerlehner from Jillibean Soup as this months Designer in the Spotlight!  If you have been a subscriber for a while you know we love to add Jillibean Soup products to our kits!  Not only do we love the products we love all the hardworking people behind Jillibean Soup!  Walking into thier booth at CHA is always a great time!  You are always greeted and everyone is always so friendly!  The quality in all the Jillibean products is alway top of the line and we can not get over the new releases coming soon!  Today we are thrilled to bring you this Q&A with Jill and we are so very honored that she took the time to share a little bit more about herself!  Please say hello to Jill Yegerlehner!

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1. Tell us a little bit about your creative process and what inspires you?

My creative process starts with pulling together a board of design elements, colors, patterns and any “seasonal” items. In most collections we have a “focus” page and this is usually the first page in the collection and is the “focus” of the collection. Recently we’ve been pulling in many different elements, kind of making it a “hodgepodge” of designs. Just about everything inspires me – clothing, fabrics, home décor, my kids, print ads, publications, other designers, paint colors and so much more. I probably spend a little too much time on Pinterest.

2. Where and when are you most creative?

Hmm, good question – I have to be “on” or “creative” most of the time. We work on a lot of product that does not come to fruition so we’re always coming up with new concepts. I work best in the evenings when things are quiet and I’m not being bombarded with distractions.

3. What are some of your must have supplies?

I love cardstock that matches our key Jillibean colors (we always use the same colors throughout our collections so you can mix and match), my Cutterbee scissors, Tombow adhesive, 3L foam squares are a must for me (I use them on every project), my Silhouette Cameo and a good paper trimmer. When I’m making wood projects – I always use vinyl stencils, Jillibean Happy Hues paints and make up sponges.

4. Have you always had a love for design?

I have. I love it. I love interior design, product design, retail fixture design… I just love it all.

5. 3 things people probably do not know about you. Ok..

1. I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania and graduated with 52 people. 2. I’ve bicycled across thestate of Iowa. 3. I have a Biology degree and was a food scientist prior to starting Jillibean Soup.

6. Favorite:
• Book – 50 Shades… just kidding! To Kill a
Mockingbird
• Movie – Silence of the Lambs (I know, creepy) or the
Hangover
• Candy – Chocolate all the way
• Drink – Diet Pepsi (it’s my vice)
• Music – Adele, JT, Pentatonix, Coldplay and many
Christian artists as well
• Color – Yellow, Apple Green or Aqua
• TV Show – Dancing with the Stars – the girls and I
watch it together

7. Out of all the collections you have created so far which is your favorite?

It’s too hard to choose! I love one of our latest collections – Hardy Hodgepodge which was just released for the fall.

8. Can you share how Jillibean Soup came about and where the name came from?

Your question about always loving design ties into this…I have always loved design and wanted to somehow get into this industry.  I’m not a graphic designer but I direct every piece of product we do. I researched and researched how I could break into the industry. Our first collections were actually printed on kraft paper to set us aside from everyone else. Jillibean Soup was actually not the first name of the company. “Jill’s Attic” was. One day I came across a product that was trademarked “Jill’s Attic”. I had to sit down and make a list of new names after that. I picked my top 6 and sent them to my friends/family to see which one they liked. Every single one of them came back with “Jillibean Soup”. It has allowed us to do some fun marketing with the “soup” part.

9. Who are some of your influences?

God, my husband, my girls, our design team, Pinterest, HGTV just to name a few

10. Any hints on what is to come Jillibean Soup?

It may involve “planning”.. hint, hint. 🙂

Jill thank you so much for being our Designer in the Spotlight!!  We can not wait to see some planner Jilllibean Soup products!  Thank you everyone for stopping by the blog today!  Not only did Jill share a little bit about herself with us today she also has a fabulous prize for one lucky reader!

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Jillibean Soup is giving away this beautiful new collection Hearty Hodgepodge!  All you need to do is leave a comment below telling us your favorite Jillibean soup product or collection!  We would also love for you to check them out on Facebook!  Have a great rest of your day everyone!

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Designer in the Spotlight – Nancie Rowe-Janitz

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Hello everyone!  Thank you for stopping by today and spending a little time on our blog!  Today is one of my favorite posts of the month!  Our Designer in the Spotlight!  This month our kit included the beautiful Attwell collection from Fancy Pants Designs designed by Nancie Rowe-Janitz.  This collections is amazing and the colors and designs are so unique and bold we just love them!  We are h0nored to have Nancie as this months Designer in the Spotlight!  So sit back, grab a beverage of choice and get to know Nancie a little bit better!
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1. Do you remember the moment you fell in love with designing? Can
you share a little bit of that moment with us?
I have always loved to draw and color as a little girl… but I ended up growing up and getting a business degree so somewhere along the way I lost my love for art. In the early 90’s I worked in advertising saw these brilliant creative minds working in programs like Illustrator and Photoshop, so I bought a Mac and the programs and at night I began to teach myself. After that, I worked in the graphic design industry until I had my daughter in 1999 and in the early 2000’s I began traditional (paper) scrapping and fell in love with the patterns and colors and textures of scrapbooking. In 2004, I opened my own digital scrapbook website called ScrapArtist and shortly after that began designing for Jodi at FancyPants.
2. Where and when are you most creative?
I have a small home-based studio and I enjoy painting and drawing in the early morning. My art table looks out over the back yard and I love to see the trees and hear the birds while I work.
3. Can you tell us a little bit about your creative process.
I work most intuitively in collage—it’s the process that comes most naturally to me. I work by first laying down old papers and ephemera or washi tape, then blocks of colors and finally some mark-making. Around this time, a focal point begins to emerge – like a cup or flower or a face. Then I paint around that and finish off the collage.
4. If you had to pick just one of your top favorite collections that you have
designed which one would it be and can we expect to see more paper
collections from you anytime soon?
I currently do not have any paper lines in the works, but I’ve just begun designing for the home decor market so you may see some of my designs at stores like Hobby Lobby or Target. My absolute favorite collection that I’ve done for FancyPants is the last line I did which was the Attwell Collection. I think I like this one the best because I mixed traditional painting with vector patterns.
5. Who are some of your influences?
I think Mary Blair is my biggest influence for illustration. Some other favorite illustrators are Carolyn Gavin from EcoJot. Jennifer Orkin Lewis and Shirley Ng-Benitz. Other favorite artists include Mindy Murphy Lacefield, Flora Bowley and Danielle Donaldson.
6. 3 things people probably do not know about you.
7. Favorite:
Book I love anything by Kate Morton. My favorite book of hers is The Forgotten Garden
Movie: Romancing the Stone or Broadcast News
Candy: Hot Tamales
Drink: Peppermint Tea or an Arnold Palmer
Music: Any soundtrack by Rachel Portman
Color: Citron
TV Show: Outlander
8. What are some of your must have supplies?
My watercolors and and gouache paints. Also my Tombow markers because they activate with water. I love Washi Tap!
9. One piece of advice you would give your younger self.
Do exactly what brings you joy. Don’t say yes to everyone and everything. Pick and choose where and with whom you spend your time. And only do what fuels you emotionally and physically. (I guess that’s more than one thing – sorry!) LOL
10. Can you share with our readers where they can find you on social
media?
 
Nancie thank you so much for being our May Designer in the Spotlight!  I look forward to seeing your home decor products!  Thank you everyone for stopping by today and please take a moment to check out Nancie at the above links to see more of her work!
Have a wonderful day!
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