Taylored Expressions just wouldn't be able to do without our fabulous and talented design team, the Baker's Dozen. Many of you have seen our designers' wonderful and creative work during our monthly product releases and we would love for you to get to know them better. Each month, we'll introduce you to one of our lovely team members who will share some of their favorite projects, lend some helpful tips, or just plain get their crafty groove on here in the Forum! So, stop by, say 'hi,' and get acquainted with one of the best design teams around.
Carole Burrage (SCS ID: TruCarMa)
Carole is our resident stand-up comedienne because her hilarious sense of humor always has us all in stitches. Her all-around fabulous projects and style always wow and are the ultimate crowd pleasers. Carole currently lives in Claremore Oklahoma. We can't wait to let Carole share a bit about her design process and more about herself in her own words below...
I was born in Alexandria, VA, and spent my last three years of high school in Barstow, CA (yes, I suffered a mean case of culture shock upon arrival!). I left the 'stow for The University of Oklahoma, where I met a cute guy named Sean, and the rest is history...
What is my creative style? This is always such a tough question for me to answer! I guess I'll go with Clean and Colorful -- I like things to be neat (but not always simple) and I love bright, bold, happy colors.
I spend way too long making a single card - I wish I could streamline my process, but I'm s-l-o-w! *sigh* Most cards take me at least a couple of hours, from start to finish, and sometimes the ones that look the simplest take even longer because they have to be "just so" or they won't look like I want them to, kwim? I like to begin the design process with the stamp set I want to use, then I'll seek a challenge to guide me -- usually a sketch challenge like Mojo Monday or my TE Baker's Dozen buddy Jen's Deconstructed Sketch. Then, I'll pick out papers, dies, embellishments, and get to work. Lots of times the products I start out with change over the course of the card (I'll think a naughty thought and have to add bobble springs, like I did on my happy camper card, or I'll decide there's a different ribbon that would look cuter), but changing one's mind is half the fun, no?
I love to make cards, but lately I've been having a lot of fun altering simple canvases that can serve as kind of a postcard on the back, and then be hung on the wall or placed on an easel as home decor. An example is the 50 Shades altered canvas I made for my husband, using TE's Boys Will Be Boys stamp set and Labels 3 Stacklets dies.
I love to read, and must have a book with me at all times or I get a little panicky. The idea of unexpectedly having to wait in a long line at the grocery store or while picking up my youngest from school and not having a book on me gives me the shivers. I'm not embarrassed in the least to say that I am thrilled to be living in today's Golden Age of Television -- shows like Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, and Downton Abbey make me happier than a pig in slop.
We asked Carole to share what her three favorite TE products are, and here's what she told us:
I ADORE TE's Cutting Plates - they allow me to make a quick, elegant cards so much faster than my normal, tortured process. I'm a huge fan of the Moka and Adorable Abode stamps (I want to live in every one of those cute little houses!). It makes me giddy when I see new Doodlebug Designs papers and embellishments in the TE store because I am absolutely addicted to Doodlebug cuteness. If I can't live in one of the Adorable Abodes, I'm considering stowing away at Doodlebug's Headquarters and living there (the way Novalee does in Walmart, in my fellow Okie Billie Lett's novel/movie Where the Heart Is).
We always ask our designers to tell us a little know fact about herself. This one might surprise you!
Hmmm... a little known fact? I'm actually very shy and retiring, in real life -- a veritable shrinking violet. What? Oh, it's supposed to be true. How about this: all during my youth, until I moved to aforementioned Barstow (home of the very first Del Taco, my favorite fast-food Mexican restaurant, bar none), I was a competitive diver. My specialty was the 1 meter springboard, though I would occasionally participate in 3 meter springboard and platform meets.
If you'd like to see more of Carole's incredible projects (or just enjoy a good belly laugh), visit her blog, Mother's Little Helper