April 16, 2012

A Triple Peek!

I know you're eagerly awaiting peeks of the new sets from Nina B Designs and Jenny Suchin Designs, and here they are!


Oh baby! I know you can't wait! Neither can we!!!

In the meantime, I am so very pleased to introduce you to our two guest designers for April, Gini Williams Cagle and Geri Freeman (Geri won a guest spot in our Birthday Theme challenge as part of our First Birthday Bash celebration!).



I have always loved everything vintage - and that has really influenced my work. Even as a little girl, I collected beaded purses and antique clothes, and had boxes of old photos and ephemera. And yeah, this was all by the time I was 9 years old. So I guess I was that quirky kid that everyone just kind of thought marched to her own drum. That early sense of style lead to someone who has a passion to create, who is confident in her own designs, but who also appreciates the historic influences of the past.


I have been crafting all of my life, in one form or another. I was a very successful bead artist. I had my work published in over a dozen books and magazines, and lectured and taught all over the country, but...my beaded pieces took 500-1000 hours to complete. About 11 years ago, I started scrapbooking, when my first nephew was born. I instantly fell in love with the immediacy of the medium (compared to the crazy hours I spent beading!) In the past several years, I have really gotten serious with the craft and love finding new ways to take my pieces to the next level. It's really funny to look at any of my work, from bead work to paper and to be able to see the same style emerge, regardless of the medium. I have always loved dimension, and color and layers. 


Paper crafting is really a family thing for me. My sister and I used to get together once a week to craft, but now she has moved right next door, so it's one big paper party! I can't leave out that my six year old nephew thinks it's really cool to scrapbook with his aunt and mommy! My husband doesn't ever craft with me, but he is my biggest cheerleader, and is always supportive of what I do. We have been married for almost three years. We have a fairytale romance - we knew each other in high school and were friends, but went over 20 years without any contact, and reconnected on Facebook and quickly knew we were meant to be together. I work as a dental hygienist, so creating with paper is always a welcome release! 

Geri Freeman

Hey, everyone!!  I’m so honored and excited to be creating alongside The Craft’s Meow team this month!  I so enjoy this little hobby of mine, and have recently taken it to a local nursing home where we get together once a month to make a card that I’ve prepared.  While I’m proud of my publications and other honors, it’s hard to beat the “oooo’s” and “aahhhh’s” I hear from the residents when I pull out the card we’ll be making each month, or when we lift that acrylic block together to see what we’ve created underneath.  Sharing this hobby with others is what makes it so much fun, and I really appreciate the opportunity to be able to share with you all here at TCM this month!

Please help me extend a very warm TCM welcome to Gini and Geri!!!

We start previews tomorrow! Please be sure to join us for lots of lovely inspiration and a chance to win the previewed  sets! Have a wonderful day!

9 comments:

Larissa Heskett said...

YEAH!! Looking forward to seeing these AMAZING NEW SETS!! CONGRATS to the Guest Designers I can't wait to see your creations!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Jennifer Scull said...

I so love the cars in the one set.... too much fun! welcome to the new designers as well! :)

sorry I haven't been by in forever. been dealing with some icky health issues that have knocked me for a loop, so haven't been doing much crafting, but I do read all of the posts in my reader. glad y'all are having so much fun over here! :)

Marlena M. said...

Looking forward to seeing your work ladies. I love reading your bios...thanks for sharing them!

Annette said...

wow these are looking so fun...i really can not wait to see the one with cars....

missstamper said...

Oh... nice peeks! I am looking forward to seeing all the great ideas!

Rose said...

they look fun!! can't wait to see the one with the owl :)
looking forward to seeing what the GD's create!!

Raven said...

They are just great, but I really love the old cars!!!

chucksusan said...

Loved all of the cards posted today. Looking forward to seeing what's next. Great job!!! (everyone)

Kary said...

Love the sneaks! The sets look amazing!!