Guest Designer Deborah Nolan

Welcome Deborah!

Deborah is our guest designer this month and I must say she does some seriously beautiful work. Deborah worked with the BOO! set and came up with some very fun ideas on how to use the stamp set. On Thursday you will be able to see not one but two great tutorials from her.

I started scrapbooking shortly after my daughter Gigi was born in 2002, and that naturally lead to cardmaking, as well. My daughter remains my favorite subject, but I’ve become the unofficial photographer for my church, and I maintain a bulletin board in the narthex that is filled with scrapbook pages of our various events and celebrations. I’ve been fortunate enough to have my scrapbook pages and cards published in books and magazines – when I make the effort to actually submit something! (I’m very lazy about that part of the process, I have to admit.) My favorite “style” is shabby chic/distressed, although I try very hard to explore other styles and looks as a means of nurturing artistic growth.

I don’t have a set routine for crafting – I sneak up to my attic “atelier” whenever I can get the chance – which is usually on Saturday morning. Unfortunately, I often sit there for quite a long time, pushing elements back and forth and generally scratching my head because I can’t make up my mind what I want to do because I have too many choices (a major drawback to being a collector and horder of crafting materials).

I was such a little squirrel with my supplies that I eventually started a blog, The Society of Stamp- and Scrap-aholics. Every so often I invite readers to join me in my attempt to stop buying goodies for a year. (Luckily for me, they always decline!) When I’m not spending my free time working on all things scrappy, I apply my efforts to a young adult novel I’m writing. (For the record, it’s light and humorous – no vamps, tramps, or psychos – just a story I would have liked to have read at that age about a heroine who has a unique way of doing things.)


Materials: Stamps: MyStamp BOX stamps (Boo! set); Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Halloween; Ink: VersaFine; Gems: generic; Hardware: bottle cap, star charm, jump rings; Other: unknown ribbon, Halloween font, pop-dots, googlie eyes; Tools: circle punches, hammer (to flatten the bottle cap), ice pick (to make hole in bottle cap for hanging charm). The tiny gems here were purchased from a beauty supply store – they are used in fingernail art!

A Boo-quet for You!

Materials: Stamps: MyStamp BOX stamps (Boo! set); Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Halloween, K & Co. Halloween; Ink: VersaFine, Ranger Distress; Other: Halloween font, pop-dots, googlie eyes, Zig Writer; Tools: Nesties, circle punch

Check in again on Thursday for more projects by Deborah!

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  1. jill says:

    really cute stuff!!! very creative!!!!

  2. Melissa says:

    Love your halloween stuff!! Great work!!

  3. Agata says:

    Deborah, it’s such a pleasure to see you here!!! Love to read you every single time! Please be sure to notice me when your novel is ready – would love to read it to my kids (and myself! :) ) Lovely work! Looking forward to seeing your tutorials!

  4. basement gal says:

    How wonderful Deborah, I love your projects. Is that an altered bottle top I spy? I hope it goes well with the book. Good luck with that.

  5. Allison says:

    Oh my goodness Deborah! These 2 cards are just SPOOK-tacular! Love the way you added the googley eyes to the stamped images! Too cute!

  6. sheila says:

    these are absolutely adorable! I love the eyes!

  7. Deirdre says:

    Adore everything that Deborah creates… she is amazing… these are no exception… wow…love the googly eyes, those tiny gems are just so beautiful. Love the bottle top too… so fun.

  8. Sharon D. from Canada says:

    I love Deborah’s super cute halloween cards! (But then all of her work is fabulous!!)

  9. Janet says:

    Deborah, you slay me. Not only a master creator of paper goodness, great sense of humour, writer of blog entries that make my day, MOM, photographer, WIFE, . . . but also writing a book. You are amazing. Just keep doing what you’re doing! You inspire us and make us smile. Just like these cards – I’m smiling again! (Can’t comment on your blog so just had to let you know here how I appreciate you)

  10. Yvette says:

    These are absolutely adorable!

  11. Judy Jung says:

    You are an amazing artist and extraordinary woman!! Love these cards!! Congratulations on your role as Guest Designer!!

  12. Linda C. Baker says:

    Great cards and post! With your wit and writing ability, I am sure your novel would be great! Oh to be so talented!

  13. Barb :) says:

    Love these cute cards from Deborah!

  14. Dawn T says:

    Awesome to see you here Deborah. great cards. Love the stars!!!!

  15. Andrea Amu says:

    Adorable cards for the season!

  16. Jolene says:

    The boo-quet pun is my favorite. Thanks for joining us with your beautiful projects!

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