Saturday, January 23, 2010

Flatter Day, Saturday!!!

Oh, boy, was I so excited (and I'm sure you will be too!!!) when I found out who I got to interview for this week's flatter day!!! Ready......

........Today I have the honor of bringing you some insight into the life of the-oh-s0-talented-rockstar- {ippity} and Unity artist....Tanis Giesbrecht!!!!

Here's a little background about Tanis in her own words

My name is Tanis. I live in a small town near Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. I've been married for 18 years (WOW!) to my best friend and we have four amazing kids ages 13, 11, 9 and 5. I'm a stay at home mom at the moment and am mentally preparing myself to go back to teaching this coming fall.

and a few Stamping related Questions

Q:How did you first get involved in stamping?

It all started with a home party in 2003 that I didn't really want to go to (sound familiar anyone?).
Q: What is your stamping style? Diverse?

I don't know if I can pinpoint a style. I do tend to lean towards whimsical and simple, but I let the product I'm using lead the way.
Q: Tell us about your creative process.

I have learned not to create unless I'm feeling creative. If I'm inspired to draw, I draw. If I am challenged (within myself) to create a card, I make one. If I try to do something when the creativity isn't bubbling, it fails 99% of the time. And I always try to make sure I'm doing something I love. If my creating doesn't start with something I love, I'm not going to love the end product.

Q: What is your favorite {ippity} stamp set and why?

OH WOW! That's a hard question!! I love SO MANY Unity and Ippity sets....I've recently acquired “Bevy of Butterflies” (Unity) and “Because of You” (Ippity) and am super loving those. And I always keep coming back to “Eco Chic”, my very first Unity purchase.

Q: How often do you stamp?

Since I stamp when I FEEL like stamping, it varies. Some weeks it's every day. Last week I didn't stamp at all.
Q: How long does it take you to make a project you are happy with?

That also varies! But I am NOT a quick card girl. Minimum half an hour, most of the time an hour or so.
Q: What does your craft room look like?

{messy, clean, etc.} I have no craft room! I have a pantry in my dining room and I use the dining room table. So everything has to be tucked away every day. The pantry needs a MAJOR overhaul right now, but my table's always tidy!
Q: What is your biggest paper crafting challenge?

Getting out of a creative slump. I tend to look to my favourite magazines and bloggers and manufacturer's sites when I get stuck.

For {ippity} Management/Employees

Q: What is your title at Unity/{ippity}? I'm a Unity/Ippity Stamp Artist.
Q: How are you involved in the making of {ippity} stamps? I draw them!
Q: How long have you worked there? I've been with Unity just over a year.
Q: Are you a crafter? Do you use Unity/{ippity} stamps outside of work? YES! All the time.
Q: Can you tell us a funny story about your boss? {Sorry Angela!} I probably could if I lived in MN! No funny stories here, though. It's hard to have something funny happen to you in an email :)

And a little Just for FUN Questions

Q: If you were stranded on a desert island what are the three things you would bring?

My Bible, my journal/art pens and Scrabble (island animals are smart, right?)
Q: What is your favorite quote?

My life verse (at the moment)...Be beautiful in your heart by being gentle and quiet. This kind of beauty will last, and God considers it very special. (1 Peter 3:4).
Q: What would I find in your refrigerator right now?

Lots of yummy foods including a jar of pickled herring (that's ALL mine).
Q: If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

I'd pick the powers of the cheerleader on Sky High who can instantly make multiples of herself. How handy would THAT be?
Q: If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

“Are You SURE You're Talking about Me?”
Q: What would your dream vacation be?

Anywhere with my family. Somewhere cool like Australia or Austria would be great.

How fun was that? Love what you shared with us here today, Tanis! Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with me. We look forward to seeing what fabulous sets/images you've created for us with the upcoming new release!!! Feb. 15th is the BIG DAY!!!

Enjoy your Saturday! Hugs, Lisa


  1. I loved getting to know you Tanis. Great job Lisa :)

  2. Lisa what a great interview! Tanis it was great to get to know a little bit about you. I just love hearing about all the creative and inspiring peeps. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us with all the new releases coming. Thanks so much for sharing with us your talent.

  3. Lisa, how fun to interview Tanis! Tanis is just what I expected...a sweet, kind, and very talented mom!

  4. Super super fun getting to know Tanis a bit more! She is just the bestest! ALTHOUGH, I may have to wrinkle my nose at the pickled herring, that stuff is for old people! LOL...