Saturday, January 8, 2011

Flatter Day with an Ippity Chick!

 I'm back with this week's second feature of the talents of......

Mary Friederichsen

She's an {ippity} Chick and today is her Flatter day! Let's learn a little bit more about this creative friend.  She did this cute little Valentine ensemble with a candle and a book mark. LOVE them!  I'll share some close ups throughout this post.
I live in Escondido, Ca. it is in the North County of San Diego.

I am married to my high school sweetheart, we will celebrate our 33 rd wedding anniversary on the 14th of this month! It sure doesn't seem like 33 years, so I guess that is a good thing! We have 2 daughter ages 26 and 27. We currently have 2 dogs who are very much apart of the family! I was a clinical pediatric nurse up until about 10 years ago when an injury caused me to have to retire.

You can see her blog HERE!

you can e-mail Mary HERE:

or visit her Sales Blog to place an order.

Check out these great projects Mary has created for today's feature. Stamping on candles is one of my fave techniques and she does it beautifully here.

Now for some more fun stuff. I got to do a little Q & A with Mary and here's a little more about who she is and what gets her creative juices flowing!
o How did you first get involved in stamping?
It was because of that injury that I started down the road to crafting and eventually to stamping! I had started watching the Carol Duvall Show in the mornings and she would have on Mary O'Neill who started the company Hot Potatoes ( because she first started stamping with potatoes!),she would stamp on velvet,both with acrylic paints and embossing it. Well that got me to start looking for her stamps and brought me into my local stamping store. With the help from the owner Cat I started down the road to stamping and paper crafting!

Then shortly after that I came upon Unity stamp company on-line. It was around the holidays their first year....well I purchased my first stamps and never looked back! :) I joined the KOM club in Feb of 2009 and each months set becomes my new favorite!

o What is your stamping style?
My stamping style changes depending on my mood I guess or the occasion.

o Tell us about your creative process
I tend to think about a card or a project for a while before I start it. Trying to walk thru it, however seldom does it end up the way I first envisioned it! So I have learned to just follow the flow as they say!  Most of the time I start with the image and go from there. However it also depends on who I am creating for in regards to the style that I use.

o What is your favorite {ippity} stamp set and why?
Favorite {ippity} set...that is a hard one...well, right now it is "Sing a New Song" I love the bird and I also just love the quote and verse in the set, but "Now and Always","Farm Fresh" and the sets that have the Verses or quotes in them..Devoted. Faith Blooms and Delightful little things,love those as well. These are so uplifting and thought provoking.

o How often do you stamp?
I try to stamp a little bit everyday. Someday I maybe able to work on a project for quite awhile,then others days it may only be just a couple minutes.

o How long does it take you to make a project you are happy with?
As far as how long it takes me with a project, that is just all over the board!! Sometimes it will take me hours or days! then other times I can finish in under an hour! Or even 20 min for a quick tag or note card. Just really depends. Sometimes I start out with an image thinking it is what I want to use,then halfway thru it decide that I have a better image and start all over again.

My daughter tells me that I am trying to be a perfectionist, I don't know about that, but maybe.

o What does your craft room look like? {messy, clean, etc.}
My craft room is in constant flux it seems! I try to pick up each night so I can start with it fairly straightened in the morning,however there are times when I only have a 3x3 pace to work! ;)

I am still trying to organize things in my area. What I really get upset about is when I spend to much time looking for things than what I do working on things! My youngest daughter is thinking about moving out in the spring and if she does I will move into her room, which will be great since it is a larger room and I won't have to share it as office space! Yeah!!

o What is your biggest paper crafting challenge?
I think my biggest paper crafting challenge is combing design papers.

Here's the beautiful book mark Mary made. I just love the look she created here.

Here's a bit more about Mary's experience as an {ippity} Chick:
My sales blog has the same name as my creative blog "Mary's Creative Journey", although my Face book my is "Get creative with {Ippity}"

Just for FUN Questions

I decided to sell {ippity} because I felt it was what I had been looking for! Since I became injured and had to stop working I have been looking for something where I could be creative and work from my home. I am not able to drive so the thought of being able to work from home was just what I was looking for! I also really liked the idea that there were no quotas to meet, I could set things up the way that would be best for me and my situation. The other thing that wasn't required was recruiting. I worked for another home party plan when my girls were little,which wasn't easy working full time (or almost 36 hours/wk),with 2 little girls under the age of 5 and then the parties. The sales part was pretty easy, but the recruiting, always felt so awkward. So that was a big plus for me when it was not required!

o What song best describes you?
according to my Husband"House on Pooh Corner" Kenny Loggins, according to my Daughter "It's the climb" by Miley Cyrus
o If you were stranded on a desert island what are the three things you would bring?
my family(including the dogs!), my crafting supplies and my laptop for my {ippity}sales!
o What is your favorite quote?
You are right where you should be
o What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
a lot of condiments!, eggs, Parmesan cheese,apples and yogurt
o If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
to slow down or reverse time
o If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
Some one once told me that I had a gentle heart, I try to and would like to think so. So I guess : "She had a gentle heart"
o What would your dream vacation be?
dream vacation would be for my family and friends to spend a month in Tuscany in a villa that we could rent out,and then be able to walk to local farmers markets, take cooking classes and some art classes of course!
Or Ireland! I want to go there as well.

I'll leave you with one last project that Mary has shared with me. It's a wonderful example of how well different {ippity} stamps work together. Those hearts and birds look like they were made for each other!

Thanks so much Mary for all your beautiful work this week. Don't forget to stop by Mary's blog to say Hi and PLACE AN ORDER! She's got a great deal working this week! Check it out!

Enjoy the day. Many Hug!

Lisa Henke

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1 comment:

  1. loved carol duvall and i remember the potato stamps, too! thanks for sharing, mary:)