Welcome back to Guesting with Ruby Naz!
I’m happy to introduce my next guest: Kymona Tracey!! She’s one of the very first crafters I met in the industry and I am so blessed to have her close to me in NYC! 🙂 She’s an amazing person and a superb crafter! Follow her on her blog, Instagram, and YouTube channel. She’s very helpful so you’ll learn a lot from her!!
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Tell us a little bit about your self and your craft journey.
Hello, I’m Kymona Tracey. Who am I, you ask? I am a women who never slows down and loves it. Yes… I am the energizer bunny’s sister! I just keep going and going (which is something that I am working on, if you follow my weekly wishes on my blog). I am a single mother of two wonderful children who are 8 years apart. My 18 year old son is a true self-made jock who plays every sport you can think of! He is off in college. My 10 year old daughter is a real life princess who loves anything crafty and girly and absolutely hates anything related to sports. Talk about yin and yang! …but I love it!! Besides running from one activity to another with them, I work full time at a hospital (public health background), facilitate a reading group at work, teach high school students on the weekends and have a huge love of learning new things. I’ve taken classes in photography, web design, knitting, scrapbooking and card-making. I love them all, however, my true passion is card-making. I was introduced to card making back in 2004 and haven’t turned back since. I started out as a hobbyist just making cards for family and friends. People were always ecstatic when they received a card from me. What they did not know was that it made me feel just as special to make a card for them. This passion pushed me into teaching card-making classes at work with a couple of coworkers who wanted to learn how to make projects for their families. In September 2013, I made a big leap and created my blog, Kreative Kymona. Besides being a mom, I think that this has been one of my most rewarding accomplishments. Just being able to share with my world community makes life so rewarding!
What are you most grateful for in regards to crafting?
I am most grateful for the friends I’ve made on this crafting journey. I’ve met some amazing people who have become really good friends and mentors to me. I also treasure the ability to release some stress. As a single mom I don’t get much free time so when I do get the chance to craft I appreciate the uninterrupted time.
What inspires you to create?
Everyday life! I love looking at the world in front of me and applying that to my cards. I also use Pinterest for some color ideas since that is the hardest part of crafting for me.
How do you personally define success?
Ohhhh, great question! I remember my son talking about this when he was younger and thinking that you were successful when you owned a home or something big like that. I had to really think about the answer and reassuring him that success isn’t measured by the stuff you own. Success is in your heart. What makes you happy, do you feel great in the space you are in right now. The material stuff adds to that but it doesn’t make you successful. So for me, its being happy and content in my own space.
What do you hope to improve on in the following year?
I want to start making more craft videos. That’s one of the things on my forward list this year.
What is the most wonderful part of being you?
My willingness to help others. I love helping people it gives me so much joy.
What would you like to simplify in your life?
I’m not sure. If I simplified anything I would be bored. I love being on the go. That is just how I’m wired. LOL!!!
What advise do you have for new crafters?
My advise to new crafters is go for it! Don’t be afraid to create what you like. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The crafting community is so helpful, getting the answers you need will come. Don’t worry if someone else already did “that”, you are different and your personality will shine through your work. Last but not least, HAVE FUN!!
For the first card:
1. I cut my card base out of Recollections Black Heavyweight card stock and embossed it using Stampin’ Up! Woodgrain Embossing Folder.
2. Then I used Mama Elephant’s Femme Frame and cut out a square panel out of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock.
3. After that I stamped Rubber Dance Giraffe stamp using Clearsnap Colorbox Archival Wick Ink.
4. Once that was done, the card looked a bit bare. So I added some Distress Vintage Photo Ink along the edges and towards the middle of the panel.
5. To finish the card off, I adhered a piece of fun foam to the panel then attached the panel to the card base.
For the second card:
1. I cut my card base from Bristol Smooth Paper.
2. I smeared Distress Ink: Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade onto a ziplock bag.
3. Spritzed the ink with water and smeared the ink onto the card front.
4. Once the ink dried, I stamped Darkroom Door Follow Your Dream sentiment using Clearsnap Colorbox Archival Wick Ink in the center of the card front.
5. To finish off the card, I used Distress Black Soot Ink and add some paint splatters!
Nice and simple!
A big thanks to Kymona for being a guest today and sharing so much of herself! Go follow her for lots of outside-the-box inspiration!! 🙂