Welcome back to Guesting with Ruby Naz!
I’m happy to introduce my next guest: Tiffany Au!! She was my very first guest back here and was my inspiration for starting this series. You can follow her on Instagram for inspiration. Tiffany comes up with lots of unique ideas!
Don’t forgive to visit my earlier guests. You can also find all of the posts under Guesting (in the bar menu at the top of my site):
Hi Everyone! This is Tiffany and Rubeena asked if I would like to do a guest post with her again and I said yes so quickly I don’t think she even finished her question ;D.
Tell us a little about yourself and your craft journey.
I have always been interested in creating stuff and had taken up crocheting and knitting a couple of years ago. Card making was a whole new world (waz up Aladdin fans) for me and I was introduced to it by Rubeena herself. I refused to start card making for a while but then saw all these beautiful cards Rubeena was making. She taught me how to make my first card shaker card and I was hooked.
What are you most grateful for in regards to crafting?
Oh defiantly the paper crafting community. Everyone have been so kind and supportive…its amazing! For a while Rubeena and my family members were the only ones to see my cards and she convinced me to open an Instagram account to show people my cards (are you starting to see a pattern here people? xoxo Rubeena!). I was and still am amazed that people write such lovely comments and encouragements whenever I post a new card.
What inspires you to create?
Other crafters are my greatest inspiration. Whenever I browse through Instagram I will always find such wonderful cards and I just want to try making them all. My minds will just starting going into overdrive with all these cards designs and I just have to start creating.
How do you personally define success?
Being happy with what you are doing and where you are going. Without happiness, you are just cycling through your day being unfulfilled looking for that one this to provide you with a sense of happiness.
What do you hope to improve on in the following year?
Ink blending continues to be a real challenge for me and I just can’t seem get the colors to blend on the paper smoothly. All I get is a sheet of blotchy colors but I will continue to try and hopefully will see some improvement next year (fingers crossed).
What is the most wonderful part of being you?
I like to think outside the box
What would you like to simplify in your life?
Oh I would love to simplify my craft area which gives me so much joy and pain at the same time. I am a very messy crafter and I never ever put stuff away (bad habit). I will be so focused on making new cards I will just put supplies I used on any available surface and then cease to remember where I put it. So by the end of the day my desk will be piled high with stuff and I will need to spend another hour just cleaning after myself.
What advice do you have for new crafters?
Try and try again. As a newbie myself, I have trouble with bring my ideas to life. A lot of times I will have this fantastic idea for a card and it was beautiful in my head but when I finally create that card it was a total dud…wah wah wah. Of course I get discourage after putting all that time and effort for nothing but I learn from my mistakes, go back to the drawing board and think of another way to bring my idea to life and just keep making prototypes of cards until I get it right (and yes I have a whole piles of discarded card prototypes).
Onward to my card….
I am that person that starts signing Christmas carols once its September so I just have to create a Christmas theme card. I just love using the Mama Elephant’s Reindeer Games stamp set for fun Christmas card because they are just so darn cute and I now bring you a lighted card powered by a reluctant Rudolf’s nose :D.
To create the card (1) I first stamped out my scene on white cardstock and draw on the string connecting all the lights together and then used my pen blade and carefully cut out the inside of all the lightbulbs. (2) Cut out my scene and a navy color mat using 2 different stitched rectangle dies. (3) Color in my scene with copics markers. (4) Put my scene over my card base and trace in the cut out circles so I will know where to place my light circuit stickers and put a light pencil mark around the outside edge of the blue mat so I know where to put my foam tape boarder. (5) Create a blinking light circuit using Chibitronics (check out Rubeena’s guest post no. 2 done by Jessica Frost-Ballas for a fantastic tutorial on using these light stickers). I used only 3 lights stickers on the whole card and just place them strategically so all the cutouts will be lighted at the same time. (6) Put down 2 layers of foam tape right inside my drawn in boarder on the card base and then put by top panel on top. (7) Glue a clear gem with Glossy Accent into each lightbulb hole so that it will refract the light from the inside and basically intensify the light output. Hope you enjoyed my card!
A big thanks to Tiffany for being a guest today and sharing so much of herself! Go follow her for lots of outside-the-box inspiration!! 🙂