Thursday, April 30, 2009

Guest: Trudy Sjolander

Happy Thursday! As you know, tomorrow is the 1st which means, our May releases will be available! I'm excited and I hope you all are too! So to tie us over, I present to you our 2nd special guest this week - Trudy! Or best known as True. She sent me an email some time back that included a most amazing card featuring our little digi unicorn and I instantly fell in love with it! It was whimsical and glittery and lotsa sugar and sparkle! So let's meet her!

Trudy Sjolander
www.truesgiftsfromtheheart.blogspot.com
How long have you been stamping?
I have been stamping since May of last year when a friend of mine told me that people were selling cards on eBay. I started with hand drawn and painted cards but they took up sooooo much time. Stamps are AWESOME!

What's your tool of choice?
I could not live without my Fiskars paper cutter or my Wizard and Nesties!

Describe yourself in 3 words.
Outgoing, crafty, fun



If you had a stamp line, what would you call it?
Funny, I am working on getting some of my digi stamp creations up for sell. They will be "True's Digis From The Heart." So far all images have at least one heart incorporated into them. :)




What's your favorite TGF stamp set?
Love them all but "Down By The Pond" has got to be #1



If you were a color, what would you be? Why?
Green. Love new grass in the spring, green eyes and money! LOL!



Describe your crafting area.
Very neat and organized. My craft room is my "ME" place. I have a large table with tons of shelves and storage at arms reach. On another wall, I have my sewing area. Another wall has all of my packing and shipping area, and the last wall has kitchen cabinets and a counter top for everything else. I have pictures of it at the bottom of my blog... www.truesgiftsfromtheheart.blogspot.com



When making cards, what is you favorite colors to use?
Most of my cards have some shade of green in them. I think Greens and blues are my favs. Every now and then I will throw in something odd like orange and teal just to mix it up!



Do you listen to music while you stamp?
I usually turn on the TV in the craft room and "listen" to it.




3 wishes:
Health, happiness, and longevity for my family. The 4th would be an endless supply of cardstock. LOL!


Ooooh endless supply of paper is a good wish. I think my wish would be to magically have the designs in my mind appear in rubber instantly! Then I could have like 20 new releases each day! lol!

Today's question is: Did you ever take a bad yearbook picture?

Ugh. All of them were bad. I looked like a boy in most of them. No make-up, short hair - split in the middle, oversized polos.... my goodness. No wonder I didn't have a boyfriend. hahahahaha.

93 comments:

Elena said...

You find the most talented designers, Marie! (not talking about myself)
Love Trudy's amazing cards!
Pictures... I always looked horrible (not a pretty girl I mean)on our class pictures...

lilacanglia said...

beautiful!!!
Love that ladies head and that fish is so cute,
Looking forward to seeing your own digi stamps
hugs
Angie

lilacanglia said...

ps ....
I used to try and not have my phot taken, and still dont lol
hugs
Angie

Moni said...

Waw all cards are gorgeous , love the colouring and great use of papers and layouts-fab! Hugs, mon

Chris ^j^ said...

Yes, True is a very talented designer.
Her cards are always wonderful. She is as sweet as she is talented. Best wishes True! email:
markandchris@neo.rr.com

Wendy said...

wonderful cards as always, by the way I tooo would luv an endless supply of papers!!!!

Cindy Haffner said...

Love Trudy's work, AMAZIG!!!!

Heehee all my pictures were BAD.

~*Joni said...

Oh my goodness, I would seriously frame every card of hers. And just look at the inside! Ugh, makes me want to re-do all of my cards. True's stitching is flawless, thanks for introducing me to yet another fabulous designer!!

Omword, this is so funny...at the time of my pics I thought I looked my best. Not so much. Even my high school senior picture was forgettable! I say we set up a folder in the gallery for our worse pics. LMBO!!

Splendid Things said...

LOVE your cards and I am so excited about your digis coming soon! You are such an inspiration! jeanette
thealldays@msn.com

Rachel Hope said...

WOW, WOW and More WOW! I am speechless! Gorgeous stuff!

Ummmmm, ALL of my yearbook pics were horrible! :)

Denise @ Paper Gems said...

Congratulations Trudy! Always enjoy viewing your beautiful creations!

Gale said...

True is a very talented artist, and her personality is awesome. I really enjoy looking at her work. Every inch has a surprise.

Congrats True..we are proud of you!

Gale
www.princessdikutzs.blogspot.com

the whimsical butterfly said...

This is an amazing line up by Trudy, wow! Very cool! How talented she is!

I look beautiful in ALL my yearbook pics...don't know what you're talking about..lol NOT!!!!

Um, my jr. high ones prob my LEAST of the bright shining moments. I looked more likea "thing" than a girl, OR boy. ha ha haha

Lisa T said...

Beautiful cards! I love the soft colors. I always enjoy reading about the featured designers.

Pam said...

Congratulations, a great article and blog. You are very talented...just love the cards. Thank you for sharing.

Maureen said...

WOW!! Thanks so much for sharing this amazing artist with us - very inspirational!!

Michelle ~ daydreams505 said...

I always love your cards True! Everytime you make a new one, I think wow, that's my favorite. And then you do another one and so it goes. You are a very talented gal!

Angie said...

I love Trudy's work! The coloring is beautiful and I love that all the cards are bigger than what I make! Wow, I have to go check out her blog now.

Linda Coughlin said...

Wow, terrific work. I always love looking at Trudy's creations. She always does an amazing job. She is a great artist to have as a guest or a designer!

Melissa Craig said...

OMGoodness. Amazing cards!! There are several I'm gonna case! You do amazing work Trudy and I can't wait to see your digi company. Love digis!!

I think I only ever did take a bad yearbook picture!

Diamond Doll said...

Wow gorgeous cards, True has some amazing work on her blog too and her colouring is brill.I have been a follower of hers for a while.
Trish (-:

Suzy said...

Your cards are great. With all those details...

Jenn Borjeson said...

I love True's cards and her style, great job!!!!

Craftyanny said...

They're all fantastic True, love the little girls head with 'pretty' sentiment.
Congratulations on being chosen for the DT
hugs
Anne x

Littlebear said...

Your cards a truly amazing. I love the way you combine colours.
Luckily we don't have year books in the UK!!
Clare x

Sonya said...

Way to go True!!! She certainly does these TGF stamps proud :) Beautiful work as usual! Congrats!

Stephenie said...

I love True's cards and her blog is awesome! Thank you for having such a great eye, one of the many reason I love this blog!

Tracy.H said...

Wow!! What more can I say, really? :0)

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Oh my goodness...amazing creations! A new blog discovery to add to my HUGE list on reader!!!

shinz @ cosycabin said...

awesome!! Love all her creativity, color combination and her blog is great!

Scrapishments said...

Trudy is an amazing card artist!!! There are so many people selling cards on eBay - yet when you see Trudy's work, there's just something so unique and special about it :) Trudy's cards are always on the Pulse (which is a list that displays the top 10 watched card items on eBay) People watch Trudy's cards for a reason...they are absolutely stunning and beautiful!!! Her creativity never seizes to amaze me!

Shannon

Tami said...

These cards are ADORBLE!!!!

Ivolina said...

What amazing cards True. I love them all. You are very talented person.

Mariska said...

Oh boy these are all fabulous. I love all the details Trudy puts in them the stitching, the colouring... absolutely gorgeous work!

xxx
Mariska

Kathy H said...

wow amazing Trudy!!! Such adorable cards!!!

Julies Crafty Creations said...

What beautiful cards Trudy, there is so much inspiration there.
Thanks for sharing your ideas with us Julie x

Dianne said...

True your cards are so detailed and the colors are outstanding. I am a big fan of yours.

RE: Yearbook Pic - Not bad. At my school you had a nice gown so everyone's was the same and you had time to do your make up and hair.

scrappingnana said...

OMG, all of Trudy's cards are beautiful. My favorite is the Mother's Day card. I am partial to flowers and pretty cards.
Of course, there were some bad year book pictures, but I liked my Senior year picture best.

Berenice said...

So beautiful cards! Love the colors! Nice job Trudy :)

Nikki said...

Very Stunning work you have well deserved on The Guest DT spot :)
Have fun with it
Nikki C

crafty_pieces said...

These Cards Absolutely Beautiful!! You truly are a talented artist!
:) Chelsea

kuya said...

Awesome cards, I can't decide which one is the best. Great work!

Regina said...

All these cards are fantastic creations! All around fabulous job!

LINANNA DESIGNS said...

Wow hunny, i just love your work. No wonder you've been chosen to be featured here, your work is so inspirational. I absolutely love your colouring, wish i could get mine to look as fabulous as yours. I am looking forward to the release of your digi-stamps. More spending on the horizon, don't think my bank manager is going to be a happy bunny!! have a good day and thank you for sharing your fabulous work with us. Linda x

Carole RB said...

Trudy is a very talented designer. Her cards are so beautiful.

Char in So Cal said...

OMGosh Trudy! Are you ever talented! Your creations are simply beautiful!! There is so much detail that I could sit and look at them all day!

Rubber Hugs,

Char in So Cal
{scrampaddict} {at} {cox} {dot} {net}

Chrissy said...

oh my goodness........your cards are just beautiful! I wanna make cards like you when I grow up....ummmmmmm..........if I'm 43 yr old now, how old do I have to get? LOL

Handmade by Vivi said...

Yours cards are adorable! You are very talented!!
Hugs
Vivi Casale

Sue said...

Wow these cards are amazing, I especially love that fish card, True it looks like a Disney card all beautiful candy colours!! True..ly amazing! Suexx

Wendy said...

Gorgeous as always True

Annelies said...

Very nice cards True!

Nunt said...

Trudy, you are an absolute genius in coloring the stamped images! Love all of them!

Cheers,
nunt

cindersmcphee said...

Lovly cards you are very talanted

Lena Katrine said...

Wow! Georgeus cards! Love them all!

Denise @ kc242 said...

True Your cards are all so well done! Lovely! You are a true artist! Congrats!

K said...

Beautiful cards! I love the 3D effects what patience, hats off. And I like the coloring on the ladies head. (Your yearbook pictures sound like mine, Trudy :)
Bye, Kitty

Lisa F said...

Beautiful cards! LOVE Trudy's cards!

L'Hélène said...

Congratulations Trudy! I especially love the frog card, so cute!

kokos said...

All cards are gorgeous, beautifull coloured and these papers are fabeolus!
Hugs, Andreja

Lovely Linda said...

Wow, True's cards are amazing, I love their 'clean' look but they are a smorgesborg for the eyes - so much to look at! I am looking forward to seeing your line of digi stamps BUT I have to say you have sold me on Greeting Farms!! Thank you for the inspiration!! God bless you from Canberra, Australia!

clory said...

Hugs and best wishes for you Trudy(endless supply of papers?.... Humm I can't afford it). All your cards are beautifull, I personally love them, especially the unicorn and the little fish, soo cute, and the stitching is soo perfect. Take care Trudy, your friend from IOWA.

Denise said...

Love Trudy's beautiful cards! Great choice for a guest designer. And I agree with her... the froggie is precious!! Makes me smile every time I see it.

G W said...
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G W said...

WOW amazing job Trudy! Keep up the great work =) Yeah I don't think anyone liked their year book pic lol. Mine weren't too bad but they weren't too wonderful either lol.

Elaine aka Quixotic said...

Love True's work, it's always fantastic! Well done, True!

Adi said...

Hi beautiful cards! theone with the "down by the pond" stamp is really cute, and the green and blue mother's day card is amazing!! I love these colors too :)

kellygrl27 said...

wow! your cards are "classic" in style and I love your use of patterned paper! inspiring.

Peggy said...

Trudy's cards are amazing. I love all the details-coloring, sewing, ribbon, etc. God bless on your future endeavors.
Peggy

Ayelet said...

Trudy, your cards are really spectacular. Love them all and your classic style!
My year book pic? Uggggh, awful!

Andrea said...

Your cards are truly stunning, absolutely love the ladies head and the way its coloured. An inspired designer, an inspiration to all of us that try hard. Keep it up!!
Andrea xx
andrea@do-it.co.uk

Chen R. said...

Beautiful!
I just LOVE your cards!

Gracie said...

Wow!!! True's cards are beautiful! The coloring is gorgeous and colors and layouts are awesome! Congratulations True on being featured! =)

Denise @ Paper Gems said...

I'm -always- so happy for Trudy, she's my inspiration, I love EVERYTHING she makes! I'm her number -1- fan, as I met her when she started, seh as -always- been SO talented, and she's only getting BETTER!

sandyh50 said...

Trudy's cards are amazing! I can't believe all the detail and the intricate sewing and coloring! You found a great designer Marie!

Gayle said...

True,
I did go to your blog, too, because I think you truly are a talented lady. I can see why you were chosen as a designer...you are an amazing artist. I'll bet all those boys that saw you in your yearbook photos are now wishing they had paid more attention to you. You are beautiful as well as talented. Keep inspiring us with your talent!

Gayle Taylor
Abilene, TX
gaylememories@sbcglobal.net

Tonje said...

An endless supply of papers would be awesome... These are some truly beautiful cards - ALL of them.

IRIT SHALOM said...

TRUDY- YOUR CARDS ARE ADORABLE!! WARM CONGRATS!!!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

WOW, these cards are so nice! Especially the rose one! Love it!

Tracey said...

Oh my gosh Trudy, your cards are so gorgeous! You definitely are super talented girl. I just love that little unicorn card...wow!!
Hugs

Lynn said...

Congratulations Trudy for being the freatured artist. I love you cards. I especially love the one with the little frog on it.
My dd starting collecting frogs when she was aroud 13 because of the saying Fully Rely on God!! That was the theme for our youth group that year. Now that she is in her early 20's the frogs are all packed in storage bins in our attic. If the good Lord blesses her with a baby boy his room will be decorated with those frogs. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us. Have a blessed week!
Lynn in Conover NC
pls0818@aol.com

Marit Meijer. said...

WOW... This is just gorgeous!!!
I love these cards... especially the one with the lady's head!

Hugs, Marit.

Gail's Card Cafe' said...

BEAUTIFUL cards! Great colors and combo's! :) Congrats!

Sylvia said...

I really LOVE Trues work and her feeling for layouts and colours is wonderful. And I adore seeing her coloring! She takes coloring to perfection, I think!
{love} Sylvia

retiredheather said...

What a wonderful outlook on life you have. Your work is absolutely gorgeous and the article is a great read. I only wish I could say I have a tidy workspace like you. Congrats on being featured.
Hugs
Heather

SMK said...

You have such a wonderful sense of color, Trudy! love your works :)

Katie-Louise Oakley said...

Lovely cards! :) Love the frog one, that has to be my fav! xx

carmel said...

i love the card with the little pony!!!
and the one with the fish!!!

:-)

Bogner's said...

Year book pictures are not a good topic for me:( As for these amazing cards... they are gorgeous! I love all the nesties!

Vanessa said...

Wonderful cards!!! I especially like the rose card, this would have been perfect for mother`s day for my mother in law... Adorable!

Katarina said...

Oh my goodness I looove the cards you're making. I especially love the one with the unicorn. Amazing!!!
Thanks for sharing your talent.

frogers said...

Trudy's work is Sweet. Very talented.
Faye

Kwilt said...

Trudy...your cards are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! I will be linking your blog in my blogspot...the measily thing that it is...it's just so fasinating to look at everyones work, that I don't take the time to create myself! And the BC peeps here in blog land...Truly amazing! Such generous people!

huggs...Kathy

may-chu said...

wow! I really love all the stuff she makes!
great coloring of the stams, and great color combinations!
I like! :)