Welcome to another Featured Artist/Designer Spotlight. Today we’re thrilled to welcome Susan Opel!
When I turned 39, my life changed drastically. After receiving a BA in English from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI, I spent 16.5 years teaching English, art, and religion to students in Illinois, Nevada, and Indiana. One day I decided that I wasn’t excited about teaching anymore. I wanted to expand my world.
In a dramatic leap of faith, I took a position at Paper Crafts magazine, quit teaching, and moved across the country to pursue a dream job. For 6 1/2 years I worked (can you really call it that?) as an editor for Paper Crafts, connecting with cool creative people from all over the globe. I forged relationships and friendships with scrapbookers, card makers, and manufacturers.
I reveled in the creativity that surrounded me, and I couldn’t imagine NOT being a part of the industry.
One day that little magazine shut down for good, but God knew what he was doing. I’m now thrilled to be continuing my career in the creative industry as the Creative Ambassador for My Favorite Things, a premiere stamp and die company with some of the CUTEST designs out there, the best product, the most amazing design team, five star customer service, and a group of dedicated and seriously awesome employees. I get to look at pretty designs and cheer people on in their creativity every single day. It’s pretty awesome. Really.
I also love to find inspiration for color combinations from real life or online. This card was inspired by this amazing pair of earrings that I bought at Charming Charlie. I can’t tell you how fabulous I feel when I wear them! For more color inspiration, I invite you to participate in the MFT Color Challenges with my design team and me.
- Stamps: (Friends Like Us) My Favorite Things
- Paper: (Black Licorice, Grout Gray, Blu Raspberry, Lemon Drop, Orange Fizz, Cotton Candy, Razzle Berry) My Favorite Things
- Ink: (Black Licorice) My Favorite Things
- Dies: (Flamingos, Blueprints 20, Blueprints 25, Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle STAX) My Favorite Things
- Accents: (rhinestones) Close To My Heart and (Wink of Stella) Zig Kuretake
We hope you have enjoyed today’s project courtesy of Susan Opel.
If you are looking to see more from Susan, she hosts the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog with a talented design team and at least one challenge every week! http://www.cardchallenges.com/
You can also find Susan in the following place: