Sunday, October 31, 2010

Introducing Erin Calhoun-Mangat

Erin has experience in many different jobs, but she tells us that she has never regretted buying the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit.  Before that, none of the jobs felt “right” to her.  Now, Erin looks forward to a new workday and wants to make a career out of paper crafting!  She sells Stampin’ Up! products, teaches classes, and also sells and donates her finished paper-crafted creations.  She has made many new friends, and laughingly tells us that her calendar has gone from “Free all the time” to “Let me go check that day”!

Erin’s favorite product is the Big Shot because of its versatility.  She loves that it can emboss paper for new textures or designs, or cut shapes with just a few cranks of the handle.  She’s anxiously awaiting the arrival of her Fancy Favor Die – she ordered it and can’t wait to make the Christmas favors and other 3D projects like luminaries that she’s seen on so many blogs!  Erin finds much of her inspiration from card swaps that she participates in, as well as from online stamping forums, as she says it is a great place to learn new techniques and color schemes.   She also loves going to events, especially those that Stampin’ Up! hosts – she has learned many new techniques and remembers many a time that she’s come home the same day to make a bunch of samples that utilize new techniques that she’s been shown.  

Because of Erin’s background in designing (Graphic/Web Design and Production, as well as a stint making Costume Jewelry), Erin loves patterns and paper.  She tells us that she buys paper because of the color or design of it, buys journals because of the pattern, and feels that her strength is in gluing!  She tells us that she loves glue almost as much as she loves paper, and has fun experimenting with the different types of glue that Stampin’ Up! has.  She loves the sticky tape as it is fantastic for 3D projects, but also loves Crystal Effects, and says that she uses it on probably every three out of five projects! Erin says that the Snail Adhesive is her “best friend”, especially at Christmas-time, and she enjoys watching people open her gifts as they try to figure out where the tape went!  

As for stamping secrets, Erin tells us that Home Depot is a great place to find material to use for her projects:  she loves to use the bathroom tiles, washers, metal sheeting and even paint chips in her projects for truly amazing effects!  

We can’t wait to see what Erin has used to make her projects truly spectacular for the Royal Blog Tour!

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