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February 17, 2014

February Guest Designer: Monica

Happy Monday!
I am here with a really fun post.

Monica at TaylorMade4U Cards is our first guest designer for 2014!
She was chosen from our January winner of the Choose Your Challenge 
and we are so excited to share her lovely creations with you.

CRAZY IN LOVE Digital Stamp


Get to know more about Monica and
her crafting style by reading the questionnaire below. 

1) How and where did you hear about Fresh Brewed Designs?
I heard about FBD from one of your DT blog. She coordinates for another digi designer and I started following her.

2) How long have you been paper crafting? 
I have been paper crafting for about 17 years. I started scrapbooking when my son was born. My Mother in Law was into card making so I thought I would give it a try and got hooked. That was about 3 1/2 years ago.

3) Are there any tips you have leaned along the way that you would like to share with our readers? 
Maybe not so much a tip as advice. Don’t be afraid to try new techniques or tools. I have found with practice, we eventually master these new sometimes intimidating techniques. And we usually have a lot of fun along the way. I was not into digital images until about 6 months ago and felt that I would never be able to color images well enough. But with practice, I think I have really come a long way from my very first attempt.

4) What are your  GO TO colors when creating your projects?
My favorite style is the vintage/grunge, so I tend to lean towards the browns and earth tones.

5) What is your favorite card making technique?
Distressing by far is my favorite. I like to grunge up my designs. You will see this a lot in my cards.

6) Tell us a little about yourself and what gets your creative mojo brewing.
Hmm, that is a tough one. I usually have an idea where I am going with a project when I sit down to design, but many times go down a completely different path. I have compared my card making to a puzzle, You just keep trying different pieces until you get the finished picture. Not knowing exactly how the finished project is going to look inspires me to create. Of course if I truly am at a stand still , other designers finished projects often get me moving in the right direction.

This part of Monica's blog post made me smile :)

"Well, I want to thank Heather for featuring me this month on her lovely blog.
 I hear she is having quite a time with the weather in her neck of the woods, 
so hopefully she will be able to bundle up and enjoy a cup of that fine Java she loves so much!"

Please stop by Monica's blog to find out more about her lovely creations. 
Have a very happy and blessed day. 


  1. Thanks Heather so much for featuring my cards and my blog. It was a lot of fun creating with your cute little digis, exchanging emails with you and getting to know you a little better! Monica

  2. Fabulous cards, thanks so much for joining us!!

  3. So glad to have you sharing some of your crafty goodies with us this month! Adorable cards with adorable images...what could be better? OH...don't forget the coffee!!! LOL!


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