Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Welcome to the team!



We are super excited to announce two new additions to our family of blogs! We are please to announce that Robyn Wood and Teresa Abajo will be joining Edna Morrisedie, Kate Palmer, Kathy Jones and Sharmaine Kruijver on Copic Oz, The X-Press It Blog and of course, Inspiration Lane!

We thought that it would be fun to ask this group of clever ladies a few quick questions, so we can all get to know them a little better... 


Designer:  Robyn Wood (Queensland)


Tell us a little bit about your family. Any pets? 
My husband Brian and I have two boys, Josh (19) a keen mountain biker and Chris (16) a talented musician. Our house is filled with music and way too many bicycles!  We have two canine fur babies – Zed a whippet and Xena an English Toy Terrier. Now that Zed has learnt not to chew up my brushes, glue sticks & tubes of paint, he is turning into a brilliant art dog! I just have to get him out of the habit of ripping up painty paper towel from the bin.

Where do you look for inspiration?
It’s a cross between Instagram and Pinterest.  I follow a bunch of papercraft and mixed media artists on Instagram who provide daily inspiration. I also follow a great group of bloggers with the Flipboard app on my iPad – there is always something new to explore.

Who are some of your favourite YouTubers?
I enjoy videos Carolyn Dube and Dyan Reaveley – they are always so much fun to watch!  I also love the creativity of Jennifer McGuire and Donna Downey.

What’s your dream project, if time, money and materials were not a limitation?
To create an art journal page every day for a month, using different supplies on each one.

What materials challenge you?
Anything new! I love to get my hands on the latest ‘new’ materials and spend time playing with them, learning techniques and limitations and coming up with interesting projects.  Colour wise, neutral colours really challenge me as I’m a ‘colour’ girl!

Do you have any crafty goals?

To have a project or better an article published in a Stampington magazine.  Being on this team and having an article published in the current Bespoke magazine have ticked off two big goals so I need to think about some more!  

Designer:  Teresa Abajo (Victoria)

Tell us a little bit about your family. Any pets?  I have one husband, three children and one dog called Max.

What music gets you going? Lounge, soul, acid jazz, Latin, funk, fusion, classical, opera, Gregorian chants ……my music tastes are varied and what I have playing will depend on my mood and the project I have going on.

What's your favourite colour?
Oooooh…I’d have to say turquoise today.

What’s your favourite holiday to celebrate? My childrens’ birthdays are the most fun to celebrate these days…..all of the secret preparations, selecting gifts, the cake and the squeals of delight as they experience their moment in the limelight puts a smile on my face.

What’s your dream project, if time, money and materials were not a limitation? My ultimate aim is to take over the rumpus room and convert it to a craft space with room for a few friends, a comfy couch and lots of art on the walls.

Designer:  Edna Morrisedie (Queensland)



What music gets you going?  OneRepublic is on repeat at the moment, especially lyrics like... "everything that kills me makes me feel alive!" and "I owned every second that this world could give, I saw so many places, the things that I did.."

Tell us a little bit about your family. Any pets?  No Husband, No Children, No Pets, No Living Plants, plenty of Stamps!

Favourite snack when crafting? Definitely lollies, preferably the soft white ones with a coloured top, like strawberries and cream, or racing cars.
DST:  Definitely 6mm, the perfect in between, easily spliced for smaller projects, and double railed for thickness!

What’s your dream project, if time, money and materials were not a limitation?   Think industrial chic converted warehouse, double height entry or living area with one whole wall dedicated to 1m square canvases, all painted with different mixed medias, all in a pink, red, cream and silver colour scheme....

Do you have any crafty goals? To revisit my long lost days of collage stamping, incorporating mixed media.


 Designer:  Kate Palmer (Queensland)
Tell us a little bit about your family. Any pets?   Just my hubby and I and our 2 spoiled Birman cats, though my parents visit often, as do my brother and his family.


Where do you do your crafting?  In a walkway into my main bedroom

What music gets you going?  Depends on the day, currently loving Happy by Pharell Williams and I See Fire by Ed Sheeran

What's your favourite colour? 
Aqua, Lilac, Jade Green – I can never decide between these 3

Where do you look for inspiration? 
I love Pinterest, books, nature, colour palette sites – honestly almost everything inspires me

What’s your dream project, if time, money and materials were not a limitation?   
If I had the skill I’d love to make a mixed media wall art piece with a metal frame and covered with copic inks, I saw something like this by a metalsmith on Pinterest and fell in love with the idea.

 Designer: Kathy Jones (Queensland)


Tell us a little bit about your family. Any pets?  Married, three primary school children, no pets…..three kids is enough

Where do you do your crafting?  In a large room downstairs that shares with a lot of my kids books and toys!

Where do you look for inspiration? Often sketches and Pinterest

Do you have any crafty goals?  To try more mixed media

What was the last thing you created? Cards…..always cards….. :)

Designer: Sharmaine Kruijver (Tasmania)

Tell us a little bit about your family.  There’s me. There’s my husband Dave and there’s our four daughters. He’s an engineer, I’m a teacher’s aide and they keep us busy.

Any pets? One terrier cross called Mr Harry Higgins.

Where do you do your crafting? I have a trestle table set up in the “walkthrough” area between our lounge room and kitchen. Perfect for still being present but horrid for when I need to focus!

What music gets you going? ANY! Seriously! My Spotify is a varied mix of genres and artists. Indie, pop, folk, rock or metal, you’ll find it in my playlists. Some of the recent additions are songs from Jessie J, Foster the People and Kodaline.


What's your favourite drink?
Coffee!! Black with one or a latte. Don’t mind which!