My Crafting Resumé

Objective:
I seek work with manufacturers and magazines who value creativity, ingenuity, flexibility, loyalty, and strict attention to details and deadlines.

I enjoy writing and am available to write tips and technique articles featuring various product lines. I also can help write and edit newsletters or blogs.

I am free to travel to teach, do demonstrations, and conduct make and takes.

Contact Information:
Blog: http//kathstales.blogspot.com
Email: merkattwo@yahoo.com

Styles and Techniques:
My style is eclectic, but tends to be clean, linear, and classic. Detailed touches using rubber stamps, layered papers, diecuts, or punch art add visual interest to my projects.

I love to experiment with new techniques, media, and products to create cards, journals, altered art, and scrapbook layouts.

Published Work:

Magazines
Just Mixed Media, Volume 2
"Thinking of You" card, p. 46
"Happy Bird Day" card, p. 46
"Gnotes" altered notebook, p. 73

Just Steampunk! Volume 10
"Clock" canvas, p. 62
"Listen to Your Heart", p. 62
"Steampunk Journal 3", p. 89
"Steampunk Skull" card, p. 92
"Steampunk Turtles" card, p. 92
"Steampunk Dragon" card, p. 92
"Take Flight" card, p. 92
"Green Steampunk Girl" card, p. 93
"Steampunk Peg Thanks" card, p. 93
"Adventure Awaits" card, p. 93
"Monkey Man Steampunk" tag, p. 93
"Steampunk Moth" tag, p. 93
"Steampunk Nautilus" journal page, p. 94
"Time Flies" journal page, p. 94
"Adventure Awaits" card, p. 94

Just Steampunk! Volume 9
"Steampunk Penguin" tag", p. 101
"Steampunk Seahorse" journal page, p.101

Just Steampunk! Volume 8
"Phone Lady and Gent" card, p.96
"Phone Gent" card, p. 96
"Meow" card, p. 96
"Port Hole" card, p. 96

Just Steampunk! Volume 7
"Steampunk Journal, Volume 1",  p. 95
"Steampunk Penguin" card, p. 95

Just Steampunk! Volume 6
"Mindworks" Wall Hanging, p. 64
"Feeling Crabby" card, p. 89

Just Steampunk! Volume 2
"Tick Tock" Wall Hanging, p. 73
"Mechanical Cat" card, p. 99
"Adventure" card, p. 99

Just Cards
Volume 6
“Copper Dragonfly” card, p. 43

Volume 5
"Butterfly Flight" card, p.18
"Asian Forest" card, p. 53
"Best Wishes" card, p. 96

Scrap and Stamp Arts Magazine
"Steampunk Journal, Volume 2, pp. 24-25
November 2006 issue
"Give Thanks" card, p.22

December 2006 issue
“Wishing you...” card, cover, p.4, and p.22

February 2007 issue
"Asian Lady" card, p. 49

Stampers’ Sampler
Second Quarter, 2015
"When Witches", p.  71

Third Quarter, 2012
"Wishing You", p. 43

Second Quarter, 2012
“Congratulations” card, p. 44
“Happy Anniversary” card, p. 44

PaperCrafts Magazine
November 2010 issue
"Enjoy" gift card holder, p. 23

September 2008 issue
"Orange you sweet?" card (appeared online)
Thumbnail on p. 66

You Go Girl – special issue
July 2007
“Shopping Trip” card, p. 40

March, 2007 issue
“Merci Bouquet” card, p.52

Card Creations 4
"Wanted" card, p. 112
"Bon Voyage" card, p. 109

Card Maker Magazine
Winter 2012 issue
“A Purrfect Pair”, p. 69

January 2012 issue
“Love makes the world go ‘round”, p. 40

November 2011 issue
“Happy Hanukkah”, p. 64

September 2011 issue
"With Sympathy" card, p, 36

March 2011 issue
“Happy St. Patrick’s Day” card, p. 48

November 2010 issue
“Celebrate the Miracle”, p. 62
“Hanukkah Dreidel”, p. 63
“Hanukkah”, pp. 64-65

July 2010 issue
"Luau" invitation, appeared online

January 2009 issue
"Happy New Year"card, appeared online

November 2008 issue
"Happy Hannukkah" card, p.42-43

Cards Magazine
October 2007 issue
"Boo" Tag, p.43

Crafts 'N Things
June 2011 issue
"Magical Birthday" card, p.82

February 2011 issue
"Purrfect Together" card, p. 31
"Happy Valentine's Day" card, appeared online

February 2009 issue
"A Valentine for my love" card, p. 65

June 2008 issue
"So Tweet" and "Happy Bird Day" Cards
Card and step-out photos, pp. 83-85
A watercoloring and masking technique tutorial is online on the magazine's website.

GiftMaker Magazine
May/June 2008
"Band-Aid Tin & Gift Card"

April 2008 issue
"My Writing" Altered Journal

Rubber Stamper Magazine
March/April 2007 issue
“Dragonfly” card, p. 83

May/June 2007 issue
“Create” Artist Trading Card, p. 43

Vamp Stamp News
November 2011 issue
"Witching Hour" card, p. 8

September 2007 issue
Post-it Note book, p. 26 & Back Cover

Cat Fancy
“Basket Case”, Scrapbook layout, p. 83

Digital Publications
Altered Arts
Hanukkah gift tin

Steampunk Butterfly card

Books
Alpha Books/Penguin:
Scrapbooking for Dummies
“Chanukah 2004” scrapbook layout, p.73

C and T Publishing
Scrap Your Stuff
"A Day at Shea" scrapbook layout, pp. 81-83

Memory Makers Books
Creative Cardmaking for Scrapbookers
“Happy Chanukah”, p. 36
"Celebrate the Miracle” cards, p.36

501 Great Scrapbook Page Ideas
“Winter Colors” scrapbook layout, p.104

Pet Pages Unleashed
“The Rose” scrapbook layout, p.54

Celebrating Holidays Scrapbook Style

“Our Chanukah Party” scrapbook layout, p.30-31

Scrapbook Pages Starring Your Baby

“World Traveler” scrapbook layout, p.68-69

QuicKutz Books:
Scrapbook Storytelling
“Hunting for Easter Eggs”, header only

Projects that appeared in advertisements for:
Third Coast Rubber Stamps
Halloween 2011 ad

FiberMark Advertisements
February 2007
“Join Me!” card

January 2007
“Parker’s Western Container”

Maisy Mo Designs
Winter 2006 Brochure
"Rerek Family Thanksgiving Recipes” minibook

Basic Grey's Newsletter
Retailer's Design Team Spotlight
Halloween layout, January 2005

Creekbank Creations' Brochure
“Clowning Around” scrapbook layout, Fall 2004

Design Teams

The Stamp Doctor
October 2017 - present

I Brake for Stamps
September 2015 – October 2017

Frantic Stamper 
June - September 2017: Guest Designer

Mixed Media Art: Article Writer Team Member
May 2014 – present

Stampotique Originals
January 2014 – June 2017

Susana's Custom Art and Design
September 2012 – October 2016

Outlawz: Alcohol Markers Friday Challenges
March 2014 – December 2015

Bombshell Stamps
January 2009 - September 2014
As Design Team Captain, I wrote Bombshell's newsletter and created card sketches for challenges. I also had regular design team duties.

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps
Guest Designer – August 2013

Kenny K’s Krafty Krew
January 2013 – March 2013

Third Coast Rubber Stamps
January 2011 – October 2011

Smeared and Smudged/Smeared Ink
December 2009 - September 2010

justjohanna/Odd Bird Planet Stamps
June 2007 - June 2009 (company closed)
In addition to designing cards and projects, I ghost-wrote Johanna's blog and edited the newsletter.

FiberMark
May 2006 - March 2007 (team disbanded)

Maisy Mo Designs
October 2005 - December 2006 (company defunct)

Scraptalk.com
January 2004 - February 2007

ScrapBasics.com
July 2004 - July 2005 (store closed)

The Cardstock Club
July 2003 - February 2004(club closed)

Trade Shows:

Displayed Work:
CHA, Winter 2007 — FiberMark
”Parker’s Western Container”
Badge Clips
"Join Me", "Rose Thank You", "What's Mew?", "Rosh Hashanah", "Bar-B-Que", "Senior Year Checklist", and "Daisies" cards

I designed and created Badge Holders that were distributed with FiberMark’s press kits.

Memory Trends, October 2006 — FiberMark
“Rose Thank You”, “What’s Mew?”, “Rosh Hashanah”, and “Daisies” cards

CHA, Summer 2006 — Maisy Mo Designs
“My Writing”, “My Diary”, and “My Garden Journal” altered journals as well as “Duchess, Queen of the Jungle” layout

CHA Winter, 2006 — Maisy Mo Designs
“My Writing”, “My Diary”, and “My Garden Journal” altered journals as well as “Duchess, Queen of the Jungle” layout

Memory Trends, October 2005 — Maisy Mo Designs
Several cards and layouts

Trade Shows: Make and  Takes
CHA Winter 2007:
FiberMark: Matchbook Card demonstrating a special inking technique on glossy textured paper.

CHA Winter 2006:
C and T Publishing: Transparency memorabilia pocket Make and Take based on my layout in their book.

Demonstrations/Teaching
November 2009
Stamping Around Philly
I taught a crayon resist technique class to a group of 45 people. We made a Post-It notebook and a card.

September, October, November 2008
AC Moore, Watchung, New Jersey
As a Preferred Sizzix Instructor, I taught classes to showcase the versatility of the Sizzix Big Kick machine. Each class spotlighted a different technique and project.

Certifications and training

August 2012: Copic Intermediate Certification
August 2011: Copic Certification