Saturday, August 13, 2011

Sponsor Spotlight: Tracey Malnofski of The Stamping Boutique

This month our generous sponsor is The Stamping Boutique, a great source for rubber, clear acrylic and digital stamps.

We're having a chat with Tracey Malnofski, owner and designer for The Stamping Boutique. She's a professional artist and an active member of the Artist' Guild in her community. Tracey has quite a busy household with a husband, 3 teenagers, 5 mini-dachshunds and an Appaloosa mare. It's noisy, but she loves them all. In addition to her role at TSB, she's also a stamp artist for Unity Stamp Company and has also worked for InStyle Stamps, Squigglefly, and The Digi Shack. Her "Boutique" has it all - fairytale, whimsy, sentimental . . . and Candy!

So let's get to know Tracey better!

Q: The Stamping Boutique carries traditional rubber, acrylic and digital stamps. What would you say the advantages of each type of stamp are?

A: Versatility- The digital stamping world has taken off, artists/designers love some of the great features like being able to resize/combine digital images, easy storage, and instant gratification. However there are still several artists/designers that love to ink up those stamps, so I like to provide my customers both options.

Q: Do you have a favorite way of coloring in your great images from the Stamping Boutique?

Copics, of course. I also adore soft pastels and prismacolors.

Q: What are your favorite papercrafting tools?

A: I have to admit I'm a Unity addict. I probably have 1,000 Unity stamps. I also love to use all things from Cosmo Cricket, BasicGrey and Prima.

Q: You have lots of fun for The Stamping Boutique Blog followers. Can you tell us some of the things that happen on The Stamping Boutique blog?

A: We run our own challenge every 2 weeks. We also run a monthly challenge, where all you have to do is use a Stamping Boutique image to enter. We use this contest to pick our guest designers as well. We also host other fun things like blog hops.

I also have a place forum called The Latte Lounge, which is a place where women can come together, support each other, and build friendships.

Q: Finally, a question I ask absolutely everyone - what is your favorite part of being part of the stamping community?

A: I love to meet other designers and share helpful hints and tricks to learn as much about all crafty mediums. I love seeing all the different styles and interpretations of the talented designers/artists in the stamping community.

I would like to thank Tracey for spending time with us here at Gingersnap Creations! Make sure to visit The Stamping Boutique to see Tracey's great designs and her personal blog, My Little Art Blog, to see her art!

All artwork on this post by Tracey Malnofski. To visit her blog to find out more about each piece, simply click on the art.

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