Sunday, August 2, 2009

In the Limelight!


With August comes a sad farewell to the lovely and talented Theresa Momber as our Limelight Designer. I don't know about you, but each week I seemed to have to pick my jaw up off the floor with another one of her drop dead gorgeous creations! Thank you Theresa! I loved the way you showed us each step in your creative process!

As we say goodbye to Theresa, we say "hello" to another fabulously talented artist, who will be gracing the pages of the Flourishes Newsletter each Sunday in August! Let's give a warm welcome to.....

I came across Makiko's work during one of our challenges that we use to kick off a new release. I clicked on one of her cards, then went to her gallery, then found myself hopping over to her blog just amazed at the way she puts a very unique style into each and every card and creation. I was over the top elated when she said that she would be love be here with you on Sundays in August to share some of her creative process!

To get ready for her debut next weekend, we asked Makiko to share a little bit about herself!

Konnichiwa minasan (Hello everybody!). My name is Makiko Jones. People call me "Maki" or "Makiko" and my husband calls me "monkey" sometimes. :) I have been married to Troy for 14 years and we have one daughter (11) and one son (8). I also have 3 furry kids (cats) - Handy Andy, Mustang Sally and Titanium Ty.


I was born and grew up in Tokyo, Japan until I got married. After 13 years of moving around the world as a military family, we finally settled in the small town of Waskom, Texas. Although I was blessed to live in different places and meet many wonderful people, I'm very happy the moving life is over!

My love of arts was started at very young age. My late father was an oil painter and I used to watch him painting in his studio for hours. One of my favorite things to do when I was a child was coloring. I guess it was natural that I was immediately hooked on stamping when I was introduced to it at an SU! workshop. I've enjoyed this hobby for about 5 years now and have become more serious about it in the last 2 years -- ever since I started uploading my cards on my SCS gallery. All the encouragement and kind words make me keep stamping!

When I got my first Flourishes stamp set, I fell in love with their classic & elegant style. I just enjoy the process of making cards every time I use their stamps. I'm still shocked they've asked me to be the Limelight Designer for August . I don't even know what kind of mess I will make next few weeks :O Hopefully it will be a beautiful mess and you will enjoy seeing my projects as much as I enjoy creating them :) Thank you Flourishes for giving me this wonderful opportunity. xoxo


Thanks Makiko! We know when you create, it won't be a "mess" at all! :-) Just to prove that point to the rest of you, we thought we'd share some of our favorite Makiko Jones creations.....

I absolutely love this tag that she created to adorn a seashell jar using our Seaside Life set.
When she made this creation using the Life, Love and Lemons set, she just brought this fruit to life on paper!

And isn't the coloring gorgeous on this vibrant card using our Poppy Patch set? I think so!

We hope you'll join Makiko each Sunday during August! We know she is sure to WOW and we can't see what she cooks up!
Thanks for stopping by!

12 comments:

smallcity said...

Congratulations Maki, i can't wait to see what you create, i love every card you make. (remember the day you came over and brought your boxes of cards for us to look at?) We looked at the cards over and over in awe of your work.

smallcity

Silke Ledlow said...

OMG - GF - this is so fun!!!! Congratulation being in the *Limelight*!!! You already know how much I adore your style and creations!!! Hugs ~S~

Sewflake said...

Welcome Maki, your coloring is just absolutly wonderful and the attention to detail in every project is just perfect. I look forward to taking a look at your work every Sunday this month.

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Makiko san, congratulations on this totally awesome gig!!! As a follower of yours you already know how much I enjoy your creations. You have that special touch on all of your cards that make each and every one of them a piece of ART!!!! Again, congratulations. Hugs, Sabrina

flourishes said...

Flourishes (me,too) is pleased to have you as our Limelight designer for August. I always say that we see the most awesome art from challenge participants and you were one of those that caught our eye in a big way. You deserve this distinction, thank you so much for sharing this Birthday month with us.
Polymer Hugs,
Jan Marie

Carol said...

Congratulations Makiko - I know you'll be a wonderful addition to Flourishes this month! Your work is always beautiful and I enjoy everything you create!

ChristineCreations said...

Welcome Maki! I know you'll do beautiful work in the Limelight! :) You have such beautiful style!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Maki, you KNOW I'm such a huge fan of yours. I love seeing your cards and visiting your blog, and I'm super excited to see that you'll be featured all month long here on the Flourishes blog. All your creations posted today are SUPERB!!

Makiko Jones said...

Thank you all very much for the wonderful & kind words about my work :) I just want you to know they mean to me so much!! {stamp hugs} ~Maki

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Beautiful work! Congrats on beingo ut Limelight for August! Look foward to seeing more work from you.

Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

I don't live far from you Miko. I am in Pleasant Hill, LA, about one hour south of Waskom. Maybe one time we can get together.o Have a great day and your cards are lovely.

Latisha said...

Welcome!! I hope you enjoy your month long stay!!
hugs
latisha