Reader of the Week: Maria Bell


Let me introduce you to the talented Maria Bell.  Maria is such a warm and friendly blogger, interacting with her readers both by personal message and on her blog, Stampin Inspirations by Maria Bell.

Maria is very busy running four blogs:  Stampin Inspirations, The Cafe Corner Book Club, Photo Inspirations, and Christmas Stampin’ All Year Long.  Maria keeps busy with her design team duties with Little C’s, The Greeting Farm, In Style Stamps, Pink Cat Studio and Inky Impressions.  She is also a resident instructor with Scor Pal.

With all her professional and home life duties, I asked Maria what her typical day is like.  Here is her reply:

My typical day starts with my driving my daughter to school.  That’s first and foremost.  When I return from dropping her off to school, I would start on chores and other important “life” obligations.  When I have the time, I will check my emails which usually is a daunting task of filtering through them.  I typically have over 20 emails per day from various sources.  I’m in my studio at least once a day but there are days when I don’t step in it at all.  I have a laptop computer downstairs in the kitchen and a desktop in my studio so many times, to check my email, blogging, etc. I can do it from my laptop.  When I am in my studio, I usually spend an hour there, sometimes more depending on a project I’m creating.

Maria is known for her numerous tutorials, both step-by-step photo and video.  When asked what her favourite tutorial is, she told me that it is the CD Envelope Shaker Card.  Putting together tutorials is a lot of work and it takes her a minimum of two hours to complete a video tutorial.

Maria likes to use Copic markers.   Copics are becoming very popular.  Maria has oodles and oodles of them.  If you are considering getting some Copics, Maria suggested getting the following:

Any flesh colored markers is a good start:  EOO, EOO1, etc  I do recommend that you choose your most favorite colors (pink, red, blue, green, etc.) and purchase 3 shades/tones of the same color group. . .a dark, a medium, and a light shade. This will give you the markers needed to shade and highlight.  I rarely use the colorless blender marker but many stampers do use it.  I prefer to shade and highlight with different shades of the same color group.

Please stop by Maria’s site and let her know you read about her here.

Want a chance to have your day in the spotlight?  Simply leave a comment on any post throughout the week, and your name gets entered into the draw.

For a complete list of my tutorials, please click on the tab at the top of the page.

Posted on : May 13 2009
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8 People have left comments on this post

May 14, 2009 - 06:05:17
Shelly said:

It was wonderful to see Maria featured here. Her cards are gorgeous!!! I learn alot from heer tutorials too.

May 15, 2009 - 06:05:25
Kay said:

Wow! What an inspiring artist to feature. Great post . . .

May 15, 2009 - 10:05:18
Kim H said:

WOW this is stunning! I am head on over to her blog now! I have to tell you that I love love love this feature you do each week! I sooooo look forward to it!

May 15, 2009 - 10:05:58
margie said:

Yea for Maria! I’m so happy to see her featured here! She is such a wonderful person to know; and her creations are exquisite! Maria inspires me in so many ways 🙂

May 16, 2009 - 12:05:52
Maria said:

Hi Beth!! Thank you for picking me as your reader of the week! I so appreciate that you thought of me. I’m not sure I deserve it but thank you!! You’re a sweetheart!!


May 16, 2009 - 01:05:38
Ila said:

Wow!!…just lovely Beth!!…Maria is such a Fabulous Artist and totally deserves this!!…Hugs, Ila

May 16, 2009 - 09:05:46
Danni said:

I just love Maria and her work! Great to learn more about her!

May 16, 2009 - 04:05:12
Darlene L said:

I am a subscriber to Maria’s blog–thanks for choosing her. Her artwork always amazes me and I enjoy her chatter.

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