Paper Talk with Michelle from Australia

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Michelle thinks that the best thing about papercrafting is the community. She loves the papercrafting community groups on Facebook and all the online challenges. She has a lot of papercrafting friends who she has never met in person, but hopefully she will meet them in the future and they better be ready for many hugs!

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Who are you? Can you tell us about yourself?
My name is Michelle Lupton, and I love to make cards. I describe myself on my Instagram account as a card-making, choir-singing, cupcake-baking science nerd.

When did you start with paper crafting? Why did you start with papercrafting?
I’ve made cards for decades, but I used to make cards using calligraphy, dry embossing with brass plates, or painting illuminated letters. I played with stamps and inks when I was a child, but in adulthood, I bought my first stamp for cardmaking in 1998 – a Hero Arts happy birthday stamp that I still own! I enjoy the creative outlet of cardmaking, and I like the small canvas that I can finish relatively quickly – I don’t have the patience for crafts that take a lot longer!


What is the best thing about papercrafting?
The community. I really enjoy the papercrafting community groups on Facebook, such as “Share Handmade Kindness”. I also love all the online challenges that help build up the community. I coordinate the “Stay Crafty with A Blog Named Hero” challenge for Hero Arts. 

Have you made any mistakes when papercrafting and would you like to tell about it?
Oh, I make mistakes every time I make a card! LOL! I have ruined so many cards by dropping a stamp over an almost complete card, and I am notorious for putting my hand in wet Glossy Accents or liquid pearls! I’ve also spilled entire jars of embossing powder in my lap, once during a live video on Facebook!

What kind of paper projects do you make?
I mainly make cards, but I’ve also made tags, bookmarks, decorations, and one scrapbooking album.

How often do you craft?
As often as I can! Most weekends, and some days after work (and sometimes during my lunchbreak, too – a distinct advantage of working from home!)

Can you describe your style? Has your style changed since you started?
I am a clean and simple card maker at heart, with occasional diversions into messy and complicated!

Show us 3-5 of your favorite projects. Why are these your favorites?
My favourites are often rainbows. Or florals. Or rainbow florals.

What inspires you?
I love to follow fellow crafters on Instagram for inspiration. Sometimes, a stamp, die, stencil or embossing folder design provides inspiration.

Is there anything in paper crafting you would like to learn?
I am writing this just before Christmas, and Santa is bringing me a Glimmer machine, so I’m looking forward to learning all about hot foiling.

Can you mention five products/tools you cannot live without?

  • The MISTI – an absolute game changer. I went for many years thinking I didn’t really need one for stamping. I was wrong!
  • Ink blending brushes and The Ink Stand– I am heavy handed, but the brushes allow me to get a soft blend. The Ink Stand means I’m not chasing my ink pads all over my desk!
  • My die-cutting machines – Spellbinders Platinum 6 and Hero Arts compact cutter – I love and use both a lot!
  • Distress Oxide inks – I resisted getting them for so long, and now I don’t know what I would do without them!
  • Alcohol inks and Alcohol pearls from Tim Holtz/Ranger.

What is on top of your wish list right now?
Oh, too many things to list! But I try to narrow down my wish list so that I don’t go broke!

Who in the paper crafting community would you like to meet «in real life»? Why?
I am in Australia, and a lot of my cardmaking friends are in the US, UK, Europe, Canada, New Zealand – all over the world – so I have a LOT of papercrafting friends who I’ve never met in person. I hope that I will meet at least some of them sometime in the future, and I hope they’re ready for many hugs!

Can you describe your craftroom?
A lot more organised than it used to be, but it’s not ideal! It doubles as my work office, and used to be a bedroom, so still has a bed that I’d love to replace with a proper desk.

Where can we find you? (Blog, website, social media etc.)
Blog: Handmade by Michelle
Instagram: michelle_lupton
YouTube: Michelle Lupton
Facebook: Handmade by Michelle