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Saturday 3 March 2012

Meet Ms. March -- Alex Lundgren!

Bombshell Stamps' Ms. March, Alex Lundgren, is a fabulously talented and creative paper crafter! Learn more about her in the little interview below:

1. Brief info about yourself, including your name, where you live, your family (if you want), etc.
I'm Alex and I live in Boise Idaho. Yes, Boise State really DOES have blue turf and YES it is as bright as it looks on TV. Don't worry, I have been calling it Smurf Turf for decades :).

I have been married 16 years to a silently supportive and fabulous guy. He lets me do all my crazy stuff, craft and non-craft and accommodates it as best he can. He has not only allowed, but encouraged me to pretty much take over one end of our family room for creating and a lot of the garage for storage of crafty items. We have two boys, both teenagers, and they are pretty wonderful. Don't tell them that though because they might think we aren't such awful parents, lol!

2. How long have you been stamping and/or crafting?
I have always been a crafting dabbler. As a kid, one of my favorite activities was to cut potatoes and make stamps with them using tempura paint. The second favorite was those paint with water books. If you know what I am talking about then you know how old I am ;).

I was first 'officially' introduced to stamping at a D.O.T.S. party and thought it would be an inexpensive way to make a few cards. Okay, are you back in your chair now? I know, inexpensive and stamping/crafting do not belong in the same sentence! :) I love, love, LOVE all things paper crafty, mixed media, and altered. LOVE them!!!

3. What are your favorite Bombshell sets and why?
My very favorite Bombshell sets are all the Sugar Skulls set, but especially Dead Necessities with the lovely spider webs, just because I think they are AWESOME! I only recently purchased the Bombshell Angel set and I ADORE the versatility of her. Had I known how much I would love her, I would never have waited so long to purchase her.

4. What kind of projects do you like to do?
My favorite projects are the ones that create themselves. The ones where an idea starts to form in my head and I have the time and ability to just start pulling out supplies and go with it. Those are almost always altered items, so those are my favorite projects.

However, if I am trying to create an altered item that did not start this 'idea in my head I run with' manner, it is super difficult for me to do. So, sometimes altered items are my bane. Such a mixed feeling about them.

There are also a ton of altered projects I have ideas for and want to create, but then I have no idea what I would do with the finished project. I don't know if anyone else has this problem, but sometimes I am just too practical for my own creative good. I keep thinking, "what would I do with it?", instead of just creating and enjoying the process.

5. What are your favorite coloring mediums?
For just coloring images, I would have to say alcohol based markers. I use all different brands including BIC, Sharpie, Prismacolor, and a few Copics. I think they all work well and it has been about what I can afford, have easy access to, and gives me the colors I want. They are what I go to and think give me the best results.

I would LOVE to be able to use my colored pencils better. They are my favorite medium when I see things created by others. I also want to learn to paint/color with my distress inks. They create such a beautiful water color look.

6. Describe your crafting "style".
I always find this question to be very difficult. I don't think I have a 'style' but everyone tells me I do. Basically, I just make stuff and it turns out how it does.

7. Describe your crafting process. Do you start with a stamp set? A sketch? A technique you want to use?
This varies so much from project to project. I rarely start with a sketch, but use them a lot, usually when I have a stamp set I want to use and look for sketches to create the finished card or layout.

I look through challenges a lot for starting ideas. I don't necessarily join them and often it is an older challenge or I have written down the idea and get to it much later.

Techniques are a great source of inspiration for me. That and just looking through galleries of things other people have created. Not to copy, but I get inspired and I get excited to create. That is when the things I am happiest with emerge.

8. Do you have any other hobbies?
Oh boy, do I! Paper crafting is my first love, but I also crochet, knit, dabble in sewing, and anything else I can get my hands on.

I intentionally have not learned to make jewelry because I don't have room for any more hobby supplies. I am also a prolific reader. I love movies and good television shows.

I recently have added the hobbies of running and obstacle racing. I have to say that I had never, ever run before except that forced time around the track in P.E. and I hated every second of it. I love to watch sports, but not play. A few years ago I completely tore my ACL and ended up having it replaced. I experienced a ton of freak complications and it took almost 3 years to get cleared for use. At that point I decided if I was going to pay that much for the knee I was going to use it. While I was recovering, many of my friends had started the Couch to 5k program and I wanted to join in. Being my normal self, I bought the running shoes and then over-thought everything. I didn't start because what if I did it wrong? Just over a year ago I joined a local running group with a dear friend to learn the proper way to run. Turns out that once I get past the first mile or two I actually enjoy running. Who knew? I completed a marathon last October and just recently completed a Spartan Sprint with two of my brothers in AZ. The Spartan consisted of 8 1/2 miles and 20'ish obstacle. It was a total BLAST and I can hardly wait to participate in more of these races.

9. Free for all including little facts, etc. about you.

I thought that some fun little facts would be to include a few of the things from my "100 Things to do before I die" list. I would call it a Bucket List, but since I started this list about 12 years ago, that term wasn't around then, so it is still my 100 things list :)
• Take a graveyard tour in New Orleans.
• Write a book.
• Visit Venice.
• Attend a professional football game.
• Learn to play drums.
• Visit Salem, Mass.
• Sit on a balcony on the cliffs in Greece overlooking the bright blue water and enjoy the view for as long as I want.
• So many more. At least I was able to cross off the marathon and can move on to the fun ones, lol!

Now that you've learned more about Alex, check out her three favorite Bombshell projects:

I know you'll want to see more of Alex's fabulous work, so here are links to her blog and her Bombshell Gallery!


  1. I really enjoyed reading your interview, Alex.

    When it comes to altered projects, "what will I do with it" is always my stopping point too. As much fun as I'd have, then what? You can only give away so much, hang so much etc.

    Congrats on your Spartan run and your marathon. Your next race is just around the corner and I'm so excited for you.

  2. Hi Alex,you creations are wonderful! Loved readimg your interview and the 100 to do list made me smile..:) I am very impressed you finished a marathon,that is such a difficult thing to accomplish,well done girl!!

  3. Alex, I just love reading about you! It's so great to learn all of these things. You are so damn talented, and you are so right for this team! You are an inspiration in many facets of life, and I am honored to be your friend! You rawk!!!