Get out of your comfort zone with Michelle Bertuzzi!

Moshi moshi friends! :) Today's guest is the lovely Michelle Bertuzzi of Jiroken. If you are a cardmaker, you already know her from Card Patterns...[she's my ex-boss!] because you love her sketches! Michelle's style is a lovely mix of kawaii, classy and chic. She shares with us how she organizes her craft supplies and is also hosting a challenge with a sweet prize! Yay!:)

But first, let's have a look at some of her awesome creations!


Hello! My name is Michelle Bertuzzi (also known as JiroKen on forums). Having a Japanese father, I was blessed to grow up with Origami, Washi papers and a lot of markers. Collecting markers & pens is a hobby I share with my dad. 

I hate crafting at night due to color indifferences. No matter how great your light is, nothing beats natural light so I squeeze it during the day when my eldest is in school or if my little one is napping. 

I don’t limit myself to any style. I like both vintage/shabby and CAS. It’s always great to stretch your boundaries. I’m an avid card maker but promised myself to do more layout pages about my kids this year. Apart from crafting, I also like to sew, draw, bake & gardening in the summer.

Must have tools: Craft knife (I’m left handed & I hate using scissors especially when I’m eyeballing something, I could never see the line where I’m supposed to cut! LOL.  I always leave my project overnight & come back the next day to see if I need to add something. It’s better to add than peeling off any unwanted embellishments.

I’m attaching a few photos of how I organize my stuff. I don’t have state of the art stuff but it works for me! Hope you can get a few ideas. 

Most of my supplies are categorized by type. Storage purchased from Michaels.

I keep my lace ribbons on wooden dowels for those delicate edges.

I have pre-cut/scored cardstock for my cards nearby my work table. Saves me time for those quick cards. 

I have my markers & pens within arm reach. I store them in a planter for easy access.

So, to challenge you ladies today, how about creating a project that is not your typical style? It’s great to expand our horizon and step out of our comfort zone for a minute.  Thanks so much for visiting today & hope that you get to play along with my little challenge. 


So, are you game to venture out of your comfort zone? And play along with this challenge? :)
I hope so because Michelle is offering up this sweet little prize for one lucky participant! :)

Please link up your "out of your comfort zone" creations using InLinkz (located at the end of the post) by Friday March 25.

As always, please leave a little love for my guest Michelle!
Arigato! :)


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Laurel said...

Yay Michelle! love Michelle!

~amy~ said...

woot woot for Michelle...hey, I didn't know you are a left-hander...so is my dd:) Love seeing your organization...will you come over to my place?? fun challenge!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Looks like fun!!!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeee Michelle! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Ujjwal said...

looks like fun!! I now have to rak my brains :D

Thanks for sharing your storage pics!!

Ash said...

Hey that is something I guess would love to push myself out for..... :)


Dora said...

her work is great and she is a lovely lady to!
But to scrap something not in my style...ow my that is difficult maybe I will try!

Anonymous said...

wow I wish i was that organised!!

Trotter said...

Hi Yvonne! Happy International Women's Day!!

Blogtrotter Two waits for you in Nice, tjough there is no Carnival on the post... ;)
Enjoy and have a great rest of the week!!

scrapsnsuch@gmail.com said...

Congrats Michelle, so enjoy your work!!! Yikes though, I have to go out of my comfort zone??? LOL!

Shalini said...

Great Challenge Michelle and Yvonne... Thanks for the chance:)

Lynnda said...

woohoo...great challenge...I always have fun with your GBC... just linked mine...hugs...thanks..xoxo

Mallika said...

lovely !
i just entered !
posted my blog hop entry !
thanx !

Divya said...

great - just used this opportunity to make a fabric card and learn wire writing :)

Cassie said...

I made a card...which is something I never do...they really do give me anxiety. I can bust out a banner in no time...but a card takes hours...and hours...AHHH!!! I linked up! Thanks for hosting!!

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Cheers, Yvonne.

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