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Thursday, January 06, 2011

Creative Team Spotlight: Eva Dobilas

Each month at the begining of the month I am going to feature one of my creative team members so you can get to know them.  This Month, I'm starting with Eva Dobilas.  I love her flair for design and bright color choices.  I know I enjoyed getting to know her better, I hope you will too!

Love card created by Eva Dobilas with Ooh La La collection by Samantha Walker for Creative Imaginations.
Eva used Silhouette dies: artisan_rectangular_C00444_19210abstract_flourish_border_C00447_19210
I interviewed Eva, and this is what she said:

Q: What is your favorite technique?
A: I don’t have a favorite technique per se, I simply like to try new things that attract me. Sometimes, it’s an old technique, that is was just rediscovered strikes me and gets me inspired to create. One thing I love is using my Silhouette, so if that can be called a technique, than that would be it

Eva used papers and stickers and ribbon from Sweet Tooth and Christmas in the Kitchen collections by Samantha Walker for Creative Imaginations.
Q: Where did you learn how to design?
A: I have been creating for 13 years or so, and throughout these years I learned a lot from my peers, just perusing magazines, online galleries, and I have been fortunate to take classes from well known artists and you could say I picked up a lot of things from them. But I always say, if one has the passion for something, they will learn everything that helps them to achieve their goal and my heart is in designing, so you could say I have done a lot of “homework” and practiced a lot. It’s been a fun journey and it’s something that I am still on as I continue to grow.
Eva used Silhoutte die joy_word_snowflake__C01091_19210  to create this ornament.
Q: What influences your design choices?
A: I lot of things can influence my design choices, not all at once, of course, but here are a few to mention. Silhouette shapes, colors, textures, papers, fabrics, stamps, coloring mediums….
This card was created with papers from the Ooh La La collection by Samantha Walker for Creative Imaginations.
Q: Who are your artsy inspirations...
A: Throughout my years of drooling over gorgeous creations done by other designers, I have collected a lot that inspire me and that I just adore. Here are a few, but really there are so many designers that I just love, so it’s hard to narrow them down to just a few: Amy Sheffer, Betsy Veldman, Jennifer McGuire, Tim Holtz, Christine Middlecamp.

Q: What do you enjoy doing besides crafting and designing…
A: I enjoy cooking, baking, in fact I am thinking of writing a dessert book based on my mom’s recipes, which are all incredibly amazing Hungarian yummy pastries, nothing like that on the market and everyone should have something sweet in their life…lol. I also love to knit, and just recently made a really pretty scarf for my hubby. My other favorite thing to do is reading anything spiritual and coaching people to change their perception about things that may have held them back in the past and help them achieve happiness and peace in their life.
Eva used paper and stickers from Wanna Be a Cowboy collection by Samantha Walker for Creative Imaginations. She used Silhouette Die set: 3_nesting_artisan_shapes_C00493_19210  

Eva is quite creative, and has shared with us a step by step to create this fun embellished T-shirt.
Eva was inspired by a technique she learned from Amy Tangerine’s t-shirts and also her son’s sweatshirt design inspired me to do this.

1. You will need a t-shirt, fabric and Silhouette machine.

 Silhouette SD Machine Lot - w/Extra Blade Mat Pens
2. Cut out Love Letters Silhouette shape and cut large enough design for t-shirt. Eva used fabric from the Enchanted Garden collection by Samantha Walker for Riley Blake Design. Eva also used Silhouette die: love_letters_C00754_19210 

3. Trace pattern on the fabric and cut it out, leaving enough space around it, so you can stitch around it.

4. Turn t-shirt inside out and place the cut out fabric on the inside, where you would want your design to be.

5. Hand stitch on the traced line.

6. Once all stitched, turn t-shirt right side out and cut t-shirt inside the stitched lines, so the fabric will show through.

And the end result gives you a designer t-shirt.


  1. Wow Eva always amazes me and she is just as sweet in her heart as her amazing crafts!

  2. These are all so amazingly fabulous! I love Eva's work! She always inspires me!

  3. Anonymous10:23 AM MST

    Gorgeous work, love the colors and the different ideas.

    :) Lori m

  4. Amazing designs. Love all of the fab colors.

  5. Eva, I love your designs! They are so fun & full of color. And how amazing is that T shirt tutorial?! I gotta try that!

  6. Wow, my pretty are so talented! I love your beautiful. I am glad I am designing with you!

  7. Eva is there nothing you do that isn't perfect...
    Your smile.
    Your Kindness
    Your true to yourself and others.
    You craft with your heart and soul.
    I love you Sweet friend of mine

  8. EVA is one AWESOME crafter. I just love her crafty style. She is super duper inspiring.


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