23 Mar 2015


Welcome to this Monday's Creative Blog Hop! I want to thank Cathy Miller for nominating me, and you can visit Cathy's blog Anything Goes Crafts by Cathy here.

The first project I want to share is a birthday card I made for a demo friend Maree. She is also involved in this blog hop, and you can visit her blog Inky Moose here.

For this card I used the Gold Soiree Designer Series Paper on Garden Green and Calypso Coral card stock.

The stamp sets used are Petite Pairs and Simply Wonderful.

The second card features three stamp sets: From My Heart (sentiment), Work of Art, and Serene Silhouettes. The colours are Lost Lagoon, Basic Black, and Whisper White. This is a good card for classes, simple to create but impressive to receive.

 My third project is a Bunny Basket, made with the Berry Basket Die.

The basket is stamped with the Hardwood background stamp in Baked Brown Sugar and lined with Designer Series Paper.

The bunny is made with a variety of punches...

The best part is when you turn the basket around you can see that the bunny is in the process of hopping into the basket!

Now on to the questions:

1. What are you working on now?

At the moment I am preparing for my Easter classes, and this bunny basket is a part of that. I'm also in rebuilding mode and trying to offer new and exciting ideas to my stamping friends. Part of that is starting Memory Keeping classes which I will be marketing in the new few weeks.

2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?

Sometimes it doesn't differ at all! I do a lot of CASEing (Copy & Share Everything). Partly because there are so many beautiful creations out there, and also because, for me at least, creativity is a slow process, requiring uninterrupted time alone. My natural style inclination is towards vintage.

3. Why do you create what you do?

Although I do make a lot of cards, I really enjoy caseing and creating projects that are practical and useful - gift items, stationery, mini scrapbooks and such.

4. How does your creative process work?

I need a specific goal, I can't create without something to guide me. Whether it's a birthday card or a gift item, I need to consider who it's for and how it will be used.

Then I usually choose a Designer Series Paper to help me with the colour combination - I may or may not use the DSP in the project. 

Once I have these I need 2-4 hours of uninterrupted time, depending on the complexity of the project. Personally I can't design unless I'm alone. And if I can set aside two or three days for designing and creating my ideas get better and better as the time goes on. I guess I have to get into the 'zone'.


For next week's Creative Blog Hop I would like to nominate Lillian Kemp, a lovely lady I met on the last day of Leadership this year. Lillian is working on reviving her blog so be sure to visit her next Monday (I will remind you!). Lillian's blog is called Stampers' Niche and you can find it here.

Thanks for stopping by - I hope you enjoyed the projects.

Happy Stamping

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