Creative Blog Hop

I was thrilled when Debbie Crowley of Expressively Deb nominated me to participate in the Creative Blog Hop! Debbie is vibrant and fun and has a wonderful wit and an amazing eye for clean and classy card design.  She is a master of “collage style” cards and works so well with color and pattern combinations. Needless to say, I was honored when she nominated me.

I’ve been asked to share my creative process with you with four essentials questions.

1) What am I working on?
I am in the creative throes of playing with new items from our Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs which go live on January 6th. I’m preparing for an Open House on January 9th and 10th so I’m working on stamped samples to display at my Open House.


2) How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I tend to keep to a simple layout.  I typically don’t have many layers or embellishments. threeleavesI do LOVE to use ribbon, though,
xmasxercisepurplemooseand I’ve noticed a tendency to use banners a LOT for my greetings. 🙂
givethanksthanks-for-your-supportOne thing I do enjoy is finding ways to use a stamp set in a unique way.  For instance, I used the pinecone stamp in Ornamental Pine to make a wreath.
xmascardAnd I used ink spots from Gorgeous Grunge to create what I called Truffula Trees! It’s a thrill for me to find that unique twist.


 3) Why do you create what you do?
I love paper!  In the past I would lose time when I wandered through the scrapbook paper aisle at retail stores.  From that love, I began to rubber stamp. And the very moment someone told me about Stampin’ Up! and a party she was having, I knew right then and there that  I would be a Stampin’ Up! Consultant.  Rubber stamping relaxes me.  It’s my “therapy” as well as my joy.  If I’ve had a rough day, my husband will often say, “I got this. Why don’t you go to your craft room and stamp.”

craftroomBut I also enjoy teaching different techniques such as how to create this cool, mottled background with a stamp block.xmas02And I LOVE the opportunity to spend time with my gal pals.IMG_3068

IMG_31824) How does your creative process work?
If I don’t have a particular project in mind, I often turn to various challenge sketches that groups post online.  I often participate in the Pals Paper Arts challenges as well as Mojo Monday.  cat01card_spinAnother great source for inspiration comes from our Designer Series Papers. I am a paper fiend and our DSPs boost my creativity when I see the various colors and designs working together. challenge1Other times my creative process is just that – – a process. After making a project I often think “it’s missing something” or it looks “flat”
so I add to it until I’m happy.

I’m so pleased to have had the opportunity to “hop along” and share my creative process with you.

Now I’m super excited to pass you along to Candy Ford.  Candy has always had a love affair with paper too. As a young child she made cards for her family with construction paper and crayons! Now, as a Stampin’ Up! Consultant, she’s creating much more than cards. She’s a master at teaching stamping techniques to create gift items and home decor too! On Monday, January 5th, learn more about Candy’s creative process here.



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