Welcome to the Creative Blog Hop – the Blog Hop that’s a little different than a regular Blog Hop. I was nominated by my sweet friend Sue Erickson in USA and I’m to share one or two projects, answer some questions and nominate a couple of friends. You may wish to grab a cuppa as this is a bit of a long post.
As Sue mentioned in her post last week we’ve been friends for years (not really sure how many but quite a while) and I love how Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are so giving of their ideas and they have no boundaries – meaning that it doesnt matter if you are from USA, Canada, UK, New Zealand, Germany, The Netherlands or Australia you are all family and it doesnt take much to become close friends and it’s a friendship that goes on for years.
I do love Stampin’ Up! and how all their products are designed to coordinate with each other and no matter whether you are just starting or have been crafting for years there is something for you and there is always something new. I also love how one product can be used so differently by different stampers.
Now you saw Sue’s MDS project last week using the Painted Petals set well here are a couple of my cards using the same set and so different to Sue’s project.
I love to use our Notecards and Envelopes. They are a great size to give as gifts in a bundle or to just send a quick cheery hello. They come in packs of 20 cards and envelopes so they are also a very cost effective way to give cards – especially if one is just starting out.
These two cards are literally a 5 minute card and to lift the card I simply coloured some rhinestones with my Blendabilities for a bit of sparkly colour and added them to the centre of my flowers.
Now one can not simply send ‘naked’ envelopes can they?!
Now onto those questions ….
- What are you working on now? Well with the start of the new Occasions Catalogue and the Sale-a-bration I have lots of new products to play with and make samples for. I’m working on exclusive projects for my Creative Club members plus classes for February and some other things for a special event I’m helping with in February. Never a dull moment here!
- How does your work differ from others in your genre? As I said earlier you can give the same products to three or four crafters and you will get three or four different projects in return. I think my style is clean and elegant however I do love to do a card or project with layers, embellishments and I also love to do collage stamping and vintage work. It all depends on the mood and how much caffeine is flowing through my veins.
- Why do you create what you do? I have found that I love creating cards and gifts and its wonderful for someone to receive something handmade by you. It resonates with them more than going out and buying a mass produced card. They know its come from your heart and one of a kind and just for them! I have also found that creating cards and memory keeping is very therapeutic. In 1998 I was held up in a Bank Robbery where I worked and it really affected me big time – my body was stressed and the Bronchialitis turned into Pneumonia and I was later diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In 2004 I contracted a ‘virus’ – well that is what my Doctor called it – in actual fact it was Fibromyalgia. During my treatment we discovered I was pregnant and in 2005 Daniel was born still – he had Trisomy 18. I ended up in a very dark place then and told my husband and best friend I was going to get rid of all my craft stuff as I had so much and no desire to make anything. The told me not to make any rash decisions and to wait till my head was clearer and my heart had healed somewhat. Then I heard Stampin’ Up! was coming to Australia in 2006 – well my heart leapt as I’d seen their stamps, their papers and their products and knew this was my way back to crafting again. I’ve been a demonstrator now for over 8 years and I’m proud to say I’m no longer on Anti-depressants and I’ve travelled the world with Stampin Up – I’ve been to USA and cruised the Caribbean visiting Jamaica, Mexico and Haiti. Now while one dreams of visiting far-away lands sometimes you just dont think it will happen but thanks to my ‘Stampin’ Up! Therapy’ I have and I hope to do the Mediterranean Cruise in 2016. Oh I did mean this answer to be so long but now you know why I do what I do and why it means so much to me.
- How does your creative process work? I can honestly say that my creative process is truly a mysterious thing! Some stamps just jump out with ideas where others take a little more effort. Sometimes I may see something in nature, in a shop or magazine and think oh I could do this or that with a particular paper, stamp set or tool – the only problem I have is the ‘remembering’ part! I need to make me a little book and have that with me everywhere I go so I can jot things down. There will also be times when I’ve bought a stamp set or die with all these grand ideas and when it arrives the mind is blank as can be so in these times I utilise my friends – Google and Pinterest!
Now it’s my turn to nominate and I’ve great pleasure in nominating my sweet friend Libby Dyson and Narelle Fasulo. Libby and I met what seems like a life time ago through an online stamping group and we have become very close friends – we have been through a lot together and our friendship just keeps growing. She is my confidante and encourager. Narelle and I also met online, through Facebook actually, and became good friends. I am blessed to have these ladies not only as friends but also as part of my Latte Girls Stampin’ Up! Team.
Thanks for stopping by today and catch ya latte