Happy Monday! I happen to love Mondays because it is my hubby's only day off so we get to hang out together :)
This particular Monday is even more special because I was nominated to be a part of the Creative Blog Hop. The uber talented Robin Messenheimer nominated me. Thanks Robin!
As part of the Creative Blog Hop I get to share a project with you and I share my deep, dark, creative secrets by answering 4 questions about my creative process.
First the project: This is a card I just finished and I have to say it came out better than the one in my head! Love when that happens!When I envisioned this card I was thinking a woodland type background with light coming through the foliage and a butterfly hovering over the ferns. To get that effect, I used the Bokeh technique and the new Butterfly Basics stamp set and Butterfly Thinlit die. Once I created my Bokeh background, I stamped the ferns and sentiment. Then I die cut my butterfly and using the same fern stamp, I stamped over each wing to add some color. The Pistachio Pudding sequins add a little bit of sparkle. For more details on this card, please go to this post where I spell it all out.
Now for my deep, dark, creative secrets. I'm just kidding about the secret part. I don't have any secrets.
1. What are you working on?
The new Occasions catalog was just released and Sale-a-bration (free stuff!) has begun so I have lots of new products to work with and I have been busy creating things to show you in the upcoming weeks. Also, Valentine's Day is only a month away and the Stamp Review Crew is planning a Valentine Blog Hop for next week so I am working on that as well.
2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?
When writing this post I had to really think about this question and my answer. I don't see myself as having one particular style of stamping such as Clean and Simple, Shabby Chic or whatever. I use all of them. I do love flower and nature stamps and use them a lot. I also like to create projects with an artsy flair but again, I don't limit myself to that. The other thing I enjoy doing when creating is using a stamp or product in a way that no one else has thought of. It's challenging and fun, but can also be very time consuming! And one last thing I thought of. I prefer to let the stamps be the focus and not designer paper or the embellishments. I am a long time stamper and I remember the days when designer paper was unheard of!
3. Why do you create what you do?
In a broad sense, I've always had to be creating something. It is who I am. It is part of my DNA. I stamp because I love the colors, the textures, the process, the endless possibilities and techniques. I try to send my cards because I know they bless others so that is another benefit of creating cards. I create some projects specifically for design teams: Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog and Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew. I am also a member of the aforementioned Stamp Review Crew and a Control Freak Swapper so I create for them as well. But overall, I create what I do because it makes me very, very happy!
4. How does your creative process work?
If I have a specific person that I am making a card for, I try to take them and the occasion into consideration. That will determine what stamp set I choose and/or what colors. Then I may look for a sketch that I have pinned on my Pinterest site or just create my own layout. Once I know my colors and stamp set I usually just let it evolve. If it is going through the mail - I don't embellish because I am rebellious and don't like that the post office charges me extra for little bumps!
If I am creating for a specific challenge, say Create with Connie and Mary, then I usually spend some time (maybe hours, maybe days) mulling over the challenge until I get an idea of where I want to go with it. The colors in a color challenge may remind me of something such as a beach scene or birthday and I use that as my starting point. I tend to get a lot of inspiration from nature.
And now, in order to keep the Creative Blog Hop going, my 2 nominations for next week, Monday, January 19th, are:
Anne Matasci (The Maui Stamper)
Shana Gaff (Stress Free Stamping)
Both of these ladies are so talented and inspiring. I for one can't wait to read about their creative process and see their project!
Thanks for stopping by.