Hi everyone! Last week my friend Nance Lempinen-Leedy was sweet enough to tag me for the Creative Blog Hop. You may already have seen others post about this hop. If not, it's a way for us to tell you a little more about ourselves and make some new friends as we do. You'll find Nance's awesome post here. Nance is one creative lady and I am glad to call her my friend. I met Nance, through Stampin' Up!, at the 2013 Leadership Conference in Orlando. I felt an immediate connection with her and we became friends just like that. You really should follow her awesome blog, Canopy Crafts, where she always has something amazing to share. Nance is the master of finishing the interiors of her cards and is the one who inspired me to finish the inside of my cards.
Now I'll move on to the questions that I was asked to answer. Bear with me as there are four of them!
1. What am I working on now?
I always have a "to do" list going. Right now part of it is written on my chalk board on the wall in front of me and the other, more pressing, list is written on my grid paper. I'm one of those people who likes to cross things off a list. LOL! I have a range of projects from class, like the card below, and club preparation to personal projects I want to get done. Lots of times there are multiple things going on in my craft room. And I can't forget about the projects for the Design Teams on which I participate.
Here's a card for an upcoming class on Birthday Cards.
And the inside...
Wow! These questions get tough when I have to answer them. I feel like my work is different in that I don't really have a set style. I like to do different kinds of things from Clean & Simple to funky and even a little vintage. I don't do vintage as well but I enjoy trying! I also like to try other projects such as home decor, scrapbook pages, mixed media and I love to use My Digital Studio. I'm different from many stampers, but like Nance, in that I do complete the inside of my cards and share those on each post.
This card was literally created with scraps of other projects that I found in different places around my craft room over the weekend! Really.
The inside of this one...
3. Why do I create what I do?
I've always had a "hobby" of some sort. When I was introduced to Stampin' Up! and card making it was instant gratification. Cards were, for the most part, quick and easy to create and they served an immediate need. I have always been a card sender so I was set! I almost always have a recipient in mind for the cards I create. Stampin' Up! products gave me the ease of coordination that I had never had before. No more running from store to store trying to match colors. The products worked so well with my scrapbooking too! I've always needed a creative outlet and I think most people do. There's just so much satisfaction in making something with your own hands.
It's easy to create quick, coordinating scrapbook pages on My Digital Studio...
4. How does my creative process work?
I can say that I don't have a set process at all! To be honest, at times I have to pray for the process to kick in and give me a start...any start! If you have followed my blog you have seen me post some inspiration pictures from magazines or catalogs. I have also posted how I've found inspiration just walking through a store and perhaps I've seen a grouping of colors or a particular shape that gives me a prompt. I stopped in a store the other day and noted a set of colors, in Stampin' Up! color names, of course, in the notes on my phone for future use! If I'm in a fabric store it's inevitable I'll see something that inspires me. It may just spur a jumping off point. I love to participate in challenges too. My favorites are sketch challenges but I think they all have a lot to offer. Sometimes I just sit in front of my stamp sets and literally wait for something to jump out at me. Can anyone relate? :)
I was inspired to make this project by a 2 1/2" square, tiny canvas & easel I found at Wal-Mart! I plan on making more of these.
Okay, thanks for hanging in there but enough about me! I'd love for you to meet the three stampers, and friends, I've tagged. They'll all be sharing more about themselves next Monday, 9/15/14! So be to visit their blogs then.
First up, Adriana Benitez at Escape2stamp. I met Adriana at my first Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN in 2011. We had a lot of fun there and I have made it a point to hook up with her at other Stampin' Up! events of which we've both been a part. Currently, we're both part of the Design Team for The Stamp Review Crew! I love the name of Adriana's blog....it's so true! When Adriana escapes she really creates some awesome projects.
Hi! My name is Adriana Benitez and I’m a wife and mom to two great sons. We live in sunny Melbourne, Florida where a friend introduced me to Stampin’ Up! nine years ago. At the time, I was struggling to learn how to make cards and scrapbook and couldn’t find a variety of supplies. One look at the Stampin’ Up! catalog and I was sold. (And my guest room quickly became a thing of the past!) What began as a need for a momentary escape from the routine of laundry and housework, became more as I began to hold classes and meet women in my community. This hobby is such a blessing; bringing people together and giving them and ourselves a way to connect and share with others is priceless. These days, I’m still happy to escape the laundry room, I’m better at hiding the glue, I love trying different tools, looks or styles to fit the mood I’m in or the emotion of the card… and I still feel as awed by the creativity and friendship shared as I was the first day I started.
Next up meet Kerry Willard-Bray. Kerry lets her creativity go beyond cards to tons of fun projects. You just never know what she might come up with but it's always pretty amazing! You'll find her at Peonies and Paper Chains. I was so glad to finally meet Kerry in person at Convention this past Summer! We both serve on Design Team 1 for the Pals Paper Arts and also on The Stamp Review Crew.
Hello there! I'm Kerry Willard Bray and I love to create with paper, stamps, and ink! I've been crafting for as long as I can remember and using Stampin' Up! products for all my paper crafting since 2007. For almost two years I have been sharing my creations online and my blog is known as Peonies and Paper Chains -- those are two of my favorite things!
I love to think "outside the card" and regularly create home decor projects with my Stampin' Up! supplies. I especially love to make banners and wreaths...there are usually a few on display in my home at any one point in time! These days I also love to create projects along side my two young daughters.
I'm thankful that my stamping friend Dawn Tidd has tagged me for the Creative Hop and I look forward to posting next week. I met Dawn through the Stampin' Pretty Pals group and am so happy to serve on the Pals Paper Arts design team and the Stamp Review Crew with her! I always love seeing the inside of her cards...the fronts are always delightful too!
And last, but in no way least, is Tanya Boser. I actually "virtually" met Tanya through Adriana when The Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop began last December. Adriana is the one who "suggested" me to be of part of this very fun hop. Tanya is the creative genius and dreamer-upper (is that a word?) of The Creative Crew. When you read her bio below you'll wonder how she found time to even think of doing it besides managing the crew ALL the time now that it's a reality! lol She organizes and assigns the stamp sets we'll review, creates the banners and buttons and posts the blog roll. Whew! You'll find Tanya
blogging at Tinkerin in Ink With Tanya. Be sure to visit her there! One day I do hope to meet Tanya in real life!
My name is Tanya Boser and I have been a DIY person my entire life. I grew up on a farm in Central Minnesota with horses, pigs, chickens, cats, a couple of steers for butcher each year, and dogs that we raised and sold. We also had a HUGE garden. We canned and froze our produce, butchered our own meat, did MAJOR remodeling to our 90 year old farm house, re-upolstered our own furntiure, built lawn furniture and wooden childrens' toys and sold them at a large Farmers Market. I learned to cook, bake, and sew by the age of 7, and made my own clothes all the way through school. Even my wedding dress was homemade (as was the cake, the flowers, the invites, and all of the decorations, and the food for the reception). My parents are clearly very crafty people, and until my mother had a stroke 8 years ago, she painted (artistically) too! How could I not become a stamper?! I no longer live on a farm, although I still have quite the menagerie with 4 dogs, 1 cat, and a rabbit. I have been married for 24 years to my very first boyfriend and have 4 wonderful children, and now 1 grandson! The kids have all turned into adults....ok the youngest is 18 but he is a Senior in high school and such an easy kid! I work full time night shift in an Emergency Department as an Registered Nurse (which I love but is a stressful line of work), and on my days off, between other pursuits and responsibilities, I stamp. It is wonderful therapy :) I was introduced to stamping through my sister-in-law way back in the 90's when she sold Stampin' Up!. I fell in love immediately, because despite the fact that I have an artistic mother and daughter, I can't draw to save my life, lol! After I finished my RN, and my kids had almost all become teenagers, I started selling Stampin' Up! myself, for the discount in 2006 and am still selling, loving it as much now as when I first started, but I have a LOT more toys to play with now :) Apparently I can't stand to be idle, as I will fill any available time with a task or project, which my family can attest to, lol! Last fall, I got bored one weekend and decided to see if I could get a new blog hop together. A hop where everyone used the same stamp set, to highlight some of the current-but-not-new sets that get lost in the fervor for the new. And I was shocked and thrilled with the response! There are now 22 people that participate in this adventure with me, and I have loved getting to know them all! We even got to do an entire Display Board at Convention this year! We call ourselves the Stamp Review Crew, and that is how I got to know the wonderful Dawn Tidd, who nominated me for this hop. Thank You Dawn! I hope to meet Dawn in real life at Convention next year!
Don't these three gals sound amazing? I know you've enjoyed reading about them. Be sure to visit each of their blogs next Monday as they answer the four questions too!
And, thanks again, Nance for tagging me!