I want to thank my fellow Creative Crew member and Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Hallie Gainer, for nominating me for this blog hop. I am honored to be selected to participate in this blog hop. You can check out Hallie's blog at http://handmadebyhallie.blogspot.com/ and check out her creations on her blog post last Monday, December 15th. Also in the Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew Challenges.
For this post I have created a sneak peek of two of my favorite products from Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Mini Catalog which you should be receiving in your mailboxes shortly. Demonstrators are able to pre-order products this month and customers will be able to purchase these products starting January 6,2015. Below is a picture of my projects, a card and matching Mini Treat Bag.
First a close up of the card:
I fell in love with this stamp set the minute I saw it and I hope you do too.
Stamps: Love I Kindness #137131 $8.95 only comes wood mount as it is a single stamp
Card stock: Blushing Bride, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Whisper White, Typeset Speciality Designer Series Paper
Ink: Momento Black; Blendabilities: Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, and Pink Pirouette new #133625 $11.95
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots TIEF, 1/16" Hand held Punch, Painted Blooms Cotton Twine #137873 $6.95, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals
Next is the matching Mini Treat Bag:
The focal image is slightly different than the one on the card. Do you see the difference? I stamped this image right on the Typeset Specialty Designer series Paper rather than on the white card stock. Both had fussy cutting – on the card just the blooms and on the Mini Treat Bag the whole image was cut out.
How'd I create the bag? With Stampin' Up!'s new Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies #137547 $39.95. Now I will admit I thought twice about this purchase and was not convinced I would like it until I actually had it it in my hands. And again I fell in love with this die, I can see so many possibilities – do you realize there are 12 dies in this set. I have more projects that I will be posting shortly using it. How'd I create the colored bag? With Blushing Bride Reinker diluted with water, let dry, then use the Blendabilities to deepen the color on the left side.
Now I have to answer four questions:
1. What are you working on?
Answer: Right now I am working with new product from the 2015 Occasions Mini Catalog that will be the focus of my classes for the next 5 months.
2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?
Answer: I haven't really compared my work with others. I don't follow many blogs, however, I am amazed at all the different styles of other artists when I do check out a few blogs. I mostly prefer to do what is pleasing to me. My work has evolved from just clean and simplle to clean and simple with subtle details which do not detract from my focal point nor are apparent at first glance.
3. Why do you create what you do?
Answer: I create what I do for many reasons, manly because it makes me happy and I have found my niche in papercrafting. I have always loved all forms of creativity. I was invited to join the art club in 3rd grade when I was in public school in Connecticut. Three students from each classroom in grades 3-6 were invited to join. It was amazing what we did. We visited art galleries and worked in many different mediums. My creativity grew in that environment. Then we moved when I was in 6th grade and that creativity took a hiatus until I was in high school and was able to join the art club again. I have done a lot of different crafts over the years including ceramics, folk art, stained glass, quilting, scrapbooking and finally found my favorite – stamping! I don't have to follow any pattern or rules, I just create what is pleasing to my eye!
4. How does your creativity process work?
Answer: My creativity process works best when I limit my focus to a stamp set and one other criteria. It may sound silly, however, I let the stamp set speak to me. I can imagine this process being similar for those who create punch art. I cannot look at punches and envision finished punch art possibilities. However, I can look at stamps and see a new card, sometimes the finished card is nothing like what I envisioned at first, yet the stamp set is leading where I go. Sometimes I create with an objective in mind – use the ugliest piece of paper. My favorite compliment I received was from a convention swapper who told me she had 6 sheets of the designer series paper I used and she could not use it. She loved my card and was anxious to get home and case my card. That comment made me happy and that is what stamping is all about – making someone happy both in receiving and giving.
Now for the two artists that I am nominating. Both, will post their work on Monday, December 29th so be sure to check out their blogs!
First is Debbie Henderson, whom I have known for about 4 years. Debbie is a fellow Maine artist from Hodgdon, Maine. We connected on Stampin' Connection and have been friends ever since. We usually get togther in person with other Maine demonstrators at least once a year. We are both in the same Facebook group as well. I can't begin to tell you how talented Debbis is, you will just have to check out her blog for yourself: www.DebbiesDesignsblog.blogspot.com. Make sure you check it out on December 29th to see what she is posting for this blog hop!
Second is a Stampin' Up! demonstrator who I met at convention two years ago. I was in her Wow Mini Album swap and was blown away with her creativity and have been a fan ever since. Her name is Kelly Gettelfinger and you can check out her blog at http://alwaysstampin.blogspot.com/. Check out her creations.
Check out their blogs and see who they nominate to continue this Creative Blog Hop.