Monday, January 26, 2015

Creative Blog Hop

WOW! It has been a while since I have posted again! Life has been crazy, but I have been crafting a bit...just not posting. :( So, when Shana Gaff asked me to participate in the Creative Blog Hop I thought that would give me the incentive to do some blogging. Thanks so much Shana for your encouragement! I love your Clean and Simple style with your very own flavor! I hope you enjoy!

I have been practicing with the Blendabilities from Stampin' Up! and I have a couple cards to share.
I used the Blended Bloom stamp set for this card as well as Banner Blessings. The Blendabilites I used were the Cherry Cobbler on the inner petals and the Calypso Coral on the outer petals. I also used the color remover on the curled portions of the petals to add a bit more dimension. I have been coloring several of these flowers while I watch TV with my family in the evening. It is a good way to sneak some crafting time in. With the coloring all done, the cards come together pretty quick.
I have also been coloring this Two by Two stamp set. There are many more colors to consider and much smaller area to color. I loved the bight and cheery look to the coloring. It really pops on this white on white card.
As part of the Creative Blog Hop I was asked to answer a few questions.
What are you working on?
As I said before I have been coloring a lot with my Blendabilities. I also had a class this weekend so I have been busy making Make and Takes for that. Next, my daughter is going to invite some girls over to stamp for her birthday and she wants to design the card and guide them through making it. (Like I do with my classes.) We will be working on that together.
I am also gearing up to make some Valentines for my kids to share with their friends at school. I have some ideas bouncing around so I hope to share those with you later.

How does your work differ from others in your genre?

This is a bit difficult. I am not sure mine does differ. I do like to make Clean and simple cards but also LOVE to add subtle little details to finish them off. As much as I like it when a card comes together very quickly, I also don't mind spending a couple of hours to get the card just right.

Why do you create what you do?

I usually create for a specific person or reason. I love to use the challenges to spark my creativity but usually forget to post or just run out of time to post. I have a stash of cards I like to give away as gifts, but if I am making a card to give to someone specia,l I create it for the specific person I am sending it to. This week my grandma showed me all the cards I have made for her over the years. She had kept them all. She didn't know it but that was a gift to me for her to share. That is why I make each card special for that special someone.

How does your creative process work?

I usually used the challenge blogs to spark some creativity. I also love to go on Pinterest and see what other great crafters come up with and maybe merge a couple ideas together. Color is usually difficult for me to decide on so I try to see what colors other people have put together.

Thanks so much for stopping by!