I was nominated by my friend Lynsay Mahon to participate in the Creative Blog Hop – thanks Lynsay! For the Hop, I get to share any project I want, so I’m going to pop in a Christmas Card idea from one of my Stamp A Stack classes this fall.
I love the Seasonally Scattered stamp set (135023) – actually, any stamp set for the holidays that includes a little bit of flexibility (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s) makes me happy.
Actually, I recently used it for a set of anniversary cards we made for Card Ministry at my church.
See the banner in the middle? I love using this stamp set with a layered look. Just stamp the background in one color, then stamp on a strip of Whisper White card stock and trim to layer over the first image. Bonus? You don’t have to worry much about getting your stamping straight on either layer – just adjust when you add the banner!
Okay, back to the Blog Hop – as part of the Hop I get to answer 4 questions about my style as a crafter:
1. What are you working on?
I am working on projects for my Stamps in the Mail Club – I always enjoy the challenge of coming up with four different ideas for a single stamp set and a limited set of supplies. There’s something so relaxing about not having to get up and search out other tools – just using the same supplies in a different way to create something new.
2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I try to keep things simple. If I look at a project and think, wow – that looks complicated, then it’s like a challenge. Is there an easier way to make that? Can I explain it simply? One of my favs is this video tutorial for the Pop-Up Box Card. I love seeing the comments from viewers about how they found a suggestion helpful or how they used the design for their own projects.
3. Why do you create what you do?
Hand made = from the heart, and I love helping people learn how to create fun things, be it a card, gift or memory page. A hand stamped card is like a hug in an envelope, don’t you think? I like to think that we’re making a little difference in the world one card at a time.
4. How does your creative process work?
- I pick out a supply or two – maybe a stamp set or a punch.
- Then I get an idea for the colors I’d like to include.
- Next I pull the concept for a layout together in my head, or skim for inspiration from samples in the Stampin’ Up! catalog.
- Finally the finished project develops on my work table. Sometimes I fuss with it or add one more thing, but usually it’s done.
And to add to the Creative Blog Hop fun, I get to nominate two more bloggers. Their Creative Blog Hop posts will be posted next Monday on November 24, so be sure to check in with them then for their posts and nominations.
Mary Ellen Stites – Mary Ellen has a great eye for design and color. I always love what she creates, whether it’s an amazing looking dessert or a stamping project. We have been friends for years and she’s one of stampers on my LovenStampfuls team who inspires me.
Laura Borchert – If there is a demonstrator on our LovenStampfuls team who personifies excitement, it’s Laura! I’ve known Laura since she was a college student and I still remember her enthusiasm at the first stampin up party she attended, and it hasn’t dimmed in the years since.
Okay – back to work on more fun ideas. This week I have three Video Tutorials to share for my November Stamps in the Mail Club, so if you’re not already subscribed to my blog, be sure to get signed up (here’s the link) and you’ll receive email updates of my posts.
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