Welcome to the Creative Blog Hop – the Blog Hop that’s a little different from a regular Blog Hop. I was nominated by my dear friend Leonie Schroder here in Australia and I’m to share one or two projects, answer some questions and nominate a couple of friends. You may wish to grab a cup of your favourite beverage as this is a bit of a long post.
As Leonie mentioned in her post last week we’ve been friends for quite a number of years, at first online and now in person and our friendship has deepened over that time and I’m truly blessed to have Leonie as a friend. Leonie got me started with Stampin’ Up!® and I have loved every minute of being an Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator. I have met so many people from all around the world through Stampin’ Up!® and every one of them has been very caring and freely sharing of their ideas and talent. I have met many women in particular who have told me they don’t have a creative bone in their bodies and they have gone on to create some beautiful projects and increase their self-esteem at the same time. It’s such a wonderful business to be a part of.
The products are fantastic and all co-ordinate. If you have a photo or a piece of card, you can find stamps, ribbon, embellishments and Project Life products that will all co-ordinate all in the one convenient location. If you’re new to the craft Stampin’ Up!® have kits which are all-inclusive, so you can get started in a small way or if you see an idea that you like you can purchase a few products to help bring that idea to fruition.
Now onto my projects. I truly believe we should be thankful and one way we can demonstrate that is through sending cards or making small inexpensive gifts. My projects today focus on the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and our Notecards and Envelopes.
As an Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator, we receive an enormous amount of brown paper packaging in our Big Brown Boxes which come with all our product orders. Now, I no longer have children at home or that link to schools and preschools, however, I have come up with a use for that wonderful brown paper. My first project uses the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and the Brown Paper Packaging to make a Mini Treat Bag.
I’ve used the Lotus Blossom Photopolymer Stamp Set which is available through the Sale-A-Bration Brochure free with an A$90 spend. I’ve combined this with one of Stampin’ Up!’s Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes and stamped in Blackberry Bliss Ink. By cutting the heart out as you roll the thinlit through the Big Shot, you can give the recipient a sneak peek at the card inside. It’s an easy way of saying “Thank You” in many different ways and just expressing your gratitude.
Now onto those questions …. which I’m never good at answering …
1. What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on projects which reflect all the wonderful new products in the Occasions Catalogue and the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Stampin’ Up! never cease to amaze me with all the wonderful products they come out with one of which is the Perpetual Calendar which I am currently working on for an upcoming class. I bought a few kits to make from this catalogue as everything is included and it makes it easy to create beautiful projects. My next projects will be the Build A Bouquet Project Kit and the Hello Life Project Kit.
2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?
Well this is a difficult one. I guess all our projects end up different from other people’s work as we put our individual stamp on it. I like to try different techniques and add little extras here and there. I’ve just started Project Life for Memory Keeping however, I will still mix in some traditional pages as well in my albums and I guess there I have a shabby chic style. I also like to ‘teach’ others through videos and tutorials.
3. Why do you create what you do?
I’ve always done some crafting and it makes me part of who I am. I have been a stamper long before I was a Scrapbooker/Memory Keeper and got into Stampin’ Up! through my dear friend Leonie Schroder. I did it to start with as an outlet for my then, stressful job and creating took me to a whole other place. I developed a real passion for the products, don’t we all? I guess the bottom line is I do it because I love it. I love to sit in my studio with music on and ‘play’ and create. I love to have friends around and we create over a cuppa and yummy food. It’s just a great thing to do.
I have met so many lovely people I now call my friends and I have seen so many women grow in self-confidence when they stamp.
Making beautifully hand-made items and sharing them with others makes my heart ‘sing’ and I hope it makes theirs sing too.
4. How does your creative process work?
I work with products that ‘speak to me’. If you look back over the past couple of weeks you’ll notice I have made a lot of projects with Sheltering Tree from the Occasions Catalogue. As a set it has just inspired me. I CASED a couple of projects from the catalogue itself and others have just developed as I fiddled with different colours and techniques. Sometimes I just see something somewhere and think I could replicate a similar thing with a particular product. I don’t really have a process, I don’t think. One thing I do have is 5 minutes at the end of every session to tidy up so I can start with a tidy desk the next time. I got sick and tired of never having any room to create or inability to find what I needed so I make myself clean up.
Now it’s my turn to nominate two more people to participate in the Creative Blog Hop for next Monday. It’s my great pleasure to nominate Amity Knight who does awesome scrapbooking and Project Life pages as well as other wonderful projects. Amity and I know each other via online forums. I’d also like to nominate the wonderful Ann Craig. Ann and I met through Leonie. Ann has a very generous heart and shares freely all her stamping knowledge and techniques. She also has a fantastic studio space. I’m sure you will enjoy what these two ladies have to share.
Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you come back again soon to see what else I have to share.
If you would like to purchase Stampin’ Up! Product to complete your paper crafting projects, please shop at my online store.
Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …