I was recently tagged by the sweet and lovely Claire at Life on The Scrap Heap to do a Getting To Know Me post. If you've not already heard about this, the way it works is, you are tagged by someone to do your Getting To Know Me post, and then you in turn tagged two more people you admire and they do a Getting To Know me post also. And on and on it goes. Kind of like a chain letter except hopefully you don't have bad luck if you mess it up! haha! Which unfortunately I am going to have to do because all the people I asked to participate, were either too busy or had already promised someone else they'd do it.
Before I begin I will share a picture of me with my two wonderful kids at the wedding last weekend. It turned out so nicely and I was thrilled with the way the photos turned out. I had to hand the camera to the hubby to get one of me though :)
Kaylea is not really taller than I am. We were on a hill. We're both short, but I still have an inch on her :)
So in this blog post I am going to answer these four questions that Claire provided me with to the best of my ability. Hopefully when I am done you will know me better ;)
1. What creative projects are you currently working on?
A Lot!! I always have many creative things going on in my life. That's what makes me the happiest. Right now I am working on several cards for my design teams. I'm trying to get ahead a little because we take our vacation in October, and I want to have all my posts scheduled ahead of time, so I don't miss anything.
I am also working on my clay ornaments. It's coming up on the busiest time of year, and they are selling super good. I am so shocked and surprised at how well they have done. I never would have guessed it when I added those first ones to my store earlier this year. The last two times I have added ornaments to my store, they were sold within just a few hours. I didn't even have time to post about them on my blog. I do want to thank you all for that! I am thrilled!! And I have more stamp money! haha! I have had a lot of people ask me to email them when I add new stuff to the store, and I just can't keep up with everyone, so I added a newsletter sign up form just over there on the left of my blog if you want to know too :)
Another thing that I am working on is because of a gift that my very sweet friend Jeanne sent me. Her daughter does a lot of cute things with the Rainbow Loom, and I'm always oohing and aaahing over them and saying how much I want one of those things, but I can't get my daughter talked into one, and I can't justify buying myself one, because I'm way over the age limit for those things! haha! So anyway, she surprised me with one for my birthday last month. It was one of the sweetest most thoughtful things. She even sent extra rubber bands! I was thrilled! So I've been watching Youtube tutorials and making bracelets! Yippee!! They're fun! Now what am I going to do with all these bracelets, you're probably wondering?? I'm going to figure out how to hang them on the Christmas tree! Yep! Just about everything I do ends up being some kind of Christmas tree ornament. I'll probably make little wreaths out of them or a garland.
2. How and what inspires your designs?
Well, the question should be more like What doesn't inspire your designs? I am inspired by everything! I am very inspirable!! I love Pinterest ( who doesn't) and I browse for about an hour every morning while I treadmill. I love looking at the little kids clothing in stores. I just love the pretty colors and cute designs. I always have to go up and down the card aisles in any store ( especially Target). Again love the colors and designs. I love brochures and ads. I'm always looking at them, thinking "that's a neat design for a card." And I am always inspired by visiting all of my card blogging friends to see what they are all creating. I love to CASE designs that I see, but usually by the time I'm finished it doesn't look even remotely close to my inspiration! haha!
3. What method / process (if applicable) do you apply to each of your creative projects, and how long does each project take to complete?
Well I'm going to go with my card making process for this one. My very favorite thing to do when creating cards is, when I get a new stamp set and dies, I love to stamp a ton of stuff and cut it all out and then play with it. I lay it all out in a line above my work area and try different things with different pieces. When I get something I like, I glue it all down. I have this thing about making six cards with each set of stamps I get. Now, let me tell you, I am WAY behind on this. I have stamp sets that I bought two years ago, that I have never used yet, but sometimes the minute one arrives at my doorstep, I'm ripping open the package and inking it up. That's my favorite process, but not always the one I use. Being on my design teams, I would never get anything done if I cut out a hundred things and made six cards every time. So for my design team cards, I usually have some kind of idea in my head of what I'm going to do, or I cut out a limited amount of stuff and play around with it. Usually the latter :) I love to cluster little flowers and things.
So how long does it take me to finish a card? Well, I have been known to spend hours on one card, and then I can run in my craft room some days and throw something together in minutes. Matter of fact, just yesterday, I was working on my card for the Festive Friday challenge. I cut stuff out and moved it around and worked on that card for over TWO hours! And I ended up hating it. So I tossed it aside, grabbed some stuff I had already cut out for another project, threw it together in about three and a half minutes and I loved it! So you never know. I asked my Mom if she wanted the card I didn't like, because I was going to throw it away if she didn't take it, and she said she didn't know anyone she disliked that much! haha! She was joking of course, but it was funny!
4. If you had to describe your ‘signature’ style, what would it be?
I didn't really know I had a style until Leslie invited me to be on the design team for The Card Concept and put me in the Clean and Layered category. She hit the nail on the head! That's exactly my style. I do love a clean looking card with quite a bit of white space, but I love lots of little details. I love detail work. I'll sit for hours working on little die cut scenes or clay ornaments. I forget all about everything!
Okay, I have answered my questions. I can't leave you without something to look at, so here's a card I made recently that I love how it turned out. I have seen this done by many card makers, so it's definitely not my original idea, but it's a cute one I think :)
That little umbrella is from Clearly Besotted, the sweet flowers are from Lawn Fawn, and the sentiment is from WPlus9.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed learning a little bit about me. Thank you Claire for tagging me:)
Have a wonderful week!