I am honored to be nominated to participate in the Creative Blog Hop by Amy Whelan of Amy’s Inklings. She may say she uses simple layouts, but once she’s done with them, they’re spectacular. Her innovative eye helps her find new ways of using stamps. I admire, and covet, her talent.
Part of the Creative Blog Hop is sharing my creative process by answering the following four questions:
1) What are you working on?
The new products from the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs, of course! I can’t wait for you to see all the new goodies on the 6th!
My Stamp Club meets today, so I’ve had fun creating projects for that. We’ll make a birthday card and two Valentine’s projects, all using the new products.
(If you live in the Atlanta area, or are willing to travel here once a month, and you’re interested in joining the Stamp Club, give me a holler. We’d love to have you!)
Also I’ll be out of country for a week, so I’m trying to get blog posts queued up for while I’m gone. (Please don’t think me rude if I don’t reply to you until after January 13. I don’t think I’ll have Internet access where I’m going.) One of my new goals is to post every day if at all possible.
2) How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I love to work with just one or two colors. Monochromatic cards are my favorite. I’m a very matchy matchy kind of gal. No matter how hard I try to mix up different colors, I’m just never quite happy with the result. But I love it when other people do it. I just don’t think I have that sort of eye. That’s one of the reasons I love Stampin’ Up! so much – everything matches! (The high quality of the products is the other main reason I love SU!)
I also gravitate toward symmetry. I’m trying to learn how not to center everything, but still have balance in the design.
3) Why do you create what you do?
I think it’s in my blood. My mother could do just about anything crafty or artistic: paint, sew, etc. Anything she tried she could do, and do well. My sister is very creative as well. I have to create. I began playing with paper when I was a child. It was readily available and inexpensive. All I needed was some paper and crayons or paints and I was happy. I made birthday and Christmas cards for my family. I’ve always enjoyed creating things with paper, and finding other uses for common objects in my projects.
4) How does your creative process work?
Wow, that’s a good question. I’m not exactly sure how my brain works through the creative process. There’s a lot going on in there at any given moment. Sometimes ideas just spill out. Sometimes I have all these ideas in my head and I just have to sit down and make them before I burst.
Other times I can’t think of a single thing. That’s when I draw inspiration from the stamp sets, the DSP, the embellishments, and from other blogs and Pinterest. I may take several ideas and combine them together in my own way. Sometimes inspiration comes from odd places, like the color combination I see someone wearing, a magazine ad, food, anything really.
There’s also a lot of trial and error. The truth is I’m quite clumsy and messy and I make lots of mistakes. Some of them turn out to be happy mistakes; some not so much. I rarely end up doing what I originally planned. But I enjoy the process. I call it play.
Thanks for stopping by today, and Sweet Stamping!
I’m still looking for the next person I will nominate to participate on the Creative Blog Hop. Could it be you? If you have a stampin’ blog and are interested, please let me know. Stay tuned…