Saturday, February 7, 2015

Crazy About You Meets Butterfly Basics

Welcome to the February 2015 Jacksonville Starz Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from Sheilah Stamper's blog.  The sketch we had to follow this month is shown below.

I turned the sketch on its side to complete my card and took quite a bit of liberty with my interpretation of it.  I'm a rebel that way!!!  LOL   I wanted to use a few of the new products from the Stampin' Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog, but once I started creating my hands just kept reaching for all those wonderful new items.

If you would like to recreate this card following are the supplies that were used:
Your next stop on the Hop is Amanda Sevall...just click on the "Next" button to see what a great project Amanda has in store for you.  If you happen to get lost along the way I'm also adding links to all the fabulous stampers on this Hop.

If I can help you with any of your stamping needs please don't hesitate to contact me.
Thanks for stopping in today and please leave a comment to let me know if you are enjoying the Hop.
See you again soon!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Moon Lake & Creative Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to my Blog...  Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Lee Conrey, my friend and fabulous upline, asked if I wanted to join this Creative Blog Hop and I thought it was such a unique idea that I couldn't say no.  Lee is an extremely talented stamper so be sure to check out her blog.  This blog hop is a little different than most and I will explain that later.  First, I want to share my card with you.  

I love to color and this cute little bird in the Moon Lake stamp set by Stampin' Up! was calling my name.  Do you hear it too?  LOL   

I stamped the image on watercolor paper and then colored with my ink pads and a waterbrush.  I created my background mat by stamping Lost Lagoon ink on the inside of the Spring Flowers Embossing Folder, inserting Whisper White cardstock and then running it thru the Big Shot.  That technique can give you an endless supply of your own designer paper using various embossing folders and any of the beautiful Stampin' Up! ink colors.  What more could you ask for?  Your only decision is which combination to try first.  

Now to let you know what makes this Blog Hop a little different....I have to answer the following questions:

1)  What are you working on?  I've actually got several things in various stages right now.  I have a class to teach on Thursday morning and I'm in the middle of cutting all the setups for that.  On Feb. 7th I'm participating in a Charity Stamping Event that I've designed a card for so I'm also in the middle of cutting for that.  I also have three other classes on the calendar for this month and those card ideas are still rolling around in my head.  LOL  It's going to be a crazy busy February.

2)  How does your work differ from others in your genre?  I don't know if my work really does differ from others.  We all use stamp, paper and ink.  It's simply a matter of how you choose to put it all together. 

3)  Why do you create what you do?  A lot of time I create a project based on a customer request, whether it is to use a particular stamp set, color combo, 3D item, etc.  I love papercrafting and teaching others how to do what I do.  There is nothing better than seeing the excitement on someone's face when they have completed their project. 

4)  How does your creative process work?  Most times I start the process by choosing a stamp set and then deciding what colors I'm in the mood to use.   Sometimes I'll see a photo in a magazine with beautiful colors that inspire me to create something using that color combo.  Inspiration can be found in the most amazing places if you just open yourself up to it.

The final step to complete this blog hop is for me to nominate two people who will be posting to the Creative Blog Hop on Monday, February 9th.

The first nominee is my downline,  Cari Verschueren from Jacksonville, Florida.  I have known Cari for quite some time and she is an amazing papercrafter.  She is particularly talented in the 3D department.  I can't wait to see what she is going to share next Monday morning.

The second nominee is Lisa Tyndall from Ponte Vedra, Florida.  Lisa and I just returned from Leadership in Orlando, Florida and we had a great time there.  Lisa is another talented papercrafter who, I'm sure, will share something wonderful with all of you next Monday.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today and don't forget to check in with Cari and Lisa next Monday, February 9th.

Please let me know if I can help in any way with your stamping needs.  If you don't have a demonstrator and would like to receive a Stampin' Up! catalog please leave me a message and I'll get one out to you.