Karen has always been a huge inspiration to me and I've admired her work from the first moment I discovered her blog.
The Creative Blog Hop is an ongoing blog hop that works as a nominating system; I'll nominate two other designers who inspire me and I admire. The idea behind it is to
learn a bit about other creative bloggers by answering four questions.
Question 1: What am I working on right now?
Now that my three kids are back in school, I've been "trying" to stamp and create ahead for the design teams I'm currently on (and new one coming up :). I say trying because I'm usually one to stamp a card the day before or the day I need to have it posted.
Question 2: How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I'm not so sure my work is that different from others in my genre. The cards that I create are usually referred to as clean & layered. I guess that's a cross between clean and simple with a layer or two but generally nothing overly fussy. The one thing that is really hard for me to create is a one layered card (that's NO layers, none!) and have it come out looking good. The clean and simple look is what's hot right now with a focus on techniques like watercolor, stenciling, embossing pastes etc. I find all of it interesting and would like to dabble in it and learn something new to incorporate into my style without completely changing it.
The answer to this question is probably similar to a lot of mother's out there...I needed/wanted something that was all my own, a creative outlet, some quite time to create something fun with paper and stamps. Originally I started scrapbooking to preserve my children's memories (that was almost 20 years ago and a lot has changed since then), and still do that as well from time to time but for the most part stamping and card making fits the bill. With scrapbooking I always felt that I was behind (and still am) but with card making, I could complete a card usually within an hour and it fills and crafty need.
Question 4: How does my creative
Usually my creative process starts out with either a sketch challenge or a color challenge. If I can't find a challenge that works, I usually go to the little note book I keep at my desk where I've drawn out sketches I like. Then I get into the stamping inspiration board I've made on Pinterest and try to combine the two to get my mojo going.
Are you ready for my nominations? Here they are: