Tuesday, February 10, 2015


I was nominated by Diana Eichfeld (click on her name to see her post) for the CREATIVE CREW BLOG HOP that is going around.  It's so cool to see so many great crafty creations.  I just love Diana's work and feel so honored that she nominated me. Diana and I are not only Remarkable Stampers on the same SU! team, but we share a BIRTHDAY and although she lives in Virginia and I'm up in Maryland, we've actually had the opportunity to share our birthdays the last two years together at a SU! retreat.

For my project I chose the Popular LOTUS BLOSSOM stamp set that I earned FREE for SU! SALEABRATION.  I also took some of the SU! C'ordinations cardstock (which is on the SU! Clearance Rack right now for an awesome price) and embossed it and sanded it for the background.  Love the look!

The colors I used were Strawberry Slush and Crisp Cantaloupe.  I love these colors together.

For this Blog Hop I had to create a project to share and answer some questions.  You may remember that I was given this task last week and I'm going to share again since I have been honored with a second nomination.  The answers to the questions are tweaked a bit from the last post.   If you want to see my other creation you can click here.

1.  What are you working on? I have my hand in a lot of different projects. While I mostly stamp cards and I use SU! products almost exclusively, I also do Project Life by Becky Higgins and SU!, My Paper Pumpkin by SU!, Digital Scrapbooking, and I also create 3D items.  Currently I'm working on my December Memories Project Life Book and I'm also working on a Planner. I'm taking a Heidi Swapp class to learn some great tips from her.  I keep my stamps and tools handy, including my Big Shot and also my ink pads.  I try to create something new every day because that's what makes me happy.  I'm also intrigued by Scripture Art and am working on learning more about that creative process on line now.  Today and Tomorrow I'll be working on my blog posts and creations for the Remarkable Stampers Blog Tour which is live Thursday 2/12 at 8 pm est.

2.  How does your work differ from other’s in your genre?
I recently figured out exactly what my difference is - I hardly use my patterned paper.  I buy so many packs of SU! DSP and then I just don't use it. I'm not sure if I'm hoarding it or I just love looking at it and never get the chance to put it on a project. This said, I'm a glitter queen and put glitter on a lot of projects and I love to stamp.  Just about every project I create has something hand stamped on it.

3.  Why do you create what you do?
The biggest reason I create is because it is so relaxing to create and feel accomplished.  I craft and stamp cards mostly for others.  I try to send my mother a handmade card every week.  I have been sending her something for years.  I was honored when she told me that she was going to try to make a quilt out of all of the cards I ever made.  She had this planned idea in her head until my dad told her that if she made the quilt, she'd not likely be able to open any of the cards again, and the idea is on hold for now.  I'm still touched.  When I create a card or gift for someone, I really try to focus and be mindful of who it is I'm creating for. It becomes a part of the gift for me.  As for scrapbooking, I've been doing that for years, ever since Lisa Bearnson started Creating Keepsakes Magazine.  I actually watched the first ever QVC segment with Lisa and David Venable at the coffee table with one scrapbook and kit. Over the years I watched that grow.  I have participated in so many Creating Keepsakes events and my uplines scrapbook retreats in Hanover Pa over the years and I truly get a lot done.  Crafting with SU! and their partners is so rewarding and gives me great joy.

4.  How does your creative process work?
I am so inspired by others work.  I guess the ball starts rolling for me with all of the inspiration I receive from attending SU! events, Team events and also by looking online at other's blogs and also on Pinterest and various Stamping Facebooks or websites.  Most days I make sure I'm up early to work out, get the dog fed and walked and my lunch packed.  If there's any extra time, I go into my studio and just take out some card stock and get going.  I like to participate in a lot of swaps to get ideas because there is nothing like looking at other's work up close and personal, rather than just catching samples online.  To me it's thrilling.  I also check the SU! demonstrator website each day just to see what SU! is up to and what new items are being released.

If you remember I nominated a dear friend and fellow crafter Carolyn Serviss for this Blog Hop and she will be posting next week. I'll share her link when it's up and ready! If you 'd like to be nominated please email me and I'll be happy to share your work.

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