Today I have a special post; it is a Unique Blog Hop that I was invited to take part in by my friend, Shirley Hotop. Shirley is not only an amazing artist but a dear friend for over 32 years when we first met working together as RN’s. You can be inspired by her creations on her blog, Glittered Paws, perfectly named as her pets enjoy lounging in her craft room and wear glitter well. I will be sharing things about myself that many of you may not know about me.
1. What am I working on
I am currently working on favors for my nieces wedding reception in October. It is a small, intimate wedding with the reception at their favorite winery (which explains the theme of the favors) My niece and her fiancé were over two weekends ago to ski, have lunch, and see the options. Her parents and my oldest son joined us. We had a lovely day. The final choice was between the cork with the flowers and the magnet. The final choice was the magnet as they felt it was most practical and people would keep and use it. Did you have a favorite?
1. My Style? What inspires me?
I am told my style is a “simple, elegant”. I do not feel I have a specific style. I enjoy trying different techniques and especially different folds. I gave instructions for the last few techniques I have tried as most are much easier than they look and hoped to encourage others to try them. I got such positive comments from that that I will continue to do that.
Inspiration, I like to browse Pinterest and blogs for special folds and techniques.
1. Where did it all start and why do I create?
I went to a Stampin Up party 16 years ago and I was totally hooked. I booked a party, and Shirley came insisting she was not going to buy anything and she was hooked. She had an Angel Company party and became a demonstrator. I went to a TAC convention with her and immediately signed up to be a demonstrator, such an amazing spirit in the group. Those were wonderful years sharing my passion with others, and forming many friendships that still exist beyond the closing of the Angel Company in 2011. A group of us have an annual stamping weekend at Shirley’s house when her husband goes fishing and all bring a shoe box projects. Is a wonderful w/e we all look forward to. My mom and talented stamping buddy, who is 84, is one of the group.
I create for several reasons, joy and relaxation. Making cards bring me relaxation and happiness but I do not create just for me. My creating started out as a passion and outlet for myself and then over the years it changed. A few years ago I wanted to do something positive with my cards. I know birthday cards bring joy to most recipients but I wanted to do more. A few years ago I became a Chemo Angel. I send a card a week to a person while they are undergoing Chemo. I also send cards to chemo patients who need an "extra" boost . Thanks Shirley for encouraging me to do this.
1. How does your creative process work?
As I mentioned above my creative process usually starts by my picking out a stamp that fits for the recipient. I might have a sketch or special fold. If I’m using Copics I pick out a patterned paper or two and I just see where I go.
The Crafty Sister. Laura was also an Angel for The Angel Company and is known for her amazing coloring skills and is on several design teams. You will be introduced to her beautiful creations next Monday, September 8 and I know you will be amazed.
Monika at Creative with Monika was going to be introduced also but family issues will prevent her from doing a write up but you will not want to miss looking at her amazing work. She is also on several design teams and you will be amazed at her creations also.
Be sure to visit Shirley's amazing blog also: Glittered Paws.
These are just three of the many online friends that inspire and challenge me in my creativity everyday, thanks to all of you that create and give me inspiration!