Monday, August 25, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Hi, Stampers and Crafters! Today, I am so honored that my sweet stampin' buddy LeAnne Pugliese has tagged me to participate in The Creative Blog Hop! You may have heard about it already, but if not, it is a venue for crafters of all kinds to talk about ourselves a bit and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

LeAnne has a wonderful blog called Wee Inklings (I know, how cute is that?), and somehow with her busy schedule finds time to create and blog nearly every day. I love her style and how she makes everything look so simple! You can back-pedal and see her Creative Blog Hop post and learn more about her by clicking here.

The hop asks that we answer four questions about ourselves, so here I go! I'll try to keep my answers as brief as possible! 

1. What am I working on now? As usual, more than one thing! Aside from working on my design team obligations, I am working on projects for my next Technique Class. This month the theme is "Around the House", and we are going to be using things like bleach, painters tape and pencil erasers to make our cards. Fun, don't you think?! I can't show you the projects I'm working on yet, but for inspiration I will show you a card that I made ages ago using plain bleach and a blender pen, which I have designated for "bleach only". No explanation necessary other than, dip, paint and wait for the bleach to do it's magic!

2. How does my work differ from others? Maybe because my style is all over the place! I am still a relatively new stamper. I started scrapbooking about 10 years ago and was introduced to stamping about 7 years ago by my good friend Sue. 

I love exploring different styles and techniques, and I love them all from Clean and Simple to Shabby Chic, so I’m still on my own creative journey. I hope my readers are inspired by my posts and try different ways to express themselves, too.


3. Why do I create what I do? That one is easy! Someone once said that creativity is not a hobby, but a way of life. I’m a firm believer in that, and I treasure my quiet moments in my craft space for reflection and as a form of “craft therapy”. Plus, I just love paper and ink, especially the smell of my Stazon Ink Pad! Anyone else love that smell?

4. How does my creative process work? I spend lots of time on Splitcoast, Pinterest and visiting my fellow bloggers for inspiration, and also love to play along with challenges. Give me a sketch, a color challenge and a theme and I’m all set! I try to combine them when possible with my need for upcoming holiday and occasion cards.

Now, I have the pleasure of tagging two of my favorite paper crafters in the Creative Blog Hop!

Justin Krieger

My name is Justin Krieger and I’m techie that does computer consulting. I live in Long Island, NY and I have a wonderful daughter Taylor and Mini Schnauzer Winston. I have always done some kind of paper crafting ever since I was little when I made entire car dashboards out of foamcore. I discovered my love of card making in January of 2011 while watching a show on PBS. I saw them make a waterfall card and I thought I can do that so I went out and got some supplies and made one. My friend Sandy introduced me to Stampin’ Up! in August of that year and I became an Independent Demonstrator in September. I’m completely hooked and take some time to make something every day. It relaxes me and is my wind down at the end of the day!

Not only am I fortunate enough to have wonderfully creative Justin in my Stampin' Up family, but we are good friends and crafting buddies, besides. We frequently discuss our orders before we place them, and he is quite the enabler, I might add! (Just order it, you know you want it)!

Nance Leedy

Hi there friends!  I live under the tree canopy of North Florida with my husband, our daughter, one dog and a bunch of swampland animals (thankfully no alligators!).  This is my 5th year as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator and I’ve loved every minute of it.  Designs and color inspire me—whether it’s a piece of clothing, an advertisement or an element of nature, I find inspiration everywhere! That includes all the wonderful blogs out there from dear friends like Sandy.  I stalked Sandy’s blog for a while and always admired her fabulous use of SU products but it was her stint as a Guest Designer for the Paper Players that turned us into friends.  She’s a warm-hearted person, amazingly creative and it’s an honor to be tagged by her!  Thank you, Sandy!

As Nance said, we got to know one another through The Paper Players blog, and she never ceases to amaze me with both her beautiful creations and incredible commitment to the team. Plus, she files her stamps in alphabetical order just like me!

Big thanks if you made it to the end of this long post! Thanks also to LeAnne for tagging me, and to Justin and Nance for being tagged! Check out their blog posts next Monday to learn more about them!

Hugs :)


Nancy Farrell said...

Oh how nice Sandy, congratulations. You always make great cards, and give great classes too! :)

Shannon Jaramillo said...

I made it through the entire post! I enjoyed knowing a bit more about you and discovered you because you kept commenting on my blog posts!! lol I have become a huge fan and love to see what new creative things you are up to. PS. I file my stamps alphabetically too :) Hugs

Nance Leedy said...

Great post, Sandy! I loved hearing more about you and am shocked to find out you think of yourself as a "new" stamper--seven years is not "new"! Your talent and creativity never cease to amaze me and you always featured SU products in inspiring ways. Thank you for your kind words and friendship!! ((hugs))

Darnell said...

I'm so delighted you took part in this hop, Sandy! You have long been an inspiration to me in card making and in life, so I was fully entranced the whole way through!! I just wish we lived closer so I could come to your workshops!! Hugs, Darnell

Donna said...

I too, loved reading every word. I've left this page open actually, so that I would be sure to finish; ha! I loved reading about the three of you here on the page, thanks for the insights and for the inspiration you always provide. All of your works are always beautiful! Thank you for sharing! (I too, file my stamps alphabetically!) :)

Colleen Dietrich said...

So nice to get to know you a bit more, Sandy! I have done the bleach technique and isn't it fun? Your flower looks incredible!!

I feel as you do about creativity as a way of life, not a hobby. It is art, if you ask me, the way we make our cards. And art is something that needs to be expressed. I'm so happy to have met you and all the other stampers in our little (big?) community online. You all make me happy!