I was nominated by my dear friend, Kath Ricks, to be part of the Creative Blog Hop this week. Kath is an amazing artist, and I visit her blog every day. I met her online several years ago on a Stampin’ Up! forum, and in 2013, I was so happy to actually meet her in person in Salt Lake City. We’ve worked together on lots of blog hops over the years, and if you haven’t seen her work, you need to check out her blog.
I decided to use the new Butterfly Basics stamp set and Butterflies thinlits dies for my card. I love this set – and the butterfly thinlits are gorgeous! You can bundle the stamps and dies and save 15%.
I used Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Very Vanilla, and Lost Lagoon for the ink and cardstock (plus a little Crumb Cake ink). The tiny butterfly at the bottom right is from the Papillon Potpourri set, punched with the Bitty Butterfly Punch.
I needed to punch up the die cut a bit, so I “embossed” it onto the Very Vanilla layer. It’s so easy! The sandwich is (bottom up) cutting plate, cardstock, die, three dryer sheets (used and doubled), premium crease pad. Run this through the Big Shot, and it slightly embosses the image onto the cardstock. (Note: For a little extra emphasis, I dipped the die in Lost Lagoon classic ink before embossing.) After coloring the embossed image with Lost Lagoon classic ink and an Aqua Painter, I added a Lost Lagoon butterfly die cut and a Very Vanilla die cut over the painted image.
One of the requirements of this hop is to answer these four questions. So here we go –
1. What are you working on now?
As soon as I get back from Leadership, I have a technique class, so that’s what I’m working on right now. It’s going to be something with Blendabilities, focusing on the Color Lifter. I just finished my February project for Craft Project Central (and it launches February 4, so be sure to check it out!), and I’m planning the February craft project for the assisted living facility I work with each month. And, of course, I’m designing the five cards for our “stamp camp” later this month.
2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I do a little bit of everything. Mostly, I design cards, because that’s what I use the most, but I also do at least 2-3 gift ideas, packaging, or home decor projects each month. And starting in February, I’m joining a Scrapbook Club – so I can finally get all those pictures of my adorable granddaughter organized. I love the vintage and “shabby chic” look – and I love to repurpose items. When the boys were growing up, I homeschooled them. Between homeschooling and my paper crafting, my family didn’t throw anything out until they asked if I could use it. Fancy boxes, catalogs, citrus bags, and bubble wrap were all fair game for projects.
3. Why do you create what you do?
Paper crafting is my therapy and escape from daily stressors. I love to create pretty things, especially if I can give them away or inspire someone else to recreate them. It’s relaxing for me, because, as a musician, live performing can be stressful. With paper crafting, if you mess up, you just turn the paper over and begin again – or use embellishments to cover the mistake. There’s no pressure to be perfect.
4. How does your creative process work?
Usually I create because I have a specific project I’m designing or a class I’m preparing for. I start by selecting an embellishment, stamp set, paper or cardstock that I haven’t used for awhile. Then I look through my stamps and paper to see what will work with what I’ve chosen. (I would be lost without my Color Coach!) Often the end result doesn’t have any of the original pieces that I started with. I tend to lean toward “vintage,” so doilies, vintage buttons, neutrals and muted colors are always on my “go-to” list when I’m stuck for ideas.
My picks for the blog hop next week are two of my favorite stampers. I’ve gotten so many great ideas from both of them. Be sure to check in next Monday with Susan Horr, whose style is totally opposite from mine. She’s clean and classic while I’m vintage and shabby! And Deborah Smart, who I’ve known as a cyber friend for awhile, but just met in person at Leadership! My granddaughter Amelia’s “first bath” scrapbook page was inspired by Deborah. And she brought two “pillow gifts” to Leadership that I will be CASEing. Be sure to check out both of them!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy! Have a wonderful day!