Creative Blog Hop Monday

 I was challenged by a fellow Stampin' Up! demo, Billie Moan, of Rambling Rose Studio.  What Billie doesn't know is that I've secretly stalked her Blog for some time. I love her style of stamping, her witty blog posts and those adorable fur babies (pictures included!).  Be sure to check out her blog.  Billie got my name from a mutual friend and invited me to play along with the Creative Blog Hop.  This Hop features Stampin’ Up! projects by an ongoing list of Stampin' Up! demonstrators & friends. 

Be sure to read all the way to the end to see the next blogs on the list to visit when they make their cards next Monday!  Better yet, subscribe to their blogs and you'll be sure not to miss a single thing.

Every Monday I share a video project on my blog.  I also include the still photos and dimensions to recreate the project.  Every Thursday I share a 'quick crafting tip'.  Be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don't miss anything.  By subscribing you will receive an email notification every time I update my blog with pictures, videos and yes, BLOG CANDY, too! 

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As we hop through the blogs, we all answer a set of four questions.  Here goes!

What are you working on?
I have to laugh. When am I NOT working on something?  Right now I'm creating my Retreat projects for my all day crafting event on Saturday, March 7, 2015.  You can find details about this fabulous event HERE.

How does your work differ from others in your genre?

 I've been crafting since I could walk. My grandmother lived with our family all my life until I got married and moved out.  She was an amazing seamstress.  She made everything from our Barbie clothes to prom dresses without a pattern.  She loved embellishments.  I have a huge jar filled with buttons she purchased, re-purposed or collected over her 86 years of life.  It's one of my most treasured possessions.  Her love of embellishments rubbed off on me.  You won't find a project of mine without an embellishment on it – or a Dimensional. I'm a Dimensional freak. Would you believe I go through about 1,000 a month?!

Why do you create what you do?

 Ah, that's an easy question. I create for the pure joy of creating. I love looking at a finished project (card, scrapbook page, 3D projects) and thinking "wow, I really like how this turned out".  Creating is a relaxing outlet for me so I love to do it every day!

How does your creativity process work?

 That's funny because some days I have none!  I love perusing Pinterest and other blogs (just like you do, I'm sure!) to get new ideas.  I'm often inspired by layout and colors versus duplicating an exact project.  I'm a huge fan of the Stampin' Up! Color Coach because it makes me work outside the 'comfort zone' for color choices.  It's not unusual for me to create a project 3 or 4 times before I get it just the way I want so I'd say that my creative process would categorized as 'perseverance'.  

Now it’s my turn to pick two fellow demonstrators for you to visit next Monday as we continue hopping around the internet.

 My first nomination is Jennifer Timko.  Jen's blog is well sought after called, Stampin On The Fly. Jen was a 2013-2014 Artisan Design Team member with Stampin' Up!. I'm also the "proud momma" as Jen is a member of my team.  Her work is clean, beautiful and duplicatable. By day Jen is the mom of two beautiful boys and a pilot for United Airlines.  She once told me she never thought of herself as crafty but I've since "wised her up" and told her she's been lying to herself for years. You won't want to miss what Jen will be sharing with you next Monday.  Mark your calendar to CLICK HERE on January 26th!

 My second nomination is my friend, Brynn Thornburgh.  Brynn's blog is called Flair and Frills. The first thing you'll notice about Brynn's blog is the trendy zebra pattern and bold pink accents. She even had a PINK Christmas tree displayed with beautiful hand-stamped decorations during her holiday craft fairs. Brynn is a full time mom to – get this – five children.  She has a very active Facebook page where she posts daily projects.  Be sure to check out both her blog and her Facebook page next Monday, January 26th. 

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