Monday, February 16, 2015

Creative Blog Hop - WCC17

I'm very excited to have my turn in the Creative Blog Hop!  I was nominated by the lovely Deb Smart of Stamp and Create.  I've met many kind and talented people online during my stints as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, and I'm glad she's one of them.  My contribution is what my friend Buffy likes to call a $400 card; not for beginners, because they haven't been collecting papercrafting supplies for years!  I feel very lucky to have such variety at my fingertips now.

A Vintage Valentine

Stamps:  Chalk Talk, Chalk Lines, Petal Potpourri
Ink:  Basic Black, Versamark
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Kraft, Primrose Petals, Cherry Cobbler, Vellum
Gear:  Adorning Accents embossing folder, Chalk Talk die, Spellbinders Pendant die
Other:  Cherry Cobbler embossing powder, Theater Originals ribbon

The Questions:
1.  What are you working on now?  I have a couple of papercraft-based home decor items I'm working on as a housewarming present for my wonderful mother-in-law.

2.  How does your work differ from others in your genre?  I don't think I'm all that original!!  So many people make greeting cards, and I often draw inspiration from others.

3.  Why do you create what you do?  I enjoy crafting & creating because it's relaxing for me; I think cards are the things I make most often because they are pretty, yet practical and don't take weeks to complete!  

4. How does your creative process work?  It depends whether I'm creating for a specific person, or to have cards on hand.  This card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest; it used the Chalk Talk label with a butterfly in the center and a horizontal element across the card under the label.   It had bright colors and a springy, contemporary feel.  I knew I loved the sketch, but I thought maybe I could put a heart in the center instead of a butterfly, and I've always liked the combination of black, vanilla and red in vintage cards, which I thought would work well if the Chalk Talk label was the focal point of the card.  From there it was just a matter of finding what I had that I felt would work together.

I'm also posting this card to the Watercooler Valentine Challenge.   At the moment, I haven't found anyone to follow me in the Creative Blog Hop next week, since it seems like every blogger I know has already participated.  Hoping a volunteer will come along soon... let me know in the comments if you're interested!!