Huge apologies for going missing in action. The virus that very kindly sought me out after my return from holiday took a real hold and completely knocked me out. Each time I thought I had turned a corner and was on the mend, it seemed I ended up taking a turn for the worse. Consequently all my DT commitments started to look a little in peril. Fortunately, yesterday I really did start to feel better (although I can’t say I felt “well,” just not as bad as I had done!) so seized the moment and got my craft on in an attempt to catch up.
Firstly, it’s time for a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and the new theme is “gold.” Here’s the card that I made:
This is using paper and images from The Gecko Galz. The paper is from the Coven paper pack, I sized it so it was the same as the card and it creates a perfect backdrop for the tag, which is from the Haunted Ephemera collage set.
I’ve topped the tag with a black bow and a gold button from my stash.
The finishing touch is a strip of gold lace along the bottom.
Be sure to check out what the rest of the DT have been up to AND don’t forget we have a call out for more members – we would love to hear from you.
Secondly, today is my turn to join in the creative blog hop. I was thrilled to be asked by my friend the, the very talented Ruth Levy, aka Lerusho. Ruth’s blog is a real treat, she loves to experiment and uses so many fabulous techniques that will inspire you and make you want to give it a try, especially as she is very generous in showing the full process. The end results are amazing.
So, as part of the blog hop, I have to share the answers to a few questions with you:
1. What are you working on at the moment?
Well, as I hinted at the start of my post I am furiously playing catch up with my various DT commitments. As it’s the end of the month, all my Gecko Galz samples are due. Although we are only required to make two, the images and papers are always so inspiring that I end up making many more and find it difficult to stop. This month the products (which will be released this month) encompass Halloween, Autumn and Christmas as well as some generic ones and of course I want to use them all. It will also be the Gecko Galz blog hop later in the month so I need to get cracking on those samples. Then I am behind with my entries for the Every Inchie Monday challenge and need to get back into the groove with my regular blog challenges over at Sunday Stampers and City Crafter Challenge Blog.
2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?
Now here’s the thing, I don’t feel that I fit neatly into a genre. I like to try lots of different types of crafting and experiment with lots of different styles. Sometimes this troubles me, but maybe that’s what makes me different?
3. Why do you create?
For me, it is complete relaxation and allows me to switch off completely from everything else. I mainly work from home and it can be very difficult, even on a day off, to completely forget all about it. Creating and crafting allows me to do that. I also like the process of playing and seeing where I end up.
4. How does your creative process work?
I wish I knew! Often it is just a result of playing and seeing what happens. Sometimes I will see an image/paper/stamp and I know exactly what I am going to do with it. Other times I just jog along without any definite plan playing with materials and techniques until I end up with something I am happy with. On occasions I start of with a clear plan and then end up somewhere else. Very rarely do I completely abandon a project, I just go on tweaking it until I’m happy with the outcome.
That’s enough about me, now to the best part of this blog hop and that is to introduce me to some creative friends of mine:
First up is my number one crafting goddess, the totally awesome Hels Sheridan. It’s not for no reason that Hels is in demand by so many design teams. Hels has been a huge inspiration in my crafting, particularly when it comes to stamping, not only through the work she produces but also through the way in which she makes you believe in yourself and that all things are possible.
Next is Susan M Brown another “in demand” artist with a whole raft of creative skills. Susan is DT captain at Anything But A Card . Doing amazing things with stamps and with moulding putty are just the tip of the iceberg – check out her blog to see the full story.
Last, but by no means least the super talented Dionne. Not only is Dionne DT captain at Crafty Boots she is also my rock, listening tirelessly to my moans and groans and always coming up with words of comfort. Dionne is another a multi-faceted crafter. Her colouring is sublime and she can knit, but this are only two of her skills (two that I lack, might I add!). Check out her steampunk notebook cover to see what I mean!
Thank you lovely ladies for all your inspiration and support and for allowing me to tag you in this hop.
Thanks for buzzing by.