A Unique Blog Hop

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Today, I have a special post…it is an Unique Blog Hop.  I was invited to join by Debra Miller.  I am in awe by Deb’s kindness and artistic talent.  I think you will be in inspired too of her when you hop over to visit her blog, Cream City Angels.  Deb and I first met when we were both with The Angel Company and we’ve stayed in touch over the years.  I hope to meet her in person one day when I visit my folks in Wisconsin…but until then I am happy that I at least had the chance to meet Debra online!  I hope you feel the same way towards me and I would love to share a little more about myself than normal.

1. What am I working on?

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I really love watercolors of all sorts and have taken some online in the past and one just more recently.  I actually have yet to work through all the lessons – so much for summer being a time to “catch up” on things!  I added to my collection of watercolors when A Muse Studio started carrying Peerless Transparent Watercolor sheets.  I was amazed to learn that this dry watercolor had been developed in the late 1800’s and is still being used today.  I’m trying to get some practice with these sheets now that I prepared them into a traveling palatte.  (I have a tutorial here in case you are interested in learning more).

I’ve been practicing on a set called, Stained Glass Poppy from A Muse Studio and also this rose from All for Love.  At this angle you can really see the Gold Dust Splash I added at the end…

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I think I’ll be playing more this week with my watercolors and trying to finish up my online class.

  2. My Style? What inspires me?

It’s strange, but I don’t really feel like I have one particular style.  I tend to gravitate towards nature (like flowers!  I have not found I can have too many of those)  and while I do ping from one technique or style to another (I can vary from CAS to collage within the same week!), generally I am not into what I call “cutesy”.

I do find a lot of inspiration on Pinterest…it makes a great springboard for me.   I love to look for great color combos or a layout – this is one of my favorite creations:

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I also find inspiration in catalogs or napkins and have samples pinned up in my laundry room for “future reference”.  Here are two things I picked up while on vacation…

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3. Where did it all start?

Before I was even married, my mom gave me a little wooden stamp from PSX to “stamp my envelopes – even the bills”, she said.  I dabbled in it a bit more than that (picking up a stamp here and there, especially on ebay) and then in around 2002, I was watching a Carol Duvall show and she made a hanging sign using an Americana flag stamp and porcelain clay.  I tracked down the maker of the stamp and it was The Angel Company… a little more searching and I found out they did home sales and I signed up the next day!  I made so many friends and when I had to move to a new state it really eased my transition and helped me to gain a whole new friend group.  I was tickled beyond belief when some of my card creations made it into the catalogs.  By the way, Deb also tagged Mischelle for this Unique Blog Hop and she was a huge influence on my early stamping and I’m almost embarrassed to be side by side with them, they are so crazy talented!

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In 2011 when The Angel Company sadly closed their doors, I joined A Muse Studio.  They had just begun using consultants and I knew I was not ready to walk away from my local stamping group that comes over monthly – or my online friends.  The transition again was made easier with my stamping pals around me and I have really enjoyed the journey.  This year I was excited to find out that I had been named A Muse Studio Brand Ambassador and Rising Star of the year!

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4. How does your creative process work?

When I cook, I tend to use recipes.  It takes me a long time to feel comfortable to make something without double checking the recipe…and in a way, my stamping is like that too!  I need a “recipe” to get me started and then I make substitutions or tweaks based on what I have on hand or our preferences.

Paper Playful is a nice blog that consolidates all the sketch/color/theme challenges on a daily basis.  If I am not making a card for a special occasion, I just look through my stamps and see what mood strikes me…and then I may look to Pinterest for layouts or color schemes if I have a tough time getting started.  Other times it’s in reverse.  I see something and I think, “oh!  I want to make that too” and, I run down and find some stamps that I have on hand that will work.  Every so often, I make a card that is just randomly created on my own.  Those are exciting days indeed!

I tend to make one card at a time…and normally I stamp and create a little bit here and little bit there.  My craft room is officially in the laundry room so it’s not unheard of for me to throw in a load of laundry and have the stamping mood strike me!  So often I take little creative breaks through out the day to finish a card.  If I have a hard deadline of a blog post or card class, then I try and carve out a portion of the day to dedicate to my stamping.

As I reread this paragraph I am becoming quite aware that I don’t have a consistent creative process – which matches my personality I think … I go with the flow!

Here’a sneak peek of a card using the new A Muse Studio Holiday Hoopla stamp – inspired by a card I found on Pinterest!  I had the stamp set but didn’t really know what to do with it – sometimes I have too many ideas and need to rein them in a bit.  It helps to find a card I like to just help me focus.   I hope you’ll come back to see the rest of this card…I love it!

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I hope I have not put you to sleep by now!  The fun has just begun and I want to introduce you to two more fellow stampers that I have asked to continue the Unique Blog Hop for me.  They will post on Monday, August 25.

Shirley Hotop is a former Angel like I myself and is a retired nurse.  Shirley is as sweet and encouraging as can be. Her blog, Glittered Paws, is full of variety and inspiration and is appropriately named since she has two cats and two dogs!

Gail Park (who also goes by mamaxsix where we met on Splitcoaststampers) has recently started her blog and I’d love for you to pay her a visit and leave some love.  Gail named her blog, Home Made Memories She is a pastor’s wife and mother of 6 (three of which she is still homeschooling)!  I know there are many wonderful memories being made there in her home and I love the collage she made for her dad.

Be sure to visit Deb where this Unique Blog Hop began for me … thanks again for the honor!

PS.  This is my second post for today…you can find my Amusing Challenge winners here.

 

5 responses to “A Unique Blog Hop

  1. Very nice post today Chris! I enjoyed reading about YOU! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Mischelle Smith

    Love your post and your samples! I can’t wait for my Peerless Watercolors to arrive … big sigh! LOOOOOVE!

  3. It was wonderful to connect with you through Deb’s blog. Your watercoloring examples are lovely!

  4. Beautiful job Chris! Those watercolors look super cool! Congrats on the A|Muse Brand Ambassador award, how exciting! You Go Girl! Hugs, Deb

  5. So fun to read about fellow crafters and how they create! Pretty watercoloring on your pieces today and congrats on your award! Thanks again for including me in the blog hop. 🙂

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