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Hi friends! Today I'm doing a different kind of post. I've been tagged recently by a couple of people in the Creative Blog Hop and the Blog Hop with a Difference by Chaitali Narla and Nancy Leppek. Thanks for the nominations, gals! I'm so honored.
The main premise for both hops is similar, (answer a few questions about your creative process and then nominate a few others to continue the hop on), so I'll be answering the questions from both. But first, it's Mojo Monday, so I'm sharing my take on this week's Mojo 363 card sketch.
I used the Small Packages set and coordinating Cupcake Frame Die Set from Verve. The coastal cabana layer is stamped randomly with the small cupcake stamp and then accented with stardust stickles. I embossed the belated sentiment directly onto patterned paper, then stamped the from all of us sentiment on blushing bride and hand trimmed as a banner. The star is a resist chipboard star that I sponged with pool party and coastal cabana inks and then around the edge with black ink. I stamped and cut out one cupcake with the die, then colored it with Copics and accented with stardust stickles. The only other accent was a big crystal star stick pin, that I stuck through my layers to hold everything together. Okay, now to answer the questions for the blog hop.
What project am I working on right now?
How long does it take to create a project?
Oh goodness, I used to be the slowest stamper ever and cards took 2-3 hours! Then I had the twins and my time got cut so dramatically that I now create most of my cards in 30 - 45 minutes. I think most of the decrease is spending less time deciding on things. I use a lot less designer paper and embellishments these days, which used to take me FOREVER to choose just the right pattern/color/mix. I just get way too overwhelmed by all the choices! And since most of my creating lately is either for a Mojo Monday sketch or a Viva la Verve sketch, I don't have to spend any time fussing with layout.
Next is Claire Brennan from Waltzingmouse Stamps. I'm so inspired by women who already have families and start their own business. And women that tirelessly do it all themselves. I know just how hard it is, and I doubt Verve would have come to be if I'd already had kiddos. It's super tough running a family and a business and Claire makes it look easy. Her stamp designs are unique and fresh and she is the sweetest person ever and always knows when to pop a message my way to lift my spirits.
Finally, Dina Kowal. She's a stamp designer, a missionary, a mom, an instructor, Artist in Residence for Splitcoaststampers and she's just an all around amazing artist. Her mixed-media work is the kind of stuff that you see and you realize, "that's the GOOD stuff". The type of art that comes from a heart of passion, reflects the soul of an artist and is so much more than just a card. More often than not lately, if I get inspired to stamp it's because I've seen something on Dina's blog and just have to put ink to paper.
Okay, if you made it to the end, thank you so much for reading my ramblings! Hope you enjoyed reading a little about me and my creative process. If you aren't familiar with these amazing ladies, you should definitely go check them out! Hope you have an amazingly creative week.
|Mojo Monday 363|
Paper: Hello Sunshine (Echo Park), Pattern Prints, basic black and coastal cabana (SU!)
Ink: coastal cabana, pool party, blushing bride (SU!), black soot (Ranger Distress)
Accessories: Cupcake Frame Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), star stick pin (Maya Road), resist chipboard star (Heidi Swapp), stardust stickles (Ranger), polka dot embossing folder (Cuttlebug)