Hello readers! Today I have a super duper long post for you, but there’s a lot of stuff about me and if you don’t care about that, I have a video for you. Sounds good? Then let’s get started!
One of the best things in crafting is getting to know amazing people. I have been incredibly blessed to meet the absolutely wonderful, stunning, funny, and warm Carol from Just me C. While I never had the pleasure to meet Carol in person (she’s halfway across the globe on another continent), we have become pen pals (yes, old fashioned letters) and I cannot begin to tell you how very happy it makes me to pull one of her letters and wonderful cards out of my mailbox (I usually do a happy dance right out on the street, drawing funny looks from passers by). Long story short: Carol nominated me for the Creative Blog Hop and I accepted and here’s what I have to say:
What are you working on?
I’m all over the place 🙂 I’m lucky to be part of two design teams, for the Make The Day Special Stamp Store and for Gerda Steiner Designs, so there are always cards to prep for my weekly posts. I’ve also been invited to do a Guest Designer spot for Waffle Flower in May, so I’m thinking up something neat for that wonderful opportunity.
I’m also trying to improve my coloring skills with Copics, Stabilo Pens, and my new Inktence Pencils. Kathy Racoosin‘s #thedailymarker30day challenge really inspired me and helped me discover amazing artists and (digital) stamp companies and I’m trying to do some coloring every day now. I really suck at coloring hair, so that’s my focus right now. I’m taking the Kit and Clowder class to help me with that. Just need to practice 😉
How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I honestly don’t think I’m all that special or different, to be honest. My biggest idol is Jennifer McGuire because she always tries to think differently (yes, I totally stole that phrase from Apple). I try to look at my supplies and imagine new ways of using them, unusual ways, which I find very difficult, but I love the challenge. I’m also not tied to a certain card style: some days, I love CAS; other days I can’t put enough layers on a card. I try to stay open to everything and when I see something that tickles my fancy, I go for it. The main part is always: to have fun.
Why do you create what you do?
It makes me happy. To me, crafting is an outlet for my artsy side. I work in tech support (love, love, love, love my job!) for a great company, but that means I’m mainly analyzing issues and try to help customers. Crafting means I can whip out colors, snip away at paper … just do some manual work that doesn’t require my brain to go into overdrive. It’s very relaxing.
How does your creative process work?
I’m a meticulous planner. I can’t just start. Usually, I plan ahead about a month or so in advance by scheduling all the posts I know I have to do, leaving room for some spontaneous challenge entries. Then I sketch my cards until I have a clear mental (and scribbled) picture of where I want to go. From there, I usually prepare everything to have within arms reach, ready my camera, and start creating. I don’t always follow through with my original plan, but that’s the beauty of crafting – everything is possible!
Thank you, Carol, for nominating me! It’s been fun thinking about these things! And now I’m passing on the torch (or heat gun?!) to my crafty friend Jessa Feig from Useless Trinkets, a fellow German (she also writes in English!). She is hilariously funny and crazy talented (she has her own digi stamp freebies!). Head over to her blog on Monday, April 20th. Fair warning: don’t drink and read her blog! Her writing will make you break out into a good belly laugh, so no liquids! You’ve been warned.
And now … for my card and video:
If you thought I could escape the current trend of elephants and cuteness … nope, sorry. I’m right in the midst of it and I think that’s totally ok. Because … elephants! They are amazing and fascinating and one of my favorite books is “African Love Story” by Dame Daphne Sheldrick and I was blown away to learn so much about these creatures. Crafty wise, I want to make them cute as a button, so I’m combining a stamp set by Gerda Steiner Designs with Wplus9 and here’s what I came up with:
Now, I have to tell you that the overall layout of the card is heavily inspired by Paulina from Pretty Pink Posh. I received a christmas card from her that had me hyperventilating, that’s how beautiful it was. She’s the queen of great color combinations and layering, so I’m case-ing the card she sent me. I wish I could just come up with this on my own, but I honestly can’t.
I used Distress Markers and a water brush for the coloring. Originally, I wanted to use my Blending Pen, but I found that if I try to layer colors, it usually pills up the paper. So, traditional brush it is. I was also surprised that coloring the elephant was super easy, yet the cupcake – gah, I went through about ten iterations beforehand before I got to the point where I liked what I had created. Who’d have though that this sweet little bugger could be so difficult?! I’ve also used my Liquid Pearls again – Francine Vuillemè has used them to great effect recently, directly out of the bottle, so I decided to try that, too, and it looks good. If I may say so. And of course I couldn’t pass by my Pretty Pink Posh sequins because … more sparkle!
By the way, in case you are interested … the Hero Arts Tide Pool ink and the Distress Cracked Pistachio are pretty close color matches. Delightful!
I’m adding this card to the following challenges: MarkerPop #66 “Anything Goes” since I’m using Distress Markers; and Virginia’s View #14 which asks for layers … and I really couldn’t fit more on the card 😉
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