Monday, December 8, 2014

Creative Blogger Award

Today's post was made possible because of a sweet friend, amazing artist and Close To My Heart Consultant, Wendy Coffman.  Last week Wendy surprised me with the nomination for the Creative Blogger Blog Hop Tour.  What a priviledge, especially since all of these artists do outstanding artwork.  Thank you so much Wendy! 

One of the things that I really love about Wendy's art is how creative she gets. On most of her artwork, I see fun, outside of the box thinking that stretches my own creative abilities and gets me trying new things. She definitely inspires me!

Here is a list of some of the recent Creative Blog Tour alumni.  Such a talented bunch of artists and just plain nice people!  By clicking on the artist's name you will be able to visit their blogs and read more about them and their creative process.

Paige Dolecki
Karen Pedersen
Becca Whitham
Hansi Brittain
Marie Flayer
Jody Gustafson
Amy Moore
Karen Day
Morgan Vogt
Brenda Rose
Vicki Wizniuk
Kelly Janes
Amie Kiger
Katy Donaldson Taylor

Here are the questions each Creative Blogger gets to answer:

1.  What are you currently working on?
I am so in the Christmas spirit so everything I have out is Christmas related. My most recent project was my 6 page Scrapbook kit. Here is just one of the pages I created. Each month I am created a 6 page Scrapbook kit, as well as a variety of cards with the same papers, and then usually some type of project. With the holidays right around the corner, I can't share these projects as they are going to be Christmas Gifts for some of my lovely family members.... but I can tell you they do involve our Picture My  Life kits, but are NOT scrapbook pages. :)

2.  How does my work differ from others in its genre?
I lean toward the clean and simple designs for sure. Perhaps I am a bit of a minimalist.... less can definitely be more. I like the look of streamlined designs that give the eye a place to rest. I am also known for making what I call "Fast and Furious Cards." While I love the creative process, being a mom of four boys ranging from a junior in high school to a first grader, keeps me super duper busy. When a girl needs to get a little creative time in, fast and furious, but pretty works the best! 

3.  Why do I create what I do?
I love to create. Living in a house full of boys and spending most of my time in the kitchen, the car or the bleachers,  getting to sit in my little art studio doing my girly thing gives me that time I need as a mom to recharge and be ready to do it all again the next day. A girl just has to have her girl time, know what I mean? :)

4.  How does my creative process work?
I usually have a project I am working to complete for an upcoming class, so my papers and complements are usually designated. From their, I either visit pinterest for sketch inspiration or the How-To Books from Close To My Heart. Once I have that choice made, its pretty easy from there. Because I like clean and simple, there is usually only 1 bold pattern or color scheme on the card, and everything is created around that. Once the entire scrapbook page or card is finished I then decide what kind of embellishments I want to add, kind of like the "cherry on top." I never have embellishments in mind when I begin... I simply see where the project goes, and then add those last few little doo-dads to make the project sing.

Now, I would like to nominate my friend, Linda Pantalone, for the Creative Blogger Award.  She will be sharing her post next Monday, December 15th.  I know you will love visiting her blog and enjoying all of her talented creations!

Thank you for joining us on the tour!  

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