Monday, December 1, 2014

Blog Hop

My apologies for neglecting my blog this past year.  Wow, a year!! Time flies.  Health and life took a toll so I decided to take a break. 
Recently, at a Stampin' Up Edmonton Fall Conference I met some incredible demonstrators.  One is particular, Nicole Wetsch, who took me under her wing when we demonstrated how to use the Gift Box Punch Board.  I found out that Nicole had purchased it at the Salt Lake City Convention this past July, which I attended, and went straight back to her hotel room to make a multitude of boxes.  Wish I had met there!! I'm thankful that I did get to meet her as she gave me many tips on how to use this new to Stampin' Up tool. Not only that, she's an awesome person.
Nicole asked me to participate in this Canadian Blog Hop and I agreed. Not instantly :) but she gave me the incentive to start blogging again. 
The scope of the hop is to answer 4 questions.
You can find Nicole's answers here  with some great tips on how to use Paper Pumpkin.
Question 1 - What are you working on?
Working on renovating my crafting space affectionately called "The Art Studio".  We've remodelled our downstairs, 1,800 sq feet with bathroom (yippeeee!!).  We are the stage where I can start unpacking my Stampin' Up supplies and get crafting.  I've really missed it. Once it's all clean and organized I will be sharing pictures, perhaps even a video.
Question 2 - How does your work differ from other in your genre?
I like to think that my work differs by way of making it personal for the recipient.  Hence the "Designed With You In Mind".  I try to find out what a person's hobbies are and favorite colors and go from there.
Question 3 - Why do you create what you do?
It gives me an outlet to spend time by myself and get creative.  I love the challenge of finding the perfect fit.  It also helps me to escape the ever changing world outside.  Can I say, People, Learn how to drive on winter roads!!
Question 4 - How does your creative process work?
My creative process works in many ways.  I love photography and take pictures all the time.  I keep a folder on my computer called Cards To Make where I put pictures that I have taken be it from outside, in a store, of my dogs playing, even from TV.  I once took a picture of a carpet off of the reality show Big Brother and made a card from that. 
It's my turn to nominate someone for the Blog Hop.  I've nominated Tamara Bertram.  Another awesome demonstrator that I met at the Edmonton Fall Conference.    Tamara is a successful demonstrator who has a lot to share on her blog.  I just love the recent Marble Technique Tutorial that she posted.
Come back next week and I will post a link to her blog so you can see how she answers the above 4 questions. 
I'm fortunate that I will get the opportunity to spend time  with both Nicole and Tamara on Wednesday night at the Stampin' Up Catalog Reveal Event in Edmonton. Can't wait to see what the 2015 Sale-A-Bration holds in store for us.
I have crafted a little this past year and here a few cards that I have made.  They are rather self explanatory and not all supplies used are Stampin' Up.  I think I CASED these???

I couldn't leave without sharing a picture of Frankii and his little brother Jake.  Little is an understatement! 

As you may recall Frankii is the tan one.  The black one is Jake when we first got him in September 2013. 

Look at them now a year later.... 

I swear he's grown some more since I took this picture in September!! It's a bit blurry since I took this one with my phone.

Until next week!!

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