with Angela Kelley

A Unique Blog Hop

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First day of School for my 6th grader!  My 10th grader started last week. How is it possible that my kids are in 6th and 10th grade!?  Hope it is going to be an awesome year for both of them!!

A Couple weeks ago I was asked by my friend, Mischelle Smith, to participate in A Unique Blog Hop! You can see Michelle’s Unique Blog Hop post here!   This sounded like a lot of fun, and a great way not only to share what I have been doing, but also to introduce you to some of my crafty friends as well!!

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What am I working on?

Most of what you see here on my blog are cards and projects that I make for my stamping business with A Muse Studio, or the samples for classes I teach in paper crafting. I love what I do! LOVE it!!

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Truth be told,  I am a creativity junky! I am always making something, most of it is never seen here!  I make jewelry, I quilt, I paint some, I sculpt a bit in clay and soap stone,

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(this is a “Magic Fairy Wand” I made this with my neighbor for a special birthday gift for her niece)                                I do a little leather work, and I dabble in many other different crafts too. Paper crafts just happen to be my favorite medium, and for the last several years it’s the medium I’ve used most for my creative outlet!

Why do I create what I do?

I have been creating things as long as I can remember. It feeds my soul. It fills me up.  It is like breathing, I need to do it. I was a floral designer for 18 years before I had my kids. As a floral designer I got to be creative every single day! I still do an occasional wedding just for the fun of it! These flowers were from last October, my good friend’s daughter got married. Love fall weddings!

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I started scrap booking when my kids were little.

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One thing led to another, then I found ink, and stamps! Then along came Copic markers, a very slippery slope indeed!

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How does my creative process work?

That is a good question… I’m just not sure how to answer it!  My husband’s response to this question was, “procrastination and caffeine”- not actually a process, but kind of true!   I kind of just let my imagination run wild, I just follow along flying by the seat of my pants! I don’t usually have a plan when I start. I don’t go about creating something in the same way each time. Sometimes I start with an idea, or occasion, or a sketch in mind. Sometimes I am inspired by a stamp set or image. Other times I will just color for the joy of coloring then find papers that go along with my image and coloring. Yet other times I am inspired by the colors and design of the paper itself. I create a card or project with the same principles that I create a flower arrangement, or anything else really. It has to balance visually, I create a line for the eye to follow so it is  visually pleasing, and I use color to create a mood or express a feeling. Not really a process right?! I would say, I just play. I’m inspired by the world around me and let myself play, having fun!!   No one else can to see the world exactly like you do, so let your imagination guide you and be an original!

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How does my work differ from others in this genre?

I have no idea how to answer this… There are so many extremely talented designers out there that I admire very much. I look at their work and am amazed, delighted, and inspired! I wonder how they came up with an idea,  color combo, or layout.  I have learned that I can’t be them, I can’t see out of their eyes, or create what they create. I can only be me, and create things from my own point of view. I love bright colors and tend to use lots of layers but many others do the same.  I think the only thing that makes my cards and projects different from others is my own creative point of view.

Now I would like to share a couple of my creative friends with you!  These wonderful gals will be posting next week on the first of September, I hope that you will stop by to check out their blogs they are awesome!!

Pam Hersom at  contrailcreations.com  Pam is just getting her blog started, but she is crazy talented,  an amazing colorist, and  one of the sweetest people you could ever know!!

I apologize I am a day late in publishing this, still looking for another blogger to play along…

Hope that your day is full of joy, thanks for stopping by! 🙂



1 thought on “A Unique Blog Hop”

  • I so enjoyed reading this! I also was tagged by Mischelle and posted on the 24th. Your hubby’s “procrastination and caffeine” just cracked me up! I found the questions hard to answer and still am not completely happy with my answers.

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