Monday, April 6, 2015

Creativity Blog Hop!!


I had a glorious Easter, how about you? It was also my dad's birthday and LDS General Conference, so it was an even better Easter than normal (if that is possible!)  I was inspired, uplifted, and spiritually fed this weekend and I'm feeling encouraged to face life with strength and steadfastness, as well as feeling a deeper appreciation for my Savior's love and grace. 
I have to thank my friend Jeanna Bohanon for nominating me for the Creativity Blog Hop!  I'm honored that she thought of me! She is a sweet friend and a super creative person and I'm so grateful to know her!
My card is a CASE from a Stampin' Success demonstrator magazine.  I love the many samples Stampin' Up! shares.  I used Boutique Borders photopolymer set as well as Fabulous Four wood mount and Gorgeous Grunge clear-mount sets. I embossed the sentiment in gold and grabbed a few gold sequins for extra shine and tied it up with a Crisp Cantaloupe thick baker's twine bow.
What am I working on right now?  Honestly, I'm working on cleaning up my craft room!  When I go into my room, I have to clear a space just to create...that is not fun and certainly not conducive to creativity!! I've done a bunch of projects on MDS (not nearly as messy) and I am sad that it's being discontinued :(.  Lately, I just make bridal and baby shower gifts.
How does your work differ from others in your genre? I'm a CASE girl (Copy and Share Everything)!  I love to see what others have created and make it my own!  Even when I go to convention, I try to make the make & takes differently than they are displayed.
Why do you create what you do?  I LOVE to create for my friends and family! A birthday card, a baby onesie, a personalized gift for a bride & groom, it makes me happy to see them happy.  Even if I can add a small tag to a store bought gift, the recipient knows that I at least spent the time to create for them.
How does your creativity work? I like to imagine that I can just sit at my desk and beautiful creations flow from my head straight to my hands...sadly that is not the case!!  Usually, I'm frantically digging through my pile of scraps trying to find that last small piece of "just right" DSP (for sure an argument for hoarding paper!!) and searching for that one missing stamp from the stamp set that may or may not be in the stack of stuff in front of me as I'm walking out the door to attend some gathering or another. I actually create better under a bit of pressure, I don't like it, but it is what it is!

Thanks for joining me on this fun journey! The next person on the hop will be the fabulous Chrissy Neilson! She's a fairly new Stampin' Up! demonstrator, but not new to SU! by any means! I know that you will love whatever she creates--she is so talented!  Show her some love next Monday!!

Julie