One of these wonderful people is named Katie Sims. I met Katie through Splitcoast Stampers. I LOVE humor and I was drawn in by both the amazing card making skills and the silly banter between Katie and the wonderful Pat Smethers. Their hilarious stories of "Jammer Town" (the
Recently Katie featured me on her blog as someone who inspires her in card making. This is totally crazy because Katie's and my style are polar opposite. This lady has some super duper cardmaking skills and if you've never checked out her work RUN over to her blog, Inky Peach Designs and see what I'm talking about.
Katie designs for Marcella Hawley's amazing Power Poppy Bloom Brigade. Her designs are always imaginative, classy, elegant, and neat as a pin. I wish I had her know how when it comes to choosing dies for her designs. She has an addiction to her Krylon Gold Leafing pen and knows how to wield it with the expertise of a master.
I'm so honored to have been chosen by Katie. Thanks Katie Girl!
So now I get the chance to tell you a little bit about myself and to also pass along this honor to a couple of amazing ladies who inspire me.
Here are a few questions Katie asked me to answer:
1. What am I working on? LOL Well it may sound silly, but I have had a SERIOUS housecleaning bug for a while now and that's where I've been spending the majority of my time. Don't know if it's my age or what but I want to de-clutter and make my home as simple to clean as possible. This isn't all that easy when you live in a cracker box, but I'm working on it. As far as my crafting, I am currently on the Design Teams for Mo's Digital Pencil, where I share coordinator responsibilities with the lovely Pat Frank, and I'm one of the Stamping Bella Babes for Emily Block. I'm also blessed to be a Guest Designer for Art Impressions creating cards from their stamps that will be used in their catalogs and as displays at crafting trade fairs like CHA.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? That would be hard to say because I don't think I have a genre. There are several different styles that appeal to me, but I wouldn't say I necessarily fit into any one of them. I can't quite get into piling on tons of flowers and embellishments. I like a plainer layout. I do tend to like to make my own embellishments by using flower dies and such rather than store bought. I would love to develop a "recognizable" style of my own, but I haven't found it yet. LOL
3. Why do I create what I do? I have always loved working with paper. There's just something about manipulating it into art that relaxes me. I'd like to think that the handmade cards I give away are received with an understanding that I thought they were worth the special effort to make it for them personally. I love scrapbooking too, but the time element frustrates me. I'm not a fast crafter and cards give a more instant gratification to my crafting needs.
4. How does your creative process work? LOL I guess I'm a bit OCD, but I like my images to match my papers as much as possible. Most of the time I'll start by coloring the skin and hair on my image and maybe an animal if there is one, but the clothing and extras will have to wait til I pick out the papers. Then I color to match. Sometimes I come up with my own designs, but most of the time I search some of my favorite challenge blogs that use sketches for my pattern.
Now it's my turn to share a couple of crafty friend with you that inspire me. My list is a mile long and continues to grow. Some are team mates and long time bloggie friends, others are crafters I admire from afar. I learn something new every day just by opening my blog reader. These two ladies never disappoint me. Let me introduce you to......
Anja Bytyqi : Little Butterfly Creations
I've really watched this beautiful ladies' style grow over the last year. She has become quite the accomplished stamper not to mention a talented card designer too. Recently she participated in one of the online card classes and her "homework" just blew me away. Anja has a wonderful grasp of color and uses that to advantage in both her stamping skills and other ways like stencils. Every time I visit her I find myself wanting to add some new something to my shopping list--embossing powder, a stamp set, paper, dies..... The list goes on. She's a terrible enabler. LOL She's not just a stamper though, she has some serious pencil and Copic skills. I really like to see neatness in cardmaking. I'm pretty particular about my own and I enjoy seeing it in the work of others. Anja is a perfect example. Beautifully balanced cards that show the care she has taken with her design. This sweet lady has been a wonderful encouragement to me.
Ros Crawford: Mikey's Mom
I want to thank Katie for allowing me to participate in this little adventure. I was honored to be one of her choices and I am honored to be able to spotlight a couple of ladies who are true artists and wonderful friends. I sure hope you will make the time to go and visit their blogs. It will be a high spot in your day.