Monday, February 9, 2015

Creative Crew Blog Hop

Hi Stamping Friends!!

Last week I was nominated by a sweet Stampin' Up! demo friend, Cindy, from Heart's Delight Cards to participate in the Creative Crew blog hop. You can see her post HERE. The Creative Crew is a group of Stampin' Up demonstrators that encourages each others creativity through monthly challenges. They have an SU! demos only forum at Splitcoast Stampers. But the Stampin' Up! gallery is open for everyone to visit.

Enough about that. On to the hop!! The Creative Crew Blog Hop has a few simple rules: 
1. I have to create a project exclusively for the hop.
2. I have to answer a few questions.
3. I get to nominate two other stampers that I admire. (I only chose one).
Super easy!!

Here is my card:

Stamps: Butterfly Basics, Thoughts and Prayers
Ink: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Sahara Sand
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Beat Year Ever DSP (SAB)
Accessories: Calypso Chevron Ribbon, Coastal Cabana Ribbon (SAB), Butterflies Thinlits, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Curly Label Punch, Zig Zag EF, Basic Pearl Jewels, Dimensionals
Tips: The squares of DSP are 1.25" squares, glued to a piece of Whisper White card stock, cut to size and then embossed.

I created this card for a dear friend who had emergency surgery for a stroke last Thursday. She's a trooper and was moved out of ICU yesterday. Praying for you Shannon!!!

Here are my answers to the questions:

1. What are you working on?
I have a class next Sunday using the Petal Potpourri and Crazy About You stamp sets, so I am currently putting all the card kits together for that and I have a workshop next Saturday that I need to figure out a make-and-take for. I am also creating my monthly Thank You cards for our family's ministry. And I'm planning my next online stamp class using the Celebrate Today stamp set and matching Framelits. Plus I need to finish my Hello Life and Perpetual Birthday Calendar Project Kits to share at my classes. I have a TON of stamping stuff to do this week and I LOVE it!!! :)

2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I'm not exactly sure what this questions means, (as I'm not all that original) but I'm guessing it asking about my style. My style is pretty clean and simple. I prefer bright colors and easy designs. I do not do a lot of fussy or messy techniques. Even though I love those types of cards, I just can't seem to pull it off. My cards tend to be very symmetrical. I do like to challenge myself once in awhile. 

3. Why do you create what you do?
I tend to create mostly cards and occasionally treat holders. I create them mostly for classes. Before we moved I had a monthly stamp club that I created projects for once a month. Since we moved, I have started online monthly stamp classes that I design card kits for. I'm hoping to find some local stampers. I miss stamping with friends!! I also stamp and send monthly Thank You cards for our ministry supporters. I really love sending handmade cards. I hope it conveys how appreciative we truly are. I also "create" simply because I enjoy it and it makes me happy. :)

4. How does your creative process work?
I have been a "CASEr" since I started stamping. Meaning I pretty much copy everything I make. I do make adjustments for color and paper and stamp sets, but I get all my beginning ideas from things I've seen on the internet. Pinterest is one of my best stamping friends. That's one thing I LOVE about the Stampin' Up! community, demonstrators are always willing to share everything they do. And I greatly appreciate that. 

I didn't know who to nominate because I have been out of the blog hop loop for quite some time. So I posted a request to fellow SU! demos at Splitcoast Stampers and Jess very graciously agreed to keep the hop going. She will be posting a card next week Monday on her blog: Jess B... Creative "Card"iology. Make sure you stop by and visit her next week Monday to see what she has created.

If you would like to see more of my creative process and what I'm up to in my stamping loft, join me on Facebook at Krystal's Cards - Oceanside. I like to post pics as I'm creating. It makes me feel like I'm stamping with friends. :)

Thanks for stopping by!
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