Monday, 2 February 2015

Perfect Peacock & Blog Hop

If you are a Stampin' Up! fan, then you would have seen this stamp before. I didn't get it when everyone else did as it just didn't grab me. But that all changed when I saw some truly inspirational peacock work of arts when I was flicking through an old oil paintings book in a junk shop. I think it must of been the universe telling me that day that I needed this stamp.

Don't you just love all the bling on the tail. There is no such thing as too much

I hope you love her, because I do.

Now for the Blog Hop part of this post.

A week or so ago I was nominated by the wonderfully talented Leonie to paticipate in a Creative Blog Hop. I forgot to do it when I was meant I am doing it now. The idea is to share something you have made, answer some questions and nominate someone else to participate.

So I have shared something I have created, now onto the questions.

What are you working on now?
Currently I am working on my class offerings for February and March as well as designing new products for my other handmade business. I love using Stampin' Up! products for my handmade business as everything co-ordinates and you can't help but make beautiful things with all of it.

How does your work differ from others in your genre?
My style is a bit of this and a bit of that, and that's how I am different. One day I will be in a shabby chic type of mood and my creations that day will reflect this. The next day I might be in a minimilist mood. So people just never know what I am going to come up with next. It is a never ending variety of creations I offer.

Why do you create what you do ?
I have always done some sort of craft. On one school holidays my family went down to my grandparents house in Sussex Inlet on the NSW south coast when I was around 12. I remember it was raining and my grandmother could tell I was bored. So we went for a trip to the small local craft store. I chose a very ambitious cross stitch to do. I managed to do a lot of that cross stitch that week and from there I was hooked. Over the years I have swapped and changed to different types of crafts,  and my cupboard of half finished products is testament to Fast forward to when my now 14 year old son was in Grade 5 of primary school. After many years of challenges his behaviour was deteriorating and I found I needed to stop work so I could be home when the school called, which was nearly daily. This gave me time to do some research which led to a diagnose for my son, well several really - ADHD, Autism and Tourettes. I then turned to Stampin' Up! for several reasons. One reason was to satisfy my crafting need and give me some therapy. Stamping is like my 'time-out' where I get to recharge and forget about the world for a while. The other reason was to help supplement the family income as now we were down to one income with a mortgage, two children,etc etc etc. As I couldn't work anymore, I thought it was smart to combine what I love doing with a way to earn some money.

How does your creative process work?
I start with some inspiration. It could be a colour combination of something I see, or a picture somewhere, like the book at  the junkyard above. Sometimes I will even get a light bulb moment in the most random of places, like in the shower, or doing the laundry....Then I just create as the mood takes me. Sometimes the idea is so strong that I have to drop everything and just create. There are times though where I will pick out a stamp set or piece of designer series paper, and well, nothing. So that's where Pinterest comes into play. Then I emerge hours later with hundreds of ideas pinned. I think I need to add "make everything on my Pinterest boards" a bucket list item.

Now for the fun part, I get to nominate some one to join the Creative Blog Hop. I nominate Kerri. I can't wait to see what she comes up with.

If you want to create a Perfect Peacock card like mine, then you will need these supplies.

You can order all these supplies and more from my online store. And with Sale-A-Bration  on until the end of March, you can earn FREE product for every $90 you spend.

Thanks for popping by.

Happy stamping.


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