Monday, September 8, 2014

Happy Birthday & a Creative Blog Hop



Happy Monday!

Today's post is just a bit different.  As always I have a card for you - this one is a simple Washi tape card.  Five minutes - I promise!

But also, I was invited to join in a creative blog hop by answering a few questions and then tagging another craft blogger and friend to play along next week. So here goes:

What am I working on now?  As always, I am working on more and more cards for my website/blog.  I love making them and always hope I inspire others to make some cards to share with their friends.  I am also crocheting scarves.  I taught myself to knit and crochet at the beginning of this year and I love it.  Finally, I am doing a version of Project Life.  I make a digital two page spread for each week as it passes.  I am actually a bit behind, but I can catch up because I do keep up with what pictures I want for each week.  The rest is just creating the layout. I completed one year already and thoroughly enjoy looking through that book.  It keeps me inspired to continue.

How does my work differ from others in my genre?   I am not sure that my work differs too much for others because I LOVE trends.  I am always inspired by others and by whatever new floats by me.  I do think I have a "style", though.  I would like to think you would know my work if you saw it.


Why do I create what I do?  I have always been a person who loves crafts.  Over the years it has taken different forms - sewing, cross stitch, ceramics, jewelry making, needlepoint.  But I believe scrapbooking  and card making really do fill a need I have to document our lives and to give to others.  No matter what creative road I am on, my need to express myself in art is always important to me.

How does my creative process work? 
My mind NEVER stops thinking about things to create.  I see color and pattern and possibility in everything.  I don't know how to explain how my brain works, but I know it never gives my artistic side a rest.  As far as hands on creating, I can't stand to be messy and have to clean up after every completed project.  Sometimes I look at my space after making a card and wonder what happened?  SOOOO much mess!  But I clean it up and start a new creation asap.  I try to leave out a few leftovers on my desk to include in another project.  Sometimes it works, and sometimes not.  But I try!

Now I want to introduce you to another creative friend of mine.  Her name is Annette Witherspoon and she is so completely amazing!  She is going to answer these same questions next Monday on her blog, A Spoon Full of Sugar.  Be sure to take a look and then bookmark her site to you can check it out again next Monday.

My name is Annette Witherspoon. I’ve been married to my husband John for 11 years and I am a mommy to two precious kids who keep me on my toes. Before joining mommy world, I was a public relations professional for 10 years.
 
I am primarily a card maker who occasionally makes other paper crafting projects.  I started dabbling in paper crafts a several years ago - shortly after receiving a handmade wedding card. I fell in love with the idea of creating one-of-a-kind cards made straight from the heart. Four years ago, I ramped up my crafting endeavors when I started my blog, A Spoon Full of Sugar, which is a play on my real name. A is the first letter of my first name, and Spoon is the last half of my last name. I design for Paper Sweeties Stamps and Eyelet Outlet, which sells eyelets, brads, ribbon,Washi tape and other accessories. Prior design experience includes Sweet Stamp Shop, Pink by Design Stamps, Frosted Designs Challenge Blog, Joy’s Life Stamps, and Stampendous. My work has been published in Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking, and ScrapStreet magazines. I also wrote for ScrapStreet Magazine, an online scrapbooking and paper crafting magazine. 

So there you are - a little bit about my creative process and a sneak peek into what you will find at Annette's blog next Monday.

See you tomorrow!

Susie

1 comment:

Indy said...

Susie, It is so exciting to learn more about you and how your creativity works! I love your work! I'm impressed you taught yourself how to knit and crochet! Both of these are on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing!
Hugs,
Debbie