First, I can't tell you how excited I am to be participating in the Creative Crew Blog Hop!  I was nominated by Andi Katz Potler, another super talented demonstrator and friend.  I'm so honored to be participating in the Creative Blog Hop.

The rules of this Blog Hop are:

1)  Create a project exclusive to the Creative Crew Blog Hop

2) Answer a few questions and then;

3) Nominate TWO people who inspire me.

So, on that note… Welcome to the Creative Crew Blog Hop.

Creative Crew Blog Hop

 

I'm super excited to be sharing this project with you today for the Creative Crew Blog Hop.  Now, I will admit that this may not exactly meet the "exclusivity" clause of the Blog Hop but I WILL say that it hasn't been posted anywhere else online YET (hopefully it will be posted to Pinterest in just a short time by someone that LOVES this project!).  By the time you read this blog post, I'll have just returned home from the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL and since I was VERY short on time, I created this project for this Blog Hop but also for a very small Mini Treat Bag Swap that I participated in at Leadership.

Here is my project for today:

Creative Crew Blog Hop

I have been working on a mix of projects with the goal of participating in various different Challenge Blogs.  My top priority is the Paper Craft Crew Challenge Blog that I manage so I'm often working on cards specifically using the sketches that I create for the Paper Craft Crew.  In all honesty, I have a tendency to skip around from focusing on the current upcoming holiday to making all-purpose projects depending on what we need in the family.  

One of my favorite items from the 2015 Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog is the Mini Treat Bag.  I just love this bag.  For the Leadership Swap, I choose to keep it a neutral theme that would be great for just about any purpose. The stamp set used is called Oh My Goodies which coordinates beautifully with teh Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies.  The image is stamped on Whisper White using Melon Mambo Classic Ink then cut with the Deco Labels and I used the next size up to cute the Melon Mambo Background.  Next, I would the Linen Thread behind the stamped image and layered it between the two Deco Labels.  The finishing accent was creating a flower using the Petite Petals Punch with a Melon Mambo Brights Designer Button.

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The Mini Treat Bag itself features the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper with the Jute Ribbon wrapped around the bag then tied with a Linen Thread Bow and "clamped" shut with the Mini Clothespin.  Inside the bag are a couple of delicious chocolates!

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Now, to answer the questions:

1)  What are you working on?

Since I just returned from the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference, I'm actually working on reviewing my notes and reworking my class schedule to increase the number of classes that I hold as well as focusing on increasing my downline so I'm better aligned with the coming Compensation Plan changes that Stampin' Up! will be implementing later this year.  Stampin' Up! has some wonderful kits in the current Occasions Catalog and I'm honestly not utilizing the kits like I should to increase my sales as well as my attendance.  They are such an easy way to hold a class, have fun and gather with friends.  I'm really excited to increase the number of classes that I hold as well as focusing on building my Stampin' Up! Sunny Craftin' Crew team.   

2) How does your work differ from others in your genre?

So, how does my work differ…  I think it is the variety of stamping that I do – I have an eclectic style but especially love creating collages.  I love everything from Clean and Simple to more complex layered designs.  I absolutely LOVE the vintage look and creating collages with my stamping by layering stamped images as well as using various layers of embellishments.  BUT… I also love to challenge myself to create clean, simple and beautiful designs.  

3) Why do you create what you do?

There are many reasons WHY I create what I do…

I love the challenge of creating new, fresh designs that brightens someone's gloomy day.  My love of paper crafting goes way back over 20 years however it was when I was going through several different "tough" periods in my life that I found solace in my crafting.  It was an outlet for expressing myself by sharing my talent and love of crafting.  It brings me so much joy to see family and friends reliving memories or by bringing a smile to their face with a card I created.  One of the best memories I have is of a time I made a scrapbook for my brother after the family Great Dane had passed away and when I gave it to them at Christmas, the whole family gathered around to look at the memories.  Even though there were lots of tears there were also many smiles along with laughter from remembering the antics of their dog.

Paper Crating has also helped me "release" my mind from the worry of Endometrial Cancer, then going through Infertility Treatments, dealing with miscarriages then another round of cancer as I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer and the finally the long wait for a placement to adopt.  


4) How does your creative process work?

Oy!  From day to day it really does vary…  Sometimes it is just so easy and I can "throw" something together based on an idea I have floating in my head.  Whereas on other days I struggle.  What really helps me is to remind myself of my audience.  I have a mix of customers from the new stamper to the experienced stamper.  I try to create a mix of clean and simple cards that appeal to both the new and experience stamper especially for classes and events.  When I create for my blog, my focus is on a variety of levels from easy to advanced that would appeal to a mix of readers.  

My process starts with a focus on my audience, then I look at my stamp sets to see what appeals which then leads me to my creation.  When I hit a brick wall with my crafting, I usually turn to Pinterest or a few of my favorite blogs – I recently started setting a timer allowing myself no longer than 30 minutes of looking at various crafty venues and if I'm still struggling I usually take a short break then come back to my project about an hour or two later.

Here are my nominees:

The fabulous Cindy Coutts over at Cindy Coutts Designs – she inspires me with her amazing creativity and complex, yet interesting designs.  She makes amazing projects and I'm so thrilled that she is a member of my downline.  Check out her amazing projects – I just love her stuff! 

Because of her fun style, I'm also nominating Terri Walker over at Nutz About Stamping!  She is my awesome Upline and I love her projects!

If they elect to play – their creations will be posted on Monday, February 9th! Be sure to visit their blogs and check them out.

 

To purchase the products to created this fun and beautiful project, visit my 24/7 Stampin’ Up! store by clicking HERE! For your convenience, you can find the supply list with product numbers listed at the end of this post.

I invite you to pin any of my creations to Pinterest and to share your thoughts or questions by leaving me a comment. I love hearing from all my readers – word of mouth is one of the greatest forms of flattery.

Do you enjoy making similar handcrafted items? Not a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator? DO you enjoy FREE products? Join Stampin’ Up! and my Sunny Crafting Crew now. It is a great time to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. To sign up as a demonstrator and join my team, click HERE!

 


Sunny Stampin’ & Scrappin’!

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