Monday, August 4, 2014

Getting to Know Me Blog Hop

Happy Monday to you!

I have a little something different for you today.  Recently I was asked to participate in a different type of blog hop, one in which we share a little bit about our work and creative process as we get to know each other better. 

I am beyond honored that Karen over at kaleidoscopic Sparkles asked me to participate. I'm sure most of you already know this sweet sunshine of a person, but just in case you don't or haven't seen her jaw dropping creations, you must stop by and check them out, she is possibly the kindest blogger and definitely one of the most talented. Karen an I began our journey into the crafting world around the same time and it's been a true honor to follow her along her journey of creativity! Thank you my sweet and kind friend for this invitation!

I started blogging right after I received a Cricut as a gift from my mom. I began searching the internet, really trying to learn how to use my new toy and quickly found a whole new world. I started a blog so that I could share my passion, meet some people that share the same interest and have some fun! Boy, I never imagined what this little hobby of mine would do for me. 

Truly I have been a crafter all my life, my Mom has always been creative. We were the best dressed little girls in preschool, coordinated from hair bows to Backpacks and lunch bags. All sewn and made by her. We always had a craft to do and books to color.  I fell in love with pen & paper at age 5, then stickers.... Soon I began collecting stationary, and when scrapbook paper came out my favorite thing to do was coordinate card stock and pattern paper. I just bought them and never used them :) I just LOVED having them! I wasn't a scrapbooker so I guess I felt like what would I use them for? Until I started making invitations and thank you cards in 1990. My mom and I would make them for so many occasions. I honestly never imagined I would start a blog and share my work but with some convincing I did, and I'm so VERY glad I did it!  

What am I working on right now?

I am always working on something :) At the moment it's Design Team projects. I am currently on Craftin Desert Divas Design TeamTrendy Twine Design Team & Die Cuttin Divas. I really couldn't ask for better teams, the gals that I work with inspire me and are so encouraging. I'm really lucky to participate on the teams and use their fantastic products!
Here are a few of my favorite DT projects.

Why do I create what I do?
Like many of you I live a very busy, fast moving, full life. Crafting is my time to unwind, relax and enjoy something for "Me" I love doing it and I love sharing it with all of you!

How does your creative process work?
Well I think it starts with all the fabulous paper and products! I love my team products and I LOVE peachy Keen Stamps!! I think it also has a lot to do with ALL of you fabulous crafters...The inspiration is endless.

What is my Signature Style?
I think I have a traditional but fun style, clean, and sometimes funky :) I really love die cuts, stamps, and machine stitching!

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I doesn't, and that's what makes this community so wonderful! I think that ALL of you inspire me with your creativity daily.

So in order to keep this fabulous hop going you are to tag some friends.  Well here's the truth... I know how busy everyone is and I know how hard it is to carve out time. So I decided to just acknowledge those that have really inspired me along the way. First, all the fabulous ladies from my past design team at Little Scrap Pieces, you are ALL so dear to me and just hold a special place in my heart. Next is my Die Cuttin Diva Gals, you are so awesome and inspire me every Tuesday, next is my Craftin Desert Divas Team, you gals ROCK. I adore you and I'm so lucky to create with all of you... Tara, you especially you're creativity and inspiration is AMAZING and next my Trendy team, okay you girls are sassy.... and I LOVE it! You're so talented and FUN... Especially you Lesley - it's my pleasure to be on your team! Finally, to all my bloggy friends that visit me, share your inspiration with me and encourage me along the way!

So if any of you have some time and feel like joining the hop, email me and I'll give you the details. I would love to hear your story :)

Thanks for sticking around and listening to me babble a bit! Karen, thank you my sweet friend I had a great time sharing!



Dr Sonia S V said...

Shelly it was awesome reading about you and you are so lucky to have had a super crafty childhood. I love your projects and your fun blog posts
Dr Sonia
Cards Crafts Kids Projects

jessica said...

Super AWESOME projects Shelly!
Such a HUGE fan of your work and you are an inspiration to us all!!!

snappy scrappy said...

Great post...I love your designs!!

Lisa said...

I so enjoyed getting to know more about your your creative background and process, Shelly!! All of the projects you posted are amazing - as they always are!! I echo Jessica - you know I'm a huge fan of your work and you are such an inspiration!! So glad we crossed paths in blogland!! I'm lucky to know you!! I hope you are having a great time!! Safe travels my sweet friend!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Karen said...

My sweet friend, this post was so amazing to read! I loved getting to know more about you. What a delight that you had such a crafty childhood! It's in your genes! :o) Every project you showcased is filled with so many things I love about you... pure joy and happiness. That is what I always feel when I see your creations! You are such a sweetheart and I am truly thankful that we found each other in this crafty community. :o) Thank you for always inspiring!

Sparkly hugs and blessings,

Kate said...

Awesome reading about you. Love all your creations my friend