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Getting to Know Me blog hop

So, I was recently tagged by my sweet friend Jennifer McGuire for the Getting To Know Me blog hop.  There is so much you don’t know about me that I know you are riveted to your seat right now!


For those of you that really want to know, here are the questions I was sent to answer:

1.  What creative projects are you currently working on?

Good grief, I’m up to the gills right now (!)… But, a most recent, as in TODAY, *chuckle*:  the In Touch monthly newsetter article



The article focuses on creating a “smoky faux watercolor” effect, using Archival and Copic Reinkers.

I’ve also been working on some stamp illustrations and die designs that will be produced by Ellen Hutson LLC…  :)


You can read a little more on that in the full newsletter here: September 2014 In Touch

2. What inspires your designs?

I can be inspired by something as random as song lyrics, a mail order catalog, a shop display, something I see on Pinterest, and even something right in my front yard, as well as by my creative friends and the art they share.

3.  What method/process do you apply to each of your creative projects and how long does each project take to complete?

It depends–the designs that come easiest  and fastest to me are usually the ones that I actually have a specific recipient, and occasion, in mind for. I will usually have a finished idea in my head, and then raid my supplies and tools to find what I need to make it real.

I keep quarter sheets of printer paper handy in a stack, and often experiment with layout and ink colors on that before moving on to the real deal… If I’m trying to employ a particular technique, however, it can sometimes take a day or three… (Yes, 3. No lie.), to complete a project… I’m [very] slow and methodical when it comes to techniques… And suffer from perfectionist tendencies…

4.  If you had to describe your “signature” style, what would it be?

I hate to box myself in, but I lean towards minimalism with my card making, so I guess “clean and simple” describes it best.

5.  What three crafting tools can you not live without?

Tools, eh?! Not supplies, tools… Lemme geek on that…

1. My tweezers. Yup.  I’d be lost without ‘em.

2. My Washi tape.  The stuff is decorative AND utilitarian; it doesn’t get mo’h bettah than that, folks!

3. My waterbrush; watercolor is my favorite means to color and with water-based dye inks or my Peerless Watercolors, I’m good to go.


So. Now you know. :)


And, I’m actually supposed to tag another artist I admire–but, to be honest, I’ve been out of town, swamped upon return and actually getting right back on a plane tomorrow for work!!! So, tagging someone else is gonna hafta wait until I get back and catch my breath. If you’re the patient type, and don’t mind waiting, subscribe to my blog via the link below my photo on the upper right corner of this page or follow me via the bloglovin’ button (same spot), and when I update this post, you’ll know who I tag next. :)

Thanks for comin’ by–I truly appreciate it!

Happy Mundane!



27 years is pretty amazing!

As many of you know, I have taught live classes at Impress in Tukwila several times per year and it’s such a fun store, with lovely samples everywhere you look!  They have their own line of ink in a gorgeous array of colors, beautiful stamps and their staff is fab!

When Ann, my friend and owner of Impress, told me they were celebrating their store’s 27th anniversary this weekend, I bounced off my chair–that is truly an awesome thing!

So, if you happen to be in the Seattle area, I’m givin’ y’all a heads up to stop by! Everything in their two store locations is 25% off this Saturday and online shoppers can also save 25% this Saturday and Sunday with a special coupon code: happy birthday

Happy Birthday, Impress!  And, congratulations, Ann! I’m so proud of you!

(WOOT! *tosses confetti*)




Winnie & Walter Giveaway Winner

*If you’re looking for the Altenew hop, please scroll down to the post beneath this one.*

Congratulations to:

Lorraine M

3:30 pm on July 5, 2014

I’ve been eying Winnie & Walter stamps for a while. Really love your cards using their products. Thanks for the chance to win:)


An email has been dispatched to you, Lorraine! Please respond so we can get these fun stamps on their way to you!

Thank you to all that played and thank you so much for your kind comments! I’m so glad you enjoyed these designs!

Once again, many thanks to the gals at Winnie & Walter for the invitation to play and for sponsoring this giveaway!



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