Monday, August 4, 2014

Getting to Know Me Blog Hop


Hello crafting friends! I was so incredibly honoured a few weeks ago when my dear friend, Karen of Kaleidoscopic Sparkles, asked me to join in a blog hop of a different kind. In this hop, we are sharing about ourselves and our creative processes in order to get to know one another a bit more. Karen shared last week and you can read her post HERE. I am delighted to work with Karen on the My Craft Spot creative design team and even more delighted to consider Karen a true friend. Her positive outlook on life and uplifting words of encouragement continually make my heart dance. Her timing is always perfect and her special notes come at just the right time. Plus, she's shared some deliciously inspiring recipes which have been a hit with my family when I've prepared them for my loved ones.

I first began paper crafting back in 2005 but did not start my blog until 2010. I had been quite involved with ATC (Artist Trading Cards) swaps and started my blog to share some of my work. I quickly learned that there was so much to learn through crafting blogs and jumped in with both feet! It wasn’t long before I became part of the Fantabulous Cricut design team and then the My Craft Spot design team. I am so thankful to Robin and Kimberly for the opportunities they've extended to me and feel so blessed to continue to craft and share with My Craft Spot.

One of my earlier creations, but a favourite!
My first published card!! (Cricut Ideas Magazine)
Now for the hop questions, interspersed with some of my previous projects.

A set of cards when my youngest went off to camp - one for each day!
What am I working on right now? August is birthday month at our house, with all three of my precious children celebrating birthdays. As such, I’m working on a variety of cards! Plus, we moved at the end of June and I’m creating a welcome sign for our front entrance. It’s all designed now and I just need to distress the frame but am still somewhat undecided on exactly what to do. Finally, I’ve got regular My Craft Spot commitments so I’m always thinking ahead and planning for those!

Birthday card collage
How does my work differ from others of its genre? I’m not sure that it really does! I get my inspiration from all over and so my projects contain a variety of elements - depending on the project itself and my mood. 

One of the few cards I've made with no real purpose in mind!
Why do I create? I am an incredibly driven and busy person and much of my life is spent focused on research and education related to my passion and excitement for all that technology can do to make learning accessible to all. I do have a creative side and NEED to take time to exercise that part of my brain too. Taking time to create gives me time for myself but it also helps me think outside the box in other areas of my life - so a bit of a professional bonus too. Plus, it just makes me happy - especially when I'm creating for my favourite people!! 

The card I tucked in my daughter's bag when we dropped her off at university her first year - with a quote from Bon Jovi
How does your creative process work? I tend to be detail-oriented so see the parts of my projects before the big picture. This means I work from the small to the whole. I begin with a single element and work out from there. 

For my dear Mum when her sweet little cat, Trinity, passed away
A Valentine created especially for the man I love most in this world
Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to learn more about me. It's a joy to be on this blogging journey with you! (I'm the end of this leg of the hop. Please email me if you'd like to play along too and I'd be happy to introduce you here on my blog and send friends your way!)

8 comments:

Karen said...

My precious friend, what a joy to learn a little bit more about you through this post! I never knew your crafting started with ATCs. :o) One of my favorite parts about crafting is how it does inspire and enhance other areas of life... I love that you have found the same to be true. :o)

Every project you showcased is amazing! I had the hardest time selecting one of yours for my post. :o) You perfectly portrayed your range, from kiddo-friendly to elegant. (OH and that 10-bear card is always one of my favorites from you!) Your creativity is not only a joy to behold, but also a joy to my heart. Thank you for being YOU, a beloved friend who means the world to me. :o)

Sparkly hugs and blessings,
Karen

Tracey said...

Your work is Beautiful Kate...I really enjoyed reading about your creative process! You have such an eye for detail.....it really shows in your gorgeous cards. Have a great week, happy creating!

Lisa said...

I so enjoyed getting to know you better, Kate and learning about your creative process!! All of the projects you added were amazing!! I am always inspired when I visit - you are so talented and creative!! Have a great evening :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Susie Craft Happy! said...

Kate, I really enjoyed reading about you. I find you to be a joy visit. I love all of your work from the first time I saw. I'm so glad we've gotten a chance to get to know each other in blogland and via our postal services. LOL!!

Susie

Renee Butchart said...

It was great to learn a little more about you Kate! We have all these people we consider our bloggie friends & don't really know much about them...this is a wonderful idea! Love your cards!
Hugs, Renee

Creative M said...

Your creations are Always Beautiful! I so enjoyed getting to know you more...and thank you for my bloggie love. I greatly appreciate it!
You are AMAZING!
Have a wonderful day,
Migdalia
*Crafting With Creative M*


Tina H said...

What a wonderful post! I really enjoyed reading about you and seeing your past projects. I've been a follower of your blog and always enjoy your projects! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to seeing more of your creations :)

Sherrie K. said...

It's so fun to read more about you Kate! I love all your work and your creativity is so inspiring and SO glad you share it with us! You are an inspiration to all of us Kate! I am so glad that I have had the opportunity to be on the same DT as you to....you are a great bloggy friend and treasure your friendship:)
Sherrie K