Today’s featured crafter shares her love of card making. When answering, ‘Why Handmade’?, Sage says it best – I see the delight in someone’s face as they open one of my creations, I know that just doesn’t happen with store-bought cards. You’re right, Sage, there’s nothing quite like handmade! 🙂
I love Sammy Jane, the dog princess of the house.
I love growing and photographing flowers as much as I love paper crafting
I don't believe that anyone is "not creative." The question is whether one develops that creativity through experimentation, practice, and the willingness to make mistakes and start over.
Teaching cardmaking and paper crafting is my passion, and I'm blessed to be able to do as much of it as I can create time for--especially online.
What got you started crafting?
I probably got started in elementary school, Brownies, after-school programs at the parks and libraries, etc. I've explored several crafts and have enjoyed them all: sewing, knitting, bead and leather work, weaving, and more I can't remember at the moment. But when I discovered rubber stamps and cardmaking, I found a new home. I used to see all the cards a friend of mine would make, and all the supplies, and start drooling. I promised myself I'd start making cards myself some day, and that some day happened a couple years later. Now I'm totally hooked, and am continually growing and experimenting, learning about design in the process.
What is your source of inspiration?
My mother was an artist, and I think I gained a lot of appreciation for art, design, and color from her, even though she didn't start painting until after the kids left home. Now my inspiration comes a lot from flowers and nature, as well as creating new things that look old--vintage and shabby chic styles. I think of what I might find in my grandmother's attic, and how I could combine old-looking things with new materials for a beautiful creation.
What have you made recently?
I just made a butterfly card using Creped Filter Paper. I had used the paper to make a paper flower, but wanted to try something different. So I cut eight layers of the Filter Paper with a Big Shot Die, Beautiful Butterflies. Then I sponged the edges, stamped a design on them, put them together with a brad and started scrunching the layers so they would be fluffy and 3 dimensional. I put the butterfly on top of a Doily, added some embellishments, and felt it was finished. When I design a card, there's always a point when I look at it and think to myself: Yes, that's it. It's finished. Any more would be too much, any less wouldn't be interesting enough.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
Right now I'm only selling locally to friends, although I will be developing some online sales of finished crafts. Meanwhile, what I sell is classes and tutorials teaching others to make extraordinary cards and 3-D projects. I sell them through my website at http://www.stampingmadly.com
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Handmade allows me to express my deepest source of creativity, while telling the recipient how much they mean to me. When I see the delight in someone's face as they open one of my creations, I know that just doesn't happen with store-bought cards.