I have been crafting for more years than I can remember but the day it all started, when I wandered into the small craft shop in the village where I used to live, is still a vivid memory. I wasn't really sure what I was looking at and ended up buying a pack of 5 Christmas cards to make myself. The response I got from the recipients set me to wondering what else I could do. I attended a workshop in the shop not long after and was introduced to embossing powder, seeing it melt had me hooked !
My favourite technique has to be stencilling and all things associated with it. I love building layers and the depth and interest you can achieve just fascinates me. This led me to journalling, the blank pages are full of possibilities and it's also a place to experiment. I've taken many classes both online and also face to face but if there was one person I would love to take a class with it would be Donna Downey.
A few years ago I was very honoured to be invited to join the PaperArtsy blogging team and this was a real change in my crafting direction. I discovered Freso Finish Chalk Paint and that changed my thinking completely. New craft products are always exciting but new techniques have always attracted me more and using the Fresco paints just opened a whole new world !
I still enjoy making the occasional card and the above was made as a sample for the launch of some Lynne Perrella stamps. Being challenged to use different colours and stamps is always daunting but when the wheels start to turn and the ideas start to take shape it's always exciting.
Inspiration can come from anywhere, but sometimes it's a case of being given the building blocks then taking what you've learnt and using it in your own way. I attended a fabulous class with Lin Brown a couple of years ago and rusting fabric was the technique we were working with. The above was a project that came together really quickly, rusting lots of fabric and including metal too which is another passion of mine.
In recent years I've not crafted as much, life has turned in a different direction but I still enjoy the time I do spend surrounded by my craft products.