Sunday, August 31, 2014

Getting To Know Me - Tag!

Happy Sunday! Before we get down to business with our new release tomorrow, I wanted to sneak in a quick post.

The incredibly talented Joy Taylor from Simple By Design tagged me in a cool "Getting To Know Me" series. I had a lot of fun reading her Getting To Know Me post. She has such a light and airy CAS style - my favorite style - and she is definitely one of my favorite bloggers in this genre!

In this series, we just have to answer a couple of questions to help get to know each other a little better. So here it goes:

What creative projects are you currently working on?

I'm actually working on quite a few at the moment. I'm finishing up some last minute designs and videos for our upcoming September Release - can't wait to share everything with you guys! I'm also finishing up some illustrating for spring stamp designs.

Outside of card making, I'm working on some traditional illustrations and prepping them for Copic coloring. And I've started a sketch for a watercolor painting that I'm really excited to do.

What inspires your designs?

Hmm...I am inspired by so many different things. Sometimes it's a technique, or a textile pattern. I love to look at different fabrics and patterns. Magazine layouts and website layouts are also a great source of inspiration for me. Of course, Pinterest and stationery. Oh, and all of the bloggers out there! I like to try and use an inspiration piece completely different from my style and adapt it to my style. Somewhere along the way it tends to morph into something completely different than what I had in mind...and usually better!

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

Oh boy. This one is a doozy. There really is no method to my madness! I think the one thing I do consistently is to just start stamping. I will get out some typing paper and just start testing out the stamps. Once I start stamping, it gets the juices flowing - different techniques, layering, arrangement, etc. I find that I'm much more productive if I just "play" first. Before I know it, I'm reaching for the cardstock and ready to start executing.

How long? Again, this varies greatly. Sometimes I can try to work on a design for hours - and then suddenly something clicks and from the single design I can knock out another 2 or 3 spin-offs in less than 30 minutes. I've learned that for me, if a design is taking too long, I just push it to the side and do something else. 9 times out of 10, some time a little later, it will come to me out of no where and I will know exactly what I want to do with it.

If you had to describe your signature style, what would it be?

I am always on a constant mission to learn something find a new challenge. Once I've got it down, I'm looking for the next thing to try. I'm one of those people who would order three appetizers over one entree so that I can try several different things. So I tend to try just about anything. Except cute. Cute is my kryptonite. LOL However, I do tend to gravitate towards CAS. I love to create something simple with a little twist.

What three crafting tools/products can you not live without?

White cardstock. Definitely white cardstock. My Big Shot. I love die cutting and don't think I could give that up. Nope. And stamps/ink. I know that seems pretty obvious, but I am a stamper at heart and absolutely love love love stamping!

Now it is my turn to tag someone. And I am tagging Maureen Merritt. Maureen is a current member of the Wplus9 Design Team and a creative power house. I can't wait to get to know more about her creative process.

Be on the look out for her post next week!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I will see you in a couple of hours for our September Release!


  1. Hi Dawn!! Loved reading about you... is this one totally separate/different than The Creative Blog Hop? I'm going to start hopping backwards to find out =] Off to read about Maureen!

  2. I loved reading more about you Dawn, thank you for the sweet words, I admire you as a person and an artist, so happy that we are blogging friends and one day hopefully we meet in real life, hugs


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