Good morning! It's Tuesday, so as promised, I have a giveaway winner fo you! The winner was randomly selected from both the Instagram comments an the blog comments, and the winner is flo_crafts_studio from over on Instagram! Congrats to her, and her package will be on its way shortly!
I just wanted to take a minute to thank you all for sharing your crafting stories with me. I read each and every one! My family was asking me why I was sitting there like a dork with a big smile on my face, staring at my screen. Your comments made me fall in love with this hobby all over again. Crafty people are definitely some of the nicest people, with giving, caring hearts. I love how this hobby brings together two very meaningful things, things I think we feel deep down in our souls...making and giving.
On another note, I thought I'd share a little of what I've been up to. While I love stamping and paper crafting, and don't ever plan to give it up, illustrating stamps has kind of brought out a whole different aspect to creativity. When I was little I loved to draw and paint. I was a design major in college (interior design), so I took lots of art classes. But somewhere along the line, I stopped doing it. Designing stamps started off as strictly digital work for me, but it has branched out into exploring other areas of art, especially watercolor and painting.
I share quite a bit of it on Instagram, but I wondered if you'd be interested in seeing any of that here on my blog (for those that aren't on Instagram)? Or are you here just for the stamps and cards? Which is ok, if so! 😀Sometimes I like to find inspiration in other things as well, and maybe you do too.
Here are a few watercolors I've done recently for a daily painting class over at Creative Bug, by Carolyn Gavin. Her style is super fun and bright and whimsical...and feels very different from my style in many ways, so it's a good challenge. It's not a technique-y class, but more about getting inspiration from daily objects. She talks a lot about adding contrast and depth your your paintings, which I feel is something mine are lacking, so it's great that she's always giving little reminders about that.
What do you think, would you like me to share some of these other things like this, besides just cards and stamping? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Maybe we could do some challenges here, would anyone be interested?