Sunday, November 2, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Hi, I am Mindy, welcome to my blog! I hope you stay and look around awhile, I have many handmade cards and goodies to share with you. I am retired, so I have plenty of time to play with my stamps, paper, inks, and paints. I also love TV and movies, and music is a form of inspiration I use in my Art.

I was invited by my friend and fellow Design Team member, Graciela Chavez de Mejia, to participate in this Creative Blog Hop.  It was created so fellow artists and crafter's could get to know each other. I am enjoying my time here, because even though we all may create some sort of greeting cards or art, everyone has their own styles and artistic techniques they like to use. So let's get busy with today's business.

1.  What am I working on right now?  I have sample card obligations for the design team I am on, and still participate in several weekly card challenges.  I try to complete one mixed-media canvas a week and make entries in my art journals daily.

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre? I don't know that it does differ, but I try to use my years of experience in the retail crafts business to promote products and techniques that are popular, or ones that other crafters  may have forgotten.

3.  Why do I create what I do?  I have always loved making and sending greeting cards, and try to personalize each one to the party it is being sent to.  Greeting cards are also a perfect size project to try new products and techniques on.

4.  How does my creative process work?  Most of the time my creative process works on the spur of the moment.  I find out about a challenge or project I am interested in, and my brain kicks in and starts picturing products or techniques that I have seen demonstrated or published. I then try to work those thoughts into a greeting card size project and begin to gather and create pieces that will work together for my card.  Many artists used sketches or drawings to inspire them, but drawings don't help me in the least. Photos and images inspire me to dissect and remove parts of a picture to use in my work, or to create from something I have recycled or refurbished.

I would now like to introduce you to three talented friends who also love the arts and to craft.  They will be sharing their answers to the questions and their friend list next Monday, November 10, 2014 so be sure to visit their blogs and say Hi!


Diane Hover - Michigan, USA   Diane is a Design Team member for a handful of companies and keeps very busy with her design team duties.  She enjoys paper crafting, sewing, reading, her grandchildren and gardening. She also has a great love of animals, including many cats and her dog-child, "Nellie" of whom her blog Nellie's Nest is named. She was one of my first mentors when I began my blog, and I cherish her knowledge and artistic skill that she readily shares.


Julie Mogford- Texas USA   School teacher by day, crafter, artist, and creativity explorer by night. Julie loves playing with stamps, paper, paints, and other mixed-media supplies along with watching TV/movies, reading, and listening to music.  She also co-owns her own business, and online company Winnie & Walter, that sells clear stamp sets, digital cut files, dies, and stencils that she and her business partner design and create themselves.  They are a fairly new company yet have customers and stores all around the world they sell to.  

Julie and her husband have one perky pup named Walter, who is a mascot for their company.  Visit Julie on her blog; and don't forget to say hello, and leave some love.

Carrie Edelmann Avery- Texas, USA   Carrie is one very talented and hard working woman, and in her words, "I think of myself as a modern day renaissance woman." "I juggle all kinds of crazy interests and endeavors in order to do all things that make my life fulfilling."  She now owns and operates an online store, Paper Wings Productions, from which she sells a variety of unique art supplies, along with her own line of clear and cling mounted rubber stamps, many of which she designs with some of her friends.

 She is also a remarkable teacher and continues to teach a wide variety of classes and workshops that feature different paper and mixed-media products and techniques including bookbinding and jewelry making. She has also had many articles published in numerous magazines and booklets, and her extreme knowledge of papers and art supplies, taught me much of what I know today.  Carrie has also been kind enough to offer a shopping discount at her store, Paper Wings Productions, for followers of my blog. Use the code " PWP*FAN" at checkout to receive a 25% discount on your order.

She is married and has two children at home that keep her extremely busy. Check out her blog;      Art and Classes of Carrie Avery at

Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit during this Creative Blog Hop.  I hope you have enjoyed getting to know a little about me and my "Friends", and that you will visit with them next Monday on their own blogs.  Have a very nice day, and remember to Keep Creating!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome post, Mindy!! I enjoyed getting to know more about your creative process!! Have a great day :)

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