I am a lifelong artist and crafter. I grew up in a home full of arts and crafts supplies with very creative parents. I love all types of crafts but my true crafting passions are illustration/lettering, papercrafts, ribbon & needlework, and fabric crafts. I love to combine elements of all four into projects.
I grew up dreaming of becoming a children’s author and illustrator. I fell in love with drawing, especially letter shapes when I was about 10 years old. My my mom gave me a catalog of transfer typefaces from the local art store. I loved trying to duplicate the letters and often combined them with doodles.
Although I worked in the arts and crafts industry for many years as a project and sample designer for several leading brands, I never envisioned designing my own products. My lettering and drawings were a secret passion until one day in 2015 when I shared a picture of a lettering piece on Instagram. The comments were so encouraging that I began to share more. Not long after that I was offered my first product line featuring my illustrations!
I now have products that include stamps, dies, stencils, needlework, and coloring products!.
When I am not creating, I am a wife and mother of three. We live in a 1923 bungalow in Illinois just outside of St. Louis. I love anything and everything shabby, chippy, and vintage. I love to scour flea markets and estate sales for old treasures. I am a fair weather gardener so if the spring breezes are blowing, you will probably find me playing in the dirt in my flower garden with my Boston Terrier Cracker Jack by my side.
Are you wondering why I create on tags and what I do with them afterwards?
You aren’t alone, it is the #1 most asked question I get. Here is the thing about me, I just want to create. I don’t care so much about what surface I am creating on as long as I can spend time being creative. I think some people create with a specific end purpose in mind, they need a “why” and some people create just for the sake of spending time creating. I am a create for the sake of creating person.
I think we all “connect” with a surface. Some of us prefer layouts, some are into cards, some love art journals. I happen to love tags. I think the main reason I connect with tags is because when I only have a short amount of time to create, I can make one from start to finish. I am not into projects that take several creative sessions to finish. I like that feeling of completion. My tags are often like an art journal for me. Everything I choose for each one, from the stamps, to the colors, the embellishments, etc all have a connection to the feeling or moment I have while I am creating. That is one reason I often use quotes on them, it is a part of the moment and feeling I am saving.
So what do I do with them when I done? Nothing. I don’t give them away because they are little bits of me. I display them baskets and bins my studio. You could put them in a binder, attach them to a card front, or send them as cards. I am happy with them being on display in my baskets where I can look at them easily and revisit them.
Here is an important thing to remember about every tutorial I share, the techniques, designs, and ideas can be adapted to any project. Just because I use a tag, it doesn’t mean that you can’t use a card, a canvas, or a journal page. Take the idea and adapt it to you, your style, your surface and most important, spend some time creating “just because”, don’t worry about the why.
I am often asked about some of the tools I use to make my tutorials and videos and what printers I use. Here is a list of some of them:
I sew on a Baby Lock Sofia 2.
FTC Notice: I am blessed to work in an industry I love. As a project designer and instructor I am often given products to work with. Some of the products I work with have been given to me by companies I design for or sold to me at a discounted rate. While this in no way controls my content (I only use and blog what I love) the government says I have to tell you that I might have gotten some things for free.
Disclaimer: As Plaid Crafts Brand Ambassador I receive products free of charge for use and review. I use these products in tutorials to share with my readers to inspire and educate.
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