Monday, October 20, 2014

Getting to Know Me Blog Hop & a little giveaway

Happy Monday, my friends! =) I was tagged by the super awesome Lucy Abrams to be part of the "Getting to Know Me Blog Hop," so here we go! =)

1. What creative projects are you currently working on?
I am trying to come up with a card for Papertrey Ink's October Blog Hop Challenge. And to be honest, I am a little stuck! =) So I am going to walk away from it for a bit and I'll probably work on some cards for Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine's current calls and see how that goes.

2. What inspires your designs?
Most of the time the stamps/images themselves inspire me. There is usually a rough idea formed as soon as I saw the stamps/images. Or if I stare at a stamp set long enough, ideas usually come. LOL! =) Pinterest is also an awesome source of inspiration and I am totally addict to it!

3. What method/process (if applicable) do you apply to each of your creative projects, and how long does each project take to complete?
Since I love working with stamps/images that I can color, the stamp/image itself usually takes the center stage then everything else sort of fall into places. The stamp/image usually gets to be stamped first, after it's colored, I design the rest around it. I do try to be more flexible just so that I can make my designs more interesting.

For instance, here is an image coloring in progress.


And this is the final product.


It probably takes 2-3 hours to finish a card like this from coloring to finish. Occasionally, I make stamping-only cards and that could take longer than that. But if my creative juice is really flowing smoothly, something could be made in an hour. =)

4. If you had to describe your "signature" style, what would it be?
I would say, "cute and fun." I have absolutely no resistance to cute things and/or images! I also try to keep things simple most of the time. I do get inky and shabby every once in a while, but all the stars have to line up for a good one to happen for me. =)

5. What are 3 crafting products/tools you can't live without?
I use my trusty Copic markers to color my images most of the time and am very comfortable with using them. Even though I am experimenting with other coloring mediums, I'd always come back to my Copics for comfort.

My Cuttlebug gets used everyday. Not every one of my cards has a die cut piece on it, but having it around adds so many more possibilities!

Let's talk about my washi tape addiction. =) I have a ton of them and love every chance I get to use them on my cards. I also use inexpensive ones to temporally adhere things down so that it's easier for me to work on them.

6. My crafty idols.
I am absolutely in love with Jocelyn Olson's fresh, layered style. It's a breath of fresh air and you NEED to see her work! =) Jocelyn has already been tagged before and you can see her post here.

Another one is the talented Tiffany Ervin! She has an elegant style that gives her projects such ease and soothing feel. Really, go and feast your eyes! =)

Tiffany will be posting her response next Monday on her blog - It's the Stuff I Love! I am looking forward to read it and hope you do, too! =)

Thanks so much if you have made it this far, I really appreciate all my followers and readers. Inspired by Lucy, I'd like to show my appreciation as well.  If you leave a comment on this post before October 27th, 11:59pm PST, I'll pick a lucky winner and send out a little thank you package! =)

Have a beautiful day and thanks so much for stopping by!


hugs,
alice

26 comments:

Monika Reeck said...

Dear Alice...nice to read about YOU and knowing you more closer...as I knew you for the first time at HA Flickr I already love your style and after blogging you did it so well with coloring and I love all your cards...you always made a BEAUTIFUL and ADORABLE card..your idea is neverending and I love the add of washi tape too...do you believe me MY WASHI TAPE collection only 3 rolls..I dont buy it much cause I still dont need it much LOL...Alice..hope we can still be friend in Blog land...I am a bit sad as you never visiting me again but I know you must be busy with many DT and many commenting as DT member...I wish you always success...big hugs from Germany...Monika

JanR said...

Nice to hear a little more about you. Wonderful card too!

Ali said...

Thanks for sharing xx Your cards are gorgeous and I wish mine where half as good!! - just beautiful. Off for a nosy at the blogs you have linked to :-) x

Chitra Nair said...

I love your cards and it is so nice to read more about you and you creative process....

Sanja Grdinić said...

Love the card - great use of washi! It was also nice to read something about you. :)

Milla said...

I'm relatively new to your blog, I found you through someone else's blog a while ago but I'm so glad I did as I love your cards! Your colouring is really amazing and your cards are so fun, I usually leave your blog with a smile on my face :) Thanks for all the inspiration!

Caroline said...

I've always loved your creations, probably since day one I joined blogland, you and Lucy :) Thank you for your inspirations!!!

Nikki C said...

These hops are so much fun to read thanks for sharing with us and stunning card love your colouring skills :)hugs Nikki

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Gorgeous colouring Alice. Love your more CAS style. As always such stunning colouring! Hugs, Wends x

Petti said...

Love your work and it's nice to know more about you and your creative process.

mgoll88 said...

Nice card creation, like it =)

LG
Michaela

Angela said...

It was good to learn more about you, Alice. I love copics too! Beautiful job coloring!

Jean Bullock said...

Great post. Amazing to see a before and after comparison of the card. Washi tape is not an addiction it's a privilege, LOL.

JoanneO said...

I have always loved your cards and now it is such a privilege to read all about you. I love my Copics, too! I wish my coloring was more like yours, I'll keep trying. Thanks for letting us get to know you.

Linda H said...

I enjoy following you on Instagram and finally made it to your blog now. I love the way you color your images and how you put your cards together. I really enjoy this post and knowing a little bit more about your process and inspirations. Thanks!

Lisa Lara said...

So fun to learn more about you Alice. You rock.

Tracy said...

YOU are one of my coloring idols Alice. Nobody colors images like you. I never have any trouble identifying your work. I would love to have you explain sometime how you do the grounding for your images. I seem to always get streaks when I color larger areas like that. Thanks for the peek at your creative process! :-)

Nat said...

how awesome, so nice to read a little about you!! love all your designs :)

Adriana said...

Beautiful card, as always!!

lostinpaper said...

It was so nice getting to know you just a little better, what a wonderful post Alice!

Kelly said...

I love all your cards. you amaze me with your "out of the box" use of patterned paper and washi.

SueB said...

Nice to read more about you, and I'm totally in agreement with you about the Cuttlebug! It's one of my most-used tools also and I can't imagine being without it! Thanx for the inspiration and blog candy opp!

Monica P said...

I love your Copic color work. Your cards are just lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Ruby N said...

Enjoyed reading about you. I struggle with ideas lately and Pinterest has been helpful. I'll check out the other bloggers :)

Kari V. said...

Fun post. I enjoy seeing the cards you create!

Mary-Anne V said...

It was fun reading your post today... love your work and its nice to hear about your must haves and how long it takes to make a card.

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