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Getting To Know Me Blog Hop

Today I have something completely different for you. My friend Laura Sterckx asked if she could nominate me for the Getting To Know Me Blog Hop. And how could I say no to one of my favorite crafters… a 16-year-old superstar?! So here I am answering a few crafty questions. I am not promising that my answers are exciting. In fact, this may just be good bed-time reading… sure to put you to sleep. πŸ™‚

For this hop, we just answer five questions… and “tag” a few other artists to play along next week. You can see Laura’s post HERE.

QUESTIONS

1) What creative projects are you currently working on?
I am on currently working on a lot of things! First, I own Online Card Classes with my good friend Kristina Werner. We have our newest class starting in a few weeks – Copic Markers for Card Makers. I am excited about this class as there is so much helpful content. I have learned a lot, too. A lot! I am in charge of working with guests artists, which I love because I get to know lots of crafty folks so well. We put our absolute heart and soul into these classes and pray everyone likes them! Here is a peek at the Copic class. For more info, you can head HERE.
I am also on my last trip of the year… to Hero Arts to teach an event for store owners. I do not travel to teach anymore, but I can’t say no to the owner of Hero – Aaron – when he asks me to come to their facility. The Hero people are amazing and I love them dearly. I will get to see lots of incredible store owners… get my teaching-fix… and hug some old friends. Want a peek at one of the cards we are doing?
I also have lots of non-stamping projects going on. (I only work part-time in the crafty world. My real job is being a SAHM.) First, I am hoping to learn how to crochet soon. I need something to keep my anxieties down when my son is the starting pitcher at games. Yikes! I am a bundle of nerves and need to change that. I also am doing a load of work volunteering for the school. I will always support teachers. Oh! And Audrey is a junior so I am starting to look into college visits. Eek!
If you are extremely bored and need something to do – you can check out my Instagram. I share a lot of peeks into what I am working on.
2) What inspires your designs?
Honestly? I am not sure. I am really just inspired by stamp and die designs. I think about a product while driving (I am in the car 2 hours a day taking Lila to her Montessori… which she is at for only 2.5 hours) or trying to fall asleep. I think about the product and what technique might work best with it. The techniques + product really are what inspire me most. I know that is vague but it is how my crazy mind works. I guess it is the former-engineer in me. But the truth is… I am always thinking of cards to make…
3) What method/ process (if applicable) do you apply to each of your creative projects, and how long does each project take to complete?
I almost always lay all my stamps and dies onto a card to plan it out before I start. I then take a photo with my phone so I have a “sketch” to follow when I am creating. Other than that, I don’t have a method. Generally, I am just creating for 5 minutes here and 15 minutes there between kid stuff and running errands. So sometimes it takes me a few days to pull a card and video together. (That is why you may notice that my nail polish and clothing sometimes changes mid-video.) But if I squeezed all the work together with no kids around? I probably take 30 minutes to 2 hours per card. Yes, I am slow. But I love the process.
Heck… sometimes I even get “help”…
4) If you had to describe your ‘signature’ style, what would it be?
I am not sure that I have a “signature” style, but I do think my cards always have some sort of technique involved. I rarely just stamp without some sort of twist to it. That is what keeps it fun for me. And hopefully for you.
5) What three crafting tools/products can you not live without?
Talk about a tough question! First, I couldn’t live without my organized craft room. Having it organized has been critical in me making use of the time I have to craft/work. My room isn’t big (and I prefer it that way), but I keep it organized.
Second… Distress Inks. Without these inks, there would be so very few fun techniques for me to play with!
Third… my crafty friends. They are all so encouraging, understanding, generous and just plain awesome. If you don’t have crafty friends that live near by, I encourage you to check out places online where you can make crafty friends. I met most of my best friends this way! It really is good for the soul.
6) Who am IΒ taggingΒ next?
I have asked two of my favorite crafters to play along.
First is Debby Hughes. Debby is brilliant and a class-act and I adore her tremendously. Her kindness inspires me, her accent calms me and her friendship means the world to me.
I am also tagging the hilarious and uber-talented Julie Ebersole. Julie is one of those people who has the incredible ability of making your heart happy immediately. I adore her.
Be sure to check their blogs next Monday for their answers to these same questions.
Thanks for stopping by! xo


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76 thoughts on “Getting To Know Me Blog Hop”

  1. Great post! I think it’s nice to get to know our heroes (or heroines!). I absolutely love your technique lessons. It’s great how you always offer alternatives to products or techniques, if we don’t have those product types or don’t have the time/inclination to do something exactly how you do it. I also love your product review videos. Including ideas for how to use the products is wonderful, as opposed to just saying, “look what I got” or “look what XYZ company just released.” Much more helpful. I must say, you really seem to keep your readers/viewers in mind when you post things, and give us more of what we want, while still (I hope) keeping it interesting for you. Thanks so much for all you do! Hope you have a wonderful day!

  2. What a lovely idea this is! I know that personally, your blogs have pulled me out of several creative “slumps” so by definition that makes YOU an inspiration to us!
    Thanks for sharing the process!

  3. Great post, Jennifer! I aspire to your “small” craft room, lol! My small craft corner is starting to overflow! I love your little helper. She makes me smile on a regular basis. πŸ™‚

  4. Love your answers, Jennifer. I can’t believe you can juggle so much, but it really put the pieces in perspective for me when you said you were an engineer. Now I know why techniques are something you love…they take planning, strategy and have flow. And spending two hours in the car every day for your daughter to attend class for 1.5 hours is CRAZY, but that shows you truly are a mom…the things we do for our kids! I like that your mind is always whirring and ticking with projects.
    And I adore your wonderfully organized and beautiful to look at craft room. I love the chandelier you chose and the center island. I always said a kitchen is the ideal “layout” for a craft room. One day I hope to make mine look like yours!
    Thanks Crafty Gal, for answering these questions. Oh, and crochet is super easy to learn! My lovely, crafty, now in heaven, grams, taught me to crochet as well as many other crafts when I was 5.
    You’ve chosen some people I love to tag next!! Happy Crafting:)

  5. First of all, how adorable is Lila? Mom’s little helper…really laying out that stamp design shes working on. Second, the e-card is so right-on. Lastly….you have an amazing life…a loving family, the immediant family and your crafty friends that are also family, so lucky to call on each other at a moments notice. OK not lastly…then theres US…we support and care about you too. You give so much of yourself to us that your love shines through.
    THANK YOU JENNIFER.

  6. I’m delighted to get to “know” you and wish you were closer. I’d love to be one of your crafting friends. You studio is amazing and I love your online classes. I learn so much from each of your posts and I’m glad you have time to do all you do. Your helper is adorable and someday we’ll be learning from her as well! It’s inspiring to know it takes you a little while to make a card. The videos look so effortless that it makes me feel like I am a klutz when I’m in my craft room starting and changing as I go along. Thanks for all you do for us. Hugs to you.

  7. Thank you for sharing some of the personal side of the talented Jennifer with us. You are such an inspiration (but I think I may have said that before and before and before).

  8. Hi Jennifer,
    I loved reading and learning a little more about you! Great answers to those questions πŸ™‚
    I will be checking on Debby and Julie next week too πŸ˜‰
    I am in awe of your craft room and I have been working on reorganizing mine the last few weeks…getting there!

  9. What a great read – I am not sleepy at all πŸ™‚ Love that fab quote – that is definitely how my head feels all day long!! Your little helper is the cutest too. I love how you juggle so many things but are still so generous with your time and creativity. Your blog is one of my favourite stops for a little boost of inspiration and a smile – thanks πŸ™‚

  10. Thank you for sharing these details some of which are very personal. It is nice to get to know a little bit of the person behind all those beautiful cards. I am really amazed at how everything is so organised and neat around you. You are a true inspiration.

  11. This is such a wonderful idea! I love Laura’s work! It is great to get to know a little more about you, Jennifer. I adore your videos and talent!

  12. Love your interview Jennifer, it is way more interesting than the one I did a couple weeks ago! Love getting a glimpse into your creative process! –my average time is about the same, I am a slow crater too.

  13. I am so glad I found this questionnaire. It is always nice to know a little about someone that you watch on a daily basis. Your cards have inspired me to take more time and thought into my cards. Thank you

  14. Loved reading this fun post, Jennifer! You inspire so many of us in the card making world! I’ve said this before but it’s worth repeating – I am very grateful for all the time and effort you put in to share your talent with us! You’re the BEST! β™₯

  15. Jennifer, I have said it before. You are the best teacher on-line. You never disappoint and I love the calm, steady instruction you give in your videos. As a former teacher, I know what good teaching looks like and you are an inspiration to us all. Take care and live life fully. YOU are awesome! Thanks!

  16. Thanks for sharing about you..you are an amazing woman and mother!! I appreciate your style of teaching..so helpful and reassuring when I make boo boos…Thanks!

  17. Thanks for that! You are always inspiring, whether by your insanely wonderful videos, or now, by telling us about your charmed life. You have such a big heart and spirit, and we in the crafty world are thankful for that.

    Can’t wait to hear from Debby Hughes and Julie Ebersole – two more of my idols!

  18. Great answers, they all sound just like you. Your craft room is beautiful. You have taught me to be organized. I think it helps the creative process. Two good choices, Debby and Julie who is just a riot!

  19. Jennifer, you are amazing! I did not know that you only craft part-time since you do such an awesome job all the time!

  20. So nice to get to know you. My kids go to a great Montessori school and are in grade 1 and 3. They are actually in the same class this year. Thanks for your any videos and card ideas and I have to say I love the online card classes.

  21. Crocheting is a great pastime. A coworker taught me how my second year of teaching many, many, years ago. So long ago I have been retired for awhile. I love a needle craft where one only ever has one stitch on the needle to drop.

    I almost only crochet now during anxious sport events. When my daughter was curling competively, it saved me biting my nails. My son in law continues competitive curling and crocheting saves my nerve ends from fraying. Did I mention only one stitch on the hook for those stitch dropping times?

    I generally crochet afghans and I have a favourite pattern I almost know by heart. Can’t follow a pattern carefully and watch the game! There are so many afghans a person can dispense, so mine generally end up at the cancer clinic.

    Learning new things keeps one’s mind alert. Being a lifelong learner is a blessing. Good luck and persevere.

    Brenda in BC, Canada

  22. You are just so fantastic! And I will never be ashamed of having 146 tabs open in Firefox and having more in chrome on my computer all at the same time ever again! That applies physically having tabs open right? Lol it must be spilling over into my real browser. Having to use the control manager and physically “end task” for FF and Chrome is the only way I can shut down my browsers without waiting an hour! Lol love that “someEcard”!!!!Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  23. So fun to read this post. Jennifer, you are so amazing and talent. Love to come here to see your videos. Thanks for all you do. You are such an inspiration.

  24. You’ll love crocheting! I know i do and I love cardmaking as well because of your inspiring techniques πŸ™‚
    The next set of organized crafty things you’ll probably own aside from your distress/shadow/dye inks are colourful yarns and crochet hooks in all sizes and handles Lol
    Keep calm and inspire on!

  25. Very happy to learn a little more about you and of course, to see Lila, who we all love!! I’m so blessed to have starting following your blog and totally LOVE all that I have learned from you!

    I know consider you one of my craft friends and feel so lucky that I’ve also had the chance to meet you in person and also be a student in the Online Classroom that I LOVE!!

    Thanks to sweet Laura for nomination you! I’m also excited to learn that Debby and Julie, two more amazing designers I adore — while share on their blogs!

  26. How nice to get to know a little bit more about you!! You create amazing cards, videos and blog posts that keep me coming back for more and I love that! I look forward to your posts each morning and kind of stalk your site between posts! LOL I promise I have nothing but good intentions!
    You are a very inspiring lady and it is wonderful that you devote so much time to your kiddos!! They are THE most important thing and too many parents don’t realize that!
    Thanks for the inspiration, the laughs, the enabling and all you do for us!

  27. I have to send Laura kudos for initiating the “Getting to know me” blog hop started. I’m thoroughly enjoying the input from my favourite crafters. Although you may think the information is not particularly inspiring, I think most of your followers would disagree.

  28. I ALWAYS learn something from anything that you post. It’s funny to watch your new product videos and hear your ideas using those products. Love that you are always wanting to learn new things.

  29. Wow! you wore me out. Wish I had half of your energy. Love your craft room. I want one. I have a room but I have 40 years of egg art supplies and now paper crafting supplies crammed into one small room, along with computer etc. Now it overflows into my family room. LOL

  30. This is fun and a real trend right now in blogland — I am so impressed by you stampers who can look at a stamp and know what to create! [doesn’t happen like that at all with me!] — I am so amazed at your “part time crafter” status — what you get done part time would take me a week FULL TIME!

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