I am a scientist by training, but have always been interested in art and art history as well. As I moved further along in my career into more administrative-type roles, I began to realize that I missed working with my hands all day. As a result, I picked up some of my old hobbies from high school and college (papercrafting, painting, drawing, woodworking, etc.) and started this blog as a place to share my ideas. The projects I post often reflect my other interests which include outdoorsy things like hiking, biking, and canoeing as well as a love of travel, small towns, and nature photography. I’ve been happily married for over 10 years to a man who is incredibly tolerant of my ever-growing craft supply stash…and we recently welcomed a new little boy into our lives as well. 🙂
What you’ll find here is a collection of (hopefully) unique home decor, gift, and handmade card ideas – many of which incorporate the use of my Silhouette machines (a couple of CAMEOs, a Curio, and a Mint). I love experimenting to find new ways to use these versatile instruments or any of the Silhouette specialty materials. Admittedly, sometimes the result can be a bit strange, but variety is the spice of life, right?
It was my love of drawing and painting that led me into the world of stamping and card-making. With a full-time career to work around at the time, I found it was more efficient to let someone else do the illustrating while I enjoyed the coloring and card designing at night. I am an Accredited Spectrum Noir Colorist and a Certified Copic Colorist, but love to dabble in colored pencil and various watercolor techniques as well. There really isn’t a coloring medium that I haven’t tried and usually loved…and I hope to inspire you to try them all too!
In the summer of 2017, I accepted an amazing offer to become the Photography Coordinator for Crafter’s Companion USA. In addition to educational and training responsibilities for our design team (of which I’m still a member!), I am blessed to be able to dream up and photograph all sorts of fun new product shoots for their social media channels. Maybe you’ve seen some of my work floating around! 😉
Design Team History:
Crafter’s Companion: November 2015 – present (Photography Coordinator: July 2017 – present)
CutCardStock.com: September 2015 – present
Silhouette America: October 2013 – March 2015; April 2016 – May 2017
Pink & Main: February 2015 – June 2016
House-Mouse & Friends Challenge Blog (Guest Designer): September/October 2013