How long have I been crafting? – I have been crafting in one way or another since I was 7 years old when my Mum taught me to knit and I made my first jumper in a lovely shade of green as I recall! I then progressed to cross stitch using Binca and made several “mats” for Mum’s sideboard. I also made a half circle Readicut rug with Autumn leaves on which my parents had until fairly recently. When our two boys were young I knitted all their cardigans and jumpers and also mine and my husband’s, cable being my favourite, Fair Isle was a bit more taxing. I also made tapestries, all my own curtains, skirts and trousers. I started card crafting in 2005 having seen Dawn Bibby on QVC and decided that I could do that. I now make cards and sell them to raise money for Target Ovarian Cancer which I am supporting because without past research into this awful disease, I wouldn’t be alive today.
What is my favourite J&C Creations product? I have several favourites - Penny Black stamps, Spellbinders and all things Tim Holtz/Ranger. My absolute favourites are Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies.
What is my favourite topic? Anything floral although I do like the cute animals.
What was the first craft product I ever bought and why? – it was a comprehensive kit put together by Dawn Bibby and Kanban and sold on Dawn’s QVC craft show. I went for it because it contained everything I needed to make some cards. I still have some of the card left!
What inspires my projects, how do I start them off? – Nature inspires all my floral projects as I usually use the colours of either Promarkers/Flexmarkers or Copics as near as possible to the colours nature uses for that flower. Generally, I start with the colour of the main element of the card be it stamped and coloured or die cut, then use papers and card to complement. I often use on line sketches as a starter which I adapt to my taste.