I have been blogging for the last two years, but so far it has been mostly about me, my husband, my kids and all the stuff we do - really boring, and mainly for the benefit of my family who stay far, far away.
... because, you know, family like all that boring stuff.
I have on many ocasions considered starting a crafting blog, but to date nothing has really given me the oomph I needed. That was until now of course.
I am very excited to share with you that I will be joining in with the launch of the much anticipated, also brand new,
Stampin' Up! catalogue.
On the day before the launch, Wednesday the 30th of September, I shall be sitting at home biting my nails and eagerly awaiting the arrival of a box. Not just any old box, but a box containing a few of the brand new stamps from the "very much shrouded in secrecy" SU catalogue.
I will then have a mere few hours to stroke, drool over and ultimately use the products to craft my heart out. Then, at the strike of midnight, and not a minute before (I'll sit on my hands if I have to), I shall post my creations, right here, sharing with you an exciting first glimpse of what you can expect to find in the catalogue for the year to come. Cool hey!
Phew, now that I have got that off my chest, let me introduce myself. Some of you might know me from crafting forums, but for those of you who simply followed a link from another blog, and are by this time thinking "Just who the heck is this person?" ... well this is for you.
My name is Lousette and I have been crafting for ... gosh, I am not sure now, probably about 10 years or so. Before that I used to design offices and office interiors, but that wasn't nearly as much fun as making stuff with paper - honestly. I know you understand.
I started off making cards, got converted to srapbooking and now I do a bit of both. I have been contributing freelance to various magazines over the last 5 or 6 years, and at the moment I contribute to Craft Stamper magazine. I have also taught classes, demonstrated products and spent more than my fair share of time on crafting and scrapping forums.
I am mostly a clean and simple crafter, meaning that even if I try I cannot do collage or get my work particularly inky. I sit and marvel at the creations of those who can, but somehow I always go back to a more graphic style.
Okay, I think that is just about enough about me.
I do however realise that it is very boring to read a blog post with no pictures, us crafty people are visual creatures after all, so I will add a few pictures to give you an idea of what I do. Everything has been shared on the web somewhere before, but hopefully there is something you have not seen.
A card I did for the HeroArts blog challenge. The stamps used here are all HeroArts, look out for more projects using these stamps and others from this set in the next issue of Craft Stamper (out next Friday).
Don't you just love this flourish. It has to be one of my favourites and is from Fancy Pants. With Christmas coming up (I am reminded of that every time I walk past the reindeer chocolates in Sainsbury's) I have started slowly but surely to make the odd Christmas card. This is a variation of a card I made 2 years ago for the Simply Cards and papercraft magazine Christmas edition. When I am lazy I come back to old designs, and this is one of my favourites.
Lastly, because somehow it is already 1:30 in the morning and I really need to get to bed now, a simple card I made for a friend a while back.