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Using Crafty Individuals CI- 182
So here is what Sally has to tell us:
Q) When did your love of stamping begin?
It was 1997 when I was on maternity leave after Megan was born, and I visited a newly opened craft centre with my Mum and Dad. A lovely lady called Sally-Ann demonstrated some heat embossing and I was hooked!
Q) What do you enjoy most about it?
I love to create something pleasing to the eye. I am not good at drawing but I do love experimenting with colour and using stamps is the best way I have found to express myself artistically.
Q) What is your favourite make of stamp?
Oohh that is a tricky one! I do tend to go through phases of using one stamp quite a lot! I am using the Crafty Individuals large elegant swirl (CI-182) on a lot of my work at the moment, and I love it! If I have to say one make, though, it would have to be Inkylicious, I think. Their stamps are great for making scenes with and they do lots of trees! Crafty Individuals comes a very close second, and I seem to own more stamps from these two companies than from anywhere else!
Q) What is your most used stamp/product and why?
My ink dusters are used on nearly every card I make, whether it is to create a scene, make a background or just bring out a bit of detail or embossing around the edges. I try putting them away, but they always end up back on my desk.
Q) What colours do you most enjoy working with?
Can I talk in terms of Adirondack shades? I love Peach Bellini and Eggplant; sometimes adding a bit of mountain rose, purple twilight and denim too. The spring distress inks are another favourite set of colours for me. If I am in vintage mode, then it is Tea dye distress ink all the way!
Q) What inspires your designs?
Nature mostly. Scenes from the countryside are a constant inspiration and regular walks provide further ideas, especially in the leaf and tree department! The 25 mile drive to my Dad’s through Sherwood Forest provides more inspiration with autumn and winter sun providing a warm glow and a different colour palette. I am also inspired by the amazing talent here in blog land, and love to find new ideas and techniques to try out. Whether I am playing with my new Gelli plate or using paints, sprays or inks to create backgrounds, I know I can always look on my favourite blogs, Pinterest or Youtube to get some ideas.
Thank you for sharing Sally.