Since getting back to making cards again last year, there are many people that have helped me through the process of “catching up” and along the way inspired me to create. The top three on the list are Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner and Simon Says Stamp.
There are so many new products, techniques and more that it was overwhelming at first. Acrylic stamps were just starting to come in when I was last making cards. I had heard of a Big Shot, Cuttlebug, Sizzix, etc. and had an idea of what they did but didn’t really know the difference. I had never really understood the difference between dye and pigment inks. With the help of Jennifer and Kristina’s YouTube videos I quickly “caught up” and also finally got my questions answered about inks, paper, new products, etc. I also found out what was “in”, for example: water coloring, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, and currently shaker cards. I discovered how to use new products in multiple ways with easy instructions.
I picked Jennifer & Kristina because they have a similar style to my own. I don’t like “fussy” cards; I like clean lines and color. There are many designers out there and I encourage anyone to check out YouTube and find one(s) that feature your own style and sign up for their blogs or YouTube channels. Weekly I am amazed at what they both come up with whether it is a new technique, another way to use a stamp or product, or just an amazing card. I also enjoy finding out about new stamps and products that are coming out.
Finally, Simon Says Stamp! They have become my “go to” place for buying products. I am fortunate to have a stamp store in my area but it is a half hour away and doesn’t carry the volume of products that Simon Says does – no one does! They have their own exclusive line and also sell products from MANY other designers and companies. I especially enjoy their blog…
Daily I am inspired by other designers and get to see new products coming out, videos and how different people come up with totally different designs with the same set of stamps. Whether it is a card, scrapbook page or some other art form. I especially enjoy the Monday and Wednesday Challenges where you can send in photos of your own creations to share and can win a $50 gift card to Simon Says Stamp from a random drawing each week – twice a week. I have been lucky enough to win once and also won a blog hop. Yep, they have blog hops too, where you can check out how different designers have created a work of art with a new stamp set or product.
The challenges are also great to check out what other people are creating. There are SO MANY talented people out there from all over the world! It is always good to leave a comment on their blog too and let them know you appreciate their work.
I encourage you to check out these blogs & websites and become INSPIRED!