Welcome to our new web site!
To give our readers a chance to experience all that our new website has to offer, we have made all content freely avaiable, through October 1, 2018.
During this time, print and digital subscribers will not need to log in to view our stories or e-editions.
I keep these cards in my purse I create that I can hand out to anybody bringing a smile to my face. It says something like, “You brought a smile to my day and pass it along to someone who brings you joy.” From there people pass it along and I like to think this joy ripples through the community, which is really cool.
One of my favorite things is sharing the joy of creativity and artwork with people. I do that through cards. I even have this hashtag called “#spreadthejoy” where you can see where the card went.
Making cards for me is what I like to say is cheaper than therapy. It is calming and rewarding to be able to see it creatively move from start to finish. To sell it is also a bonus in itself.
Ever since I can remember I grew up creating with paper. I would always cut things with cardboard and glue things together. I love creating things and looking at what I made and thinking, “I made this and it is cute or beautiful.” It doesn’t get old.
I later went to school for art and am going for graphic design. I really love working with stamps now.
I also like looking at Pinterest for inspiration for these. I can lose myself there. When I see something, it just gives me an idea or a jumping-off point. But most of my work is an original creation.
Sometimes even these little cards will take an hour or two to make. The initial design takes quite a while. Then I’ll make them more quickly once I have the routine down.
My favorite color to use with these is coral. I have a bunch of coral flowers and roses on things. All of it is fun to play around with. There is a lot of variety so I don’t get bored.
It was an honor to be the featured artist at Great Lakes Art and Gifts. I really like being here and having this community with local artists here and sharing it with everyone.
My kids are really creative too. I am so proud because they just made me birthday cards and I am so proud of them for that.
You actually brought a smile to my face today by giving me a call so I wanted to give you a joy card today so you can pass it on too.
(This interview was edited and condensed by Dennis Burck. If you have a recommendation for “Favorite Things,” please email email@example.com.)