Monday, September 8, 2014

Blog Hop Tour - Monday With Mama Lovebug

Hi Everybuggie!  It’s Pam aka Mama LoveBug here today to share a project and a little bit about me and my crafting for this Blog Hop Tour.

I was asked by Connie Wallenbrock to participate in this event and want to thank her for her crafty friendship and wonderful inspiration.  I have been a part of many of her blog hops and have greatly appreciated her organization and kindnesses along this crafting journey.  Connie has been an awesome asset in our LoveBug Creations Creative Team.  Visit Connie at HER BLOG

So what about me??
I started out with paper doll crafting, which is my all time passion from a youngster to my “veteran” status today.  My mom started me on the road to paper doll madness and these were some of my precious memories of her helping me learn to cut them out.  Over those years I saw the advent of punch out paper dolls, which never seemed to be my thing but yet at the age of 14 I had amassed a ton of dolls, clothes, houses, and accessories.

About the time I retired from teaching I got hooked on Sizzix paper doll dies – that’s where I started and had fun making my own creations with tons of paper, Peachy Keen faces, and of course the dolls.

Later I got into stamps and digi-stamps, which are loads of fun too – the same supplies were used – paper, dolls, scissors, dies, and imagination.  Lately I’ve discovered the joy of art journaling with stencils, sprays, and of course, paper dolls.

As a grandma I rarely see many paper dolls on the general market so I have the joy of adding to my arsenal of paper dolls and sharing these with my granddaughters and friends.  I love making cards, freestanding table décor, and greeting card tags in handmade boxes.  My choices are very eclectic from vintage to whimsical to modern – hey if it’s a doll paper I want to make something out of it.  Big shout-out to Julie Nutting and Dyan Reaveley!!

Confessions of my crafting:
1. I cannot draw a straight line without a ruler and have zero drawing skills.
2. I have a Cricut and a Cameo but I must confess I enjoy the old-fashioned joy of paper and scissors best.  Give me a stamp and I’m happy.
3. None of my creations are ever mass-produced.  I make each card, bookmark, tag etc as a one-of-a-kind (unless someone wants multiples). 
4.  When I started out doing this, I took card-making classes for about a year.  I appreciated all the techniques and products, but I found the cards I was learning to make in my opinion were same-old-same-old; I liken them to “little old lady cards” – pretty but not something I wanted to display or keep.  (See comment 3)
5. Aside from the paper dolls I get a lot of joy from actually making embellishments– I have a lot of dies!!
6. I am a paper hoarder.

Here's my project using two vintage lady stamps, sentiment, handmade flowers, a doily die, some LBC rumple ribbon, Graphic 45 paper, and a few pearls to create a tag-greeting card in a handmade box; it has a magnet on the back so it can be hung.

I asked my dear friend Stephanie Eaken to be my plus one on this blog tour.  Stephanie will be posting next Monday, September 15, so please go to her blog and leave her a love note!  Stephanie has been an a joy to know and craft with as a DT for LoveBug Creations.  She is always, always prepared, willing to give 110%, positive in her dealings with others, and innovative with her talent.  Stephanie is the kind of gal that I’d love to spend time with; unfortunately, we have never met face-to-face, but I hold her cyber friendship close to my heart.

Stephanie Eaken at Bits and Pieces (and Scraps)  HER BLOG

Remember no matter how you bunch your blooms, rumple your ribbon, and piece your paper, have fun with it..............cyberhugs........Mama LoveBug



Lovebug Creations said...

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post! It's funny how something you enjoyed as a youngin is still with you (however different) today! I always enjoy seeing your projects!!! They are always so different and so sweet! Great job once again!!!

Stephanie Eaken said...

Love learning more about your crafting & how you got started! Your box decor is stunning! LOVE your flowers! And thanks for the kind words: ) I wish we were geographically closer so we could craft together (but then would we get anything done?!)! Big hugs to you!!!

Connie Wallenbrock said...

Oh what a wonderful post! I loved learning more about you and your treasured dolls!! You are such an inspiration to me and I'm so glad yo have you in my crafty circle.