Hello Everyone! It's another Featured Artist Friday over at the Paper Dolls and I'm excited to be holding it right here on my blog!!! As you have seen in our last post, we are shutting down our Paper Dolls blog next weekend, and we cancelled our subscription to Typepad for August. The month of July has been paid for, but for some reason, the blog subscription has been cancelled immediately and now it looks all wonky and not so pretty anymore! I miss that look already!
Today, we're going to introduce you to someone that has been crafting all their life, but just recently started her endeavor with selling her SVGs. She mixes different media in her work, and the result is amazing - so artistic!
Please welcome our special guest today - Cindy from the Creative Pointe!
Welcome - it's great to have you here! Please introduce yourself!
My name is Cindy Pointe and I've been crafting & painting under the "Creative Pointe" label for over 25 years. My "nine-to-five" job is in advertising, which allows me to be somewhat creative during the day, but I feel like there is never enough time for my own artistic endeavors. I live "Up In Northern Michigan" on a beautiful lake in the woods with my hubby of over 28 years and my bulldog Millie (I recently lost my other bulldog, Louie).
What got you into crafting/how did you start your business?
I've crafted my whole life. About 25 years ago I took a stained glass class. The instructor was doing a craft show and asked me to put in some pieces to sell. I was hooked and a business was born. A few years after that, I took a decorative painting class and found a true passion. I got involved in papercrafting when my sister, who was a Stampin' Up demonstrator, paid off a loan in stamps! My first creations were cards, then scrapbooks for the dogs, and now I'm doing multi-media pieces combining my paints and papers. Almost three years ago, I purchased a Cricut and discovered SVGs. This January, I started a blog to share my SVG files and other creative ideas. In May, I joined up with a brand new site, Diecut Designer (http://www.diecutdesigner.com/), and started selling my SVGs. My files are also available at http://www.tkoscraps.com/ and on my blog, http://www.creativepointe.blogspot/.
What inspires you?
I'm inspired by so many things...nature, other artwork, a song. I love to see what other people are creating and then thinking of how I could interpret it.
When do you get to craft and design? Tell us know your other hobbies/interests?
Like just about everyone else, I don't get to create as much as I'd like. I try to get in the studio for a few hours each weekend for some major mess making with paint, paper, etc. During the week, I can work on SVG designs a little bit at a time...while I'm cooking or waiting for a load of laundry. Every spring I host a "Creative Chaos" weekend where I turn my house into a scrapping retreat for five to six girlfriends. In the summer, my sister comes for a week and we craft daily.
My other interests include my dog(s)...my studio is decorated in "bulldog"...reading, shopping, and spending time outdoors.
What cutter do you use? and prefer? and besides the cutter and software, what is the one MUST HAVE crafting tool?
I have the same Cricut I started with almost three years ago. When it dies, it will not be replaced (as I would not be able to use Sure Cuts A Lot). I'll wait until I need one to research the next cutter...who knows what they will come out with by then.
My "must have" craft item lately has been my "Splat Mat". I love how I can use it with my distress inks and glues. I'm a messy crafter, so I need all the help I can get!
Now, let's take a look at some of her fabulous files!
Teacup Shaped Card
Happy Father's Day Card
Princess Border Set
Thank you so much, Cindy! You can go to the Diecut Designer website and see all her collections! Join us next Monday for a new challenge as she's created something pretty for a challenge file!
Don't forget - the Christmas in July Challenge is still going on, with a fun file from Melissa over at KaDoodle Bug Designs. Create something for your chance to win one of two prizes!
~ The Dolls (Tamara & Thienly)