MAKERS MONDAY: fresh. by jess by Jessica Kaiser

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Mom, wife, crafter, Zumba chick, wine lover, foodie .......... yep, a good mix!

Hi! My name is Jess (aka fresh. by jess!) and I am a wife, mother, papercrafter and business entrepreneur. I am a craft enthusiast! I love creating cards, scrapbook pages, home decor, 3D paper items, canvases and more. I'm just starting to dabble in sewing and want to learn how to quilt, knit & crochet too! Yes, I LOVE being CRAFTY! :)

I love to find new craft companies and (well, I hate to admit it) am a bit of a supply hoarder! I'm learning to use it up, not store it so I can make room for new products! I love to try new products and am always excited when the happy mail comes :) I'm learning how to use and manipulate digital images as well as new coloring mediums such as watercolor, paint, alcohol markers and pencil crayons. I enjoy teaching papercrafting classes and offer different types of classes during the year.

In my spare time, I love to decorate my home with mid-century modern flare, cook, bake, create recipes, sew and teach Zumba classes (primarily children's classes at the moment!)

Description of your products
Handmade greeting cards! I use paper, stamps, inks, mixed media......and tons of different types of embellishments! I also design scrapbook pages and wedding invitations. I don't "mass create" my cards. Each one is unique and one of a kind. I love to create rustic, simple wedding invites using hand stamping.

Why do you create?
I create primarily because I love it! It's a stress relief. I have always had an "artsy" side and I believe it helps keep you young at heart and mind! I love seeing how excited people are when they receive their orders or tell me they received one of my cards.

How has your art practice evolved since you first started?
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h boy! It has evolved massively! I started off with a simple ink pad, rubber stamp set and paper. Hardly any embellishments or techniques. I love to learn and have gradually added more and more technique over the years. I have grown to incorporate many different medias, stamp types, paper types and more.

How much time do you spend on your art practice? Is it enough?
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sually a couple hours each day - but I would love to be able to do it full time.

What is the most rewarding part of creating?
Seeing a vision you have in your mind come to life.

Do you have a creative philosophy?
Be yourself and don't compare yourself to others. Be proud of what you create.

What does creative joy mean to you?
Creative joy - expressing yourself through art. Smiling at a finished product and seeing the recipient love it in return.