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?
Oh 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?
Usually 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.