Welcome to my blog!
I have been creative in one way or another for as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest childhood memories include carving stamps from potatoes and stamping them with paint, making paste with flour, sugar & water, and crafting paper chains and snowflakes at Christmas. Two of my most favourite birthday presents during my formative years were an etch-a-sketch and a spirograph. Some of my most vivid memories of high school were creating an alphabet (typography) in DT and the sheer excitement of visiting the computer suite once a term (I attended high school in the mid to late 1980s, haha!). I even convinced my father to bring his work computer home now and again as we didn't have one at home then! Looking back, it was inevitable that I would end up working in an artistic/techy field at some point in the future, however I have taken a rather indirect path to get here! You see, I also started to learn to play the piano when I was 5 years old, and chose to continue down a musical path instead of an artistic path, winning a music scholarship to attend a
prestigious private school, and eventually graduating from university
with an honours degree in music.
I was introduced to the world of stamping and cardmaking at the very end of 2008, and began my blog in January 2009. Little did I know where it would take me! I am very lucky to have been a member of a number of prominent design teams, had my work featured on TV, and been published in several print and online magazines. I feel incredibly privileged to be a designer for one of the UK's leading papercraft print magazines, Cardmaking & Papercraft. I have worked for them for a number of years and had my worked published in each issue of the magazine since September 2011. The excitement of seeing my work in print is the same today as it was the very first time!
I started designing rubber sentiment stamps and wafer thin metal craft dies for Whimsy Stamps at the end of 2013, and my first release with them was in January 2014. Not long after, I had an idea for a stamp set that I felt would work much better if it was clear photopolymer rather than rubber, so I pitched this idea and the Clearly Whimsy Stamps line was born! I also design clear stamps and dies for SugarPea Designs bi-monthly releases, and my first release with them was in November 2014. Most recently I have been commissioned to design dies for a UK craft magazine, and will share those details when I am able. Please click through to My Stamp & Die Designs page to view all the stamps and dies I have designed to date.
If you would like to discuss my design work in relation to your company, either as an artist or as a designer, please get in touch.