Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Introducing Brenda Hugar

Brenda has been a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator for 7 years.  She attended a class that her best friend, Diana (and later, upline!), was doing in town while she was visiting that she invited Brenda to attend.  Brenda remembers that she was instantly hooked on Stampin’ Up! when she saw how well the cardstock, markers, pads, and other great accessories coordinated with each other!  Unfortunately, she lives 2000 miles from her upline and her one downline, Jackie (who happens to be Brenda’s older sister), but says that they get to share ideas back and forth almost daily via the phone, the internet, and through their blogs. 
Brenda’s favorite experience while stamping was when she got to attend her first convention and met up with her upline and several friends.  She recalls the swapping and sharing that took place, both stamped items and ideas, and fondly remembers how inspired she was when she left Convention!  She still looks forward to attending Convention and Regional Workshops as often as she can for the camaraderie and the sharing that takes place there.
Brenda’s favorite Stampin’ Up! product is the markers.  She loves to use the markers to color an image directly, but also to use them to color on a stamp, especially for the very small details.  She tells us that she uses her markers with her blender pen or aqua painter, as well as with the Color Spritzer tool for a speckled background.  She even uses them to color ribbon so she has matching ribbon in all the colors!

Brenda’s stamping are has changed a few times over the years.  She presently has her own room to stamp, but says that she has worked to find time almost daily, even if it meant stamping on the kitchen table or the counter.  Brenda works “solo” these days – until last month, her Siberian Husky used to wander in and out to remind her that she had been in her room too long and it was time to put away the stamping supplies and pay attention to the family! She finds inspiration in everything –in nature, as well as in magazine layouts or in cards that she might receive in the mail.  Brenda is always amazed at what people can come up with when doing punch art, and tells us that she now looks at a punch with “new eyes” as well, in order to figure out what she can create with them!

According to Brenda, her strength lies in making her card layers complement each other.  She likes to layer her images, and says that she is careful to get out her pencil and “do the math” to make sure that all sides are even.  She reminds us that we should “measure twice, cut once” when preparing our layers! 
We can’t wait to see the wonderful creations that Brenda is preparing to share with us on the Royal Blog Tour!

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