Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Introducing Jennifer Blomquist

Jennifer Blomquist started crafting in high school, making basic scrapbooks.  One day, a friend of hers invited her to a “card party”, which actually turned out to be the first stamp camp her friend was holding as a new Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  Jennifer LOVED it and came back to the next event, and then hosted Workshops herself over the next few years.  At one point, Jennifer’s friend sent her all the supplies for the Workshop, and Jennifer did the demonstrating herself!  She was a natural, and finally signed up to be a demonstrator herself, three years ago.
Jennifer’s favorite product currently is the Big Shot.  While she loves the die cuts, she finds that she is constantly pressing her embossing folders into service.  Jennifer also loves Crystal Effects, especially to create the Stained Glass technique.  Jennifer admits that she loves all Stampin’ Up!’s tools, and notes that the right punch, the paper piercer, or the Stamp-a-Majig can amazingly enhance the look of even a quick and easy project.
Jennifer gets inspiration from samples others make, and also from watching her customers in classes and Workshops take the design she created, and turn it into something of their own!  She also enjoys browsing color combinations and patterns in store displays or catalogs, especially Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel.  Jennifer has found that when she doesn’t feel particularly creative or inspired, a surefire remedy is to schedule an event, and have a deadline to plan a project.  She’ll start with something simple, and just stamp it, and seeing her finished project really motivates her to keep going.  Also, seeing everyone enjoy making that project at the event just fuels more creation, which in turn motivates Jennifer in a continuous cycle.

Jennifer leaves us with a couple of tips…first, she reveals that the clear mount stamp case can double as a mount for your clear stamps if you happen to forget to bring along your clear blocks!  It’s a bit awkward, but definitely works.  And second, you can save yourself some cleaning of your Stampin’ Scrub if you clean your brayer by spraying it directly with Stampin’ Mist, and wiping it clean with a tissue or bit of paper towel.  Thanks for sharing that, Jennifer, I’m all for saving myself from unnecessary cleaning!

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