Inspired by…….

Good Monday morning.  I hope you had a wonderful and restful weekend.  I sure did.

A couple of weeks ago, my good friend and paper crafting artist, Broni Holcombe honored me on her blog as an artist she is inspired by!  What a total thrill and honor that is for me. Not only is Broni one of the most talented coloring artist in the paper crafting community but she is also one of the sweetest people I know.  I have had the privilege of serving on two design teams with Broni, Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen and Rubbernecker Stamps.  I have also entertained Broni as a houseguest and she is a treasure. If you aren’t already familiar with Broni’s work then you need to get a cup of coffee and hop on over to her blog, Splashes of Watercolor


Along with this honor, Broni asked that I answer a few questions and share a couple other artists who inspire me.

So, here goes the questions!

1. What am I working on?

For the past couple of weeks I have been working on creating dimensional die cut projects and step by step written instructions for a class I will be teaching at The Collins Group trade show being held here in Orlando at the end of the month.  I will be representing Impression Obsession products and I am very excited that I will have my first opportunity to meet Mitra Friant, the owner of Impression Obsession. 

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I don’t believe my favorite genre differs much from others who love crafting with the exception that I am obsessed with adding dimension to almost everything I make.  I have been paper crafting for about ten years. My style of card making has had a pretty dramatic change during that time.  My love of creating scenes has progressed over the years from adding scenery around stamped images with artists pen, brushes and sponges to creating dimensional die cut scenes and dimensional floral projects. Die cut images have taken the crafting industry by storm and it doesn’t appear the storm will calm any time soon.

Here are a few of my all-time dimensional favorites.
















3. Why do I create what I do?

I am driven by a desire to continue pushing the envelope and creating realistic dimensional scenes with extreme detail and creating natural looking floral designs that can “almost” pass for real. I started paper crafting as an outlet to reduce stress.  When I sit at my desk and start working on a project my mind is overtaken by the creative process and none of my work day problems can share the space. 

4. How does your creative process work?

It is hard for me to describe my creative process. I design by the seat of pants and rarely know at the beginning how my finished project will turn out.  I usually begin by choosing a pretty color combination and a couple of dies and just go where they take me.

And now I get to nominate a couple lovely ladies who are inspiring to me!

 Jeanne StreiffInky Paws 


I first got to know Jeanne on Splitcoaststampers and we first met several years ago when she came to Florida for a Paper Crafting show.  I have entertained Jeanne in my home and have had the opportunity to see her several times over the years.  We have served together on the several design teams.

Jeanne is known in the paper crafting community as a master coloring artist with many different mediums. Jeanne’s talent and inspiration has influenced much of my craft spending over the years. LOL! She hosts several different challenge forums on Splitcoaststampers and was member of the first Dirty Dozen design team. She serves on several different company teams including Impression Obsession, Sizzix, Stamps of Life, The Paper Loft, Taylored Expressions Baker’s Dozen and ShinHan Art Materials.

Julie Warner- The Write Stuff


Julie became a member of Splitcoaststampers in 2007 and two years later became a member of the Dirty Dozen.  She is known for her gorgeous water coloring and unmistakable style.  She is also a Copic certified Copic designer. I have been inspired by Julie’s gorgeous creations for years and have enjoyed getting to know her while taking part in the SCS daily challenges. 

Julie serves on several company design teams including DRS Designs, North Coast Creations, Our Daily Bread and Serendipity Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed my Inspired by…post .  I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to share my admiration for these talented designers who have inspired me.

13 thoughts on “Inspired by…….”

  1. what an honor to be an inspiration to someone…. You are my inspiration… I strive to be a quarter as creative as you are….. congrats…..

  2. This is a wonderful Post Kittie….we are all inspired by someone or more. You are definitely my inspiration. Thank you for that.
    Enjoy your day and your friends.

  3. Hi Kittie, I don’t often leave a comment, but am always in the shadows. Yep, I’m a lurker 😉 Todays post did inspire me. I always love your creations. And truly find myself whisked back to my childhood when you make Christmas scenes. My mom took me into the city, Pittsburgh, to see the window decorations. They were fabulous creations of miniature wonderlands. Santa’s workshop etc. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. And thank you for sharing your creations with us.
    Hugs, Jess

  4. I enjoyed this post very much, but then I love all your posts. You have such a beautiful, distinctive style. I will never be able to reproduce your beautiful work, but it does inspire me with my limited paper crafting skills and materials, I love die cutting and using paper to create cards. It is my favourite part. I like it much better than stamping and some other types of techniques. I have a special Pinterest board dedicated to you and your wonderful creations. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas and creations.

  5. It was interesting to see the lady who inspired you even though her papercrafting is much different than what you do right now. I adore all your creations, winter, summer, spring and fall. Each card you create brings the scene to life for me, and as Jessica above said, it brings me back to visiting the window decorations at Seasonal times of the year, and I love anything minature, always have. I so look forward to each of your daily creations, thanks for all the joy. The love of your craft shows in every single one.

  6. What a wonderful post! I LOVE the insight to your creativity. It is comforting to find someone that has a similar process, my only problem is I don’t press on when I get stuck, I wait until I am inspired by something and that could be a month away, lol. Other times I know what I want to do and my project turns out nothing like what I had in mind. All of the cards you shared are beautiful! My favorite is the cats at the flower shop, awesome presentation. TFS the wonderful people that inspire you, they do amazing work…I have to check their blogs more often.
    P.S. My sister, Laurie, came to visit me Saturday and said she had a surprise for me. The way my brain works I totally forgot about it until she reached in a bag and GAVE me three of the wonderful cards she purchased from you the week prior, they were my birthday gift! I always get to your blog too late and everything I want is gone. This was the greatest suprise she could have given me…thank you for always sharing the joy.

  7. Kittie, thanks for sharing your fabulous creations with us all. I read through the comments and you are a huge inspiration to so many people. I’ll always love ya, girlfriend!!

  8. Good Evening, Kittie: How special you are to honor your friends who have shared so much of their God given gift of art. They are fabulous. You are so special with your friendship to us each day with your creations. Always a joy and inspiration. I love all your cards. and tutorials speak to me a visual learner , so I can treasure your instructions and beauty. That means a menace to me.You are the first blog I go to each day, and start my day with joy. thank you friend and God Bless You. …..HUGGS

  9. Kittie – these creations are absolutely marvelous. Such detail. I could look at each one for a long time. I especially love the cats! How sweet of you to give credit to others. Can’t wait to see your next work of art.

  10. So enjoyed this post Kittie. Thank you for sharing with us all. Your work is exceptional and enjoyed by so many, including myself. Continue on my friend. Wishing you all the best.

  11. I’m so impressed with your beautifully created scenes. I have always been taken by dioramas and miniatures…these are all so lovely. I love working with paper, but must admit I don’t have the dexterity for fine work. I admire your patience and ability and so appreciate your sharing all that with us.


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