Hi everyone, Carmen here aka Whoopidoo in various places around Blogland…unless some other inconsiderate oik has beaten me to it, THEN I’m craftywhoopidoo. Honestly – the cheek of some people.
I thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce myself to you all, let you know the kind of stuff I enjoy doing. I live in the UK and I’ve been crafting on and off in some guise or other for most of my life. For various reasons it tailed off in my late teens and through my early 20’s. Crappy life sucky stuff and all that but discovering Scrapbooking… or rather discovering that what I had been doing had an actual name was the life changing, door kicking open moment that set me off again. I’ve been seriously crafty since my 30th birthday and now at 33 call myself *tongue in cheek* an “artiste” since the GA girls let me sneak on to their team *g* Feel free to pay homage with peanutty M&M’s anytime you like 😉
Funnily enough I don’t scrapbook so much anymore. I’ve found a love of altering things…
I love to draw and paint…
You might have noticed I have a soft spot for a certain Mr Cooper, he crops up a lot in what I make. I’m also inspired by movies… Old black & white movies, I adore Bette Davis – fantasy and horror… not the slasher flicks, I like my monsters decidedly fantastic and NOT of the human variety, I’m a tad squeamish when it comes to that sort. I love anything grungey, vintage or gothic… ghosties and ghoulies, zombies, vampires, werewolves… monsters of myth and legend – they all have their own little place in my heart. Cutesy stuff is more likely to creep me out than any night time scurrying beastie.
I’m the kind of crafter that is easily distracted by other things, techniques, classes – what have you. I’d love to learn it all but I want to learn it NOW! As a result I’m always buying equipment that I desperately NEED. A prime example is the Cuttlebug… which I sold when I NEEDED a Bind It All… which I sold when I absolutely HAD TO HAVE a melt pot… but I now have a burning desire for MORE paint, pencils and brushes… so the melt pots days may be numbered 😉
I love the way Gauche Alchemy encourages you to work outside of the box – look around you for what you can use in your art – be inspired by anything and everything. Since I discovered the blog and the amazing people that frequent it and run it I have been led down so many different creative paths that I doubt very much I would have discovered otherwise… It’s shown me that it’s OK to like the stuff and the art that I do and to actually make what I like and love and not what I think is expected – it’s easy to fall into the trap of “oh but what I do is nothing like that” when you see so many gorgeous blogs out there. But GA has shown me that I can like and enjoy other styles or art and can still do my own thing. I don’t have to follow the crowd – I can be me. And for that I am forever grateful to you all… and am still in slight starry eyed awe that I’m here and part of the team. So hello everyone 🙂 This is me! Cheers for sticking with this very nervous first post this far 😉
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