It is Arin and we are back to showcase another one of our talented Top 5 challenge winners! Today let's meet Ro Donner, from Toodle Noodle Creative ! She is getting ready to celebrate her five year "blogiversary" in March and has had a fun time allowing her "creative therapy" to blossom into being published in some major crafting publications and making some very original and creative projects along the way. Here are a of examples of how her amazing creative journey that earned her not only one spot, but two spots on FCCB's Top 5!
Ro's blog is filled with some fun and original ideas that just have to be shared! Check out this whimsy mug she made just using a Sharpie and vinyl cut with her Cricut!
Now let's meet Ro!
1. When did you start scrapbooking/paper crafting and why?
I’ve always loved crafting, since the time I could hold my first crayon. But I really got the creative bug one Christmas when I was about 12 years old. My mom got me a box FILLED with all kinds of art supplies…papers, charcoal pencils, oil paints, water colors, canvases, pastels. I think that’s the best Christmas gift I can ever remember as a child. While I have always enjoyed crafts, I started with papercrafts about 20 years ago. I started dabbling with scrapbooks, which became an addiction. That addiction blossomed into card making (my truest passion), vinyl, jewelry making, sewing, polymer clay, and home decoration items. What started out as one little 3-drawer cart of supplies has exploded into a small (but efficient) craft room full of wonderful “stuff” to feed my creative yearnings.
2. What is your favorite type of project to make (i.e., cards, layouts, mini-albums, etc....)?
By far, my most fulfilling endeavors involve cards. There’s something about creating a mini masterpiece that will travel miles to bring someone joy, or comfort, or a symbol of friendship and caring. A card can be done in a relatively short period of time, so I get to see a finished project fairly quickly. And with every card I make, I put a little of myself into it. I get to use many different techniques, layouts and mediums, so I am never bored, and I’m always happy to learn something new. I have even had several of my cards published in Scrap & Stamp Arts and Just Cards Magazines.
3. What is your favorite product to use on your projects?
A beautiful patterned or textured paper that makes you just want to touch it usually inspires whatever I create. But I also love to add a little bling. I find that most of my projects have a little sparkle incorporated into it. And ribbon. I love ribbon. Oh! And I also LOVE rubber stamps and ink. And my Cricut and Gypsy! And embossing powder. And glitter! And….ok, I’ll stop. I love my craft products. Can you tell?
4. What is your favorite Cricut cartridge?
It’s hard to pick just one favorite cartridge. I have several that are my “go to’s”. I find myself using Gypsy Wanderings a lot (not really a cartridge, it came loaded on my Gypsy), but I am also a frequent user of Create A Critter and Paper Pups (I searched long and hard for that cartridge!). My newest one is Mickey and Friends, which I purchased to be able to do some fun projects for my 2 ½ year old granddaughter’s bedroom that is decorated with Disney characters.
5. What do you do in your spare time, when you are not paper crafting?
In my spare time, when I’m not hidden out in my craft room, I love to play golf and camp. We have a seasonal site that overlooks a river. And in my camper, there is a very large cupboard filled with my crafting supplies and my “baby” Cricut, so I can craft when the urge strikes me. (My husband keeps telling me we need a toy hauler so I can have a craft room on the road!) I also enjoy going out to dinner with friends, reading, and movies. A good nap never hurts either. And I enjoy spending time with my family (3 grown children, a child-in-law and 2 granddaughters all of whom live with my hubby and I, with the exception of my oldest son) and seven dogs. Can you see why I need a craft room and a creative outlet? LOL
One post found while spending time getting to know this crafty lady, was showcasing her very cozy and very organized space. Check out her idea for her Cricut storage. Be sure to head over and see the full post for other crafty compact storage ideas!
Until Next Week!