Guest Designer Cindy Groh

My name is Cindy Groh. I started scrapping in 2004 after quitting my second job. It turns out that you have a lot more free time when you don’t work 15 hours a day six days a week. This also gave me more time to spend with my wonderful husband Paul. Together we share our home with an Akita dog named Jack. He’s new to the family as of this past weekend. We are all making adjustments as he gets settled in. My husband will be able to spend more time with him starting next week when school is out. He teaches high school Physics here in Sparta, MI where we live. It’s funny because I always get excited for summer vacation but then realize I don’t get summers off from my job. Instead I get up early and go to work while he lays in bed and goes back to sleep. Where do I work? I’m an injured x-ray technologist currently working light-duty with the systems people in radiology. Computer work all day long isn’t very creative but pays for my creative side after work.

I adore scrapbooking and have made over a 100 scrapbooks. I’ve been paid to make a few along the way but most of them are for our families. My husband and I are both the number four child of five giving us a good number of nieces and nephews as subjects for my layouts. I surprised my oldest niece at her graduation party with a huge scrapbook of her life this far. She was so thrilled. Those moments make it all worth it. Her brother is a freshman and I’ve already started working on his book for graduation. It’s totally different doing a boy book but I enjoy the challenge of keeping it masculine.

Not too long after I started scrapbooking, making cards and calendars became a daily part of life. I was obtaining such a large collection of supplies that it seemed silly to pay for a card when I could easily make one. I flip flop between scrapbooking, card making and calendars but love to venture out and do new things. Recently, I arranged bouquets of flowers, made place cards and table numbers for a couple of weddings. Weddings have begun to take center stage in my crafting world since I have been summoned to make invitations for showers and actual wedding invitations along with decorating the head table and making banners. I love it all.

In 2012, I was published in 3 different magazines; Two different Northridge Publishing Magazines: Cards and Cricut and the third in Annie’s Attic magazine: Just Cards. Getting published was a goal of mine and it made me realize I can accomplish anything. I sell my cards at two places, a boutique and then a scrapbook store where I also teach classes. Teaching gives me a chance to show people different techniques and it gets me out of my basement where my studio is. I wish I had more time to craft and create but unfortunately selling my cards, teaching classes and making things for weddings doesn’t exactly pay the bills. So for now I’ll work all day and craft all night.

My first project is a banner for a bridal shower. Her colors are purple and yellow and so I made the pennants alternating colors. I used the flower stamps on each pennant using a few different techniques.

I stamped and hand cut out some of the flowers and leaves like you can see ont he N pennant. The center of the rosettes are the smallest flower in the set.

For the O and the S I heat embossed the flowers in white on vellum. Then I colored the back of the flower using Copic markers.

For my first card I used some masking paper and the back of the stamp to get the white shadow look.

I stamped the white with the back of the large stamp, heat set it, stamped the back of the smaller flower in aqua and then the front of the smaller stamp inside the aqua. I masked the flower off and did the same thing with the leaves. It’s a fun look.

Come visit my blog where I post a creation daily.

Thank you to My Stamp Box for allowing me to be this month’s Guest Designer.

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