Here is Sassy's winning card, followed by her story:
I'd love it if you can tell us a little bit about yourself:
I'm a 59 year old mum and nan to 7 grandchildren. I live and work in a historic midland town in Warwickshire looking after older people. I have been in this job for 13 years and live on site with my Hubby and our beautiful cat Marvina, who escorts me whilst doing my calls, and who is still waiting for me if i have had to go into their homes. No matter how long I have been, she is still there waiting for me outside...ready to follow me when I carry on with my daily routine. The residents think she behaves more like a dog than a cat, and she is well loved.
When did you start creating cards?
I started crafting 10 years ago as a hobby.
What/who inspired you to create cards?
I have always been interested in arty stuff and joined a local art shop in learning different techniques and it has progressed from there.
Do you sell your handmade cards or do you do it for fun?
I sell quite a few commissions, which I love and see it as a challenge. I just feel so happy when the recipient is happy with their card. I do try and incorporate something about the person the card is for... like a favourite colour, girly or not, flouncy or frilly, vintage or modern etc. I feel then, it makes it extra special just for them. No two are ever the same although I struggle with mens cards but will always have a try.
What is your favourite occasion to create cards for?
I haven't a favourite occasion, but like to make sure the embellishments are taken into account always with the person or occasion in mind. I'm quite a choccy box kinda gal, but not everyone likes loads of flowers or ribbon. I try and tailor and personalise each card with every order I receive...
How long do you typically spend on a card?
Each card can take hours, especially if colouring is needed. I always lay out my design before I glue, and try to balance the card. I'm also a matchy girl; making sure my papers, colours, and embellishments all work together.
What handy tips would you like to share with someone who is just starting to craft?Just be yourself, let out the inner you, go with the flow - but whatever you do, be proud that you made it. Looking back, my crafting has got me through many a bad times, and the best thing I ever did was get a blog...and give thanks for all the very special people it has lead me to find.
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