How did you get started in paper crafting ?
I have always had a bit of an obsession with paper and paint, as a child I never wanted to go outside and play, I just wanted to sit and paint or make things with paper.
From a teenager I did some basic water colouring and cross stitch, then one day I saw a card making kit and decided to give it a try and then I was hooked !
I did have a few years where life took a different turn and I ended up giving up crafting, but then my husband suggested I get back into it and he got me some crafting bits, fast forwards 6 years to today.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to give crafting a try ?
DO IT ! No seriously my advice is just get some basic supplies and see if you like it I have done a crafting basics series which can be found here and that covers Cardstock, adhesives etc.
The main thing to remember is enjoy it, it is just paper and crafting is meant to be fun.
Also remember there is a lot of different techniques so if you find you don’t like stamping for example then why not try working with die’s.
What are your crafting items you couldn’t live without ?
This is a tricky one…I suppose I would be able to do much without my stamps and dies. Although i do a long list of things i couldn’t part with.
Where does the name Inkyfingers and Ribbon come from ?
I used to have tons and tons of ribbon and would always try and squeeze it on a card somewhere. And I have always loved getting inky and would regularly have inky fingers so they just came together that way.
What brands are your favorite ?
This is a hard question because honestly there is SO many amazing craft brands now, when I first started crafting it was very limited.
One of the brands I have used since I started crafting, and was what got me into stamping is Hero Arts so I will always have a soft spot for their products. Simon Says Stamp products are fantastic and they do something to suit most crafters. I also really like Clearly Besotted, Studio Katia, Honey Bee Stamps, Gina K and Reverse Confetti (this list grows all the time !!)
I think us Crafter’s are very spoilt for choice with amazing companies now.
What equipment do you use to record your videos and take photos ?
I am on a budget so I really do not use anything fancy. My camcorder is a Canon Legria HF M406 and I cannot recommend it enough. I have my tripod/bracket mounted to my wall as I cannot work with a tripod on my desk.
For lighting I use a couple of Daylight lamps.
For taking pictures I use an iPhone, I have played around with a few different cameras but honestly the iPhone is nice and easy and takes some nice photos.
For editing I use Adobe Premiere Pro for Videos and photoshop for photos.
Can you recommend any good card making websites ?
Yes, Splitcoaststampers is a brilliant website which is full of amazing crafters who are so helpful.
There is also various groups on Facebook and Flickr.
Do you teach crafting ?
As much as I would love to, I don’t. But you can check out various online card making classes. Online Card Classes is a great site with a whole range of different classes all based online. You could also have a look around online, or local press to see if anyone in your area runs a craft club.
What Cardstock do you recommend ?
Neenah for white card stock, its amazing ! you can color on it, ink it, die cut it and use it for card bases, it really is a brilliant card and also comes in a kraft color too now.
For coloured card I tend to use Simon Says Stamp or Gina K.
Where can I buy the products you use ?
I always link to the products I have used at the bottom of every blog post, If an item is no longer sold or out of stock I will always try and link to a similar item. If you do not see an item listed or want to know more then feel free to email me 🙂
I’d like to ask you a question that you haven’t answered, how do I contact you ?
You can just drop me an email – email@example.com 🙂