Meet craft blogger Michelle Short

In keeping with our Christmas cardmaking special of Creativity magazine, our hand-picked blog of the month for September is The Card Grotto (cardgrotto.com), run by avid papercrafter Michelle Short. We had a brief chat with her in the pages of Creativity magazine to discuss crafty must-haves and papercraft beginnings. Here’s more!

1. What inspired you to start The Card Grotto?

I had been sharing photos of my cards over on the docrafts forum for many years. Although it was nice having them there for people to comment on, I decided that the time was right to start my own blog. It’s a great way to look back on how my cards have improved over the years. 

2. How did you first get into making cards?

I first came across card making via my cousin. She used to make handmade cards and I thought that might be something fun to do occasionally, as I have always been a creative person. I started off with minimal supplies… 12 years later I am still making cards! 

3. What are your top three craft must-haves?

A good paper trimmer is essential. I love my guillotine-style one and I use it on every card I make. I absolutely love colouring, so I like to have a variety of colouring mediums on hand. My favourite medium is Copic markers. My final craft must-have is stamps, I almost can’t make a card without them!

4. What’s your favourite type of greeting to make?

I love making cards for all occasions but I particularly like making cards with no occasion in mind. I like creating cards to send to friends as a ‘Hello’ or ‘I am thinking of you’.

5. Christmas is just around the corner… When do you start making your seasonal greetings?

I have to be honest, I am a last-minute kind of crafter when it comes to Christmas cards! Each year I tell myself that I will start early but never do. I tend to start in early November. I generally come up with an idea and mass produce it. I can make about 30 cards in one day doing it this way, if the design is simple. 

6. You do a lot of stamping and colouring within your projects; do you have any top tips?

I love stamping and colouring, I think I always will. I really like masking with stamps to create scenes. In terms of colouring, I say experiment and have fun! It’s nice to try different colouring mediums, and you can get completely different looks from each one. 

7. Who taught you what you know?

A lot of what I know is through trial and error. I always learn from my mistakes and find ways of doing things differently. There is, however, a wealth of knowledge from other crafters via blogs, YouTube videos and social media. 

8. Are there any other types of craft you enjoy doing?

I have dabbled with lots of different crafts over the years. I like drawing and painting but often end up making the pieces into cards.

9. We’ve been having a sneaky peek at your craft room – it looks amazing! How did you go about organising the space?

I am a very organised person, I like to have things in their place and labelled. I have always had a large desk in my room as I like to spread out while crafting. I like to have things on my desk that I grab often – my Copic markers and small tools for instance. I then have drawers under my desk that hold my next most-used items – stamping blocks, most used inks pads, stamping accessories, adhesives etc. Finally, I have my cardstock, stamps, dies, inks pads and embellishments all behind me in a cabinet. I like things to look neat and tidy but also work for me.

Keep an eye on the news pages of Creativity magazine each month for more bloggers to follow! Get your copies online or in your nearest docrafts stockist. Why not subscribe to have one delivered to your door each month?

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