Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Introducing Kristie Kreates!

 Today I'm happy to introduce you to another of my contributors for Mashed Potatoes and Crafts. Kristie is a super-sweet and crafty gal with a great eye for designing cards and working with one of my favorites--rubber stamps!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a Mom of 2 fabulous adult children and the wife of a wonderful man.  I love creating and couldn’t even tell you all the crafts I’ve done over the years.  Most of the crafting I have done, I have taught myself, including crocheting, knitting and macramé to name a few.  I spent a few years working in 2 different paint your own pottery studios, where I helped teach and did much of the custom work.  In  the last several years I have come to love paper crafts.  I started scrapbooking after we went to Disney World for a family vacation and I haven’t stopped since.  I love all kinds of paper crafts, be it scrapbooking, card making, altering and creating books and boxes, I love it all.
Besides crafting, I love traveling, photography and if I’m not crafting in my spare time, you’ll probably find me reading.

What led you to crafting, cooking, photography, etc?
It’s hard to say what lead me to crafting, because it seems that some kind of creativity has always been there.  When I was a kid, my Mom was the mom that always made the Valentine boxes for our class at school, she made some of the coolest Halloween costumes and baked the best desserts.  My Dad was a photographer, so I came by my love of photography naturally.  Both my parents encouraged me to be creative.
My husband is a photographer, and much better than I could ever be, so I started taking all the family shots.  All those pictures that say “We were there”  showing all the amazing places we traveled for him to shoot for the business.  I started scrapbooking all those family pictures about 7 -8 years ago and haven’t stopped since.
From there I got into stamping and card making, something I said I’d never do.  Now I’m hooked and have served on 3 different stamp company design teams.

How do you like your mashed potatoes? With gravy? Sour cream?
I love my mashed potatoes with or without gravy.  I love them with some butter.  I guess I just love mashed potatoes and don’t understand anyone who doesn’t.

Where else can we find you on the web?

You can find me on my blog Kristie Kreates at 
or on our company website  www.lashotphotography.com  where you can see my husband’s photography, which I put on mouse pads, coasters and note cards.
You can find me at
www.myhappyplacenews.blogspot.com which is the blog for My Happy Place, the scrapbooking and crafting studio which I run with a couple friends.
And you can find me at
www.EurekaStamps.blogspot.com the blog for Eureka! Stamps, which is the company I am now on the design team for.

If you’d like, share with us one goal and one dream you have for the future.

My goal as far as crafting is to learn as many techniques as I can and be able to use them to create wonderful projects.  It would be a real dream to be able to teach different techniques to others.  I love crafting, especially papercrafting, so much and would love to teach others to be excited about it too.

What is your favorite part of the Mashed Potatoes and Crafts website?
Can I just say that I love it all and that I’m honored to be a part of it? Because that is the honest to goodness truth.
Thanks, Kristie! I'm so thankful for blogging because that is how I "met" Kristie. You can find great creative designs from Kristie on the 1st Wednesday of every month.

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