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Vintage Dolls Are So Inspiring!

Vintage Dolls Are So Inspiring!

What a charming painted face…

Photo by Stephanie Garrison.


“She Has A Beauty Within.”

It’s impossible to not respond to artwork like this. In a world where beauty has been celebrated to a point of losing one’s self over it, how nice is it to remember that the most beautiful people are those that shine from their actions, not their looks…

Photo by Stephanie Garrison. Image taken in the Tsunieko booth @CHA2013 in Anaheim, CA.

Article In BuzzFeed Today!

Article In BuzzFeed Today!

Hey! My photo essay (with captions) covering the 2013 Craft & Hobby Association Winter Conference & Trade Show dropped in today’s BuzzFeed Shift section. Woot! It was fun to do – time-consuming, but fun.

Photo by Stephanie Garrison. Image taken at the Pebbles Inc. booth during CHA2013 in Anaheim, CA.

Paper Cutting Artistry.

Paper Cutting Artistry.

This was hanging down from the ceiling at some store waaay back in 2007 (I think it was Target, but I can’t remember). I love paper cutting artistry.

Photo by Stephanie Garrison.

Paris Theme Craft Detail


Just a little bit of Eiffel imagery.

Photo taken by Stephanie Garrison @CHA Anaheim 2013.

Rows of Possibility

Rows of Possibility

I get inspired just looking at thread. Don’t judge!

Photo taken by Stephanie Garrison.

Being Creative On Other People’s Terms

I was at a scrapbooking/mixed media indie store today, Ever After Scrapbooks ( One of the things they were advertising was the “12 Tags of 2013” challenge that Tim Holtz, a crafting industry designer, has launched (

For fits and giggles, I think I’ll participate in the exercise to make one artistic tag a month. There are restrictions, and it’s going to be interesting to see how I maneuver around them.

If you’re ever looking to stretch your creativity, get inspired by undertaking someone else’s project/quest/vision/class. You’ll find your creative vocabulary might have new answers if someone else is asking all the questions.

Paper, Flower, Glitter

Paper, Flower, Glitter

Glam paper flora.

More glitter on flowers. I know it’s really girly, but I love the glimmer of this picture. Reminds me of some of the shimmer in certain Ellen von Unwerth photography.

All automatic settings.

Photo by Stephanie Garrison @CHA 2013, Anaheim, CA.

Dark Texture

Dark Texture

I have a bit of a thing for photos of indiscriminate texture.

Photo taken by Stephanie Garrison @CHA 2013 in Anaheim, CA.

Some Feathered Inspiration

Colour inspiration from nature itself.

Colour inspiration from nature itself.

Because I’m such a tone-on-tone afficionado (usually, I think this combination of colour values looks most luxurious), it’s hard for me to break out of my box of “standard preferences.”

That’s why shots of nature – be it animals, terrain or sky – can be so helpful to me. Many great artists and designers have always believed that if it can be found in nature, then it’s fair game to use for a project palette. Who am I to disagree with centuries of insight?

I took this picture at the San Diego Zoo on Christmas Day. Thought it was an inspiring image of colours I don’t normally work with, but could do so with some guidance from a peacock!

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