I’m sure sharon needs no introducing and any Sizzix fans out there will recognise the name from Hochanda!
I first met Sharon about 6 years ago although when I say met we only knew each other online. In 2012 we were both chosen to be on the first ever Design Team for Docrafts. I think for both of that was a huge step into the Creative Industry.
We didn’t actually meet in person until a few years later at the NEC. We hit it off really well and met up again in Peterborough when we were both there working. From there a really great friendship grew and Sharon is not only a great friend but like my secret PA! Seriously this woman could organise anyone!! She is one of those lovely friends that reminds me I need to do important stuff.
I have spent a few crazy weekends with this funny lady on craft and art retreats and seriously we have laughed until we cried!
I love everything about Sharon work. I love the clean and simple style and I absolutely adore what she is doing with the Sizzix dies!
How long have you been crafting and what crafts do you specialise in?
I’ve been crafting since 2002, although before that I did quite a lot of drawing and painting. My card making started really when my sister asked me to make all her wedding stationery, and once I had bought the supplies to do that, I started using them to make cards, and it just went from there!
When did it become a career rather than a hobby?
In 2012 I won Card Designer of the Year in Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine. Aside from winning a HUGE box of craft supplies, I became a paid member of the magazine design team for a year. Once the year was up they asked if I would continue, and I still design for them now (along with a few other magazines).
Tell us about your style and what inspires you
My style is fairly clean and simple, but not so simple I stick to single layers – I like to add dimension and texture to my cards, but without making them too fussy. Lots of things inspire me – I do look at lots of cards on Instagram and Pinterest and other designers always spark ideas in my head, but I also get a lot of inspiration from home decor photographs, especially for colour schemes.
You recently started working with Sizzix, guest presenting on Hochanda. How does that feel?
It really is a dream come true! When I first started card making, the first products I bought were Sizzix, and over the years I’ve had every single new Big Shot that has been released. I also learnt all the basic techniques, such as heat embossing, from watching craft television, so to be the other side of the camera, and standing in that studio that I’ve seen on my television so many times is quite a strange experience!
This is a difficult one … What is your favorite craft product?
My Big Shot of course! And second to that, a product I simply could not be without is my craft pick because I can’t get the backing off my double sided tape without it!!