Hi! I’m Ingrid Blackburn. As the founder of The Creative Grove, I’d like to welcome you here! You have found a blog filled with creative inspiration, fun tutorials and quite a few videos too! Our goal here is to inspire you to create with what you have.
You’ll find we have a few distinct styles – clean and simple (CAS), scenic, and all about techniques. I LOVE techniques. You may even find a little Mixed Media here and there. So if that’s your kind of stamping style – grab a beverage (I love Lattes and Mineral Water!) and peruse the creative projects a little. I’m sure you’ll find yourself totally immersed in the hundreds of tutorials we have here.
If you’re looking for a little more – be sure to join thousands of stampers on the Creative Tips E-Letter. You’ll get heads up on all the goings on here at The Creative Grove, newly released classes and even an exclusive video series or two!
No matter how long you’ve been dabbling in the world of card and scrapbooks, you’ll find something here for you! Be sure to come back often, and leave me a comment – you just may find me writing you too!
We’re glad you found your way to our little neck of the paper crafting forest and hope you enjoy your time here.
Keep those fingers inky!
A little about Ingrid – She began her paper crafting obsession in 1994. The early days saw a lot of scrapbooking and she found her way into the world of cards in 1999. Ingrid began teaching scrapbooking in local stores in 2001 and card making in 2002. She continued as a Paper Crafting sales person and private instructor until 2013. In 2013 Ingrid began teaching online classes to students around the world as well as sharing card tutorials on her YouTube channel.
A native San Franciscan and California girl, Ingrid has two degrees – German and Economics. She lives with her husband Michael who keeps her traveling the globe. Michael owns Elite Travel Planners and puts a lot of Ingrid’s creative talents to good use in his travel planning business! She’s even been known to take her stamps and watercoloring supplies along with her on their travels!
Ingrid began her professional career in the hospitality industry as a corporate restaurant manager and trainer throughout the 90s. Ingrid has taken that experience and knowledge, applied it to her classes, and that has definitely helped her to develop a teaching style that students just love. She left for the colorful world of Paper Crafting in 2001 and hasn’t looked back since!
I'd like to share with you how my blog works for both you and me. First off - I absolutely love what I do. I am a professional card maker, instructor and artist. The one thing my friends, students and followers have always known about me is that I will always be honest with about any products I use and recommend.
In order to support the crafts & art that you find on my blog, website & classroom expenses - I participate in affiliate programs. What this means is that if you choose to purchase any of the products that I use by using the links here on my blog or YouTube channel - at no cost to you - I will receive a small commission. The link will take you to a third party online store. Let me be clear - this is never at a cost to you. I participate in affiliate programs so that I can bring more projects, tutorials and videos to you! A few of the programs I participate in are Ellen Hutson, Simon Says Stamp, AWeber, Wishlist, and Amazon among others.
When you use these links, think of it as supporting my art. I buy all my own supplies.
From time to time, I am given a new release of product from various companies. I will use that product in blog posts, videos and blog hops, but know that I only use product that I truly can stand behind and love. I am under no obligation to use all the product given me, and would never tell you I like a product that I do not. I am always honest about anything I use and like.
I do not accept sponsored posts.
I do get paid to guest blog and create video tutorials on other blogs, membership sites and online classrooms. Generally, know that if you find one of my tutorials on another site - I've been paid to create there. Sometimes I'm given product to use in these tutorials. Again, I will always be honest about everything I use.
Chances are you are a crafter or artist as well. You know this is not a cheap hobby. Thank you for supporting my artistic and teaching endeavors. I love to bring you inspiration and hope to continue to create for you in the future for years to come!