Monday, August 26, 2013

Lucky Girl!

Hello all,

sorry I haven't posted in a bit!  Is it really the end of August already?  Wow!   Just wanted to pop in and share some fun stuff that has been happening.

I am a lucky girl!  Literally.  I have been picked on two blogs recently to get some blog candy!  How cool is that?!

First I got the full set of new inks from Wendy Vecchi.  Yup, she is a Ranger Signature Designer and came up with six new Archival Inks.  And did I say that I got the full set of six?  Wow!  Totally excited when I saw my name and comments.  Big huge thanks to Wendy.  Check out Wendy's blog, Studio 490.  She has lots of great projects, inspiration, and laughs.  Check out these fabulous colors.  Great match for all the Distress inks, paints, etc.  Heaven I tell you!  Thanks again Wendy!

So if that wasn't enough I found myself a winner on another blog!  Another totally inspiring artist is Paula Cheney at One Lucky Day.  Paula is a talented artist and her blog is another spot for great ideas.  She also happens to be the Creative Coordinator for Tim Holtz Brands.  So yup, I got a box full of Tim Holtz and Ranger goodness.  Yahoo!  Trims, perfect pearls, stickles, water color paper, new colors of Distress markers and more.  Thank You Paula, Tim, and Ranger.  So appreciate it!

Yes, I am one lucky girl!  Feeling so blessed these days.  And inspired to create!  So many projects in mind.  I am blown away by the kindness and generosity of the crafting community.  So much product being given away out there.  Thankful!

I have several things in the works that I will be showing you soon.  Please come back and check it out.

I will be teaching some more classes at Chico Scrapbooks this holiday season.  My next class will be a Thankful Wall Hanging on September 15th.  Quick and easy project to bring in some fall/Thanksgiving color.  If you are in the Chico area would love to have you join us.

Be sure to visit Wendy's, Paula's and Tim's blogs for more inspiration.

Have a great evening and a wonderful week ahead.

Happy creating!

Hugs,  Sharon

Friday, August 9, 2013

Scenic Stamping - Crazy, Mad Love

Hello everyone!

I can't stop stamping!  I have fallen completely and madly in love with scenic stamping.  Haven't heard of that?  Well, I didn't know anything about it either until I discovered Anna-Karin at Layers of Ink.  She is an amazing artist.

I was minding my own business just popping in to check out Anna-Karin's latest and then I saw this project:

Whoa!  What's this and how did Anna-Karin create this?  I was getting excited as I read her post and discovered there is a blog called Craft A Scene.  Craft a what?  Of course I just popped right over there to check it out and I was blown away.  

I found out that there are some stamp companies that are devoted scene stamping.  I was hooked!  I have done several projects with paper where I experimented with scenes and perspective.  I was delighted to find out that there are stamps that would do the same thing!

I especially liked the stamps at Stampscapes.  I would go to the website and check out the hundreds of samples and admire the stunning quality.  Kevin Nakagawa, the artist and creator of these scenic stamps designs the images to be used together and overlap to create nature scenes.  Oh, and the bonus here is that I can use my favorite Tim Holtz Distress inks to color the scenes!  A match made in heaven I'm telling ya, ha, ha, ha.

It wasn't until I was in Vegas at CHA and got the chance to visit Viva Las Vegas Stamps that I saw some Stampscapes stamps in person.  I was so happy to discover these stamps on consignment.  Of course I snapped those babies up along with some other nature and scenic images.  I was one happy stamper!

I started with these three nice stamps.  I used two of them along with a tree stamp I already had to create this.

Oh, my this was sooooo much fun!  Very pleased with the results I decided I had to get some more stamps.  So I ended up with this bunch here.

Jumping up and down when the box arrived yesterday!  Right after dinner I ran to my studio and inked these babies up.  I'm telling you this is fun and very addictive.  I can't stop stamping!

First I created these and colored them with Distress Inks.

Then I stamped these but haven't had time to color them  yet.

So many ideas for cards and projects!  

Oh I'm in scenic stampy love!  I can't stop stamping, tee, hee.

Thanks for stopping by!  Would love to hear what you think about these stamps and scene stamping.  Come on you know you want to join me.

Happy Creating!

Hugs,  Sharon