Here is Cynthia's card that random.org picked and she gets a $50.00 CS Gift Certificate. Look at the cute lace skirt she added to the dress form from our Sew Special stamp set.
I spotted the cute Button Card Idea Melissa Bove entered using our Material Girl Stamp set, (which I know many readers have as it's our top selling small set). I posted it on Pintrest under Cool Ideas Using our Stamps and it's had over 60 repins, so other people love the idea including DT Member Marilyn McIldoon who created this cute pink version below. The link to Melissa's card is
I know Papertrey has a super cute Button Card stamp set, but I've had a button stamp set on my 'To Make Stamp Sets' ever since we did our Material Girl Set and you all fell in love with the little thread card (see thread card below Marilyn stamped and wrapped floss around). We just need to do our Button stamp set different from Papertrey. I will show a draft soon! UPDATE: NanaBeth asked for sayings - I would love to hear any, please leave a comment with ideas!
We've also been working on other new stamp sets in Fairy and Pixie stamps, Dressed Animals, Garden and Tea Party! Actually there are more sets in the works but we also have T-shirt Designs to finish and a couple of other fun surprises. Hey - we are just a small 2.5 person office!
Have you noticed how popular Art Journals have become? I mean the artsy-creative styles that allow you the freedom to explore, play, paint, stamp, stitch, cut, paste doodle and journal your thoughts, hopes and dreams. You can make them out of any medium and add lists, photos, fave images, ephemera, etc., and the best part is you can just add pages and updates whenever the urge hits you and you don't have to be locked into any specific style and there are NO RULES! Just add anything that makes you HAPPY!
Ask yourself questions, interview other people to document their ideas and answers. You can follow any path and theme. You can keep your journal secret or share it. I keep hearing words like Addictive, Fun, Liberating and Freedom so I'm going to start one but in the meantime check out DT Member Julie Campbells Journal she just started!
DT Member Marilyn has been working on a Sewing Journal you can see if you scroll through her April & May blog posts. She has been sewing up everything from cards and paper to a rag quilt she made in March, and a journal is a great place to keep track of creative projects and ideas.
Did you see DT Member Pam Hooten's Art Journal? Scroll through her Crafty Secrets April & May Posts and see the colors and cool stamping she is doing!
DT Leader Vicki Chrisman met with her 'Ladies Art Group' last week and I envy their fun once a month lunch they do, taking turns and eating and playing together - making a 'mess at someone else's house'. Vicki shrunk down this digital layout she made with our New CD # 3 (at printers and ready Mar 25/12) and added it to an altered canvas
I'm learning to use Photoshop Elements properly (I usually cheat and use my free Paint.net). Cindy (our graphic designer) told me what buttons to click and taught me about layers when I wanted to make this sample using a bunch of the texty designs I had Vicki Chrisman design for CD #3. I'm thrilled with the way it turned out and even more excited to see what other people will create with all these fun re-sizable PNG files. I pasted 2 antique painting together to make the cool background which is on CD 3 and Vicki handmade each design and Cindy turned them all into proper files on the CD - yippee!
When I make my journal I want to add this photo of George, our daughter & her boyfriend's Pug we recently doggie-sat for 2 weeks as they were off working on the New Batchelor Canada TV Show - I will share more details as soon as Katie can spill the beans! We miss our dog Otis (who our youngest daughter dog-knapped) but we fell for George who was a speeding bullet and a snuggle puss who entertained us non-stop!
Lastly, I have a couple of great cards to share like this one by Sophie La Fontaine who used our Birds of Happiness Stamp set. Also see the other fabulous cards in Sophie's Gallery! Hey, did you see the Baby Onesie I stamped with this cute set?
I also saw it 's Lori Craig's Birthday this week (big time helper at Splitcoast) and Lori is such a sweetie, so say Happy Birthday if you know her! This is one of my fave cards she has ever made with our Clear Art Stamp sets. She used the Home Sweet Home set and her colors make me HAPPY! It's so bright and fun but still has the art deco style.
I will be back later this week with something new to share
Wishing you joy and creativity
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