Power Poppy “PURE PRAIRIE BOUQUET” matted art

I was lucky enough to get a copy of this digital stamp “Pure Prairie Bouquet” to play with from the New Releases over at Power Poppy.  It’s a gorgeous bouquet assortment  of flowers and for those of you who like to  work in authentic colors, Marcella even kindly supplied a guide  showing what all of the plants are (see below).  A quick scout around google images revealed all of these gorgeous flowers and foliage in their glory, now the hard part… picking the right color for those that come in multiple varieties LOL

I decided to start with the ones that only appeared to have one color ..and then worked my way through the rest one by one, picking the color choices I thought worked best in the overall project.

As usual my  pen selection was Chameleon and Zig Kurecolor, but this time my addon was a few pens from my Zig Memory System Collection… not the Ranger Distress pens  which I often use in collaboration.

So.. here it is… it’s in a simple black photo mat and will be joining the other pieces in my
“Abandoned Art” bucket to be dropped and hopefully bring a smile to some random stranger one day….if one of my friends doesn’t claim it after seeing it in my blog/facebook etc.

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Spotlight Series Day 18, Nikky – Polkadoodles

Who are you?

Nikky Hall, Polkadoodles

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Where are you?

UK

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

2006

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale?

I began designing papers and toppers to use in workshops in my bricks and mortar store back in 2006 because I couldn’t get what I wanted for my classes. My customers loved them so much they wanted to buy them so it went from there, with designing papers and decoupage sheets and then stamps and I’ve never stopped since!

 

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?

I’d be a cake baker!

 

How long have you been in business?

Since 2006

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ODDELLA FAIRY – ICKYINK ART

 

 

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

ODDELLA FAIRY – ICKYINK ART

 

 

 

 

 

Who is your inspiration/muse?

I don’t really have one one thing or person I’m inspired by although I think I am heavily influenced by my childhood favourite author Enid Blyton. I’m like a sponge, I just soak up everything I see every day and my inspiration generally comes when I’m asleep and wakes me in the middle of the night with an idea.

 

How many people work with/for you?

2

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?

I have always worked within a graphics/print environment but not as a designer, so I have years of managing print, packaging and design for people like Disney, Tesco, Airfix, Cadburys, Nestle, Mars to name a few.

 

What’s your favorite color?

aquamarine

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

Erm…Art! Of course!

 

If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?

Minnie!

 

What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?

A black fineliner pen

 

Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?

NO!

 

If you were offered a trip to the moon, would you go..and if so .. which of your images/products would leave on the moon??

If I can come back I’d go and I’d draw while I was there so I guess it would be a drawing of the earth with me sat on the North Pole like a big fat snowball freezing my butt off lol

 

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

Disgracefully of course!

 

If you were a classic car…. what would you be?

Not a car, sorry – I’d be a Lambretta SX200 with all the trimmings!

 

Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?

Eeek! My parents for sure!

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

I love how craft appeals to such a diverse range of people from all walks of life and brings them together. Most of all for me, it really warms my heart when I hear that someone the other side of the world is using a piece of my work to create something amazing, I find it a very humbling experience that someone felt my work was worth spending their time and money on.

 

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Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise

Easy! We did a fun thing for our 5th birthday and I drew the Design Team I had the first day I started Polkadoodles, including myself! Nikky  If only I were this thin though LOL

 

 

 

Favorite quote?

Ignore the vision destroyers

 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Cake and ice cream. Together! LOL

 

What is your best and worst personality trait?

I’m not afraid to have an opinion – a good and bad thing!

 

If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with?

Right now – David Beckham!

 

If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?

Hell yes! How exciting!

 

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

Monkey Man

 

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?

Really?????!!! She did?!!!! Haha!

 

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Winnie in Wonderland

 

 


Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?

I think as an artist you’re only as good as your latest work so it would always need to be the last thing I did but at this moment in time I am mega in love with this whole collection “Winnie in Wonderland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

No! I deal with enough sharks in life never mind swimming with them!

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

1950s

 

Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so..  was it fun, or a nightmare?

Nightmare!

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?

I don’t get time any more but I love 2 Tone and Ska music so I  used to have an original Italian lambretta and used to go to Scooter rallies on weekends.

 

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Spotlight Series Day 13, Julia Spiri – Stamps By Julia Spiri

Who are you ?

Julia Spiri, Stamps By Julia Spiri

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Where are you ?

Barcelona, Spain

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously

I think I’ve been drawing since I was born. My first drawing lessons were from my father (he is an artist too), I then went to art school and then had 5 years study in Fine Arts.

 

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Charlotte Pirate

 

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store

Difficult to choose one. Each last stamp seems to me the favorite until I draw the next, he, he.

My last image is Charlotte Pirate

 

 

 

 

 

Who is your inspiration/muse?

The life around us, nature. And the rest is imagination.

 

How many people work with/for you ?

I draw alone, but I have great DT team, they help me a lot.

 

What’s your guilty pleasure ?

Chocolate, aww

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?

I have always drawn for a living. I’m lucky to work with something I like

 

What’s your favorite color?

Pink, green

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

Easy, he, he… Drawing! All my notebooks were filled with drawings

 

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?

Venice. Love Venice and Paris too!

 

If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?

Character does not matter. The only thing I would ask is to wear the old clothes/dresses, preferably 16 or 17 century

 

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

Better not sing, he, he. Can not have everything in life, I can draw 🙂

 

What is your most popular item in the store/shop?

I have several items.   Set of 4 Digital Stamps, The Hat Collection and The Flower Girl

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The Hat Collection

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The Flower Girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax

Playing with my German Shepherds

 

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

It depends on the drawing. I can take several hours or several days

 

When you are working, what is the view from your window like

Forest, green all year

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

It allowed me to get to know amazing people who share the same passion.

 

 

Hugs, Julia xx

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Digi Artists Challenge June-August 2016

Challenge Invitations have been sent ….

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The Gauntlet has been thrown!

…. who dare pick it up first ?

 

This is a challenge for Digi Stamp Artists to play with new ideas, have some friendly competition and get the  creative juices flowing.  It’s a fun community art event which we hope will be a quarterly  occurrence.  It’s a new spin on the  old card challenge idea…  but now our favorite artists get to  play.

New artists are welcome too, if you are a new digi artist trying to get established and meet a fab group of established artists  and mentors, or an existing artist in need of some fresh fun ideas.  Come on in, the water is great.

“THEME: SHAKESPEARE – deadline midnight Central time August 31st, 2016

This is open to anything Shakespeare related….. characters, inspired by quotes, pretty much anything goes as long as it has something to do with Shakespeare.

If you want a cat with a beard and a ruffle and an ink pen…. that is totally ok…. Romeo and Juliet… fine.. midsummer’s night dream fairies… works for me.
A giraffe reading a book by Shakespeare.. stretching it a bit, but still ok ( giraffe, long neck, stretch.. bad joke ..ok I’ll stop now…).

 

Each artist may enter up to 5 separate  submissions based on the theme…ah what the hell let’s make it up to 10…. for those of you with nothing better to do LOL.

Please remember these artists involved  are fitting this in between regular projects and day to day business too…. and that these digi stamps can take hours or days to complete… so patience is needed.

So get your thinking caps on … let’s do this”

If anyone would like to participate in this artist challenge, but didn’t get an invite … you can PM me on Facebook, or send me an email.  All submissions  are held for approval, so please don’t worry if it takes a few hours for them to appear.  I  think I still have a life..???

Spotlight Series Day 3 – KennyK Stamps

Who are you ?

kennyk_stamps.shop.logo.rightside_1447814264__23855We are wife-and-husband team of Elena and Kenny Kiernan. I am the stamp designer for KennyK Stamps and KennyK is a professional Illustrator, together we are have lots of creative chemistry!

Store: kennykstamps

Facebook Group: Club KennyK

Blog: KennyK Stamps Blog

 

 

Where are you ?

We are currently in Northeastern Pennsylvania and came here to be close to family, although we are both NY’ers and love going back to our old stomping grounds every chance we get!

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

Kenny has been drawing since he could hold a crayon, he was born with a natural artistic talent, although he didn’t take it seriously as a profession until after graduate school. I myself was a professional Event Planner when I married The Man, and we always wanted to collaborate and jam our creativeness together. With the help of Donna Smith, we discovered the world of digi stamps, the rest is history!

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale?

The first digi product we offered for sale was a collection of sassy girl characters we called “Glam Gang”. We stopped using collection titles, but these girls made a huge impact on the paper crafting world! Here are just a few from the original Glam Gang collection –

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All That

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Breast Cancer Fighter

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Download Diva

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Brooklyn Babe

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Troublemaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name your favorite cartoon?

For Kenny it is Popeye and I think mine is still old school Tom & Jerry!

 

Favorite quote?

Rock Your Crafts! Of course 🙂

 

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ElenaK

 


What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

 

The ElenaK stamp of course! All kidding aside, this is a question I could never answer, they are all apart of us and so loved!

 

 

 

 

 

Who is your inspiration/muse?

Kenny is a huge comic book geek (a very sexy geek) and it’s our attitude, lifestyle and personalities that bring out creative inspirations.

 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Hoarding crafts supplies that I never use. They are just so pretty to look at. Oh and Amazon Prime, there is always a package at our door.

 

What’s your favorite color?

Kenny’s is the blues and I am in the red and hot pinks.

 

If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be?

To everyone’s surprise Kenny has no tattoos and is not a fan. I have one and if he didn’t dislike them so much I would have more.

 

If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?

Heck no! And that is from both of us!

 

If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?

We would be The Incredibles!

 

What’s your favorite horror movie?

For me Halloween (kill, kill, kill, kill). Kenny has never seen it!!!!!! His is the Shining. Good one KennyK!

 

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

All the time!! Me, me, me, me ,meee!

 

What is your most popular item in the store/shop?

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Bow

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Bow (Adult)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funny enough when I designed Bow, I hadn’t giving Kenny much reference to what she would be wearing, I was going to add that on once I saw the character drawn. Kenny is the one that made her with no clothes on! I said there was no way we could put that on our shop. We would shock everyone. So, for fun, we decided to sell both versions, Bow Adult (with no clothes) and Bow and see what happens. It turns out that Bow Adult is one of our top sellers!! Right then and there we really knew who are audience was!

 

Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?

For Kenny it was Rachel Welch and for me it was Elvis! We have never drawn them.

 

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?

I would work in production for movie sets. Kenny would be a full time musician/rock star.

 

How long have you been in business?

EST. 2011

 

If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with ?

Kenny said: The beautiful and vivacious ElenaK (what a guy!) I say: Sexy KennyK! duh!

 

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?

We love ice cream at night. When the kids are asleep, shhhhhh!

 

What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?

Halloween and St. Patricks day take the cake in our house.

 

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Absolutely not and that is for both of us.

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

The 70’s hands down

 

Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so..  was it fun, or a nightmare?

Huh, I don’t know if Kenny has ever been on a blind date. I have and it was a nightmare. It was a blind date, but also a double date. A couple I knew wanted to set me up with this guy. He said hi, then never looked at me or spoke to me the rest of the night, called his friends during the date and left early. I feel terrible about it till this day. I mean talk about intimidation. Poor guy couldn’t handle all that is Elena. I hope I didn’t scar him for life.

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?

Snuggling with our little bunnies <3

 

Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?

Haha, no, but I know it’s hugely popular

 

If you were offered a trip to the moon, would you go..and if so .. which of your images/products would leave on the moon??

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Fun Question!  Me: Absolutely!!! One of my dreams. Kenny: No.  I would leave Vikki Lee Vicious, so they (whoever they are) would know that strong badass women rule the earth!

 

 

 

 

 

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

We don’t mind growing old, cause we are young at heart. We have had loads and loads of fun using up our youth, now we are happy to living a family life. So, gracefully, I guess.

 

If you were a classic car…. what would you be?

We would both be classic American hot rod muscle cars! Hot and Fast! LOL!!

 

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

When we don’t have other deadline interruptions it can take about 2 or 3 days of edits before we settle on a final product.

 

When you are working, what is the view from your window like

I am so lucky.  My backyard is adjacent to the elementary school, so I see they playground just past my yard. At lunch time I open my window to hear the kids playing.  Kids having fun is really the best sound ever! Kenny sees rooftops and a view of the beautiful church steeple.

 

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

Any good classic rock

 

Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?

My mom! She can have an 8ft man shaking in his boots. She is powerful!!

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

We love that we have built friendships with people all over the world that we never met in person, but they have become a real part of our KennyK Family.

 

Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise

For me it’s Sexy Rocker. For Kenny it’s Superhero, a.k.a Captain Damntastic

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Sexy Rocker

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Superhero

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?

I am truly most proud of our Steampunk collection. It is not something we were very familiar with before hand, yet we were able to create a fantastic line of sassy, sexy, intricate ladies and they are still some of our best sellers. Now we are total Steampunk fans.

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Simply B stamps – DT Call

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We are looking for ONE DT member to join our crazy (not really, pretty laid back actually) team!

4 projects a month (sometimes less, did I say how laid back we are)!

From July 2016 – December 2016

 

 


How to apply? Simple….

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Participate in this month’s challenges and events that require you to create with SBS images. That’s it!

I will be watching out for those that are interested, so if you are interested when you enter an event or a challenge, please mention “Would like to be considered for DT position”. The new member will be contacted July 1st and your term will begin…so get ready if you are chosen to work your little fingers off (not really, we really are very laid back)!!!

 

Time is precious..share it wisely

In this crazy world we live in it is so easy to lose touch with friends and people you care about.  We’re all so busy with this and that and sometimes you don’t realize you haven’t stopped to breathe for months. Yes .. you over there with the blue face and the Iphone…. put it down!  The latest viral video will still be there in 10 minutes…. chill.

Sure your phone has a calendar to remind you to send a card to someone on their birthday, but the best gift of all…. is your time. Even when you think you don’t have any to spare…. make it.  All those tomorrows you keep promising you will do things, may never happen… tomorrow is never promised for you….or anyone you love.

Don’t wait till your phone tells you it’s time to send a card; send it now.. just for the heck of it, show them you care and you are NEVER too busy for them.

Call them up, go have some coffee, hang out, talk, laugh and live a little..and show them you always have time for them..and for you.  This is a fab card just to let someone know….anytime, anyplace, anywhere.

……of course if you are like me…. the inside will have some humorous comeback to take the edge off that “serious” squishy moment  lol.  Did you really think I was going all serious on you ???  NEVER gonna happen … haha

Ok, on to the seriousness of crafting…

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Details:

  • Background:  Dark Gray Recollections Card Stock, various stamps in  black Craft Smart ink
  • Image: Scrappers Delights Friday Freebie Challenge image colored with Zig Kurecolor pens from the hair and muted tones pack and a top coat of Gansai Tambi Starry Colors new pearlescent water colors.  Edges dry inked with Ranger Time Holtz Distress ink pads and a brush.  Foam mounted with Darice Foam using the new  Kuretake Photo Tape I reviewed earlier this month. Double mounted on a second contrasting pad using black Recollections Card stock and edged with a metallic gold pen.
  • Quote: Beryl Dov at Goodreads

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Some of you may recall the Zig Memory System Marker Collection I  got  to  play with last year…. the one with the brushables, Writers, Calligraphy and.. my fave.. the chalk markers.  You can find that post here.  This is a great set for someone wanting to try  out a variety of Zig pens.  I love that these fit in my Cricut Explore with the Chomas Adapter.

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Humorous “old age” card

This card features the fab March Freebie at Scrappers Delights, one of the  awesome new KennyK backgrounds from the Superheros release earlier this month …and my really bad drawing for the foreground LOL.

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I started out with two fab Digi images and some clouds  from PSP tubes.  I use an old version of Paint shop Pro from back in the JASC days, I assume they still have tubes in the Corel versions.. I should probably go look-see.  I have them, but prefer to work in  the older versions to be honest.

 
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Bot Image – Scrappers Delights “Robot Gage 1”
CityScape –
KennyK Stamps “Rooftop Skyline”
Clouds  –
Jasc Paint Shop Pro Tube
Foreground –
MsWipz  scrappy drawing

Pens usedChameleon, Zig Kurecolor, Zig Memory System, Ranger Distress pens
Sentiment  –
Font Justov & Frission 
Edges –
Ranger Distress Inks Hickory Smoke, Walnut, Fossilized Amber

Card Base  – Recollections Gray card pack
Image Insert – Regular 88 bright Georgia Pacific printer paper
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Printed on 110lb Georgia Pacific and mounted on Darice Foam Sheet

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Liz McGuire  Mahoosive Easter Giveaway!

Hop on over to the Buttons for Brains Blog to enter for a chance to win a “Mahoosive Easter Giveaway” Prize package from Liz McGuire.  This photo shows just a portion of the “Sweet Paris Collection” on offer… ooh can you say DROOL !!  
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Designer Paper Pack (8×8 – 48 sheets)
2 Clear Stamp Sets
Paper Doilies
Metal Charms
Stick Pins
Accordion Stickers
Wooden Elements
Paper Blooms
Wooden Frames
Wooden Buttons
Chipboard Tags
Resin Flowers
Pearls
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