Kit & Clowder 10k member Copic Giveaway

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If you aren’t already a member of Kit & Clowder .. WHY NOT??  lol  .. but if you aren’t .. and you color you should check out the classes and group.  Not only will you gain valuable information and support while learning to color… K&C wants to hook up one lucky winner with a set of Copic Ciao Markers too.

Swing by the Facebook Group and check it out, the group and classes are aimed at all levels. We even have some budding juniors 🙂

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Kit & Clowder Online Coloring Classes

Classes are available for pen. pencil, watercolor and mixed media …  in a variety of topics. Skin & Hair, Clothing, Animals, Nature, Monthly Create & learn.. so much to see, so much to learn !

Check out the Spotlight Series Giveaways which are ending tonight…. for a chance to win a Gift certificate to Kit & Clowder and a bunch more cool prizes.

 

Zig Kurecolor Giveaway Winner Announcement

and the lucky winner of the Zig Kurecolor Skintone 12 pack giveaway ….

Congratulations Janey G.

I shall email you later today to get  shipping details from you. 🙂

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I am  sure I am not the only one  wishing they were winging their way to my address  lol.   I just  found out this particular set is out of stock at the factory…. eek! If anyone is interested I will post an update when these will be  in stock again. See I told you these pens were good lol.

End of Series Giveaway Main Page

Well here we are… finally the end of Series Giveaway is about to kick off.

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Now  you are going to wish you had commented on the spotlights when you read them..I dropped enough hints to sink a battle ship, not that I should have needed to *cough.

Anywho….  There are a lot of different prizes on offer, some US only, but most are worldwide.. please be sure to read the eligibility on each one you wish to enter.

I would like to thank the spotlight guests  and sponsors for  such a fab series.  It all started off with a crazy idea in the wee hours one morning and snowballed from a maybe once a week or month thing to..all of a sudden daily. It’s been a lot of work and a lot of fun.. and for sure has been an eye opener for me.  Trust me  when you have a month of 5am bedtimes.. an eye opener isn’t always bad thing lol.  AND .. we have more guests who want to play along..so look forward to more spotlights in the coming weeks and months 🙂

Thank you everyone ..and GOOD LUCK !!!

Chameleon Pens – New Skintone 5 Pack Giveaway

chameleon_logoChameleon Pens have joined us as a End of Spotlight Series Prize Sponsor.  If you missed the whole spotlight Series  last month…. you can find all of the Spotlight Series Guests & their fun Q&A’s as well as the main post for the Spotlight Series Giveaway with all the fab prizes up for grabs HERE.

Chameleon Pens; as you know if you are a regular blog visitor are one of my top two preferred pens for cardmaking and coloring my stamps & digital stamps.  I got a set of these skintone pens to play with from the recently released new color palette…and I am “in luuuuurrrv” You will have seen these used in my recent projects..shame on you if you haven’t been following my blog *grin.

I have to say I was and still am extremely impressed with the new skintone palette, specially NU00 Nude .. LOVE  that pen….. and now you have a chance to try them too.

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If you aren’t lucky enough to score a set for free….  these pens are available for purchase at Chameleon Pens and I’d be  a happy lil clam if you considered purchasing them through the links below, or throughout the  blog.

.. I earn commission on purchase made through my affiliate  links….every lil helps…. but even if you don’t …. here’s the run down anyway.

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The new expanded range comes in a gorgeous carrying case.  I was well impressed with the packaging on my original 22 pen set… but the new one  * sigh… one day you will be mine !!

 

 

 

If you already own the 22 pen  set, you can buy the expansion… I know all you online gamers just love that word “expansion”  which includes the new colors in the awesome carrying case.. with room to add in your original set …. totally rockin idea there  Chameleon 🙂
* may not be available everywhere just yet, check your region.

 

 

 

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If you are on a tight budget … of course you can always just grab the  new palette range in 5 packs.. either individually..or in the bundle deal they have available.

and if you are REALLY REALLY strapped for cash but still would love to try these.. guess what.. you can buy these pens individually too….. so that NU00 can still be yours.

 

 

 

 

But …. in the meantime, I have a set with someone’s name on them and you don’t even have to  leave a comment…unless you want to and that would be really cool too.  It helps me and the sponsors see which of the posts/offers are popular and whether it’s worth repeating similar offers/giveaways or not in the future.

So if you want to see more offers and giveaways…. say now, or forever hold your piece!!!

Big Shout Out to Chameleon Pens, not only for a fantastic product which I love…. but for giving me a chance to share this fab product with one of you!

I know, I know..get on with the giveaway details….  It’s very simple…………..

 

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click here and enter your email address and one lucky person is gonna be getting an email from Chameleon in August congratulating them on their new Skintone 5 pack.

Contest Ends July 31st 2016.
Winner will be notified via email on Aug 1st 2016

…and it’s open Internationally..yup that’s right Internationally 🙂

Prize is sponsored and furnished by Chameleon Pens
I will be compensated for purchases made through affiliate links on this

 

 

Spotlight Series Day 28 , Marcella – Power Poppy

 

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Who are you?  
Marcella Hawley, owner, illustrator, and creative director of Power Poppy

Where are you?
Midwest is best! (I saw that on a t-shirt)

 

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Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley
Power Poppy Blog
Instagram: @marcellahawley

 


When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?
My mom used to tell a story from when I was about four, a nursery school teacher said, “Marcy, when you grow up, do you want to be an artist?” I replied, “I already am an artist!” I developed cartoons based on my friends and our adventures, spent hours figuring out how to hand-letter skateboarding logos, illustrated album backer cards at my high school job as a record store clerk — but after i got a degree in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois, I started getting paid to do art and design. How do ya like them apples!

Which decade do you think had the best music?
Huge music fan from all decades and so many genres. Punk rock, classical, jazz, funk, soul, Americana, rock n’ roll, ska, power pop… there’s so much in there I could never narrow it down!

How many people work for/with you?
We are fortunate to work with so many smart, talented, good people. I am based in my St. Louis studio, we have an awesome advisor for marketing and business in Montana, and we have a two incredible teams of designers from all over the world who show the possibilities with our stamp designs: the Bloom Brigade and the Instant Gardeners. I have excellent vendors and distribution folks, too. Also, my kids help pack up orders. 🙂

What was the first product you ever had for sale?
For the longest time I didn’t create products, I worked as a graphic designer, botanical illustrator, and magazine art director helping other folks promote and sell their wonderful products. 10 years ago I started a design and branding studio, working for all kinds of clients, from entrepreneurs to global companies, and I still operate this business. I launched Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley in 2014. My very first product was the Azalea stamp set, and it remains one of our best sellers.

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Here’s an example of my watercolor/gouache treatment of this stamp

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name your favorite cartoon.
Old school Bugs Bunny. Grew up watching Looney Tunes and still am entertained by the humor and cleverness of the team that put those together. Big fan of Mel Blanc. Those cartoons helped shape my sense of humor! Along with Stan Freberg, Three Stooges, and my dad.


Favorite quote?
Again, I have so many! But this one by gardener Alan Lacy sums me up pretty well: “I was born in the spring and never got over it.”

What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?
Sakura Pigma Micron pens/Bristol illustration board, and my trusty Mac loaded up with the Adobe Creative Cloud apps.

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?
Cheezits are my downfall. So I really try not to buy them, or I will eat the whole box.

If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?
That is a great question! As a kid, I wished my parents had named me, and this is how I would spell it, “Anjelikka” — and oh, how I am grateful that they did not take me up on this concept. I’m named after the little girl in the Raggedy Ann series of books by Johnny Gruelle, which was also the name of his daughter: Marcella.

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If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be?
While my guy has a bunch of tattoos, I have harbored no desire to get one. I mean, once you get it, there it is forever. That said, recently I started seeing gorgeous botanical tattoos of a few artists on Instagram, so beautifully done and without the thick black outline…. wouldn’t a wisp of rosemary intertwined with a budding peony be kind of cool?

 

 



What is your best and worst personality trait?
Best trait: I’m a positive person and I like to bring a positive spark to others, even by just being cheerful to you know, the gas station checkout guy up the street. That just might make him feel a little more cheerful, and then he’ll pass it on, and so forth.
Worst trait: Extreme over-scheduler, over-complicator and procrastinator. So, I guess that is three worst things. Good thing I’m so positive or that could be really depressing!

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?
It is so hard to pick a favorite, I’m sure you hear that all the time, but they are all my babies. I’m a fan of the “more is more” school of thought, so my true favorites tend to be the more rich and intricate images. One that I am very proud of is Daffodils, and particularly in that set, I love the bouquet of multiple Daffodil varieties bundled with Muscari. When I see what crafters do with this image, I almost feel like crying. Folks are so talented, and it’s just really heartwarming to watch how each person uniquely brings my artwork to life.

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Gorgeous card sample using the image from Daffodils that I love, by designer Katie Sims:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gotta pick a favorite digital stamp, too, Spring Meadow Bouquet. I am all about seeking out, celebrating, and illustrating plants that aren’t the most popular or in the mainstream. Everybody can draw a daisy. I like to draw Fritillaria meleagris, Leucojum aestivum, Dicentra spectabilis… I’m a plant nerd to the core. I hope to convert others to more exotic plants, and help teach them that there is more to life than Tulips. Though I do enjoy Tulips. 🙂

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A gorgeous card made using this digi by designer Christine Okken:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


If you were reincarnated…who would you have been in a former life?

Gosh, I would love to think that it was someone like Gertrude Jekyll, the British horticulturist and garden designer. But it was probably more like an odd Trillium plant out in the woods somewhere.

What’s your favorite color?
All shades of green. I am passionate about green – the essence of plants, moss, lichen, ahhhhhh green.

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?
I sing in the shower whether or not someone is listening. Also, in the car and at my desk

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Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?
Ha! Well, let’s see, I still go skateboarding at age 45, and a few years ago, got my motorcycle license and started riding off road and on the street. I don’t know if I’ll go out, as Doug hopes to: “worn down like the nub of a pencil”, but I hope to live it up as long as I can, and not complain about feeling old. I took my boy to see AC/DC earlier this year, and watching those 60-70 year old dudes rocking extremely hard for two hours without showing an iota of tiredness — that moved me. If Angus Young can do it, I can do it!

 

If you were a classic car…. what would you be?
I’d be my zippy little 1974 Yamaha RD60 café-racer-style motorcycle, in metallic turquoise with racing stripes.

Who is your inspiration/muse?
I have so many, from artists and designers such as Tasha Tudor, Botticelli, Josef Frank, Mary Engelbreit, Susie Cooper, Redouté, Lulu Guinness, and writers/thinkers such as Henry David Thoreau, Anais Nin, and Wayne Dyer. Gardeners and plant hybridizers inspire me. Doug’s zest for life inspires me. But it all begins with my mother, Susan. She was and is my muse. She instilled so much encouragement, love, and genuine care for us, not to mention keen interest in art, gardening, decorating, collecting. I am into all of those things because of her opening our minds to exploration. My mom’s mantra was “act enthusiastic and you’ll be enthusiastic!” Boy, was she ever that. I miss her more than words can say, she passed away in February from breast cancer. She ruled so hard.

I painted this image of my mom for a magazine article

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and a link to my blog post about my mom, if you are so inclined:
http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2016/02/in-memory-of-susan-h-smith-mama-susan.html

 

 

 

 


What’s your guilty pleasure?

Sharing a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc with the love of my life, Doug, drinking from supercool handblown glasses by Missouri artist, Kaeka Maehata (http://www.kaekomaehata.com/Home.html), sitting in bed watching The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt on Netflix.

What job did you have BEFORE you started drawing/designing for a living?
I worked as a hostess and a server at the Olive Garden in college. Hospitalino y’all. (Of course I found a way to commandeer the chalk board and hand-lettered the welcome sign and today’s specials!)

If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world ….  who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?

Oh man. I would have to say zenmaster Thich Naht Hanh. I don’t have anything I could even ask, I would just bask in his calm presence, his peaceful knowing, his smile. He is the wisest person alive in my opinion.

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What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?
Gardening, cooking for pleasure, reading decorating magazines. I find it challenging to really let down, so relaxing for me often involves still doing something.

 

 

 

 

What was your favorite subject in school?
It usually wasn’t the subject as much as the teacher who inspired me to enjoy the material. As such, I had a great experience in Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry, even though I don’t “like” math. The inspiring teacher was key! Am fascinated by history, but had several snorefest teachers along the way that made it brutal to sit through. I’m curious about English and Literature, History, Philosophy, Religions … anything in the Art & Design Studio, especially Typography, and all areas of Art & Design History

Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?
I would draw all of the boys I had a crush on, celebrity or not, from Maxwell Caulfield, the star of Grease 2, to a huge watercolor of Martin Gore from Depeche Mode that I used in my portfolio to get into the Fine Arts program. In fact, I still like to draw cute boys.

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?
I wrestle with that one. On one hand, I can see going to get an MBA. I’m fascinated with strategy and creating a message, and I would love to know more about the business side of things. I also love being involved in branding and design and being a part of big ideas, but at this phase of life with young children, I do not want to get so caught up in something that I can’t be there to pick them up from school and go to their ballgames, and just enjoy each moment of life before they go off to college. Then again, there are days when the idea of running away to a little cabin and pulling a Thoreau seems quite lovely. “Launch yourself on every wave!”

Would you go cave diving with sharks?
That comment above about launching yourself on every wave… I would not do that if there were sharks involved.

 

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How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?
I take forever, and work very intensely on every step. Doug came up with a tagline for me, “Marcy: Making things more complicated than they need to be, since 1971.” It’s really true. We start with a concept for a stamp set, and I’ll roll it around in my mind and research it, discuss it with my trusted advisor, Julie, who will also do research and develop ideas, and sometimes I’ll run it past our brilliant design team members to get their feedback. I’ll go through heaps of magazines and books and read up, I’ll work on sketches, I’ll revise my concept. I’ll go work in the garden, be struck by a flower, and I’ll go in a new direction, then I’ll come back and rework, or start over completely. Eventually – weeks later, maybe months – the “THAT’S IT!” feeling hits me, and I get in my zone and finish up my drawings, take them into ink, scan, run through fine-tuning in Photoshop, search for the perfect fonts or create lettering myself, and send out to our wonderful manufacturers. They turn things around for us very quickly most of the time, and are very patient with my last-minute requests. So, to answer your question, it varies, but it’s a wild ride from start to finish. 🙂

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Spotlight Series Day 27, Sarah – StarStampz

Who are you ? Sarah, though I can go by Star online and with friends. My website / art studio is “StarInMyPocket,” a line a liked from a poem I wrote when I was young. My usual username online is StarMasayume (Masayume meaning ‘dream’s come true’ which I added so I had a name ID that is always available..)

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Where are you ? In a land of sunshine (aka Florida)

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously? I doodled most of my life and for my “career” cube in 6th grade I chose artist which I discarded after as being unreleastic lol. When I was 12 I got a spark after discovering the anime Sailor Moon and would copy paused scenes on my VHS recordings, followed by finding Naoko’s gorgeous manga illustrations online and copying those. I stopped drawing for nearly 2 years feeling I was only good at copying, but my interest renewed another 2 years later after discovering digital art and oekaki board communities online. It was hook line and sinker from there!


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The Book Elf

 

 

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale? I’m not even sure. I began selling art prints and stickers at a convention in 2005. Years later I began putting my art items on Etsy, everything from keychains and buttons to sketchbooks and bookmarks. I opened my digital stamp store (Star Stampz) more recently but uploaded a number of them at once. “The Book Elf” is among my older arts

 

 

 

 

 

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go? Not far but recently went to Disney to celebrate my 30th birthday as I hadn’t been there since I was 4 and always wanted to go back. I figured if I was going to turn the big 3-0 might as well do it with my BF, her husband, and my fiance where my inner kid could gush freely.

 

What’s your favorite horror movie? So I am NOT a huge fan of horror genre, but there’s one Japanese movie I love enough to rewatch many times. Hansel and Gretel, a korean horror movie with a creepy “Coraline” feel. A young man crashes his car, getting lost and trapped in the woods where a family lives and the children aren’t what they seem. Their sweet cottage and toys alone give you the eebie jeebies but the plot twists are great and I like the twisted fairy tale aspect.

 

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Princesses Collection

 

 

 

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store? There’s many I’m fond of for different reasons which makes it so hard to choose. I will go with my princess set though as I LOVE fairy tales and Disney.

 

 

 

 

Name your favorite cartoon? Sailor Moon? I love it enough to put themes of it in my wedding after all lol. Though if we’re going for a list… that would get very very long. You can check out myanimelist profile for all my favorites.


What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?
Waldenbooks (I think half of my paycheck went there), followed by caricature artist at Busch Gardens, SEO/graphic design at a local startup web design company, and assistant for a successful invitation business by an entrapreneuring mom. This is my first year I’m solely freelancing which I was nervous but excited about.

 

What was your favorite subject in school…? English. If I didn’t get so hooked into art I would be writing books. Instead, I just have a lot of unfinished fanfiction.  =P

 

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Alice Chibi

 

 

 

What is your most popular item in the store/shop? Definitely my Alice Chibi digital stamp 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them? It took me until my twenties, but I fell in love with Mate Kamaras after seeing him as Death in the German musical “Elisabeth.” He’s gorgeous with a beautiful sexy singing voice and not to mention trilingual and also played the same role in Japan (in which he reminds me of Jareth from the Labyrinth which I have no problem with).  If you enjoy musicals, do yourself a favor and  youtube it! And yes I have drawn him…  Elisabeth The Last Dance Art Print

 

 

How long have you been in business? I’ve had business cards to my art website since I was 14? lol People would see me sketching everywhere so I would hand them out. I’d say 2005 as for how long I’ve been actually selling my art. Jacon, one of my favorite conventions, chose my art for their light/darkness theme on the con guides and badges so I got a free dealer’s table which was awesome and really the start of it all.

 

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?  For full digitally painted art, anywhere from a day or two to weeks sometimes months if I put something aside and pick at it.

 

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When you are working, what is the view from your window like? I love the backyard view from my two story window! <3 I’m so going to miss it if/when I move. It looks awesome when it’s raining.

 
What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere? I have a tie for two currently…  Boku ni Invitation (from the anime Polar Bear Cafe) and You’ll Be Back (a broadway song… just look up Hawk Moth’s Ballad on youtube lol)

 

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Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise. Autumn Fall Girl Reading
 

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work? Connecting with people all around the world and those with similar loves and interests. I was always the shy loner in school as a kid but art has helped me meet so many great friends and people so I feel really blessed by it. <3 Sometimes the people I meet suggest or introduce me to new things which is also great.

 

Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection? “Alice in Wonderland” from StarInMyPocket  from my ink / digital stamps “Maiko in Spring”

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Alice in Wonderland Art Print

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Main Portal Site: http://StarInMyPocket.net
StarInMyPocket Etsy Store: http://starinmypocket.etsy.com
StarStampz Digital Stamp Store:  http://starstampz.etsy.com

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Main Art Page: https://www.facebook.com/StarInMyPocket
StarStampz Page: https://www.facebook.com/starstampz/
StarStampz Fan Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/StarStampzFanGroup/

 

 

Spotlight Series Day 24 – Alyce, Kit and Clowder

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Who are you?  

Alyce from Kit and Clowder Online Colouring Classes www.kitandclowder.com

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Kit & Clowder Blog

 

 

Where are you? 

Australia!

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously

Just over two years ago when I turned Kit and Clowder from just my blog to our online colouring class website. Well, I was probably taking it still seriously before then making many many design team cards but I never dreamed that I would be doing this now with our classes 🙂

 

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

I am so chicken! I would be like Phoebe in Friends where she went to get a tattoo and only got a dot before she pulled out hahaa! I don’t even know what I would get – a cat?

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale? 

Our Skin and Hair class although both the content and the format has changed drastically since the launch!

 

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Who is your inspiration/muse?

My inspiration is everyone who forms Kit and Clowder. I would not be doing this if it weren’t for all of the Clowdies that are part of our group. When I am feeling down I know that I can feel inspired and uplifted by flicking through our Facebook Group and seeing everyone’s work, and also when people post non-craft related stuff. It makes me feel excited that people like to share their lives with us and makes me want to share back.

 

How many people work with/for you ?

Just me 🙂 But Jon, Mr Clowdie, is my sounding board behind the scenes. I also have some really close friends that I have met since doing this that I know I can discuss about any topic/run through any idea and they 100% support me and tell me if my ideas are bad! 🙂

 

Name your favorite cartoon?

Oh my… everything Disney? Does Pixar count as cartoon? If we are going movie I would say Wall-e.. but if it’s cartoon tv it is Pokemon

 

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

ELSA! Or Anna! Or Belle! Or Cinderella! Or Rapunzel! Or Pin Manager!

 

 

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

90s!!! Spice Girls! hahaaa!

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax

I like to read, sing, or play computer games with Jon 🙂

 

If you were reincarnated…who would you have been in a former life.

Cat – fluffy cat wanting lots of cuddles and food

 

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

I sing in the shower, not in the shower, and frequently get caught out by the postman.

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

Our Skin and Hair Class

 

 

 

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

Probably Angel from Buffy hahaa! No I haven’t drawn him hahaa!

 

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

Joss Whedon and we would talk all things Buffy/Angel/Firefly/Avengers 🙂

 

What’s your favorite color?

It changes all the time! I like Purple and Aqua at the moment 🙂 But I really love all colours and having bright colours around makes me feel happy 🙂

 

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Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Uh not this question!! I am currently being persuaded into this for our Honeymoon O_O Sharks are one of my big fears and I think if I saw a Great White I would pass out in the water. I would say no but I think if I don’t say yes I won’t be getting married haha.

 

 

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

English – I wanted to be a writer and I looove reading

 

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

Disneyland! We went last year while teaching our US Retreats and it was the BEST!

 

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

Yes but I would be so scared! hehe! It really intrigues me because I feel there are so many stories and encounters for there not to be some sort of truth?

 

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

I have a bad habit of getting the coffee/chai latte sachets and halving them so I can get more drinks to keep me full! So I have many many of those to try and stop me eating everything in the house. But I usually still do – biscuits and chocolate 🙁

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store? nature

Our new Elements of Nature class – I think it is our most professional class and also flowers and nature are really forgiving for people to colour. Skin and Hair is our most popular class but the actually topic itself is much harder so I think sometimes it’s nice for people to take a break and colour some flowers for some great results 🙂 I also love our Monthly Colouring Class as I feel that it really challenges me to come up with the content and I see the best results in this class. I see people improve the quickest here as they are challenging themselves.

 

Favorite quote?

If you are not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you aren’t doing anything very innovative – Woody Allen

 

What’s your guilty pleasure ?

Disney. everything.

 

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

Interior Architect

 

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

Christmas – I love getting presents for people and get so excited to give them 😀 I can’t sleep on Christmas eve.

 

 

 

 

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

Our Technique Classes take about 2-3 months of straight working on them from concept, writing the material, colouring samples, filming, editing, and putting the actual classroom and graphics together. It’s a really long process! It takes longer now than when I first started as I still do our one on one feedback daily which takes a few hours, plus our monthly class, and all of the admin work. So a Technique class probably takes about 4-5 months now.

 

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

So many! I love all Taylor Swift 🙂 And anything cheesy hehe

 

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

I love how supportive everyone is. I feel that people go out of their way to help one another and to make me feel welcome in their lives. I feel that I don’t have customers but I have friends and I’m so lucky to have met so many of our members now and know that we have a real friendship. I feel extremely lucky.

 

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Who are you ?

My name is Jodie Mackrell. I am the owner and creator at Bugaboo Stamps

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Where are you ?

I live in Saskatchewan, Canada…where you seriously freeze your tushy off in winter!

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously

16 years ago. I first began with JDS Clipart. A website i created and drew mainly for digitizers and embroiderers.

(I DREAD seeing my pictures from waaaay back then. lol. You know the saying..the more you practice the better you get )

Bugaboo is 6 years old!

 

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

Christmas. I love the lights, the music, and everyone seems a little nicer and friendlier….just leave out the fruitcakes!

 

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

No, but i used to! i loved when it was the warrior, randy savage, hulk hogan, bulldogs…lol..loved it!

(and sat down with a pail of ice cream too) oh those were the days….=)

 

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Not even if you paid me. Hell I still don’t go out too far whether it be an ocean ,lake or anything due to seeing Jaws when i was a kid! lol

 

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What was the first product you ever had for sale?

Stick people..lol. Digitizers were crazy about them so when i first opened Bugaboo i brought a few  to the store

 

 

 

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

I waitressed! (sometimes i sure miss the tips..lol)

 

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

I have two =) one is the name and footprint of my son who was born too soon. the other i got a few months ago…a butterfly that says dream.

NEVER EVER AGAIN. lol. i think i have turned soft as i got older…lol.. i love it…but NEVER AGAIN….lol

 

What’s your favorite horror movie?

NONE..lol….when i was 10 yrs younger i couldn’t find a scary enough movie! Now you wont catch me watching them! I guess we become scardy cats as we get older sometimes!

 

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

no…i cant afford a new mirror

 

What is your best and worst personality trait?

I’ve been told my best trait is that i have a big heart and my worst….stubbornness..however i think it can be a good thing too no? =)

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

that’s a hard one but id have to say this JJ digi. I had time to color her, which I don’t get to do often and I love how she turned out!

 

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Who is your inspiration/muse?

My inspiration is everywhere if i look up long enough…all around me, other digi companies, outside, my kids, its everywhere.

If you stop and take the time to notice that is

 

How many people work with/for you ?

A LOT..lol. I think we have 22 DT members, and we always have guest designers as well.

Then when you count the Bugaboo fans too (we simply must),

That’s alot..lol. You see …our customers work for us AND with us as well whenever they create something using Bugaboo. When they post it, blog it,

pin it, tweet it,.get published etc. if Its about Bugaboo, we’re getting our name out there =) Even our sponsors work with us, helping us spread the word about Bugaboo. Reviews and word of mouth, all of it. It helps and promotes Bugaboo. So I guess the answer is alot…lol

 

Name your favorite cartoon?

Im not sure..just NOT CAILLOU! lol

 

What’s your guilty pleasure ?
Chocolate and Vodka

 

What’s your favorite color?

pink and purple

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

Art of course =)

 

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

Maybe. Im one of THOSE ghost people..dont believe it till I see it . wait…..can I leave the kids home? then hell yes…=)

 

If you were a Cluedo Character, who would you be?

LOL….UMMMM I had to look up what cluedo was…

 

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

I WANNA BE A PRINCESS…A PRINCESS! ANY PRINCESS….LOL

 

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

 

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

My first was Patrick Swayze…and no I havent…yet. =)

 

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

I would love to decorate!! I love to decorate and Pinterest drives me nuts…lol

 

How long have you been in business?

Bugaboo was 6 in January

 

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

Mechanical pencils and paper. and i LOVE buying fresh new pads of paper and new pencils. If i found and collected all my pencils i bet id have about 200!

 

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

My kids..which would make for a small elevator…BUT Im gonna pretend it would be Chris Hemsworth =P

 

If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?I

I like different things….so Id say something along the lines of Rain, Summer, Storm…

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

80’s, 90’s, although i do love some of the golden oldies as well

 

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

Nightmare…the guy was so shy he had like nothing to say…..was a loong dinner…lol

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax

What? i get to relax? well….now i need to find something…=P

 

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

It depends..and I mean really depends..lol. Im one of those who have a million tabs open at once. While Im drawing an image, I can write 30 ideas down and the picture is still not done. I can get sidetracked real easy. And sometimes no matter what i do, I just cant get the awesome idea in my head to cooperate with my hands to bring it to life.

 

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

Ex’s and Oh’s by Elle King

 

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

Its a mix…lol

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…I look like JJ

 

 

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…but i think more like stella 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jodie

 

 

http://www.bugaboostamps.com/

 

http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/

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