Have your elf a merry lil Kissmas….

I wanted to try something different, along the lines of some old photography pieces I did way back in the days when I had film and a darkroom.   I have always loved the Monochrome look with a splash of color.  To be entirely honest, I didn’t start off with the intention of making a monochrome type project….and my photography was a lot more Black and White..like almost totally black and white with very little gray haha…. but I love this softer look too.

I was laying down some base shadow in a technique I like to use for color depth, but it was a lighter shade than I usually use and when I  wandered off  to make a cup of tea… it caught my eye as I went back into my craft space. I use the term “craft space” very lightly   haha.  As some of you know I was packing to move and  then not move so my crafting space is..  undergoing some changes lol.  If about 1 foot of workable space and a tonne of boxes and totes counts..I have a craft space.

Anywho as I looked at it, I came to the conclusion I really  liked the mono look for this image.  I had already colored the skin  but that was the only color at that point other than this gorgeous soft gray tone.  I added in a splash of color for the bells and foliage… randomly swirled glue around the edges and went crazy with this fun white glitter I bought last year and have been dying to use…. except whenever I want to use it, I can’t find it..and when I find it, I don’t want to use it haha.   Finally I found it AND wanted to use it.. so SCORE for the white glitter!!!

I popped this on a sheet of foam and then mounted it to this really cool silver glitter card I picked up in a 3 pack at the dollar store.  I love this glitter card so grab it whenever I see it in stock 🙂   it comes in 11×14 sheets  of gold, green and silver  and is fab for oversized cards and  a bit of glam.

This is my latest project from Cute As A Button….  this is one of the November New Release images which you can find in the Cute As A Button store.

Be sure to drop by the Blog and Facebook pages too and see what the rest of girls have been up to with their DT projects.  While you are there check out the Blog and Facebook challenges, we’d love to see your projects too.caab_nov_nr_wmdOf course, as always colored with Chameleon Pens and Zig Kurecolor

Challenges entered:

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Elfie Selfie… humorous Christmas card

The minute I saw this image ..I knew it would turn out to be a fun one.

It’s 4 am, so no big  explanation.. just a card to enjoy  🙂

This is KennyK’s “Elfie Selfie” image and I entered this card in the Facebook Challenge over at Club KennyK.

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Challenges 

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3/4 fold Christmas card

Really quick n simple 3/4 fold card that could be used for a variety of things….money card, gift card holder, or a fun 3/4 fold Christmas card… with matching envelope.

Image was printed on 110lb Georgia Pacific Index card, colored with my usual mix of Chameleon, Zig Kurecolor  and some Ranger Distress Markers…with a touch of Wink of Stella for some glam.
pixie_dust_wmdThe inside of the card was then lined with a glitter card stock.. nothing fancy, just dollar store card .. but it gives a  touch of glam and glitz to the card and strengthens the design for mailing if necessary.  The 3/4 edge was punched with a Martha Stewart Punch by the name of Aspen.  a co-ordinating strip was added to a matching envelope along with some matching snowflakes.

This image is a Scrapper’s Delights Image “Winter Elf Digi

I really like the Tim Holtz “Tumbled Glass”  pen for ice and snow effects and for adding a touch of color and shading to white fabrics etc. on images.

To turn it into a cash/gift card/ticket holder etc.. simply  glue/tape down the top and bottom edges of the 3/4 fold…and Voila…. insta pocket.

Supplies:

 

This is my Mid Month Inspiration Project over at Scrapper’s Delights Challenge Blog…. be sure to drop by and check out the DT projects…  and if you have a good eye for detail, you might even be able to pick up a free digi.

 challenges

cardsgalorechallenges.

worldwideopendesignteamchallenge

thepapernestdollschallenge

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KennyK new releases… haha LOVE Elfie Selfie !!

The August 15th New Release from KennyK is another total winner… LOVE these.  A Christmas theme featuring 3 new stamps….Elfie Selfie, Santa Christmas Dance, and Santa Baby!

I have been….  and still am a bit under the weather, so when one of the DT cards popped up in my Facebook feed with Elfie Selfie I was like huh? I don’t remember this one before, I know I couldn’t have missed this one…. and then it hit me….it’s the 15th…. that can mean only one thing  NEW STAMPS !!!
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Available as a bundle, or individually…. check out the New Releases.  And of course….  that also means  the new challenge is up  over at Club Kenny Facebook Group.. be sure to check out the fab DT projects and entries for that too.

 

 

Don’t forget to grab your August Newswletter Subscriber Freebie too… “Rock Chick”
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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.

 

Princesses Collection

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

 

Alice Chibi

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)

 

Autumn Fall Girl Reading

Autumn Fall Girl Reading

 

 

 

 

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”

Alice in Wonderland Art Print

Alice in Wonderland Art Print

Maiko in Spring

Maiko in Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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StarStampz Fan Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/StarStampzFanGroup/