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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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”

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Alice in Wonderland Art Print

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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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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

Kit & Clowder Facebook Group

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.

 

Spotlight Series Day 11, Naz- Sasayaki Glitter


Who are you ?

Personal Name : Naz Smith
Company Name : Sasayaki Glitter

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Where are you?
Melbourne Australia

When did you start drawing/designing seriously?
Approximately 2 years ago I got started but started dedicating a lot more time to it about 12 months ago.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
My husbands baked New York cheesecake

If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?
Any of the princesses.

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

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?
I fit my work in around family so it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours depending on my day.

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Baby Shy

 

 

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale?

Baby Shy Digital Stamp

 

 

 



What was your favorite subject in school…?
Geography

If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be?
I have several Roses and a butterfly on my back and a quote on my arm but I’ve promised my husband no more….except maybe if I can convince him to get one 🙂

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

Mrs.Green. She wore a tiara.

What’s your favorite horror movie?
Insidious

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?
Taylor Kinney. I don’t want him to talk.

What is the one question you are really glad I didn’t ask ….and dare you answer it anyway? Lol
Any question related to Taylor Kinney….and no I plead the 5th.

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??
Absolutely. It would have to be a custom image though…and I’d never release it.

What job did you have BEFORE you started drawing/designing for a living?
Office Manger at a tech company.

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Drummer Shy

 

 

 

What is your favourite piece in the whole store?

Drummer Shy Digital Stamp 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is your inspiration/muse?
My son “Shy” is the inspiration for me, I have drawn him heaps of times.

How many people work with/for you?
Around 20 but the number fluctuates a bit over time.

Name your favourite cartoon?
Adventure Time. That show is nuts.

Favorite Quote?
“If you wait, all that happens is that you get older” – Larry McMurtry

What’s your favorite colour?
Pink and Purple…ooh and yellow….and sometimes green….and orange.

What is your best and worst personality trait?
I’m decidedly stubborn which is a blessing and a curse. I like to be thought of as a loyal friend.

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?
We’re blessed and get to travel quite frequently. In fact I’m currently in Madrid, Spain for another day or two before we head down to the Costa Del Sol and then on to Portugal and Morocco.

If you got offered a weekend in a haunted house/castle etc.. would you say yes?
In a second….but I’d make my husband go with me.

If you were reincarnated…who would you have been in a former life?
A European princess definitely….any of the ones that didn’t end up losing their heads or dying young.

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?
Yeah…I don’t care if anyone is listening 🙂

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Meg and Kitty

 

 

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

Meg and Kitty Digital Stamp 

 

 

 

 

 



Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?
Oh my. There have been so many and I’m sure answering would reveal way too much 🙂 I’ve never drawn any.

How long have you been in business?
About 12 months

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

If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with ?
My husband. No way he’d be content to stay locked in a elevator for 6 hours and would find a way out.

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?
Green tea and plain cake.

What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?
Christmas definitely. Awesome season for crafting decoration.

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?
“Someone let Taylor Kinney know there is a plot next to me free if he wants it.”

Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?
I had to ask my husband what this was. No.

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?
My significant other says that it’s too late as I appear to have opted for disgracefully already.

When you are working, what is the view from your window like?
Well I’ve been designing a few bit this week in my hotel room….so my view is of the tree lined Calle De Velazquez in Madrid. Love the buildings here.

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?
“No” by Megan Trainor is my latest. Great message too.

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

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?
I like the consecutiveness of it all. I’m surrounded virtually by a tonne of lovely talented people that inspire me to be better at what we do.

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Shopping Meg

 

 

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


Shopping Meg Digital Stamp

 

 




Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Hell yes.

If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?
Princess Naz Smith

Which decade do you think had the best music?
2010+

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

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

Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?
I love them all but I love the ones from “Shy” a bit more


Naz and Kel
Sasayaki Glitter Digital Stamps
https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/SasayakiGlitter
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While I am waiting…. Making it Crafty

While I am waiting for my Sizzix Big Shot to get sorted, I thought I’d practice my coloring some more.  I picked up some fun images from Make it Crafty a few nights ago. I got a fab princess carriage, which you may have seen in my latest Scrappers Delights Challenge image and a humorous old couple.. and these.

Love these little houses and I will be back for some more of these soon.  I colored these up mostly in Ranger Distress Pen, but there is a touch of Chamelon and  Zig Kurecolor in them too.  I did these fairly small to use on a notecard set, but they also make fab backgrounds for your characters on a larger scale too.

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Concept Layout – combining digis to build a scene

The minute I saw this Scrappers Delights Challenge Freebie Image it just reminded me of Cinderella.. and this is what sprung to mind. The background is another Scrappers Delight Image and the Carriage came from Make it Crafty …. Full details on the finished piece later, but I wanted to share this and show how easy it is to build a scene. 3 images, a speech/thought bubble and a little imagination is all it took to get here. Admittedly I have years of experience playing with graphics programs, but it’s all simple stuff.. layers and area selections.

I started coloring her last night..so far so good.. it’s a fun image to play with.

This was done in an old version of Jasc Paint Shop Pro, Version 7. That is my goto program for quick Graphics, but the tools and features used are pretty much universal on most programs.. If anyone is interested I can throw together a quickie video at some point showing how it’s done in PSP7 so you can compare the features and learn how to do it in whatever software you own… leave a comment 🙂
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