Decorative edge card

Just a quick and simple card…. some pretty decorative edging cut on the Cricut Explore  and a cute  colored Digital stamp.  No fuss, no fluff…. just Clean and Simple…. soft grunge LOL.

Colored with my usual mix of pens, this card features “Button Love”  by Cute As A button and another Clive Couter file, Border Edge Card 32.  This is my September Inspiration card for the Cute As A Button Inspiration Showcase Blog

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If Star Wars was written by a woman…..

Not everyone is a big fan of circus’s and clowns.. or bad humor.  BUT you had to have one or the other… and this is me and my blog so if you are a regular visitor you will know I  like to put a different twist on images sometimes.  I don’t always use things in the way they were intended… and that’s ok.  The great thing about art and crafting is  we all have our own spin on things, our own sense of humor and our own set of friends..crazy or otherwise.

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The original is colored with a mix of Chameleon, Zig Kurecolor and Ranger distress pens then imported and reprinted with the sentiment.  She will be “abandoned” with a forever stamp for someone to find and mail on, or keep.

If you want to make postcards, be sure to check your Post Office website to make sure you are within the guidelines they issue.  Here they have very specific min and max sized and weight of cards for postcard mailings. I shall pop a quick spray of clear coat over the top to protect the card face and  then she is good to go on her merry way, wherever she may roam.

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She is the Freebie over at Scrapper’s Delights Progressive Friday Freebie Challenge, so go grab a copy and join in the fun and show us your take on “Tipsy Turvy”

…and check out  the Scrapper’s Delights Blog Challenge too for a chance to enter and win even more fab digis.

 

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Bugaboo Stamps Friday Freebie ….and deal of the day

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Wee One Fairy Sit on Star is this week’s Friday Freebie over at Bugaboo Stamps.

 

 

 

 

 

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Deal of the Day is Autumn Owl

 

 

 

and of course, don’t forget the half prince  New Releases

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another star studded line up from Gina Marie Designs

I’ve been a bit distracted lately catching up after the spotlight series… and it looks like they snuck in a whole new bunch of fab Gina Marie Designs dies !! I swear I was on there only a week or so ago… I am in soo much trouble lol.  Check out these new dual dot stitch stars coming out in August.
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As you may know we already have a giveaway underway with some of the fab new oceanic themed dies.. shells, anchor and coral… but have you seen the rest?  It’s crazy… just the beach/ocean theme alone is bountiful… and I didn’t even get the shark, or the sand dollar in the sneaky peek gallery below !

…some of these are already available, some are set for an August release.

and then I looked more… and I found  these beauties!  I  am seriously enamored by so many of these fab dies…. and at these prices…. I could shop for a week and still not get done *sigh

You will find these AND more in the NEW DIES section and don’t forget to  enter  the Gina Marie Giveaway to try and win a set of dies too 🙂

….and check out those loopy dies…. how cool would those be on your projects?  I was alerted to those when I saw a fab card  posted over on another blog stampartpapel.com  LOVE these loopy frames and the project is  really pretty.

If you haven’t already seen  the Gina Marie Designs Dies… you are  in for a treat 🙂

Velvet studded Magnet KennyK “Tomboy Trouble”

I’ve always loved this image…. it’s so me LOL.   Oh how I miss my ladies US steel toe combat boots, I practically lived in those dang boots haha.  I would do everything from lay concrete, to go clubbing in those things and the cardinal sin was… telling me I need to polish my boots.  OH HECK NO !!!  I remember taking them into a British cobblers to have them re-soled and re-heeled and as I was leaving he shouts out “I’ll have them all polished up for you too”

SCREECHING HALT !!!!!

Oh no you won’t, thank you very much.. but no sir.. you will not polish my boots.

Poor guy musta thought I was crazy…. I don’t  think he ever had a customer who didn’t want their stuff polished and looking as good as new ….  but he did now  <<<THIS GAL

Anywho…. enough of memory lane….so here she is, this is “Tomboy Trouble” by KennyK. She is one I colored digitally before I started playing with markers n stuff.  I had printed her out recently to test out my Eco Tank …. to be honest the colored ink is virtually untouched since I got it in March.  But…I figured I would have a crack at it and see how the velvet paper handles colored images too.  I love this velvet paper and like to see what it can handle… you will notice I go through phases and fads and moods with my crafting, and lately the velvet paper has been making an appearance again lol.

Well I had her laying around in my practice piece box and I had just finished another project….which you will have to wait till next week for.  I had a spare piece of die cut stitched magnetic sheet from  that project.. so I though ..what the hell.. lets have a bit of fun.

So …I trimmed her down and glued her on, plonked on a few  black flowers and then broke out the studs I bought earlier this year.  These are like rhinestones and I bought them earlier in the year specifically with KennyK pieces in mind  🙂

Popped on a few star studs with glue and VOILA …. a fun new magnet 🙂

kk_magnet_velvetI’m not sure she will make it to the Abandoned Art Project collection yet….I’m kind of attached 🙂

 

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Everything but the Cricut….and

 ..the varnish& glue came from Michaels craft stores….and that is just because I already had those  🙂 This is actually a project I made last year for  my self, but I think it would make a fab Abandoned Art piece, so I think I will make another one ..or two lol.

These are so easy and quick to make and you don’t have to use a state cut out mat frame, but it’s a fun idea if you want to.  It’s a cool project to do with  the kids too… the letters are all pre-cut, as are the wooden shapes. and they come in different fonts and shapes. You are sure to find something  that works no matter where you live, or what your theme is. These wooden shapes are cheap and plentiful and you can find those in any Michaels store.

Of course being here in Texas..  what else could I choose but a nice natural wood and a state of Texas photo mat.  You can pick up pre-cut mats, or buy sheets of it to cut your own… or  go without….whatever your preference and budget dictates. At $7 a sheet.. throw in a coupon… it aint looking so bad  now is it 🙂

The frame, letters and shapes are all readily available at Michaels and don’t cost an arm and a leg.   Slap on a quick swipe of  stain and voila..instant  personalized frame.   Fun piece to abandon… someone is gonna love your project and take it home and hang it on the wall with a family photo.. you wait n see.

If you don’t have stain lying around…  acrylic paints work great too, just water them down a bit and then  apply with a soft cloth and  then seal it.  That allows the wood grain to show through and with all the fun colors available…. sky’s the limit ! The selection of  unfinished wood pieces is awesome… frames, boxes, blanks .. so many options. Some of  my frames are like a $1 each, less if you are a nifty thrifty coupon wielding crafter….  so it doesn’t have to cost the earth to give the gift of a smile to someone.

Most all of the projects  in the Abandoned Art section  can be made for a couple of bucks or less and what price tag can you put on a smile on a strangers face ….and knowing you put it there 🙂texas_frame

Make someone smile today…. Abandon Away !

 

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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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/

 

 

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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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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Day 27 – StarStampz digi stamps giveaway

PRIZE: 2 digis of winners choice
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Eligibility  – Worldwide-  Spotlight Guests are only excluded from entering their own spotlight giveaway.

How to enter  –  

  • Visit the Spotlight Series Day 27, Sarah – StarStampz  and  leave a comment for the spotlight guest.
  • Come back here and  post “I commented” in the comments for this giveaway.  You must comment on the spotlight guests spotlight post AND this entry post  within the entry time period to be eligible to win.
  • Use a valid email address when commenting/entering, you will need it  to claim  your prize
  • 1 “I commented” entry comment per person on this post please, all others will not be approved ( all posts are under approval, please don’t double post..I may be asleep)Winners:
  • All Winner’s  in the End of Series Giveaway will be picked randomly, either by me…or the sponsor.
  • Winner will be posted on the blog winner list and contacted via email  and must claim their prize within 48 hours, or it will be forfeited and a new winner drawn. I will update the winner list to show what has, or hasn’t been claimed yet.
  • All prizes are furnished by individual spotlight guests, or sponsors.  Physical prizes will require you to supply a valid shipping address.  Digital prizes/codes etc will be sent to the email used to comment NO exceptions  to avoid  prize claim theft, which unfortunately does happen.

    OPEN FOR ENTRY COMMENTS JULY 1st through July 10th, 11:59 Central time

    Winner announced July 10-15th

Blue Moon Scrapbooking Clearance Section Rocks!

 

ENABLER ALERT  … LOL..oops sorry girls

If you, like me found you were sadly lacking in Christmas themed dies last year  and wished you had more while you were crafting your little heart out.  THIS you need to check out 🙂   I ran across this place…  Bluemoon Scrapbooking.
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Ok Ok.. so maybe I am, yet again.. the last one to know about these guys.. but heh! I was hooking up some new affiliates and updating some old ones.  So as I always do, I had a poke around… my motto is, if I don’t want to shop there why would anyone else.  I don’t add affiliates I am not personally interested in.

But their clearance section… just the first page made me say oh heck yeah !

I could spend a small fortune in just the clearance alone.  They have a tonne of clearance Christmas dies that I would love to get my hands on … checks these out….some of these dies are less than $3.  I would love to grab some of the Halloween ones too… oh boy!

If you are in need of some dies for your collection, seriously check these guys out.  They do way more than just dies,but that is what I was interested in and poking around at … so that’s what I’m mainly posting about  LOL.

There are over 1500 items in the clearance… oh dear me..I am sooo in trouble LOL.  If anyone purchases anything from here, please let me know what you grabbed in the comments and be sure to come back and  let me know what you think of them.  Obviously I will too, but I’m craft budget broke this month, so I won’t be shopping just yet..I really hope some of this stuff is still available when i have some spare cash….

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May apologies to my girls …ENABLER ALERT !!! lol,  I found another fab die place for us …happy shopping  !!!! haha

 

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