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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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 18, Nikky – Polkadoodles

Who are you?

Nikky Hall, Polkadoodles

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Digi Stamp Store

Polkadoodles Crafting Facebook Group

Digi Choosday Crafting at Polkadoodles Facebook Group

 

 

 

Where are you?

UK

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

2006

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale?

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

 

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

I’d be a cake baker!

 

How long have you been in business?

Since 2006

ODDELLA FAIRY - ICKYINK ART

ODDELLA FAIRY – ICKYINK ART

 

 

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

ODDELLA FAIRY – ICKYINK ART

 

 

 

 

 

Who is your inspiration/muse?

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

 

How many people work with/for you?

2

 

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

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

 

What’s your favorite color?

aquamarine

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

Erm…Art! Of course!

 

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

Minnie!

 

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

A black fineliner pen

 

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

NO!

 

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

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

 

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

Disgracefully of course!

 

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

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

 

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

Eeek! My parents for sure!

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

Favorite quote?

Ignore the vision destroyers

 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Cake and ice cream. Together! LOL

 

What is your best and worst personality trait?

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

 

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

Right now – David Beckham!

 

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

Hell yes! How exciting!

 

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

Monkey Man

 

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?

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

 

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Winnie in Wonderland

 

 


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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

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

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

1950s

 

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

Nightmare!

 

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

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

 

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Oversized humorous Christmas Card for Tea Drinkers

More fun oversized cards… this one features “Mad Hatter” by Cute As A Button.  I have had my eye on coloring this digi since the first time I browsed the store.  Such a fun image  and a lot of fun to color…who doesn’t love the Alice in Wonderland’s Hatter?

I’m British and a total tea monster, I would be attached to my teapot intravenously if possible. I discovered pretty quickly after moving to the US that Electric Kettles were not the norm…and I had to find a solution to that problem REALLY quick.  I discovered that 12 cup coffee pots work perfectly for people like me lol.  I just throw in 2 Tea bags and off it goes…. stays hot without getting that nasty film on it like a traditional teapot too 🙂 Finding a coffee pot without a 2 hour cut off can be a challenge though lol.

I have to admit I have relegated a fair few coffee pots to the coffee maker in the sky over the last few years lol.  I’m a bit tough on coffee pots *sigh

So when I  went searching for a fun sentiment/quote for this image… I did a search for “tea” and up this one popped… PERFECT !!!  It is absolutely me.

I am not a huge fan of the whole big family celebration thing…. much to my IL’s disgust lol. I prefer to spend my holidays, specially Christmas just me and my hubby and son.  He is a lot like me and 18 adults all yapping at each other isn’t much fun for a little guy..or his mommy lol.

So when I saw this quote… well hell…. there it was ..  I had to do my oversized Christmas card.  I had just ordered some cool new dies that would go perfectly with it.  I must admit, personal preference…I think next time I would stamp the background in black, not white… but it still looks cool.
CAAB_hatter_flourish_wmdedDetails:

  • Card Base Craft Smith Solid color 12×12 Pad
  • Background Stamps were a mix of Teacups  which I got free on a magazine last year, a pocket watch which I picked up in Michaels and  a harlequin stamp that I got  in a mix bag on Ebay.. and some hearts from a  valentines collection…stamped with white Momento Ink.
  • Image  Cute As A Button Mad Hatter, printed on Canson Mix Media and colored with Chameleon Pens, Zig KureColor Pens, Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Pens and some CraZart pencils and a home made blender pen.  Mounted on Darice Foam pad with Zig Photo Tape
  • Flourish  is made up of 3 Gina Marie Designs Die Sets  and some  berries from a Michaels Christmas Garland.  Die cuts were made on Recollections Card Stock in various shades of green & brown on Sizzix Big Shot
  • Quote by Robert Godden –  Goodreads.com

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Spotlight Series Day 2: Janice – Scrapper’s Delights

Who are you ?  My name is Janice AKA Scrapper’s Delights

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Store: Scrapper’s Delights
Facebook: Scrappers Delights*
Challenge Blog: Scrapper’s Delights Challenge Blog

 

Where are you ? I live in the UK

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

Well I started off designing Digital Scrapbooking Kits back in 2009 and in June/July 2011 I started Digital Stamps.

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale?
I believe it was Beach Sweet Hearts 

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Beach Sweet Hearts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store? 

The Proposal (Featuring Lady Jane)

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The Proposal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is your inspiration/muse?

Mmmmm that is hard it’s not really a who I think Nature and my own imagination.

 

How many people work with/for you ?

I have 4 promotion teams

In total  33

I know it HUGE but they really are the best and work so hard.

 

Name your favorite cartoon?

The Fantastic Adventures Of Unico

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Favorite quote?

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What’s your guilty pleasure ?

Shopping for craft and mixed media supplies, I just have to have them ALL lol

 

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

I was in Retail Management, Training And Delivering National Vocational Qualifications.

 

If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world ….  who would it be?

James Cameron Creator Of The Terminator (franchise)

….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?

Various questions on the story line and some of the inconsistencies, or potential pit falls in the time travel theory and see if there was a reasonable answer as I have laid awake contemplating this lol

 

What’s your favorite color?

Gosh that’s like asking which is your favorite parent lol, I love all colors I find them all YUMMY especially bright’s

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

Now that one is easy ART lol

 

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

Oooooo this one I love it but too chicken to have it lol

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What is your best and worst personality trait?

I asked my husband this and his response was:

My best is being persistent in seeing something through and not giving up.

My worse is being persistent in seeing something through and not giving up as I am a perfectionist and like a dog with a bone lol.

 

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

I would, as long as I had my Husband with me to hide behind lol

 

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

Well I did the online questions to answer this

 

” You got: Mr. Green

Such a sweet, sweet person. You’re completely harmless… or so they think. What everyone else doesn’t understand is that you’re the real star and everyone else is your supporting cast. Without you, everything would fall apart.”

 

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

Vanellope (Wreck It Ralph)

She can race around in a cool candy car all day and be cheeky to everyone and still be called cute lol

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What’s your favorite horror movie?

Movie: Brain Dead

TV: American Horror Story

 

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

No one comes to mind sorry

 

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

No, sorry Im a bit boring lol

 

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

Wonderland Kit & Caboodle By Scrapper’s Delights
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Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them? 

Corey Haim in his teen years

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How long have you been in business?

7 years

 

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

Halloween!!

 

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

Mmmm well I love to colour my fringe/bangs bright blue/pink or purple  and I am 41 so what do you think lol

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