Friday, May 20, 2016

New issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts magazine

Some people make New Year's Resolutions.  The rest of us are too busy with trade show season!  So, instead, my ideas are implemented after the shows are over...or at least, after all the planning is over....and I finally have a break to just think.

Here then is my announcement: As a new feature on my blog, I will be posting whenever new issues (and published articles) are available in Scrap & Stamp Arts magazine (or any other publication).  I will also be featuring new stamp images, along with projects.

One thing I have heard and read repeatedly is that a blog not only needs to include content that is of interest to the reader, it also needs to engage.  I am not normally in the habit of running about shouting "look at me! look at me! look at me!" whenever I have new stamps released with Impression Obsession ...or new textiles available...or even new articles published in magazines.  It isn't because I don't want to share the information,. It is because when these items become actual items and I get my samples, I'm ALWAYS in the middle of another creative frenzy and caught in dozens of deadlines. Blogging requires a whole different type of concentration and time I don't have when I'm in high creative mode or have a deadline looming in front of me. Unfortunately, there is just one of me since I haven't yet been cloned. Which is why you will often seen huge gaps in the dates of my posts.

However, I am resolving today to be much more diligent in sharing all these wonderful releases and publications and creative stuff in general with all of you! This, of course, is easy for me to say now when I am in the middle of a much needed brief break and have time to think and breath before my next deadline next week.  We will see how long this lasts....

So, without further is the new issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts magazine with an 8 page technique article by yours truly!

Just the first page of my 8 page article on Wet Media Spritzing!

And some of the projects within the article...different styles...different mediums...

Friday, May 13, 2016

Published in Just Swap Art!

It has been a super busy spring so far! Some of those projects I created (and showed you in an earlier post) have been published in a BRAND NEW publication in the "Just" series....Just Swap Art!  (

The craze of trading or swapping miniature projects keeps growing as groups form and existing swap clubs expand (or, actually shrink) to new sizes and formats that  streamline production of multiples to send in the mail.  Interestingly, when I first fell in love with rubber stamping and inky techniques, stamping was just transitioning from its roots as mail art /envelope decor into cards, wall decor, textiles and other uses.  So here we are all these years later, looped right back tino sending hand stamped, decorated, inked or otherwise creatively embellished little works of art through the mail to help bring joy to another human being!  How cool is that?!

And...this is ONE cool publication series!  Just Swap Art is just one of several "special" magazines filled from cover to cover with TONS of inspiration to get those creative juices flowing in new directions.  You can find the magazine in most craft chain stores, Barnes and Noble, (and online at all these sources.) Amazon or even direct from the publisher at 

The photos below are just a sneak peak at just 3 of my 12 published projects.  Knowing there are SO many cool projects in the magazine by designers such as Marjie Kemper, Judi Kauffman and Carol Heppner should entice you to pick up a copy for yourself.....and maybe one for a friend.

As always, please leave a comment for me!  Enjoy!