Announcing My New Stencil Line!!!

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I’m so excited to finally share my new line of stencils, a-nat-a-my  from StencilGirl with you!! These designs are right out of my sketch books and journal  pages and make a great start to Visual Journaling. Here are some pages I did with my new stencils and also a sneak peek at one more that will be added to the line shortly! 

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If you’re going to be at CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) in Anaheim,  stop by on Sunday, January 12th from 10:00-11:00 at booth #401 F&W Media or booth #1224 R&M where I’ll be giving away signed copes of my new book and this brand new stencil design!

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Starting Fresh in 2014

Starting Fresh in 2014

I don’t know why, but January is the month I always feel compelled to do my Spring Cleaning. I have this need to start off the New Year on the right foot and to do things better and smarter than the year before. So when I saw Mary Beth Shaw’s pictures of her SEPARATE Home Office I slapped myself upside the head (not really:-) and said ‘Duh’ why didn’t I think of doing that?!

I’ve been trying to figure out how to get more space in my studio and in reality all I need to do was move out the computer, file cabinet and secretary desk and revamp the smaller of our two guest bedrooms into a Home Office for me! I think it didn’t occur to me because we have a Home Office downstairs that is hubby’s domain, but I keep all of my business separate from our household so it really makes sense to have a separate office space.

I’ve been eyeing this desk for a couple of years now but never had room for it. It’s from Martha Stewarts Home Office Collection.

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My goal was to create a Home Office that could still double as a 2nd guest bedroom when needed.

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I wanted the office furniture to tie in with my antique Chifferobe and Murphy Bed that originally belonged to my grandparents and were recently passed down to me from my dad. I’ve actually slept on the Murphy Bed every time I visited their house so it’s really special to have it living in my home now.

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I like my workspaces uncluttered but still wan them to look nice so I brought a few of my favorite things in from my studio and around the house.   The little dress hanging up was actually my grandfather’s baby dress and Kecia Deveney’s artwork fits in well. I also went through my stash of artwork and pulled some pieces that I thought went well together.

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This Chifferobe now holds all of my office supplies.

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I absolutely love this credenza file cabinet. I transferred all of my files to it and still have a little room to grow.

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And while moving my inspiration board in it was so overloaded that things were spilling all over the place so I decided to start with a clean slate here as well. It will fill as 2014 progresses and I think it perfectly represents the fact that endless possibilities are ahead in the New Year!

Artists on the Block Blog Hop

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Sizzix and Stencil Girl Products have teamed up! The next big thing since Artist Trading Cards!!!

Unlike Tags and ATC’s Artist trading blocks (ATB’s) allow you to create in 3-D! Why show only one side of your creativity when you can express yourself with multidimensional style? With Eileen Hull’s (soon to be released) Scoreboards Block dies you can showcase your creative side inside and out on an ATB! Check out The Artists on the Block website!

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These are so unbelievably cool!!! I had so much fun creating an ‘Art Tool’ out of my block, with a focus on Color Theory. I used my Color Wheel Stencils and my ATC sized Face/Mask stencils to create a block based off of one of my workshops, “The Real hUe”.

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On this side of the block I used my Journal Sense Vision 4×4 stencil and one of the Simple Color Wheel stencils. The fun thing here is the lines from the Vision stencil help link color combinations like, complementary, triad, split complementary, analogous and tetrads. Love it when things just happen to work like this!

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On the inside of the box I put the Hue Tint Tone Shade color wheel to use and created mini one hue portraits using my ATC sized Face/Masks stencils.

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And what would any Artist Trading Block need to finish it off but a signature block!

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When you’re all done creating the whole thing folds up into a cute little cube. Really fun and I can’t wait until the die is available so I can make more!!

About the Hop

  • This is a progressive hop meaning that you will hop from blog to blog all in one day. From here you’ll visit  Carolyn Dube next.
  • There’s a giveaway on StencilGirl Talk consisting of SG product. All comments on the hop are eligible for the giveaway. The more blogs they comment on, the more chances they have to win. Feel free to tell your viewers this. GIveaway will close on Friday, December 13th at 11:59PM Central Time. If you decide you would like to also have a giveaway on your blog please let me know and I will advertise it along with our promotions.
  • HERE is the link to the Artist on the Block FB page and HERE is the link to the StencilGirl website.

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Creative Jumpstart Kickoff!

Creative Jumpstart

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be participating as a JumpStarter in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2014, run by Nathalie Kalbach. If you’re not familiar with CJS, it’s a one-of-a-kind community event to inspire your creativity.

Need help getting your creative mojo going in 2014? CJS can help.

Here is a SNEAK PEEK at what’s to com!

Throughout January participants get 23 videos from 21 featured artists. I’m proud to be one of those artists. It’s an amazing event where you can learn new techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other Mixed Media Artists and Scrapbookers. Head on over to Nathalie’s site to sign up and for more details: http://www.nathaliesstudio.com/shop/online-workshops-ubermedia/creative-jumpstart-2014/ .

CJS costs just $20 for the 3.5 hours of video content. That’s less than $1 per video — a great deal.

So join me and 20 other artists this January for CJS 2014!

Creating Art at the Speed of Life-signed copies available

I’m so thrilled and honored to have my newest book on the

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list on Amazon!

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The reviews have started rolling in and are very much appreciated!

“Pam is a wonderful teacher, Artist and person. Love her techniques. Her work is fabulous. She can bring out the artist in everyone”

-Saranne Valentine

“Pam Carriker’s new book is not only pure enjoyment to look at…filled with beautiful artwork…but it offers SO much more! This book, divided into chapters around a particular art-related theme/technique, offers lessons within each chapter ALL with a clear objective for each lesson. Following along with each lesson is like having your own private art teacher guide you through exploration and discovery in art theory and implementation. Pam’s clear and concise directions, and accompanying illustrations/journal page step-outs, make this an easy to follow, and very helpful book for those who want to expand their understanding of art principles and take them into practice. Her inclusion of helpful tips and suggested materials makes the journey that much more easy to follow and leads the “student” down the road to success. At the close of each chapter, “Open Studio” presents the artwork of at least two artists who create and comment on the theme/technique presented in that chapter. There is also a contributing artist question & answer section in each chapter. Pam leads us on an inspiring journey of artful discovery and offers so much to guide us through the journey. Her writing is clear and easy to follow and one needs only to pick up this book once, to feel the inspiration to drop everything and head for the studio! The “mixed-media glossary” at the close of the book offers a great deal of helpful information and resources. My only suggestion is directed not at Pam or the book, but to the publisher. This book would have been the perfect choice to offer as SPIRAL-bound. It would be wonderful if it could lay flat on my art desk as I follow along with all of Pam’s fabulous lessons. Perhaps Pam’s third book will be offered in spiral format…how great would that be?”

-NL from NH

“From cover to cover, this book is wonderful. It is well written and full of inspiring illustrations and techniques. It’s great to see a comprehensive mixed media book which includes many other artists as well as the authors own work. This book is a must have for any art studio!”

-kareneparsens

Because many of you have requested signed copies of my book, I’m offering a limited number of signed copies that will also come with a 6″ x 6″ Stencil Girl stencil with one of the clip art image designs from my book!

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I’m sorry but the limit has been reached on signed copies of my book and it’s no longer available here. Please visit amazon.com to purchase my books, thank you!

You’re Invited~

Live Book Launch via Facebook 

Live Book Launch

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 15th from 7:00- 9:00pm CST

WHAT:  I’ll be hosting a LIVE Book Launch Party on Facebook and giving away 5 signed copies of my book!

WHERE:  My Facebook Page

RSVP not necessary, just show up anytime during the LIVE event and there will be a link to my Pam Carriker’s Art Facebook Page where you’ll go and leave your name. Five winners will be randomly chosen to receive a signed copy of my new book!!!

Stampington Stamp Line Blog Hop

Well, the blog hop continues with Traci Bautista up this week! Traci is an amazingly talented artist and I’m looking forward to teaching with her in North Carolina in a couple of weeks. More on that later. I actually signed up for one of Traci’s online workshops yesterday! I decided to treat myself as she has one on using your iPad and I really want to learn more about making art on mine!

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If you missed the start of the hop click on the above image and it will take you to a stepped out tutorial on how I created the journal pages

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If you missed the start of this blog hop it’s not too late to join in! HERE is the original post on the Stampington & Co blog.

*STAY TUNED: Every Thursday, a new artist will be posting his/her own project using my new stamp line (on their blog), and I will include the link here! Come back to discover these new projects and learn how to recreate them yourself:

Seth ApterTraci BautistaJen CushmanDina WakleyMary Beth Shaw, and Stampington’s very own Director of Publishing,Christen Olivarez.

Thursday Sept 5thSeth Apter

Thursday Sept 12thJen Cushman

Thursday Sept 19thMary Beth Shaw

Thursday Sept 26thDina Wakley

Thursday Oct 3rdTraci Bautista

Thursday Oct 10thChristen Olivarez

Call to participate: Have you created your own artwork using my new stamp designs? If so, please post your project in a blog post titled “Blog Hop: Mixed-Media with Guest Artist Pam Carriker’s New Stamp Designs” and link back to THIS page to jump aboard the blog hop bandwagon. We can’t wait to see what our creative readers come up with!

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