Coming Live from Stampington & Co Tomorrow!

Enjoying your summer so far? I hope so and if you’re having a little ‘staycation’ maybe you can check out the fun thing Stampington has cooked up for tomorrow-I’m so excited!!
It’s a
Facebook Takeover:
Chat Live with Pam Carriker

 

To celebrate the launch of her debut stamp line, we’re inviting mixed-media artist and author Pam Carriker to take over our Facebook page for two sessions (one hour each) for a live Q&A! Jot down your questions for your chance to get artful advice in real time on Wednesday June 27th at 12 p.m. (E.S.T.) AND 12 p.m. (P.S.T.) at https://www.facebook.com/stampington.

I hope you’ll be able to stop by for a minute or two and chat with me live tomorrow! I’m looking forward to a little real time talk about art and living a creative life so even if you can just pop in for a minute or two, I’d love to hear from you:-)

A Tutu, A Tutorial and a Happy Dance!

So you may know I’m teaching at Art Is…You on the East Coast this October but what you may not know is there is a Tutu Revolution going on!! So it’s time to dust off that tutu or get a cool one from Carrie Clayden of Hip Chick Designs and Bring It to Art Is!!!

Stampington & Co has a blog-did you know? It’s full of tutorials and how to’s from guest artists one of which I’m thrilled to be this month! I’m sharing a tutorial on  Shiva Paintstiks and how to create a non-messy ‘oil’ painting. I hope you’ll stop by and check it and the other wonderful tutorials there and don’t forget to sign up to receive email notifications so you can keep up with Stampington’s latest~

And for the Happy Dance…I’ve been sitting on a secret for some time now and it was just reveled in the May issue of Somerset Studio

Yes! My happy dance for a line of stamps coming out very soon with Stampington & Co!!! You can check out my article about my “Lost Journal” (remember the journal I lost last August during our move?) and get a little sneak peek at some of the inspiration behind the designs for my new stamp line! If you’re interested in carving your own lino blocks check out my upcoming classes at CREATE and Art Unraveled.

This has been an exciting couple of weeks and I’m completely honored to be the Profile Artist for the spring issue of Art Journaling. I was in the inaugural issue of this publication and many since and I’m so glad they’ve now made this a quarterly magazine! There’s so much inspiring journaling going on all around us.  If you are of a mind you may want to submit a journal of your own to Art Journaling. You can find all of the information on their website

Mingle

Do you love to entertain your family and friends? Create one of a kind birthday parties? Or maybe you have a special occasion coming up and want something really exciting to wow your guests! Well let me tell you, you need to go and pick up a copy of Stampington’s latest publication, Mingle.

I knew that this would be another great magazine from Stampington, aren’t they all? But when I opened this it took my breath away. The photography is superb and it’s full of amazing events and small gatherings with a layout that invites you into each one.  It’s inspiring to look at and gives you close up shots and so you can see all the little things that make an event special. With the holidays coming up you will definitely want to browse the pages for ideas for setting beautiful tables, to appetizers and dressing up simple drinks.

I’m going to keep my issue out on my coffee table (one of the things I love about Stampington’s publications is how heavy and nice the pages are, almost a book feel) and I’m going to give away the extra copy to one of you!!! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to be entered. How about telling everyone what your favorite Stampington publication is? I will use that faithful old random number generator and see who the lucky winner is this Wednesday, October 5th.

Day 15-Book Blog Tour

Today we are off to my friend Julie Bergmann’s blog! Julie and I also met a few years ago at the ZNE ConvenZioNE

Pictured here Donna Cook, Brandie Butcher-Isley, me, Lisa Kettell, and Julie Bergmann

We hit it off right away and I ended up going back to CA to visit, the both of us heading up to Stampington & Co where we had fun competing each other in one of Jenny Doh’s funny videos!

I love this picture, it’s Jenny Doh telling Julie her work is on the cover of Art Doll!

And speaking of Jenny, she has asked me back as an alumni curator on Crescendoh. My Art Saves story is deeply personal, about something that was and is still going on in my family. I invite you to read it in the hopes that by sharing we all find comfort.

Julie is one of those people you meet that you just know you would have been friends with even back in school. Take a few minutes and go check out her website full of lovely creations!

Blog Tour Schedule

1-Mar
Jenny Doh http://jennydoh.typepad.com/

2-Mar
Suzi Blu http://www.suziblu.typepad.com/

3-Mar
Seth Apter http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/

4-Mar
Suzan Buckner http://www.thriftycollageartist.blogspot.com/

5-Mar
Sue Pelletier http://www.suepelletierlaughpaint.com/

6-Mar
All Norah’s Art http://allnorahsart.blogspot.com/

7-Mar
Lisa Kettell http://faerieenchantment.blogspot.com/

8-Mar
Nancy Lefko http://nancylefko.blogspot.com/

9-Mar
Chrysti Hydeck http://alwayschrysti.com/always-chrysti

10-Mar
Lisa Bebi http://lisabebi.blogspot.com/

11-Mar
Jodi Ohl http://www.sweetrepeats.blogspot.com/

12-Mar
Laurie Blau-Marshall http://loudlife-laurieblaumarshall.blogspot.com

13-Mar
Dawn Edmonson http://the-feathered-nest.blogspot.com

14-Mar
Paulette Insall http://www.pauletteinsall.com/

15-Mar

Julie Bergman http://juliebergmann.typepad.com/pinkparismatch/

16-Mar

Gail Schmidt http://www.shabbycottagestudio.blogspot.com/

Day 9-Book Blog Tour

The next stop on the Tour is Chrysti Hydeck!

I’ve known Chrysti since my early days of mixed media when we were both members of ZNE, an online mixed media group. I knew ‘of’ her before I ‘knew’ her and was in awe of not only her talent, but her whole outlook on her artistic life. She amazes me continually with her strength and the way she turns what could be negative into positive.

When she wrote her essay for my book, I read it and then immediately showed it to my husband (who is an aspiring writer, having written a novel and with two more in the works-know any good agents???) He read it and was thoroughly impressed! Since that time the tweets fly between them, and me when I remember to sign in, (I’m the worlds worst tweeter) and we are all looking forward to a time when the four (Chrysti and her significant other, Nate and I) can hang out and talk creative stuff!

Chrysti knew about my book before it was a book. And graciously agreed to be part of it. She cheered me on, offered advice, and listened when I needed an ear. There’s a word for that….FRIEND!

Back in 2008 Chrysti interviewed me on her website INTERVIEW and one of the questions was

“What’s one artistic skill you’d like to cultivate in the coming year?

“I have been concentrating on sketching in my journal.  I love collage, but want to develop my drawing skills further.”

I’m always happy when I can look back and I’ve publicly stated a goal and then actually acted on it. That’s the thing with putting it out there-you’re accountable!!

On another note:

Here’s a pic of my first Book Signing yesterday at Barnes & Noble!

 

Blog Tour Schedule

1-Mar
Jenny Doh http://jennydoh.typepad.com/

2-Mar
Suzi Blu http://www.suziblu.typepad.com/

3-Mar
Seth Apter http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/

4-Mar
Suzan Buckner http://www.thriftycollageartist.blogspot.com/

5-Mar
Sue Pelletier http://www.suepelletierlaughpaint.com/

6-Mar
All Norah’s Art http://allnorahsart.blogspot.com/

7-Mar
Lisa Kettell http://faerieenchantment.blogspot.com/

8-Mar
Nancy Lefko http://nancylefko.blogspot.com/

9-Mar
Chrysti Hydeck http://alwayschrysti.com/always-chrysti

10-Mar
Lisa Bebi http://lisabebi.blogspot.com/

11-Mar
Jodi Ohl http://www.sweetrepeats.blogspot.com/

12-Mar
Laurie Blau-Marshall http://loudlife-laurieblaumarshall.blogspot.com

13-Mar
Dawn Edmonson http://the-feathered-nest.blogspot.com

14-Mar
Paulette Insall http://www.pauletteinsall.com/

15-Mar

Julie Bergman http://juliebergmann.typepad.com/pinkparismatch/

16-Mar

Gail Schmidt http://www.shabbycottagestudio.blogspot.com/