Thursday, July 31, 2008

Stamper's Quest

It's true!!! Stamper's Quest is up and live and for real!!!!!

When my favorite stamping magazine sold to a general crafters publication, I was first sad and then mad. How dare they!! So many publications were abandoning their stamping customers--moving toward scrapbooking, mixed media, or really eclectic stuff. I love these art forms, but it seems like rubber stampers--especially card makers-- get the short end of the publication stick.

So, I chattaed with a friend who felt the same way I did. We wondered whether an e-zine would come along to fill that artistic void. At about the same time (it's scary how much we think alike), we decided WE could publish an e-zine. She has web and publishing skills, I have editorial skills, and we both had a vision. Within a few weeks we had a plan for an on-line magazine that would seek out the best tools and techniques and ideas and inspirations for every rubber stamper to find his or her unique artistic grail.

We invited 5 of the most talented artists we knew to be our designers (we're good, but we don't know everything!) We decided to create projects on three different levels so that every stamper from beginning to advanced could find something new to learn. We also decided that the first four editions would have color themes to uinify them. We added a blog, original sketches, and product reviews. Hopefully soon we'll have advertisers as well. A full-color PDF looks like a print version of the e-zine's projects.

Today our imaginings are reality and Stamper's Quest is ready for a close up!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

My Sunflower

12 years

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

New Life

I've been teaching myself PhotoShop Elements 5.0. Today I learned how to do a drop shadow. I also wrote the haiku. (I tried to find something I liked in all my poetry books, but couldn't. However, having written this one, I know I will incorporate the discipline into my lesson plans for next year!)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Life is too short to skip dessert.

Can I get a witness??

Must be summer....
Stamps from The Angel Company. Ink is Kaleidacolor "Calypso." Scoop shape is QuickKutz (I love my Silhouette!!!!!) Cone is cut and scored for texture. The best thing about this ice cream cone: No Calories!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Happy Birthday USA!

I don't care what anyone says. Our National Anthem gives me goosebumps whenever I hear it. I am so grateful to be an American. In spite of all our problems, no matter how bad the economy may be, the United States of America is the best country on the planet. Only here are citizens truly and completely free to worship, free to create, free to speak--even criticize.

Our Star-Spangled Banner captures the essence of who we Americans are: free and brave and hopeful and determined and proud. Long may it wave!

Take Six singing The Star-Spangled Banner: