Tuesday, April 29, 2014

documented life project

this week's prompt for the documented life project was to add a quote to your art.  my quote is by mary oliver:  "sometimes i need only to stand wherever i am to be blessed."   how true that is and resonates deep within my soul.  god has seen fit to bless me and i am forever grateful.

Monday, April 28, 2014

it's stampotique time AND a give away!

it's monday and i'm checking in with a postcard i've created for the stampotique designer's blog.  the caged bird is one of latest rubber stamp designs released a few weeks ago at stampotique.  i also used the my heart vine stamp and i'm learning to fly rubber stamp.  they are available in the stampotique shop  as well.

if you'd like a chance to have this postcard mailed to you, please leave a comment.  i'll pick a winner on may 4th.  please make sure i have a way to contact you via email or i'll need to pick another name.  thanks for understanding and good luck!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

new kit from tumble fish studio

marsha (tumble fish studio) has a new kit called the peculiar zone being released at deviant scrap.  it has a lot of imagery to work with.  hop on over to deviant scrap and get a kit for yourself!

and the winner of the skellie postcard is......

.......Samantha Read said...
Absolutely amazing Roc :) :) :)


Friday, April 25, 2014

along for the ride

my friend, patricia bober was recently published in stamper's sampler magazine.  she so graciously gave me credit (although my name was spelled wrong) for her books she made in a class i taught here in the villages at she scrapbooks.  i am grateful for the credit.

here is what patricia did with the things she learned in my class.  she made some beautiful books and i am so very proud of her!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

making coasters

Some digital images from tumble fish studio at deviant scrap
today i was working on making coasters.  i had made some of these a long time ago and i used them quite a bit.  but over time, if people liked them i would tell them to take them, and one got lost in the move, so my stash seriously dwindled to three.  i am hoping to make nine so i can get back up to a dozen.  today i got four done, so it was a very good day.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

my favorite shoes

the documented life project had this week's prompt as photographing or drawing your favorite pair of shoes.  i love my hafflinger wool clogs.  i've had them for nearly ten years and they are still going strong.  there is something about red shoes that just make you feel strong and powerful.  what color are your favorite shoes?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

the roc nicholas rubber stamp design team post

today the roc nicholas design team post is by jane.  she's used my bird princess rubber stamp as the main focal image. to read more about this creation, or to see more of jane's work you can visit her blog.http://anythingbutplainjane.blogspot.com/

Monday, April 21, 2014

stampotique blog time AND a give away

today is monday and i've posted this postcard over at the stampotique blog.  i used my blessed skellie rubber stamp.  i stamped her on water color paper and used watercolors to color her in.  i also used some markers for highlights and low lights.  to create the colored border i used watercolors for the base, added some oil pastels and etched swirls ontop of them.   if you'd like to see more of my rubber stamp line you can check it out at stampotique.com.  if you'd like a chance to receive this postcard in the mail via a random drawing on april 27th leave me comment and make sure you have a way for me to get a hold of you or i will have to pick someone else.  thank you and good luck!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

happy easter

my april monthly postcard

just to let you know i'm thinking of you and wishing a very happy easter. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

documented life project

i just completed the week 16 prompt for the dlp project.  the prompt was to use add a cardboard box in a creative way.  i used the top lid for a flap to sort of act like a roof on a house.  i do like interactive play in my journals and recycling is something i'm quite fond of doing in my art.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

roc nicholas rubber stamp design team post

the roc nicholas rubber stamp design team post is by renee stien today.  she has created an incredible piece of art using the heart vine stamp and the daisyhead rubber stamp.  to read more about this beautiful piece of art, or to see more of renee's work, click here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

stampotique new rubber stamp release blog hop

Today we are having a HUGE Stampotique blog hop.  I'm so excited and blessed to have another release of rubber stamps.  I've used my new flying pig stamp and my new sentiment rubber stamp "when pigs fly" to create this postcard.   I will be using this postcard for the postcard exchange over at my facebook page for roc nicholas rubber stamps.  If you'd like to play along in that swap, please click here and sign up.

These are my new rubber stamps being released today through stampotique.com.  If you would like see these, or my other previously released stamps you can click here.  I hope you find one or ten that you can't live with out!

If you are a fan of the Stampotique Facebook page you may have gotten a sneak peek of some of the new images that are being released today. I hope you will join in on the blog hop to see a variety of those images and gather lots of inspiration.

There are lots of new images from our favorite stamp designers and we are proud to welcome one of our newest stamp designer, Magda Polakow, whom you have seen tons of her fabulous creations here as part of our design team.   I'm sure you will find a few stamps that you can't live without from our all of our talented designers.

Join us through the blog hop for your chance to win some random goodies.  We will be randomly drawing two winners for a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps at the Stampotique online store.  All the new stamps should be available over there now, including mine.

Also, make sure you hope all the way through for an exciting announcement on our Stampotique Designers Blog for an additional chance to win some goodies and some additional recognition as an artist.

You should have arrived to my blog from the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog. When you
are finished visiting my blog you will want to hop on over to see what the lovely Valerie Wilson has created.

Have fun hopping, we will be pulling the random winners of the blog at our next challenge on April 23, 2014.

Roc Nicholas
Valerie Wilson
Kaz Boughton
Sarah Anderson
Corrie Herriman
Carol Fox
Astrid Stulemeijer
Kay Wallace
Kathi Rerek
Coby vanWilligenburg
Nellie van Leeuwen
Janet Klein
Sam Read
Arwen McCullen
Kristen Catalano
Claudine Criner
R.Maria Sabina 
France Papillon 
Tanja Kewel-Neef
Jackie Payne

Monday, April 14, 2014

a day late and a dollar short......

..... and the winner of the envelope is.........

Gill said...
Count me in please!

congratulations! please email me your address gill!

stampotique time

it's monday once again and i've blogged at the stampotique website, too.  this is an altered envelope using my blessed skellie rubber stamp and my learning to fly stamp.  you can find more of my stamps at stampotique.com.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

documented life planner

week #15 prompt - use monochromatic colors to create your page
as you can guess, i just love hot pink!  my page really turned out flourescent.  the little tab says look and when you flip the page out i have my tip in from my trip up north that i previously blogged about.

Friday, April 11, 2014

a little trip north

my husband and i were blessed to be able to take a little trip up north recently to stay with my youngest son and his wife.  we were needed to babysit the kids for a bit. it was our first time to visit them in staten island. i'm glad my daughter-in-law was fearless in the face of that traffic. i admit i had to hold my breath and close my eyes a time or two til we made it to their house from the airport.
i took a few photos of my family with my phone while i was visiting.   when i got back home to florida i couldn't wait to print them out on my little happy printer my husband bought me for my birthday this year. gosh,  i just love that printer. it makes perfect sized photos to include in my journals. i made this double sided tip in for my documented life planner.
what a special way to remember our trip.  if there is anything better than the love of a good family and grandchildren hugs and kisses, i've yet to discover it.  i am truly blessed in so many ways.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

roc nicholas rubber stamp guest designer

I'm so happy to have you meet Laura Liddell. Laura is one of this year's guest designer for the roc nicholas rubber stamp team. She lives with her partner, John, and her two daughters who are 17 and 19, in the Forest of Dean located in Gloucestershire, in the United Kingdom. Laura loves the area she lives in because it is situated on the borders of Herefordshire and Wales, and nestled between two salmon rivers, the River Severn and the River Wye.

 Laura says she has always been creative and before her children were born she designed knitwear which was exported mainly to America and Japan. She credits her inspiration for her designs to the landscapes around her, taking colors from the changing seasons and countryside around her.

Several years ago Laura found herself in a position of not working. Due to her positive attitude and joy for life she became proactive and put her free time to learning many new things. She is currently starting a new business which is very time consuming. Laura confesses that she hasn't had the time to be as active in her studio as much as she would like due to the time she spends creating her new business.

She professes that she misses getting inky and messy, so as Laura says, "It was a real treat to be a guest designer for Roc this month as it made me make time for this creativity that I love. Thank you Roc for giving me this opportunity. I so enjoyed myself."

As you can see, Laura's approach to art using my rubber stamps is colorful, happy and clever.   You can find out more about Laura on her blog.  You can find out more about my stamp line at stampotique. com
roc nicholas rubber stamps used:  be grateful and stacked cups

roc nicholas rubber stamps used:  flying bird and stacked love

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

the documented life project

this week's prompt -#14-was to write your name and embellish it

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

roc nicholas design team post

look what my roc nicholas design team member, cathy, has made for her post this month.  isn't it adorable?  to find out more about this piece you can head over to cathy's blog.  to find more roc nicholas rubber stamps you can't live with out head on over to stampotique.com.

Monday, April 7, 2014

it's monday PLUS a give away

it's that time once again, monday, to post over at the stampotique designer's blog. i've made an altered envelope, so once more,  i think i'll do a give away.  details are below.
to make the envelope i used quite a number of my rubber stamps.  they are:  squiggle arms, horse, flying heart, and for the top border i used the tail feathers of my rubber stamp flying bird.  i really enjoy using pieces of my rubber stamps to create new designs.  that is one reason i design them without too much frill - so they are easy to cut apart and piece.  i hope you find creative things to do with my rubber stamps.  why don't you share your creations on my roc nicholas rubber stamp facebook page and inspire others?
if you'd like to receive this envelope in the mail, all you have to do is leave a comment.  make sure i will have a way to get a hold of you.  sometimes there are no emails attached to comments.  if that happens i will just pick another lucky winner by random.  the drawing will be april 12th.  thanks and good luck!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

roc nicholas rubber stamp design team post

the roc nicholas design team member, corrie, has used my heart vine and screaming ubnny to create this wonderful piece. to see more about this you can visit corrie's blog.