July 2013: Sandy Nolan


How long have you been stamping?
Well, I had to look back at my questionnaire from last time because I couldn’t remember; it was 2000.  My interest in stamping was peaked by watching Carol Duvall.   One of my girlfriends saw a class advertised at Paper Rose Studio (closed) so I took the plunge and have loved it ever since.

What is your favorite technique?
I still love creating backgrounds but I have since learned to use beeswax and encaustic wax on cards and altered media so I think that is my favorite now.

What are your favorite colors to work with?
I love bright colors such as reds, purples,  plums, greens, blues.

What are your favorite Asian stamp images? 
Cranes, herons, and Asian faces.

Favorite stamping accessory? (such as scissors, etc.) 
Various Punches

What is the one tool you couldn’t live without? 
My pick.  I used it a lot.

Any helpful tips for the group.
I have found that when I complete a project, to clean my work area before moving  on to the next project, otherwise I can’t find anything. Also, don’t be afraid of failure, that is how you become better. Don’t ever give up – you will get better.

As a member of OSA, why do you like stamping in the Oriental theme?
The Asian culture has always  intrigued me  – it seems mysterious; their traditions are so graceful.

What favorite stamping magazines would you recommend and why do you like them?
My favorites have gone away. So right now I subscribe to Craft.  I use to love Expressions and Rubber Stamper. Woops forgot Technique Junkies.

Published in any magazines?  If yes, please list.
Rubber Stamper and Stampers Sampler.

Any other hobbies, talents or craft interests?
I have had many over the years.  I love to cook, read,  knit and most of all create with my stamps.  Stamping has kept my interest for a long time.

What inspires you to be creative? 
Because I belong to OSA,  four other online groups, and a local stamp club there is always something new to learn or review  some old techniques that I had forgotten.  I absolutely love a challenge.

Art background?

Any favorite websites you would recommend for inspiration?
I am always amazed when I check  people’s blogs. Where they find the time I don’t know but there are some great tips.  Also love to go to the galleries of the stamping and stencil vendors.  Another favorite site is Splitcoast Stampers.

Do you have a day job when you’re not stamping?
I have been retired since 2002.  How lucky am I.  I do my chores then go out to my studio and create. My husband built me a fabulous studio.

Tell us about your family and where you live.
My husband (a retired Police Sergeant) and I (retired code enforcement officer). have been married for 15 years.  We live in Locust Grove, Georgia (a sleepy little southern town about 40 miles south of Atlanta) Our other household member is Chase a miniature Schnauzer.  He is our baby. We have a RV and have traveled to many places in this fabulous Country as well as in Canada.  I have a grown son and daughter.  My son’s son is a US Marine whom I am very proud of and my daughter’s daughter is 9 and absolutely precious.  My son and his wife live in Idaho and my daughter and her family live in Ohio so I don’t see them on a regular basis so I have much more time to create.


Framed Asian Art Project

This is an easy project and makes an inexpensive gift to give.  I purchased my frame at Hobby Lobby (they always have them 50% off).  I took my stamp along that I was going to use to make sure it fit.  Make sure your glass is clean.  I used alcohol and dried it with a cloth so no pieces of lint.

1.  I stamped the image with StazOn Black.

2.   Once dried, I  painted the Suns with Duo Adhesive (US Art Quest) on the stamped side  and allowed it to get tacky then covered the adhesive with foil flakes.

3.  I covered my glossy card stock with Juniper, Pool, Sunshine Yellow and Gold Alcohol Inks.  I have found the more I work the inks, the better I like the outcome.

4.  Put it all back together with the stamped image on the inside – a nice gift.

12 Responses to July 2013: Sandy Nolan

  1. Trixiegirl5192 says:

    Lovely lovely project, Sandy! Congratulations on being chosen Stamp Artist of the Month! Enjoy your month in the limelight!

  2. Shelly Schmidt says:

    Beautiful project- the gold on it is such a great added touch! Congrats on SAM- it is fun to read about you and get to know you better- you work is always inspirational!

  3. Barb I says:

    congratulations, Sandy! well deserved recognition. You are one of the greatest assets to OSA. beautiful project.

  4. Carla says:

    Congratiulations Sandy on becoming SAM of july 2013. Love your project. Have that stamp tooo…lying not used yet!

  5. Leo Thompson says:

    Huge congratulations Sandy -enjoy your month – great to read your biography hugs Leo

  6. Kay Carlson says:

    Congrats on being SAM, Sandy! Love your project – I have that stamp, too!

  7. Shaz in Oz.x says:

    Such a wonderful Sam post and read of bio is very interesting. I really love the imaginative, clever project too, so very clever. Thanks for sharing and big congrats on being SAM, Sandy! Shaz in Oz.x

  8. Janet Castle says:

    BEAUTIFUL project Sandy! Enjoy your month as SAM!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  9. Bonnie aka raduse says:

    Congrats Sandy! This is a beautiful project.

  10. This is such a stunningly beautiful project Sandy! Absolutely gorgeous and nothing easy about it that i can see! Only a master can make something look and sound easy!!!! Congratulations of being this months SAM!

  11. Wendy A says:

    Congrats on being July SAM!!!
    Wow Sandy!! What a wonderful project. Love the juniper color as well as the others you chose. Will use this combo soon! LOL

  12. Carolyn says:

    Beautiful gift project, Sandy. Thanks for the instructions and continue to enjoy JULY SAM. You can never be featured too many times.

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