June 2013: Yvonne Jenks


How long have you been stamping?
I’ve been stamping since 1991. I attended my first stamp show that year and I saw Stampa Barbara–anyone remember that vendor? And I had no idea why there were piles of red dies that many people were interested in!

What is your favorite technique?
I really enjoy water coloring, however, I have not mastered it. I admire anyone who does water coloring in their stamping designs.

What are your favorite colors to work with?
I enjoy the primary colors as well as magenta and orchid.

What are your favorite Asian stamp images?

Favorite stamping accessory? (such as scissors, etc.)
StazOn black ink pad.

What is the one tool you couldn’t live without?
My Carl rotary paper cutter.

Any helpful tips for the group?
After you have colored and cut out your image, go back over the edges that you cut with a black marker to “hide” the white edges of your cutout item.

As a member of OSA, why do you like stamping in the Oriental theme?
I am drawn to the designs I see by rubber stamping vendors. I don’t like “cute” designs and I rarely ever see a cute Oriental rubber stamp.

What favorite stamping magazines would you recommend and why do you like them?
VSN always had great articles and I always learned something new. I subscribe to RSM and enjoy seeing the variety of stamping designs and always check out the Stamping Pen Pal ads.

Published in any magazines?
If yes, please list. VSM has published three of my cards.

Any other hobbies, talent or craft interests?
I can knit scarves and crochet baby blankets but I can’t follow written instructions to make other items.

What inspires you to be creative?
When I see cards at shows or in stamp stores.

Art background?
I always colored inside the lines when I colored in coloring books. LOL

Any favorite websites you would recommend for inspiration?
I enjoy Patti Lee’s blog (she worked at the same company I did). She makes Oriental theme projects. http://creationsbypatti.blogspot.com/

Do you have a day job when you’re not stamping?
I just retired on May 7! I worked at Levi Strauss & Co. for exactly 40 years. My first day on the job was May 7, 1973.

Tell us about your family and where you live.
My husband, Steve and I live in Concord, CA. We have been married for 36 years and our daughter is 33 and our son is 30. They live nearby and the family gets together often. Wherever we travel, my husband is always willing to stop at a stamp store so that I can shop. Many of my cards can be found at www.Picturetrail.com/dailystamper

Oriental Shadowbox Project
My project is a shadowbox that I have always wanted to do. This size is approximately 6 1/2″ x 6 3/4″ and is by 7gypsies. I left the box white, however, you may paint it any color you wish.

The background card stock is red. I stamped the image on white cardstock. I colored her hat, face and hands. I stamped the image once more on Washi paper and cut out the outfit and glued it on the first image. The smaller squares have the red cardstock and I cut out smaller squares of the Oriental character paper. I then glued the dragonfly charm on the top, the tiny bottle is filled with beads with Oriental characters and the bottom square is a fan charm. Very simple. Please give this a try yourself and have fun.

19 Responses to June 2013: Yvonne Jenks

  1. Trixiegirl5192 says:

    Congratulations Yvonne! Well deserved honor!!! LOVE your beautiful shadow box…send profile!!! enjoy your month in the limelight!!


  2. Trixiegirl5192 says:

    Sorry…’and’ profile!!!

  3. Barb I says:

    congratulations, Yvonne. this is well deserved recognition.
    Barb I

  4. Bonnie Belk says:

    Congratulations, Yvonne! You do beautiful work, and I’m reallly excited to see you here as SAM for June.

  5. Rosemary L says:

    Congratulations! Well deserved – enjoy your month!
    Rosemary L

  6. Kay Carlson says:

    Congrats, Yvonne! I have received several cards from you in the past so you certainly deserve this honor 🙂

  7. Diane Young says:

    Really nice project, Yvonne! Congratulations.

  8. Dragon Lady says:

    Your shadow box is charming, Yvonne. Each element works with your entire design. Congratulations on being chosen Stamp Artist of the Month. Annette “:O)

  9. Lori Auge-O'Hara says:

    Congratulations on SAM for the month. Lovely project and great BIO. Well deserving!

  10. Your shadow box is beautiful! I love the red! I like how you used the charms. I especially like the bottle of beads!

  11. Carolyn S says:

    Yvonne, no one deserves to serve as SAM for June than you do. I have many pieces of your art and have always admired your perfection and talent for creating art with an oriental theme. I was so pleased to see your shadow box on the main page. Enjoy your retirement.

  12. fareeda97 says:

    Gosh!! This is very beautiful!! You put a lot of work in it and it shows! Excellent!! This should be proudly displayed!!

  13. paperrose says:

    Congrats Yvonne for being SAM, The box is awesome and I hope you enjoy your time now that you retired.

  14. Barbie D. says:

    Congratulations Yvonne. Love your shadow box and enjoyed reading your bio and learning more about you. Enjoy your month.
    Barbie D.

  15. shar isralow says:

    Congratulations on your well-deserved recognition!

  16. Shaz In Oz.x says:

    what a fab post and well done on being chosen to be SAM, Yvonne!

    Just love your work and that shadow box is great idea ~ well done!

    thanks for sharing!

  17. Mary Waspe says:

    Congrats Yvonne, Iove your art, hope you enjoy the month,

  18. Cindy says:

    I like the idea of a deco piece like this! Very nice and clean! Congrats on your feature month!!

  19. Shelly Schmidt says:

    Congrats to you- so beautiful!!! It is fun to read about you and get to know you better : )

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