November 2009: Diane Y.

November 2009 – Diane Y.

Victoria BC, Canada

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How long have you
been stamping?

12 years

What is your favorite

Probably layering with lovely papers but I love trying new techniques and often use one over and over. But then I go back to layers!

Favorite stamp

There are too many to list; I have more than 3000 stamps…so far!

Favorite Asian stamp?

Well, I have 300+ in that category and I like them all enough to keep them! I try to make use of each and every one

Favorite stamping

stamp positioner so I can put the image right where I want it.

Favorite colors?

All of them; there are no ugly colours in my opinion

Your favorite embellishment
to finish a card?

It depends on the card – I use ribbons, brads, charms, mizuhiki cords, etc., etc., etc….

What is the one
tool you couldn’t live without?

My ATG (adhesive tape gun)

Any helpful tips
for the group?

Ask this group any questions and you will get lots of helpful answers.

As a member of
OSA, why do you like stamping in the Oriental theme?

I have always liked Oriental art, especially the simplicity and elegance of Japanese arts

Is there any one
place or city you’d like to visit to find rubber stamps, supplies, or
Asian art elements?

I would love to go back to Japan, to Gokayama where washi paper is still made by hand

What other stamping
lists or local clubs do you belong to?

I belong to 2 Canadian stamping lists

What favorite stamping
magazines would you recommend?

There are many great magazines; these days I only buy Take Ten

Published in any
magazines? If yes, please list.

Not so far

Any other hobbies, talents or craft interests?

I enjoy walking, reading, baking and cooking really healthy vegetarian foods.

What inspires you
to be creative?

I find inspiration in the artist galleries online as well as magazines, books, and the artwork you see everywhere including advertising, nature, fabric designs…well, basically the whole world!

Any art background

No formal training but I’ve tried a lot of crafts and this is the one that never seems to get boring.

Have you used any
unusual item in your stamping that wasn’t necessarily meant for stamping?

What?? Isn’t everything meant for stamping?

Any favorite websites you would recommend for inspiration?

Well, OSA member galleries are a very rich resource! In the past year I’ve been exploring a lot of blogs as well. Too many to list!!

Do you have a day
job when you’re not stamping?

Nope, happily retired since 1997

Tell us about your
family and where you live.

I live with my dear, dear husband of 46 years. We have 3 grown children and 3 granddaughters. We live in paradise, also know as Victoria, BC, Canada.

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November 2009 – Diane Y.


Victoria BC, Canada

Supplies Used

Stamp by Art Neko

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Purchase a mini calendar (about 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) or make your own. You can find printable calendar templates at several online sites. I used

You will also need a piece of fairly heavy cardstock, 8 1/2″ x 10″, a nice stamped image and a mat for it, and a piece of decorative paper 8 1/4″ x 4 1/4″.

Score the cardstock along the long side at 4 1/2, 5 1/2, 6 1/2 and 9 1/2″. Fold as shown in photo.

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The 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ side is where you attach the stamped image and calendar. You’ll notice that it’s bigger than the other side; that is so it will be slightly tilted for stability when it’s assembled.

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So, you’re nearly finished: attach the decorative paper, the stamped image and the calendar. Then run glue or tape along the smallest scored edge and attach to the back of the decorated side. Easy!

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