October 2008: Sharon B.

October 2008 – Sharon B.
“Chopstick Bookmark “

New York State, USA

SAM-3

How long have you been stamping?
Hmm..do my years of stamping with potatoes and sponges as a child count??? If so too many years to want to mention, although I think mentioning potato stamping has dated me. If not, then about 5 years.

What is your favorite technique?
I haven’t been stamping long enough to commit to just one technique. I love everything I have tried thus far.

Favorite stamp company?
Again I just can’t stick to one company. I love all the Curtis Ulyeda stamps and Fred Mullet stamps I have and Stone House Stamps and About Art Accents and..well you get the idea.

Favorite Asian stamp?
I love nature so I really like the Brush stroke Penny Black stamps right now.

Favorite stamping accessory?
The Big Ugly.

Favorite colors?
Autumn in every shade of beauty.

Your favorite embellishment to finish a card?
Probably beads and coins.

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

Any helpful tips for the group?
Are you kidding. I read all the Thursday tips and am inspired every week.

As a member of OSA, why do you like stamping in the Oriental theme?
I have 3 children I adopted from China . I wanted to immerse myself in their culture and with my love of crafts the two just seemed to naturally fuse together.

Is there any one place or city you’d like to visit to find rubber stamps, supplies, or Asian art elements?
Are there any shops on the Greek Islands????

What other stamping lists or local clubs do you belong to?
Remember,I mentioned three kids….well they keep me hopping.

What favorite stamping magazines would you recommend?
Hands down it is Vamp Stamp News.

Published in any magazines? If yes, please list.
Vamp Stamp News.

Any other hobbies, talents or craft interests?
Sewing, gardening, reading, cooking, skiing and anything that requires a needle.

What inspires you to be creative?
My son is my color man. The girls are just so full of wonder that they keep me always imagining what if….

Any art background ?
I would love to say yes but I don’t think minoring in art in High School just so you could jump out the window when the art teacher wasn’t looking as a background. Though I must say I was rather taken with throwing pottery on the potter’s wheel. I even got a wheel as a graduation present.

Have you used any unusual item in your stamping that wasn’t necessarily meant for stamping?
Most recently I picked up a piece of agate from a local underground cave and found it was really cool to do the sharpie/alcohol technique on.

Any favorite websites you would recommend for inspiration?
Another list member clued me into Michele Zindorff’s site which I have been checking out for the last month.

Do you have a day job when you’re not stamping?
Yes and darn it takes away from my time to play. I am a chiropractic physician and have now taken on homeschooling my son which I consider a REAL JOB.

Tell us about your family and where you live.
I live in upstate New York just a few hours drive from my beloved High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains and not far from my equally loved mountains of Vermont. I am happily single now for about 15 years. I adopted my children; Sarah my oldest when she was 12 months old. She is now nearly 12 years old. Next came Sadie when she was 15 months old. She is now 8 years old. And last but not least my son, Shaun when he was 6 years old. He is now 9 years old. My son has some special needs and is still finding some difficulty with adjusting hence my need to home school him. Oh and I shall not forget the crazy dog, CC (Chocolate Candy) who inhabits our four walls with bravado. She is a chocolate lab with high energy. She gets along well with my son! Does that fill you in on the pace at my house? Thank the lord for the fish. I think they are what keep me from going insane. I can just stare and talk to them. I swear they have true discernible personalities. They are fancy type goldfish more like Koi. Call me crazy…you wouldn’t be the first…

Chopstick Bookmark
By Sharon B.

  • Apply very sticky tape to 3 chipboard bases.
  • Add crushed and prepared egg shells to tape using a brayer. Apply green, brown, and yellow dye inks with alcohol for a faux polished stone look to the eggshells.
  • Dab on some gold and bronze pearl ex for highlights.
  • Apply 3 clear coats of embossing powder until you have a smooth finish.
  • Add collage items using a strong glue. Top chipboard has a gold dragon punch,coin, and a AAA stamp of a teacup stamped with green and brown markers. Middle chipboard has a AAA stamp of a rice bowl and candy wrapper also stamped with green and brown markers and a coin. The bottom chipboard has a gold chinese new year candy wrapper, geisha picture and 3 green brads with the backs cut off.
  • Apply 1 more clear embossing layer to seal everything.
  • Add some gold markings to simulate chinese characters on the chopsticks.
  • Use strong glue,apply chopsticks to the chipboards. Once dry flip everything over and paint the edges and backs of the chipboards with gold and bronze acryllic paint.
  • Stain 1/4″ elastic with brown dye ink. Using strong glue attach to top chipboard edge and bottom chipboard edge.
  • Add brad to top elastic for a decorative look.

Happy Reading!!!

SAM-1

SAM-2

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