How long have you been stamping?
I started in 2003 so that makes it 9 years. I went to a Craft Expo in Australia and there were paper craft and Rubber Stamping Classes available. As soon as I saw the possibilities I was hooked.
What is your favorite technique?
I love to play with inks. So distress is one technique I have tried quite a lot. Also brayering and layering with ink. I want to explore masking more and stamping off the page.
Favorite stamp company?
I bought a lot from Judikins, Stampin’ Up!, and All Night Media when I was first starting out. Now when I shop for stamps I tend to focus more on what is available and whether I like the stamp’s image or sentiment rather than who it is by.
Favorite Asian stamps?
ArtNeko, Hanko, and Mariandme. I like fans, geishas, Calligraphy and my favorite, of all, is the Haiku Bunny.
Favorite stamping accessory?
My heat gun, stamp positioner when appropriate, and rubber brayer for backgrounds. I also like to use the dusting powder prior to inking when I emboss.
Your favorite embellishment to finish a card?
Many times it is a quote or message. If a card seems unfinished or needing a little something more, I set it aside and wait for the idea to come to me. It usually does. I like the use of natural objects like feathers, seeds and tiny shells.
What is the one tool you couldn’t live without?
I do love my Cuttlebug. I seem to be hooked on dimension. I also depend on my paper cutter, Scor-Pal and the use of curved tweezers for handling smaller items.
Any helpful tips for the group?
Don’t be afraid to experiment with new techniques. I even keep pieces that don’t seem successful and have used them in totally unrelated projects to great effect.
I also keep my scrap papers organized in clear bags by color. It is amazing how may times I can draw from them, rather than cutting into a new sheet of paper when a small piece will do it.
As a member of OSA why do you like stamping in the Oriental theme?
Being a resident of Hawaii there is a large Oriental influence from Chinese, Japanese and Korean people. It seems I have always been drawn to the exotic differences in food, clothing, dance and the symbols, images and poetry of the East.
Is there any one place or city you’d like to visit to find rubber stamps?
There is a store in Bettendorf, Iowa, USA called Addicted to Rubber Stamps that claims to have 1 million rubber stamps. Perhaps that is the place to go!!!
What other stamping lists or local clubs do you belong to?
Split Coast Stampers, WorldofCrafters, and CircleofCrafters. I am also in some Teabag Folding Yahoo Groups. Locally I have a small group of friends with all levels of experience and we take turns in teaching a new project to each other weekly.
What favorite stamping magazines would you recommend?
I am not a subscriber to any at present but like the Stampington publications, Stampers Sampler and Take Ten. I also find VSN at our local Stamping shop.
Published in any magazines? If yes please list.
Lately I have been in the tips featured in VSN, however I haven’t submitted work to any other publications. Perhaps after being recognized here it will be something to consider.
Any other hobbies, talents or craft interests?
I go to Jazzercise 3 times weekly to stay fit but can only do low impact now. I took piano lessons for 2 years and mean to practice more. I dabble as a writer-mostly poetry and have a website for it: http://pixordia.pages.qpg.com/ I enjoy the usual wifely joys of baking, gardening and also like to read. I used to ride and handle horses when we lived on a property in Australia. We also used to go on ski trips to Tahoe, Taos and Colorado. I could manage and enjoy more strenuous activities when I was younger. Now I enjoy all aspects of paper crafting, especially collage, oriental designs, and over the years I have tried Quilling, Iris Folding, Teabag Folding and ATC’s. I started out as a Guild teacher for Floralpunchcraft.
What inspires you to be creative?
Nature has a big influence on me. Many of my stamps and punches are leaves.
I like challenges but it is usually an image or a quote or an occasion that I create for.
The internet is a huge source of inspiration and interacting with other papercrafters. For ideas it’s always wonderful.
No formal background. Most is from seeking out classes or reading books or websites on transforming paper or collage. One of my girlfriends commented that she was surprised that I had such an interest in collage and poetry coming from a scientific background. I thought about that for a while but then remembered reading long ago, in J Bronowski’s “Science and Human Values” that there is a likeness between creative acts of the mind in art and in science and it comes down to seeking a ‘unity in variety’ and seeing a hidden likeness. In the instant when the mind seizes this for itself, in art or in science, the heart misses a beat.”
Have you used any unusual item in your stamping that wasn’t necessarily meant for stamping?
I have tried the usual, unusual things with great expectations LOL – bleach, or shaving cream to marble paper, and metal cleaner to strip glossy magazine pages to alter them. I like the uncertainty of the results and the happy surprise that comes when they turn out well. I tend to walk along looking at the ground or in the sand for any unusual shaped, stick, rock or shell to save and use later as embellishments on the right project.
Any favorite websites you would recommend for inspiration?
There are so many:
Not forgetting our own:
Oriental Stamp Art Techniques
And last but not least youtube.com is an endless source of tutorial videos.
Do you have a day job when you’re not stamping?
I am a retired Registered Nurse. Now it seems it‘s time for me to play and create and do Volunteer work. I donate many of my cards to a number of causes for Fundraising and care for my retired hubby. LOL
Tell us about your family and where you live.
I am an Australian, born in Tasmania and married to a Queenslander. I trained as a Nurse in the Queensland Regional Training Scheme travelling from country to city hospitals to gain experience. I am a Naturalized US Citizen and live in the 50th State. We recently celebrated Admissions Day here in Hawaii. I have been married for 40 years and since we were never blessed with children we have a fur baby, a dear Maltese named Kea. Our garden is an oasis where we enjoy spending time in the outdoors. We love travelling, sometimes to the US Mainland, and we used to travel regularly back to Australia. Our favorite destination now would be Ireland, on a Viking cruise on the rivers of Europe, or the Mediterranean Sea.
Fan-Fold Pop-Out Book
Papers: The Far East Stack from DCWV
Stamps: Some Unknown- Wiki C.A.P.S Asian Dragon Clear Stamp
All Night Media, Chinese Calligraphy, All Night Media Chinese Dragon, Kodomo Inc, Chinese coin, Great Impressions, #B125
Inks: Versamark Clear, VersaMagic Cornucopia, Brilliance Pearlescent Beige, AdirondackDye inks, Cranberry and Caramel, Stampin’ Up Whisper White.
2 sheets- 12X12 matched scrapbooking pages
2 sheets, more of co-ordinating scrapbook paper.
or you can use matching papers from any source.
Cut as described in steps below.
2 – 5 ½ X 5 ½ pieces of book cover, thickness, cardboard (I used packaging scraps)
Cardboard, as above.
From the matching scrapbooking paper cut:
2- 6½” square pieces with a motif or feature for the covers. I featured dragons from the print for mine.
2X 6″ squares plain paper or cardstock for inside covers.
1X 8″ square with print on one side and plain on the back side for fan pop-out.
Glue the cardboard onto the 6½” front and back cover pieces, leaving an even margin around them. I use Fabritac glue as it gives more room for re-positioning and it dries clear and will not buckle the paper. Trim across the corners (as shown) and fold in the edges.
Cover the inside and hide the edges with the 6″ sq. plainer matching paper or cardstock. Book covers finished. Set aside for now.
Now the fun part of decorating the fan-fold.
On the white side of the 8″ piece of co-ordinating paper, stamp your theme ( I used dragons, calligraphy and oriental coin stamps) in Versamark ink and emboss with clear powder for the images you wish to appear as distressed . Stamp calligraphy and coins in Caramel and Cranberry. You can add more dragons in a white ink, if desired.
For brayering the background, choose inks that will match your paper as closely as possible. I chosen dye inks, Cornucopia, Cranberry and Caramel and gave a final coat of Brilliance Pearlescent Beige. My brayered and stamped piece is on the left and the design paper I matched is on the right.
Using the brayer start with a light yellow (cornucopia) and brayer the entire sheet. Roll off the brayer between colors. Then go from light to darker colors. Make the final layer a Brilliance Ink for a pearly finish. Let the sheet dry well then fold per folding instruction sheet
Orient the design so that it appears right side up when the fan unfolds and slit to the center on line indicated. Fold, valley, mountain until it forms a small triangle. Attach front and back covers evenly as per fold sheet.
Embellish with quotes printed on tissue and torn, or stamped quotes.
Tie yarns around with beads attached and embellish with crimped cardboard, fiber and a brass coin or figure.
I’ll look forward to hearing your comments and seeing your creations. Please post a link to your creations
on my blog…I would love to see them.