September 2008: Adrienne W.

September 2008 – Adrienne W.
“Dragonfly Box With Book”



How long have you been stamping?
I started in 1997 when I left full time work and saw an embossing demo at a local mall. I found the nearest store and took classes…..need I say more!

What is your favorite technique?
I’d have to say layering, if that’s a technique, but I have tried just about everything and am ‘jack of all trades, master of none’!

Favorite stamp company?
No real favorite, but I do love the Penny Black Brush Strokes and Imperial Cargo.

Favorite Asian stamp?
Oh, all and any! I have lots of Art Neko and a good selection of odd bods as they take my fancy. I prefer leaves and flowers; quotes and objects [lanterns, fans etc] but use all the stamps I have.

Favorite stamping accessory?
Papers, papers, papers! I admit to being addicted – lol!

Favorite colors?
Red, black and gold/white mostly, although I’m trying to use purples, blues and greens.

Your favorite embellishment to finish a card?
I love vellum with a printed quote, if appropriate, punched gingko leaves or flowers and bug charms, especially dragonflies.

What is the one tool you couldn’t live without?
My tweezers! [and personal cutter] My fingers are so disobedient a tool is a must!

Any helpful tips for the group?
Make use of the many resources OSA has and never be afraid to ask anything of our wonderful group. Someone will know and everyone is so sharing.

As a member of OSA, why do you like stamping in the Oriental theme?
Simple, clean and elegant, with so much versatility, be it intricate or simple.

Is there any one place or city you’d like to visit to find rubber stamps, supplies, or Asian art elements?
I believe Portland would be a great place to start, although I’m not in a position to travel nowadays, like I used to. Fortunately there are some great online stores to shop at and I do take advantage of these.

What other stamping lists or local clubs do you belong to?
I have belonged to an Aussie Yahoo group called Stamphappy for 10 years; I also dabble in an ATC swap group and run a small arty internet group. Along with a couple of friends, I attend monthly club meetings, where we have projects, classes and raise funds for charity, through an annual Stamp-a-thon.

What favorite stamping magazines would you recommend?
I used to love Inspirations and a friend lends me Take Ten, but I also subscribe to VSN, which has just recently been made available here. Of course my most thumbed magazine is “Return To Asia” which I just adore.

Published in any magazines? If yes, please list.
Not that I know of, apart from Thursday tips in VSN.

Any other hobbies, talents or craft interests?
My hobbies include photography, music, reading, the out doors, gardening.
I don’t have a talent, that I’m aware of!

What inspires you to be creative?
Magazines, new stamps/papers, other OSA stampers & blogs.

Any art background ?
Not me, but my Dad dabbled in oils, Mum was a talented pencil artist and our eldest daughter uses pastels and chalks as her medium. I always enjoyed writing and coloring, but never took it further.

Have you used any unusual item in your stamping that wasn’t necessarily meant for stamping?
Household washers and rubber bands! Not in Oriental, I have to say!

Any favorite websites you would recommend for inspiration?
Too many, but number one is and there are arty blogs I frequent on a regular basis.

Do you have a day job when you’re not stamping?
No, I retired 11 years ago.

Tell us about your family and where you live.
I’m originally from New Zealand and we moved to Brisbane, Australia 20 years ago.
We live in the suburbs about 25 minutes from the city. One adult daughter lives in Victoria [a southern state] the other about 20 minutes away from us. At the time of writing we are planning to sell our house and take a ‘sea change’ and retire by the beach. I have a cockatiel called Blue, who oversees my stamping and helps with decorative edgings! Our yard is full of colorful birds and tropical greenery, although the drought has taken its toll.

Dragonfly Book With Box
By Adrienne W.


  • Large empty matchbox
  • Firm card for book cover
  • Decorative paper serviette/table napkin for box and book cover
  • Copy paper for book lining
  • Paint, glues and sealant
  • Trimmings – thread, jewels, Beedz, clasp
  • Stamps – Art Neko’s dragonflies and haiku
  • Son Light Impressions spots
  • Non Sequitur tiny seal
  • Ink pads — red and black
  • Usual tools — ruler, scorer, scissors etc.

Make a Start :

Paint the tray of the matchbox and set aside to dry. Choose paper and paste box lid all over with Liquitex or another gloss medium, cover with paper, and leave to thoroughly dry.



Cut a 4 ¼ “ by 4 “ [11cm x 10.3 cm] square from firm card. Score center and fold in half, then paste to the cut square of paper, cut 2cm wider than the card. Trim inside and miter the corners.


Cut a piece of plain paper to fit inside the cover, less about 1cm all round.


Stamp whatever you like on the inside, then fold in half and set aside. Choose threads or a tassel and lay that along the folded book cover and glue the page lightly in place over the top.


Decorate the cover – I used red sticky backed jewels in the center of the flowers and added a little metal clip to hold it closed. Place in the drawer of the box.


Lastly, decorate the box top. I used jewels again and gold Beedz on the dragonfly wings.


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