Saturday, November 29, 2008

Apartment Update

I'd promised I would share pics of the loft, and today I finally got around to taking some. It's been 3 months since we moved in, and it looks a bit different now that we have all of our stuff in place.

For one thing, I wallpapered the small bathroom. I like how it looks, but never again! I'm also not looking forward to taking it down, but hopefully I won't have to do that for a long time.

beforeafter
(Those are Nina's DoodleFactory cards framed in the "before" pic. They're still going back on the wall, but are sitting on my shelf for now.)

More Then & Now:








(The large pic in the background is a piece of art Mike is currently working on made entirely of cardboard boxes and tape).
More Pics This Way

Monday, November 24, 2008

Three Things

Today I have three completely unrelated things to share.

1. The [random] winner of my very first blog candy has been chosen and Rose Ann will be the recipient of the DoodleFactory Poster (now updated to include all the animals I forgot). Please send me a mailing address where you can accept a poster tube.
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2. I had some momentum after I redesigned my blog and offered to make new banners for Tracey's Starving Artistamps blogs. Here's a peek, but you can also go directly to the company blog or gallery.


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3. I love this animated video I found linked on one of my favorite illustrations blogs (www.drawn.ca) today. The song is right up my musical alley too:

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Redecorating

Today I've done a little redecorating. Not in my apartment, but in my blog. I finally did some customization, and while HTML is not my preferred language, I'm pretty happy with the results.

If you read my blog through a feed, here's a peek at the new banner. If you come directly to the page, well then this is redundant :)

From Blogger Pictures

*Special thanks to Eva who's lovely card inspired me to finally make this change today.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Gio's Sweet Pad

Hey lookit, I made my first step-card (or is it a stair-card? I don't know!)


I wanted to use my newly mounted stamps from the Sweet Shoppe set, but I was having issues making things "fit". In a EUREEKA moment, I remembered the "step-cards" I'd seen circulating the stamping web recently. I googled one of the tutorials but quickly threw all direction out the window. I'm learning I'm one of those "cut-first, measure later" types, but luckily this stair-thing is pretty simple and my measuring indiscretions were all easy enough to cover over.

In its flattened state, this card is a bit crowded, but the accordian steps give Gio lots of breathing room and space to romp around. I'm thinking of running a ribbon through the steps on either edge to help pull the card together (literally), but I need to upgrade my ribbon/thread supply and there's probably no room anyway.

Speaking of supplies - Tracey helped me acquire a bunch of new copic pens (whoo!) and even sent me some special cardstock and inks so I wouldn't have that runny problem I had a few entries back. Worked like a charm - now all I need is a brain that can properly grasp shading and highlights.

Monday, November 17, 2008

My First Blog Candy

Thanks so much for the positive response to my little DoodleFactory "poster" the other day. Several of you mentioned selling this as a print and I love the idea of people being able to color in the characters as they collect them. I'm not going to sell these quite yet, but I would like to offer an 11"x17" print to at least one lucky winner to be chosen at random next Monday, November 17.

Before I tell you the rules of how to enter, I have to confess that my poster is actually quite inaccurate because I FORGOT several of the characters. I'm going to rework the final to include everyone, but in the meantime, I'll turn my mistake into a way to win.

TWO WAYS TO ENTER, (BUT ONE ENTRY PER PERSON):

1.
Leave a Comment in this entry with the name of one of the DoodleFactory characters missing from the original poster. [Only named characters, none of the accessories - if you need some help, you can always check out all the sets at StarvingArtistamps.com]

And/Or:

2.
Leave a comment in this entry with a link to your favorite card you've made using a DoodleFactory character.

Also, (not required), if you know of any DoodleFactory fans, send them this way!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Every DoodleFactory Character Ever Drawn (So Far)

Just a silly little thing I put together last night. The original animals and creatures are 3 years old now, but the majority of these guys were born just this year!

From tales from the doodlefactory

Sunday, November 09, 2008

A Rusty Robot & A Reindeer



I haven't made a card since my first attempts this summer, but Tracey asked me to participate in the CPS Sketch that was sponsored by Starving Artistamps last week and I did (but in my general last-minute fashion).



The new Christmas set is rolling out, but I thought I'd give a little love to the original " DoodleFactory Winter" set. Since it's still Fall and it never snows in L.A., I made the snowflakes rusty to go along with Robot Blip from the Urban Set. I hand-wrote the "Hello Dear", which my boyfriend later informed me I should have spelled "Deer" instead. oops!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Santa's Sweet Shoppe

First of all, thank all of you lovelies who gave me tips on inks, papers and the science of coloring! I really value your help and will try your advice this weekend.

By now you've all seen the newest Doodle Factory release on the starvingartistamp blog, right? If not, get yourself over to [THIS POST] for a chance to win the set FOR FREE!



I have to admit I couldn't have pulled this set off without my boyfriend's help. When we were on the plane to Hawaii, I immersed myself in This Book and gave him the assignment to draw me some sleigh and gingerbread house prototypes. I remember being really stressed out in September and October and I have to admit it was nice having him as a cheat-sheet for a few of the drawings. I can draw a kooky creature or silly animal with my eyes closed, but I often blank at common objects.

Anyway, Happy Early Christmas! I hope you like the new set!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Coloring Outside of the lines

Last night I attempted to stamp while simultaneously watching a movie, which isn't that huge of a feat, unless of course the movie is subtitled. I thought I'd get my feet wet by coloring in a bunch of characters before placing them on any cards. Here they are hanging out in a stock photo catalog until I can figure out what to do with them.

I have a new respect for the coloring masters out there. Shading is still my weak point, but I also seem to have a problem with the ink running. I used an archival black ink to stamp, prisma color markers and thick watercolor paper - is there a trick to keep the outline from running into your colors?