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May 7, 2012

My Creative Retailer Magazine Publication

Hi Everyone:
I have been holding off on sharing this news due to waiting for the magazine to be on store bookshelves. Now that it has been out for a little while I guess it is safe to share. I have a gift set published in a STAEDTLER Ad in the Creative Retailer Magazine by Northridge Publishing. I have had layouts published before but never a card or any other project. So I am so excited!

I was so excited to be asked to take part in this ad and here is the actual layout page.

Here are the actual projects that were used for this page spread.

My Card

Projects were created using Hero Arts Stamps.

Hydrangea picture

 I used Hydrangea # K5376  for the leaves and the flower itself was this stamp below,

Etched Flowers picture
 Etched Flowers# CG430.

Old Letter Writing
Product Number: S4878

I changed the leaves due to needing a much thicker leaf base to add dimension & depth to my design. I also used a sentiment from the *Clear Hero Arts Stamps,

*Clear Hero Arts Stamps EVERYDAY SAYINGS cl342 ClearDesign

To cover this bag with such a big flower I had to increase the size. So after stamping the flower on white cardstock, I then enlarged it and printed it onto watercolour paper using a photocopying machine. I repeated this step so that I could actually pop some of the layers of the flower. I love how this really gave the flowers so much depth & dimension. This made it really look like a rose and the yellow colour was beautiful. I used the leaves from the Hydrangea flower and enlarged those as well. I wanted to go with a vintage feel for this set, so I used slate blue, walnut brown, and deep yellow for my colour scheme. I cut a piece of Basic Grey Paper the size of the bag. It was distressed around the edges by adding walnut distress ink and then stamped with the old letter writing in blue distress ink. Before adhering it to the brown paper gift bag, wide lace, brown ribbon, pearls and pearl pins were added to the piece to add that touch of elegance. The flower was coloured with STAEDTLER Triplus Colour Fine tip markers,  STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell Watercolour Pencil and the white watercolour crayon was used for highlights on the flowers. A white gel pen was used to add white dots to the center of each flower. The flowers on the card were coloured in the same way as the one on the gift bag and adhered to a stamped background that was distress with storm/blue and walnut/brown distress inks. This was matted on slate blue and drk. brown cardstock which was placed on a kraft cardbase.
I had a lot of fun making this and it really helped me to see that Vintage style is much easier to make than I thought! Well maybe! Lol. I hope that I have inspired and challenged you to look at your stamps in a different light. They might be small in size when you first purchase them, but the sky is the limit when you think of all the sizes that you can use with photocopying an image.

I trust that you are all doing well and that this month of celebrating National Scrapbooking is filled with much fun and creativity! Lol.

Take Care


Brenda said...

Well done Dana! You must be beaming from ear to ear! My gosh these are such beautiful creations! Your coloring on the flower is simply exquisite! Huge Congrats my friend, very,very well deserved!

Dawn said...

How wonderful Dana... this really is a wonderful expose of your incredible work. I love how you have taken the leaves from the hydrangea to use...they are so lovely. Your colouring is inspiring,.. so can understand why Staedtler wanted to use you to help with their advertisement.

Kellie Mowat said...

Dana, this is a gorgeous project. You deserve to be center stage. Shine on!:D

cardcreationsnz said...

Congratulations. A stunning bag and card. The colouring of the flower is amazing! Well done on getting your work published.

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

wow wonderful! Congratulations!!!

Lin said...

So beautifully done, Dana - congratulations!! You've also just sold that etched flower to me; it's one I've been back and forth on, but you pushed me over the edge ;))

Virginia L. said...

HUGE congrats to you, Dana! Your page looks soooo beautiful and awesome! So happy for you!

Barb said...

WOOHOO!!!! congratulations Dana!!! i'm so proud of you and for you!!! it's beautiful!!! stunning...you are truly an artist...blessing to you my sweet friend. hugs :)

Karen said...

Oh Dana these are beautiful! How exciting that you were part of a published ad!! You really do such amazing things with this product. Thanks also for sharing my card on your blog, you are so Sweet!!! Glad to see you enjoyed National Scrapbook day! Hugs!

Isha said...

Huge Congratulations Dana. Love what you created. The coloring is superb!
I cant find your Email addy on your blog.

onecraftymama said...

What a fabulous idea to extend our stamp collections...it never occurred to me before, and I have the technology to try it too :)
HUGE congrats on that absolutely stunning ad - what a wonderful showcase of your gorgeous artwork!

Maureen Morton said...

Hey - you are world-famous now, girlfriend! What a magnificent project and how cool that you were published so beautifully! I am so proud of you - you must be jumping with pride. A great start to my day - a big smile and hug coming your way!

Cindy C. said...

Congrats Dana! These two projects are awesome!

Judy1223 said...

Dana, this is so WONDERFUL!!!!!!!! What a compliment to your skills...they used your work in their AD?! WOW! You do such nice work with the Staedler products, I can see why they published it. Relish this, Dana...this is good stuff!

JeanC said...

Dana I am so happy for you and I get to tell everyone that this is my best friend! Love you.

Auntie Em said...

Congratulations Dana! It's so easy to see why they picked you for their design team. Your projects are so sophisticated and pretty.
I love the brown ribbon on the grey with the yellow flowers. The antiquing makes it look so vintage and even sweeter!
You are just soooo talented. :)
Wooo-Hooo for you!!

Robin K. said...

Oh my goodness Dana!!! Your work is absolutely amazing!!! Would never have thought to increase the size of the flower image or to use different leaves - thanks for the inspiration!!!

Nona said...

Oh my, your bag and matching card are both so gorgeous! A HUGE congrats to you, Dana! I am absolutely thrilled for you! :)

Teresa Kline said...

congrats, I just had my first(six cards) published in a book, I am so thrilled...your creation are amazing...have a super week!

enjoy *~*

Karin Ã…kesdotter said...

Amazingly beautiful!

Dorcas said...

Wow! You go girl! Such fabulous news!
Sorry Ive been MIA lately, we just came back from a week at the beach and its taken me forever to get back into the swing of things. And I'm really fed up of Blogger not letting me see my reading list, that really crimps my whiskers! But I came by earlier today for a snoop (no time to leave a comment) and returned just now cos I just had to, this was such exciting news!
ps) got your email, haven't received a card, maybe got lost? Eeks!

Annette said...

wow your creativity is amazing...lovely coloring...

Thank you for your sweet comment on Flickr...

MissDinTexas said...

Oh my....so pretty,so gorgeous, so creative.
I saw your work on Flickr and clicked on you to see
if you have a blog and praise the lord my wish came true.
I'm getting giddy just thinking about what you'll come out with next.
I truly hope you keep up the wonderful work.
I am so glad I stumbled on to your work and now I am a follower.
Have a blessed day!

"Happy Crafting"

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