Tuesday, January 16, 2018

January 2018 issue of The Stampers' Sampler Give-away

The Stampers’ Sampler Winter 2018





I'm pleased to announce that I'm the Guest Artist in the current issue of The Stampers' Sampler magazine, January 2018 issue.  So many of the cards that I created for this are made with the new Jane Davenport Mixed Media line.  That means lots of washi tape and mermaids.  It is a truly beautiful issue.

I would like to celebrate the occasion with a give-away.  You have to be a follower of this blog and a resident of the U.S.  Not too many rules.  Just leave a comment on this post and I will select a winner on Monday, January 22nd.  Please leave your email address in the comment so I can notify you if you win.

  (It's best to put it in this form:  (example) renee(dot)zarate(at)email(dot)com)

Celebrate this wonderful occasion with me!  My thanks to Stampington publications and the editor Gracy Wilkins for featuring my work.

Hugs~Renee

Monday, January 15, 2018

Clothing designs based on my artwork-VIDA

I've been working on designing some very artsy clothing on VIDA .  This is a site that transfers your art to all different types of products.  It's fun to design your own outfits and accessories that you can wear and hopefully others will enjoy wearing too.  Please click on the link and take a look.

I love a particular piece of art that I produced last year and have ordered it.  This is the piece that started the whole design process for me.



I designed this face for the Coloring Studio workbook published by Stampington.  Can't wait to wear it!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest art adventure.
Hugs ~ Renee

P.S.  If there's anything you can't live without you can use this code: DISCOVERVIDA for a 15% discount on your purchase.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Tim Holtz Paper Doll Pack card

I can't stop playing with these paper dolls by Tim Holtz!  There are several sizes and all are pre-cut which makes life so much easier.  I had this extra background piece and just added the doll and few other left over pieces.  Voila!  A cute card was born.  I'm submitting this to the Country View Challenge.  The challenge is Anything Goes.



The snow is finally melting and the sun shining.  Amen.  We're not set up for ice and snow here in the South that's for sure.  Everything just stops.  Back on track now.

Thanks for stopping by!  hugs ~ Renee



Monday, January 1, 2018

My Word for 2018







Every year I give my "word for the year" quite a bit of thought.  This year I thought my word should be YES.  Hmm...what does that mean?  To me it means saying yes to things that I've been holding back from learning or actually practicing.  Like learning how to do videos of my art process.  That may sound silly but sometimes all of the techie things just get to be too much for my old brain.  I enjoy watching others progress in their journey but fear, like everyone else, holds me back. 

So here we go again, another fresh start, another year, another opportunity to learn new and fresh ideas. Please join me in making 2018 a year where you will say "yes" to branching out artistically and embracing different products, ideas and techniques.

What's your word for 2018?  Feel free to share it with me in the comment section.  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great start to a new year.

Hugs ~ Renee

Friday, December 29, 2017

Evergreen Steampunk Card using a Phrenology head stamp

This will be my last blog post for Imagine as a member of their design team AIRs.  It has been a delight to work with this company during 2017 and I have always felt their ink products are of superior quality.  Thank you Imagine/Tsukineko for allowing me to represent your products this past year and a huge congratulations to the new team for 2018!






For instructions and additional info please check out the Imagine Blog.

Are you looking forward to 2018?  I am.

Hugs ~ Renee

Friday, December 22, 2017

Make your own Tea Journal using small canvases


I love tea, tea parties, tea shops, formal teas, homey teas...you get the picture.  My daughter and I have had tea in different shops and hotels all over the world during her life, we started when she was around 4 or 5 years old.  My personal favorite was about a decade ago at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong, it was so beautiful!

This tiny book is made from two small canvases stamped and colored using Imagine products; the canvases serve as the front and back covers.  The inside has an accordion style section that can be used as the journaling pages.  It is fun to glue empty packets of my favorite teas inside or tea packets from tea with friends that I want to remember.  You can check out the details on the Imagine blog to get ideas to make your own tea journal.  If you have any suggestions or questions please leave me a message here.

Thanks for stopping by ~ hugs ~ Renee

P.S.  The "tea/glove" book used as a prop in the background was gifted to me by my friend Ella Wilson, it appeared in one of Stampington's publications and she was kind enough to send it to me.  I really cherish that lovely journal!  Ella is such an amazing artist.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Warm Winter Thoughts card


The challenge for the Imagine AIRs design team was "snow".  We moved to South Carolina from Massachusetts to avoid snow so the only kind I like to see is on a card.  This snowman stamp reminds me of the three boys that used to live across the street from us in Bolton.  The snowmen would be in their front yard from the moment they could make one and we'd see them most of the winter.  The boys usually had a sign posted that said "North Pole".  Sometimes it was so cold I believed it!



This snowman stamp is from Stampotique and it is entitled Global Warming.  The supply list should be listed on the Imagine site here.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week.  I'm also posting this on the December Craft Stamp Take It Make It Challenge site.

Hugs ~ Renee