Monday, December 21, 2009

Tag! 2Sketches4You is IT!

Today, 2Sketches4You is sponsored by Starving Artistamps! To make it more fun to participate (and a bit easier) it is a tag for the sketch!
I used:
  • Stamps: DoodleFactory's Santa's Sweet Shoppe from Starving Artistamps;
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic and Prismacolor markers;
  • Paper: DP-DCWV; Prism Carstock; Shipping Tag;
  • Other Items: Ribbon; Foam Tape; Liquid Pearls (gold); Stickles; Judikins Diamond Glaze; Spellbinders die;

I sure hope you can carve out the time to play along--and perhap
s someone will have a really cool tag under their tree this year!


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Simple and Snowy

Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Challenge for this week (#118) is to make a CAS card (clean and simple) using snow!

How could I NOT use the stamp set "Snowflakes and Stardust" from Rubbernecker!?! It is so elegant and easy to use!

The swirled snowflakes are stamped with Adirondack Shell Pink and then dusted with Perfect Pearls (pearl). The individual snowflakes were inked with the Shell Pink as well then stamped off one time.
  • Stamps: Snowflakes and Stardust stamp set from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: Prism Cardstock
  • Ink: StazOn Jet Black; Tim Holtz Distress ink-Faded Marigold and Worn Lipstick; Adirondack Shell Pink;
  • Accessories: Perfect Pearls (pearl); ribbon, Foam Tape
I hope you are enjoying your weekend! Thanks for taking the time to stop by!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas tags

On the 27th, my family will be up at my in-laws for “Christmas Morning”!  Yes, 2 days late, but we will all be to gether for a few days (all 18 of us).
I often like to do something special in the packaging of the gifts, this year my nieces and nephews will have special tags on their gifts…using the DoodleFactory Santa’s Sweet Shoppe stamp set.
NorthPole TagGingerbread TagSanta TagPolarBear Tag
The top two are for my nieces and the bottom two are for my nephews.  Most of them are getting arts and craft supplies—as I have been dubbed “Artsy Auntie”!  LOL!
My eleven year old daughter (who has been bitten BIG TIME by the gift giving bug) will write on the backs and wrap the gifts for me.
Now this Santa has to get back to her workshop!
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009


I was playing around with my kid’s favorite stamp out of the DoodleFactory Arctic stamp set…the huskie!


Isn’t he a cutie!!

The patterned paper really had orange centers to the star-like shape—but a little Liquid Appliqué took care of that!  I guess I got a little carried away with the LA, but the texture is so fun!!


I hope your holiday preparations are going well!  I had better get back to my own!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

What I did this weekend…

thank you girl

fairy kettodancing princessxmas cards n gifts never stop sparkling

These are all images from Stamping Bella that my friend Debi shared with me (and all the dp, too)!  So I cranked out a few cards just for fun!

I hope you had fun this weekend, too!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Monday, December 07, 2009

Arctic Blog Hop!

Welcome to the 2nd stop in the Starving Artistamps New Release Blog Hop and One Day Only Blog Candy Giveway! 
We are so excited to present our newest release...

You are going to want to visit all the stops on our hop because someone is giving away a complete unmounted set of the new release for blog candy! We are keeping the blog candy open for one day only so your chances of winning are even better! (blog candy ends 11am PST December 8th, 2009 the winner will be announced on or before December 9th 2009).  If you have arrived here on your own and are just finding out about the blog hop you should start here:
Here are my cards with this fun new set:
an ice day
give me chills
merry christ-moose
chill out
Thank you for stopping by my blog, the next stop on the hop is:  Donna Duquette!! 
In case you get lost somewhere along the way here is the complete list of stops:   
  1.  Starving Artistamps Blog  (Start here!)
  2. Juliana Swanson (you are here!!)
  3. Donna Duquette     
  4. Lori Tecler                
  5. Lydia Fiedler           
  6. Tracey Berkey         
  7. Jenn McMillan        
  8. Eva Andren             
  9. Nina Aaslund       
  10. Dawn Mercedes      
Thank you for hopping with us, you can find the new Arctic and much more on our website:

Monday, November 30, 2009

Warm Thoughts

Happy Monday to you!!!

This week Starving Artistamps is sponsoring 2Sketches4You.

Here is my card:

Warm Thoughts

And here is the skech:


I used the “Santa’s Sweet Shoppe” stamp set by DoodleFactory from Starving Artistamps.

The patterned paper is from Daisy Bucket.

The snowflake is highlighted with Stickles, although I couldn’t get the sparkle to show much in the photo.

You can participate at 2Sketches4You, too!  This is a fun and versatile sketch that Laura has provided.

If you would like to see some more examples…check out my fellow design team members’ cards!  (see the list on the left!)

Thanks for Stopping by!!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Oh, Yes, We Need a Little Christmas…

…Right this very minute!

These first two cards use the DoodleFactory set, “O Holy Night!”, from Starving Artistamps.

Child is Born

Bethlehem DF Noel

These next two cards use the “The Nativity” set from Starving Artistamps:

Nativity Sheep

Camel Tag

All were colored with colored pencils.

I am enjoying getting ready for Christmas this year—I hope you are, too!!

Thanks for Stopping by!!!

NOTE—by using the discount code (savetenJS) you can receive 10% off any Starving Artistamps and DoodleFactory stamps.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

DoodleFactory Nativity Set

This weekend I finally got to play with the sweet figures of the DoodleFactory Nativity set from Starving Artistamps. (you can click on the pictures to get a larger view.)

This first card is an Easel Card—I got the technique from the Technique Lover’s Challenge  (#242) on SplitCoastStampers.

DF Away in a Manger

Stamps:DoodleFactory O Holy Night set and Christmas Nativity Sentiments from Starving Artistamps;

Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen and Tea Dye;  StazOn Jet Black;

Papers: Cardstock: Prism; DP: Making Memories;

Other Items: Martha Stewart Border Punch; brad; ribbon; foam tape; Colored pencils;

DF Kings Card

DF Kings Close

Stamps: DoodleFactory O Holy Night set from Starving Artistamps;

Paper: Prism cardstock and DCWV dp;

Ink: StazOn Jet Black and Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Antique Linen.

Other Items: Pencils; Stickles; Liquid Pearls; Jewels/Pearls (from Kaiser Craft and Basic Grey); Foam Tape; Spellbinders dies; Diamond Glaze (Judikins);

On the king on the right I “Stickled” his bottle then I applied Diamond Glaze over the top of it (when the Stickles were dry).  I really like the effect.

Thanks for Stopping by!!!

NOTE—by using the discount code (savetenJS) you can receive 10% off any Starving Artistamps and DoodleFactory stamps.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009


One word can say so much sometimes!  Especially with an image!

Today’s card is for Sketch Challenge #253 on SplitCoastStampers.

sc253 rejoice

Stamps: The Nativity and Christmas Nativity Sentiments from Starving Artistamps

Paper: Bo Bunny DP; Cardstock from Bazzill and Prism

Ink: StazOn-Jet Black

Accessories: Jewels (Basic Grey), punches (? and Martha Stewart), Prismacolor Pencils and baby oil,

I hope you are enjoying these Christmas images as much as I am!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

NOTE—by using the discount code (savetenJS) you can receive 10% off any Starving Artistamps and DoodleFactory stamps.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Bright and Shining Star

Today I have another couple of cards for you featuring the Nativity Set from Starving Artistamps.

Silent Night Bethlehem

gift of love

Both are colored with colored pencils and blended with stumps and baby oil.

As always—by using the discount code (savetenJS) you can receive 10% off any Starving Artistamps and DoodleFactory stamps.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Clean and Simple Christmas

I really wanted to keep the focus on the main image here. The image (from The Nativity set from Starving Artistamps) of the new Holy Family is just so sweet!

The Word

Stamps: The Nativity and Christmas Nativity Sentiments from Starving Artistamps;

Paper: DP: Die Cuts With A View; Cardstock: Prism; Vellum: Office Max;

Ink: StazOn Jet Black;

Other Items: Sewing machine and thread, plastic dew drops, Primacolor Pencils;

Just a simple blog post, for a simple card, to express a wonderful message!

As always—by using the discount code (savetenJS) you can receive 10% off any Starving Artistamps and DoodleFactory stamps.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Baby Jesus Mojo

The Mojo Monday Sketch this week looked like a challenge for my “style” (say this loosely because I am uncertain if I have a particular style). So I thought it was time to try something different and give the sketch a go.

Here is my card:

Jesus is the Reason

for the sketch:


Stamps: The Nativity and Christmas Nativity Sentiments from Starving Artistamps;

Papers: DP: DCWV and Unknown; Cardstock: Prism;

Ink: Stazon Jet Black; Memento-Rich Cocoa; Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Antique Linen;

Other Items: Nestabilies Dies; Prismacolor Pencils; ribbon;

The Nativity Stamps and Christmas Nativity Sentiments are a new release from Starving Artistamps. This set has such a great variety of Nativity images and words!!

As always—by using the discount code (savetenJS) you can receive 10% off any Starving Artistamps and DoodleFactorystamps.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

It’s that time of year…

…when the world falls in love…

I love that song (The Christmas Waltz).  Well, truth be known, I am a sucker for just about any Christmas song.  I am one of those crazy people that do NOT mind when the pull out the Christmas decorations BEFORE Halloween. 

At the Swanson abode, we are starting our preparations early this year.  I REFUSE to let Christmas “sneak” up on me this year!!!  lol

I am starting with this new set from Rubbernecker Stamp Company, Snowflakes and Stardust and it’s companion background stamp, Snowflake Panel.

Christmas Snow Tree

Stamps:Snowflakes and Stardust and Snowflake Panel;

Paper: Prism;

Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink—Pine Needles, Broken China, and Peeled Paint; VersaMark;

Other Items: Perfect Pearls (pearl); May Arts Ribbon;

This was so fun to make.  I think the entire Rubbernecker Design Team is having fun with this set—So you may want to stop by their blogs to see what they have created, as well!!

Dream Big!

I have just a couple more cards from the Final Frontier stamp set to show you. This is such a fun set!

On this first card, I got my pencils back out.  The colors came from the three inkpads that were sitting together on my desk (which, ironically, did NOT get used on this card!)

Dream BIG


This next one is a Clean and Simple card (CAS).  I have found that most men appreciate a CAS card and a card without flowers.  Just sweet and to the point.

Beep Boop


As always—by using the discount code (savetenJS) you can receive 10% off any Starving Artistamps and DoodleFactory stamps.

Thanks for stopping by!!!