Sunday, December 20, 2009

Mass production Holiday Cards 2009

O.K. well if by "mass production" you mean 8 cards then this was mine. After buying all 3 spellbinder snowflake sets I was committed to using them as much as possible. I had decided to send out a few christmas cards (a major task for me who has never in all my stamping years attempted to take this on) and I figured I could put my snowflakes to use. I love how they look and although they are time consuming I think they are very much worth it. I actually started this project by spending several hours making these snowflakes. I used Pop! tape to give each layer some height. After making the snowflakes I made my first attempt at a snowglobe card (see below) which came out O.K. but I wasn't crazy about the overall look of my globe card and decided on this card instead:

Stamps used:

My first snow globe card:
I used pop tape to make Eva my eskimo girl a little more solid. I was planning to attach her but then decided she would have more fun if she stayed loose and was able to make snow angels and play in the snow.
If I ever attempt to make multiple cards again please remind me that it took me most of my spare time over the course of a week to get these done!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Blog Candy Winner Announcement!

Congratulations to catdidit!
Winner of our new Arctic blog candy giveaway.

catdidit said...

What awesome creations Tracey! Love all of them, so very creative! I am sooo loving that moose, love his expression on his face!! LOL thats what I love about the doodlefactory stamps, they have personality!!

Please send us your mailing address and we will have your new set out to you ASAP!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Arctic Blog hop and Blog candy!

Welcome to the next stop of the Arctic blog hop!

By now you have seen lots of great cards and are about half way thru.

You've still got much more to see, but for now why not take a minute and leave me a comment because I've got the CANDY!!

All you have to do to enter our blog candy giveaway is to post a comment on this post and tell us what your favorite image is in this set! One entry per person please.

And this is what you could win....

27 fabulous winter themed images from our DoodleFactory line:

We are keeping the blog candy open for only one day so your chances of winning are even better! (blog candy ends December 8th, 2009 11am PST). We will post the winner here and on our company blog no later than 12 midnight December 9th, 2009. If you just can't wait to get your hands on the new Final Frontier set don't worry you can order it starting now and if you are our lucky winner we will let you substitute another set of equal value instead!

If you have arrived here all by yourself and are just finding out about the blog hop head on over to our company blog for the starting point

If you get lost along the way here is the complete list:

Start Here:

Juliana Swanson:

Donna Duquette

Lori Tecler

Lydia Fiedler

Tracey Berkey

Jenn McMIllan

Eva Andren

Nina Aaslund

Dawn Mecedes

Now you can head on over to Jenn McMillan's blog for the next stop on the hop.

Thanks for stopping by!

2 sketches Angel card

I really wanted to participate in the 2 sketches challenge since we are sponsoring this week and today is the last day. (FYI the prize this week is a complete collection of our Nativity set and coordinating sentiments AND a full pack of Sakura pens. Total value for this prize package is over $60.00!)

I started my card with the idea that I wanted to use a big glittery silver snowflake. I have been in a huge snowflake mood lately (stop back tomorrow for the blog hop and you will see just how many snowflakes I have used on my cards!) All the snowflakes are spellbinder dies. I used a mix of different flakes from 3 different sets. I used our 4" wide Stampers Magic tape to cover a piece of cardstock. Then ran that thru my cuttlebug with asst. snowflake dies. I had to use a couple of sheets of extra cardstock to shim it up and make it cut all the way through, but as you can see it worked. Once I had them all cut I mounted each layer using 1/8" thick POP tape.

I learned with my first snowflake its better to attach the parts together before you glitter it as it makes a stronger bond. So I layered each layer peeling off the liner so that each part was sticky. Once the whole thing was assembled and each layer was sticky. I dumped a container of ultra-fine silver glitter on it. I used a brush to dust off all the excess from the nooks and crannies.

I also made the glitter stripes using Stampers Magic Tape in 1/8" wide. I just ran the double sided tape where I wanted it and then added the silver glitter, again brushing off the excess. I love using the tapes for glitter stripes. Its much cleaner than using glues and the layer is even and not lumpy.

Products used:
Stampers magic POP! tape:
Stamps: DoodleFactory O' Holy Night Angel:
Stampers Magic Tape:

Visit with us tomorrow for our new release DoodleFactory Artic BLOG HOP and ONE DAY ONLY BLOG CANDY!! The hop will be on the company blog and can be viewed anytime after 11am.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Blog Hop Save the Date!! DoodleFactory Arctic

We will be having a blog hop on December 7th starting at 11am EST. There will be a one day only blog candy giveaway of the compete collection so come on over to our company blog to start the hop:
See you there!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Magnolia + Starving Artistamps = fun!

Well I finally bit the bullet and splurged on some Magnolia stamps, man those things are pricey! I suppose thats because they come all the way from Sweden. I confess I didn't like these images when I first saw them, but they recently grew on me and I have started collecting them. Expect my blog to be filled with mixed company cards for a while, I'm on a bit of a bender.

This first card uses Magnolia Stamps and Starving Artistamps DoodleFactory Tropic backdrop and sentiment from the tropical set. Links can be found here:


This next card uses Starving Artistamps: weave background, cartoon draft horse, "it happens" stamp set. I also used the saddle cut out from our cartoon equestrian stamp. You can see an example of the entire stamp in the post below this one. stamps can be found here:


Monday, November 16, 2009

Smithtown, Long Island new displays photos

We made a few changes to the displays during our
last show of 2009 in Smithtown, Long Island, NY.

All of these photos were taken during set up before
the show so there may be a few things out of place.
Front middle of the booth
View from the right side looking across the
inside of the booth. The far wall is 25' away.

this is also part of the middle of the displays,
there is a complete section of products to the left of this.

The lighting in this venue is incredibly low but I
wanted to document the changes to the displays for posterity LOL

Just horsing around

All stamps Starving Artistamps

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Hi Everyone,

Starving Artistamps will be sponsoring and participating (on our company blog ) in a special blog hop Monday November 2nd organized by Denise (owner of Whimsy stamps) and Erin Bailey (co-founder of the Stamp Something challenge blog)

After being touched by a tragedy that recently took place in a neighboring New Hampshire town. Denise and Erin have decided to make a difference and set up a Spread the Love Blog Hop with the hopes to cheer up an 11 year old little girl who was the victim of a random and violent crime:

On October 4th, 4 teenagers armed with knives broke into a home were a mother and her 11 year old daughter were sleeping. They stabbed the mom, Kimberly Cates, to death and left her daughter, Jaimie, for dead in their driveway. It was a completely random act, their home was chosen only due to its secluded surroundings.

This is what Erin and Denise hope to accomplish by organizing this event:

"We want her to be showered with cards from around the world in an effort to restore hope to this young girl’s life. We’re also encouraging anyone who participates in the hop to mail a card to Jaimie and/or anyone they know who has been a victim of random violence."

So mark your calenders for 10 am EST November 2nd, 2009. There will be giveaways and a huge list of hop sites with piles and piles of cards to ogle!

Denise and Erin have set up a dedicated blog for the hop and will posting information as it becomes available. The blog is temporarily unavailable but will be set up by hop time on monday.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Simple halloween bat card

For the past two weeks I have been obsessed with owning the Martha Stewart bat punch. It all started when I saw this card on Sandra's blog:

Well wouldn't you know Martha Stewart has TWO bat punches, so of course I bought both! I even stumbled into a 50% off Martha Stewart Halloween punches sale at AC Moore last week so I knew it was fate. I immediately had to fiddle with them and I whipped up this simple batty card.

Well wouldn't you know Martha Stewart has TWO bat punches, so of course I bought both! I even stumbled into a 50% off Martha Stewart Halloween punches sale at AC Moore last week so I knew it was fate. I immediately had to fiddle with them and I whipped up this simple batty card.

Sentiment: from Starving Artistamps GraveYard sentiment set:

Moon: Starving Artistamps DoodleFactory collection: Final Frontier

Grave yard Zombie:

Monday, October 26, 2009

Prehistoric Diorama

I started a big project last night. My first star book. I got thru cutting 7 signatures of 3 page layers of double sided cardstock. I thought before I made a mistake I would try out the sizes I cut and do a dry run first so I made this prehistoric diorama card.

Since the most interesting part of a diorama card happens inside the card I'm going to show you that first:

Stamps used: Starving Artistamps fern leaf set and Starving Artistamps Prehistoric one of our DoodleFactory collections.

You can find them here:

and here:

I used technique junkies techniques Depth of field and Van Gogh for the leaves and dinos.
Here is an angle shot of the layers together.

I kept the cover plain because there was a lot of action going on inside already.
Those paper leaves are Primas, I did some coloring on them with a green copic marker too.

Here you can see the spacing of the 3 layers, I did the spacing an inch apart.

Measurements and instructions:
1. Cut your cardstock to:
First layer: 5 1/2 x 9 (inside first panel)
Second layer: 5 1/2 x 10 (middle panel)
Third layer: 5 1/2 x 11 (outside/card front)

2. Fold them all in half.
3. cut out your center frames, I used 2 spellbinder nestabilities long rectangular dies.
I cut the larger one first. I taped it down on the back of my first layer card (so the tape wouldn't pull up the front of the card and make it yucky. I eyed the placement but feel free to measure if you feel the need. For the second smaller cut out I lined up the first and second panel on the fold and then centered the smaller rectangle inside the large frame I just made. Then I taped that down, removed the first layer and ran it through to cut out the second smaller frame.

4. The fun part... doing all the stamping, adding all the images and the leaves. Do all this before you attach your panels, it makes life easier. I used stampers magic 4" roll tape to do all my mounting and attaching.

5. glue each end of the card to the card below it. I used stampers magic 1/4" tape to attach each edge. I ran a strip of tape on the edge of the 3nd panel (the back one) and then made sure the 2nd panel was lined up right before I stuck it to the second. Once that was stuck I added tape to the 2nd panel and attached the first panel.

6. last step, adding the jute ties to the side, I used a screw punch to punch through all those holes.

So all in all it was an interesting first glimpse of what I'm getting myself into with my star book project times 7! I don't think I will make my star book quite as cluttered as I made this one, I think I went a little over board on the leaves.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Welcome to the Starving Artistamps Final frontier blog hop!

We are so excited to be presenting you with the newest collection in our DoodleFactory line...

DoodleFactory Final Frontier

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 hop ends October 21st, 11am PST). If you just can't wait to get your hands on the new Final Frontier set don't worry you can order it starting now and if you are our lucky winner we will let you substitute another set of equal value instead!

If you have arrived here all by yourself and are just finding
out about the blog hop please start at the beginning:

Andrea Cloutier

This set was SO MUCH FUN to play with.
If you are looking for a feel good collection of images, or maybe you want to do some boy themed cards, or perhaps some "go green" cards, this set has a lot to offer!

This first card is a shout out to my peeps over in
Sweden...Nina and Eva this one's for you!

This one isn't quite a card, I think its more of an free standing art piece. It is over 8" tall.
I knew from the moment Irene made us this giant earth I wanted to make this. I didn't at the time realize how large it was going to be but I think it turned out cool. It was definitely a labor of love! There are 16 mini Doodles, not quite every mini we have but almost. I used Mini's from the Animals, Creatures and the Final Frontier set. All of them are cut out by hand and mounted on foam risers for dimension.

The headline is a quick kutz die alphabet, the insides are empty but they do come with the inserts if you want to put them in, I opted for keeping them clear inside for special interest.

Here is how all those little mini's started out life:

This robot card is pretty straight forward.
Lots of dimensions on here with several heights of popping up!

After all the crazy little details in the big card I needed to take it down a notch and did this
very simple but still snazzy single layer (almost) card. I think the key to doing these simple cards is using quality papers, I used 120# card stock for my base and moon and it really made a difference to the overall appearance of this card.

this was a "left overs" card, I put it together because I had that mini spuddy in the rocket already made. The rocket is from our DoodleFactory Urban set. Its a simple single layer (almost) card. Again just some 120# cardstock, copics and some more images on top.

This clear card was fun to make. I love doing clear cards. The alien is mounted inside the front of the card. I used our Stampers magic tape sheets to add adhesive to the entire top of the image, it is so sheer and clear when you attach it to the acetate you can't see it at all.

Here is a shot of the top of the card and a peek at the hidden sentiment
(from the urban 2 sentiment set)

Thanks for stopping by!
Now it's time to head on over to Donna 's blog for your next stop:

Parrot cards as promised!

All of the following cards were designed for display at a parrot expo we attended this month.
Most of these cards are simple to make, using only basic supplies (cardstock, inks, copic markers and pop up dots)

Eclectus pair

This cockatoo is actually a sulfur crested,
I snipped off the yellow head feather to make her a Goffin instead.
white bellied Caique

amazon christmas card
Cartoon macaws
blue and gold macaw
African Grey, you could also make this guy an amazon fairly easily.

African grey
white bellied Caique with wicker ball.

I kept the embellishments to a minimum with these cards as they are designed for a non stamper (yet!) crowd. I made sure these were generously sized images so they would fill up a card with little effort. Their large size also makes them great for framed art and other large scale products. The backgrounds are from Stamp Camp and they will be available shortly. All of our parrot stamps and accessories (including our Stamp Camp backgrounds) are pre-mounted on 1/8" cling cushion. We are still loading images to the website but if you see something you want and need it now, you can always email us.