I've wanted to do a large face stamp for ahwile, and now here it is! Great for beginner artists or when you don't feel like drawing but need a pretty girl. I will have classes soon that show the many ways we can use this stamp to create mixed media art. The stamp has endless possiblities for shading and creating different looks. My student Carol Clayton has used the stamp to make her own lovely girl.
Life has presented me with several challenges, and lately I've been consciously working on trying to maintain an attitude of gratitude at all times. No matter what disappointments may come my way or what someone has done to try to hurt me, I know that each and every day is a gift. No one has promised any of us a tomorrow, so I want to fully embrace and appreciate each and every day as it comes for the gift it truly is.
*Entries for this Suzi Case are now closed. I will announce the winner Friday Night at 8pm Mountain time. (7-Pacific, 9 Central, 10 Eastern)
In Celebration of my return to designing stamps, and Unity's 6 year aniversary, I have made you a Suzi Stamp project. See all the how to photos on the Unity Blog!
I am also giving this Creativity Case, and one GIGI STAMP, to one random person who comments on this blog post and tells me why they LOVE SUZI STAMPS! I'd also love to hear what kinds of themes you would like me to make in the future.
So comment below, then go to the Unity Blog Hop to see all the Suzi Stamp Goodness!
Because of the small patterned roses in the paper I used on the wings, the effect is like broken china. I like that even more than my usual patchwork concept, (which represents weaving a new life with the best of what got you here. Keeping the good and leaving the rest. Sewing it together to create something new.)
But china is more delicate than fabric. It can have sharp edges, unless you stick them in grout and only the pretty tops stick out. China reminds me of refinement, and is especially significant for the wings. What helps her fly, to be free, are the highest parts of her life. Her most sacred and special qualities. You will get your wings when you start coming from those sacred places in your daily interactions. Then you will fly.
Faith means a belief that it will all work out, because they will. Maybe not exactly how you want. The worst thing you have gone through will be a comfort to another who has to go through it too. And being a comfort to anyone is the highest thing you and I can do. It can be a lonely world out there. Whatever has happened to you, use your ragtag wings as a safe space to comfort someone else.
Feeling impoverished by the narrow size of the Midori, I introduce the Suzori. I took off the cover of a writing journal and created my own Travelers Notebook. But it's wider. Wide is good. I need to hang charms off the clip and put a word in the metal frame that is just right.
Not as fat as I plan to get it but wonderful wonderful. I don't know why i like fatty journals so much. I still use my Kikki K for planning and stickers and photos, but this is for Art and writing.
The Midori inserts fit inside, but I bound a signiture with very good watercolor paper for my painting journal.
Awhile back I posted about hearing from a lot of people who had purchased my book, Mixed Media Girls with Suzi Blu, from large retailers and that they hadn’t gotten the DVD that should have come with it. The first thing that happened afterwards was I received an email from my contact at the publisher (whom I hadn’t heard from since completing my book) chastising me for posting about it on my blog because they were getting complaint emails about it (and one of my old Facebook “friends” had run to them to tattletale). They also basically denied having anything to do with the missing DVDs. Don’t bother looking for the old post - they insisted I remove it, and I complied.
Imagine my surprise when the next email I received from them explained that they had run into a legal problem and had made the decision to remove the discs and give access to the video content online. They had just neglected to inform me about it whatsoever (better late than never, I suppose). “Oh, didn’t anyone tell you?” Uh, no, they didn’t. I still don’t have a clue exactly when they made the decision, but I do know that they handled it poorly and didn’t do a very good job of informing the people who had purchased my book because they still thought they should have gotten a DVD with it. In fact, Amazon got so many complaints about the missing DVD that they temporarily stopped selling my book themselves until they received updated information from the publisher.
Luckily, the new copies of my book no longer have a place for the DVD and the back cover tells the purchaser that they can access the video content online (the back cover also includes a bunch of ‘ads’ for books by other authors, LOL). I discovered this myself recently at Michaels. Well, this should at least lessen the number of complaints I receive from unhappy people buying my book and not getting the DVD that once had obviously been there. YAY!
Right after it came out, I purchased 100 copies of my book to sell at shows, and still have a few left. If you purchase one from my Etsy shop, you’ll receive an autographed copy that includes the DVD, and you’ll also receive a print of my choosing as a thank-you gift.