Friday, November 27, 2009

490 posts later...

studio 490...

HEY...I just realized it's our GOLDEN BLOG-IVERSARY!

Since I hadn't realized it until this very moment...

we'll celebrate all 5 days next week...

Monday thru Friday...

Here's how it will work...

I'll post something...
YOU LEAVE A COMMENT...

and we'll do random drawings and I'll giveaway stuff from my favorites...

every day next week!


If the winner doesn't contact me before the next post is up...

we'll roll that prize over to the next day...
more stuff=more fun!

So, basically...the winner has about 24 hours to contact me...

I'll send goodies from some of my favorite companies...

Ranger...
Maya Road...
Jenni Bowlin...

and more...

We'll also have a guest artist...

you'll be impressed, I'm sure...

AND...NEXT WEEK...


I'll show you a quick, EASY very low cost STAMPED holiday gift idea...

it's something you can make...
15 minutes start to finish...


Sound like fun?
Next week...be here...



So...how did this blog come to be?

When I was invited to join the Maya Road design team in September of 2007, they suggested that I start a blog.


YIKES!!!
I was petrified...
AND...
basically computer illiterate...still am...
NOT a good thing...

I was thinking...

What do I know?
What could I talk about?

Would anyone come and visit me?

490 posts later...

this has been soooooooo much fun...

I had NO CLUE!

I've met TONS of people who enjoy the same things I do...

It's fun to talk with people who...
GET ART and LOVE stamping too.

And when we get to meet in person...
that's the icing on the cake for me.

I started the STAT COUNTER on January 7, 2008 and have had 322,652 visitors since then.

WOW!!!
The wonders of the internet...

Most days 700-1100 people stop by...

When there's an associated giveaway then we have about 1500.

I find this...AMAZING!!!

So ...

from the bottom of my HEART...

THANKS to all of YOU...

for making this blog a success!


Q&A time...
I'll answer this today, since the question has come several times this week...


I saw you demo the white pigment and distress inks, but it doesn't work for me...yours was dramatic...mine sucks...any hints?


Here's the technique...

Stamp your image with SNOW CAP WHITE pigment ink...
bolder images are best...

YOU MUST DRY IT,
or you'll wipe the image off the tag...


Then using the blending tool...
apply any color of distress ink over the image.

EVERY distress ink color works...

At first it doesn't look like much...
but TRUST ME...

keep applying the ink & magically, you'll see the image POP!

Make sure your white pad is well inked & the distress pads are too...
it takes ink to make this work...

Here's an old tag I found...

This uses worn lipstick, peeled paint and faded jeans...





The background, flowers and leaves used on this tag are from ...
dreams of art...set...

JOURNEY is tim's cool stamp...

So like I said...stamp the background with snowcap white PIGMENT ink...

DRY...
then
apply distress ink over the entire background, until the background pops...

Stamp the flowers and leaves on another tag, again with the white pigment ink...

DRY the images...
cut out & apply the distress inks...

it's another way to use the distress inks, add one product & get another completely different LOOK...

And speaking of tags...
STOP THE PRESS!!

LUCKY for us...

Tim is doing his AWESOME 12 tags of Christmas again this year...
YIPPEE! Talk about a TON of inspiration...

HOWEVER...he is sold out of tags...

I found that out when got a bunch of emails yesterday asking to buy tags here...

OK...I'll share...

Same price as Tim's...
20 for $5.00 which includes shipping to the US ONLY...
some have asked for more...

40 for $9.00...again US shipping only...

Pay Pal requests will be sent...after I get your email...

sorry...no checks this time,
so you get them in time to PLAY!

That's it...

Have a GREAT weekend...
happy Christmas shopping...

Make ART!
wendy

52 comments:

SusanK said...

Congrats on your blog-iversary! I'm so happy for you and so glad you share so much with your fans! Can't wait to see what you have lined up for next week...and of course, your new stamps! Keep 'em coming please!

Sharon said...

Probably for every comment you get...there are several people who don't respond(like me...). And for the white ink technique, don't you have to wipe the excess distress ink off before you dry that? I'd imagine you could dry the distress ink on the white ink if you didn't do this...anyway I remember Tim always wiping the ink off...but hey, my memory ain't what it used to be. Looking forward to next week!

Linda Elbourne said...

Congratulations on your Blogoversary ... your blog is successful because it is such fun to read and full of inspiration ... so a big THANK YOU to you too ... looking forward to Tim's tags ... and your cheapy Chrissie gifts ... and the giveaways ... Life is goooooooood in Blog Land ... Thank you XXX

Lyneen said...

Looking forward to next week... am excited to see your 15 minute gift!!!!!

Paula said...

Congrats on your blog-iversary...hope there's many many more to come!

Scrapthat said...

Congratulations on your Blogaversary!! I'm really thankful your blog exists...you're a great source of inspiration to me! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

ScrappyPam said...

HAPPY GOLDEN BLOG-IVERSARY!!

Kathy said...

I've been away from the blog and the Wendy group.....been knitting Christmas gifts! Time to get back to paper art......I miss it, and I miss the group!

Congrats on the 490 posts....that's impressive!

Kathy

Jill W. said...

Wow you have a ton to be thankful for this week, and the best part is that you know it!! I love coming to your blog and I'm so thankful that you leaped in and took the bull by the horns!! Thank you!
I'm also very grateful that you are letting us play this week!! (it beats fighting with the crowds, the boxes in the attic, or the turkey carcas to make soup)
Have a great week, between you and T!m it's gonna be a great one!
~Jill

lotsa scrap said...

You and Tim will keep me very busy next week! What fun!

Debby said...

Congratulations on the anniversary of your blog! Way cool. You are always so generous with us and share so much. Thank you!

Anita said...

Congrats on your Blogaversry!

Helen said...

Happy blog-iversary, I'm not surprised you've had so many hits - it is a fantastic blog and I love it. Can't wait for next week.

...Tara... said...

Happy Blogiversary :) How exciting is that. Cant wait to see whats next :)

Dianal said...

Can't wait for the simple gift ideas next week ... those type of items sure come in handy this time of year when time seems to be rushing by ...

Hels said...

Congrats on 490 posts :O)) Looking forward to the next 490 and more...cos you are so inspiring! Hugs x

Karen S. said...

Happy 490th post!!!! Can't wait to see what you have for us next week!!!

Jenna K. said...

Congratulations! What an incredible journey!

mamakat said...

Congratulations, can't wait till next week!

Sherry Goodloe said...

Congrats on your 490th post Wendy! I hope you and hubby had a nice Thanksgiving yesterday. xo

divester said...

Congratulations on your 490th post. Next week will be lots of fun.

Liz said...

Wow, you know I think I have followed you almost from the beginning. Sometimes I check a couple of times a day, if you haven't posted :<. Guilt, guilt, guilt!! Anyway, HAPPY 490 BLOGGERVERSITY!!!!!! (that sounds like a school, so I may have misspelled it.) (p.s. since I played scrabble yesterday for the first time in a LONG time, with an ancient dictionary, do you think that word would count in today's generations game of scrabble?) Just a little thought to leave you with, instead of the guilt!

Liz said...

Well, girls if we were going to allow the blog________ word in our imaginary game of scrabble, we would have to figure out how to spell it :>)))) I went back and read the other comments and there seem to be lots of ways to spell it! Anyway, happy annibloggerversity, how's that for a new word! (I may have gotten up too early this morning to go shopping!)

Elaine A said...

Congratulations Wendy -

490 Posts - lucky us because we have been the recipients of your ideas, your art and your sense of humor. So thank you for taking that step into blogdom! And I am really looking forward to your 15 minute gift idea.

Elaine Allen

Donna said...

Happy GOLDEN BLOG-IVERSARY!How cool is that?!! I know I enjoy coming to your site and getting so much inspiration!
Can't wait to see the 15 minute gifts, you can always use that this time of the year!

Sandie said...

Of course your blog is hot, your style of blogging is fun, and you make ART!!!! A giveaway every day.. eeek!! Can't miss that :)

Sooooooo excited about Tim's 12 Tags this year... so bummed about the US only shipping :(

Tona said...

It sounds like next week is really going to be fun!

Dawn (dmh) said...

I love your blog!
Happy Anniversary!
Looking forward to next week.
That's a lovely tag. I'll have to
try that technique. TFS

Etta said...

Can't wait until next week. Nope, not for the give aways,(althought that is very generous of you), but for the stamped Christmas gift idea. I know it will be GREAT! (No pressure here). Thanks, Wendy, you're the best.

Wanda H said...

Happy Golden Bog-Iversary!!!!! I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and seeing your art!!!

WheatLDee said...

Happy Golden Blog-iversary! I look forward to your next 490 posts- and next week for your quick gift idea. I need all the help I can get. Thanks Wendy!

Teresa Woods said...

I'm so glad you started blogging. I look forward to your post everyday. They inspire me!

denise said...

such a cool number!

I am glad that you started the blog and so blessed that you share so much! Looking forward to more great posts!
Have a great weekend.

Whimsey said...

Oh what fun - next week is going to be a blast; can't wait!!!

Thanks for the fabulous inspiration; love your blog!

CindyPT said...

Since I discovered you a couple of months ago, I check you every day, and you do have good ideas. Worth my time, for sure.

iring said...

If someone asked me to start a blog ... I would say the same thing. Yikes! What do I say? Congrats on your blogiversary! Thanks for sharing your tag tips. Looking forward to next week!

scrappin-scrappin said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary!!! Your blog is great and I always look forward to your posts!! Thanks for sharing all of knowledge!! You, Tim & Mario are going to be making it hard to keep up!! All of you rock!! Thanks again Wendy for giving us all a chance to win some goodies!!! Have a good one!

Sandra said...

sounds like fun - I am in!
Sandra

Rachel said...

Somehow I've missed this technique. But now I have to go try it. Thank you so much for this. And huge congrats on your blog.

Elizabeth Golden said...

Congrats On the Blog Anniversary. How cool is that! I love reading your techniques. You always put so much positive energy out there.

ttfranz said...

Congratulations and a huge THANK YOU!! You have inspired me to just go and MAKE ART many, MANY times. I love your tutorials and your sense of humour is awesome. I look forward to many more blog anniversaries!

KAT said...

Happy Anniversary! Hope you had a wonderful Turkey day! I'll check back because I do visit every day to see what you are up to!!!

Shelley Haganman said...

Congratulations to you Wendy!! You are such a true inspiration to all of us!!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

So now I need SNOW CAP WHITE pigment ink right? Can't wait to see the quick and easy stamped holdiay gift idea next week Wendy ;) I'll have to remember to comment every day and then check each day just in case, I really don't want to miss the chance of winning something fab :0
Anne xx

Karen said...

Yay! Congrats on your blog-iversary!! I LOVE reading you blog!!

Brenda said...

Happy anniversary. I'm so happy you started a blog. We learn so much from you. Thanks for the tips about stamping with the white ink. Can't wait for the new stamping project.

Alyce said...

Congratulations, Wendy!!!

Dawn said...

Happy Anniv Wendy!
Dawn in SC

Becca Holso said...

Congratulations on your milestone =)

craftlyn said...

Your blog is fun to read...congrats on your blog-iversary!!

Marla said...

Congrats on your blog-iversary! What a great blog!!!

Betty said...

I really enjoy your blog and all of the great techniques you share--keep it up!