Thursday, October 6, 2011

paying it foreword...

when I started on this art adventure in 2007...

I was extremely LUCKY to be helped by some WONDERFUL PEOPLE...

let's start with the first person I met...
Michelle Cutts (aka Mrs Stampers Anonymous)...
I adore her!

who introduced me to her hubby Ted...
(aka Mr. Stampers Anonymous)...
he is a very hard working, honest...GREAT guy!

which led me to meeting Tim...
Rock star to the world...
but a dear friend & mentor to me...
I think the world of him...

which lead me to the fine guys who own Ranger...
Alain & Justin...
yep...you guessed...
REALLY good guys too!

and along the way, there was also Caroline & David, from Maya Road...
who have become my friends...
ok...gotta say it...
they are great people too...

because these people believed in me & gave tons of support...

studio 490 came to be...

LUCKY me...

now it's my turn to...

PAY IT FOREWORD...

back in May, I demoed @ a convention for Ted, in Novi Michigan...

that weekend I met Jillian Vance & her mom Bunny...
as we chatted the first day...I learned that Jillian had her own stamp line...

that's pretty cool...

but here's the AMAZING part...

Jillian is 12 NOW...and she was only 11 then!
and she was 10 when the company was started!
seriously...
I know I was still playing with Barbie...

I demoed all weekend & we talked about every product that Ranger makes...
and we've corresponded since then...

they are now RANGER users & lovers!
I *think* CONVERTS is the correct term?

recently they gave me a stamp set & asked if I could fit in a little project, using their stamps...

I chose to receive the stamp you see below...

it's actually Bunny's logo for her hair salon...

I spotted it on her email signature & told her it would make an awesome stamp...

so...I'm paying it forward...

please take a minute to look @ Jillian's blog...
remember...she's 12!
she even does fun videos!

and YES...she designs the stamps herself...

the lovely face you see below is her stamp...

I used the textured gesso background technique, that is one of the techniques incorporated into my Ranger workshop...

if you'd like to recreate something like this...

I randomly painted a manila tag with Claudine's gesso...
and dried it...

I stamped the face with jet black archival...dried it, then masked it off & stamped my script background over it & dried it again...
I used coffee archival for the background...

remember to...

***dry EVERYTHING when stamping over gesso***

the face was inked with brushed corduroy, using the blending tool...

and the background is broken china distress ink...

I die cut her with tim's mover's & shapers mini baroque...
and edged it with my fav gold paint dabber...

I used jet black to stamp my gingham background on some kraft card stock...which makes the border...

it's mounted on gold paint dabber edged black card stock, which is then mounted to more kraft...

I used Cut N Dry nibs to ink the tiny flowers & leaves in her hair...

I can't remember the last time I made a card & this was fun!



so if you can spare a minute...

pop over to Jillian's blog...

best wishes to you Jillian...

CHEERS!!!
here's to SUCCESS for YOU!

ok...back to those kits for the QUEEN trip...

as always...
don't forget to...

make art!
wendy
ps...THANKS SO MUCH...I'm thrilled you like the hoodies too!

20 comments:

Kaz said...

Wow!! what a true inspiration Jillian soooo ROCKS!! thanks for sharing this Wendy, I am in total awe of her xx
kazx

Gabrielle said...

OMG! If I only had talent like hers! And what an incredibly supportive family! Your card looks wonderful and a real compliment to Jillian's design

kath said...

wow what a talent...you rock Jillian...thanks for sharing Wendy...hugs kath xxx

Debby said...

Wow, cool stamp. Love the card you made. My check is in the mail for the hoodie! Whoo hoo!

Nancy Wethington said...

WHAT! That is crazy talent! Does she ever have a future in front of her!

Candy C said...

WOW Wendy!! Thank you so much for sharing your story about Jillian with us! I love her stamp and you chose to use. It's so versatile and I love what you did with it.
What a little talent Jillian is! So proud for her and can't wait to see what her creative little brain comes up with next. :) <3 Candy

Helen said...

That young lady has a great futrue ahead of her, and I love your card you made with her stamp.

Sandra said...

wonderful card Wendy!
Jillian is lucky to have bumped into a real great person like you!
She has some neat stampsets in her store.
Thank you for sharing

Sandra ltb

Vic said...

Wow, she's talented! And it's so great of you to spread the word about her. TFS

Wanda H said...

Beautiful card!!!! On my way to Jillian's blog!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Lori said...

Wow, that's an awesome story...and a beautiful card...off to check it out!

Carol said...

WOW fabulous! Thank you for the introduction!

sue said...

Wow!!! 12 years old. I wish I had 1/2 her talent. Good for you helping her out.

Dorothy said...

That is truly amazing!!!
Excellent!!

Bunny Vance said...

Wendy, we can't thank you enough for sharing your talent with us and for such a sweet story! You are a true inspiration to Jillian and I!!! God put you in our path that day and you have truly blessed us with your talent, knowledge and friendship!
We love you!
Blessings,
Bunny and Jillian
www.jillianvancedesign.com

Debby said...

Well, I'm totally overwhelmed by such talent and to find it in a 12 year old. Jillian you are truly gifted. Thank you for sharing with Wendy and thank you Wendy for sharing with us.

Eileen said...

I've always said that people in the mixed media world are the most generous and sharing people in the world, and this blogpost proves my point.
And how wonderful to see such talent in one so young. Can't imagine what she'll be capable of ten years from now!
xoxo

Micki said...

I popped over at Jillian's blog first and (because it is late) had to recheck my math to make sure my brain understood Jillian's age. THAT is awesome. The card is wonderful and I'm lovin' that hair and the sentiments :-).
Wendy, you are amazing with your down to earth'ness' and willingness to help and share tips n techniques. Sorry about being so long.....I just got tickled reading her blog. Hugs

Cheryl said...

Wowzers the girls got talent. Thanks for sharing!

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