Saturday, December 15, 2012

Saturday Showcase: December 15, 2012

It is that time of week where I showcase other artists' work (whether it be stamps, cards or otherwise), a blog post offering a great technique, or I might even just pick a whole blog to showcase. If you are new to my blog you can find out why I created the showcase HERE.





My top picks for this week include... 

Card Choice
This stunning card was designed by
  SYLVIA
Her blog is called

Ooooohhh!...Prreetttyy... Isn't it amazing what you can come across when you are out and about poking around the internet?  About four weeks ago, I paid a visit to a number of blogs whose cards were posted on the Make It Monday Challenge Blog.  I had no idea that when I clicked on the thumbnail that led to Sylvia's blog, that I would find such a gem as this.  This particular card is from Sylvia's post called, "Let It Snow (Card) and Some Exciting News".  Once I was done picking my jaw up off the floor, I paid more attention to the details of the card.  First of all, the card has stitching on it.  Karen from The Sweetest Thing also does a lot of stitching on her cards.  Along with these two, there are a few other people that I've seen using this technique.  It astounds me as to the amount of detail some people put into their cards.  I wouldn't even know where to start figuring out how to go about doing it without destroying my paper.  I've also begun to notice that I'm really drawn to cards that use intricate patterns.  I can't seem to pull them off myself, so I'll just admire those people, like Sylvia, who can.  I love the layering, the colour choices, and of course that doily.  She also distressed the edge of the circle that the sentiment is stamped on, giving it a bit of an antiqued look.  The brad in the middle and the star and heart embellishments top this card off making it one of perfection in my eyes.  Please head off to Germany and pay Sylvia a visit at her blog.  I'm sure she would love the company (clicking on the blog name will take you straight to her blog). 
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Free Digital Stamp Artist Choice
These incredible word art creations were designed by
   SUE B.
Her blog is called

I've gone back to Sue for this week's free digital stamp artist choice.  I can always count on her to have something I like.  Her stuff is just that good.  As you can see I'm highlighting not one but two of her images.  However, if you look carefully, you will see some similarites between the two.  I came across the first one in Sue's post called, "Baby Jesus" from November 4th.  As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to showcase this image in my last Saturday Showcase before Christmas.  The theme was perfect for this time of the year.  While I understand that not all my readers are Christian, the base nature of the image, an angel with a baby boy, can have a wider appeal to audiences.  Of course, the sentiment itself is a universal concept that we should practice every single day.

In this image, from her November 17th post, "In the Warmth of His Baby Hand", Sue used the same word art as her November 4th image.  Only this time she used one of her own drawings.  Yes, you heard that right--her OWN drawing.  This is a sketch she made of her daughter's and grandaughter's hands.  Sue is one incredibly talented lady.  Photography, word art, drawing and more?   It seems there is nothing that this woman can't do creatively.  I was so blown away by this drawing, that even though I had already picked out one to showase, I wanted more people to see what an incredible artist  she is so I just had to add it today's post.

Now before I finish with Sue, I also want to say a big congratulations to her for reaching the 100th follower milestone.  I'm sure that number will be 200 in no time at all if her growth continues to expand at the rate it is--she gained 25 members in the last six weeks alone.   So, if you haven't managed to get over there yet, please pay Sue a visit (clicking on the blog name will take you straight to her blog).  Oh and here is a special gift for Sue to celebrate but keep it a secret, will you?  I want it to be a surprise for her.
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 Finally, that brings me to the...

  This is a special category highlighting 
 a stamp for sale by another artist.
This week that honour goes to...  


This gorgeous stamp was created by
MICHELLE PERKETT
Her blog is called
Her store is located HERE
This stamp set is available for sale HERE

Isn't this piece of art just stunning?  I originally saw her in Michelle's blog post from Oct. 29th called, "MPS FREEBIE - 50 % OFF SALE AND NEW "CHRISTMAS SNOW ANGEL".  I fell in love with it the moment I laid eyes on it and knew I just had to have it for this week's showcase.  Thankfully I was able to contact Michelle and make all the arrangements to display this gorgeous stamp before the showcase goes on hiatus until after the holidays.  This angel repesents comfort to me.  She is beautiful, she is dressed warmly to help her get through those cold winter nights, and those wings are so large they could wrap around protectively and encompass anyone having trouble coping with the holidays.  Michelle often has freebie's on her blog so please take a moment and go pay her a visit.  If you are interested in purchasing this incredible stamp I've provided the link above.  I've also provided a link to Michelle's Etsy store so that you can check out all the other wonderful stamps that she has for sale (clicking on the above links will bring you to their respective locations).   
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 Just one more thing before I finish up.  A couple weeks ago I showcased Ike's blog called "Ike's World".  Well, Ike is just three people short of 200 followers.  Another incredible milestone.  People are hitting important mile markers all over the place around here!  Anyways, please go and pay Ike's blog a visit and if you like what you see become a follower if you haven't already.  She was hoping to reach this milestone by Christmas but maybe we can help her at least achieve it before the year is up.  Don't forget to check out her Friday Freebie while you are there.  This week's image is an amazing piece celebrating the coming New Year so the trip over is definitely worth your time.

Well, another edition of the Saturday Showcase is done.  Thanks to all these wonderful artists for agreeing to allow me to showcase their work on my blog.  As I eluded to above, the showcase will be going on hiatus until after the holidays.  Please be sure to come back and check out the next showcase at the beginning of January. Don't fret though, I haven't abandoned you completely.  I'll still be around completing other posts and there are more holiday hand outs to be had throughout the rest of December, so please come back and see me tomorrow.  
  
Until next time,
Notes:  
*Thanks to Nikki from Limited Runs Stamps for creating my Saturday Showcase badge.

5 comments:

Lisa M said...

Gorgeous Showcase Lisa!! All your choices are so inspiring and YES, Michelle's images are crazy awesome good! :)
hugs,
me x

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

Another great showcase! Love Michelle Perkett. I'll have to check her out! Thanks

Sue - aka Olive Reedfilter (fairy name) said...

Lisa ... you made me cry. I didn't know you could do that. I am speechless and I feel so honored. What you wrote just makes me feel so lucky, not only with your featuring me today but also because I can call you one of my "heart-
felt" friends. Hugs always, Sue of Grands Nine Creations.

Michelle said...

Dear Lisa,

I LOVE what you wrote about what my Christmas Snow Angel represents to you, how beautiful. Thank you for showcasing my work and for featuring all of the wonderful artists you find, God Bless You and Merry Christmas!

Love and Hugs,

Michelle

Michelle said...

Dear Lisa,

Thank you so much for your beautiful post and for showcasing my Christmas Snow Angel, I LOVE your interpretation of comfort and how her wings could wrap around someone who is in need this season. So many people need to be wrapped in her love. Thank you for caring about others so much! God Bless You and Merry Christmas!

Love and Angel Hugs,

Michelle