Thursday, January 28, 2016

You're My Favorite

I thought it would be fun to experiment with my stamp designs You're My Favorite and discover some of the fun things you can do with them... so while wandering the aisles of Hobby Lobby I came across these wooden plaques and decided they were the perfect thing to spruce up with a little stamp lovin ;) These really are quite easy to make and only require a few items.

Items Needed
  • Clear stamps
  • Stamp block
  • Archival ink pad
  • Color pencils (I prefer Prismacolor or Derwent Inktense pencils)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Twine, ribbon, or some type of string
  • Wood plaques that fit your stamp

If you're not familiar with clear stamps, they're super easy to use. All you do is take the stamp and stick it onto your stamping block. The plastic is a tiny bit sticky so it adheres to the acrylic surface of your block. When stamping your designs make sure to use archival ink! I always use archival because if I want to color of wash over my inked surface my stamp will not smear.

After trial and error I discovered you must press very firmly when stamping on wood. Press the bejeebers out of it or else you'll have missing patches of ink!

Color to your heart's delight :)

Use a hot glue gun to attach your twine or ribbon.

Aaaaaaaaand voila!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Weekend Recharge

This weekend was a much needed vacation and refresher :) I spent my mornings sleeping in and my days sketching and adventuring. It's not often I have the time to sketch just for the fun of it but I realize how inspiring and satisfying it is to visually ramble on paper with no expectations or boundaries. On Sunday, I ventured out of the house with my dog and sister to wander the La Sierra Trail Loop. It doesn't take much to make me blissfully content... Hills against a sunset... Happy Katelyn :)

Took a break from sketching to take a pic with this handsome guy ;)

I just love this picture ❤️

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Who Knew Crafting Could Be So Dangerous? ;)

One of the booths at CHA had this amazing dragon on display... I couldn't help but have a little fun haha. 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Home Decor

For my fellow Pinterest addicts, take a look at some of the cool things we are doing at Sizzix in our Home Decor launch. Soon I will be posting some fun and easy to make project applications for my designs... keep an eye out for more posts to come soon!

Do I Look Nervous? :p

Our Sizzix media and marketing team did some videos of the designers at our booths. After an adrenaline surge and shaky knees I got through it and am super excited to share it with you guys as soon as the video is available!

Day 2 CHA 2016

Doodles on paper leather with Jen Long's beautiful clear stamp and Lynda Kanase's alphabet stamps. 

Having fun coloring during down time.

Coloring Book - Take a Moment to Breathe

My boyfriend coloring away on my coloring book panels ❤️ Haha I had a hard time not guiding his color choices... Problems of being an artist's boyfriend :p

Planner Pages CHA 2016

Here's a quick look at my Sizzix planner page stamp and die designs along with some of our Sizzix 3D embossing and more!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

CHA 2016!

Posing next to my coloring book panels :)

I am so excited to see people enjoying my designs! :)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

You're My Favorite Stamps

These stamps are part of my You're My Favorite collection. I loved working on these little sentiments, making them a little quirky with a hand drawn feel. I really wanted the stamps to look like cute little doodles you would share with a friend. Also, the crafting paper is part of our Sizzix Geometrics and Watercolor paper pads that I helped design.

What I Do at Sizzix :)

Hello everyone! Since I started working at Sizzix as a product designer, I have not had the opportunity to share much of my art with you. Buuuuuut now that my designs will soon be made available, I finally get to start posting some of my little creations. I've been biting at the bit to share some of my work with you and now I finally can! Hopefully you enjoy looking at my art just as much as I enjoy creating it.

In case you are not familiar with Sizzix and my work as a designer, I will share a bit about what I do. Sizzix is a crafting company that creates a myriad of crafting supplies ranging from dies, framelits, thinlits, stamps, paper and so much more. As a designer I get to help craft the look of our product by spending time sketching, arduously researching Pinterest and Etsy (haha don't be jealous) and turning approved designs into finalized files for production. At Sizzix we are constantly looking for new ways to explore the crafting industry and create fun and beautiful designs that you all can use for your crafting creations. Soon my designs will start being made available for you all to purchase and I simply cannot wait to see what you end up creating with them!