The Virtual Convention just started over at RSC. We already have 26 rubber stamp companies participating with specials and sales. We also have a ton of prizes to give away. There's a Scavenger Hunt, a room to tell ghost stories and a room to share Halloween decorations and costumes. All for PRIZES! Come on over, don't miss out! Our convention runs through Monday.
Nature gives us so much color inspiration for art. I just love the markings and color combination of the skinks here. Yes, I like critters. We have a lot of them here too, unlike where we used to live. I guess that's why we're so taken with all the different creatures here. There's always something interesting if you just look around a little. Unfortunately most everything moves too fast to get a picture of.
For those of you that are storming, I thought you might like to see what the new version of Olympia Rain can also do. The new version of OR tends to start turning translucent when worked in the flame for a period of time. It can also go opaque when worked longer. You can stop this from happening by covering it with clear like I do in the Taking Reduction Glass by Storm Tutorial. The layer of clear acts as an insulater. But you can also take that little quirk and use it to your advantage. These two sets use lightly stormed OR and they were not topped with clear. I left the OR slightly raised. The top set is lightly stormed OR over ASK Silver Cinnamon and the bottom set is lightly stormed OR over reduced Nyx. The time it takes to add the Dark Ivory accent dots is just enough time to let the OR turn translucent. And the beads were worked in a neutral flame the entire time....except of course when I reduced the Nyx. The OR also color shifts and has a shimmery sheen to it which doesn't show well in photos. These dots have a very opalesque look to them that I really love. Of course there is no storm showing, but lightly storming the OR just helps to start the shift to translucency.
Wally got this picture yesterday and he's pretty proud of it. I hesitated in posting it because there's just something wrong about putting a picture up of anything "headless". I'm not sure what else to say...
Hopefully this little guy will be ok. Wally had to rescue it from Sissy and you can see he has a couple of small gashes on him. This is the only king snake we saw all year. I just love the patterns on their body and head.
This is the fantastic tag book that Linn of AK sent me. She was inspired by the Beeswax September POTM. I was only going to show a couple of pages but it's just too cool not to show the entire thing! I don't have stamp credits but I did want to point out that only the sun used is a Beeswax stamp. I didn't want people running over to our site trying to find all of these stamps. LOL!
The Beeswax Project of the Month is up for October. I did a pretty simple holiday window card. Only four stamps and minimal coloring in which makes this an easy but very nice project to do. You can find it here: http://beeswaxrubberstamps.com/potmoct2009.html
Remember that all the stamps are offered at a discount during October.
Speaking of the POTM, I got the coolest thing in the mail today! It's something that was inspired by last month's POTM. I'll take some pictures of it and post it in a day or two.