Friday, May 1, 2009

Doodle Star & Friday Fun

It's a little early for the 4th of July, but my dear friend Cami over at Our Craft Lounge got me to play along with their new stamp release blog hop. I couldn't resist, since I drew 17 new sets for Summer. You'll have to go see their full list of Summer releases to see all the fabulous new stamp sets, not just by me, but by the other OCL artists as well.

This is from the new set I drew, Let Freedom Ring. When they first asked me to make some patriotic sets I immediately thought back to my A.P. US History study sessions when I was in High School. We would always go to my friend's house to study, and her mom had the whole downstairs decorated in antique 4th of July (very fitting when studying the Revolutionary War). I couldn't resist drawing a beautiful, old-fashioned set in memory of my friend's sweet mom, who died only a couple months after we graduated.

I made this quick box ensemble from a piece of red paper that I doodled stars onto, since I didn't have a patterned paper that I wanted to use for this project. Same with the blue paper. If you look below I show you how to draw quick stars using your Super-brush nib on your Sketch or Ciao markers.

I used B34, B37, R32, R39, Y17, E31, E33, W1, W2, G85 on these stamps. The origami box was made to hold the little poppers you see around it, I think this would be a fun gift for my son this 4th of July. The border stamp was perfect for decorating the sides of the box, and I toned down the white areas with my warm grays to really add to the antique feel. The buttons are from my stray button jar - I like how they are mis-matched.

Sometime I'll post my directions for folding the box. If you've never played around with Origami I strongly suggest getting a beginner's book and trying it sometime. It's a lot of fun and pretty simple. Here's another simple technique you can try right now:

Doodle Star
To make the star pattern on the blue paper I used the side of a super-brush nib. Press it down gently on it's side to make one drop-shape. Put 5 drop shapes together, point out and you have a perfect star (or a flower depending on how you look at it).

Friday Fun
As part of the OCL new release I am giving away one of the Let Freedom Ring sets. All you have to do is leave a comment on today's post and we'll draw winners on Monday. It's that easy. Please be sure to leave your e-mail address so we can contact you when you win! You can check out other neat projects for Our Craft Lounge Summer Release from these fabulous crafters:

Carol HalvorsonDebbie Corbari Deb FeltsJoy KennedyCindy LawerenceSherry CheeverKendra WietstockBethie SilaikaRoseanne KnowlesKisa PetersCambria TurnbowAmber Hillman


Have a great weekend! I have some neat stuff to show you soon, as well as updates on Certification classes, so stay tuned.

164 comments:

Tracey said...

Wow! These are gorgeous projects Marianne!!

DeeDee said...

OH my! WONDERFUL! Thanks for the tips on the star too! That's COOL!

Kar said...

WOW!!!

Jennifer Scull said...

this is a fantastic set! I love it!!! :)

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Oh wow, totally cool!!

Wendalyn said...

What a great set..

Jennifer G. said...

my fav image in this set is the box of firecrackers! I'm thinking of fun things with that & I've never seen anything like that in a patriotic set--so glad you added that! Thanks for sharing!

Janet L. said...

Love your projects!! Thanks for the tip on how to make those marker stars. I'm definitly going to try them. Thanks for the chance to win!

Dawn said...

Beautiful set! Love the star instructions.

carpediem said...

Thanks for the tip on the stars! Great set! laura j

Janet said...

wow--marianne you blow my mind.

Rose said...

It's so nice of you to share your images. I look forward to working with those things that you like best. Thanks. ~ Rose

Sharri C said...

Really great samples. Thanks for sharing. SharriC

Rose said...

It's so nice of you to share your images. I look forward to working with those things that you like best. Thanks. ~ Rose

terriavidreader (USA - IN) said...

Love the Uncle Sam Hat in this set!

Adeline E. Brill said...

I love all things patriotic, especially vintage designs.

naturecoastcrafter said...

I'll be humming the song, "Let Freedom Ring" all day now. This is a great set! I don't like to leave my email publicly but I did send it to Val so OCL should have my email address. I hope you understand. I love what you did with this set and I loved seeing your blog.

Marisa said...

I might even be able to make that star! Thanks for the tip.

dpkennedy said...

This set is truly beautiful! I love the box you created-just gorgeous!

Carl said...

Love the 4th of July set and would have liked your friend's Mom's room.
Nancy Rogers

Nicole said...

OH WOWWWWWW! This is one awesome set! JUST AWESOME!! can't wait to go see the rest! Hope you are doing well, Marianne!!

"Kirby" (KrB) said...

Great star "tip". Also, love the patriotic stamp set. How cool is that!

Stephanie said...

Wow another great set...

Nessa said...

Cool! Love the box of fireworks and the patriotic banner border.

bigpinkdaisy said...

I love the look of that box of fireworks!

Becky said...

I LOVE this set, and I don't have any patriotic sets (even though my son was in the military....shame on me).

Becky
mypapermoon512 at aol dot com

Kay said...

Wow, these are really beautiful stamps; I would SO love to have them. I seriously enjoy all your tutorials as well.
Thanks!

Gabriela said...

What a darling stamp set! Definitely a must-have!

Catrick said...

Wonderful box and love the stars - just reverse flowers...I can do this!

Lueyes said...

You are so clever! I have been looking for a new set for the 4th and this is it! Love the stars also.

Lenoria said...

Wow, this is a wonderful set and your artistry is fantastic! Thanks for the pointers and for sharing.

SassySamsMom said...

What a great set! Thanks for the chance to win it.

kjtr17 said...

This set is awesome!

Kelly H. said...

Great set. Thanks for a chance to win!!!

mrsgarden28 said...

Thanks for sharing these... and as always for all of you wonderful inspiration!! I love this set!!! Patriotic sets are difficult to come by and all the images are fab!! What an intersting combination!!

Thanks again!!!

artfulwhimsies said...

cute set! thanks for the origami tips!

Lori Craig said...

This set is wonderful, Marianne. Absolutely wonderful...a must have for me. We have tried really hard to keep some fun family traditions going for our kids around the 4th. We love that day!

Lorie said...

Oh, girl...I love it when you stamp and color...this is gorgeous!

Wilma said...

Awesome Americana set. Love the Copic tips. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

lisa808 said...

Your box and gift tag are great!

Terri T. said...

That eagle is beautiful.

Peggy said...

What an awesome set Marianne!! Love the tutorial. I have always done this for hearts but never thought about stars! The box is fantastic!

Lisa F said...

Gorgeous set - beautiful coloring! Thank you for the chance to win!

mycardz said...

Wow, what a great set of stamps! You really are the best! Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

P.S. I followed your tutorials for lilacs for this card (http://mycardz.wordpress.com/2009/05/01/copics-creations-challenge-no-3-purple-flowerslilacs/)...awesome instructions!! Thank you for all you do! :)

Queen Mary said...

Marianne, as always, thanks for the coloring tutorial! This set is fantastic! Of course your art work is what helps show it off! :) Mary

Sharon Harnist said...

I can't believe they got you to stamp, girlie -- great samples! And great new stamps you drew! Hey, I sent you email on Monday -- did you receive?

JennK said...

Awesome as alway's!! Thanks for the latest techniques...Love to learn new ways to use these great markers. Fantastic stamps too!

Daisy said...

Check out your stampin creations! Great projects. Love the July 4th(it's a big SPARKS day celebration)!

Crafty Num Nums said...

This set is GREAT!!!!! It is going to be perfect for that 4th of July party :)

Sandy Rails said...

Wow! Thanks for the opportunity to win a prize! I love your work and the new patriotic set is great!
sandy_rails@yahoo.com

Cambria Turnbow said...

Marianne... you stamped! And, you stamped GOOD BABE! OMG... I'm SO gonna make a stamper out of you eventually! LOVE your project! LOVE LOVE LOVE.... and thanks for the star tip with the marker. I need to practice that smooshing star technique! Love ya sweet friend, and thanks for all you do!

Joy said...

oh m!!!! This is a great project. VERY cute!!!! YEAH!

Thanks for some great stuff this release. You rock!

Lynn said...

omg!! another set I have to have! I am a red, white, and blue freak! I have my house decorated with primitive country decor. I have always loved our country, our history, and those colors, but now that I am the proud Mother of an Army/Airborne infantry soldier-those colors mean a little more to me! My son is serving our country and proudly standing tall for the Flag and our country. Thank you for the awesome design and for the gorgeous things you made using this set! Have a blessed weekend end!

scrapbearz said...

What great projects! Thanks for sharing.

Niki said...

Wonderful set. Thanks for the star tip. The bunting in the set really reminds me of the band concerts in the park when I was a kid.

Thanks for the chance to win
nrw745 at yahoo dot com

Makiko Jones said...

Wow! This is awesome!!

Amanda said...

Wow. This set makes me want to go scrap some Fourth of July pictures right this minute! :) Very cool!

stamps&cars said...

Wonderful projects, Marianne! And, such a wonderful story about the Americana room! Thanks for the chance to win!

knag said...

Great set! The stars are so perfect. I'm going to have to practice until July to get the points so even!

Denise said...

What a beautiful set to represent our patriotism! Thanks so much for all you share with us!!

PatsyB said...

I am so excited about this set! My fav holiday is July 4th! Like Christmas but you can do it outside! What a great set! Thanks for offering it as candy!

MrsETaylor said...

great coloring, but we come to expect that of you. Love the set, love your work and love your tutorials.

Dawn said...

fab set and of course fab samples Marianne! thanks for the chance to win!!

Tamara said...

Fantastic projects! Thanks for the tip on making easy doodle stars.

Elizabeth said...

Wow! What a great set of stamps! and I love your projects I am looking forward to getting to use these.

Holly aka Toy said...

*sigh* would you come teach me thy ways, oh master? :)

Your coloring just makes me smile! This is a fabulous project!!

Little GTO said...

I love this set! The lettering is perfect. I am crazy over the eagle. Thanks for sharing
Sharon

Stampin_melissa said...

Wow, great job Marianne! Thanks for the tut on the stars. Please add me to the giveaway! :D
melissa.banian at gmail dot com

Dawn Frost said...

What a great old fashioned set. I love what you did with your card! Thank you so much for the chance to win the set. stampinallday at gmail dot com.

MichelleY said...

The 4th of July box is STUNNING...like ALL of your work! I am TOTALLY in LOVE with this set. My son is in the AF ROTC program at Notre Dame and this set would be awesome to use when I make cards for him. Thank you for the chance to win!!

akagreenhouse said...

This is a fabulous set and just in time for July! Love the cards you made! So fabulous!

Debbie said...

I like markers too!
I'm so glad you're here. I just started buying Copic Sketch markers and I'm just loving them.

Love your tips and your talent.

thanks,
Debbie

scrappingnana said...

What a great set. Love the eagle as my husband collects eagles. All of the images are fantastic. Your projects are awesome also.

Deb said...

Hi Marianne! I can't just comment on this awesome set of projects you know! I have to say that every single set I've seen so far is fabulous! I just love all of your art! You're gonna make me go broke! ;)

scrappingranny said...

This is the best. I am known for my red white and blue themes. I would love to do my July 4 cards with this set. Please pick me.

Alex said...

Absolutely beautiful projects Marianne!!! I totally love this set, it is near and dear to me as a career Navy officer so it is at the top of my list!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Missy said...

Oh, this is an awesome set. I love it. Great job on the box and card. I love it all. Your talent just amazes me. TFS!!!

apaintergirl said...

oh, marianne! the new stamp sets look fabulous...i love several of them, how on earth will i choose!!!
thank you!!!
chelle

Sumtoy said...

love it Marianne

Chris said...

What a star spangled set!Hip hip hurrah for summer cards and scrapbooking pages and of course your beautiful work!

Alyce said...

Love your tips ~
I can think of so many things to do with this set. Thanks for the chance to win it.

Carollee said...

AP US Histroy, I took that my Junior year with Ms. Aldaluz, wow that brings back memories. DBQs too! I love the set, it reminds me of olde town county fairs and summer and all kinds of fun things.

Jill Haddad said...

Love this set. Thanks for the coloring tips.

Jane said...

Wonderful projects. I really like the eagle in this set, it is hard to find something this detailed and it look right when it comes to the eagle. Again great job!
Jane B

Heather McNally said...

VERY cool projects, Marianne! You sure drew some AMAZING images for this release. :)

smallcity said...

This is great, love your blog to learn about copics. Thanks for chance to win this cute set.

smallcity

Dawn said...

Stunning work amazing creations!

Ogle Family said...

Great stamps! I LOVE the vintage look...

Beth said...

Great project Marianne!

ALLY said...

What a great project! Thanks Marianne!
Ally at sosketchy@live.com

Janice M said...

What a great patriotic set!

Joyce said...

Let Freedom ring!! NEAT!

MaGoooo said...

Marianne THANK YOU for all your tips on working with copics!!

GREAT card!!

marla said...

Great projects and star tutorial. Cute stamp set!!

Lori said...

Marianne, Your origami box project is terrific! I just got my first set of Copics a week ago and I haven't put them down since (I did stop short of taking them to bed with me at night though!)
I'm crossing my fingers that I win! (dachshundlovers@gmail.com).

Kate Stockman said...

I love this stamp set.
Kate

DaDoodleDiva said...

Oh, I really need this set for my Wash DC pics. This is great. Thanks for the tutorial on the star too. Great project!

Cre8tiveTeen said...

I LOVE these! TFS

The Memory Keeper said...

The star is so cool! And it look so easy! Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca Ednie said...

I love origami boxes and the stars are so cool! Thanks for all the inspiration!

Naomi said...

The doodle star is wonderful. Thanks for these projects.

Stamping & Scrapping Passion said...

LOVE LOVE your work. I lover your teacher cards too. I am a teacher and I always make my gifts for all the others I work with. YOur creations are wonderful.
I am also excitied to be able to be included in your blog candy.
Thanks
Cindy Soto
cindy@mydreamparty.com

Sue from Oregon said...

Ahhhh...to have such talent! Great creations.

A Touch of SOL said...

You girls are truly ARTISTS! I cant wait to see your other sets. Thanks for the chance to win...

Misti said...

WOW!! That set is amazing!!!

TN Granny said...

Marianne you totally amaze me I pray that one day I will be able to meet you. I just finished certification class with Sally Lynn and she was great but I still want to meet you because your so terribly talented. The stamp set is amazing.
God Bless,
Jeanine

Sharon said...

Beautiful artwork. I am feeling more patriotic already!
sharsuchy@wowway.com

Janice said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win a new some blog candy! Your tutorials are always so informative. While I only have a few Copic markers at this point I do enjoy reading and learning all that you have to offer. Your new set is awesome!

Susan said...

I had a friend who's mom liked the same early Americana stuff too! It was so pretty - thanks for the chance to win!

ny2tx_patti said...

Wow! This is a great set! TFS how you make your stars!

Carolyn King said...

With my husband in the military...I ADORE this set. This is the best patriotic set I have seen. Great job!!!

onewinron said...

Thanks for the star tip and all your other drawing tricks. This set is great.

Verda said...

A very nicely done patriotic set.

Sandra said...

Congratulations it is a great set - I am sure it will be very successful!
Thanks for sharing some of your inse

Marcia said...

I love the bunting, especially, in this great new set with only 3 color bands. The textile mill where my daughter works made bunting material this way - so much classier than the el cheapo' 5-banded bunting!

Your stars are fab, as is everything you show us! Thanks.

thestampinglady said...

This is my favorite set of the release. Your projects as always are great!
djstamper2003@yahoo dot com

leenda said...

This is my favorite new release! You did outstanding designs on this set!

Linda C.
leenda1 at cox dot net

Karen said...

what a great project ensemble!! this set is perfect for celebrating the 4th - love it!!

Betty aka ZacksNana said...

Holy Toledo!!! What a beautiful gift box! I know several people with family members in the service, serving overseas. This would be a wonderful gift for them! Very inspiring.

lyn pm said...

Thanks for the directions on the star.

Julie.G said...

Love this set, makes me feel very patriotic....

Sherri said...

this set is gorgeous and what you did with it is even better. tfs

Micki said...

As always, great tips and I love love love your new releases. That turtle is soooooo stinkin' cute and your 4th of July set is weakening my resolve about cutting back on spending (waahaa). Well, any profits from my garage sale will be spent you know where, lol.

hugs

Scrapycandy said...

LOVE the patriotic theme! Hard to find something like this but I scrap in this theme all the time. Thank you so much! cbee@inbox.com

Diana said...

I am going to make stars today! Thanks for the instructions :)

deniserey said...

thank you so much for the patriotic set. My husband is a Naval Reserve officer and these stamps will help me with the many cards I send.

Devon said...

I am going straight to my table to try those stars after this. Love the stamp set!

Heather said...

Fantastic projects! Beautiful set!

Sue D said...

I need more patriotic stamps so this would be great!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Lynn said...

Oh my gosh! You projects are gorgeous!! You ROCK!!!!

Brandi said...

Love the stamps set ~ you did it proud!

Smiles,

Brandi

Sallie said...

What a great set! I loved your "trick" of creating freehand stars with markers. Thanks!

sanadon said...

Great stuff! This is a great set to have.

annesatx said...

What a great set to win! Thanks so much for this chance.

Pamm said...

Your new set is awesome! I love that vintage look! TFS!

SDC Texas said...

These stamps are gorgeous! They have an element that I haven't seen in other stamps. They are bold and strong.

TXChali@aol.com

Julie said...

What a great patriotic set. So glad to see so many more new releases.

Julie
transtamper at bresnan dot net

DebbyG said...

Wow-what a great stamp set! Please enter me in the draw.

Alfred Gallardo said...

Hello Marianne, nice stamps... :D

Kathleen said...

What a great set~~ Thanks for the chance to win one!! Love your blog---I'm learning a lot!

Jacqui said...

Your samples for the blog hop are great. Thanks for sharing all your great tips and ideas.

Kim Ross said...

I'm loving these new releases! Cute stuff! :)

n2kids said...

This is great. I haven't seen a lot of patriotic sets and just in time for Independence Day.

Kathie Bailey said...

This is an amazing set. Love the patriotic theme.

Michelle Ells said...

Great 4th set!

Dana said...

I LOVE these antique 4th of July images. They are Phenom! I didn't grow up in a very patriotic household...but am begining to appreciate my country more these days. Love the set. You are very talented.

dclouser said...

Loved your story about your inspiration for this set! Thanks for the tips on the star - too cool. Would love to win this set - thanks for the chance!

PAS said...

You are one talented person. Thanks for the chance.

Julie Temple said...

WOW!! Gorgeous Set! Thanks for the chance!

Julie

paulssandy said...

My absolute favorite image is the eagle, though I do like them all.

The summer sets are simply fabulous. I think I will have to go a few days without eating since I have to have the turtle and octopus sets, ;)

I love your site and have learned so mcuh, thank you for sharing!

marywebb said...

Fantastic Projects. Thanks for the chance to win.

maryw@bandon.k12.or.us

Angela said...

Neato set...good job with this set. Thanks for the star tips as well. I had not seen that demo before. Have a great day!

JKB said...

Wonderful set and project.

Shannon - Designer, DigiScrapObsession.com said...

Wow! I love the Let Freedom Ring set - it's gorgeous!

scrappintlc said...

Oh I love this set, the vintagey look. Your samples are awesome and thank you for all the coloring tutorials you put on your blog.

Frank said...

Love the new set...and perfect for this time of year....

Thanks for the chance Marianne... :)

Frank

scrapfancy said...

WOW, what a beautiful set and nice blog candy. Thank you for the star tip. Beautiful projects, also.

JoyceAnna said...

Ooh, I love all things vintage, and your set is no exception. Your blog has made me become obsessed with Copic Markers. So much so that my husband finally broke down and got me the 36 set for my birthday. I love them...They really are the best markers ever!

ermellina@msn.com

Stampin'GHmom said...

So fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win!

Robin said...

Please enter me! Thanks for all of your help.

Sharon said...

Love this set and thanks for the chance to win it.

jennie black said...

love it... great set for the pyro on july fourth.

jenniebstampin@aol.com

Diane said...

What an awesome set! I LOVE patriotic sets...it's great to see a new one out there! :D
dinobomp@aol.com

usmc_honey said...

What an amazing patriotic stamp set! As the wife of a US Marine, it is a definite must-have. I will definitely be heading over to OCL to get mine.

As always, thank you so much for so generously sharing not only your talent, but your knowledge, too!
Andrea