June 6, 2012

Meet the Alpha Stamps Design Team Blog Hop!

Meet the Alpha Stamps Design Team Blog Hop officially runs from June 7-10. See end of this post for links to the other members I am fortunate to work with!


The artwork I've highlighted in this post was created using new Collage Sheets
made for the Birds in Hats Swap at Alpha Stamps! (Click the graphic at right for
more information on the swap.)


As many of you know, I LOVE being a part of the Alpha Stamps Design Team!  I would never have guessed I would grow so much as an artist and one day be accepted to create art for such an amazing company. It is wonderful to not only be given amazing products, but to be challenged with what the owner, Leslie Elledge, has spinning in her mind.  It's like I live in her brain and try to create what it is that she desires.  

It would be hard for me to define what my personal style is.  I seem to have a "Jekyll & Hyde" within that sometimes creates peaceful art, like what I make with my Marie Antoinette Group, and then on the flip side, creates dark art containing some odd vintage doll head or medical part. I get an idea in my head, and I just go with it.  And I seem to constantly be on the hunt for the odd and unusual thing to incorporate into my art.  It is something that I have a deep passion for and I could not imagine ever living without creating art. 

Currently, I am working on some wonderful pieces with my Marie group.  I am working on a French pocket, a fabric folding heart, some altered books and have learned to make my own fabric flowers.  I also have some altered pieces that I am working on that contain some German doll heads and my new obsession, bones and taxidermy. I also want to create more "Botox" art with all of the Botox bottles that my neurologist has saved for me.  I get the injections for migraines and my journey with these horrible headaches has inspired some therapeutic art.  If one person can relate to that art and be touched by it, then I have accomplished great things. 

Of course, I am always creating art for Alpha Stamps.  Recently, we were given the assignment to create art with a theme of Birds in Hats.  And thus it was so...



The above would be a patiently waiting Mamma bird on a warm summer day. I really love the new orange Forget Me Nots.


The back has a hat adorned British Robin, my absolute favorite bird.  They have such a cute personality and are smaller then their American relatives.


Mr. Turkey in his top hat is not very pleased with the tiny Robin at the door.  As you can see, he is inside of the Song Bird Club and only Song Birds can enter.  Look at that stud trying to pick up that sweat chick in the window.  I used some real tree bark on the coaster before I place the other goodies, like the hinged door and flowers.


The above coasters are being used in the newly listed Alpha Stamps swap, Birds in Hats.  If you visit the Yahoo group, you can sign up to play as well.  There are some wonderful new collage sheets (now sold as digital downloads as well) and products that are on sale just for this swap.

Leslie also sent us some wonderful chipboard birdhouse shapes.  I just had to use some of the new French General stuff on these.  I love the colors and it all just fell into place so well.  I used a small box to make a base and then cut the roof form some thicker cardboard.  Have you ever seen such an elegant bird within a bird house?







I also made some individual birdhouse shapes using some of my favorite vintage French ledger pages and lots of red Dresden trims from Alpha Stamps.  A girl that creates are can NEVER have too much Dresden in a variety of shapes and colors.



And if you continue reading, you will find out my plans for the above example.



I'm so happy that you came by that I am going to have a giveaway. But you have to leave a comment to be entered on this post and make sure that I have a way to contact you if you are the lucky winner.  Not only will the winner win the black bird example above, but I will also send you some of my favorite French ledger pages!  Sign ups end on June 10th and the winner will be announced on June 12th. 

So now that you have paid me a visit, be sure to visit the other Design Team members to not only be inspired, but for a chance to win some of their artwork as well! Just follow the links below. And you can find even more inspiration in the Alpha Stamps Gallery!  Gotta love that Alpha Stamps!




50 comments:

Daniele said...

such fun pieces love your dressed up birds
hugs

Tarnished Rose said...

Beautiful projects! I love them all.

Smiles~
Marilyn

Sandi said...

oh what a fun blog hop, your creations are fantastic and love your colors, hugs

Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

Enjoying the blog hop. Lovely work. You are all so wonderfully creative.

Mary said...

The birds are so cute! I love what you did with the French General Red papers. The blog hop has been a blast this morning!

Denise said...

Oh, your birdies have such cute personality! Luv 'em! Thank you for a chance to win one of your wonderful pieces of art. :)
blessings, denise :D
deex355@aol.com

Barb said...

This blog hop really rocks! Everyone of you are so talented and so diversified... Love the chance to enter this blog hop and see all these different slants on how to create art.

Diane said...

Totally inspriing! Love the way you dressed up your birds!! Thank you so much for a chance to win one of your creations! Hugs, Diane dtad@comcast.net

Kathy said...

Love these. I'm loving this blog hop

lizzie said...

très belle!

Linda said...

marvelous projects!! I'm so with you on the dresden and red happens to be my fave color! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

Molly Suzanne said...

you are so creative, i enjoyed checking out your blog.

MsMad said...

nice artwork, I love birds !!!
Barbara Bird
MdStrwbery@aol.com

nelda said...

Oh I am so in love with your bird house..perhaps you could give us a little tutorial, please? I never thought to get some bottles from my neurologist...I'm getting nerve blocks for my severe headaches.

P.s. It would be sooo much easier to leave comments if word verification was turned off...

Mary said...

Love your bird art - especially the coasters. And I think the first one is a hoot.

Leslie said...

Love, love your birdie coasters

Dirty Girl Art said...

Your mama bird is so wonderful.

Lou Anne said...

These bird images are fantastic. Each of your birds definitely has a unique personality.

Diana said...

Rhonda, Thank you for sharing your talent with us. I love the coasters so much.

Jane said...

Very clever and cute ideas. Thanks for all the inspiration.

Nancy said...

I love your ideas and creativeness! Thank you so much for sharing. Look forward to making my own!!!

Terri said...

I just love vintage and think you have done a wonderful job and so creative! Inspirational!

Francine Cronos said...

Your birdie artwork is fabulous! Love it!

Sandi said...

Oh I do love AlphaStamps and all of your sweet creations!

Carmen said...

Love the whimsical coasters, as well as, your unique and adorable bird houses. Enjoyed visiting Rhonda Mum. Thank you.
carmenmolly5829@yahoo.com

jane said...

How cute! Love your work

Sandi said...

I just love the red border on the sweet birdhouse!

Beverly S said...

Your bird coasters are adorable, and the little birdhouses are so cute!

Jo Jo said...

Great to do the blog hop and get to see all the designs. Love you little courset gal.

Jess said...

Awesome art! I love the birdhouse!

Alice Eads said...

We had 2 sweet hummingbird nests in our tree this spring. It was such a treat to watch the 2
Mamas with their eggs/chicks! I love your Mama birdie!

MaRyKaY said...

wow all of your projects are simply stunning. I love birds and everything that includes birds in art form. You have put together awesome projects using alpha stamps products. I love that black bird with red dresden. You are very correct a girl cannot have enough dresden. I have some borders so far and they are so beautiful I have to get more. thanks for sharing your awesome art and the chance to win some too.
kemperneck70@gmail.com

Kath in Oz said...

Well I LOVE your Mamma bird, she is just darling...and the rest of your projects are wonderful too.

Lizbethem said...

Going around the blogs is so much fun! Love your art!

maggie said...

R - Top drawer! my goodness, such a lot to see. tak

Michele said...

Haha, I love the bird dressed as a woman! Love your work!
Michele
mjk5265@comcast.net

kboat said...

Love the papers and the work also love the hop.

Lisa said...

trying to catch up, and I got lost in doing so. I do love the bird houses, and now my mind is spinning.

Lisa

Anonymous said...

Your art is fun; thanks for sharing!! Collette g-cswf66@charer.net

Noreen said...

Your little bird houses would make great ornaments! I enjoyed the gal sitting on the eggs.

Cathy L. Calamas said...

Your coasters are fantastic. Lovely birdhouses. :))
cathy(dot)calamas(at)gmail(dot)com

deb christensen said...

love your work! especially your use of vintage papers - beautiful and timeless! the blog hop has been a grea way to see all of you wonderful & lucky design team members!
debsea61@hotmail.com

NanaBeth said...

Everything here is amazing.I cannot wait to try some of your ideas.I am so glad I found Alpha Stamps and their design team.You guys are incredible!

Theresa Goldman said...

Rhonda, your stuff is always amazing and I love your coasters. Especially the lady with the bird head, that is cool...but it is all so great. Thank you for sharing and being a part of Alphastamps. AS has been a great place for me to start this other side of myself....:) with all you all's help. (old southern girl)
Theresa Goldman

bobbie said...

Love all the texture on your coasters!

Lynn Stevens said...

Love the Song bird club. So creative!
hugs Lynn

Birgit said...

Those birds in hats made me smile! :)

Happy creating,
Birgit

swappinghowdies(at)yahoo(dot)de

Barbara said...

I love your design. The up close photos are great to follow and see details. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Love your bird house and the colors you used. Hugz - Allison Brooke
allyb171@live.com

Ally White Cat said...

Love your art..it is wonderful and your experience with alpha stamps is so positive..congrats. love the way you can play with your art from dark to Victorian plush ..sweet.
susan s.