Saturday, March 31, 2012

New tape @ Viva Las Vegastamps!

Have you guys seen the new tape that VLVS! is carrying.. EXCLUSIVELY?!

it's pretty amazing stuff.. they have four kinds..


I have the pleasure of owning ALL FOUR tapes -- and get to show you today a project I made with the Strap tape!!!

I also used a selection of VLVS! Rubber stamps from the POSTAL section of rubber including the:

and the:

among others... I also used Memento Tuxedo black ink for my stamps and Miracle tape to secure my Echo Park paper down.

Check out the store for this FAB stuff! -DeeDee

Friday, March 30, 2012

Reveal and some news

Well.. the list is out for the Graphic 45 DT -- and I did not make it, but I was very honored to make it to the top 30 -- and it just leaves more time open for things of my own that I'd like to accomplish -- I hit the Joanns paper sale and got tons of paper to start forking out flowers!!

I also just purchased a PAZZLES -- so be on the lookout for work from that baby :)

Here is the project that I sent into the Graphic 45 office for consideration as a member

will fill in the details on this later!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sneaky Peeky..

Here's a sneak peek at my May Arts submission..

(yes.. I know it's a crappy cellphone photo!)

and can you believe it's the 27TH?! three more days and G45 announces the new DT. I'm so nervous and excited and NERVOUS. I'm about to pee myself.. really.

if nothing else I get to show you the fabulous project I sent in for consideration.. you know.. the brand new one you haven't SEEN yet!!

also I can't wait to show you some pictures from my FABULOUS new job at Viva Las Vegastamps! It's so wonderful.. I love every day :)

p.s... thanks for all your kind words :) on each and every post.. from every last one of you!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Miss me yet??

Good evening from fabulous LAS VEGAS baby!!!

I know I've been SO absent but I've moved from the middle of nowhere WY to Las Vegas!! A town of ENDLESS Possibilities! We've been discovering fabulous stores, finding goods for the house and just getting settled in.

I've started a new job at Viva Las Vegastamps! Where I put together boards of stamps for debut in rubber :) -- it's wonderful! Wayne the owner is amazing and the folks who work in the store are just fab!!

Tonight I'm finally sitting down to get good and crafty :) expect the blog to pick back up, and thanks for hanging in there ;)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Sneak Peek..

I did in fact complete a brand new project for the box that went into Graphic 45 as a 30 finalist...

and as I'd love to share the WHOLE thing.. I'm only going to give you a sneaky peeky..

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Made the Basically Bare DT!!


I am a part of.. The ART ASSEMBLY group!! 

"This group of six designers showcases all the Basically Bare products used as home decor and/or altered art projects.  Each design team member is responsible for creating two home decor or altered art projects per month, and two to three blog posts per month."


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

VLVS! Tryout - Whimsical!

It's that time again!

Here I am trying out for VLVS! I've had a great year with them and am very honored that I was able to serve a 2nd term, if I don't make it this time, It's because VLVS! has AMAZING fans who do AMAZING work!

I love the vast variety of VLVS! images, the miracle tape and the ultra thick EP.. I will FOREVER be a fan, if not a DT member ♥ And here is a GIANT shout out to the wonderful team that is currently supporting and promoting VLVS! -- Their work is so wonderful and has inspired my post for the tryout today! 

Check out Viva Las Vegastamps! HERE --- and visit the blog HERE for new posts from the DT Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays!

and without further ado.. Here is my project (it's taken a whimsical sort of fun turn from my usual stamping ways) :

I had so much fun with this Umbrella Man (2.5x3.5) -- he was so whimsical and begging for color.. which I answered with Prisma Color markers Deco Blue, Cool Gray 60%, and Yellowed Orange. After, of course I stamped him with Memento tuxedo black ink on Kromecote cardstock - the combination of two gave me such a crisp clean image.. WONDERFUL! 

I then adhered some Basic Grey paper to a recycled kraft base with Miracle Tape, gave it a little distress ink.. and glued my man down! Add a bit of doodling with a white pen and VIOLA. A fun scene, simple yet graphic and fun card to send to a close friend! 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

did you say BASICALLY BARE?! + Giveaway

I am currently a Basically Bare DT contender!!!
We sent in a general application with our info and a few of our favorite projects -- as our next step we've been challenged to create a blog post with our favorite BB pieces (3 to be exact) and some inspiration as to how we would finish said goodies!! 

(long post.. but FULL of pictures and goodies.. make it to the end for the giveaway ;D)

We were steered towards the every favorite where they list TONS Of BB goodies! to pick our favorites.. and here goes:

I had a VERY hard time picking only 3. I wanted more like 13 or 14.. but I DID narrow it down to 3..

I'm a mixer and matcher at heart - I save scraps and hang onto the smallest of pieces - I pick up stuff of the ground to use... and so with that info.. the three products I've chosen I would combine to make one large project. BUT -- I've also got ideas for some of the "leftovers", too - (they're too GOOD to be leftovers, don't you think?!)

Starting out with THIS bad boy:

The WONKEY WINDOWS bare booklet

isn't it to die for?! I love the cutouts, of course the bare materials to work with!! Did you know BB does Canvas, chipboard, cardboard AND acrylic?! um.. HECK YES! plusssssss the acrylic is EMBOSSABLE. and we've all got our favorite folders! 

But first... add in a bit of THIS:
The Bracket Booklet!!

Here's where my mixing and mistmatching comes in! I would mix the two books, take them apart at the binding.. mix up the pages and covers and bind them back together! However, knowing that the book would be quite large I'd leave out a few pages from each book. I just couldn't pick one or the other.. the brackets, the windows.. the canvas.. the chipboard.. the corrugated cardboard BEGGING to be torn.. the acrylic.. BEGGING to be embossed! 

My main inspiration for this mini book :

GABE - my 13 month old - and when he gets a hold of my camera!! (or the cell phone) He snaps the WONKIEST most adorable photos.. at THIRTEEN MONTHS! (really I just think he's pushing buttons) pictures of the dog.. mama.. blurry photos of the carpet.. haha. I also have pictures of him TAKING pictures. so sort of a "Through the looking glass" thing! he is, also, quite the ham if you can't tell, lol.

and to just fit right in with my mini album/looking glass theme I chose THIS BB product:

The Paparazzi set of chipboard pieces!!

There may be no canvas or acrylic but there IS black chipboard to match the natural! and what does black have up on anything else? Embossing powders show up BRIGHT and FULL of color! but I'm getting ahead of myself.. ok ok. 

First off.. Color palette! 

I love turquoise.. gray and brown.. so.. these blue hues.. with a warmer gray. BEAUTIFUL. and it'll be subtle yet vibrant... perfect for my little boy. it will also go VERY nicely with the naturals of the Basically Bare materials raw! I can of course MAKE the inks/sprays/splatters in these colors easy peasy.. but I'm wondering what PAPER line would really match well! maybe Glitz Vintage blue.. though it does have that yellow.. hmmm.

Onto the next! Some things from my stash that will DEFINITELY make it into this album:
TH Film Reel Ribbon

TH Crackle Paint

TH Embossing Powders in various colors

Pink Paislee Daily Junque Wooden Alphas

TH Distress Ink in Various Colors

Some Wonderful images from Viva Las Vegastamps!:

Camera Camera!!!

(I'm thinking.. "the man behind the machine")

a pile o photos anyone?

And of course any various goodies I can find laying around!! I'm a big fan of fabric and ribbons/twines/laces.. for example... May Arts ribbon like this gorgeous dark brown jute:

and Burlap and Muslin:

I will ALSO have lots of handmade embellishments.. rolled paper and hat pins.. boyish flowers and dyed ribbons.. that's most of the fun to me.. CREATING :)

Most of my "already done" embellishments will be browns and grays... so I'm really hoping to find that turquoise and or turquoise and gray in patterned paper.. that's where you come (AND the GIVEAWAY) come in!! 

Basically Bare is giving away a GIANT PRIZE package to one lucky commenter from all the DT Contender posts!! It includes their complete CHA release!! YAY!
-winner announced the 16th-
SOOO -- to make your commenting EASIER -- I need advice on the PAPER LINE to use in this project - do you know of one that has these colors? or comes close? TELL ME! pleeeeeeeease! 

and.. if you so desire.. search out the other DT Contenders (sorry, I don't know who they are!) And comment on their posts, too! More chances to win :D

Also: I know I said I'd make projects out of the leftovers.. and it's because I can picture them already! The Bracket album spares would make beautifully shaped pieces for card bases.. and the left over cameras (if I have them) are perfect center points for altered canvases and or embellishments for a scrapbook page!!!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Resume - DeeDee Catron

UmWowStudio is the newest innovative Embellishment Manufacturer in the Paper Crafting Industry. Now mass producing laser cut chipboard embellishments and flair (or buttons) for any paper crafting project.

I created UmWowStudio as a way to market myself and record all I do, from the paper crafting and memory saving I do to the fine art works and industrial designing. Not to mention some of the experimenting I seem to find myself engaged in frequently. I thought of it as a studio for me to express myself brought by a rich background full of designing, laughing, witnessing, innovating, crafting, experiencing, breathing, playing, living every moment, substituting, and most of all loving. It has now grown to be its own entity but I can't bare to part ways with the name. So along with the wonderful design team we have and the projects I create using UmWowStudio products, you may occasionally run into some posts sans UWS chip, but still beautiful to look at :)

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Design. I have a passion for paper crafting and incorporating everything I know from other parts of my life into it.

UmWowStudio - Owner and Creative Director (2010 - present)
Viva Las VegaStamps! - Marketing and Artistic Director (3/2012 - present)

Paper Haus Magazine (1/2013 - present)

Amazing Mold Putty (4/13-present)
Helmar (5.2013 - present)
Paper Issues (5/2013 - present)
May Arts Ribbon (7/2012 - present)

Amazing Mold Putty (10/2011 - 10/2012)
Basically Bare (3/2012 - 7/2012) (2010 - 6/2012) (1/2013 - 6/2013)
Hobby Baby/Globecraft (5/2012 - 2/2013)
ReadySetCreate (10/2011 - 2/2012)
Viva Las Vegastamps! (3/2011 - 3/2012)

Polkadot Door Designs - July, August, October 2011

The Stampers' Samplers - Oct/Nov 2011 - p.75
RubberStampMadness - Fall 2011 - ad for VLVS! - inside cover
RubberStampMadness - Holiday 2011 - ad for VLVS! - inside cover
Somerset Memories - April 2013 - p. 47

Graphic 45 Rejuvenation Challenge - 1st place
Spotted Canary Summer Challenge - 1st place

CHA - Projects on display at the Winter 2012 show in Anaheim, CA for Amazing Mold Putty
CHA - Projects on display at the Summer 2012 show in Chicago, IL for WOW embossing powder and
    Globecraft Memories
CHA - Projects on display at the Winter 2013 show in Anaheim, CA for Tattered Angels, Globecraft and
    Piccolo and May Arts Ribbons
CHA - Booth attendance at the Winter 2013 show for Amazing Mold Putty and Globecraft and Piccolo
Featured on Artistically Speaking 9.9.12
Graphic 45 feature on their blog - 2/2012
Graphic 45 top 30 finalists for 2012 Design Team Call
Paper Issues Feature - 9.15.12 - 9.16.12 - 11.16.12 - 1.6.13 - 1.18.13
Paper Mood feature - 4.13.11
Play Date Cafe Cream - 5.5.11
Practical Scrappers feature - 3.12.11 - 3.29.11 - 5.2.11 - 5.18.11 - 6.8.11 - 8.28.11 - 9.22.11
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Top 3 11.22.10 - 2.22.12
Sketchy Thursdays Fave - 5.5.11 - 6.23.11
The Color Room Feature - 9.15.12

Friday, March 2, 2012

Hat Pin Tryout!

What do you think?? 

(bad cellphone photo)

they're 6 inches long (You can't see the end in this photo)

What do you think of these? Price range? would you use them on pages? cards? altered goods? are they too long? 

insert hyperventilating!!!!

I made the top 30 finalists for Graphic45!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!