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Happy Blogiversary n*Studio!

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in General Announcements

So I can’t quite believe it, but I am celebrating 10 years of blogging on n*Studio.  The actual anniversary happened last month and I spent a little time looking back through old posts and projects and sometimes laughing and sometimes cringing.  As you may know, I started 10 years ago  while I was still working as a paralegal and some of you readers were here through the time when I was transitioning to being a full time artist.  It was a big change but the whole process has been an amazing and rewarding experience, filled with new opportunities, colleagues, and friends!  I want to thank every one of you readers who tune in and I am totally looking forward to many more years of blogging with all of you!

In honor of the occasion, I am super excited to offer you a Happy Blogiversary Sale!  Between now and July 31st 2016 at 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time (yes with the help of modern technology it is a very precise time) you can enjoy 20% off online workshops (like Creative Jumpstart 2016), DVDs, and select items (including all the stamps and stencils) from the n*Store online.  The sale prices are reflected in the store now.

In the comments below, I would love to hear how long you have been reading this blog and if you are a blogger yourself, how long you have been blogging.  And as always, please share with me the mixed media, craft, and art journal projects that you’ve created using my stamps and stencils!

Nat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Happy Blog-Anniversary Nat!
    I think that I’ve been here for most of it.
    Great journey and it continues…

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      I think you have Sue!!! I am looking forward to your comments every time i post and even though we never met I feel like you are a an old-time friend. Whenever you are not posting- I worry – LOL- isn’t that weird 😉 I am like- I hope Sue is on vacation and everything is good with her. In any event- thank you for all your support sue!!!!!! Big hugs,Nat

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  • Gunvor

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    Happy blog-anniversary!
    I don’t remember when first laid eyes on your blog but you were still living in Germany and had just started your transition to full time artist.
    I started rubberstamping 16 years ago and started my first blog 11 years ago but after being inspired by your work I turned from scrapbook towards mixed media with my stamps and inks. And now I can’t remember when I last bought a piece patterned paper …
    Looking forward to the continuation of your journey!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Oh Gunvor- so wonderful to see you! I remember when we met at a workshop in Sweden – it was so much fun! I am so happy to hear you are fully indulging in the Mixed Media Mess 🙂 thank you for being such a wonderful supporter for all those years and I hope I will see you some time again in real life!!!, Nat

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  • Eeva Hall

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    Happy 10th year blog anniversary. I think I have been following you from the start… I moved to Hamburg 2003 so it was before you started your blog 🙂 .

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe – Eeva! I miss our fun days in Hamburg- that was such a great group. I love that we kept in touch over the years and seeing your beautiful kids grow up through your photos! I hope you still have some time to create – and thank you for all your wonderful support over the years!!!

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      • Eeva Hall

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        Yeah it was so much fun back then 🙂 . I try to create from time to timem sometimes I do a lot and sometimes less. I recently was guestDT for Ciccis Shop here. That was fun and I felt very creative while I had due dates for my 4 assignments 🙂

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          Nathalie Kalbach

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          that sounds like super fun!!! YEAHH and congratulations on your gig for Cicci!

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  • Janet

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    Congratulations on 10 years!
    I found you about two years ago through Julie F-B’s blog, and joined in on CJS in 2015 (and this year). I really have enjoyed getting to know you through those and through your blog. You are an incredible artist and such an inspiration in many ways.
    I hope to meet you in person someday, and look forward to your inspiration over the next 10 years!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Janet, so great to have you and thank you for your kind words! I hope too we will meet some day- it is always fun to meet fellow artsy friends in person 🙂 Nat

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  • Angie

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    I first met / took class from you at Create Texas- my FIRST EVER classes and artsy getaway. I’ve always been one of your greatest fans and LOVE your cityscapes as well as stencils. I have to say, though, that your stamps are my every time I create go-to materials! MY FAVS!!! I’ve loved getting to know you and brag that I have a fabulous artist friend! Keep inspiring us! Love ya bunches!!!?

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Angie!!! So glad I met you in Texas- it is always so much fun to see you in TX or Oklahoma and I love our pre-class outings 🙂 Thank you for being such an amazing support and friend!!! love ya right back 🙂

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  • Dee Spillane

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    Not sure how long I’ve been following, maybe 6 years? You were still in Germany when I started following. Hugs and congratulations on your blogiversary!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Dee, so happy I was able to meet you several times in the past couple years! thank you for all your support!!! Hugs, Nat

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  • Joi @RR

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    WOW – CONGRATULATIONS NAT!!! The big 10 – SUPER INCREDIBLE!!!

    You WON my heart the minute I found you – thru your art and with your adorable personality. I consider you a FABULOUS Mentor – in fact, you were my very first mentor when I began painting/blogging. That was two years ago this coming fall. And in Jan. I took my first CJS class with you.

    So I’m a newbie – more or less. BUT… I feel like part of your family. You have always made me feel special and welcomed me into the fold. Lots of folks don’t have that gift but you just have a super big heart and care so much about all of us. And I care about you too – you are just a DELIGHT to me. So be assured… I will be here for the next TEN years – watching, learning and admiring YOU dear Nat. BIG BIG HUGS. j.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe – Joi, thank you so so much for your wonderful comment- I always love your comments, you are so wonderful and write the most beautiful things- you always make my day! I am glad to know you dived fully into painting and blogging- keep it on!!! Thank you and big big hugs right back at you 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!- Nat

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  • Chris

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    Congrats on 10 years of success on the blogosphere. May you have many more as I love your work and products and I hope to take more classes from you, especially when you are in Oklahoma. On a more personal note, I hope your family in Germany is safe. Please stay strong and creative as we need your talent in these trying times.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you Chris! It was so wonderful to meet you in Oklahoma and thank you so much for your support! Thank you for you wonderful thoughts on this day- my family is safe. Thank you for thinking of them. Loves and hugs, Nat

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  • Gayle

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    I started following your blog when you had your first Creative Jump Start. I found several of your techniques worked great for fabric which is what I use in my art. I have purchased most of your stamps and stencils but I see a few I don’t have. Hmmmm…..

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Wow Gayle- that is a long time! Thank you for all your support and I love that the techniques can be used universally. If you can, share with me what you created using my stamps and stencils – I always love to see it!!! Have a wonderful weekend !

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Letter to My Future Self – Marsha Valk

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in General Announcements

CS July Letter

It’s Tuesday and time for my Creative Squad to share a project with you with this month’s theme: “Letter to my Future Self”. Throughout the month of July, the team will use any of my n*Studio Stamps and Stencils they would like to use to interpret the theme. This month’s theme is in honor of my recent 10 year (!) blog anniversary- which we will celebrate later this month! I asked the team to create something that they’d like to tell themselves in 10 years. Like a mixed media time capsule. This theme flips the “If only I knew then what I know now” sentiment up-side-down.

This week we are happy to share with you Marsha Valk’s thoughtful letter that she drafted for her future self!

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I had no idea on where to start, so I thought about the past 10 years first and all the good and bad things that happened. Then I thought about what could happen in the next decade. It made me kind of sad, but also hopeful. I decided to write an actual letter to find out what I wanted to say.

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Once I had my hopes and wishes on paper, I put it aside and grabbed my n*Studio stamps and stencils, my Gelli Plate, a couple of paints and I started pulling prints on A4 sized paper.

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The next day I chose the print I liked best as my foundation and I added collaged pieces from another print, stenciling, stamping, finger prints, charcoal pencil, acrylic marker, acrylic ink and of course my letter. I deliberately chose to work on A4 paper instead of in one of my art journals, because I want to store this letter with my recent scrapbook pages.

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Marsha’s letter is a great balance of seriousness and hope.  I love how she incorporated so many different layers of stamps and stencils to get her ideas out.  Their layering effect is really cool with so many different elements working together!

Marsha used the supplies listed below (some are affiliate links):

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Please note: Some links on this blog are affiliate links for which I receive a small percentage of any sales generated by the link.


Maybe you will even play along with us -I would love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my next “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

See you next Tuesday for another project from the Creative Squad!

Nat

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  • Michelle Rydell

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    Marsha I LOVE your page! What a beautiful letter you’ve written to yourself. I love what you had to say and also the bright colors and mixture of stamps and stencils. Beautiful!

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  • Joi @RR

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    Very special. Thanks bunches for great inspiration. j.

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  • Stampendous Stamps

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    Wow, Marsha! This is just gorgeous! What a colorful and bright note to your Future Self! This should definitely get your attention. Beautiful job, and great use of so many products! Thanks for sharing!

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My Own Drum – Gwen Lafleur

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Creative Squad, General Announcements

CS June My Own Drum

Happy Tuesday! It’s time for my Creative Squad to share a project with you with this month’s new theme: “My Own Drum”. Throughout the month of June, the team will use my new Fashion Dame Rubber Stamp Set to interpret the theme. This theme is all about inspiration, creativity, and personal expression. I asked my squad to create something that celebrates the power of individuality. March to the beat of your own Mixed Media drum this month!

We are kicking off with an art journal page from Gwen Lafleur. This is a super inspiring reminder to us all to do what we love, even if it means covering stuff up 🙂

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This month’s theme, “my own drum” was perfect for me, and lots of fun to work with! I tend to be a bit of a loner – I’ll go off on my own or join up with tour groups where I don’t know anyone else and go on crazy, exotic adventures. I’m also usually one that follows what I like rather than what’s trendy in clothes (even as an 80s child in elementary school, I knew parachute pants weren’t a good idea for me. LOL.) I’m the same with music, food, and especially with my art! Don’t get me wrong… I love to see what new things other people are doing and what tools and techniques are cool. That’s how we learn, right? But more and more, it’s important for me to take whatever I learn and go in my own direction as much as possible; to be true to myself in my work, even if no one else likes it.

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For this month’s project I took those thoughts and used them to create this art journal page. I used the Fashion Dame stamp set and created three silhouettes as my focal point – in my mind, they’re three different aspects of me. There’s a bit of a double meaning to the color and pattern on this page… first, something I like to do a lot in my work that really bothers some people is to cover things up. Second, I love the idea of the inside of the silhouettes being full of pattern and bright colors while the outside is extremely subdued. I think that speaks a lot to my own personality (and the rich inner life of an introvert. Ha!)

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To make this page, I started out by stamping with the Fashion Dame stamp set – I did different combinations of the body and clothes to get the three silhouettes. I just stamped them on copy paper and then cut them out. Next, I prepared my background. I gesso’d and painted, then I collaged on pieces from a sewing pattern (I couldn’t resist the tie to fashion!) I did some stenciling on top with some of Nathalie’s StencilGirl stencils. Once I had a nice hot mess of color and pattern, I took my three silhouettes and adhered them securely with repositionable adhesive. Next is the part that upsets some people… I took some Payne’s Gray paint and mixed it with satin glazing medium, then proceeded to paint over the entire page.

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For the next step, I use baby wipes to push back a little of the wet paint. I wanted most of the page to be at least somewhat veiled with the darker color, especially near the silhouettes. Then I peeled off the masks / silhouettes (do this while the paint is still wet so it doesn’t seal down the edges of the mask.) I love the contrast of the areas that were masked off versus the dark background with just hints of pattern and color showing through.

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To finish it off, I took a fine line painting pen and filled the well with white acrylic ink. I used this to add the journaling around the silhouettes and to put a border on the page. I added the dots with a white paint pen, then used red fluid acrylic paint mixed with airbrush medium in a fine line applicator to sprinkle some dots around the page. Voila! A finished art journal page that shows how I like to march to my own drum both in my art and in life.

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I think it is so cool that Gwen followed her instincts with the dark overlay – this is what the  theme is all about and the results are gorgeous.

Besides the supplies listed below (some are affiliate links), Gwen also used a vintage sewing pattern and Hermafix temporary dot adhesive:

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Please note: Some links on this blog are affiliate links for which I receive a small percentage of any sales generated by the link.

Maybe you will even play along with us -I would love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my next “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“!

See you next Tuesday for another project from the Creative Squad!

Nat

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  • Gayle

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    Loved this demo! I was stuck on a mixed media piece and after reading Gwen’s process, I decided that covering it up and wiping off a few areas is exactly what it needs because I too am an introvert – Thank you both for this “eureka” moment!

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      GwenLafleur

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      Thanks Gayle – so glad it inspired you! I don’t know if my love of covering things up is directly linked to being an introvert, but it’s certainly symbolic… lol.

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  • Michelle Rydell

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    Gwen, your page is beautiful! I love the way the bright colors peek out from the dark background! What an awesome way to use the stamp set!

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      GwenLafleur

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      Thanks so much! It took me a while to figure out how to interpret this month’s theme, but once it hit me I really had a lot of fun 🙂

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  • stephanie

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    I love the contrast of the dark and the bright patterns showing! Stunning

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  • Joi @RR

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    LOVE that you are so unique and your own person with quirks Gwen. That’s the kind of art I love. Today – your art reminds me of something Nat would create and I love that too. You are both so FREE and FUN – completely BODACIOUS in your creativity – LOVE that so much. Your creativity today is just so SUPER. Your ladies are all splendid – the same – yet so different. Such a great message! Thanks bunches for sharing such fab inspiration. j.

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      GwenLafleur

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      Aw, thanks! Isn’t it wonderful how we can all be so different? I really love that. Also love that you used the word bodacious in your comment 😀 Thanks so much!

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  • Sarah P.

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    Love your unique style. Coloring outside the lines is awesome.

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      GwenLafleur

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      Thanks Sarah! It’s good to color outside the lines once and a while, isn’t it? 😀

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