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Happy Blogiversary n*Studio!

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!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Simply BOLD or…Grunge Stampset

This is another layout which I did for the Stampendous! CHA booth to showcase my new Stampset Grunge.

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I know….pretty unusual for me, right? I do love the simplicity though- as my emphasis was on my word of the year: BOLD – I needed a statement like layout ;)

I used as said the Grunge Stampset

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and the included free 2 piece template.

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I used the stamps and the template with acrylic paint – my favorite way to use stamps and those stamps are just perfect for it.

Here are the few supplies I used:

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Wishing you a gorgeous weekend

hugs

nat

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  • Eniko

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    I love the directness of this layout, Nat! Wonderful colors & that footwear is perfection!

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  • gunvor

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    Fabulous page! Love the simplicity and the colours. I can’t wait till I get those stamps – I think they’ll go really well with ink too!

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  • Kirsten Alicia

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    Fantastic page!!

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  • Pitchoune57

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    so beautiful page, bye from France
    Pitchoune

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I like this simple LO. I assume that these are your shoes. It’s been a while since you talked about your love of shoes on this blog.

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  • Louison

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    I love your page; so beautiful!!!

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  • Nurse-Ratchet

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    I have yours stamps and they ARE amazing!!

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  • Katia

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    I want your stamps, there are amazing!!!

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12 Days of California Part II: My Stampendous Stamps Debut at CHA

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Seeing my own stamp designs and my photo at the Stampendous Booth was sooooo cool.

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I came into the Convention Center a little bit before my class started and took a peek at the booth…(the show wasn’t open to the public yet)

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I was all by myself and I was looking at this in disbelieve- it honestly felt unreal as if the alarm clock would ring the next minute to make me wake up and realize this was just a dream. Instead my alarm went off that I would have to run to my first CHA class ever- 50 Retailers – waiting to play with my Stamps and other Stampendous Products.

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It was a fun class- and after an uncomfortable two seconds realizing that someone hung a microphone on my clothes “FREAK- I never had a mic while teaching” I got the hang out of it, as I already started loosing my voice after teaching the last two days six classes at ArtVenture. I was also happy to see some familiar faces from either working together before or students that took my ArtVenture Class- that was fun!

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Teaching Retailers is definitely different. A lot of my students in this class did not come because they love Mixed Media- but because they wanted to get educated in Mixed Media and learn about it because they realized there is a huge demand for it in their stores. It was a very different approach in this class when my usual let loose and get creative.  I enjoyed when some of them that never played with paint told me they liked it a lot and get their costumer love for it :) Right on ;)

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And btw not every teacher at CHA as a good friend like JumpStarter Joe Rotella who comes with a chef hat into your class to deliver lunch because he knows you never eat right at CHA ;) Thank you Joe- that made me laugh so hard…too bad I had a mic – my already loud laughing must have scared my students a lot – LOL

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I learned a lot  by teaching this class and hopefully there will be another opportunity for a CHA class in the future. I loved seeing my stamps being used – it made me all giddy :)

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Thank you Liquitex, Speedball,  May Arts and Imagine Crafts(Tsukineko) for sponsoring my Stampendous Class!

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I demoed also a couple days at the Stampendous booth…until I lost my voice totally – but hey…I sounded really interesting- LOL

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And I loved having friends over and Cindy Bundy from the Stampendous Designteam showing me her sample

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Thank you to all of you who took my CHA Class and came to see my demos ! Thank you also to the awesome Stampendous Staff who did such an amazing job behind the scenes and helped me during and after my classes!

I am going to add a list of the stores that cary my stamps to my website here soon – they are already available and I know some stores have them already in the house :)

More about CHA and which trends I observed will follow :)

have a gorgeous day

huge hugs

nat

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  • MarjieKemper

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    I bet that display made your heart sing! Great seeing all these beauties in person. Massive congrats!

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Sneak Peek of my Mixed Media Stamps with Stampendous

Wohoo – I am so excited that I can share with you a Sneak Peek of my Signature Stamps with Stampendous. I was getting the green light to share with you some images :) The Stamps will be available soon to order …the catalogues are out!

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Here are some wonderful Scrapbooking Pages that the awesome Design Team at Stampendous created for the catalogue – soooo love what they did!

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I will share more samples soon! If you booked my ArtVergnugen Class in NYC at the InkPad in January – you will be the first ones playing with those stamps after my class Unleash your Creativity at CHA next week :) Thank you for letting me share – I am so giddy about it- I hope you like what you see

Huge hugs

Nat

 

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  • Gabriella Dehod

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    looooove!!!

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  • Ilana

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    Wow! Beautiful stamps, Nat! Congratulations.

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  • Micki

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    OMG, that’s AWESOME. I’m jumping for joy and LOVE LOVE LOVE all of the stamps. Yay, I can’t wait until they hit the stores. Big Congratulations!!!!!!!

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  • gunvor

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    Oh, they are awesome! Good work, Nat! I hope I can find them in a store in Europe eventually!

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  • Cath

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    Oh yes!! That *is* exciting – well done. Can’t wait…

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  • annrea1

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    Love the stamps! Can’t wait! You must be so proud! Congrats!

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  • Kathy

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    Oh how exciting congratulations, they look wonderful, well done x

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  • Andrene

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    I love them! On the top of my “to buy” list. Congrats :)

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  • Kirsten Alicia

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    Nat, many congratulations! They look wonderful & right up my street.

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