Wednesday, November 10, 2010

WOYWW - Something's Fishy

A few years ago I got a taste of the fun that can be had when a party is for stamping chickies!

This little company we're building (hopefully to be a big company) is meant to be fun.

Sometimes it is overwhelming. Sometimes it is exhausting. Sometimes it is exhilarating and magical.

Mom (aka incredimobo/Pam) is my business partner and with her help, I've realized that the times when it is fun is when it involves people who are not us. (K..I have serious fun w/my mom...but y.K.w.i.m)

Last month I joyfully made a set in collaboration with Lynne Phelps.
This resulted in a truly exciting collection, the inaugural stamps in our new "More to Love" line.  Check out this "real-woman" in our Amber Ink. shop.

That went so very swimmingly (aqua jks) that we were overwhelmingly excited to create our next challenge-win set. Wendy Price won last month's challenge. I love hearing Wendy's adventures in stamping and parenting on her blog Paper Ink and Smiles. It really is a smiley kind of place.

I've developed a kind of Justin Beiber obsession with Wendy's youngest son, six-year old, Willem.
His antics often give me laugh-out-loud thrills. Willem is my youngest co-art director to date. So far things are going well. Here were some of his initial ideas (with Wendy edits)
  • someone fishing in a canoe
  • realistic fish (I nixed that idea and told him they have to be cute)
    but more fish to go with the Mermaids would be cool!
  • kid fishing with a fish skeleton on his t-shirt
  • a cityscape with monsters in all the windows (i warned you his ideas were all over the place, lol)
Tonight my desk is covered in sketches for my Double W set (Wendy and Willem)

Notice the fish glass on my desk.

Willem and I have more than our vivacious personalities in common...

So far I'm sketching in my book and on some fun comp pages, in preparation for this celebration fishies set. Of course that's a working title ;)
I've tried to satisfy Willem's 'realistic fishes' whim.
This is for the monster lover in all of us:

There's still 19 hours left to enter this month's INK-redible 21-day challenge!

(man how much do I wish I'd finished this blog entry 2 hours ago?!)

Use any Amber Ink product to create a thank you card, blog about it, and enter your link.

As always, our iPapers are only $1.

You can win yourself your very own custom designed set by entering and crossing your fingers
and whatever other rituals you have
(seriously, what other rituals do you have?)

So that's my desk.

Skirt over to Julia's to see everyone else's uber fab lifestyles as reflected in the table they sit at ;)

 Happy Wednesday!


Mandi said...

Fantastic sketches, FAB new collection

mandi xx

akilli melek said...

Well Merhaba to you too ;-)
love the monster fish, you look like you have been so busy you havent had time to notice the other days in the week. Great work in progress.
Think my only ritual is wednesday WOYWW!
happy woyww from #6 (caroline)

jude said...

Wow your sketches .Have agreat wednesday
Keep safe and warm hugs judex

Chrissie said...

Wow, very productive... great sketches too! Good luck with all your ventures!

Terry & Kim said...

You are so talented. I wish you great success. It sounds like you're on your way. Thanks for sharing all the photos!

Terry #21

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Cute monster fish. It makes me smile. Sounds like you are really busy. Have a lovely WOYWW (#5).

Sue said...

Hi ya
you have been busy, great fishes,have great day, happy WOYWW, sue.(23)

peggy aplSEEDS said...

i like your fishes! my family just visited the oceanarium last Saturday so i've been thinking about fishes too! happy WOYWW fr #8

Neet said...

Love your glass with your fishies on - great inspiration for your fab sketches. The swordfish is great and such a friendly face on him. Good luck with them all. #24

Wipso said...

Fab fishy sketches :-)
A x

Morti said...

Nice work - well done to Willem for some great ideas, and well done to you for realising them....

Paula Gale said...

cool set of sketches - good luck with your venture.

Paula x x x

Susan Allan said...

Wishing you great equals fun!!!
Sue xx 60

Leonie said...

oooh what joy!! to find another stamp designer!!!
I love your designs- they are really different to what's on the market.
I design for STAMP IT RUBBER STAMP company in Perth western australia and they are way too conservative!!!
Please feel free to drop by my site and check out my designs for them in my archive.
I have a heap for sale too if your interested!
Good luck with it all
Anyway i didnt drop by for that- just checking out WOYWW and wanted to say hi and say I'm enjoying your desk
cheers Leonie:-)

Ciara said...

Loving the fishies! And I like Willem's idea of buildings with monsters in the windows too!


wendyp said...

omgosh! Amber you are AMAZING!!! I am sitting here grinning from ear to ear! I can't wait for Willem to see these! Its 5 am and I'm so tempted to wake him up to come see but I know I'll pay the price for that later when he's tired and grouchy. He is going to LOVE them! And i LOVE the fact that you were able to tie them in with the holidays! I see my future Christmas cards in that set!

voodoo vixen said...

Your new designs are really cute and Willem sounds like a fun wee guy to have about! You certainly seem to keep yourself busy, have a lovely WOYWW Annette

Scrapcollectr said...

Your artistic realities are what I aspire to! If I could only stop making cards and start drawing ideas.... Good luck with the new venture... it looks like a sure win....

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Great sketches, very creative. Good luck with the new ventures. Tracy Evans x

Spyder said...

Love the sketches, seen those fishies with the light, on the telly, they look sooooo mean!! But you're are cute!!Happy WOYWW!


Karin said...

You wow us every month with your artwork! Can't wait to see the finished product...

sasa said...

Great new collection on the way - and inspired by such a lovely story - all the best - and enjoy the view from where you are now!

Rhonda Miller said...

This sounds like fun. I love the sketches. TFS.

Julia Dunnit said...

Gosh I wish I had an uber fab lifestyle! Your sketches are great - how cool are Willem's ideas!

karen said...

Hee hee, Willem sounds so adorable and full of ideas! And you are amazing with your sketches! Thanks for the peek!
Happy WOYWW!

Emily Leiphart said...

Super cute! I love these sneak peeks!!

Cathy said...

Great fishy sketches :)
Cathy xx

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

Wonderful fishy sketches. Thanks for sharing your workspace. Best wishes, Kym xxx (WOYWW No 35)

The Crafty Goat Girl said...

Love your sketches, they are fabulous. Great workdesk today, hugs Heidi (#30) x

Hazel said...

Love your sketches - thanks for sharing x Hazel #100

Andrea - Wales, UK said...

Gorgeous sketches and a fab post.


lauren carney said...

hey meowsy,
pretty fancy blog you've got a-going-on in here!
keep up the top notch work you top notch blogger!
x x x

Violets Corner said...

Fab sketches! Sounds like you're having fun with Willem!

Maarit #34

Jo Davies said...

Just trying to catch up with WOYWW.... what lovely sketches, great fun!

Hugs Jo (64) xxx