Rhonda Maynard, blog: Crafty Blessings
This month, our featured Guest Designer is none other than Rhonda Maynard! She is *constantly* coming up with such clever ideas, that we thought it would be a total kick to share some of her fab creations with ya'all!
I am a wife and SAHM of 3 busy kids and work part-time at the A Muse retail shop for fun! I had been stamping off and on for over 10 years after being introduced to it at a home party, and started spending most of my spare time playing with stamps about 4 years ago. While I'm still figuring out what my stamping style is, I enjoy trying new techniques and tricks.
A Muse first caught my eye about 4 years ago while at a LSS where I bought my first 3 A Muse stamps (Pea Pod, Fishes and Best Fishes). But, it wasn't until A-muse-a-palooza '07 that I finally caught the A Muse wave and ever since then, there's been no looking back!! What appeals to me most about A Muse stamps and products is their unique style, versatility and compatibility. Once I bought a couple, I quickly realized they all go together and needed to have them all! Mixing and matching the cute images with the fun sentiments to come up with clever scenes or witty word plays is my favorite thing to do with them!
We think you'll agree about Rhonda's very clever and witty ideas and I'm *uber* excited to share some of her inspiration today, which features some of our coming Valentine images
Be sure to leave a comment below (only one please) on this, and on each of the coming Guest Designer articles showcasing Rhonda's designs! Your name will be entered in a drawing for her stamp and note card picks, along with some ribbon love!
- *new* Love Shack
- *new* 4 Bar Popsicle Pink Note Cards
And, without further adieu . . . the art:
Rhonda used a striking polished stone technique in the background--deep rich pinks, and purple hues! And, don't ya' just love the FEATHER???!!! Makes me think of feather boas. Notice, too, how she accented the Love Birds with tear drop Twinkle Stickers on their wings!
In this design Rhonda created a wonderful dog bone to showcase the daschunds (Puppy Love), and I thought it was a neat idea to ink and stamp only one row of pattern from the Tin Plate background stamp, beneath them!
A little sumpin' from Victoria's . . .
LOL! Keep your eye on this little boutique (Victoria's)--it will appear each week, during our series of articles on Rhonda's work! I couldn't believe each of the 4 designs she created with this image--each so cute and fun! In this design, Rhonda used her Copic markers to color the white stripes of a Swiss Red Bold Stripe note card, echoing the same motif that runs along the top of the little building!
Candy Heart Card
We *always* get those boxes filled with the little candy hearts--you know the ones! Well, this card is cut in the shape of a heart, and then with the new Be Mine sentiment stamped in the center, it very much resembles those candy hearts! Simple and sweet! Can't you just see this on all our pastel colored note cards?! I love that she added a little pink Heart Twinkle Sticker atop the "i", and gently sanded the edges to give the design added dimension.
I know!!! I know!!! I PIMP'd when I saw this one, too! (shakin' my head in wonderment and chucking) I *adore* chocolate. I *adore* pink and chocolate together. I *adore* faux postage. See the "special delivery" down in the corner? Could she have BEEN any more clever with the new Chocolate image??? (said in my best Chandler Bing voice)
Yup! I done told ya'! She's a witty one, that Rhonda! *wink-wink*
Next week, I'll have a little more to share about Rhonda, and more of her whiz-bang designs!
So, ya'all come back now, ya' here?!