Sunday, May 29, 2016

Studio Sunday and Zendoodle Workshop Issue 3

First things first.  Happy Memorial Day!  I'm giving thanks to all service men and women who have and still are serving our country in the name of FREEDOM!!!!  Thank you and be safe. XOXOXO

Funny story...I stopped by Barnes & Noble on the way home Friday after work and found this!!!!!

I must have missed the notification email!!!!  It's here!!  My first published article since 2014??  I'm super excited about this issue because it is jam packed with big names such as Alisa Burke, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and Christine Adolph (which means that I'm super happy to be along side them in this issue)!!!  Unfortunately, the artwork that I loved the most was not included so I am showing you NOW RIGHT HERE!!!

This was taken from my cellphone but you get the idea.  When I receive the artwork back I will provide more close ups.  I want to just take a minute to talk about what the article is about.  


What is it?  I define Rotational Design as a COOL, OUTSIDE-THE-BOX technique to create layer upon layer of medallion designs UNIQUE to only YOU!  I have much more information for you but I'm short on time at the moment.  I promise a video if you promise to help it go VIRAL!!!!  Just kidding!  I promise a video UNCONDITIONALLY!!!!

Lets create mini stencils and use them to build amazing medallions!!!  THIS IS WAY BETTER THAN SPIROGRAPH!!!!  Anyway, read the article!  Don't worry if it doesn't make sense, I will explain everything step by step with much more!  You don't need my Medallion Master Template stencils to get started, but you may find you would like to have them around.  Take a look at the 7 stencil designs only at!  Stay tuned for a video release date!

I have a quick but really special story to tell you about this magazine.  While at Barnes & Noble realizing the issue was on the stand, I almost knocked over the woman standing next to me in my flurry of excitement!  This woman, Cheryl Riello, and I started a brief conversation about the magazine and my article.  What a sweetheart!!!  She and I had our own little celebration moment which I am so grateful for.  After exchanging emails, Cheryl actually asked me to personally sign the issue!  Thanks Cheryl!!!  You have no idea how much that meant to me :)  I feel like a little Rock Star!

Enough about my stuff, Cheryl is an artist herself and I was floored when I visited her blog and realized the incredible art dolls that she has made!!!!!  Please check out Cheryl's blog HERE and if you are a lover of art dolls, you will not be disappointed!!!!  I think she is Sculpty Queen!!!!  I love meeting other like-minded artists in person.  We meet soooo many artists on-line and I have great ones but sharing your artistic thoughts and ideas with those people in person is priceless.

I'm leaving you here with a tiny art peek at the workshop I'm taking, Creating Collections for Home Decor with Lilla Rogers and Margo Tantau.  This week's assignment was to create designs for fabric (you know I was all over that!)

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend and try to grab some creative time for yourself!


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Studio Sunday and Lilla Rogers Workshop

Well, I bit the bullet and decided to take the MATS Creating Collections for Home Decor since it was the last time it was being run in 2016.  I've had the art licensing bug now for a while and really want to up my game.  I can't share everything but here is some of the artwork I created this weekend.

I've got to get designing again for more than one reason and this workshop will make drawing a habit and the knowledge I gain from the workshop about creating home decor products using different substrates will be priceless.

The studio isn't quite together yet, but with my desk and computer set up, I'm good to go for the time being.  One thing I am loving is forcing myself to use my big WACOM tablet.  (Thanks again, John Wren, for passing this on to me!)  I intend on using it every time I design until I get really good at it.  The goal will be to ditch the scanning of hand-drawn imagery and do it directly into the computer!  We'll see how that goes LOL

Promise to share more next week!!  I hope everyone is having a wonderfully creative weekend!!!


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Studio Sunday - Quick Trip to NYC

I am slowly unpacking and organizing my new studio space!  Sorry to be away for so long :(  I'm running away with Barb from for a couple of days to attend the National Stationary Show at the Javitz Convention Center (which happens to be exactly where Surtex is)!  I'm missing that whole scene and feel like I'm ready to starting designing again.  We will see.  I promise to have new content next Sunday.  Until then, enjoy a few fun past designs!!!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Studio Sunday

Happy Sunday everyone!  I am in the middle of my move to the house I bought.  
Be back next weekend.


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Studio Sunday, Free Giveaway Winner and Upcoming Move

Happy Sunday!  We've got beautiful blue skies here today and the grass seems to be getting greener which is a great sign!  Hopefully we won't see any more snow.  I know you are excited to find out who has won the set of the new Garden Party rubber stamps that launched last weekend at

I cut out all the fabulous comments from my blog post and mixed them all up in a bowl and pulled the winner's post!

Congratulations Tina!!!!!!

I hope you enjoy my new stamps and send pictures of what you create with them!!!  Send me an email (mapplinhapp at gmail dot com) with your mailing address and I will get these right out to you!

Over the next few weeks, I will be gearing up to make my next move to a new location!  I'm purchasing a house and will be closing this month!  It's a nice feeling to know that this will be the last move I make for at least 10 years but the thought of packing, organizing and cleaning 2 houses before being able to get settled again is not something I'm looking forward to LOL.  The good thing is that we (me, my sister, niece and nephew) will be moving only a few miles from where we currently are and can take our time preparing.

I promise to share pictures soon!  

Sunday, April 3, 2016



I am sooooo excited to show you this today!  Barbara ( and I have been collaborating more on some rubber stamp ideas and today she is releasing the first set of 13 rubber stamp images.  For those of you who have been hanging around my blog for a few years, you will remember this set of 4 images called Garden Party that were actually thermofax screen designs featured in this DVD back in 2012 where I teach you how to create these types of images in Photoshop Elements 10.  You can still purchase this workshop in digital download or DVD from Interweave.  Click on the image below.

Well, today, they are mini sized and available in top quality cling-back rubber stamp versions on  Click HERE to purchase them from Joggles.  Barbara continues to be an incredible business person, artist and friend and we will be doing more collaborations going forward!!!  Thank you, Barbara!!!

To see Barbara's video demonstration and more pictures of how we used the stamps in designs, click HERE.


So, of course there is a FREE GIVEAWAY!  Simply leave a comment on this post and you will be entered into the giveaway!  I will reveal the winner next Sunday, April 10th!

Don't forget to check out the blog!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Studio Sunday and Quilted Rotational Design

First day of spring and there is snow coming!  I'm sure we are not free of it yet.  I'm always trying to get inspired to revisit fiber art and I pulled out the sewing machine and did some free-motion quilting using one of my rotational designs (14").  The cool look of this is from some old paper towels that I save when they are loaded with color.

I transferred the rotational design lines to a piece of silk organza which made it really easy to free-motion stitch.  Since the stitching perforated the paper towels so easily, I was able to pull the extra away from the stitching lines under the silk.  A little help from tweezers and the little extra pieces came right out.

I've got some variegated silk floss and other great colors that I am going to get started with embellishing.  I don't have my plan 100% pulled together yet, but I'm sure I will get something done before next weekend.  Maybe I will just let this one grow organically.  I'm loving the way the paper towel captures the cool edges and blending of the colors.  I've got a whole stash waiting to be used!

Happy Spring and have a great rest of your weekend!


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Studio Sunday and Rotational Design

What a beautiful day it is here!!!  The crocus are up and the sun is warm.  A perfect day to go house hunting :)  I can't believe it is almost 2 years since we moved into our current house rental!!  Now we've got just about 3 months to find a new rental or buy a house!

In order to keep up with my Studio Sunday posts, I will need some of Sunday to actually create things so my posts will most likely be later in the day.  So...I have a few ideas.  They are really good ideas!  They are kind of still forming but the focus of everything is "rotational design".  I have been having a blast designing in rotation.  Basically, this isn't new for me as you know if you have seen my stencils, you know I have been playing around with rotational designs since last summer.  

What I'm currently working on are additional ways to create personalized, one-of-a-kind designs (medallions, mandalas, or circular designs by any other name) in a rotational format that take on square or circular designs from the inside out.  You can sort of tell from this picture even with the watercolor paint and light pencil lines.

I know, it doesn't look impressive until your bring back all the details to define the areas.  It's the areas that are so different.  The shapes and flow that the finished designs take on using very simple lines.

Then of course the watercolor which I LUV!!!  Some day I will get good at it :)  This example is just ok.  I will be developing more designs and then posting a few videos to show you how it all works!

I know my head always gets big thinking about all the ways that designs can be applied and before I go and promise that I will deliver a specific project, I'm going to keep working on these design ideas before I put them out there.  When I have more prepared, I will definitely share.  I think you will really enjoy this!  Stay tuned.....

Until next weekend,