Hello and thank you for wanting to know a little more about me. When I first started my blog I didn’t know what to write. But, now that some time has passed I feel I would like to share why I chose to start a blog in the first place.

For me, it’s not just about rubber stamping but also creating a piece of art. And, I believe that each card I create is a piece of art. I’ve always had a passion for art. One of my fondest memories as a child would have to be when I would go to Summer Bible Camp at our Lutheran Church. One year (and I think it was my last due to my age) we made candles using coffee cans, sand, twine, and wax. We planted seeds to watch them grow and all sorts of other things. The camp staff always had great “craft” ideas for the kids. My all time favorite “craft” though this particular year, was a lamp base made of clear glass. It was similar in shape to that of an old fashioned oil lamp. Obviously, this was reserved for the older kids at camp. So here’s what we did. We tore bits of masking tape and stuck them all over the lamp base. Then we took a calligraphy pen and black indigo ink and drew lines on the base with the ink where the pieces of tape met up. When the tape was taken off we had what looked like puzzle pieces in black outline. Then we were to take other colored ink along with a paintbrush and paint whatever puzzle pieces we wanted. We could paint a select few or all of them. The choice was ours. The ink colors were your typical primary colors. But when you were finished painting the pieces and allowed it to dry it looked like stained glass. Imagine about 30 of these on a window sill in the sunlight. It was breathtaking to me as a child. It was THE coolest project I had ever done as a child. I suppose that was my first introduction to “real” ink too. I was so proud of that lamp base. It was so unique that I have never seen another like it then or now. I keep hoping to see one in an antique store. But, I never have.

I’ve never really considered myself the type of artist that could “draw” from memory or from sight. No, my gig was always about color and how I could mix it, play with it, and work with it. Out of all the jobs I’ve had, my favorite was working for a printing company. I had the job of creating and figuring out (from scratch) the custom color /colors a customer chose for his/her printed material. My supervisor Harvey was always amazed how I could come up with the exact color every single time. These colors didn’t come in a can. And remember this is not paint we are talking about, it was ink. It doesn’t mix the same way as paint. I was the wild and crazy mixologist. Sometimes I wish I had stayed with the business. But, the good Lord has put me right where he wants me and I’ll be content with that. I suppose I’ve had plenty of exposure to inks throughout the course of my life. Art is truly my passion. And whether I am creating cards or other paper crafts, I love the journey and where it leads me.

During my 30’s I went to college for Art and Design. I specifically wanted to learn more about Graphic Design since I was already doing work for my sister in the field of web design. Again, it was all about the creative process. I had never had a formal art class till college. That’s when I realized I was not the type of artist that could look at something and draw it with ease. Oh no. Not this gal. I struggled with those types of classes. It took me painstaking hours to complete a simple still life in pencil. This isn’t to say that I can’t take a picture and make it a pencil drawing. It just might take me a while longer than most. And if you want it in this century, then I suggest you get someone else other than me to do it. LOL

I’ve practiced drawing various parts of the human face i.e. noses, eyes, ears, lips, etc. But, again it’s not really my cup of tea. My ultimate favorite piece of art I did while I was in college was a picture of Princess Di. You can see it here. The assignment was to use a different “mark” in each individual square to show the shadows and light. It was a tough assignment. But, I managed to make an A. It took several weeks (I think it was more) to get it done. But, I absolutely love it and would actually do more of them given the time.

For me, making a card is making a small piece of art. Any time something takes original thought and then transpires into something tangible or virtual albeit a rug, basket, or web design and in this case a greeting card, it’s art to me. All I know is that I really enjoy art and making cards fits right into that category for me. I love the idea of creating something new and different every single time. I hope and pray I can continue to create small works of art through my greeting cards and other various projects for family and friends for a very long time.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I hope while you are here you will look around and perhaps be inspired. Enjoy your visit and feel free to stop by again anytime. 🙂

Feel free to share your artwork with me and post a link to your website or blog in any of my comments area. I love seeing what others have created because it inspires me.

Okay and now for the fun part of the blog and its title. If you haven’t already figured it out, ibeestampin’ is a play on words. I’m forever saying things like “I be fine”, or “I be having fun”. Silly things like that. So, it only seemed natural for me to name my blog about art and stamping using the “i be” phrase but with a little twist.

I wanted something cute to use for the overall theme of my blog. So I chose a bee. A bumble bee to be more exact. She is my mascot in a sense and I love her to pieces. I hope you will “buzz by” often to see the wonderful things I/we have in store for you. Have a “bee-u-t-ful” day.

God Bless …and while I bee stampin’ and creating art, I hope you bee stampin’ and creating art too. 🙂 😉

Warm Hugs,