Visit with artist Sammie Flame & Enter to win a prize from her Etsy shop

Violet by Sammie Flame of RawkMama.etsy.com
Hey there. How have you been? Last week we popped by mixed media artist Sammie Flame's new studio (If you missed the tour click here). Sammie has just stopped in for a cup of tea and a lovely chat - and we are both so glad you could join us! 

I know Sammie from the entertaining & eclectic Etsy Melange Team. I enjoy her unique style & wonderful rich colors. In her online shop RawkMama.Etsy.com you can find a mix of Sammie's original artwork and fun paper supplies, like these cool tickets:

Set of 12 poison tickets from RawkMama.etsy.com

C'mon - take off your coat & stay a while. I'll put up a fresh pot of water while you guys chat for a bit.... By the way, click on any of the captions for more info on each photo.

SF: I am an artist who loves rawk music and comes from a family of rock [gems and minerals] lovers! hence the name...

When did you first become interested in art? 

SF: I think I've always been fascinated with art. My Dad is an amazing artist, and my Mom is super creative sewing, crocheting, etc. As a child, I was always surrounded with creativity.

What are your favorite materials & why? 

SF: I have always been in love with papers! I think paper is so beautiful & versatile! It always appeals to me... Paint is my second favorite, because I can get so messy!

Where do you find inspiration? 

SF: I find my inspiration from my emotions, music, nature, magazines, people - everything that surrounds me!

Do you listen to anything while creating? If so, who are you listening to lately?

SF: I love music!!! And most people might find this shocking, but i love to play alternative/rock/metal while creating! My current playlist is Karnivool, Joe Satriani, Skillet, 3 Days Grace, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Pearl Jam. I do love softer stuff, too, but as of late, I've been creating to these guys! Yeah, I'm a rocker chick at heart!

How long have you been selling your art? 

SF: I have been selling my art since 2006, and on Etsy as a seller since 2008.
What is your favorite piece in your shop right now? 

SF: I have 2 faves right now:

Melting Mirror by Sammie Flame
So Blue by Sammie Flame

What are your 3 favorite Etsy shops? 

SF: This is a hard question! So many favorite shops! 

paper scrap pack classic - margo collection from thienthanh.etsy.com
Thienthanh.etsy.com for amazing papers.

Shadow Dancing set of 12 clear stamps from Nahanibluette.etsy.com
 nahanibluette.etsy.com  for a huge selection of stamps.

What A Feelin original painting from JMJArtStudio.etsy.com
JMJartStudio.etsy.com for incredible paintings!

What are your 3 favorite websites? 

SF: Etsy.com, Flickr, and Moo

What do you like to do when you are not creating? 

SF: Read [novels], write, take walks, tinker on the guitar/ play piano, spend time laughing with my 3 girls! 

Sammie Flame

You have recently become interested in art-journaling and art therapy. Is there anything you would like to share on this topic? (For those just meeting Sammie, she was recently widowed and is the mother of 3 young children).

SF: Art has been a way for me to express my emotions and grief, in a way that words cannot. Sometimes, without my husband, I feel lost, and it scares me. Art grounds me and helps me to feel "found" and that I live with a purpose. I wrote about this for Crescendoh.com. CLICK HERE for my thoughts on the healing power of art.

Sammie, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing with us today! And thank you for sponsoring the latest Thursday Giveaway.

Yep, Sammie wants to give away free stuff! On 2/3 one lucky winner will get either the original ACEO, Love 

Love Original Art Card from RawkMama.etsy.com

or a $5 credit at RawkMama.Etsy.com + free shipping. (And you can find some very cool art or supplies at Sammie's place for five bucks!) 

To Enter this random drawing, leave a comment on this blog before 1 a.m. (EST) on Feb. 3, 2011. This drawing is open worldwide with free shipping to winner. Winner gets to choose which prize they prefer. 

So what'cha waiting for? Share your thoughts, leave a comment & you might be the lucky winner. If you have a few minutes today go see what looks tempting over at Sammie's Etsy shop. By the way, thanks for dropping by - It is your interest in the artists that keeps the interviews & giveaways coming!


On a side note, have you entered my 1/27 random drawing yet? One winner receives a copy of Julia Cameron's book The Artist's Way, A spiritual path to higher creativity. Any comment left on my blog before 1/27 also enters you in this giveaway. For drawing & book details  click this link.


  1. I look forward to going over to Crescendo and reading the rest of your story, Sammie. I love your work!

  2. I am sorry for your loss Sammie. I am glad you found art and it's healing powers, keep up the good work!

  3. Art journaling sounds really interesting. That could be a post on its own - different ways to go about starting that?

    It is so interesting (to me) to read about where others find inspiration. Hm, maybe you will do a post about inspiration?

    I also love reading about other people's favorite etsy shops bc it helps me to discover more to love too!

  4. Such beautiful and inspiring work!

  5. i too am sorry for your loss. your artwork is amazing! thank you for the opportunity to win this!

  6. I loved reading this interview and I'm glad art has helped you Sammie. Your work is wonderful!!

  7. This was a great interview and please thank Sammie for sharing so deeply of herself and her art.

  8. Hi Stacey, what a great interview and I love Sammie's new space.

    Her work is so vibrant and you can feel her passion.

    Have a lovely weekend, T. :)

  9. WHat a great thank you so much for doing this! :) Her work is really inspiring and really meaningful also

  10. Very fun stuff here! Thanks for sharing

  11. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. I already see something I would choose. Nice colorful, pieces! Email: yona(at)pricelesswriters.com

  12. Great interview, Stacey! I love all of Sammie's art. I think that "Violet" is one of my favorites. I enjoyed her story on Crescendo too. (I left a comment on the Melange blog too.)