myCreativity – Holiday Art Open House

Visitation by artist anne emmons

You are invited to join us this Saturday for our first-ever open house, art market, crafting and holiday party! My art friend and teaching colleague Anne Emmons is hosting everything in her lovely studio and classroom space in Lakewood, Colorado! Art makes memorable gifts for the holiday season: originals, handmade items, limited edition prints, art cards…

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Never Forget, You Are Loved

This is a simple card I made with handmade paper. I lined the inside with a cut of scrapbook paper and embellished it with 2 felt flowers and a ribbon. I think the way the fold is offset adds a nice element of beauty, don’t you agree?

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DIY: Silk Ribbon on Vintage Perfume Bottle

Recently, I have been experimenting with hand dyed silk ribbon for crafts. I love how the colors mimic the patterns I can get in my watercolor paints. I also have enjoyed shredding the edges of the ribbon to get interesting frayed curling effects.

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“Wonderful” Handmade Paper Doily Card

Last week I shared with you how easy and fast it is to make a giftable journal out of a sheet of felt and some office paper. This week, I am continuing the “Thank You” theme with a darling little handmade paper doily card I made with paper scraps. This is perfect for everyday use or you…

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Paper Bird with Journal Sketch

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A quick pencil sketch of this little paper bird. He was staring back at me from my craft table as I was making the Felt Thank You Journal and I couldn’t resist. Enjoy!

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Art Licensing Agent: Suzanne Cruise

art licensing agent interview with suzanne-cruise hosted by monica-lee

Monica Lee of Smartcreativewomen.com recently interviewed art licensing agent Suzanne Cruise. Their interview touches on so many need-to-know points about the state of art licensing today. I have listened to hundreds of talks on art licensing over the years and this is one of the most authentic perspectives on working with companies and agents, even helpful for a self-represented artist like myself.

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“Art to Product to Market” – Westminster Art Class

art product development and marketing

Are you an artist in Colorado looking for help selling your work at art festivals, fairs, galleries, retail stores and even online? If so, don’t miss this workshop. Learn about creating with the customer in mind, product development, packaging and presenting, pricing to sell, plus many more marketing and show tips. Instructor: Cherish Flieder Sat. Oct…

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True Love Vintage Handmade Card

Using lace, a crystal chandelier prism, glitter mod podge, ribbon and handmade paper I created an elegant wedding card for this month’s Designer Blog Hop Challenge theme: Vintage.

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Barefoot Path: Right Field

Little league baseball print "Right Field" by Benjamin Hummel

“Right Field” by Benjamin Hummel was selected for the cover of Barefoot Path: Exploring childlike wonder and faith Comments from the artist, Benjamin Hummel: The phenomenon of little league sports can be pretty humorous at times. Attending many such outings with my younger brothers, there were always two or three (usually my siblings among them),…

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Aloha Mixed Media Canvas

For today’s Designer Connection Blog Hop, I bring you a lovely vacation themed mixed media canvas collage painting of a beautiful beach somewhere off the shore of Kauai.

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Paper Quilling

Paper quilled heart pin

Alli Bartkowski is the most passionate quiller I have ever met. I had seen this art & craft form over the years, but for some reason I never had the opportunity to give it a try. Alli’s booth at the most recent CHA show in California was filled to the brim with the most creative quilled creations I have ever seen. She literally uses the technique to sculpt and form anything she wants from traditional quilled motifs to 3-D people and cupcakes!

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Artist & Designer Alex Colombo

AlexColombo - The Blue Sun

Last year, illustrator and licensing artist Alex Colombo, interviewed me about my style, themes and technique. Since then we have got to know each other more through social media and today I want to share with you all about her background and the wonderful things she is doing with her art and blog. Alex Colombo…

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Easter Egg Garden Craft

easter garden

Have you ever wanted a beautiful miniature garden to celebrate easter indoors? Photographer and designer Jessica Roy from ROY JOY, put together this delightful DIY project you are sure to love. And with her kind permission I am pleased to share this with you today as you prepare for your Easter celebrations and perhaps start a new Easter tradition that is something to cherish.

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Mixed Media Canvas Painting Collage Workshop

Colorado Mixed Media Workshop

In this 3 hour Mixed Media Canvas Painting Collage Workshop, designed by artist Cherish Flieder, students learn techniques to artfully use many mediums together for both professional art and personal craft applications. They are guided through the process to make a unique canvas creation that embodies a theme of their choice. Students explore how to combine the use of watercolor, colored pencil, markers, acrylics, collage elements and embellishments like embroidery, buttons, beads, fabric scraps and more. See examples and get inspired to mix and match elements to make your art fun and vibrant!

If you are interested in participating in future classes, contact Cherish to be added to the wait list.

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CHA Winter 2012 Experience

I am excited to share some snapshots from my recent CHA experience. I have attended these shows since 2007 and I can easily say that it was the best yet!

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Pinterest Is Becoming the Next Big Thing for Business

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard. That is where it starts. However, I recently I came across this article that both explains Pinterest and gives some practical business tips for using it to promote your art, products, publications or whatever visually engaging images you want to share with the world. Of course, it should go without…

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