Love Letters Are Key

Here is a charming vignette I created with watercolor paper, embroidery and Sizzix ScoreBoard Pro Frame & Frame Back w/Stand Die by Eileen Hull. I accented the design with a lovely little key and my brand new Love Letter Embroidered Ribbon by Renaissance Ribbons.

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1st Monday Blog Hop – 365 Days of Crafts

A new blog ring of professional designers and crafters has launched! The theme is 365 Days of Crafts: “A totally cool new website with year round inspiration.” I am honored to be asked to participate in the ongoing display of creativity. Just look for the logo on our blogs and that will keep you hopping right along with us.

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Ask Debbie Mumm

Debbie Mumm’s story could be lifted from a textbook for success. Start small, find a niche, and promote yourself. Study the market and connect with everyone from the manufacturer to the consumer. We had the chance to listen and learn first hand from this very successful licensed artist.

Debbie Mumm will be a part of the monthly Art Licensing Ask Call Series on February 16, 2011.

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Photoshop CS5: Painting & Mixing Brushes

This Thursday Evening at the Community College of Aurora, I am honored to be on a panel of Photoshop expert illustrators of all genres with the Colorado Alliance of Illustrators. I will be presenting tips on using the new painting and mixing brushes now available in PS CS5. The new oil-like painting features are simply amazing. If you are in the area, I would love to catch up with you then. Best!

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Cherish your Valentine

Valentine's Day Ribbons, Cards, Journals

Here are some of the special things Painting for Life has to help you cherish your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Select from fine quality ribbons, cards, pins and other delightful gifts.

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Cherished Chocolate Cherries

Cherished Chocolate Cherries 2010

For my final craft for the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop I decided to continue with my Christmas theme in celebration of a honored family tradition… chocolate cherries!

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Art Bash 2010

Once a year the artists of Painting for Life are pleased to participate in the Annual Steele Foundation Art Bash, in which their works will be auctioned off in a silent auction. Proceeds will go to benefit the Steele Foundation’s scholarship programs for student artists. If you ever wanted to own a Painting for Life original, here is your chance. If you can’t make the event and would like to place a bid online, you can email pjsfoundation@gmail.com. For more information go to SteeleFoundation.org.

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DREAM A Little Dream Card

Aloha! Today’s featured die is item number 656053 Sizzix Bigz XL Die by Brenda Pinnick as featured in the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop. Her elegant die made the core shapes which I formed into an invitation for a tropical escape. I combined the cool colors of the ocean in the watercolor paper with some warm natural fabrics, buttons and hand stitches for a textural escape from your average printed greeting card.

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Paul Brent Christmas Special

I just found out from Ms. Tera Reed herself that she and Paul Brent is offering an incredible deal on the info Paul Brent has shared in his Ask Paul Brent calls. I was fortunate to have listened to them all, but if you haven’t you really don’t want to miss out.

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Happy Beauty Bloom Card

It’s Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop week 3 and we all had a chance to play with the Flower, Beauty Bloom, Originals Die by Brenda Pinnick. She was kind to share with us some of her fabric samples, which I tied into my love for stitching and felt. This cute little card was the result and is sure to cheer up anyone who receives it.

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Home Sweet Sweet Home

For the first Triple Play Blog Hop project, I designed House by Eiline Hull utilizing my Something to Cherish embroidery and watercolor techniques.

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Dala Horse RMCAD Faculty Exhibition

Dala horse art Sweden inspired

“UNDER THE INFLUENCE” Once every two years, the illustrious faculty at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design show off their skills in a faculty exhibition. This year’s exhibition, Under the Influence, revolves around the concept of finding inspiration in everyday objects. Faculty members have contributed objects that influence the individual works of art they…

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Craft for Health Celebrates its 1st Birthday!

Kathy Peterson and Barb Dehn have done so much help people recognize the power behind crafting when it comes to leading healthy lives. I am honored to be an alumnus and promise to keep using creativity to bring healing to myself and my loved ones. Read about my story and prescription for creating handmade health…

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DIY Butterfly Bamboo Pillow

This month my Something to Cherish art style is featured on the Fairfield website. I am excited to teach you how to make a whimsical and nostalgic bamboo filled pillow that you and your environment can feel good about. Repurpose pre-printed fabric with a butterfly painting and hand stitching application that comes from the heart

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