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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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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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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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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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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Ebook for Web Educators

It’s always fun when a new book that you have helped to develop comes out. So, I’m excited to share with you Best Practices in Web Development Instruction. just recently released by iThemes. The best news is that it’s a free download!

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Valentine’s Day proves to be Pinteresting

2012 Valentine's Pinterest Day to Cherish

Love is in the air and all its over Pinterest when it comes to creative celebration ideas for Valentine’s Day! So, if you are still looking for some fun new ideas, don’t skip out on this visually inspiring site.

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Knit Pray Love

Knitting a blanket or hat for a baby in Afghanistan CURE hospital is something to cherish. Show some love to these little fragile little ones and their hurting families. Find out how easy it is to participate, whether you knit or not.

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The Meaning of a Pear Tree

Recently, I updated my site header to include a pear that I painted as a part of my “Partridge in a Pear Tree” art licensing collection. It is now going on my Directory of Illustration ad for 2012 as well as a new run of business cards. So, I got to thinking, what does a PEAR or PEAR TREE symbolize anyway? Since it is an embedded part of my updated branding I just had to find out.

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Bring in the New Year with a “Tangerine Tango”

Tangerine Tango

Get ready for 2012 to be the year of the “Tangerine Tango.”  No, we are not talking about dancing, although that could be fun too, we are talking about COLOR. Pantone just announced this spicy citrus to officially set the retail temperature for the coming year and to dominate all other color trends at market.

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Sock Monkey Designer Blog Hop Challenge

Here is Little Miss Sock Monkey sitting pretty for her very first picture. I just finished patching in her stuffing and attaching her adorable accessories. Check out her embroidery stitched ribbon flower for her little hat and her “Something to Cherish” designer heart flower ribbon heart flower belt from my Dala horse collection. I was so pleased that I could find two buttons almost the same color in my massive button collection.

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A Time to Unplug

Is your digital life beginning to overload you to the point of overwhelm? Perhaps it is time to unplug.

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