Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Lollishop Design Team Project and GIVEAWAY!

I wanted to share my latest Lollishop Design Team Project.
This month's lovely DT kit came from Inspiration Cottage! Be sure to visit her fabulous shop! I had so much fun creating some Dollie Cards using the Hello Dollie Bodies collage sheet along with the sweet inspiration kit.

The cards, which are blank inside, are all packed up and ready to go. This time I'm going to have a GIVEAWAY for the cards! Simply leave a comment on this post to enter and I will use a random number generator to pick a winner on Sunday April 11th! Good luck!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Book Giveaway - First Winner

Today was the day to pick the first book winner! Let me just say I am BLOWN AWAY by the number of comments so far! 186, not to mention all the folks who have two chances! So in order to do this giveaway properly, I first copy and pasted all of the comments to a word document, THEN I went through and copy/pasted the names of all the folks who have two chances. Then, I added three columns to the document and made the text TINY so I wouldn't have 60 pages. Finally I took the pages to my paper cutter and cut away! I don't actually have a "hat", so I put the names in my cupcake :). Shook it up, and pulled out a winner (without looking of course)! And the first winner is.....

Denise Phillips! Congrats! I'll be emailing you shortly.

There are still TWO MORE drawings on the next two Saturdays! All names will remain in the cupcake and I will add new names next Saturday before the next draw. Please do not enter again if you entered below - you are still in the running! If you aren't in the running yet, you can enter below!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Book Giveaway - THREE Copies!

Hi everyone! I have an awesome giveaway for you!

I’m giving away 3 copies of Teach Yourself Visually – Collage & Altered Art by Roni Johnson who lives here in Indiana with me! Retro Café Art Gallery donated several collage sheets and shrine kits by Coffee Break Design to the book, so you can see several of our products throughout! It is a wonderful book PACKED full of techniques! A big thanks to Wiley Publications for supplying the books.

Here is some more information about the book and the author:
Roni (Veronica) Johnson (Albion, Indiana), a life long artist is the author of the daily rubber stamping and altered arts blog Ink Stains. She is the author of the new book ~ Teach Yourself Visually – Collage & Altered Art. A photo tutorial covering a wide array of techniques including paints, paper, image transfer, collage, altered books and charms and so much more. In addition to being an author and blogger she designs for manufactures and retail companies in the rubber stamping; altered arts field.

Q – What are some of the topics included in the book? A - The book touches on a wide variety of techniques which include paints, inks, and papers. There are chapters on Image Transfers, Altered Charms, Distressing, Altered Books, and much more!

Q – What inspired you to write the book?
A – My life long love of art and the joy of sharing techniques and information with people. I firmly believe that everyone has an artist hidden within…I want to help them find it!

Q – What was your favorite technique in the book?
A – Oh that’s a hard one…I had so much fun with all of them. I think the cowgirl beeswax collage would be one of my favorites. I also had loads of fun with the altered charms section and making the mini collages.

Q - How long did it take you to write the book?
A – From start to finish it took 4 months. It took longer to make the actual projects than it did to write. I had to make each project several times demonstrating the various steps. The more photos, the more work but it was well worth it. Many people have told me how helpful the photos are.

Now for the giveaway rules!

1. Just leave a comment on THIS blog post for one entry. Be sure to leave me your email address (unless I can click your blog link) so I can contact you if you win!

2. For TWO entries, post about this giveaway on you blog with a link back to this blog post. Let me know when leaving your comment that you have done this so I can put your name in the hat twice!

There will be THREE drawings. If you don’t win, your name will remain in the hat for future drawings. So posting to your blog about the giveaway will give you many chances. International players welcome!

I will draw one winner for the next three Satudays as follows: (you can only win once. Winners will be taken out of the hat for future drawings): Saturday 3/27/10, Saturday 4/3/10, and Saturday 4/10/10. The sooner you post your comments, the more chances you have to win! I will be sure to post the winners here. Good luck!

The giveaway is now CLOSED. Congrats to the three winners!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ring, Ring, Ring! Ring Blanks Galore!

I'm so excited about all the cool new ring blanks in the shop! The large circle rings are BIG! 1 1/8" across! Very bold, which is "in" right now and the larger working area gives you many more creative possibilities! I can't wait to play with them. I also RESTOCKED all of the other ring blanks. See them all HERE!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

NEW German Dresden Designs!

I just finished listing some wonderful new German Dresden designs! Below are some of my favorites, but you can see them all HERE! In addition to the new pieces, I restocked everything else including the chicks shown below! I now have 96 (oh my!) different designs in the shop and that's just the Dresden!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Out and About

Tomorrow is my birthday so I'll be out and about celebrating all weekend. Today Chris is taking me somewhere, but it's a surprise :). All I know is we are leaving at noon. I'll keep you posted!
Also, I'm taking a few days off from packing orders from the site, so all orders placed today or over the weekend will go out Monday!

Update: This is where we went at noon. And we watched it in 3-D Imax! It was SO good, especially in 3-D and in the afternoon on a Friday with the theatre nice and empty!