Wednesday, April 30, 2008

theme: "silhouettes"

We had our 1st ever bonus trade last week! I didn't get any ATCs done, but 6 folks came out to trade.

Card by Joy Boston. Her puppy is a black lab and she likes to jump in the tub. I think it's so cut that Joy was able to use her puppy as inspiration! Love the piece of velum as the shower curtain.

Bird card by Cathy Kouris.

Bug card by Gayle Baddeley.

Deer card by Neil Solomon. He cut out a silhouette of a deer. Then he placed the opening on his ATC and filled it with Diamond Glaze glue to get the deer shape. So clever!

Chandelier card by Em Byerly.

Lady silhouette card by Esther Boyd. The ATC didn't scan in well, so I took a photo to see the detail.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


First Blueprint magazine and now Adorn are no longer.

Why are our cool crafty inspirational magazines getting the boot?

Adorn, the crafty girls guide to embellishing life, was scheduled to release it's spring issue March 11, according to it's press kit. But it ceased publication on 2/11/2008. And the web site is not functioning anymore so I've taken it off the right nav.

Blueprint was geared toward twenty- and thirty-something young women. Martha Stewart said that generation of women don't like paper. "The world has changed. By blogging, they get information. By texting. By BlackBerrying. By surfing the internet. Even using their cell phones to retrieve information on the go!" Ah... WHAT EV!

So Martha Stewart Omnimedia decided to change the format of Blueprint, shutting down the mag and...creating special issues out of the Blueprint brand. No mention of whether the new issues will be multimedia-rich or iPhone-ready.

The January/February issue was Blueprint's last issue. Blueprint's blog Bluelines is still current. But it's not the same as the magazine. And if you were a Blueprint subscriber you should be getting your Martha Stewart magazine replacement. I received mine last week.

Back issues of Adorn can be ordered at Sixth & Spring Books.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

cool stuff @ local shop

Local Kansas City shop Bon Bon Atelier was featured on the decor8 blog!

I visit ALL of the time. Bon Bon has tons of great inspiration... books, paper products, home decor, clothing, shoes, purses, accessories, and lots of other stuff I probably forgot to mention.

314 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 64111

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

design for a cause

ROSA LOVES is a company that create and sell t-shirts, and then donate a percentage to specific individuals with needs. Sixty percent of profits from each story-related T-shirt goes directly to the people in need. The remaining forty percent is divided up among operations and goods costs.

The stories are about individuals in unique situations, with a type of financial need that ROSA feels is a significant and worthwhile cause. Shirts are then designed for each story with special care and attention to the individuality of each. ROSA only uses fair-trade quality clothing, in order to promote the love and proper financial support around the world. The shirts are printed and sold, each design as a limited edition. Because every story's financial need is different, ROSA only will prints and sell as many shirts as it takes to meet the need before we move on to the next story's design.

Some shirt designs.

Buy a t-shirt.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


The Doodle Formula by Adrienne Looman

The Doodle Formula is a step-by-step guide to creating the perfect doodle AND is part idea book! Half of The Doodle Formula is lessons, hand ons instructions and tips. The other half shows how to incorporate your new found knowledge into everyday life including scrapbooking, art, home decor, kitchen supplies and much more!

The The Doodle Formula is for people who ever thought that they just don't have what it takes to doodle? Or feared ruining something by drawing on it? (Well... that's me). I haven't had time to try any excercises yet, but it looks like I'll be able to form my own doodle style.

Sneakpeak of inside the book.

Some of Adrienne Looman's work.

Adrienne’s Blog
Adrienne’s Layout Gallery