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I recently made the decision to switch to Zibbet solely and delete my Artfire account. I have had the Zibbet account for as long but was not utilizing it fully. Since the switch I have been in love with the ease and friendliness of the site, company and other sellers.
I was in no wasy interested when I received an email from a "Something Crafted" stating 'Zibbet is dead and they are the newest FREE way to sell'. I researched it a little and determined it was a spam with unknown intent. Just now I see that I have a generic mail message from Zibbet stating that the messages came from a Zibbet account and are phishing for either IDs or account transfers.
Furthermore, I can't stand it when marketers try to pump up their product by putting down others. So even it had been legit and awesome I would have ignored the pushy message anyway.
This just goes to prove the old adage, "If it seems to good to be true, it probably is!"
Feel free to stop in and see my newly renewed store on Zibbet and see if it's the right fit for you too!
Bohemian Candy is an exclusive, nature inspired jewelry and accessory line that features Belle's love for color, vintage and earthy design.
If you haven't already, stop in to visit and like the facebook page and browse the newly completed web page. You can join through facebook, request custom pieces and truly customize your artbybelle.com experience. While there, be sure to upload your customer photos!
For those of you that read more than one of my blogs... I posted earlier in the Mom's Book of Worries about this amazingly neat idea for making printables into water pages for the kids. True to my word, I'm posting the pictures of my own DIY project here and on the MBOW facebook page.
First I assembled my supplies.
- Printables on heavy weight white cardstock
- Watercolor pencils & Sharpener
- Water glasses
- Paint brushes
In the future I want to try printing onto watercolor paper instead of card stock.
My daughter cried for more, so I promised that tomorrow we'd do it all over again! More quiet time for me so win win! :)
My latest sketch honors Joe Nichols. I just love his messy hair. I bet it takes a lot of time and energy to look that perfectly disheveled!
I'm very excited to see some of these greats live. I know many of you are also, so I'm sharing my sketches on my blog and making them available to purchase at the music fest exclusively from Kel's Custom Designs. Look for her jewelry booth at the event and pick up your favorite sketch.
I'm even offering my actual original sketches, which I seldom release to the public. Tell Kelly Belle sent you!
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I would be remiss to sketch the hunky Country male singers and leave out some of country music's rising stars of the female persuasion. So for your viewing pleasure the first two ladies I have recently sketched in B&W are Kellie Pickler and Gretchen Wilson.
Kellie is most known for finishing sixth on American Idol's fifth season. Gretchen is most known for "Redneck Woman" but has had 5 top ten singles so far. Both are top selling artists and gorgeous gals! So here is my nod to these amazing women. Keep up the good work ladies!
He seems like a good 'ole boy with country character. Maybe that's why he has sold so many records!
Prints of my latest ink sketch will be made available soon.
Have I inked in your favorite yet?
My newest Country Artist to sketch is Matt Kennon. I like to know my subject to get more details, and you might be surprised to know that Matt is adopted at birth. To get this as dark as possible I experimented with permanent ink. I had several sizes in my hand and loved the way it turned out!
I'm not getting a tattoo of Tim McGraw, this is my latest sketch.
I wanted the contrast more severe, so I did the entire sketch with ink! No pencil lines and no smudging! The result was very crisp. What do you think?
Originally I wanted to complete a series of celebrity sketches in my sketch book and try to get them autographed, but this one was done on a separate sheet and will be made available in several sizes. Which do you think will be the most popular?
But I was delighted to meet and retain the acquaintance of a very creative and posh bow maker here locally! She is like me, a mother and unable to curb her enthusiasm for creating unique accessories for her daughter, and other's daughters as well. Her passion has grown into a business, and I love the name! Princess Elise Bowtique, can be found on facebook. Stop in and like her page. You'll be glad you did!
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Once she reaches over 100 fans there will be a giveaway, and who doesn't love those!? Valued at $20 it is sure to be worthy of your time. Make yourself or your favorite little princess, weither new born diva or teenage drama queen, happy with one of her creations today, but as always, be sure to tell her belle sent you!
I have an Italian charm bracelet that I love. I was recently looking into getting some personalized photo charms for it and thought it would be fun to do some of my sketches as well.
So let me know what you think. Would you be interested in a sketch charm? Your favorite art by Belle original or even a custom order. Turn your photo into a sketch AND a high quality Italian photo charm!
I can't wait to hear from all of you!
This is a unique gift boutique that features items from women entrepreneurs and crafters. The store in located in Springfield, MO on South Campbell Ave in the Parkcrest Shopping Center behind Bair's Restaurant.
They have several gift items to choose from and items for all ages. I am very proud to be included in this elite group. With offerings from candles to monogrammed towels to gourmet diaper cakes and soup mixes, the possibilities are endless.
I have created new packaging to complete my display for the store. Stop in to shop from the stock or go to Our Cozy Cottage Online Boutique and have it shipped to your front door!
Did you know facebook has silent auctions? Well, I didn't! But I was happy to participate in this particular one since all the money goes to create treat boxes for our troops overseas. To get to the auction go to...
Click on a photo you like and write your name and your highest bid under it in the comment box, YOU HAVE TO LIKE Treatboxes For Troops Page FIRST!!! You can bid on as many items and as many times as you like until it closes on April 7th.
A Musical slide with all the entries for the month of March. (Mine is first, so you can't miss it!!)
Angela Taylor,creator and editor of ACEO Online Magazine, created this video. I think you'll love it!
Ok, it's minitature! ACEO sized painting with metallic green, glitter and some free style inking.
I was inspired by crisp and tart green apples, peridot gems and curling ivy...
without further ado:
What made me even attempt this tiny painting? My online group, ACEO Online Magazine. We had a monthly challenge for March of "Green". I think I nailed it! LOL Now for the voting!!
Wish me luck!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
The winning card
To buy a Jimmy the Sheep card click here!
Available for a limited time to purchase as the ORIGINAL on ebay!
This month there is a contest going to create a pet for Jimmy the Sheep. I got into the spirit of the quest and made an entry and a fan art card just for Jimmy!
Follow the link under the picture to follow along on her blog and to get all the details on how you can enter to win too. (The winner will receive their choice of Jimmy the Sheep art cards!)
My contribution to Jimmy:
I have been thinking of painting or sketching some of my photography since I started snapping shots. I've never gotten around to it...
So I'm asking for help! Look at the pictures in my Digital and Paint album and choose your favorite.
Leave your comments here or under the picture you choose. The most votes will get created!
Thank you for the help and support!
I came across this giveaway from one of my subscribed blogs, and had to pass it along! Go to the ClothPaperScissors Blog to ENTER!
No, we're not giving away Ty Pennington. We're giving away some of his very cool fabrics.
You might be surprised to discover that despite all his resources (he is host of one of TV's most top-rated shows, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," after all), Ty has many of the same issues with his studio that you and I have:
What you might also find surprising is that Ty designs fabric, and he does it in a very mixed-media way, using sketching, photography, stamp carving (wood and rubber), and paint.
- he has too much stuff;
- there is never enough space;
- he has to juggle a lot of creative interests at once.
His new line for Westminster Fibers, Ty Pennington Impressions, is full of organic patterns he recorded on his travels, played around with in his backyard using paint and hand-carved stamps, and then manipulated in the computer. You can see a video of how he explains his process at typenningtonfabrics.com.
But if you want a sample of his fabric line, all you have to do is leave a comment for a chance to win some beautiful one-yard cuts.
Just tell us what you'd do with the fabric if you won. Winner will be drawn Monday, February 14.
Yep, that's Valentine's Day. So, show Ty's fabric some love with your comment and don't forget to pre-order the Spring issue of Studios for organization tips and tricks plus 28 creative artists' studios.
That excerpt was from Cate's blog post. Make sure you GO to the Cloth Paper Scissors blog to enter!!
A fellow group member of mine, Joann Wheeler, has converted her Etsy shop to benefit a very noble cause...The Little Sisters of the Poor at St. Martin's Home in Catonsville, MD.
The Little Sisters have been caring for the needy elderly of Baltimore without interruption since 1869. That’s a long time! Today they face an unprecedented challenge because the 40 year old building is in need of major renovations in order to comply with Life Safety Code standards and meet the needs and desires of tomorrow’s seniors.
In order to help the sisters reach their budget, Joann is donating part of her sales toward the mission. Shop her special Etsy store, Artful Purpose and be a part of the solution!
25% of all sales go to Little Sisters of the Poor at St. Martin's Home, Catonsville, MD
100% of any sales of Religious paintings/prints go to the Little Sisters.
I love featuring new finds in my blog, but have decided to dedicate only one day per week to spotlighting these amazing artisans.
For my first Friday Feature I'm showing off the wonderfully creative crochet artist of Yarnabees on Etsy
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