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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!

Ty Pennington Giveaway

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:
  • ty pennington fabricshe has too much stuff;
  • there is never enough space;
  • he has to juggle a lot of creative interests at once.
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.

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

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!!

ACEO for Charity!

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!

Free Shipping on all Unframed ACEO's .
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.

To learn more or to donate directly, please visit their website at

Feature Friday: Yarnabees

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

Yarnabees Crochet Design

This crafter creates every item with love, joy and hope and that's what these charming critters will bring to you! The patterns are mostly custom design or that of Lion Brand, and are top notch in quality. One day you'll be able to see them all in a bound book, but for now you can order from her etsy store.

The cute factor is way up on these heirloom quality toys! Buy one for that landmark birthday or for the loved one in the hospital to bring back a memory of a cherished friend...these crochet pals will bring out the smiles and last through the generations.

The Valentine Turtle is featured in a current contest so be sure to Vote!! My favorite critter is the Jack Russel! How adorable is he? And no barking or accidents on the kitchen rugs makes him the perfect first pet. Order one today and make sure to tell her belle sent ya!

If you are on facebook, stop in and become a fan.

Winner Annoucement

Christie of La Petite Bowtique is the proud winner of Art By Belle's first giveaway! My fan base on facebook went well over 300 so we celebrated with a freebie!! The result was lovely, and only one lucky fan gets bragging rights to claim the very first print of this newest sketch card.

"Eternal Kiss"

La Petite bows are very stylish, chic and affordable! I love the colored zebra designs she has. Her Valentine specials are so innovative and cute with flowers, jewels and even tiny bow clips. My daughter loves these!!

Stop in at her facebook page and become a fan! You'll be glad you did. Be sure to tell her Belle sent you!!

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