First, some random news.
1. New email subscription form in the sidebar: I have received some requests for subscriptions to this blog by email. I decided to go with Mail Chimp and have added this option to the side bar. I have also decided to take down Networked Blogs and am sticking with Bloglovin' as the other option as this is the one I use myself and think it is just dandy. If you submit your email you should receive a confirmation and then since it is RSS driven every time there is a new post you will be notified by mail. I will also be able to use a newsletter format to send other information and announcements (such as about giveaways and blog hops,etc) so even if you are following through another method consider signing up by email!
3. In November I will be the guest artist in the spotlight on the Unruly Paper Arts blogozine. Every month there is a theme and a guest artist. November's theme is "Stencil Crazy" which couldn't be more perfect for me! On November 9th there will be an article about me with an interview and some of my favorite layouts with stencils. Then on November 27th there will be another post featuring some projects I did just for this gig. I was asked to do this by my artsy friend Danie May who lives in Australia and happens to be the Chief Editor of this online magazine. I hope you will check this site out- there are some fabulous columns and there are challenges called Art Quests which readers submit to. Some of the columnists write about artsy scrapbooking, vintage/altered art, rubber stamping art (regular and digital) and so much more.
4. The next Blog Share on the Painted Crane and friends will be taking place toward the end of November. We had so much fun with the Maggie Holmes (Eeeek, Maggie herself was here on my blog !) one we decided to do it again. We are still looking for someone to tag to blog share with us with some FREE Heidi Swapp Mixed Company and Color Magic. Please let me know by October 31st if you are interested. You can read more about the Blog Shares here.
5. Do you think you are busy lately? Well, Santa's elves beg to differ- they feel they win the trophy for busiest (little) people at this time of year. There is going to be a really fun challenge taking place on the Altered Pages Challenge Blog posting the second Monday in November with the theme of Elves. The challenge blog has been on a brief hiatus since August because of a 31 Day Halloween Blog hop the DT has been participating in. Whew- I hate to say it but I am almost sick of Halloween. But there is lots of hubbub about the Elves challenge- it would be great if you can link up a project. It can be anything with an elf such as a card or tag, an altered item, or anything handmade and using any product from Altered Pages. I highly recommend the collages on the website-they are only $1.75 for a downloadable version sent right to your email and there are thousands to choose from! The winner of the challenge is selected by DT vote and there is a prize awarded of fabulous artsy supplies.
I have also sold a Gypsy Kit, a Circus Kit, and numerous paper packets, such as this one that went within a couple days of posting:
I love to make stuff-don't you? I love to buy handmade and especially now that Christmas is coming I am a big believer in buying either locally made and handmade gifts. Do you have an Etsy store? If you do, leave me the name/link in a comment and I will Favorite and Follow you on Etsy!