Friday, April 29, 2011

:QUOTES: on TEACHERS according to Einstein, Garrison & Ward

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week coming up next week (May 2-6, 2011), I've got three wonderful quotes on teachers for you to vote on this week.

ALBERT EINSTEIN (1875-1955; theoretical physicist, philosopher):
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

“A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.”

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

Vote for your favorite quote and I'll create a word art freebie with the 'winning' quote to share with you sometime next week. In the meantime, check out my other word art downloads.
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

:LAYOUT: One of my favorite things

I didn’t really have a photo to go along with this story, so I simply ordered a print of the DVD cover.

The floral paper and vintage-style brands work so well with the time frame of the musical and the colors are perfect as well.

1. Use a combination of a decorative rub on and two different styles of alphabet stickers to create your title treatment.
2. Type your journaling and insert a drop cap for a classic look.
3. Use decorative brads to break up blocks of journaling.

I can’t tell you exactly when I first saw the film The Sound of Music with Julie Andrews as Maria, but I can tell you that ever since I did, it’s been one of my favorite musicals of all time. There is just something about Maria and this classic and just makes me want to sing!

Around Christmas 2009, I saw the DVD on sale and thought it was about time that I shared this favorite with Kaitlin, then 7 years old.

So, on one of our days off, we snuggled up together and watched.

Like mother, like daughter…Kaitlin now loves The Sound of Music as well. We’ve watched it a few times together since them and it’s not uncommon to find her humming of singing one of the songs. “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” seems to be her favorite…which is appropriate as it seems as if she is seven going on sixteen a lot of the time!

Hopefully, there will be many other little favorites such as The Sound of Music that we can share and enjoy together as we go through life together.

Cardstock: Prism
Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants, Making Memories
Rub ons: Basic Grey
Letter Stickers: Making Memories, October Afternoon
Brads: Making Memories
Gems: Paper Studio
Butterfly Punch: EK Success
Corner Punch: Marvy
Ink: Colorbox
Fonts: Floral Dawn, Garamond
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

:LINKS: A few random items from around the web...

Here's a few random favorites that I've discovered in my recent web adventures...

This is an simple and low-cost project with amazing results. The best thing about it is that the contents can be changed to suit any holiday or season.

My collection of unread books is growing...these adorable (and foxy) bookmarks make me want to get reading!

Kaitlin's favorite colors right now are blue and green and I find myself drawn to them as well! I LOVE these colors and distressed patterns. Beautiful!

I'm probably the last to discover this, but I'm having a BLAST pinning the things that inspire me on the web!

I'm inspired to start creating more printable art and Aimee of Sprik Space has certainly been part of the inspiration behind that new desire. If you like this one, be sure to check out her site for dozens more!

I LOVE magazines! I always have a pile of them around and, honestly, I have been trying to ween myself off a few of them because I just didn't have time to look at them all and it was creating too much clutter. Then, I discovered THIS!! Beautiful...and all on line. If you follow my monthly Be Inspired Creativity Prompts, you know that I am quite inspired by advertising and this publication is full of inspiration.

What's your favorite link above and why?
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

:WORD ART: Earth Quote Word Art Freebie

It was a very close vote, but Gibran won out...and here is your word art freebie.

I hope that you like it!!

Be sure to check out my other word art downloads to make sure you haven't missed any.
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Monday, April 25, 2011


Two Peas is moving...which means lots of product on SALE!

PLUS, right now they are offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders of at least $30 through May 1, 2011. Of course, the $30 minimum much be met with physical product (digital supplies do not qualify).

All you have to do is use code SMSFF9.

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:MEMORYWORKS EXPRESS: May 2011 Kit Sneak Peek - "Simple Pleasures"

Watch for further details on this kit coming soon!

In the meantime, enjoy the details of a few past MemoryWorks Express Kits!

A MemoryWorks Express Kit subscription is ONLY $29.95 (plus $6.50 S&H) per month! They are chock full of the latest and greatest in the scrapbooking industry, the items are always timely in terms of the current season or holiday, and the price can't be beat!

The monthly kits are often sold out by the time the full details and contents are released, so if you are interested in subscribing or would simply like more information, please don't hesitate to contact me!
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

:SALE: 12% OFF all Easter-themed products...TODAY ONLY!

If you've got a little time to do some shopping inbetween your holiday festivities today, it would be a great time to stock up on Easter-themed items!

TODAY ONLY, is offering 12% OFF the regular or sale price on ALL Easter-themed products!

No coupon code is required. The discount will be applied to all eligible items at checkout and will appear at the bottom of your cart.

Hurry - this offer expires soon!

Shop Easter products NOW!
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

:PRINTABLE: Happy Easter Printable Art Freebie

Here's something a little different for you.

I created a simple little holiday printable for you that I hope you will enjoy.

Just pick your favorite color, print, frame and you have some instant holiday decor!

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Friday, April 22, 2011


Place any order $50 or more at and get FREE SHIPPING!

Valid on standard shipping to the contiguous United States only. Excludes Alaska, Hawaii, and International orders.

Enter coupon code aprilship in the coupon field at checkout and your shipping will be automatically deducted from your order of $50 or more.

Hurry, this offer expires at midnight PST tonight!

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:GIVEAWAY WINNER: The Elemental Journal by Tammy Kushnir

The Elemental Journal: Composing Artful Expressions from Items Cast Aside

Congrats, Dana!! 

You just won a free copy of The Elemental Journalby Tammy Kushnir!

Please watch your inbox for details on how to claim your prize!

Don't miss out on more great giveaways coming soon! If you haven't already, sign up for updates to the AMOM blog by email subscription or your favorite blog reader through the links in the left sidebar. Maybe will make your number lucky next time!
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Thursday, April 21, 2011


I didn’t have a particular ‘story’ to share about these photos, but knew I had to scrap them, so I thought it was a great opportunity to use up a bit of my rub on stash.

1. Create a multi-photo layout; overlap and tilt them.
2. Use a strip of patterned paper with a decorative edge as a 'shelf' for you photo grouping.
3. Use up an entire sheet of rub ons on one layout.

Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny
Rub ons: Scenic Route, Daisy Ds, Little Yellow Bicycle
Chipboard: Bo Bunny
Scallop Trimmer: Fiskars
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

:QUOTES: on EARTH according to Carson, Gibran, Keats & Lubbock

I endeavored to find three quotes in honor of of our lovely planet as Earth Day is Friday, April 22nd and found so many that I loved that I couldn't seem to limit myself to my usual three.

So, here are my favorite four.

"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life."

"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair."

"The poetry of the earth is never dead."

"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books."

Vote for your favorite quote and I'll create a word art freebie with the 'winning' quote to share with you sometime next week. In the meantime, check out my other word art downloads.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

:LINKS: Easter Printables & Freebies

Here's a few fun and FREE printables just in time for Easter! There are always a ton of these little goodies to find online, but these are my favorites so far.

Usually, subway art FILLS the frame and I love the use of white space in this design!!

There are three other designs as well...all just as adorable!

More great subway art!

These may be designed with party use in mind, but so many of these elements could be used for other crafting projects as well!

Easy and perfect for quick treats for your children's classmates, neighbors and more!

Have you found any other Easter printables in your web adventures recently that are equally adorable? Links are welcome and encouraged!!
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Monday, April 18, 2011

:REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: The Elemental Journal by Tammy Kushnir [CONTEST CLOSED]

The Elemental Journal: Composing Artful Expressions from Items Cast AsideThe Elemental Journal: Composing Artful Expressions from Items Cast Aside by Tammy Kushnir is certainly a lesson in giving something old new life again! description:
"Rusty doorknobs, cardboard containers and plastic packaging may seem like trash to some, but through the creative mind, they are transformed into beautiful expressions - equally parts artful book and assemblage. The Elemental Journal will show you how to craft a wide variety of journals to hold your secrets or express your inner thoughts, and discover new ways to use wood, paper, fabric, plastic and metal in your art."

Within the pages of this book, there are 30 featured projects that are a feast for the eyes by inspirational mixed-media artists such as Jill Berry, Tonia Davenport, Sarah Fishburn, Judith Hoffman, Karen Michel, Geraldine Newfry, Jen Osborn, Kristen Robinson, Susan Tuttle, and, of course, the author herself.

In case you're new to this type of crafting, Kushnir starts off the book with an introduction on the materials and tools that are par for the course.

Fifteen of the featured projects include step-by-step photo tutorials that show you exactly how to recreate to the look for yourself as well as numerous favorite tips from the artists throughout the book for creating this type of mix-media art.

Now, anyone who follows my blog knows that this style of crafting isn't really my style. And, honestly, I don't expect that I'll be rushing into my backyard to find tree bark to use as a mini-book cover anytime soon.

HOWEVER, as an artist in my own right, I do believe that inspiration can be found everywhere, just as the author states in her introduction:

"Throughout this book you will feast on projects that will hopefully aid you in your search for inspiration. You will find it in various sources, both external and internal. Personal battles and triumphs will be explored in imagery and writing in an attempt to drew your own experiences to the surface. None of us are unscathed and no one is beyond attaining bliss. Our deepest feelings are often overlooked, just as many of the castaway objects used in these journals are. However, once you discover them and really examine them, you will see something you never did before. You will find acceptance for yourself in your art-in-progress."

With that said, I DID find several material uses and techniques that I do hope to use on a, perhaps, smaller scale such as a wonderful technique for journaling on fabric, using pockets from discarded clothing, printing photos on transparencies and more.

If you are already an avid mixed-media artist and are looking for some new inspiring ideas, then this book is for you!

If you have not yet dipped into this wonderful realm of artistry, but are a lover of flea markets, yard sales and have a hard time letting go of found treasures, then this book might be just for you, too, so that you can start creating beautiful treasures that anyone can appreciate.

Now one lucky reader has a chance to get their hands of a free copy of The Elemental Journal! All you have to do is answer the following question by 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 21st, 2011.

What is the most unusual type of memorabilia or found item that you've used in your crafting? will choose and I will announce the lucky winner on Friday!

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

:LAYOUT: Easter best...

Easter's almost here...still need to get our Easter dress pictures for this year! Eek!

1. Use a number in place of a letter in your title - like I did with a '3' for the 'E' in Easter.
2. Create a double mat of cardstock and patterned paper to house both your main photo(s) and title.
3. Lead the eye around your layout by creating a visual triangle with your photo groupings and embellishments.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper, Stickers: October Afternoon
Chipboard Alpha: American Crafts
Rub on: Basic Grey
Ink: Colorbox
Gem: Doodlebug
Scallop Trimmer: Fiskars
Circle Punch: Marvy

If you take my challenge, I'd love to see your interpretation. Email it to me or leave a link in a comment to this post.
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Saturday, April 16, 2011

:WORD ART: Important Announcement...and a giveaway...

I've been sharing my word art with you for awhile now and it has been such fun!

On my blog, I've mainly posted a trio of quotes, let you vote for your favorite and created a word art freebie with the winner and look forward to continuing that tradition.

However, I am excited to announce that I now also have a new relationship with MyMemories Digital Scrapbooking, a company that offers digital scrapbooking software and supplies. They approached me about creating exclusive word art collections for their stores and, so far, working with them has been a joy.

And, this weekend they are running a giveaway for a $25 Store Credit!! There will be one winner for Saturday and one for Sunday.


In addition to the giveaway, they are also offering a 25% OFF this weekend only...just use the code ADR25MM at checkout!

While I am contributing only word art collections at this time, there is a great variety of other digital items up for grabs - papers, embellishments, alphas and more - from some VERY talented designers.

Here's a few of my word art collections that have been recently added to the store:

I'd love to hear what you think.

Also, the content of my submissions are largely up to me, so if there are themes or topics you'd like me to focus on for upcoming word art kits, please leave me a comment and let me know what you'd like to see.
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:GIVEAWAY WINNER: American Crafts Hello Sunshine Prize Pack

We have a winner!!

Congrats, Elizabeth! Watch your email inbox for further details on how to claim your prize...a wonderful prize pack full of beautiful scrapbooking products from American Crafts Hello Sunshine collection!

AND...stay tuned...there are more great giveaways coming soon. Maybe will make your number lucky next time!
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