CHA, the Craft & Hobby Association Show was held in Los Angeles this year at the end of January. It is always one of my favorite shows to attend. It is filled with such incredible creativiy – both in the art being used to create the craft, scrapbooking and other kits that are offered and in the creativity of the designers who are creating projects from that artwork.
Designers use existing products to create new and fun crafts with. Their interpretation of the artwork is incredibly fun and diverse. There were “make and takes” every where you turned. Displays of projects and extravagant backdrops or centerpieces such as paper dressed mannequins were all around. Unfortunately my camera malfunctioned and I don’t have my pictures to share with you. I will ask my daughter if I can take a peek at her pictures and see if I can add later.
I didn’t get to do as much wandering around as I usually do. My time was mostly filled with meetings – some of which were very productive meetings (so I’m not whining, LOL!) The other place the bulk of my time was spent was getting to spend time with some very special artist friends – you know who you are! My artist friends inspire me so much. I love seeing what they’re doing, discussing the industry and our goals going forward. I’m friends with some VERY motivating people!
If you’re snowed in, how about beating the boredom by crafting something with all of those supplies you have stashed away? How about pulling out your scrapbook papers and creating 5 or 5 greeting cards to have ready to use when the need arises? I love to make a mess just once and end up with lots of goodies to use later throughout the year. Try making some matching gift tags to add to your birthday or Christmas gifts during the next year. It’s a wonderful way to pass a cold and miserable day with the warm sense of joy creating brings.
Kids driving you nuts? Bring out your craft goodies and set them to work creating. You might be amazed how much they enjoy the time and remember it fondly decades later (as I do my Mom’s rainy day projects!)
I thought I would also share some of my newest invitations in my two Zazzle stores. If you know a young bride that is getting married this year, or a new mother welcoming a baby, I would love if you would pass my website along to her!by
Are you looking for a fun gift for a young mom, whether for Christmas, a birthday or for Mother’s Day next year? These Speck iPad and iPhone cases are AMAZING quality and can be customized with her children’s names. For that matter, if you have a grandmother hip enough to have an iPad or iPhone, she could have one too!
The text is very easily customized so if you are interested in the design but wish it to say something else – no problem! There are so many different iPhone and iPad designs to choose from. If you’re looking for a product to protect your device and do it beautifully in a way that declares who you are and what your style is, these products at Zazzle are for you. Simply click on either image and it will take you to them in the Zazzle store, then if there are other items you would like to check out use the navigation bar at the top of the page.by
For those that aren’t familiar with the Zazzle marketplace, there are literally billions of products available from millions of artists, photographers and designers. Each day, Zazzle selects 30-40 of those products to reflect what they felt were the best and/or most interesting new items created that day.
I have been blessed to be selected many times in the four months I’ve been active at Zazzle, but this last week I was really pleased to have my products selected 3 days in a row. It’s quite an honor and a reward for your hard work. Thank you, Zazzle!
The contemporary flower design was a lot of fun to create. So many of these contemporary designs are just drawn and colored in on Photoshop. I love to bring watercolor art into contemporary design and give it a flair that flat graphics will never achieve.
This collection was created out of the art work I designed for my “Paradise” fabric collection with Studio E Fabrics. There are three different collections within this collection which makes it perfect for the bride that hates “matchy-matchy!”
And finally, a contemporary baby girl baby shower or birth announcement. One of the things I love to do with my Zazzle store, is play with creating more contemporary work than might be my usual. This “Circles ‘n Booties” ensemble is a great example of mixing classic Audrey Jeanne art with a contemporary twist.
I am just 1400 visits away from 700,000 hits! Thanks one and all for taking time out of your day to let me share my art and my heart 🙂by
LINK TO KIT IN STORE HERE I had a few extra minutes before I run out the door, so I thought I would upload another Christmas kit. This one is one of my all-time favorites. Created out of my memories of Christmas as a child the art in this is particularly warm and wonderful.
There are several pre-made card fronts included. The art itself was created specifically with card crafting in mind. I’ve really enjoyed seeing the delightful Christmas cards that many of you ladies have made out of this kit since it was released at The Daisie Company last Christmas. I’m always so excited and amazed to see your creativity!
The kit, along with all my other Christmas or Winter kits will be on sale for 20% off until December 15th, so grab it quick!
Again, have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I’ll see you in December!by
CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO STORE FOR “HOLLY BERRY CHRISTMAS 3” Now available for $5.98. I have been working on this kit this week and just finished drawing and painting the word art for it today. I wanted to capture a mix of the new, contemporary colors and design elements yet make them work with a classic Christmas color scheme or the other digital clip art that you might already own.
There are very delicate and detailed scroll work accents, hand lettered, hand-painted text, beautifully detailed holly sprigs in various shapes that work together very well to round corners and make frames with. I’ve created some delightful “ornament” charms that can be printed on cardstock and placed back to back with your trims to make sweet little ornaments to adorn your hand made cards for Christmas. These ornaments were first produced in gold accented orcelain by a manufacturer a few years ago.
I’ve been working with this kit today on two additional kits, an “Instant Scrapbook” set and a greeting card and envelope set. It’s very, very easy to work with and almost anything you do with it will look great!by
CLICK HERE FOR STORE LINK FOR “HOLLY BERRY CHRISTMAS PAPER PACK 2” Now available in the store for $3.98. This is a brand new paper pack goes with the new art kit that I’ve been working on this week. All of this is part of the “Holly Berry Christmas” series I started releasing last year. Everything in this kit, while brand new, will coordinate with the other two Holly Berry Christmas kits and their paper pack.
These are very rich, colorful and yet contemporary papers that will work very nicely to create your hand made greeting cards, scrapbooking or other crafting projects. I am working on a greeting card set with these sets and will have it out soon as well.by
CLICK HERE FOR STORE LINK FOR “TRICK OR TREAT” Available now in the store for $6.97, this set uses the brand new “Trick or Treat” art by Audrey Jeanne Roberts. This is a delightful party or gift giving solution. Printable crafting set includes two sizes of gift bags or totes, a three dimensional candy wrapper for Hershey’s 1.55 oz chocolate bars, 6 nugget wrappers for Hershey’s nuggets, a popcorn box and a small goodie box to fill with your own special treats. This sweet and innocent Halloween kit will charm any little person in your life or maybe yourself!
All files are 300 dpi jpeg. Images are copyright Audrey Jeanne Roberts, 2008.
If you’ve never tried to create your own printable crafts discover just how easy it is to put your computer and printer to work creating special parties or gift giving solutions! Just a little cardstock or photo paper, a little ink and a few simple tools and you can custom create 1-100+ party kits without leaving home!by