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Fabulous Stationery Contest: Name That Card!

See this card? It comes in three different colorways and looks oh-so-cheerful, but it’s actually feeling a bit sad and lonely. Why? It has NO NAME! Yup, that’s right. All of the cards at Fabulous Stationery have names but not this brand new design so it needs YOUR help.

Fabulous Stationery has asked if you can be so kind as to get involved and name this card design.? They trust that someone will come up with a great name for it and the best name wins!

What can you win? A $200 gift certificate to be used towards anything you’d like on their website AND a set of the note cards bearing the winning name in one of the three colors shown, customized to your specifications of course. Two runners up each receive a $50 gift certificate and a cashmere/silk pashmina.

To enter, simply comment below with ONE name you think best fits the above design. Only one suggestion per person please. In order for your contest entry to qualify, please indicate your email address in the comment form below (don’t worry, it will not show up on the actual post but I will see it behind the scenes). This contest will end at midnight on October 15th. The winner will be chosen by Fabulous Stationery along with the two runner ups and announced here this Friday, October 17th.

All the best! Have fun and get as creative as you’d like…

(images from fabulous stationery)

Posted in contests, stationery on October 13, 2008

Taking Flight Giveaway – Winners!

Drum roll please… The three winning entries from the Taking Flight Giveaway are listed below. Yay! If you see your name please contact me via this form with your complete name and mailing address so Kelly can send you your signed book and limited edition print.

A big thank you to all 216 who entered, each comment was dear to Kelly and I and we were touched by how many shared intimate details regarding career decisions and goals. Thank you for being so open and honest. We have a great community here (on the web), I encourage you all to connect with one another through comments left on decor8 (click around on the commenter’s name, blog/website, etc.) and get to know the person behind the words… make connections! I can’t even begin to express how deeply such relationships mean to me that I’ve found on the web through blogs like this one. Connecting to those who ‘get us’ can do a whole bunch of good things for the soul. There is nothing quite like finding a good friend to stimulate creative thinking and who encourages us to reach for our dreams. I hope that in the process of commenting on the Taking Flight post that you took time to read through the comments for ideas and inspiration. I certainly did!

Congrats to Holly, Kerri, and Alicia!

A special thank you to Kelly for offering to sponsor this giveaway on decor8 too! I really appreciate it when talented artists and designers reach out to me with ideas as to how they can further inspire readers here, so thanks Kelly!

(image from kelly rae roberts)

Posted in Books + Magazines, contests on September 09, 2008

Contest: Win the decor8 Book of the Week (& a print!)

Looking for inspiration? Would you like to win a free book to help you get started on some art projects you’ve been putting off? I’m so very pleased to talk about Kelly Rae Roberts today and the release of her new book Taking Flight: Inspiration And Techniques To Give Your Creative Spirit Wings as well as a mini contest in which you can win a free autographed copy along with one limited edition print!

Before I tell you how to win, let’s talk about Kelly’s life and book for a moment shall we? I’ve decided to make it the decor8 book of the week since the theme of this book has already inspired me so much that I’m going to purchase a copy to rekindle my artistic side a little. With Fall on it’s way, it’s the perfect time to find some ‘cozy’ at home projects to work on and painting couldn’t be more fun!

Taking Flight Book Cover.

Kelly is what you’d call a late bloomer. I don’t mean this as an insult, but you know how it works. One is expected to go to college and settle on a career and go with that for as long as possible. There are bills to pay! Kids to feed! No time (or money) to change the tide and decide to take on a new career once you’re neck deep in what’s called “life”. I personally find this general mindset (one that forces sticking to one profession for life) both frustrating and mundane. If a person genuinely wants to change their course, I say GO FOR IT. Whether you change your career or just add to your day job with an exciting evening pursuit, dream big and jump right in. My goodness, we only will be the age we are today for one year and then we move on to the next and the next and soon we’re living with regrets (or let’s hope not) that we didn’t go for our dreams much sooner.? I’m especially fond of what society calls “late bloomers” like Kelly because I happen to be one myself, I didn’t listen to my creative voice until I turned 30. Kelly is a successful mixed-media artist who didn’t listen and develop her creative side until she was 30 but once she did, she found nothing but success by listening to her inner longing. How about that?

Maybe you can be another Kelly. Any why not? I believe that if you associate with successful people (whether online, through books, magazines, in person, whatever) you can become a success. That’s why I think it’s important to surround oneself with those who are reaching goals and fulfilling dreams like Kelly. We may never meet her in ‘real’ life, but we can meet her online, read her website and blog, and read her new book and there we can be around her and breath in her positivity. Perhaps this sounds corny or way too hyped-up but you know what? I believe it. To repeat what we’ve all heard a million times as children, “You are the company you keep”.

In addition to her new book, her work has been published both online and in magazines, she runs workshops, has a busy little Etsy store, she presents in juried art shows regularly, and her paintings are known, and collected, all over the world. The internet has given her business wings, as much of her networking takes place online and also during art shows, but through her etsy store, blog, website, and the supportive network of fellow artists online, her life has literally exploded into the things dreams are made of. Magic.

Win this Limited Edition Print.

That’s not all… Kelly just received a long-term licensing agreement with a large publishing company so you can expect to see more of Kelly on greeting cards, magnets, calendar, wall art (reproductions), and journals throughout America. All I can say is YOU GO GIRLFRIEND (*snap*snap*snap*)!

This is one inspiration story that deserves the spotlight. I think it’s exciting to see her grow right before our eyes online, I remember first hearing about her a few years ago and now to see how far she’s come further proves that with so many success stories out there, why not be one yourself if you heart happens to long for a walk down an alternate career path. Who knows what will await you if you follow your dreams.

Would you like to know a little about Taking Flight? It’s an art how-to book that demonstrates step-by-step instruction guiding you through creating your own mixed-media painting. Kelly, along with seven contributing artists show you the ropes offering a fresh new perspective to this medium. She also shares inspirational quotes, encouraging stories, and encouragement that may help you find, and follow, your bliss too. Of course no art book would interest any of us without images! Kelly features pages of her own work along with those from contributing artists so there is a nice range for your enjoyment and inspiration.

Interested in winning a free, autographed copy of Taking Flight along with a free limited-edition print? Kelly has offered to give these things away to 3 lucky decor8 readers today. The contest will end on Friday at midnight EST and winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 9th. Kelly will sign and ship your prizes to you personally!

To win… Please comment below telling Kelly and I about your dream job and whether or not you are currently pursuing it. If you are living your dream, comment with the best advice you can give others to encourage them to do the same. If you are not living the dream, comment on why you are not and by all means, go into as much detail as you’d like. Have you found balance between the day job and a fun evening or weekend pursuit? No answer is wrong as they will be selected at random according to comment number. The goal here is to encourage yourself while encouraging others and hey, you just may win some free goodies so why not!?

Ready!? Set… Go comment!

(images from kelly rae roberts)

Posted in Books + Magazines, contests on September 03, 2008

Vote: The Handmade Kids Sweepstakes!

You can now vote for your favorite items from the Handmade Kids Challenge and win one of fourteen $350 Etsy Shopping Sprees until September 8, 2008. Your vote is your chance to win, all you have to do is visit the Challenge Finalists and choose your top pick in each category (pick your fave from each of the seven categories because each vote in each category is an individual entry in the competition and offer you another opportunity to win).

I’d like to thank Etsy for including me as one of the contest judges. I’m part of a lovely panel of talented peeps so of course I’m flattered to be in such great company… You can read all of their bios here.

Congratulations to all of the finalists and happy voting everyone!

(image from etsy)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, contests, etsy on August 27, 2008

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