Watercolour Mini Print Giveaway *Closed*

My Facebook page reached 600 likes today and my YouTube channel is at nearly 3 000 subscribers. So on both of those sites I’m doing a giveaway of a mini print, and I’ve got a third one that you could win here! *Winner announced here**Flower Girls

Just comment on this post to win a mini print (5.5″ x 8″) of my watercolor painting “Spring Dresses”. (Purchase prints here.)

Visit my Facebook page and Youtube channel for more chances to win! If you share this giveaway with a friend via Twitter, tag me (Twitter username @angelfehr) and you’ll get additional entries in the giveaway, or share it some other way and let me know in the comments.

Giveaway ends January 8th, 6:00am MST.

Review and Giveaway: VeggieTales: The Little House That Stood

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Tami Grandi! Watch your email for instructions on how to claim your DVD.

How fun to be given a copy of VeggieTales newest DVD, The Little House That Stood to review and give away!

VeggieTales have been a part of my family’s entertainment for about eight years. One of my oldest girl’s first songs, when she was learning to talk was the VeggieTales theme song, and through VeggieTales my kids have learned about St. Patrick, fedoras, great musical themes (we love singing along to Larry’s High Silk Hat) and what an “umbilical equivocal” is. A hundred meaningless points to anyone who can identify the shows that those references come from.

TheLittleHousethatStood

I asked my kids to review the DVD for me, so they watched it last night. And twice this morning, as I slept in. (Boy, this reviewing business is a tough gig!) And the reviews are good!

Rory (age 10): “It was so funny to see those guys arguing over a hot tub made of wood. And then they turned into clowns! Hilarious!”

Sammy (age 8): “I think kids will like this show because it teaches them a lot of good things, like not to be selfish, but it does it in a good way.”

Wes (age 6): “Can we watch it again now?”

Does it hold to the same standard as VeggieTales episodes of yore? I don’t know, and the kids aren’t really that critical. The Silly Song was funny, the lesson was taught in an entertaining way, and I’ll be hearing quotes from the DVD for weeks to come, I’m sure.

I have a copy of VeggieTales: The Little House that Stood to give away! Just leave a comment below to be entered to win. Deadline for entry is Monday, March 18th at noon, PST.

1500 posts, a new stamp set and a giveaway

My Easter post also happened to be my 1,500th post since I started blogging. Thank you to those of you who have followed faithfully through the years – here’s a kiss for you:

(Amazing my husband doesn’t run the other way when he sees that pucker coming at him…)

I started out blogging about painting, and then started a second blog for my personal musings and parenting anecdotes, and then when that was taken over by paper crafting I ran three blogs for a while. And a year or two ago I combined all my content into one site – it’s just easier for me that way, and potluck for you! I do find I blog a lot less about my children now – as they get older it’s important that I respect their privacy and not embarrass them too much online! *wink*

So it’s a blog milestone, to have reached 1500 posts, or 1501 actually, and in honour of that milestone, I have a giveaway! I have a new stamp design premiering at Paper and Such today, and I have one to give away (maybe even two if you’re lucky!) to one fortunate commenter. First let me reveal the set; it’s called Tenderhearted and she’s one of my Giggle Bunch images.

I’m the proud mother of two daughters, and we see our share of tears. Little girls (and sometimes even the big ones!) can cry for all kinds of reasons – sorrow, joy, and every shade of emotion in between. I sometimes get choked up during the singing of “O Canada!” So I wanted to share a stamp image that touched on the softness of a little girl’s heart, plus there’s a little pouty lip there that makes my heart melt!

I used coloured pencils to colour in my image – I love the soft look and coloured pencils are very blendable. The paper is from My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline. Beautiful colours and this is the same paper that we’ll be using in my card class on Tuesday night.

Would you like to win this stamp set? You can! Just comment on this post before 12:00am PST, Saturday, April 14. And if you’d like some extra chances to win, you can do any or all of the following:
1. Subscribe to this blog (if you do already, comment and tell me!)
2. Like “Angela Fehr Artist” on Facebook
3. Visit Paper and Such’s blog and tell them I sent you! (They also do a giveaway on blog reveal days so you really don’t want to miss this step!)
4. Like “Paper and Such” on Facebook
5. Tweet, facebook or blog about this giveaway, with a link to this post

And whether you do any, all or none of these things, thanks for coming by – I like you either way! See you at 3,000 posts!

My Memories Suite Giveaway

When I was asked to review My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software, I had two thoughts. First “Whee! My blog is finally important enough to review something!” and second, “Do they know I don’t DO digital scrapbooking?”

While I’m computer savvy and use Photoshop, CorelDraw and digital scrapbook papers for graphic design and web design, I have always been a hands-on type of girl when it comes to scrapbooking. Give me paper and embellishments I can feel. But after doing a little reading on the site, I realized that My Memories is about more than printing pages for the scrapbook. I loved the idea of making slide shows to post on Facebook, adding sound or video, duplicating favourite pages, or creating a bound book.

My Memories Suite is easy to use. I liked the step by step approach, starting with a template or quick page kit, dropping in photos from My Pictures, and then adding embellishments. The layout below was created using the Autumn Embrace quick page, and it was really a matter of dropping in three photos, editing them to sepia tone (a one-click step) and adding a title using word art.

I wanted also to create a page from the ground up, my usual modus operandi, so I mixed and matched the paper and embellishments that came with the program. There’s a lot of choices, even without buying additional designs and I loved the fun and funky layout I ended up with.

What I liked: 

  • Easy to use program
  • Lots of design choices
  • Drag & drop photos, embellishments
  • Options for slideshows, posting online, printing as a hardbound book
  • You can layer brushes (like the flourish above) over photos without smearing ink or tearing rub-ons!
What I didn’t like:
  • I would have liked to see some journaling cards or die cut shapes for pasting text into. There weren’t any with the suite or the kit I downloaded.
  • The Word Art feature is kind of gawky/clunky. I would have liked to be able to create Thickers-style titles – a look of chipboard, corrugation, or corduroy. Maybe there’s a way to do this but I didn’t get it. (Note: There are many alphabets that can be purchased on the site – I like the look of these rather than the Word Art tool.)

I would recommend this software to people like my mother-in-law, who loves the look of a scrapbook page but doesn’t have the time to scrapbook traditionally, and who need a program that’s easy to use. I plan to use it for creating some photo Christmas gifts (shh! don’t tell!) and slide shows to share my life with Facebook friends who live far away.

Would you like to own your own copy of My Memories Suite? I have one to give away today! Just leave a comment on this post telling me which digital kit on the My Memories site you would use for your first project, and you’re entered to win! Deadline for comments is 7am PST on November 9th.

If you aren’t my lucky winner, you can still feel like a winner by saving $10 on your purchase of My Memories Suite, plus a $10 coupon for the My Memories store. Just use this promo code: STMMMS25821

 

Gel-a-tins Blog Hop and a Giveaway!

Oh, summer! I have to love summer, it’s short and sweet in northern British Columbia, but we pack a lot of fun into every minute. And today I’m blog  hopping with the rest of the gel-a-tins design team, so you know it’s a good day! I’m having a great time on the design team – gel-a-tins makes fantastic stamps and I love their metal tin storage cases. Check out their brand new web site, but come back here and do the hop so you can win one of the great prizes gel-a-tins is giving away! Can’t wait to see what the rest of the team has to share and there’s big news on the gel-a-tins blog, leave a comment on each blog to max your chances of winning! We’ll draw a winner on July 11th.

One of the first stamp sets I received in my design team package was this “Sweet to the Core” stamp set. It’s been one of my favourite to use, the large solid images are so versatile, and in this project I used the apples to create a background by stamping in Versamark and heat embossing with White On! gelly powder. I then stamped one apple in red and heat embossed the sentiment using more White On! gelly powder. It’s a simple card, which just  makes the design more impactful (is that a word?).

Okay, so here’s the deal: If you are the lucky commenter on my blog, you get to pick one of the following fabulous gel-a-tins stamp sets:

Peace on Earth

Admission is Free

Butterfly Love

Great, aren’t they? You definitely want to keep hopping and commenting because you never know, the next big winner could be YOU!

Here’s the hop list:

1. gel-a-tins blog
2. Ellen
3. Karin
4. Cassie
5. Jessica
6. Cherie
7. Natalie
8. Gladys
9. Sharm
10. Angela *you are here!*
11. back to gel-a-tins blog

Thanks for dropping by! I’ve posted another card featuring gel-a-tins stamps today on the Just Imagine/Kreaxions blog, so drop by there too if you’re not all hopped out!