CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop – Day 5

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Welcome to Day 5 and the final day of the CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop!

We hope you have enjoyed following along and seeing all of the great projects designed by our talented CHA Designer Members as well as all of the great products from our Paper Arts+ Show exhibitors!

How to win:
There are “passwords” at the end of each designer blog post that was published this week. Make sure you have noted all of the “passwords.” Once you have read today’s posts, you’ll need to use the “passwords” to form a phrase.

The first two people to tweet us @Craftandhobby the correct phrase will win:

  • 1st Prize: $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show (trade only)
  • 2nd Prize: $25 AMEX gift card

Follow the #CHAShow hashtag on social media to share in all of the Paper Arts+ Show fun! Also, don’t forget to register for the  Paper Arts+ Show! Registration is NOW OPEN!

Here are your stops for Day 5:

First stop:
CLICK HERE to see how CHA Designer Lisa Fulmer transformed exhibitor KaiserCrafts product into gorgeous holiday decor!

Second stop:
CHA Designer Kristi Parker used product from exhibitor Stampendous to create a beautifully creative project. CLICK HERE to see it and give it your stamp of approval!

Third stop:
CLICK HERE to see the fabulous projects that Madeline Faiella came up with using product from The Ribbon Print Company.

Fourth stop:
To see what Crafty Creation Linda Swingle came up with using product from Therm-O-Web, CLICK HERE.

Thank you to all the CHA Designers who participated in the Blog Hop!

Beth Watson
Candice Windham
Carmen Flores Tanis
Carol Heppner
Debra Quartermain
Keri Sallee
Kristi Parker
Linda Swingle
Lisa Fulmer
Madeline Faiella
Marjolaine Walker
Michele Emerson Roberts
Rita Barakat
Susan M Brown

And thank you to all the CHA Paper Arts+ Exhibitors for participating too!

Art Impressions
BoBunny Press Inc
Dare 2B Artzy
Ellison
Graphic 45 LLC
Hot Off The Press
Kaisercraft Pty Ltd
Linnie Blooms LLC
Little B, LLC
M-D Building Products
Pink and Main
The Ribbon Print Company
Stampendous! Inc
Therm O Web Adhesives & Interfacings

 

 

 

 

CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop Project by Linda Swingle


I am very excited to have been given the opportunity to participate in the CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop. The company whose product I was assigned to work with was Them -O-Web.

The project that I created was “Paper Poppies” (4 ¼” wide x 9 ¾” long). These were created on hand-made paper incorporating the following products supplied by
Therm-O-Web:

• Deco Foils
• Transfer Adhesive

Additional materials included:
Repurposed Paper
Artist Acrylics
Artist Watercolors
Permanent Black Marker
Natural Fibers
Eucalyptus Branches

Here’s how they came out:

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WIN $500!

Follow the CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop all week on the CHA Blog for updates on new designer blog posts and projects. Each post will have a “password”, collect all of the “passwords” and at the end of the Hop the first person to assemble the “passwords” into the “secret phrase” wins $500. Second place will receive a $25 gift card.

Here is your “password”: Arts +

Don’t forget, registration is now open for the CHA Paper Arts+ Show in Chicagoland where you’ll see, touch and learn about product, like the products that were donated for this Blog Hop by Therm-O-Web. Paper Arts+ is A CRAFT FUSION experience with exhibits offering everything from paper to jewelry to mixed media materials. The industry will be there looking for fourth quarter trends and new product SKUs. Members attend for FREE! For more information and to register, visit www.craftandhobby.org/paperarts.

CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop Project by Madeline Faiella

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The Ribbon Print Company™ is a gem for anyone who wants to make life easier and in the most professional way.  Print anything you want on ribbon.  Don’t know what you need (it happens) the staff at The Ribbon Print Company™ is there to assist.  They don’t just sell ribbon, they are also designers and “cool thinkers”…I loved my experience with them and the product.

The quality of the ribbon is outstanding allowing you to do pretty much anything you want to do with it.  Take a saying, name, event, drawing, logo  and send them off to The Ribbon Print Company™ and they will print just about whatever you need for your wedding, corporate event, kids or grownup parties and more.

Make fabulous bows and your message is already there!  Nothing more to do.  Merry Christmas from the Smith Family and that’s all you need.  The ribbon comes in 20 brilliant colors and different widths to make your project perfect.  There are over 20 foil colors to choose from for printing your very special message.

Retailers, ribbon and foils are made to work with the TRPC Ribbon Printer (there are a few models) and a MUST HAVE in your store.

Now you can have your own key ring for when you meet the girls for coffee.  This project is easy peazy.  Using beautifully printed ribbon from The Ribbon Print Company™ your project is practically done by itself.

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Let’s Coffee Klatch Key Ring

Materials:
*16 inches of The Ribbon Print Company™ printed ribbon at 1.5” wide (Length is your choice. You will be folding it in half lengthwise.  This project is 15” of ribbon folded in half to create 7.5” tails).
*10mm beads
*seed beads (any size you like)
*needle to sew beads (be sure it fits through the beads)
*matching thread
*one key ring
*Fiskars® scissors

NOTE: Colors are your choice.  There are so many!  This project:

  1. Simply pull the ribbon through the key ring at the half point.
  2. Stitch a running stitch just below the key ring
  3. Stitch the beads directly over the running stitch
  4. Cut the bottom of the ribbon in a “V” (optional)

Now enjoy the coffee and your friends!!!  These make great gifts!

Charles & Melissa – please sign the guestbook Bookmark

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Materials:
* 21 of The Ribbon Print Company™ ribbon at 1.5” wide with the name of the bride and groom. (Length is your choice. You will be using two identical pieces of printed ribbon. This project is for a 10.5” bookmark so I used just over 21” of ribbon)
*The Ribbon Print Company™ ribbon at ½” wide that reads, “please sign the guestbook”. This ribbon will hang nicely down both sides of the book mark with a bow at the top.  I used 26” to create the bow and the tails.
*Scotch® Double Sided Tape. ½”
*Lace. Any flat lace the shows just over the edges of the 1.5” ribbon.  Refer to photo.
*Pearls. Any size you like.  I used coin pearls, fresh water pearls and synthetic black pearls (10mm).
*Fiskars® scissors.

  1. Cut ribbon with “names” on it in half.
  2. Place double sided tape on the long end of one piece of 1.5” ribbon with “names” on it and lay it down onto the lace. Refer to photo-edge of lace should stick out beyond edged.
  3. Repeat #2 for the other side of the 1.5”ribbon.
  4. Turn the finished taped piece over and repeat #2 and #3.
  5. Make a bow with the ½” ribbon and tape to top of one side of the bookmark. This is the FRONT of your bookmark.
  6. Use a scrap piece of ½” ribbon to cover bottom of bookmark. NOTE: This is optional.
  7. Tape 2 tails of ½” ribbon on either side of the center of the bow and allow them to hang outward from the center.
  8. Add beads/pearls to bottom of bookmark and ribbon as desired.

You might like to use matching or coordinating ribbon on stemware, centerpieces and anywhere you would like to communicate something to your guests. Here’s to the happy couple!!!

Win $500!

Follow the CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop all week on the CHA Blog for updates on new designer blog posts and projects. Each post will have a “password”, collect all of the passwords.

The first two people to tweet CHA @Craftandhobby the correct phrase will win:
1st Prize: $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show (trade only)
2nd Prize: $25 AMEX gift card
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Paper Arts+ “Meet the Teacher” Blog Post Series

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The Paper Arts+ Show is around the corner and Show registration is now open!

Over the next several weeks, we will take the time to get to know some of our Paper Arts+ Workshop teachers through this “Meet the Teacher” blog post series. Throughout the series, you will learn about their art and inspiration, the value in attending their workshops, and what you can expect to learn.

We hope the interviews inspire you to sign up and attend the Paper Arts+ Show!  Click here to view the Paper Arts+ Show Preview Guide.

jeritannerOur first featured teacher is Jeri Tanner from BoBunny.

By combining BoBunny’s newest mixed media products and the festive and fabulous design of its new collection, this workshop will help you to create a memory and record it as well!

Tell us a little about yourself.

After traveling the globe for many years with my husband and children, we returned to the United States to be closer to our families.  Once we were settled, I went in search of a new adventure and accepted a job with BoBunny Press.  My rusty business degree was put back to use. I discovered that scrapbook pages had evolved from photos cut with decorative scissors on acid free 8 ½ x 11 paper decorated with stickers into amazing works of art!

What do you love most about the creative industry?

I love the constant influx of new products, ideas, techniques and applications in the creative industry. Another bonus is getting acquainted with all of the talented people who participate in this industry- from those who design products to finished projects.

What do you love most about teaching workshops?

Teaching workshops gives me an opportunity to watch crafters be amazed at what they can do and to see how they personalize the project with their own creative style.

What value would you place on attending classes offered at live conferences such as the Paper Arts+ Show?

Nobody knows BoBunny like BoBunny!  Whenever you get a chance to take classes from the manufacturer of your favorite products, TAKE IT!  You will create with the newest designs, explore the latest trends, practice new techniques and learn about products you didn’t know we had!

What are the top takeaways that attendees will learn by taking your workshop?

At the Paper Arts+ Show in July, my class will focus on using BoBunny’s “oh soo” fun mixed media, stickable stencils, foil rub ons and more!  Plan to complete displayable projects that sell the products and to obtain skills to teach your customers!

When you’re not teaching, what can we find you doing?

When I am not teaching classes, I am forever trying to get my family scrapbooks caught up! Sound familiar?  I also enjoy golfing, hosting parties, and travel (thus the never ending need to scrapbook!).

Register for the BoBunny Celebration! Workshop today!

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Stay tuned for next week’s blog post where we will feature
Stephanie Barnard from Sizzix!

 

CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop – Day 4

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Welcome to Day 4 of the CHA Paper Arts+ Show Blog Hop! The ‘hop has been going great and the participation has been awesome!

We’re in the home stretch and we still have GREAT projects created from exhibitors’ products by CHA Designer Section members for you to see!

How to win:
There will be a “password” at the end of each designer blog post. Make sure you keep track of all of the “passwords.” At the end of the hop on Friday, May 22, you’ll need to use the “passwords” to form a phrase.

The first two people to tweet us @Craftandhobby with the correct phrase will win:

  • 1st Prize: $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show (trade only)
  • 2nd Prize: $25 AMEX gift card

Follow the #CHAShow hashtag on social media to share in all of the Paper Arts+ Show fun! Also, don’t forget to register for the  Paper Arts+ Show! Registration is NOW OPEN!

Here are your Blog Hop stops for Day 4:

First stop:
CLICK HERE if you dare to see CHA Designer Candice Windham’s inspirational project using product from exhibitor Dare2BArtzy.

Second Stop:
CHA Designer, Marjolaine Walker, put together a great project using product from
Linnie Blooms. CLICK HERE to see pictures of the project and the steps she took to create it!

Tomorrow is the final day of the blog hop! Don’t miss out on the final passwords to complete the phrase! Click here to view the schedule.

CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop – Day 3

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Welcome to Day 3 of the CHA Paper Arts+ Show Blog Hop! We’re halfway there and we hope you have enjoyed following along so far!

All week we are featuring exhibitors’ products created into projects by CHA Designer Section members! Follow along to see which products the Designers used and the creations that they came up with; plus you’ll have a chance to win great prizes!

How to win:
There will be a “password” at the end of each designer blog post. Make sure you keep track of all of the “passwords.” At the end of the hop you’ll need to use the “passwords” to form a phrase.

The first two people to tweet us @Craftandhobby the correct phrase will win:

  • 1st Prize: $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show (trade only)
  • 2nd Prize: $25 AMEX gift card

Follow the #CHAShow hashtag on social media to share in all of the Paper Arts+ Show fun! Also, don’t forget to register for the  Paper Arts+ Show! Registration is NOW OPEN!

Here are your stops for Day 3:

First Stop:
CLICK HERE to see the whimsical project that Debra Quartermain came up with using product from Paper Arts+ exhibitor Sizzix/Ellison.

Second Stop:
What decorative display did Beth Watson come up with using product and tools from
MD-Hobby and Craft? CLICK HERE to find out!

Third Stop:
CLICK HERE to find out what vintage summer fun Carol Heppner came up with using product from Hot Off the Press Inc. 

Be sure to join us for more fun tomorrow. For the full schedule, click here.

CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop – Day 2

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Welcome to Day 2 of the CHA Paper Arts+ Show Blog Hop!

All week we’ll be featuring exhibitors’ products created into projects by CHA Designer Section Members! Follow along to see which products the Designers used and the creations they came up with.

Don’t forget that there will be a “password” at the end of each designer blog post. Make sure you keep track of all of the “passwords.” At the end of the hop you’ll need to use the “passwords” to form a phrase.

The first two people to tweet us @Craftandhobby the correct phrase will win:

  • 1st Prize: $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show (trade only)
  • 2nd Prize: $25 AMEX gift card

Be sure to follow the #CHAShow hashtag on social media to share in all of the Paper Arts+ Show fun! Also, don’t forget to register for the  Paper Arts+ Show! Registration opens tomorrow, May 20 at 10:00 a.m.

Here are your stops for Day 2:

First Stop:
CLICK HERE to read how CHA Designer Carmen Flores Tanis used product from Paper Arts+ Exhibitor Pink and Main.

Second Stop:
How did CHA Designer Susan M. Brown use product from Paper Arts+ Exhibitor Little B LLC? CLICK HERE to find out!

Third Stop:
CHA Designer, Rita Barakat put together a great project using product from Bo Bunny. CLICK HERE to read about the project and how she created it.

Be sure to join us for more fun tomorrow. For the full schedule, click here.

CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop – Day 1

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We “hop” you got plenty of rest over the weekend because it’s time to win some prizes!

That’s right; nobody has a “case of the Mondays” this week because today we’re kicking off the CHA Paper Arts+ Show Blog Hop.

All week we’ll be featuring exhibitors’ products created into projects by CHA Designer Section Members! Follow along to see which products the Designers used and the creations they came up with.

There will be a “password” at the end of each designer blog post. Make sure you keep track of all of the “passwords.” At the end of the hop you’ll need to use the “passwords” to form a phrase.

The first two people to tweet us @Craftandhobby the correct phrase will win:

  • 1st Prize: $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show (trade only)
  • 2nd Prize: $25 AMEX gift card

Be sure to follow the #CHAShow hashtag on social media to share in all of the Paper Arts+ Show fun! Also, don’t forget to register for the  Paper Arts+ Show! Registration opens this Wednesday, May 20.

Now that we’ve gotten the formalities out of the way, let’s get started!

First Stop:
CLICK HERE to read how CHA Designer Michele Emerson Roberts used product from Paper Arts+ Exhibitor Graphic 45.

Second Stop:
How did CHA Designer Keri Sallee use product from Paper Arts+ Exhibitor Art Impressions? CLICK HERE to find out!

The fun continue tomorrow with:

CHA Designer: Carmen Flores Tanis 
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Pink and Main

CHA Designer:  Susan M. Brown
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Little B LLC

CHA Designer: Rita Barakat 
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Bo Bunny

For the full schedule, click here.

The Projects are Done…Get Ready to “Hop” on Monday!

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It’s almost time for the CHA Paper Arts+ Show Blog Hop! The Blog Hop features exhibitors’ products created into projects by CHA Designer Section Members!

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Follow along right here on the CHA Blog from May 18 – 22 to see which products the Designers used and the creations they came up with. PLUS, you’ll learn how to make the projects yourself!

Win Prizes!
There will be a “password” at the end of each designer blog post. Make sure you keep track of the password each day. At the end of the hop you’ll need to use the “passwords” to form a phrase.

The first two people to tweet us @Craftandhobby the correct phrase will win:

  • 1st Prize: $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show
  • 2nd Prize: $25 AMEX gift card

Be sure to follow the #CHAShow hashtag on social media to share in all of the Paper Arts+ Show fun!

Here’s the full schedule for the week:

Monday

CHA Designer: Michele Emerson Roberts
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Graphic 45

CHA Designer: Keri Sallee
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Art Impressions

Tuesday

CHA Designer: Carmen Flores Tanis
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Pink and Main

CHA Designer:  Susan M. Brown
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Little B LLC

CHA Designer: Rita Barakat
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Bo Bunny

Wednesday

CHA Designer: Debra Quartermain
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Ellison

CHA Designer:  Beth Watson
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor:  M-D Building Products

CHA Designer:  Carol Heppner
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor:  Hot of the Press

Thursday

CHA Designer: Candice Windham
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Dare2BArtzy

CHA Designer: Marjolaine Walker
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Linnie Blooms LLC

Friday

CHA Designer: Lisa Fulmer
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Kaisercraft

CHA Designer: Kristi Parker
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Stampendous

CHA Designer: Madeline Faiella
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: The Ribbon Print Company

CHA Designer: Linda Swingle
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Thermoweb

Tune in next week for the fun starting on Monday May 18!

10 Benefits of Being a CHA Designer Member

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Being a creative entrepreneur or running your own design company can be a lonely job. It can also be very tiring and at times overwhelming. Sure, it has many advantages, but wouldn’t it be better if you could find a like-minded community to help you through the downs and the valleys, and warn you of the potholes in your journey?

I felt that way time and again. I wished there was a place where I could talk to like-minded folks, share ideas and ask for advice.

When I joined the CHA Designer Section, I was a little overwhelmed at first. It took me cha designer logosome time to find my way around and make good connections and friends – friends who were creative and understood what I meant without me having to elaborate much. You could say I finally found my tribe!

When first joining CHA as a designer, one wonders if it’s possible to create any lasting connections or derive any benefit from the membership. This is the reason why I put together this article for you. If you’re wondering if a CHA designer membership is for you, read on! Some amazing designers took the time to share their experiences with me. I present to you 10 benefits of being a CHA designer member:

1. The biggest benefit of being a designer member is probably that we get to go to the CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show every year for free! The CHA MEGA Show is full of opportunities to network and make new friends and connections. It’s also a great way to do trend spotting and see where the industry and products are headed. The eye candy is, of course, a huge pull for us creatives and let me assure you there is a LOT of stuff to see and take in!

There are also a lot of make and takes and product displays. This is a great place for designers to see what is new to market and keep pace with evolving trends in the industry.

Jennifer Priest from Hydrangea Hippo says, “It is because of the networking I have done in these past four years as a CHA Designer Section member that I have the jobs and opportunities that I have today. It truly is about the people you know. Going to the CHA MEGA Show as your own company helps you meet the people who will aid your growth and helps make you memorable when jobs come available.”

Candice Windham adds, “Being able to attend the CHA MEGA Show and meet directly with the people I want to work with (is a major benefit). Communicating with someone through email or over the phone can’t compare to one-on-one, face-to-face communications.”

2. Having an official designer badge helps establish credibility. Many manufacturers prefer to work with designer members. Patt Bell agrees, stating, “Being a CHA Designer Section member adds credibility to your qualifications. It says that you are serious about what you do, and that you are staying on top of industry trends and practices. Membership provides access to contacts in the business.”

3. CHA offers a wide array of educational resources and materials to help designers do more with and for their businesses. Many webinars, eCourses and videos are made available to designer members. They cover using a range of tools from traditional marketing to social media, working with manufacturers and more!

4. Designer Section members have the opportunity to exhibit in the Designers in Action™ area at the CHA MEGA Show at discounted rates. This is an amazing opportunity to showcase your talent and have it visible for the crafting world to see. Manufacturers send representatives to view these showcases and arrange a meet and greet with the designers. A lot of connections and opportunities are born from this interaction. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience of exhibiting in the Designers in Action™ earlier this year. I met and made friends with many designers by taking part in this activity. It also gave me confidence and a lot of feedback about my work!

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5. Being a CHA Designer Section member gives you a voice. You can volunteer for different committees and actually contribute to the Section and to CHA. This is an amazing opportunity to learn how the industry works and to make lasting friendships. As Seth Apter puts it, They offer the option to volunteer for a committee, allowing each member to have an active role in the development of the organization, as well as a chance to learn the ‘behind the scenes’ aspects of the craft industry in depth.”

6. The sense of community is one of the best things about being a CHA Designer Section member. As Lisa Fulmer says, “The social benefit is these people get me.” Rita Barakat loves this aspect of being a designer member as well! “Being able to come together as a group of like-minded individuals, supporting each other, sharing knowledge and having cheerleaders on your side are always good things!” Beth Watson also agrees, stating, One of the benefits is being part of a group of industry professionals that understands, supports and values what you do as a designer, which is an important part of my growth and success in the craft industry.”

7. Guidance is another big advantage of being a CHA designer member. As Marjolaine Walker puts it, “There is so much love and support from many of the established designers. They want us to succeed and are always there to help.” It is really beneficial to be able to share ideas with more experienced designers. They are so generous with giving advice and making introductions! You shouldn’t be afraid to ask because these are probably some of the most helpful men and women on the planet!

8. Being a member gives you access to the CHA Designers only newsletter, which has huge benefits. The newsletter, which is for Designer Section members only, provides information about the various Section activities in which members can participate.  Eileen Hull shares, “When opportunities come along to showcase my business, I am able to respond quickly and take advantage of them because I always read my CHA emails and know what is happening.”

9. The CHA Designer Directory is another amazing tool that is available to designer members as a benefit of membership. The Designer Directory is a listing of all CHA designers and is made available to manufacturers when they are looking to give out jobs. Carol Heppner, the current chair of the Designer Section, says, “The Designer Directory Committee works long hours to publish the Designer Directory. Designer Section members can submit a five by eight-inch listing for the Directory. The Directory is available on the CHA website as a free download.”

10. Long lasting and true friendships are formed between designer members and, as Michele, one of the founding members of the Designer Section puts it, The friendships that I have developed with other designers and industry companies are priceless!” You will find many partnerships and new ideas being born through friendly collaboration.

As you can see, the possibilities are endless and the opportunities are vast. You just have to take the first step. Sign up to become a member and you’ll have help along the rest of your journey. Like me, you’ll feel like you have finally found your tribe!

maheMahe Zehra Husain is a mathematician by training and an artist by nature! She loves to write arts and crafts e-books and has several listed on Amazon.com.

She is most often found playing in her craft studio and making a mess with paints of all sorts! Her passion is to share her love of creating and banishing the myth that people are born creative. We all have two sides to our brain and she believes everyone has a creative fire!

You can find her at www.alteredupcycling.com and www.thecreativeartacademy.com  – coming soon!