Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Introducing Two Knit

Another gorgeous shop with an intriguing profile I had to share. Do you guys read through all the details... meaning profiles and such when you find lovely shops? It sure is interesting what you can learn about the sellers! Here is what the shop Two Knit has to say, "I am a high school student who learned to knit at the Waldorf School I have been attending since I was three years old. My grandmother and I have opened this shop together, which is why we call it TWO KNIT. I knit hats, scarves and gloves. My grandmother is from Argentina, where knitting and crochet were very much part of her upbringing and culture. In the early sixties she had a fashion show with her very own knitted designs. Later when she moved to the states she worked at a boutique in Beverly Hills where she created those juliet hats for Ali MacGraw. She was also commissioned by many stars to create one of a kind items such as sweaters, interior decor and dresses. In fact, she created many of the dresses Charo wore on her appearances in Vegas and the Merv Griffin Show.We have opened this shop together and will feature pieces we have each created as well as collaborated on." How awesome is that! A high school student!? ...AMAZING! And what a treasure to spend that quality time creating with your grandmother!

To see many more lovely items created by this talented duo please visit Two Knit!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Introducing Lisa Roy Handbags

{Gisele handbag}

Beautiful fabric selections as well as designs... this girl definitely knows how to create gorgeous handbags in a variety of shapes and sizes. This designer said, "After years of art directing in the magazine industry, I decided to pair my love of bags with my sewing background (I started designing and hand-sewing doll clothes as a child)." Several people must be extremely happy she decided to start her own business! What a talent!

{the vintage series - Harry handbag}

If you haven't already browsed through Lisa Roy's Handbag shop, I definitely urge you to take a look! These handbags are high quality, one of a kind originals that are beautiful and hard to resist.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Introducing Artisans Gallery Team

A couple days ago I received a sweet email from Lisa who introduced me to the Artisans Gallery Team blog. The team states, "We are a network aligned to promote the goals of the Handmade Revolution, to connect and support each other across language and geographic barriers, and to recognize and encourage professional standards and unique artistic voices." This is an excellent source for finding amazing handmade creations and I love the support and recognition they give to artisans. Currently they are running a seven day wedding challenge. Here's a peek at just one of the picks:

{Annette's Picks~Seven Days of Wedding Fever Day Two}

Click HERE for additional details for the above items. Your bound to find some treasures on this blog! Also, be sure to check out Lisa's shop(s). Yeah, she's a rockstar, she has THREE shops!!! Here is just one of her lovely items from justCHARMING:

{Leaves of Grass}

Find more by Lisa at justEARRINGS and Quilts by Lisa. Enjoy!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Introducing Heather Mitchell {custom drawings}

Special hand drawn keepsakes are made by Heather Mitchell. Capture a loved one or beloved pet and send your photo to Heather to create a beautiful piece of art that will be treasured for years to come. Contrast and details make her images pop to life!

To see more of Heather's work and find more information about having a custom drawing done please visit her shop, Heather Mitchell Draws. You can email her a few photos for a free consultation! Happy Monday!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Introducing Dave and Janet Lynch {artist team}

Meet a talented husband and wife team, Dave and Janet Lynch from Virginia. Dave is a Fine Art Photographer. He starts with a photograph and then transforms it into art using graphic enhancements. Janet is a Scherenschnitte (paper cutting) artist. She cuts silhouettes and scenes from parchment.

Dave and Janet both have such a diverse range of subject matter that your bound to find something you love! These are just a few of my personal faves from their website. You can click on these photos to be directed to more information about the piece.

Check out more of their work at Art Gallery River Rd. You will find links to many more pictures of their creations as well as a start to a new blog and etsy shop. Enjoy!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Introducing Squishy Bee {childrens items}

Help welcome the owner of Squishy Bee to etsy. She is a mother of four and recently started up an etsy shop that focuses on wonderful handmade items for children. I came across her in the etsy forums and knew I had to share her work with all of you.

I'm a huge fan of the fun fabric choices! Be sure to browse through Squishy Bee and keep checking the shop to see her new arrivals!

Giveaway Winner of 100 Postcards is...

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Winner: Please send me your full name and email address to touchedcreatively@gmail.com as soon as possible to claim your prize. Have fun designing your thank you cards!

Thank you UPrinting for this giveaway and thank you to all that entered!!!
Happy Monday!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Introducing Nina Islas {crocheting}

If you were wondering whose adorable work was featured on the cover of Touched Creatively's Kid Inspired Issue... well it is the talented Nina Islas from California. (Photo was taken by Fowler Creations Photography) Nina's creations add such an adorable sweetness to photos making a special keepsake for the parent and child. Your sure to receive lots of comments (...or additional comments) when your out and about with your little one and they're wearing one of Nina's crocheted hats!

{Newborn Elf Hat - My Planet Earth}

{Pea Pod Cocoon - Chocolate Brown}

Her cocoons look so cuddly! Dragonfly Creations is a must check out shop for photographers, those with babies, or for those that love spoiling someone else's baby! You'll love seeing all the adorable photographs too... some amazingly talented photographers!

You can read more of Nina's inspiring story of turning her passion into a business in Touched Creatively's Issue Three. All issues are on a Spring SALE so if your interested in purchasing a copy, they are 25% of now through March 21st so click HERE to preview and order.

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New Artwork by Jodi Ulschmid

Scroll down to next post for UPrinting Postcard Giveaway.

Along side my recent room remodel... which is now my art room (see before and afters HERE) I've been busy with new art projects. My daughter and husband have been my biggest inspirations for these new pieces. Here are a few:

These new bedtime prayer typography prints came about for a couple reasons. One, I grew up with a special bedtime prayer over my bed and wanted my daughter to have one in her room that she will be able to enjoy for many years to come. Two, whenever I try and shop for a religious gift for a baptism or if I just want something that involves faith... I can't find anything I like... so I created something fun that will be a creative reminder of God. I made several color options and I have a couple different prayer sayings in my shop. I love how they turned out and that they focus on "I pray"... it's something so important to share with a child. They come from my original acrylic painting and are digitally color changed. The text has an awesome dreamy effect. Browse through the shop if your interested in more details.

{Grow with Me Green Faith Typography Print}

{Teal Bedtime Prayer}

I also enjoy making inspirational/motivational digital art prints that include some of my illustrations. I love creating art with a special meaning, and I hope others will be inspired by them too.

{Teal Enjoy the Ride 8x10 Art Print}

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my latest work. It has been a lot of fun and I'm working on a brand new piece in a medium I haven't used for years... so stay tuned to see what I come up with.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Postcard GIVEAWAY!!!!

We're trying this giveaway one more time, because guess what... shipping is now FREE!!! You can't get any better than that! You can win 100 4x6 postcards to do as you wish like recipe cards, thank you cards, invitations, baby announcements and much more! From marketing materials to personal invitations, postcards have developed from the rather plain and boring to something that can definitely give a 'wow' effect! Get a chance to win a set! Design them to your heart’s content and be as creative as you can be.

So here are the specifics of what YOU can win:

100 4 x 6 Postcards for One (1) Winner
Paper Stock: 14pt Cardstock Gloss
Specifications: Full Color Both Sides; 3 Business Days Turnaround
Shipping: FREE UPS Ground Shipping
Eligibility: Limited to US Residents only

{Postcard Printing}

I have to tell you guys that I just received an order of business cards last week from UPrinting and they turned out awesome! I went with square gloss and they are so dang cute! The ordering process was also super simple and if they have any issues at all they let you know before printing and they send you a proof... which is so nice!!! They definitely put their customers first. Check out the promotional printing HERE.

Okay now what you've all been waiting for... here are four chances for you to win the 100 postcards:

1. Leave one comment telling me how you would use this giveaway.

2. Become a follower of Touched Creatively. Already are? Just say that you are in comments for an extra entry.

3. Tweet or Facebook about a 100 free postcards for another chance to win and let me know in comments.

4. Blog about the giveaway and leave a link back here for an extra entry.

You have until Sunday, March 14th at midnight to enter. The winner will be announced Monday morning so check back then to see if it's you! If it is, you'll need to send me your full name and email address ASAP so you can claim your prize. Okay, start commenting and good luck!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

More than a Stone

I apologize for not being able to blog much this week. I'm very busy on a remodeling project that just happens to be my art room! It is one of the last rooms to be transformed in the old house we live in and I can't be more excited. Anyways, I wanted to share a few amazing artists' work with you this week so here they are... making an ordinary stone look truly amazing!

Be back next week!