Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Spark No. 2 Video

I am happy to announce that we are accepting online pre-orders for the SPARK NUMBER 2 video.  Below is the short teaser we put together for the event.  The film will be completed this fall and available for shipment early November.  Just in time for the holidays. 
Please contact meg.sparktheevent.gmail.com for questions regarding DVD orders.

The song for Spark No. 2 teaser is Mindy Gledhill-Whole Wide World.
The song for the SPARK Number ONE video is Bishop Allen & The Broken String-Butterfly Nets.

Spark DVD

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Spark re-cap...LIVE Webshow!

I'm so excited...we are doing our LIVE Webshow this week & we'll be featuring a Spark Re-cap with Margie Romney-Aslett!  (Liz will be getting ready to go teach at Inspiration Unlimited *with Janet! We'll miss, you Liz!)  

So..join us tomorrow night HERE. And Margie, Heidi & I will be *sparkin* it up! holla!

Friday, September 10, 2010

It's time to ......

SPARK it up!  We were busy all day yesterday transforming our venue into a *sparkle* wonderland! I got to chalk up the outside of the building....

JMills was there setting up his film equipment...Dear Lizzie boutique is on-site....teachers popped in here & there to say HI...our a*mazing creative partners Persnickety Prints & Abode delivered all of the *spark* goodness & manufacturers like Silhouette delivered some *golden ticket* prizes! 

The Smile Now Photobooth just *had* to be tested out..*wink* &
Amy & Vivian were there getting the Spark Eats all glammed up! 
 ...gathering up my laptop & other sundries to head out to the venue this morning bright & early...

We are so excited to meet up & get this party started! see you soon!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Spark No. 2...Lights camera action...

I want to introduce you Sparks to Jeremy Miller...
If you were one of over 200,000 people who have watched the Spark No. 1 video you know his work...

|SPARK| from Jmills ENT. Jeremy Miller on Vimeo.
Jeremy is the most talented, hardest working young men that I happen to know. He normally doesn't make movies with a bunch of women creating...His movies are usually in the Snow's all over the world filming Action Sports films or Commercial films in Africa, Europe, South America, really the world...But...He and my daughter {Meg, Spark's admin} boyfriend, of over TWO years...{hint hint}

 So because he's Meg's, he's Sparks! We are so lucky to have him again this year at Spark! He will be filming with his crew so when you see a "few" men around know they are capturing YOU at Spark! So smile...Be Adorable...This video is going to feature YOU SPARKS! Jeremy is going to be pre-selling copies at Spark to YOU attendees at this exclusive price...

This from Jeremy...
This is sure to be a creative masterpiece that you lucky Spark attendees will be included within.  My team and I will be putting together a DVD of the event and all you Sparks.  The cost of the DVD will be $20 USD plus shipping and handling.
“I am excited to be part of such an artistic amazing event such as Spark 2.0.  My crew and I look forward to creating a cinematic experience that will showcase the event and inspire one to create.” 

Jeremy Miller
Again, another amazingly creative person at Spark! {this time a man!}
Rhonna , Liz and I are so grateful to Jmills for providing us with his time and is a HUGE contribution to Spark!
kiss kiss

Mindy Gledhill is so *sparky*

Check out her new music video....I am in LOVE! There's something so *spark*y about her lyrics, her style, her attitude! I love it!  In fact, we've even included some of her lyrics as part of our 'décor' at Spark...THAT is how inspired we are!
And....can you believe we get to be personally sparked by HER? Tomorrow night at Spark? can. not. wait! We love you Mindy!
pst. if you haven't purchased her album yet...do it. now. you won't regret the inspirational, amazingly FUN music of Mindy! 

Today is the day we transform our fab, funky venue into the Spark EVENT! Noah's has been a*mazing to work with!  For you locals..we HIGHLY recommend this venue for ANYTHING! They are amazing!

We are so excited to decorate today...& have some surprises up our sleeve....have you ever wanted to SEE the magic happen? hmm.....I LOVE befores & afters! 
see you soon, sparkettes!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

another *spark* surprise....

Everyone loves to go on a treasure hunt...to find a treasure...   well...we're going to have a little fun at Spark!

We'll be hiding SPARK Golden Tickets all over our venue & when a Spark finds one...on Saturday night at our Spark Soiree, we'll be handing out the *grand prizes* to the finders of the Golden Tickets!...talk about sparking your creative soul! We can't wait!
2 days & counting....

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

What to wear...What to bring...

Let's talk weather! Here's the skinny...
It's going to be beautiful...
Utah in September is one of the best times of the year! Looking at the forecast...We are going to have sunshine and blue skies...Perfect! One thing...The evenings can get chilly...So, for Friday night you are going to want a little sweater, or jacket or sweatshirt! Friday night you may want a lap quilt...We will be sitting out in the garden for the Mindy Gledhill's concert...It is going to be magic...
Speaking of what to bring...Look at your class supply lists...
I love creating in an apron...I know in Emily's class you may be getting wet...In April's class there will be Mod Podge and painting...So, an apron might be a good idea!
Less than three days away...
We are so excited...
kiss kiss

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Hotel info....

For those of you traveling from the South... Check out more info for the Hampton Inn in Orem:

They also offer our SPARKS a complimentary shuttle to and from NOAH'S.

And for those of you coming from the airport or up North... 
There are 2 hotels there at Thanksgiving Point (close to Dear Lizzie Boutique & Bistro)

If you're interested in a gorgeous view, few guests & a Bed & Breakfast, check out: Alpine Quilt Retreats Bed & Breakfast.

Can't wait to spark it up in 5 days!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

6 days & counting...MORE Spark news...

Each day, as the week goes on & we get closer to Spark, we'll be sharing last minute reminders, info, etc. 

First up: Check out this private party Dear Lizzie Boutique & Bistro is putting on at their store! It's planned for right after our closing rooftop Soiree at the venue...but for those that still have Spark Energy...10pm-1:00am.
As noted, you'll need to provide your own transportation.

and....secondly, since breakfast is kind of an 'iffy' thing for some....there will be Grab & Go Breakfast Special for $5 at the front doors each morning...brought to you by Dear Lizzie Boutique & Bistro....You can snag some eats for $5...bagel with cream cheese & fresh juice! mmm!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

ReaD aLL aBouT iT!

Check out the press release on Spark No. 2! Can't wait...still a few more spots...Register today!

SPARK Number Two Takes Strike And Ignites Local Imagination

Annual Event Inspires Local Creativity

08.31.2010 – Of interest to editors and journalists covering local news, special events, the arts, and are in search of a unique story.

LINDON, UT, Friday, September 10, 2010 and Saturday, September 11th 2010 – SPARK number two, the second annual event designed for the creative spirits in search for an extra spark, that turn hobbies into artistic masterpieces. One of the three founders, Rhonna Farrer, when asked how SPARK came to be, says, “We realized how desperately Utah needed a creative event that is unique and sparks creativity.” The two-day event will take place at Noah’s of Lindon, where the exterior of the building will serve as a blank canvas for participants to show their artistic originality with colorful chalk.

“This is a local event that will get people excited about their hobbies of the arts. Whether it’s photography, jewelry making, scrap booking, wool felting; whatever it may be, SPARK will spark their creative outlets,“ says Farrer. A ticket includes an assortment of art classes instructed by talented artists coming nationally and internationally, along with lunch, dinner, and snacks throughout the day. Friday night concludes with an unplugged concert by Mindy Gledhill in the garden area of Noah’s. A Rooftop Soiree on Saturday night will finalize the SPARK event. Additional information about SPARK number two can be found on the event site, www.sparktheevent.com.

The founders of SPARK, Elizabeth Kartchner, Margie Romney-Aslett and Rhonna Farrer, are three self-taught arts and crafts loving women from Utah, that have traveled the world and inspired artistic minds throughout the country and worldwide. Last year was SPARK’s first go-around and the success was larger than they expected. Farrer states, “This year, we have capped the event at 200 people and there are very few spots left.” This event provides the resources to spark the creativity of artistic wannabes and event gallery aficionados locally and beyond.

Noah’s – 644 N. 2000 W. Lindon, UT – (800) 696- 6247 - www.mynoahs.com

Monday, August 30, 2010

Celebrate you

hello sparkies!
It's Elizabeth, Liz, Lizzy... whatever you wanna call me. Expect Lizardbreath, which is what Jason Snelson called me in 2nd grade & I'm still recovering. ;)
I wanted to share a sneak peek of my mini class for SPARK! It is a mini album using fun paper from Sassafras and my Dear Lizzy line of products with American Crafts including my dear lizzy fabric paper, where we'll make some fabric flowers.
I love the celebrate banner on the cover from House of 3.
We will be doing some creative play using Shimmerz Vibez spray ink to brighten up plain white cardstock and some simple stamping with Close To My Heart acrylic stamps on tags.

We'll be creating an album Celebrating you. Celebrating who you are. Celebrating your uniqueness.

Supplies needed for class:

  • Crop-A-Dile (or a really good hole punch)
  • Scissors
(Also, if you have pinking shears bring those--which are scissors that make a zig zag patten.)
  • 1" foam brush
  • 2 1/2" circle scallop punch
  • Bring five 4x6 horizontal photos. Or this album will look great with photos from Spark you can add when you get home.
  • Adhesive (tape runner, glue dots)
  • Needle and Thread

Check out the Supplies List page to make sure you're all set for Spark!

Also, be sure to email us a photo of you for a neat activity, we'll be using them through out the event and we need your cute mug shot! email it to megaslett@gmail.com

We'll be in touch. xoxo

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Full Circle...

Hey Sparks!
It's me Margie...
I am in HOT & sunny Arizona getting ready to teach at the Creative Escape and up at the crack of dawn...
I woke up thinking about so many different things, but mainly Spark...
We are getting so close to the event! So many exciting things coming together the last few weeks before Spark...As I laid in bed rolling around trying to get back to sleep I couldn't help but feel energized and excited about all the last minute details we are putting into Spark...I loved Rhonna's post about our decorations and all the fabulous ideas we have tried to put into the "look & feel" for Spark this year...I get giddy when I see the photos...I also was thinking about the classes this year and the group of teachers we have to share with you and their diverse types of creativity..
I wanted to get to know some of our teachers better so I was checking in on their blogs. Em is back in Australia and am amazed by the way she lives her life. So different from mine yet so a like in the fact that we both live a life creative...That is what I love about this event...The celebration is in creativity, all types...Em and I couldn't be more different yet our friendship started out of a common love for "making stuff." I was looking at some of Em's work and grabbed a few of my favorite things...
I love this canvas...LOVE...Love it's message, 
it's earthy-ness...
LOVE the way she shot it...So Em...
You are going to LOVE her...
Then I went over to Janet's blog...
She is amazing...Really...
I have to say her work inspires me as a scrapbooker...Again, reading her blog, getting to know her better has me excited to create, make stuff...She has such a beautiful way of putting it all together...

There are so many things i LOVE about this layout...Ok there is NOTHING i don't LOVE about it...Janet's class will surely be great...
Wendy is one of our teachers who I don't know, know, but I do know her work...She is so talented, so creative and so excited to be teaching at Spark...When I called her on the phone to ask her if she would be interested in Spark she was so gracious and the feelings I got from her just felt "right" she was a fit...This is a shot of her adorable family...She teaches all over the world and I feel so lucky to know she is going to be with us at Spark!
This is a photo Wendy shot of Mindy...I mean how random is that...I met Mindy sorta Via April and come to find out Wendy shot the photos for Mindy's new CD...
Again...Creativity is like a circle when it's shared...It all comes and goes and ebbs and flows and as it does we are all connected...Margie, Rhonna, Liz, Emily, Janet, Wendy, April, Mindy and all of YOU...
I love love love spark...
I love that YOU will all come and be part of a creative circle...Sharing ideas and passions...
Learning new ways to live a life creative...
Only 2 weeks away...We are busy getting every detail ready...
No wonder I couldn't sleep...
Kiss kiss

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


I'm so excited to meet all you Spark ladies and teach the Enlighten photography class. I've put a lot of thought into the class structure and what we should talk/learn about- hopefully I've got something for everyone.

To make the most of your "enlightenment" :), here are some things you will want to bring to the class. We will be very hands on, and we'll have stations outside where we can practice different things relating to photography.
You should bring:
Your camera
Your manual if you have questions
something beloved to you, smallish, that we can photograph (a favorite piece of jewelry, an heirloom, just something pretty and or meaningful)
Bring a pen and paper for notes, too.

My goal is for all of you to be enlightened on how to reach your photography goals, and first and foremost know the tools and methods of getting the exact pictures your artistic mind envisions.
Can't wait to meet you all on Sept 10-11th!


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Spark decor

 (photo credit: the amazing Wynona)
One of the most inspiring things about Spark is the décor. We put  a lot of thought, time & heart in creating ambiance. A feeling of inspiration; juxtaposition of color, texture, sight & feel, that will inspire you to get your spark on.

Last year, at Spark No.1, that was one of my favorite parts of the whole event....the *sight* & *feel* that our heartfelt decorations created for everyone. The feedback we got was amazing...everyone loved it!

So, of course, for Spark No 2. we have put a lot thought, time & heart in it again.  But, the challenge is to step it up; create something different than last year, but at the same time; just as inspiring!

I'm not going to lie: our homes are  Spark creative factories right now. We've got our families & friends involved to bring YOU a one of a kind event....& it starts with the décor.  We had a Spark Craft day at my house the other day...want to see some peeks into my house?

um...yea. When you walk into my house...first thing...you see this:

And a little of this:

But don't get me wrong...we love it! It's one of the things that makes Spark so unforgettable!
And we are pretty sure it will kindle your Spark. It has kindled ours!  

Prepare for a time to focus on your own creative process..whether it's a professional level or a hobby....Spark will certainly kindle. ignite. fire up your creative spark!
We can't wait...3 weeks & counting! holla!

** a few notes:
1. If you haven't received the exclusive FREE Spark digital kit I created for my mini class, please email Megan: Megaslett@gmail.com

2. Be sure to check the 'What to bring' page so you know what to you'll need. It changes everyday, as we are planning & things come up....we are just trying to make this the best possible experience for you....so keep checking back. *wink*

3. We need you to send us a .jpg photo of yourself. Again, send on over to Megaslett@gmail.com

Sunday, August 15, 2010

a time to...

hi sparky people!
this is emily...blogging from chilly western australia! i can't wait to be with you in just a few weeks - nurturing our creative selves as we plunge our hands into warm soapy water, work with lovely colorful wool, share, laugh, connect as we make gypsy-dreamy beautifully-boho scarves to adorn and nurture our necks...mmm!

all you need to bring to class is a bowl for holding your water (plastic container is fine!), a towel and 2 rolls of bubble wrap. **We'll have class supplies there, but if you want to bring your own supplies, feel free!

{{If you want to bring your own, you can find cheap bubble wrap at the dollar store or the post office, each piece needs to be 3 yards long and at least 12 inches wide. if you have random bits of bubble wrap at home you can tape them together to make up the lengths if you like!

i look forward to meeting you soon, and seeing what magical creation you come up with! wet felting is SO much fun, and such a yummy, relaxing, nurturing artform...i know you will love it as much as i do :)

emily xo

Friday, August 13, 2010

Mini Class with Rhonna: EXPLORE

Join me as we *explore* different ways to create & get your spark on!  
I've designed & created an exclusive Spark kit that can be used digitally or print out & use in hyrbid crafting!  I'll share what sparks me when I explore new ways to create! and..I'll be sharing some design secrets, how to use the digital brushes & lots of other fab ways to really spark your creativity!

The great thing about our venue, Noah's, is that we have wifi access & it's a totally hi-tech place! So, in order to join in at Spark, you'll need a few things:

1. Bring your laptops (with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements installed) to play right along with me. This is optional. You don't have to & if you don't have a laptop, don't worry. Just take good notes & go home to explore new *sparky* techniques & skillz! (And, if you don't have PS or PSE, you can always download a 30 day FREE trial to play along!)

2. Note the class supply list here. Be watching your email for the special code from House of 3 that will allow you FREE access to this exclusive Spark kit.  If you haven't received it, please let us know at: Megaslett@gmail.com

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Spark share...Uplift...

Hey spark sisters! I just wanted to share some ideas for the class I will be teaching at Spark No.2 
Supply list first of all...
wet glue
small hole punch
8-10 Wallet size photos 
Small lamp shade
That's it! Spark will provide the rest!

So first of all let's talk the lampshade...It will be the base of your project...
think UPLIFT...
The lampshade in the photo is as big as you will want to have to carry if you are on a plane, train or walking...teehee
If you are a "local spark" the sky's the limit...Also, keep in mind where you will want to "HANG" your inspiration piece...so size is up to you...
I used a side table lamp shade. I got it at my local thrift store and it was $4.00. You can get them at walmart, target any home decor store. They are cheap! We are going to strip the fabric off of it and just use it's bones so color won't matter...
But BONES will...
You want a lampshade with Bones!
See all the bones in this one? LOVE...
If you have ANY questions about your lamp shade feel free to e-mail me!
Second let's talk wet adhesive...
You DON'T need all of these adhesives...I just wanted to show you a sample of wet adhesives that work...I personally use Glossy Accents and LOVE it...
For Photos...
I am asking you to bring 8-10 WALLET Sized photos...These photos should inspire you, be about you...What do you LOVE? Who do you LOVE? What are your favorite things, people, color, place...All about YOU...
Hole punch...
A traditional hole punch is going to be too big...So look for a smaller one. 
The rest is just easy! 
This is going to be a really unique class to YOU...I am so excited! We are less than a month away...
Sparks are flying...Product is arriving, the food is going to be amazing, classes are getting kitted, your swag bag is getting full and we are spending hours planning and creating handmade decorations to inspire! 
Like I said...Can you feel it?
Sparks are flying...
So excited....
Kiss kiss

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Heart Strings

Spark is so close...I can not believe how the time has just flown by and now it is almost time to fly to Utah and teach this class....heart strings. It's a little bit vintage, a little bit sparkly and a lot of techniques packed into one two hour class! We will be stamping and misting and distressing....and well you get the picture. We will be creating a one of a kind masterpiece for you to take home with you.
It is all about what you want to hold close to your heart...what do you cherish? Are you ready to spark it up with me and the other girls.....CAN NOT WAIT!


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

37 days....& counting!

Yup! We'll be *sparking* it up in just 37 short days!
We are so excited! Everything is coming together so well & so many little surprises up our sleeves!
We just posted the Schedule. Go check it out so you can see what we'll be doing. & WHO you will be sharing your Spark with....
Like we explained in that schedule, there will be 4 Core classes that will be 2 hours long.
4 Mini Classes that will be 1 hour long. And 8 mini-mini classes that will be rotating every 15 minutes. As we found out at Spark No. 1, we had some people that got *Sparked* by one project more than another person & so they stayed at that *station* longer.  
We get that. 
We know that each of us is *Sparked* by different things & our creativity thrives on things we know & love. But...we also challenge you to spread your wings...explore..be brave & try new things

Also, check out our Spark Plugs...our Sponsors! and we are adding new ones everyday!  We couldn't do it without them! Send them a THANK YOU & if you are a company or artist who is still interested in sponsoring Spark, please let us know: Megan Aslett Megaslett@gmail.com

Be sure to spread the word! We have a few spots left & would LOVE to share our Spark with even *more* Spark sisters
xoxo, Margie, Rhonna & Liz

Friday, July 9, 2010

Spark news...

Hey Sparks! 
It's Margie...Rhonna, Liz and I are CRAZY busy getting ready for CHA! We all have new product lines coming out, but are always Sparkin! Today I wanted to let you in on a little secret I have been keeping...
Spark #2 is going to be amazing...I know, I have said that...but it is! We have an amazing venue, amazing creative partners, amazing teachers {more to be announced} and now we have an amazing artist who is joining the Spark family...
You know when a friend of a friend introduces you to a friend of a friend? And you meet and instantly there is a connection? Well, this is how I met this Spark Sister...When I called her and told her about the Spark vision she "got it." She was excited and wanted to be a part of Spark...I get so excited when this happens! Spark is a feeling, and when you "get it" you want to share it, pass it along and build off of it...Be part of it...
I can't wait for you to meet Mindy...When she opens her mouth Sparks fly...She works with words and music...She is quirky, she is a mother, she is a wife, she is a story teller...She is going to share her words and her music with us at Spark...
More to come on Mindy...
Check back Monday...
happy Friday Sparks...Have a great weekend...
Create something fabulous!
Kiss kiss

Thursday, July 1, 2010

a little FYI

Hi there!
Those of you fabulous ladies who participated in the payment plan for Spark--Megan will be emailing you by Saturday to let you know what you need to do next.

Hope everyone has a fun-filled 4th of July!!



Sunday, June 27, 2010

Nice to meet you....

well, it will be nice to meet you in September when we all gather for the event. I have to tell you that when these three amazing ladies asked me to teach this year I jumped at the chance. I had heard such wonderful things about the event from last year so I am so so excited to be traveling to Utah to join in the fun this time. But I guess I should back up just a little and introduce myself...I am Janet Hopkins, co-owner of House of 3.

Just a little about myself, I live in Texas with my husband Rick and our four children so there is never a dull moment around here. I love anything vintage and the hunt for finding the vintage treasures is really the best part. We just recently renovated our house when our last daughter was born and I was lucky enough to redo my studio as well so I thought I would give you a little peek into where I create:

I think one of my favorite things in my space is my large island that I work on. It is two ikea dressers with a granite piece on top. Lots of storage and a great work surface that I can spread out on! My other favorites are my clock and my vintage cake pan that I use to store all of my buttons and jewels in so that they will be close to me when I need to rummage through them for that perfect embellishment for my next project.

I hope you enjoyed seeing a little piece of my world....I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones in September!


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Show your face!

I feel like a tiny fish in a big pond here at Spark. I'm pretty sure it was a mistake that I got asked to be a teacher, but let's not tell the Spark girls, ok? Phew.

So. I am Wendy and I am a photographer. My husband and I are a team and we photograph a lot of things. People, mostly. Among our most inspirational subjects are children. I know, I know, it sounds like a Hallmark card, ew. But, really. Kids are walking, talking, occasionally tantrum-throwing examples of how to live life to the fullest. Everything is approached with an all or nothing attitude, and I think we can at times learn a lot from that.

From a photography standpoint, kids are a fascination. The range of facial expressions a kid will show us in a minute or less is pretty much amazing. I, like every other mom, like to take my kids out for little photo sessions for fun, and man, I get some crazy stuff. Take this photo, for example.

Just one second earlier his smile was as wide as Kansas. Here's what I think went down.

Isaac: (smiling, yea, even beaming) Can we play Chutes and Ladders now?
Me: No.

You see? So anyway, I looked through the files and these were definitely the best, hands down. While at times I may wish that my kids could reign in their crazy emotions, other times I'm glad they remind me that life is about feeling. And once again I'm inspired to go experience life to the fullest. (yes sometimes I throw tantrums too, so what?)

Before I part, I'll give you shutter bugs one little completely-unasked-for piece of advice: Don't hold your trigger finger in the hover position just because that kid of yours is pulling a frown of the most EPIC proportions. Click away and just ROLL with laughter as you go through the images.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Mom 2.0: Defining A Movement

I stumbled upon this this morning and it inspires me...Weather you are a mother or not, you have a mother and can appreciate it...Being a mother is on of the most creative things as women we can do...
Happy first day of June...
kiss kiss

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Happy Happy Birthday to Liz!!!

Today is a Special Day!
On this very day our darling Lizzy was born!
Happy Happy Birthday Spark Sister!
We are so grateful we call you friend...
Here's hoping you are having a wonderful day filled with family, fun and happiness!
We LOVE you!
Rhonna & Margie

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Let the fun begin!

We are sooo excited!  Remember: this is what it's all about:

We want you to join us to Spark your Creative Spirit!


You've got 2 options when you hit the Buy Now button:

Full Ticket: $350 Registration in full
Payment option 1:{sold out!}  $200 now, $150 by July 1, 2010.
**Note: If you select the payment option of $200, we must receive the balance of $150 by July 1, 2010 or your ticket will be sold to someone else and your first payment of $200 will be refunded, minus a $10 processing fee. 

OK. Let the creative Sparks fly!

Any questions contact Megan Aslett Megaslett@gmail.com

Spark Ticket