Friday, April 22, 2011

Let's have some fun on Fridays...

Good morning Spark Sisters! I woke up this morning to the beautiful sun shining into my window...It feels so good to me...
i live for Sunshine...Spring in Utah can be fickle...Yesterday was cold and rainy...i repeated in my head over and over...
"April Showers bring May flowers!" Trying to stay positive! Sometimes it's all about how we look at things...Right?
I am so excited about Spark No. 3! I can't believe we are on No. 3! This week I got some great news...By May 1st we will be announcing our teaching line up...We have some amazing classes planned for this year...Like Spark No. 1 and Spark No. 2 very diverse...All types of creativity to be shared and to learn from...Spark No. 3 will be amazing...Can't wait to share!
The "girls" and I, {my amazing creative partners} thought it would be fun to use the Spark site to inspire, excite, and hopefully create a Spark community this year...We are all taking turns blogging and we will be having some amazing guest bloggers too...How fabulous was Alisa's blog post and download this week! She's adorable...LOVED it...
There is so much creativity out in our huge world...So many things to be inspired by...to Share with one another...We hope to capture as much as we can and share it here...
Fridays are one of my favorite days of the week...It's the begining of the weekend for most of us...So to celebrate Fridays we are going to be doing some type of creative give away...I am lucky enough to start...
As most of you know i love paper...LOVE it...I have a passion for making pretty paper...Collecting it, hoarding it, creating with it...
So today i am going to start the Friday give away with Paper!
I am going to give away all 3 of my CHA Winter Girls' Paperie lines away! Vintage Whimsy, 
Kitch and Jubilee! {they are almost sold out} but i have a stash!
Leave us a comment...Tell us ways you are inspired...Share a link to your favorite blog or site...Spread some creative LOVE with your Spark Sisters! 
Monday we will announce a random winner!
I hope you have a beautiful Easter weekend, filled with Family, Friends, and a little chocolate too!
Kiss Kiss
m



71 comments:

The Junque Seeker said...

These are beautiful! I'm not sure yet if I can attend Spark this year, but it sounds like a wonderful event. I've been enjoying all the blog posts and reading about Spark 1 and 2.

jen said...

I am super excited to have found this blog! I love all of the creativity! :D
here's a fun little project:
http://www.mayarts.com/blog/ribbon-egg
the May arts blog has lots of great ideas with ribbon- and giveaways!!! :D
I also lovehttp://jonesdesigncompany.com/ this blog:

jen said...

oops- here's the second blog address:
http://jonesdesigncompany.com/

Jax said...

Thank you, Margie! I am always inspired by your Spark sister, Lizzy K. She just blogged about Collin's 30th birthday, and I am so looking forward to a couple years from now when I can throw a heaping load of Dirty 30 bdays! I also find a lot of inspiration here: http://danielleflanders.blogspot.com Danielle is the shabby chic card queen! Definitely check out her stuff, you'll spend hours ogling her beautiful projects.

Mall Rat said...

I'm so glad i came upon this blog ! I find inspiration from so many places. Blogs, friends, family a beautiful sunrise, life is my biggest inspiration ! Happy Easter everyone.

Maren said...

I have always loved crafting (particularily paper crafting), but this year I wanted to get out of my 'shell'. Ya know, color outside the lines! I took my first online course, "Soul Restoration". Loved it so then I signed up for MR's recommendation, "SheART". Loving mixed media - artists inspire me. LOVE all your paper! It's hard to find 'cuz it sells out so fast!

Melissa said...

I'm inspired by this beautiful collection! I also have so many blogs on my Google Reader that keep me inspired daily.. or I just look out my window. :)

Erica Hettwer said...

Gorgeous papers! I'm inspired by challenges, whether from online weekend crops at places like www.dixiepieces.com and www.myscrapbooknook.com or from pub calls. Even some of my DT work can be challenging in a think outside the box kind of way.

Leslee said...

Love your papers and such a generous giveaway.
I am inspired that winter may be over, although we've had over a foot of snow last night and this morning and summer is that much closer.
Love all the inspiration I find on the net since there is no LSS.
Easter Blessings, Margie

Leslee in MT

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KTluv said...

Love this!!!! I am inspired by the world around me...I love to take inspiration from clothes, nature, magazines, you name it! I like to challenge myself to find inspiration in different places and to keep things fresh!

Wanda said...

love your blog!!! I'm inspired by blogs like yours and by happy people. love the paper!!! thanks for the opportunity to enter.
best regards,
Wanda

Jenny said...

I love the paper - so beautiful. For inspiration other than scrap blogs, I like visiting the Creature Comforts blog.

maggie@midwesternsewinggirl said...

Yay! Love that I stumbled on this blog! I think inspiration can be found everywhere...the tv, the web, nature, magazines, books - everywhere! Thanks so much for the chance to win some awesome paper!!!

Rebecca said...

Gosh, I wish I could attend Spark! I hope you keep having them for a long time, so someday I can do it!! :) I have been very inspired recently at the blog of the A Gilded Life girls http://whathappensnext.typepad.com/what_happens_next/
As well as those of so many of you here!! Thanks for the chance!

scarthur said...

Spark sounds amazing!! A few places I am always inspired by: http://www.dana-made-it.com/
http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/index.jsp
And so many others!!!

Deb said...

I love this blog!!! So hoping I can figure out my schedule for Spark!!! I tend to find my inspiration from blogs, magazines, other crafters, and from being outside with nature!! So much color inspiration outside!!! Happy Easter!!!

Lauren McAwesome said...

I simply can't wait for another year of Spark. I am inspired by my darling little nephews. They are curious about EVERYTHING! It always reminds me to slow down and really explore!

Lauren McAwesome said...

I simply can't wait for another year of Spark. I am inspired by my darling little nephews. They are curious about EVERYTHING! It always reminds me to slow down and really explore!

Kristin said...

*love,love* that gorgeous paper!! eeeee!! CANNOT wait for spark this year, haven't attended before and i'm SO looking forward to it!

prairie xo
kristin

btw~did you girls get my comment about your artisan market??

Kanani said...

So excited! Love the lines and have been having a hard time finding it locally!

One of favorite blogs is Rhonna's http://rhonnadesigns.blogspot.com She's such a great designer and her site is full o inspiration!

Margaret said...

I am most inspired by flowers, especially the flowers we grow in our garden, many varieties of old fashioned roses. Margie inspires me too, and Ali Edwards! Thanks for the chance to win your lovely paper. Love it! Kiss kiss.

Barbara said...

I'm super excited to be going to Spark#3 just can't wait. My friends
inspire me. Love all the PAPERS.
Barbara

Ellie A. said...

I am super inspired by other Crafty bloggers always so awesome to see ideas that make your crafty mojo wake up! Thanks for the chance.

Patty said...

I am inspired by women like Margie and all those other cohorts of hers:) These ladies are putting out all of their creativity and goodness and they are so willing to share so much of themselves with all of us crafters/scrapbookers out here. I love to see everyone's work but I am inspired even more when I actually get to touch the paper, flowers, paint, inks, etc! Just can't get enough!

Jamie said...

I must say that I just had so much inspiration in the last few days on our girls retreat. I never knew I could learn so much out of listening, talking, crying, laughing and staying all day in my pajamas. Thank you for everything. You are an I spiration to me.
I Must say I'm very excited about going to spark again. Last year I grew so much in those incredible days.
Thank you! I love you!!

Sheila said...

I am inspired by color! I don't think there is one color I do not love. I love that designers like you bring inspiration to us from things that ate close to your hearts. The love of family and friends just makes all come full circle. Of course I love House of 3, Dear Lizzy, The Girls Paperie. Some people like to feel cloth. I love to feel paper. Teeeeheeee.

Parker said...

Such beautiful papers. I find my spark from many blogs. One of my favorites (that you don't already show) has been here: http://stephaniehowell.typepad.com/my_weblog/ Hope you enjoy it and get some spark from it too.

Leonie said...

I am inspired by products that touch me and I can mix and match to create my own work. Not really good at drawing but love working with paper, ribbons, texture...

Jenna Ruth said...

Love, love, love The Girls' Paperie!! I find inspiration everywhere- books, blogs, the outdoors. One website I love is Brave Girls club.

shauna said...

I am trying to find my own SPARK. Rhonna is helping me in ways she doesn't even know! :)

Jessrose21 said...

I find so much inspiration surfing blogs: stamping blogs, decorating blogs, antiquing blogs, you name it! I also love my magazines like PaperCrafts, Victoria, and Romantic Country. Thanks for the chance to win! Kitch is my favorite line.

Here are a couple of my fave stamping blogs:
http://scrapbookgirl.typepad.com/
http://cupcakescreations.blogspot.com/

April Barfknecht said...

I so wish I could attend Spark this year - maybe next year. I'm currently "attending" Soul Restoration with Melody Ross online and its FABULOUS! Everyone should take this class.

Pamela said...

I love these papers and that is my passion, obsession, inspiration! I can't resist paper, you could say I'm a hoarder if you looked at my stash, but I do use it. Here is a link to one of my recent projects, started with the box and the paper! Thanks for the giveaway!
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.213069192054043.65903.100000528902928&l=2fbd41566d

Dawn said...

I get inspiration from alot of places, but alot from Rhonna's, Heidi's, Liz's, Margie's, and Janet's blogs! Just took the SHE Art class and I LOVED it!!

carriep said...

simply gorgeous papers!

Anda said...

I am usually inspired by something my kids do or something I see when we are out and about--and of course by looking at all the blogs and creative websites out there!! I guess when you think about it we are surrounded by inspiration everyday, everywhere...you just have to be open to the inspiration ;)

Lisa said...

I'd love a chance to win some of your beautiful paper!

Debra said...

I really enjoy your blog! I want to SPARK to............maybe! I have a great relationship with women friends as well! I would totally get creative if I had your paper line. Love Love

Debra said...

I would Love Love your Friday give away paper............I want to SPARK this fall too......leave the desert and experience fall in Utah!

:Jayne said...

I'm always inspired by beautiful papers and embellishments, and photos!
When I'm really in a creative funk, I visit the scrapstore to see what everyone else is doing. I love crops and classes!

Renee said...

Oh, Margie, what a delight it is to hear from you! You bring out the Spark in all of us as only you can. Of course, I love visiting your blog; always inspirational and full lots of positive energy! Another fave of mine would be Leslie Ashe's blog; http://leslieashe.blogspot.com/
She is full of fresh ideas and always gives from the heart!

Thanks so much for bringing Spark to those who live too far away to attend. I know we will feel all of your positive vibes here on the east coast. 'Sending you lots of hugs!!

Sheri Twing said...

Oh how I love your new releases Margie! I'm inspired by the blogs I visit everyday...too numerous to mention. I'm always amazed at the crazy talented people out there. You always inspire me Margie! (Not like I'm kissing up or anything! ;) LOL)

Melanie said...

First, let me say that I am SO making those ginger carrot cupcakes! Yum :)

Where do I find inspiration? The usual--blogs, magazines, products, etc. But lately, I've been inspired by things people say. And not necessarily in a creative way inspired, but more of an inspiration in how to get things done or organize. When I'm productive and prepared, I'm much more creative.

Geralyn said...

Oh, I love the Girl's Paperie collections! I am inspired by so many things, but one place I visit everyday is Studio Calico - love both the DT galleries and the member galleries! http://studiocalico.com

Gina B said...

Such pretty paper!!!! I think Ill be stopping around each Friday for sure. For inspiration I love to blog hop. At the moment Ive been going back through the Ho3 blog and taking it all in. So sad that they are finishing up but wish them the best. http://houseof3designdistrict.blogspot.com/

Rachel said...

I LOVE these papers! I am definitely inspired by pinterest!

Renee said...

I just love your paper! I find inspiration and motivatin from you Margie! Thank you for sharing your creativity and heart with us! Someday I hope to attend Spark!

Honeybee said...

Colors seem to *Spark* something in me, like the fabulous art on the Spark blog. The reds & blues are inspiring me already for Summertime decor & wishing it to hurry up & get here!

hollyhocks-honeybees.blogspot.com

Julie Ann Shahin said...

I adore your papers and your blogs! I have to say one amazing place for inspiration is Just Something I Made, and for example, her vintage thread label download: http://justsomethingimade.com/2011/04/vintage-thread-labels-free-digital-downloads/

xoxo

grammypame said...

i love these papers so hoping i win lol. I would give anything to be able to attend Spark!! Who knows maybe someday! Rhonna IS MY INSPIRATION rhonnadesigns.blogspot.com
HUGZ
PAM

Olivia said...

All so beautiful! I love spring, although it's been a bit grey & rainy here today. I always find this blog inspirational, for both craft & university projects:

http://www.colourlovers.com/home/blog/2011/04/06/interior-design-trends-yellow-spring

Denise G said...

I love all of your paper.. it is all so beautiful and easy to create with. I am so happy that I found this blog... saw it on I'm Just a Girl... thanks.... somehow I had missed it. Anyway, I find most of my inspiration on the blogs, I especially love My Ordinary Life.... http://wendymckee.blogspot.com/
and Homespun with Heart http://danielleflanders.blogspot.com/

AND there are many more that I love... just can't name everything. Have a great weekend.

Larajc said...

Spark sounds like fun! I am inspired by nature, architecture, colors, music and my everyday life!

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Sarah said...

What a generous giveaway! I've been so inspired by Pinterest lately- lots of new pretty goods everyday there!

Debbie said...

Excited for Spark 3- the others were very inspiring for me- being able to create without being bogged down by finishing something right away- or by feeling I was in some sort of competition to "outdo" other attendees at events. Inspired by the rapture of my little children when they see their own albums or hug the quilts I've made them-
Love to browse through Etsy and see all the handmade items.

Kimberly said...

Now that I've been looking for it, I seem to fnd inspiration everywhere. I really would love to attend Spark. Thanks for the chance to win.

Lindzie said...

These look fabulous! Thought I would throw my name in there. Looking forward to Spark No. 3!

Tove said...

Love those papers. Just got some from the store, but will need more :)I am so looking forward to be inspired in the coming months.
I am very inspired by vintage stuff these days, Old antigue numbers, letters , lace etc.LOVE IT.
Some of my favorite blogs are: http://www.2gypsygirls.com/
http://rebeccasower.typepad.com/
http://rhonnadesigns.blogspot.com/
http://www.celebrationsathomeblog.com/

I have taken my scrabooking out of the albums and into my house. Love the see my pictures withouth opening an album.

Can't wait for all the fun !

mmpm88 said...

Love all three lines. What a great giveaway! I am inspired by my family. I had to move very far away from them and today, I remembered just how much they inspire me every day!

Kris Pare said...

Inspiration comes from nature around us, a great fabric or color scheme, texture in a vintage piece, or just a sweet paint day with my little one. I love design blogs for great mixes of colors and texture play into the artwork and recently found Christy Tomilinson's class and LOVE the idea of stamps, stencils with my love of pastels and paints. Nice to expand the mixed media horizon!

jill marie barrett said...

love, love, LOVE your papers!! so sad to hear you are no longer going to be doing the girls paperie. it was my favorite. i am having a hard time finding it anywhere! i am always inspired by you!

Susan said...

Love this new blog- so inspiring, and your new paper lines, Margie! :) Can't wait to see who will be teaching- is there any way to be more excited about Spark- I can't imagine! One of my favorite places to find inspiration is the Country Living UK edition magazine... can be found at bookstores. It is so beautiful- you can just sit and absorb the beauty in it! Here is the web address. Unfortunately the whole mag isn't online but it's worth a trip to your local bookstore. One day I will make it to one of the fairs over there. http://www.allaboutyou.com/countryliving/

CINNIBONBON said...

Oh how lovely.. I'm still in awe of all you Spark*ers out there!!
One of my favorite blogs is
http://thepinkcouch.blogspot.com/
Her use of found items, colors, and groupings are so yummy to the eye, I just cant get enough of it!!
best wishes everyone!!!!!

shauna said...

I teach school in Nevada, which means attending SPARK in person is practically impossible. It makes me sad every year, but now I am trying to fill each day with inspiration from SPARK gals. It's not the same thing-but I can't help but be inspired by "sisters" like Rhonna. :)

Laura said...

I get a lot of inspiration from taking classes, perusing blogs & Pinterest, and from gorgeous products. :) Thanks for the chance to win your lovely lines.

sillysarah said...

I am inspired by the beautiful colors that are finally bursting out of the ground....ahh spring!

Kiera said...

I find spark everywhere I turn... Some days it is in the opening crack of my Diet Coke can... Or the smell of the library...
Toss my name in the hat... I love cute goodie packages in the mail!

Chelsea and Manuel said...

I find inspiration in lots of things... but lately I am finding that when the suns out I am more creative. I guess I need some more of those sunny-ish days;)

jackie said...

I know I am five months late, but this is awesome! Not looking for anything free. Just reading this entire post overlooking Lake Lanier. Went swimming today, which is so unbelievabley (not spelled rite) awesome. 86 degrees but water is chilly. Swam with one of my best friends from college.. No big deal but we are fifty-1 years old, and went to college in the 70's and 80's. Love the paper, but I think I'm just lovin' life.