Apr 28, 2013

Huge-ness HERE!

Hello!   If you're new to my blog, I'm so happy you stopped by.  Hope you have a minute to skim down the posts here.   If you're not new here, I'm welcoming new people that might be popping by because Deviant Scrap has a special event happening that you can read about HERE.   Even if you're not new to my blog, you'll want to check this out because playing along can get you a FREE kit from the Deviant Scrap designers!

But wait!  There are more free things to be had!  If you check out the Party Games and Challenges in the forum at Deviant Scrap, you will find more free things and chances to win prizes too!  In fact, there are over $400 worth of prizes being given away this week.  Go HERE to check things out!

One of the challenges is to make a Deviant You avatar . . . here is mine:

There are lots of fun games and easy challenges.  Help us pack a picnic or finish a family album page or put some wings on your butterfly self!

What's going on to bring so much HUGE-NESS to you?  It's not only International Scrapbooking Day, it's also Deviant Scrap's birthday!   And that means . . . . HUGE GIANT ENORMOUS SALE!

In case you still want more, I have 2 new kits out and they're on sale too!

Shades of Purple

 Purple and Pink Journal Cards

My Shades of Pink kit will be coming very soon!  Would you like to win it?  In honor of Mother's Day, just around the corner, I thought we should have a prize drawing.  Just post a comment on this post and you'll be entered to win!  Two people will be randomly drawn to win.  Names will be drawn on Monday, May 6th so leave your comment before midnight the night before!

As a child the poem "Roses are red, violets are blue" always confused me so this is my pent up response to that . . .

copyright by Marsha Jorgensen 4/25/2013. All rights reserved.
Digital collage. Image credits: every thing from my Tumble Fish Studio kit Shades of Purple.

I hope you get a chance to play some games, take advantage of the sale, or try a challenge this week!  Our next big sale and giant party event won't happen until November.

Huge-ness coming!

More information and good news coming tonight!

Apr 25, 2013

Exciting things coming your way!

Oooo!  I can barely contain myself and not spill all the beans, but there are some fun exciting things coming!  Be sure to check out my blog this coming Monday, April 29th for something very special happening next week.  Although a new kit is involved, there is much more to this story!

And, don't forget about Artful Gathering!  I am so happy and proud to be a small sponsor of this wonderful online Art Retreat.  Early Bird Registration begins May 1st.  Already an Artful Gathering Attendee?  I've set up a special page for you right here on my blog.  You can click on the "Artful Gathering" tab at the top of my blog and look for special prizes, coupons, and other goodies all summer long during both sessions of Artful Gathering!

Apr 21, 2013


It's been a long week here in America.  While, like everyone else, I've had my own personal challenges of late, the events of the last week put those personal challenges in perspective.  I was reminded of the steadfast hope, determination, and resilience upon which this country was founded.

I haven't had a chance to create much lately.  I needed to clear my head last night and this is what came to the surface.  She is supposed to represent the spirit of America.

copyright by Marsha Jorgensen 4/20/2013.  All rights reserved.
Digital.  Image credits:  face from lady image in Freestyle, hair from Unpredictable, crown from Journaling Pieces 1, wings from I'm with the Band, body altered from Summer Junque, background created from pieces in Random Journal Cards, Winter Junque, and frame in Once Upon a Time freebie.

Apr 17, 2013

Just a little announcement . . .

DeviantScrap will be closed on Thursday, April 18th. We are getting a make-over!!!! Woo Hoo! If everything goes as planned, we will be back up on Friday,April 19th with our new look!

And, there are exciting things coming your way soon!

Apr 14, 2013

Mail & Other Stuff

Are you feeling a little tired, maybe a little TAXED?  LOL   I hope my American friends are surviving another April 15th without too much stress.  Of course I'm last minute with my own taxes, but not by my own fault.  I've had our stuff to the accountant since mid-February, but every year we call the week before they're due and then they get done and then we end up in line at the post office mailing checks on the very last possible day.  Guess where I'll be Monday.

Well, maybe you will have a tax refund to look forward to in the mail.  If not, if you're like me, and you have to send some mula the other way, here's a fun way to guarantee some happy mail in your near future . . . April is National Card and Letter Writing Month and I'm hosting a quick little mail art challenge over at Deviant Scrap.  Now, if you're suspicious like me, as much as any other holiday strategically created by card companies or the postal service, you may be wondering who came up with this one and where it started.  I am too!  I haven't been able to track down an official source for that information, but there are lots of blogs and some newsy articles about National Card and Letter Writing Month.  It runs from April 1 - May 8th.  I did read a few places that the postal service workers support card and letter writing to promote literacy and the timeless tradition of letter writing.  Perhaps they have a vested interest in old fashioned correspondence?  Well, I say, what the heck?  Why not?   Make everyone happy and jot down a quick note, slap a stamp on it, seal it with a kiss and support the mail service while giving a friend some happy mail!

You can find all the information for the swap in the forum thread HERE.

For some inspiration, I've gathered up some links for you.   I love this book which includes the art of some friends like the amazing Roc Nicholas.  You can order it from any number of places but you can also find it on the authors' blog HERE - be sure to scroll down to the links at the bottom of the blog. (But wait, there's a good unrelated detour to take too - visit Jennie Hinchcliff's Red Letter Day Zine too!  Tons of inspiration on her blog - she's also the author of the book 1000 Artist Journal Pages)

Have time to send a little mail to someone who may really need it?  You can visit SpiritJump.org to sign up to send cards of inspiration to people battling cancer.

Wanna write a top secret letter to someone?   Maybe you have kids or grandkids that would like to.  This page will give you some tips on how to write sneaky notes in code.  That Martha Stewart knows how to do EVERYTHING.

 Do you believe big things come in small packages?  Or maybe you'd like to receive some snail sized snail mail?  If so, this next place ought to be right up your alley.  You may at least get a big smile from these small parcels.  Why not visit the World's Smallest Post Service at Leafcutter Designs?  If you're in the market for your own teeny tiny stationery, they have a set all ready to send you.  Or you can have them shrink some correspondence down to size for you.  They will send your custom message tiny sized WITH a magnifying glass to anyone you wish.

(photo from Leafcutter Designs website)

Maybe the smallest mail in the world should come from the smallest post office in the world?  Unfortunately, it doesn't - that would be more fun than we could probably handle.  But, if you ever find yourself in the area with some mail to send, you might like to visit the Ochopee, FL post office.  Wikipedia says it is a fully functional post office, housed in a former irrigation pipe shed on a tomato farm after the previous post office burned down in 1953.

(photo from Wikipedia)

And now for that age old question . . . can you REALLY mail a coconut?  Yes!  And you don't even have to go to Hawaii to do it.  If you don't have a coconut tree nearby,  CoconutGreetings.com will send you or someone you love a coconut as long as they live in the United States.  I've even heard rumors that you can write a note on a banana and mail it without special packaging.   If you're willing to send me one, I'll let you know when it gets here!

I have some new kits in the shoppe.  These are not my norm bright and colorful kits of late . . . they're some dinky little antique ephemera kits.   In fact, I'll say it, they're a little dinky AND drab, but they are good to have in a stash.  I used the Write Me kit to make the ad at the top of this blog post.   Of course, the Write Me kit was inspired by the letter writing festivities! (the preview below is linked to the shoppe)

If you're looking for other mail art kits, I have these older You're Invited kits that I have used over and over in my own work.  (the previews are linked to the shoppe and they are on sale to celebrate National Card and Letter Writing Month)

As the shoppe listing says for this next kit, I have often said my love for collage, even digital collage, comes from playing with paper dolls and Colorforms as a child. I finally got my hands on a full antique set of paper dolls and have extracted the entire set for you. This kit includes 2 boy paper dolls and 4 girl paper dolls and 3 outfits for each one. Also included are miscellaneous toys and accessories. Over 100 little images straight from the real thing . . . an old set from the early 1900's. This set was virtually untouched and such a pleasure to scan and prepare for this kit. It's unusual to find a complete set of dolls this old, but be warned that the printing processes were not perfect in the time this set was produced. There is some minor ink bleeding and off registration and a few pieces may have to be "adjusted" to fit the dolls perfectly though I have done this for you as best I could in most cases. I hope you enjoy using this lovely set of dolls in your collage, mixed media, and journaling work! I plan to mix and match with vintage photos to make some fun, funky "zetti" style characters in my own work. (preview below is linked to the shoppe)

I will soon have some full and COLORful kits for you - just have to get a couple of projects underway this week.  There's somethin' fun comin' your way at the end of the month so keep an eye on this blog! 

p.s.  Don't forget to peruse the Artful Gathering Retreat 2013 site.  You can pay your general admission ($5) now and be all ready for early bird registration on May 1st.  Classes begin in June.