New Pen & Paint Products Giveaway! CLOSED


I'm so excited to share with you new products coming to the shop this week!
Pen & Paint will now offer notebooks and mini-print sets. I used four of my favorite pieces to create the notebooks and they will be available for purchase on 1/21/14. Several mini-print sets will also be available and include eight post card sized prints. These are super affordable and perfect for inspiration/bulletin boards, Project Life, scrap-booking, art journaling, sending encouraging notes, framing, or displaying all together.



Before these hit the shop I want to offer y'all the chance to win this notebook and mini print set.
Enter through the rafflecopter below (be sure to follow the mandatory first entry and leave a blog post comment).
Good luck!
Winner will be announced here on 1/21/14


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THANK YOU FOR ALL WHO ENTERED. THE GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.

A few things on Friday 9.27.13 pssst a Giveaway too!

1. Katy and I have something in the works. Here's a sneak peek. I am so excited about this. I say that about everything. So basically I'm always excited.

2. It's back! Every time I watch this show it challenges me to think about what other people are going through. I know it's television, but it gives a pretty good picture of how we are all facing different things in life, and I like that. 

3. I talked to someone yesterday about a little Pen & Paint for your kitchen... that's all I'm going to say. What could it be?

4. Fall break is coming up next weekend. I'm looking forward to a little escape with my family. 

5. Pen & Paint now has boxed note cards in Papyrus Stores! It's hard for me to believe this. To be honest I am humbled and so grateful. AND I'm dying to go to a store to see them on the shelves :) ha!

Butterfly Thank You & Live, Love, Laugh

6. My friend, Maggie, and I are giving away some goodies over at Gussy Sews.


7. Some good words for you:
"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."
-Helen Keller

Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!

Artsyville Washi Tape Hop *GIVEAWAY* [CLOSED]


I shared with y'all before how much I like washi tape.
I like washi tape even more designed by MY friend!

The talented Aimee of Artsyville has designed and produced her own awesome line of washi tape.

Aimee is giving away a set of this fun, colorful washi!
To enter follow the Rafflecopter below.
PLEASE leave a blog comment for your first entry letting me know which design is your favorite (mandatory).
Giveaway open from 9/12/13 - 9/16/13. A winner will be chosen randomly through Rafflecopter and announced here on 9/17/13.

Good {washi} luck!
PS. There are some other lovely artists giving away sets too! Go check them out:
9/10/13 Joanne Sharpe http://joannezsharpe.blogspot.com
9/11/13 Jill Berry www.jillberrydesign.com/blog
9/13/13 Traci Bunkers http://www.tracibunkers.com/blog
9/16/13 Lori Vliegen http://elviestudio.blogspot.com
9/17/13 Raine Boyd http://www.limetreefruits.com
9/18/13 Samie Harding http://www.journalgirl.com
9/19/13 Carolyn Dube http://www.acolorfuljourney.com
9/20/13 Tammy Garcia http://daisyyellowart.com

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CLOSED 9/16/2013

a few things on Friday & a GIVEAWAY 6.14.13 [CLOSED]

1. We just returned from this place. Lots of fun. Lots of sweat. I had a chance to meet up with Amy & Sarah. Connecting with IG friends in real life is so fun.

2. I ran for the first time on a treadmill this week. It completely changed my c25k experience. I may be changing things up and running without pushing 70 pounds extra in the jogging stroller ;)

3. "Keep your head up, keep your heart strong." His songs are so great. I need to get those words in my sketchbook sometime soon.

4. Tea towels, recipe cards... the list of things I hope to see my art on one day keeps growing. I'm trying to pace myself and remember one project at a time, but it's hard for me to do. 

5. We added to our illustrated portrait wall from this shop. I love what she made for us.

6. I can't draw straight lines in the car so I color.

7. I got an email about the Pen & Paint iPhone cases by Uncommon the other day. It looks like Apple Australia will be offering some of the designs. That's exciting! So let's celebrate :) 



I'm giving away a set of four Pen & Paint nail polish note cards, a Pen & Paint Polished iPhone 4 case by Uncommon, and a Julep nail polish trio!

There are 2 ways to enter:


Entry 1: Visit Uncommon and "Like" your favorite Pen & Paint iPhone case on Facebook. Leave a comment below letting me know which one you liked.

Entry 2: Visit Uncommon and "Pin" your favorite Pen & Paint iPhone case on Pinterest. Leave a comment below letting me know which one you pinned.

Be sure to leave your comments! Your comments are your entry. A winner will be chosen through Random.org.
Giveaway open from 6/14/13 - 6/18/13 and will be announced on 6/19/13. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. 
GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.

Recipe for Crazy { i heart art }


I'm excited to introduce y'all to Lesley of Recipe for Crazy today. I have to say I love the name of her shop and blog... sounds a bit like my life :)

Before I get started, I have to say thank you to Lindsay for asking me to join you all today! I do heart me some art and I heart Lindsay for her work and this series!

1. When did you first begin creating art?
I can't remember a time I wasn't creating art. From the time I could rub my fingers through paint, I was making something. My love for creating continued through high school were I took some advanced art classes. It was the teacher of those classes that told me about "communication arts" or what's now known as graphic design. See, I love the creative side to making art but I stink at the more "free-spirited" medium like painting or sculpting. After looking in to what graphic design was, I immediately fell in love. I loved the technical aspect to making art but I never thought I could make a living as an artist, you know, the whole starving artist mentality, but with graphic design, I saw that it was possible!

So I headed off to college and majored in graphic design and was even doing a little freelance work here and there. After graduation I worked at an incredible design firm and learned even more about graphic design and loved it even more. I love choosing the perfect paper or learning what letter forms work best with others and how colors impact the brain. It was the perfect mix of technology and craft.

After having my first baby, I left my position as a senior designer to be a stay at home mom. I started to miss design work and needed a creative outlet so after a few months, I opened an etsy shop to sell my designs and goodness, I have been so blessed by an insanely supportive community.

2. What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why?

I actually have two. The first is this print.



It began as a gift to a friend and it was this print that reminded me how much I enjoy designing. After finishing it and having several requests for a copy, I made the leap to design more and open a shop.

The other is this one.



It's my most recent design and means so much to me. The quote comes from the book, Kisses from Katie, a book that changed my way of thinking about so many things. If you haven't read the book, I highly recommend it. The quote is so simple but speaks so much truth for me. It was also this print that made me realize my shop had become exactly what I dreamed it could be when I decided to open it. You can read more about it here if you want.




3. Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating? What would it be?

This is probably my most favorite question of all. I've never been a dreamer but this year has changed that so much so I can honestly say I have a huge dream of creating something one day! The dream is creating a cook book. I enjoy cooking (and eating) a lot and I would love to one day write out a book of some sort with my recipes and design it from cover to cover. It makes me excited just thinking about the possibility.



Thanks again for sharing your space with me today and here's a 20% off coupon code to use in my shop until June 20: PENANDPAINTPEEPS

I sometimes blog: recipeforcrazy.com
I most often instagram: @recipeforcrazy
and I occasionally tweet: @recipeforcrazy

ALSO! Lesley is giving y'all a chance to win an 8x10 of your choice from her shop. Enter through the Rafflecopter below - please be sure to leave a blog comment for the mandatory entry or you will not be eligible to win :)
Good luck!


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Artwork at Uncommon Goods & a GIVEAWAY { i heart art }


The I Heart Art series is back!
I am so excited to share Art Prints & Wall art from the Uncommon Goods art gallery with y'all this week.
Uncommon Goods carries a variety of wall art including 
one of my favorite artists Jessica Swift.

Lately I have been admiring floral artwork like these by 
Zlatka Paneva & Kate Lewis. These make me want to pull out my paints and paint a pretty bouquet of flowers. This beautiful piece by Yao Cheng makes me want to try my watercolors again.



And I'm really enjoying to the work of  Valerie Galloway. The "hello gorgeous" reminds me of some of my favorite drawings in my own sketchbook.

To welcome back my I Heart Art series I'm offering y'all a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Uncommon Goods

Enter through the rafflecopter below and let me know what is one of your favorites in the Uncommon Goods Artists Prints Collection.



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CLOSED - GIVEAWAY - Win a Pen & Paint Uncommon iPhone case!


This week I received samples of the new Pen & Paint iPhone cases by Uncommon.
Now it's time to give some of them away. I have a three cases for the 4/4s and two for the 5 so there are two separate rafflecopters below. Be sure to enter for the correct size! Also the mandatory entry will be to leave a blog post comment for which design you want to win.

Good luck!


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Birthday Week Giveaway Winners!


Congratulations ladies!
Thank you to everyone who entered and for those who
participated in the big birthday sale.
Y'all made this an awesome birthday week!
Thank you for all the birthday wishes.

I hope those of you celebrating Easter tomorrow have a
wonderful time with friends and family.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Winners I'll be in touch via email.

CLOSED - Birthday Week Giveaway #2 - My favorite things!


Cue Julie Andrews singing "these are a few of my favorite things..."

I have so many favorite things and I'm giving them away for my 
birthday week giveaway #2.

Included in this giveaway are:
-$25 shop credit to Ike & Co.
-Every Season print by Katygirl Designs
-coral & turquoise earrings from Happy Days
-$25 shop credit to Paisley Sprouts
-a set of four rolls of washi tape
-tea/coffee mug from Anthropologie
-$10 Starbucks gift card
-messenger bag from Little Green Thread
-Strathmore sketch pad, Fabre-Castell Pitt drawing pen, & set of colored pencils

To enter all you need to do is a leave a comment of when YOUR birthday is (mine is March 31st). 
And if you haven't already, don't forget to enter Birthday Giveaway #1.

Good luck!
No purchase necessary, void where prohibited.
Giveaway open from 3/28/13 - 3/30/13.
Winner will be chose through Random.org and announced on 4/1/13.

CLOSED. Thanks everyone who entered!

CLOSED - Birthday Week GIVEAWAY #1 - Stitch Craft Create Magazine

  
 Y'all, I am SO excited to share with you Stitch Craft Create.
It is filled with beautiful handmade projects perfect for Spring and gift giving ideas.
INCLUDING my State Love Paintings! Remember those? 


A tutorial to create my State Love paintings is now available in the Spring 2013 issue!


See, that's me on Page 93 :)
I am so honored and crazy excited to be included in this wonderful group of creative ladies.


And I want to give two lucky people a chance to win a copy of the Spring 2013 issue which includes a tutorial to create their own State Love painting and I'm throwing the supplies in as well (canvas, paint, and a pack of my favorite paint brushes).

To enter please use the Rafflecopter below.
Good luck y'all!


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CLOSED. Thanks everyone who entered!

Chrissie Grace { I heart art } & a GIVEAWAY

I'm excited to bring back my I heart art series
I love sharing art I admire along with introducing y'all to the artists behind the work. 




Today I'd like you to meet Chrissie Grace of Chrissie Grace Art.


When did you first begin creating art?
I've considered myself an artist since I was a tiny little girl.
I remember even at four and five years of age the feelings I would have when I would create things. A feeling of contentment would come over me. I never feel more "me" than when I'm creating art.



What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why?
That is a hard one! I would have to say right now the mural I created in my house is my favorite. I painted it at a time when I felt very stuck creatively, and the mural wasn't planned. I just walked over to the wall one afternoon and started drawing. I painted for four days until it was complete. It's the first thing you see when you walk into our home and I think it makes our guests feel like they are coming into a happy home :)

Isn't this amazing? See more details of the mural here.



Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating? 
What would it be?
Yes! I would love to be commissioned to paint a mural in a children's hospital. I would love the opportunity to paint all things bright and colorful that would inspire children to feel happy and healthy.





Thank you Chrissie for sharing about your work with us!
Connect with Chrissie
instagram: @ChrissieGrace

As always I hope you will be inspired and encouraged by the artists you meet here!

AND I'm excited to kick off the 2013 I Heart Art Series with a giveaway to Chrissie Grace Art! Enter through rafflecopter below.




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My Sketch For Today GIVEAWAY


If you follow along on Instagram or Facebook you'll know
I like to create something I call "my sketch for today". It's fun to share things I am working on and get input from others on my drawings/paintings.
From February (when I started drawing) to December I have done at least 127 drawings! It's neat to see how my style has developed and changed. You can view all of the ones I have done in 2012 HERE

Most of them are just me drawing in my many sketchbooks, but every once and a while I'll do something fun like draw on a cup like I did for the mug swap or a plate or like the platter (shown above).


I thought it would be exciting to give back to y'all who have helped encouraged my drawing and creating throughout this year. So I found some fun pens that are just for drawing on glass or ceramic surfaces, and I'm giving away some to 5 lucky winners. It's so much fun to create and to encourage each of you do make something pretty while you can!

Enter to win below. Good luck!
Giveaway open from 12/27/12 to 12/30/12.
Winners will be chosen randomly through rafflecopter and announced on 12/31/12. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This giveaway is not paid or sponsored by Pebeo. I purchased the pens and I am giving them away.

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Pen & Paint Ornaments!

sew happy ornament

Christmas ornaments are in the shop! These were a labor of LOOOOOOOVE y'all.
I took artwork I use for the prints and resized them to fit on 3 inch wooden circles.
The wood is painted and then the artwork is mounted and cured with resin.
I'm calling them "Favorite Things Ornaments" since so many of us have favorite things


camera ornament
There are a limited number available so get them while you can!
Also, since we are talking about Christmas I 
wanted to show you this cute printable Christmas Countdown calendar available for purchase over at Lil Blue Boo.


They are affordable and there is an activity for each day to countdown the days to Christmas from December 1st to 25th.
I'm excited about doing these with the boys. We have already been singing "Jingle Bells" daily since I pulled out Christmas decorations to use in product photos... Or as Jack shouts, "Bingle BELLS, bingle all the WAYYYYYY.

Also, there is a Silhouette giveaway going on here and you can see the countdown calendar in action :)


It's time for Holiday Cards { A GIVEAWAY }


I love sending Christmas cards.
Especially silly ones. Last year we didn't send out a card.
We had nice pictures taken of the family in plenty of time to have them made, but I just didn't take them time to send them out. 
I was determined this year would be a different. 
Basically I have been planning our cards since August. So imagine my excitement when my friend Katy told me she was going to be making holiday cards and selling them in her shop.

love this one
this one too

I had the privilege of helping with some of these! I drew up some things and Katy worked her magic and incorporated them into the card designs like this one with the proceeds going Hope for Sudan. Also, she has this card with proceeds going to the Joyful Life Library.

It's so hard to pick just one because I really love them all. However, I was able to narrow down a favorite. I won't show you  though because, well, then it wouldn't be a surprise when I send out our cards.

Which on is your favorite?
How would you like to win one?
Yep, Katy is giving away a card of your choice to a lucky winner!
Use the rafflecopter below and good luck!

ALSO I have comment moderation on. If you post a comment it won't appear until after I approve it :)

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1000 seemed like a good number { GIVEAWAY }


Pen & Paint's Facebook page has 1000+ fans now!
That's exciting :) I am happy I get a chance to connect with y'all, share what I am working on and what is new in the shop that way. 

So, let's celebrate. I'm going to giveaway a $50 shop credit to one lucky winner. 
That's a lot of Pen & Paint!

To Enter:
1. Visit the SHOP and pick out your favorite item.
2. Come back and leave a comment letting me know what your favorite item is.
PLEASE know, I have comment moderation on so you won't see your comment until after I have approved it.

Sweet and simple.

Good luck!

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes open from 10/11/12 - 10/12/12. Winner will be announced on 10/13/12. Winner will be randomly picked by the number next to their comment through Random.org.