Friday, February 5, 2016

Welcome to Your Creative Carte Blanche!

Hello, friends! We're Annette, Candy, Cheryl Hels, Linda, Susan, and Yvonne, and we're so excited to introduce you to our new blog for crafters, Creative Carte Blanche. Our mission here is to inspire you to approach your art with a sense of freedom and spirit of exploration.

The first Friday of each month, we'll be posting a new Creative Adventure for you to play with. It might be a word, a color, an idea... we have lots of cool themes planned, and some special guest artists will join us from time to time to drop some super-charged inspiration. We'll be exploring our artistic joy right along with you, and on Tuesdays and Fridays we'll share some of the things we created and learned. We hope you will, too!

Why Creative Carte Blanche? Well, because we believe your art should be an expression of what you love. It should reflect your tastes (ever-changing though they might be) and tell a little part of your unique story.

Bottom line: Your art should delight you!

Creative Carte Blanche isn't about being a "good" artist (which is a completely subjective term, anyway). It's about being a happy artist. If you genuinely can't wait to sit at your craft table and lose yourself in the process, you're doing it right.

And, you know what? It doesn't matter which colors happen to be in style right now, or which brand of paint is outselling the others. We don't care if all the cool crafters are rocking shabby chic or stark industrial or tooth-achingly cute. We want you to be unapologetically YOU in your creative pursuits.

Certainly, there's a ton of great stuff we can learn from other artists. We're fortunate to have unprecedented access to hundreds of great teachers via the internet, DVDs, books, and so many other educational avenues. We absolutely encourage you to explore the work of crafters you admire, learn their techniques and experiment with their products. Every tutorial you watch, every art medium you get your hands on is a tool for you to stash away in your personal bag of tricks. Inspiration is available to us 24/7, so find it and soak it in!

At the Craft and Hobby Association Conference in January, we had the opportunity to ask some of our favorite artists their advice for crafters who would like to develop their own unique style. Their responses, as you'd expect, were awesome and invaluable. Check it out:


Great words of wisdom! Ready to play?


Your Creative Adventure for February: Try Something Artistic You've Never Done Before!

Whether it's a new product, a different color scheme, an unfamiliar technique, get out of your comfort zone and do something new. Remember, have fun and approach it with a sense of adventure and investigation.

We'd love to see your creations and hear about your process. When you're ready to share, please use the InLinkz gadget below to link your project here. Just a couple of easy rules to keep in mind: Our Creative Adventures are about the process as much as the end result, so we do ask that you link only one project, and that it be something new you've created specifically for this month's challenge.  Commercial posts are not allowed.

Thank you so much for helping us launch this exciting new adventure. We look forward to sharing some creative bliss with you!

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61 comments:

  1. I loved the video!!! It was awesome and so much wonderful advice from so many talented, loved artists! This is going to be SUCH a fun adventure!!! <3

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  2. this so excites me.. like seriously excites me!! awesomesauce ladies!!!

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    1. and the video and the peeps and the everything!!!! so much inspiration !! great job ladies!

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    2. Thanks, love! So glad you're excited and can't wait to explore our artiness with you!

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  3. Love the video... guess you couldn't find me that day. Haha... just teasing. I love the concept of freedom to create and I agree. Love everyone's advice. I'll be happy to join in and play... for fun. WHAT a concept ;)

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    1. Oh, we've got our eye on you for a guest post, girlie! :-)

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  4. This is my concept of art and craft: freedom and joy! I love your video and all the wonderful artists who take part in it! Great idea this Blog: big thanks to create for us! I hope to take part often to your challenges! BArbarayaya

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    1. I can't wait to see what you create, Barbara! Your art is always AHHHHMazing!

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  5. Looking forward to this adventure, missed your blogs Linda x

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    1. Thanks, Jan! We're excited to be back and are so glad you're here!

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  6. Fabulous new challenge blog! I really hope I can manage to join in sometimes! xxx

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    1. We hope so too, Chris! Play along whenever you get the chance. The challenges last a month, so hopefully there will be time to join in. :)

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  7. Wonderful video - so enjoyed watching and listening. Creative Carte Blanche sounds like fun!! j

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    1. Thanks, Joi! So happy to hear from you, and I hope you're able to play along often!

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  8. This sound great fun....looking forward to joining in with this new creative adventure. I LOVE my arty play! x

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    1. Awesome, Jane! We're delighted you're going to join us!

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  9. Yes! So excited about having a fun place to play! What a fun video. Thanks ladies!

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! We're going to have a BLAST together!

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  10. A new adventure! This is so exciting! Who doesn't love a new adventure?

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    1. Aren't new adventures wonderful?? We're so glad you're excited, Kathleen!

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  11. Woohee! This looks like a fun adventure with a great team at the helm!

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    1. It's going to be so much fun, Maura! We're happy you're here!

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  12. Great concept, great video! I can't wait to join in the fun!

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    1. Hey, Cutie! We're so glad you're going to join us!

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  13. Congrats on the launch of this new Awesome Challenge Blog, Ladies! This will be a blog that will surely inspire and tantalize--just look at the first challenge theme!! WOW and Scary all at the same time!! Looking forward to seeing all of the wonderful creations that you'll be sharing and inspiring us with! Congrats again!! XOXO-Shari

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    1. Hooray, Shari is here, and we can get this party started!!! YOU are awesome, girl!

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  14. What a wonderful idea and so exciting to see all you talented artists collaborating on this wonderful project! Lots of fun in store for everyone, thank you! Deb xo

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    1. Thank YOU, Deb! We're delighted to see you here. :)

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! We appreciate you stopping by and hope you'll join this big 'ol crafty party!

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  16. Congratulations on the launch of what sounds as though it's going to be a fabulous challenge blog. Will definitely be following!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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    1. Hey Lesley! So happy you're going to join in!

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  17. I really enjoyed the video, thank you, so much great advice! Congratulations on this wonderful new adventure ladies, lovely to see you back together again. Hugs, Anne xx

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    1. Hi Sweet Anne! We're thrilled to see you here!

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  18. FANTASTIC idea! Love your site and project. Love the video. I am so happy to see you "adventuring" together (as Barney says). What an exciting way to share this artsy/crafty soup of friendship. Happy for you AND that I'm here to watch it all happen. I think we are in for a really great adventure.

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    1. I think "adventuring" is my new favorite word! We'd love for you to join in Mary!

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  19. Wonderful video. So many artist that I admire and turn to for inspiration. Looking forward to making more art and finding my own style. Thanks for the inspiration. Can't wait to see everyone's creations.

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    1. Thanks so much, Ruby! We can't wait to see YOUR creations!

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  20. Hmmm, sounds interesting and tantalizes the brain. Not sure I know what a commercial post is though? I am off to see the video and learn from the greats. So super excited for you on your new journey! I was waiting with baited breath from your first post on IG! Hugz! ~Niki

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    1. Hi Niki! We're so glad you're excited, and hope you'll join us. By "No commercial posts," we just mean that we don't want people using the challenge to try to sell their products.

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  21. How wonderful! This sounds like an amazing new challenge blog and I can't wait to participate!

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  22. Congrats on the new site, and I can't wait to see what's coming!

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! We're so glad you're here!

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  23. What a power-packed video of inspirational viewpoints! Thanks so much for taking the time to gather and compile these interviews. Such a treat to watch! And congrats, ladies, on this latest creative endeavor! Candy and Cheryl-- you know I love ya and I can't wait to see how this unfolds with your talents along with the other highly skilled women whom I'm excited to get to know!

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! We're delighted you're joining us!

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  24. Wow, that is a great video!! It must have been fun to film. I loved watching it. Congrats on this new adventure, it sounds fantastic!

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    1. Thanks, Anna-Karin! It really was a blast to film, and I just wish we could have gotten even more interviews. There are SO many wonderful artists out there with inspiration to share.

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  25. I'm so so honored to have been apart of this FABULOUS video!!! I've watched it a few times today, and LOVE what everyone said...so heart felt too! LOVE that Seth...amazing words from him and everyone! What a great idea to have this site too....so inspiring and helpful and honest and open! Great work and an amazing team too! Kudos to all of you!!!

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    1. Thanks, honey! Your interview was sensational, and we're so happy you took part in the video. <3

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  26. Just watched the video, and I loved listening to all of the artists and how they find inspiration and their wonderful ideas to help us find our own voice. Inspiring group of artists you chose for this, thanks to all!

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    1. Thanks, Maura! They were so inspiring, weren't they?

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  27. So exciting to have been included! Thank you so much for having me. Congrats on this exciting new venture!

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    1. Thank you, Tammy! Your advice was wonderful, and we so appreciate you!

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  28. Linda, ladies, I'm so excited to see you all together here, and am thrilled to learn of the new challenge! I've already got my project ready to link up--created it especially with your Try Something New theme in mind! I'll be back to check out the video--from the comments it is NOT TO BE MISSED!!! Hugs!

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  29. Hey this is awesome! I watched the video a few days ago already, but totally missed that you wonderful ladies are now running this blog.... So glad I found you now, this sounds like super fun and I look forward to this new adventure!!

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  30. I love the concept! Great fun and freedom here! Merci Carte Blanche!

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  31. Simply genius ladies!!! Jenny x

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  32. What a fabulous video! Thank you ! All the best for this super blog!
    xxx
    Susi

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  33. What a great video! Thank you so much ♥ I will for sure take many of those good tips with me on my creative way.
    Hugs, Anita

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  34. Great idea and fab video. I've enjoyed making my project for this new venture, but I have learned such a lot from all the other brilliant entries. Many thanks to you all for putting this together I'm sure it will be a great success X

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