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December 2008

Happy Holidays from The Red Porch

December 24, 2008 in Announcements

We just wanted to wish you all a wonderful holiday. May you get to spend it with the ones you love, enjoy your favorite traditions, and to have the best health during this cold season.

Happy Holidays!
The Red Porch Team

Pssst...Did you hear?

December 18, 2008 in Sales

Our holiday kits are on sale through the weekend. Go check it out. It's a steal!!!

Meet Stacy, the creative artist behind Kitschy Flowers

December 18, 2008 in Announcements

Stacyincolor What kind of artist are you?

My daily doodles include being an at-home Mama, part-time social worker, and a woman with a lot of pent-up creativity. I have a Bachelor in Fine Arts, as well as a Master’s degree in Counseling.  Both degrees have helped me hone my skills as an artist, especially in realizing that I need to be artful to keep my spirit alive. I've enjoyed many tangents in the artsy-crafty realm including interior decorating, sewing, repurposing furniture and clothing, painting, & photography. Quite simply, I've never met an art or craft I don't like.  But, I currently favor textile arts.  I also make and sell children's products in an online shop at Etsy.

How long have you been an artists/designer?
I watched my mother dabble in arts and crafts as I grew up, however, I'd say I fully jumped into the creative process as I was pursuing my undergraduate degree of Art Therapy.  As part of the curriculum, I had to take a class in each medium offered at Kansas State University.  I favored some mediums and hated others, but I learned the freedom to "play" no matter what materials were before me.

Where do you find your inspiration for your designs?
Namely, from my kids. Their fresh views, and especially the words of my four year old...are quite inspirational.  I also enjoy the blogging world and take inspiration from what I read and see there.

What is your favorite thing to design and why?
My style tends to be whimsical and colorful.  I think this lends itself well to children's products and children's themed artwork.  I'm also a mother to a 4.5 year old and an 8.5 month old.  Any unique day finds me immersed in their world, so it's no coincidence that the "kid stuff" comes naturally to me...

Do you have any designers that you admire?
I'm a fan of blogs, and have quite a list of those I find inspirational.

New Kit - Kitschy Flowers and Ephemera by Stacy Dinkel

December 17, 2008 in Announcements

Hi gang - we slipped another new kit in the store, this one by a new designer (Stacy Dinkel) who brings a slightly different twist to our growing handmade digital art collection.
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And Kelleanne shows us what's possible with this fun kit.

We hope you like it!

Are you ready for this week's challenge?

December 14, 2008 in Challenges

Ok scrappers, it’s time for another photography challenge! In this challenge we are going to look at how we crop our photos. Instead of cropping your pictures in a rectangular or square shape, we want to challenge you to crop your photo(s) in different shapes. For example, you could use a circle, an oval, or even a star shape. Here is a layout I did as an example:

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The sky’s the limit on how many different ways you can crop and display your pictures. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! As always, you don’t have to use TRP products to play. Just leave us a link to your layout in the comment section within the next week. The winner will by the Rockin' Red Porch Chicks and receive this fantastic TRP quickpage:

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Have fun!

Sincerely,
Kelleannesiggy

Congratulations to Artist Challenge Winner

December 12, 2008 in Announcements

We'd like to congratulate winner Christy for participating in the "Artist in Me" challenge.

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Go ahead and give her some love in the gallery!

Christy, email Kelly to claim your prize! A FREE KIT OF YOUR CHOICE!!

We look forward to giving more goodies away for the rest of the Launch Week Challenge winners. Stay tuned!

Sincerely, The Rockin' Red Porch Chicks

The Winner of Thursday Hybrid is.....

December 11, 2008 in Announcements

Congratulations to our Thursday hybrid winner HeatherK for her adorable holiday tea bag set:

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Go ahead and give her some love in the gallery!

HeatherK, email Kelly to claim your prize! A FREE KIT OF YOUR CHOICE!!

We look forward to giving more goodies away for the rest of the Launch Week Challenge winners. Stay tuned!

Sincerely, The Rockin' Red Porch Chicks

Congratulations to Wed. Template Challenge Winner!

December 10, 2008 in Announcements

Big congrats to winner Liz for her wonderful layout titled "Mother's":

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Go ahead and give her some love in the gallery!

Liz, email Kelly to claim your prize! A FREE KIT OF YOUR CHOICE!!

We look forward to giving more goodies away for the rest of the Launch Week Challenge winners. Stay tuned!

Sincerely, The Rockin' Red Porch Chicks

Congratulations to our Tuesday Hybrid winner!

December 9, 2008 in Announcements

We'd like to give a big shout out to Christy, winner of the Tuesday hybrid gift bag challenge.



Christy, email Kelly to claim your prize! A FREE KIT OF YOUR CHOICE!!

We look forward to giving more goodies away for the rest of the Launch Week Challenge winners. Stay tuned!

Sincerely, The Rockin' Red Porch Chicks

Inexpensive Hybrid Gifts for the Holidays

December 8, 2008 in Challenges

Hey TRP Reader, Your fellow CT Rockin' Red Porch Chick, Ina, here to bring you a crafty idea for the Holidays. Are you searching for an inexpensive, personalized gifts for Christmas? Well, look no further! I recently bought several pocket calendars so I could personalize the covers. Best part of all is that they were only a dollar!
I challenge you to make some quick and easy calendar covers! Make sure to measure your calendar first since there are different sizes available. Mine were from the dollar bin at Target.

Here is my completed cover and a photo of the finished product.

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To participate, please leave a link to your LO in the comment section so we can leave you some love. Use any product to play along. I look forward to seeing your creations!

Sincerely, Ina