Well...a Multi Media Book and Stencils actually ;)
Nothing beats the feeling of coming home and finding all sorts of goodies in your mailbox.
When we got home from traveling last week, my mailbox was full of birthday cards and packages from two blogging contests that I had won...woo hoo! First I want to share with you this fantastic new book, Flavor for Mixed Media: A Feast of Techniques for Texture, Color and Layers...
...and to tell you about Mary Beth Shaw and what a sweetheart this lady is! Mary Beth's book came out in March of this year and for three month's the entire art community embraced her book by hosting a weekly blogging, virtual book tour with many giveaways. Well in May I had actually won for Week 12 and Mary announced me as the winner of her book and one of her new stencils on her blog. Don't ask me HOW I missed this announcement...but then to make matters worse...I also missed the email notification? That would be because back in April, Google had a big merger/techie roll-out which caused my gmail account to default as my primary email whenever I left comments on blogger blogs!!! I discovered this a few weeks ago when one of my friends questioned why I never responded to her reply???? When I opened up my gmail account I found over 100 emails...yikes!!! AND of course, Mary's notification email was one of these so I quickly sent her an apology and gracious lady that she is...she told me that she would gladly send the book and stencil to me. WOW!!! THANKS Mary...I can't tell you how much I appreciate your gift!
Seriously, folks...Mary's book is fantastic and I highly recommend it no matter what level you think you are at...this book inspires us all to create...you can get your copy here or here, for your own personalized, autographed copy ;)
The next package that I opened was from the equally lovely, Kristin Hubrick, of Retro Cafe Art Gallery. Kristin's store is a dream stop for all of us Multi Media artists and she keeps it well stocked with loads of ephemera, down-loadable clip art and my favorite...Coffee Break Stencils.
I immediately recognized the pin-up girls in her post, because I had just used them in my Summer Art Journal...
These stencils are perfect for creating when you are on the go...they are the perfect size for using in your journals and they are so darn affordable that you can't buy just one ;) Kristin selected the word balloons, the wings, the swirls, the hearts and an exclusive, baby crawling. THANKS Kristin...these have already been added to my journaling kit ;)
Be sure to check out Mary Beth's blog: The Common Denominator and her shop, Stencil Girl Products as well as all of her Teaching Gigs on the right side of her blog...there are many opportunities available before the year is over. Kristin's blog and shop: The Retro Cafe Art Gallery also offers tons of inspiration and a one-stop shop for all your creative projects.
Now go...hop on over and be sure to tell them that Roberta sentcha!