Before I started Zenspirations® in 2009, I spent most of my career in the greeting card industry. So as February approaches, I naturally start thinking about Valentine’s Day (the second largest card sending occasion in the United States!), and the underlying message of the holiday—L*O*V*E. Love is as essential to our well-being as the air we breathe and the food we eat. Everybody wants to be loved... but to me, love is not just a feeling, it's an intangible force that surrounds and uplifts us.
When you open your heart to possibility and look through the eyes of love, you'll see potential instead of limitations; competence instead of mediocrity; hope instead of indifference; radiant beauty instead of imperfection. Look with love, and you'll see past someone's character flaws to the spark of holiness inside their soul.
Let love envelop you... Let love flow through you... Let love connect you... Let love make you whole.
There is a light inside each of us; when we are able to reach out to others in love, that light shines more brightly. Today, let the love in your heart shine forth in all the brilliant colors of the rainbow.
Yesterday I polled members of the Zenspirations® Create, Color, Pattern, Play FB Group, and asked what kind of free download everyone would like for Valentine’s Day. Of the 129 responses, the majority requested a card with an inspirational saying about love… so here it is!
Click here to download Let Love Light the Way.
I also created a coloring sheet for those who prefer the larger format. I designed it so you could write your own text if you want-- and I can't wait to see what you all create!
Click here to download the LOVE Coloring Page.
As usual, I’ve made folders in the FB group where you can post your finished designs. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1471158256528576/. As an incentive to share what you do, I am offering to make a name-sign for you or someone you love. You can pick the style: Dangle Monograms or Brush Lettering. I will draw two winners at random: one from those who post in the Facebook group, and one from those who leave a comment on this week's blog. (Yes, you can do both). For every design you post-- or comment you leave-- by midnight on Friday, February 5th, you will be entered into a random drawing to win. If you post one design, you’ll have one chance to win; if you post five designs, you’ll have five chances to win. I will pick a second winner from everyone who leaves a comment on the blog this week (only one comment from each person will be counted). So if you would like a chance at winning a name-sign, leave a comment and/or post your finished designs.
Wishing you a week filled with laughter, love and light...
I’m having a blast at the Craft & Hobby Show in Anaheim, California, and wanted to share photos from the ‘Make-it, Take-it’ project I led for Sakura this weekend. I provided pre-printed Zenspirations® images, and I showed how to color them with the awesome Koi® Coloring Brushes. Below is a montage of the lovely piece that Johnna Moore from Scrappy Camper Sisters did.
And here is one by Jackie Cyr:
My friend, renowned decorative painter Debbie Cole, tackled a star design:
And here are step-by-step photos of one of the demo pieces I did. Notice the glitter accents in the top left photo.
Best of all has been getting to visit with some of my creative friends:
Attending CHA is a creative dream... although there are so many things to see, and so many people to connect with, that it is hard to know what to do first! CHA is an amazing place to discover new things-- not just the latest design trends (coloring books and paper flowers are huge!), but new ways to connect creatively. For example, last year at CHA, social media guru Jennifer Priest introduced me to Instagram... and this year Jennifer's uber-talented daughter Katie introduced me to Canva, and helped me create the photo-montages that I've shared tonight (thanks, Katie!).
Through Instagram I have connected with fellow creatives all over the world-- and find the images and photos they share to be an endless source of inspiration. I try to post a photo of something I'm working on once or twice a week... so if you are on Instagram, follow Zenspirations to see what I'm up to. If you aren't on Instagram yet, I'd recommend giving it a try... like Pinterest, it is a visual feast for the creative soul.
Happy 2016 Everyone!