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SNOW IN PHX, AZ and a WINNER's name.


We had ICE on our cars!   This is not normal!

The Superstition Mountains in Mesa, AZ  about 10 miles from our house.

A friend's home in Payson / Pine AZ, 
about 1 1/2 hours north of us.

It's been in the 30's at night and I have to say we are enjoying the opportunity to wear sweaters and snuggle under blankets!     BUT we do not have to shovel Sunshine in Arizona!


Get ready for a tremendous January with DecoArt as our partner.  YES, we will have a giveaway of DecoArt Products and a very useful Brayer from AlteredPages.   (total value $35.00)  We ask that you share our blog posts on YOUR social media pages/sites to be eligible.    Comment here and let us know where you posted!   Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, google+ !  



Our most faithful commenter in December is 
Jackie Hedlund of Johnsonburg, PA.  Jackie is inspired by the Team's posts, I know that because she often orders collages based on recent projects shown on the BLOG.   We love our customers and our commenters who share love with the Team with kind comments!

Jackie receives a gift from both AlteredPages and Just For Fun Stamps.   (a 30.00 value)


We asked for photos of your artwork to be posted on our Facebook Pages.   
Vanessa Bourque did so with her lovely mixed media Shoe Sculpture.   Vanessa of Worchester Mass wins a wonderful Gelatos Gift set!   Enjoy and share your creations with us!    Vanessa, Please email your postal address to so we may send off your gift.   CONGRATS AND ENJOY!

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