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Mother's Day Promotion 2015 - The Winner!

I ran out of time on Friday, 1st May so drew the winners on Saturday, 2nd May 2015 (last night).

I started a couple of times with the video recording thing, but each time I fumbled and bumbled my words. Instead I took photos. Thinking back, maybe a script would have been useful! Next time :)

Join me in thanking Chameleon Art Products for the major prize of 22-pen Deluxe set of Chameleon Pens. I also want to thank Darkroom Door (groovy photo chips), Notions Marketing (marvellous tool box), Creativity Unlimited (pretty metallic markers), EJs Books (printing and editing), and my family and friends for all the support and encouragement.

Congratulations to Julie Sprake, Tanya Knox and Adelina Hayes.

This is how it all happened...
- exported all April sales from Shopify into excel and deleted the cancellations.
- added all cash sales, invoices and bank transfers.
- printed the 4 columns... name, billing name, email, paid at.
- cut into strips, then squished and twisted each strip into little balls.
- shook the basket and draw out a winner ... JULIE SPRAKE #1332
- then I drew out 2 more names as well (shaking the basket each time), because it was so much fun picking a winner! 2nd is Tanya Knox #1352, 3rd is Adelina Hayes #1281.

Prize Pack includes...
1 x Chameleon Pens Deluxe 22-Pen Set
1 x Art by Jenny Bookmark
1 x set of Art by Jenny Blank Greeting Cards (5 cards, 5 envelopes)
1 x Gelly Roll Souffle Pen Pack (2 pen)
1 x Redbubble Tote by Georgiegirl
1 x Dylusions Art Journal (small)
1 x book (either Color Me Happy, Color Me Calm, Art Camp Artrageous! or Distinctly Dylusional)
1 x pack of Metallic Markers
1 x collection of Darkroom Door Photo Chips
1 x Tool Case
Total prize pool is valued at around AU$300

This link will take you to the details of the promotion.

Congratulations Julie, Tanya and Adelina! I hope you enjoy your prizes of fabulous treasure.

Happy Creative Day!

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Mother's Day Promotion 2015 - The Details

Congratulations to Julie Sprake for winning this big stash of treasure! Click here to see how it all happened. Thank you to everyone who supported my shop to enter this fabulous competition. I appreciate each and every one of you! Have a wonderful, happy and creative day :) Jenny ... 3rd May 2015

All you had to do to enter was shop online with Art by Jenny to have a chance to win over $250 of treasure!

Competition has finished. It ended on 30th April 2015.

With a generous helping hand from Chameleon Art Products and a few others, I have gathered together a fabulous stash of art supplies otherwise known as treasure - not all treasure is silver and gold!

Update (21 April 2015) - There are more prizes to add to the pool of treasures!

Darkroom Door has supplied a collection of their beautiful photo chips.
Creativity Unlimited has sent a groovy pack of metallic markers.
Notions Marketing are sending a tool case that looks fantastic.

Thank you to everybody for supporting Art by Jenny - I really appreciate it... the sales, moral support, fabulous feedback, wise advice and generous donations for my Mother's Day Promotion. I hope that the arty treasures are helping you be creative and happy.

Prize Pack includes...
1 x Chameleon Pens Deluxe 22-Pen Set
1 x Art by Jenny Bookmark
1 x set of Art by Jenny Blank Greeting Cards (5 cards, 5 envelopes)
1 x Gelly Roll Souffle Pen Pack (2 pen)
1 x Redbubble Tote by Georgiegirl
1 x Dylusions Art Journal (small)
1 x book (either Color Me Happy, Color Me Calm, Art Camp Artrageous! or Distinctly Dylusional)
1 x pack of Metallic Markers
1 x collection of Darkroom Door Photo Chips
1 x Tool Case
Total prize pool is valued at around AU$300

The Chameleon Pens have been generously sponsored by Chameleon Art Products.

*As always, conditions apply!
Valid dates for entry of this promotion are from 1st April 2015 to 30th April 2015.

The winner is chosen by chance and drawn in the studio of Art by Jenny (Jenny James) at Christie Downs, South Australia.
Only customers who have purchased from Art by Jenny’s Online Shops ( or or shop in person or by phone or email during the promotion period will have their names (and order number) placed in a hat or shoebox with a winner chosen at random (the traditional way - shake the box, shut my eyes, take out a ticket).
One order equals one entry therefore two orders from one customer equals two entries (except when postage is combined).
The winner will be notified by email with the prize being posted within 24 hours of the draw.
The winner will choose one book from selected titles (either Color Me Happy, Color Me Calm, Art Camp Artrageous! or Distinctly Dylusional).
Privacy is important to all of us and so you can be assured that your information will not be shared.

This is a minor lottery as defined by this website:

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Thank You and Happy Easter from Art by Jenny

A newsy letter I just sent out - thought you might like to have a read as well.

I hope this blog post finds you happy and well. Happy Easter to you and your family! Thank you for being such a wonderful supporter of my online shop. I really appreciate it.

Are you prepared for Easter? Have anything eggstraordinary or eggciting to do? lol Couldn’t resist that one! I know some are going camping, some to church and others to the cricket, football or beach.

In our family, we spend the weekend with family and friends doing a mixture of things like housework (ew I know, but it has to be done), drinking coffee, chatting and hanging out. Sometimes we go out but generally, we go to each others homes, that's where the art is! Whoops, I mean, where the heart is. :)

I love long weekends - Even more time for my studio and with my just surviving miniature bamboo (its leaves went yellow, poor thing… something to do with water! Its ok, all green again now! phew!). Sorry, don't mean to brag that I have a studio… its just that I love being there so much.

Art is such a wonderful thing to do for the heart and soul. Just colouring in does wonders! It would be so amazing if everyone could have a permanent space for creating! Even if its just a box with a cushion and foldup table :) The box doubles as storage and a seat. A portable artspace!

Anyway, back to Easter - On Sunday morning, my family gets together for an Easter egg hunt (after taking it in turns to hide them) then enjoy a scrumptious breakfast of boiled eggs and fingers (or soldiers) of toast. My Mum and I take out all our markers and watercolours and colour our eggs before eating them. My Dad, brother and son join us and always enjoy themselves as well, even if the three of them go “ohhh, do we have to?” every year! lol Its just a fun relaxing morning.

What do you do? I’d love to hear about your weekend and if you find time to be creative too, I would love to see your art :D
Why not share it by blog, Pinterest or Facebook - then we can all see each other’s fabulous creations! If you have either of these, please send me a link or web address so I can showcase you and your art on my Facebook page.

PopUp Shop and Mother’s Day Promo

In our local community our council, the Onkaparinga Council, is leasing one of the empty shops for 6 months and calling it a PopUp Shop. I only just found it and its for all local businesses to utilise and all locals to give their two cents about what they’d like to see happen in our community. One whole wall is fitted with a temporary whiteboard and its covered with people’s ideas and comments. I’ll take some photos when I’m over there next so you can see. It looks amazing!

Now I know you may be miles away, but thought you might find this next bit interesting - you never know, maybe you're planning a holiday to our beautiful state? That would be so cool - we could catch up and have an arty afternoon! Yeah, I know - one track mind! lol

Upon finding this fabulous space I’ve managed to snag Mondays. How cool is that :) I'm so excited! The first PopUp Shop is Monday 13th April - 10am to 4pm

My plan is to use the space to promote my Mother’s Day Promotion, hold workshops and sell treasures at bargain basement prices! Arty treasures of course - the only silver and gold instore will be acrylic paint.

Each week will be a different theme. One week will feature Darkroom Door stamps, another will feature colouring and blending techniques. I’ve got 2 months to fill - its going to be fantastic! But don’t worry, I'm going to include the online store with special promotions just for you. Click the ‘yes’ link below so you don’t miss any of the bargains!

My Mother’s Day Promo is still having the kinks ironed out but so far there are over $200 worth of arty treasures to be won by one lucky customer! Imagine if that was you? Click 'yes' below to keep informed of this incredible promotion. I’m sending out the details on Monday as it starts on Tuesday next week.

If you’d like to be kept in the know of either the Mother’s Day Promotion, the PopUp Shop or other news - please let me know.

To say “Yes please, that would be fabulous, I’d love to keep in touch!” click the link YES. Please add my email so I can read your super exciting arty news!

If you don’t want to hear from me, that’s totally fine. Time is precious, so I completely understand if you don’t have any to spare. You can always keep in touch via Facebook :)

Until next time, I’ll wish you a Wonderful and Happy Easter. I hope you find time to be arty as well as spend time with family and friends.

Enjoy and have a Happy Creative Weekend!

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Frogs Rock

A new stamp arrived today amongst a stash of Hero Arts stencils and these Stampendous stamps. We are also now in stock of the craft essential, Glossy Accents.

I almost lost my latest order of arty treasures, but good ol' Aussie Post came to the rescue and delivered it today. Phew :) So relieved. I don't like it much when orders go on holidays. Didn't even get a postcard! But its all good now :D

So this frog stamp also arrived (by Stampendous) - Tutu Toad. Not quite a frog in their eyes, but its a totally gorgeous frog in mine. Frogs or toads or even tadpoles, love them all.

Can you see Toad from Kenneth Grahame's "Wind in the Willows" dancing in Swan Lake? I can! He's such a fun (but naughty) character. He'd put his whole self into the dance too :) Doesn't do anything by halves!

I inked my new friend with my Distress Watercolour Markers using Mowed Lawn and Picked Raspberry, then added the Picket Fence after it had dried. The gold crown was inked with Sakura's metallic gold gel pen (available in a pack of 3, silver, gold and white).

To stamp with markers, simply colour your stamp, give it a huff and stamp onto your project. Any water-based markers will work using this technique - including Faber Castell, Crayola and Stampin' Up.

Have a go with any stamp - its fun!

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