Monday, January 29, 2018

Oh My Heart: New Mini Tiles for Valentines Day!

Brand new to the Artsyville family for 2018: Mini Happy Heart Tiles in two beautiful color palettes! Mini Tiles are bite size prints that I introduced a few years ago on a whim, and they wound up being such a surprise sleeper hit that I upgraded them to permanent staples of the shop. More new themes and mixes are in the works (hello coffee… creativity… springtime!) and due to arrive soon! I love getting emails from people who tell me what they do with their their Mini Tiles, so if you'd like to share, send me a message at aimee (at) Some creative ideas on how to put your hearts to work/play…

*string them on twine with tiny clothespins to make a Valentines banner
*put a bunch in a colorful candy dish for friends and family to help themselves
*leave them in public places as random acts of kindness
*use as a bookmark
*decorate your planner or art journal
*write a lunchbox message
*give one to a friend who could use a little pick me up
*put a few inside a greeting card
*punch a hole & make a gift tag
*write a tiny poem or quote on the back
*or however you wish to share the love! 

For collectors of my Mini Tiles in the past, I have recently upgraded the print and paper quality to the best I can find. You are going to love the new look! They are slightly larger than before (now about 1 1/2" square), printed on an ultra thick cover paper with a satin finish (just slightly glossy), and more colorful and durable than ever. They are blank on the flipside if you wish to write your own message. All of my tile packs have been changed over to the new versions, so if you order a fill-in of the original sets, you will notice a huge difference.

One more thing -- use the code HAPPYHEARTS for 20% off all things Artsyville through February 1!

Wishing you all a wonderful February and Valentine’s Day. I’ll be back soon (and with a new website/blog later this spring) with more new Mini Tile packs!

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

A Week of Free Printables (Day 7): Write-On Bookmarks ❤️ 💚 💛 💙 💜

Welcome to Day 7 of the Week of Free Printables! I'm sliding in here at the eleventh hour as the clock ticks quickly toward midnight, but a promise is a promise. I had another printable planned today, but something changed my mind and that was reading Ann Patchett's excellent Guide For Bookstore Lovers today in the New York Times. I guess I've always nurtured an unvoiced (until now) dream to visit as many indie bookstores as I possibly can in this life and world. I like the idea of this quest. So today's freebie is a brand new version of my write-on bookmark! Go here to get & print yours. 

Tomorrow I will publish one bonus printable to end the week, and then The Color Blast newsletter will go quiet for a while. (Not for long -- just not every day!!) I'll still be here on my blog, though -- writing away & designing away and planning for a colorful new year!

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

A Week of Free Printables (Day 6): Creative Bingo ❤️ 💚 💛 💙 💜

Greetings from Artsyville & welcome to Day 6 of the Week of Free Printables! Remember my set of Creative Bingo cards? I had a blast designing these! The printed pack with 5 different designs are still available in the shop, but I'm now making Card #1 available as a free download here.  It's just a fun jumble of random creative prods to help kick-start your artistic groove. When playing Creative Bingo, you can go for the traditional five in a row if you want, but I highly recommend going to excess & playing the cover card version. M&Ms make excellent bingo markers!

See you tomorrow for Day 7! It might be another twilight posting, as my life will belong to a swim meet. If you've been there, you'll know this means a minimum of two hours of transportation and four hours of sitting to watch your child swim a total of three minutes, and it might even mean getting recruited to do something anxiety-inducing like timing races or marshaling kids into lanes, both of which are a complete assault on the creative brain. The first time I had to time, I stood there quaking with my stopwatch, missed my cue and was demoted to working the snack bar. I should just stick to art. Anyway, depending on how organized I am tomorrow, the printable will be either really early or really late. Or, to be more brief: it will be posted on Artsyville time!

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