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June 11, 2010

Today marks the opening of one of the most anticipated new shows at Disney's California Adventure. Besides the big Laker NBA championship game, the new Disney Show, World of Color, has taken over all the local news. Good Morning America even had a national broadcast from Disney's Calif Adventure and showed how it was controlled by an iPad! There was even a "Blue Carpet" premiere at the Park last night. Just think, 5 years in the making, 15 months of construction, and all the work plus army of people that were involved to orchestrate 20 minutes of pure Disney magic.

World of color

When you plan your projects, you go through many similar motions as the Disney Imagineers have gone through to get to opening day. Perhaps on a smaller scale, but the thought and ALL that heart you pour into a handmade gift, card or any other paper craft project is a way to connect with someone special on a grand scale. Disney is all about the details and the story. Paper crafting is also about the details and the event.  Both result in a magical moment for the recipient.

World of Color brings new Disney characters to the spotlight and story. Today, I am sharing a couple new product collections and introducing you to a special eP friend, Linda Ledbetter. Linda has a great surprise for you all so make sure you read through the very last article.

Hope some pixie dust finds it way to your weekend!
New Maya Road Collection is Here!
Early Summer Release 2010

Maya Road Summer 2010

Maya Road knows how to help you get your summer paper crafting started. They released some new products that would be fun embellishments to incorporate into your July 4th and other summer event paper crafts.

The new Flower Pins come in Red & White. You can probably take your favorite blue Copic Markerand/or blue alcohol ink to make your own Blue flower pin.  The Crystal Star Trinket Pin is a larger size(almost an inch in diameter). These would be fun to color, too.

The new Wood Bingo Calendar Numbers are really cool. There are 31 numbers in the set. You can use some numbers to highlight a specific birthday number, special day, and or use like bullet points in a fun scrapbook layout. Only your imagination limits your creativity when using these numbers.
You can view the Maya Road early summer 2010 release HERE. There are new mini chipboard sets, too. Also visit the Maya Road Blog to view what the Maya Road design team has come up with in regards to these new products.
Hero Arts Summer Collection 2010
Hero Arts Summer Catalog Arts and Crafts Catalog

The inside of the new Hero Arts Summer Catalog reads

"At its best, summertime is the season of simple: beach chairs, porch swings, fireworks and fireflies, cool salads and tall iced teas.

Even stamping in simpler. Inspiration floats on the breeze, and to catch it, all you need is batch of fresh stamps..."

The new Hero Arts Summer Collection, Arts & Crafts, does offer some simple designs that will be loads of fun to use for your paper crafts. A wide variety of designs that offer simplicity, whimsy, and Hero Arts style. There are stamps in clear acrylic, rubber cling, and wood mounted styles. Check out the entire summer collection in this section. Go to the Hero Arts blog to view ideas and inspiration.

Hero Arts Sending Smiles Hero Arts Sunny Smiles
Hero Arts Hello Flags

eP Friend, Linda Ledbetter
eclectic Friend, Linda Ledbetter
Studio L3

Linda Ledbetter Blog

I am so excited to introduce you to our eclectic Friend, Linda Ledbetter. I first got to know Linda through the 12 Tags of Christmas Tim Holtz Challenge. Then she created these 12 Tags of Valentine's which Tim mentioned on his blog.

12 Tags of Valentine

Pretty cool project, right? Linda is talented. I asked her some questions to get a little insight into her art:

How did you get into paper crafting?
You know, I've been trying to be an artist my entire life, with varying degrees of ineptitude! Then, about ten years ago, I discovered stamping, and it was such a revelation for me. I didn't have to be an "artist" to do art! From there, well, I just went nuts. When the grunge/distress style became popular, it was like a dream come true! I'm not all that good at cute, but I can tear things up with the best of 'em!

What is one of your favorite project(s) that you created and what makes it special to you? If you have a photo, that would be great, too.
My Twelve Tags of Valentine's Day project is probably my favorite of all. I tried so hard to follow along with Tim's Twelve Tags of Christmas last December, but there was just way too much going on to give it the proper attention. I really wanted to practice the techniques, though, so I decided to turn it into a Valentine's project. I had a blast doing it, and got so much wonderful feedback. I think it was the first time I ever realized that I really could create something that other people would like. Tim very generously posted a link on his blog, and honestly, I still go there and get teary reading all the lovely comments. Crafters really are the kindest and most supportive people in the world.

If there is a song out there to describe your crafting/stamping style, what would it be?
What a great question! It would have to be something a little rock 'n roll, a little feminine, and a little rough around the edges. I'm thinking Pat Benatar's "All Fired Up!"

Dead or alive, what famous person would you want to have dinner with and where?
I think the answer is going to be obvious to everyone reading this, though: I'd love to have dinner with Tim Holtz. He's been such an incredible inspiration to me. There are days when I actually call myself an artist without rolling my eyes and bursting into fits of laughter, and that's mostly because of the techniques and cool stuff Tim has introduced to the crafting community. Of course, I'd want to bring along Daisy from Eclectic Paperie, Mario, all my blogging friends and my very-supportive guy, so it would end up being a huge, ink-stained party! As for where, I'm thinking we should all take a nice trip to Tuscany, rent a villa a la "Under the Tuscan Sun," and sip Chianti!

You can see more of Linda's art and read her stamping journeys at her blog, Studio L3. Read the next article, too, to read about a great challenge that Linda has coming up for all to enjoy.
INTRODUCING: The Compendium of Curiosities Technique Challenge Series!(hosted by Studio L3) Tim Compendium Book

Linda Ledbetter is hosting an awesome challenge. It is going to be way cool! In the following weeks, she will be sharing one technique a week based from Tim Holtz' new book, The Compendium of Curiosities.
Visit Linda's blog HERE to read the details. You'll want to gather your friends so you can all learn, try it, share supplies, and play along.