So, which do you want first?  The good news or the bad news?  I’m always curious about what people choose to hear first.  I’m a “tell me the good news first” type, so that’s what I’ll deliver…

Part of the good news is that I’m on a Spring Break holiday right now in sunny Phoenix with my family, which is why I haven’t blogged in the past couple of weeks.  As far as I’m concerned, palm trees and cactus are ALWAYS good news 🙂

The bigger good news is….I’ve been invited to be a featured instructor at Scrapbook Your Heart Retreat!  This is an amazing scrapbooking event organized annually by Allison Orthner and Christy Riopel and Kandi where women come together to scrapbook and explore matters of the heart through creative expression.

The theme of the retreat is “Lessons from the Garden of Life.”

Click HERE for more details…and hope you can join us for a fabulous scrapbooking experience!

And now the sad news….

The Graphic 45 2012 Design Team was announced, but I did not make it.  I’m glad I auditioned and want to thank everyone who encouraged me to go for it.  I’m still happy that I was chosen as one of the top 30 finalists, and it’s been an exciting few weeks.  I also want to congratulate all the amazingly talented artists who did make the final cut….and can’t wait to be inspired by their projects in the upcoming year!

Now, back to Spring Break!  I have 2 more days of hot weather to enjoy….and a couple of American craft stores to check out! 

16 Comments on Good news…and Bad news

  1. Donna Spina Lebeduik
    April 1, 2012 at 12:10 pm (5 years ago)

    Congrats on your instructor position. So sorry you didn’t make G45 – it’s their loss for sure! You are a terrific artist my friend!

  2. maggiescontroledchaos
    April 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm (5 years ago)

    Congrats on the retreat and hope you’re having a wonderful time in Phoenix! Sorry you didn’t make the final cut for graphic45 but Donna is right, it’s their loss and I hope you’ll try again next year! You’re an amazing artist and storyteller and I love getting your blog emails! Big Hugs!

  3. Jody
    April 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm (5 years ago)

    Congratulations Kelly! The retreat sounds great – what an honor for you. Sorry to hear about the Graphics 45 design team. You make wonderful stuff and I love coming to your blog to see what new technique you have done!

  4. Lynn
    April 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm (5 years ago)

    You will make the best instructor at the retreat! Sounds amazing. Now..I think G45 needs glasses, lol. Your fabulous talented and really…they are losing out. It’s just one bump in the road my friend!! Enjoy your holiday!

  5. Micupoftea~
    April 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm (5 years ago)

    Have fun in the US! Hm, cactus and palm trees are pretty rare in Canada, eh?! LOL~ I see ’em daily here in SO Cal. Congrats on being chosen for the retreat 🙂

  6. Shona
    April 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm (5 years ago)

    awwww that is sad but the good news is amazing!!! huge congrats sweetie 🙂 have fun on vacation too!

  7. Paula
    April 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm (5 years ago)

    Looks like a great retreat. Wish me and my sisters could join you but that is the month of baby’s arrival so I won’t be straying too far from home. I know you will do a great job teaching!

  8. Renee
    April 2, 2012 at 4:34 am (5 years ago)

    You really would have been an asset to their team Kelly.. Your work is absolutely perfect, so much attention to detail and you make the cutest handmade embellishments.. I really hope you try again next year too!!! You are the second person that didn’t make it that really should have 🙁 Enjoy your break and congrats on the teaching gig!

  9. Lee-Anne
    April 2, 2012 at 9:44 am (5 years ago)

    Congratulatons on being the guest instructor at Scrapbook Your Heart! I went for the first time last year and had a fantastic time. Too bad I can’t go this year, but I know you are in such great company with Allison and Christy!

    So sorry about the G45 team. I was rooting for you and Karen Zueger. You are both perfect for the team. Unfortunately in this business there is some rejection, but that doesn’t make you less of an artist. It is their loss for sure. Please don’t give up and do try again next year. You go girl! I believe in everything you do!

  10. Vicky Alberto
    April 2, 2012 at 9:58 am (5 years ago)

    I still think it’s all great news because even being considered for G45 is HUGE!

  11. Lisa Barrie
    April 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm (5 years ago)

    Congrats on the wonderful news about the retreat, it sounds fab!
    As far as G45 goes,nothing ventured nothing gained. I’m so impressed you put yourself out there, it’s not an easy thing to do and you have a wonderful talent! Thanks for sharing it so freely. Hugs, Lisa

  12. Charlotte Brochu
    April 3, 2012 at 6:27 am (5 years ago)

    Such great news about the retreat! What a fun experience that will be! Congratulations on that! Sorry to hear about the Graphic 45, but what an accomplishment you had making the Top 30 there. Not many can say that. There’s always next year! Hope you enjoyed your Spring Break!

  13. Lesley
    April 3, 2012 at 9:35 am (5 years ago)

    I was not surprised that you were chosen as G45 finalist….. BUT was really surprised they didn’t select you for their team. As others have said, it’s their loss! Keep creating with your great ideas, and congratulations on being invited to be an instructor at the retreat. Focus on the positive!

  14. KellyCreates
    April 3, 2012 at 10:58 am (5 years ago)

    I’m really touched by all of your encouraging and supportive comments! Thank you so much everyone!

  15. Izzy Anderson
    April 4, 2012 at 4:09 am (5 years ago)

    Oh, a retreat! How wonderful, Kelly. Those folks really tapped the right person. I know you will be an amazing teacher and really inspire the participants. Plus, I am sure they will laugh a lot in your class. I am already green with envy that I am not one of them…..Re: G45. Oh, so close and yet so far. Bummer! I thought *for sure* you would be chosen because you are the bomb diggity! I sound like your mom here, but I am proud of you for trying out. It required a certain boldness the way the audition process worked and of course you rocketed right into the top 30 as I knew you would. Tis their loss for sure, but now you have time to do other totally fab things like this retreat. So, yay! Now you have time, freedom and new gigs. Congrats, Kelly.


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