I heart you

February 10, 2015

ann kelle hearts / animated gif

I heart you x 4.

(photos by kelle)

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spread the love

February 09, 2015

heart balloons

Valentines Day is this Saturday. When most people think of this day, they think of romantic love. But, I see Valentines day as a day to spread love.  So, whether you have a significant other or not, here are some ways you can spread the love on Valentines day.

ann kelle / spread the love

ann kelle / spread the love

1. Make goodie bags full to treats.  You can make several goodie bags filled with candy, fruit or fun trinkets. (You could also sew some little bags. See these I made a couple years ago.) Give the bags to random people, colleagues or even people that work at places you visit often (i.e grocery store, coffee shop, mall etc).  We did this two years ago and it was a lot of fun! People were totally surprised and seemed to really enjoy the bags.

ann kelle / spread the love

2. Bake cookies or sweets. Pull out your favorite cookie recipe. After you bake your tasty sweets and decorate them (we baked  heart shaped cookies), give them to your neighbor, friends, co-workers, etc..

ann kelle / spread the love

ann kelle / spread the love
If you’re not a great baker, you can also purchase pre-made sweets to pass out.

ann kelle / spread the love

3. Give a bag full of hearts.  As an alternative to a bag full of sugary-sweets, you can always fill a bag with heart themed or valentines day items. If you’re feeling crafty, you could make a heart brooch, heart clutch, or even heart pencil toppers .

4. Provide a service. Whether it’s your neighbor, friend, grandparent, new mom, etc., everyone needs a helping hand. Whether it’s raking their leaves, putting out their garbage bin, or bringing them a meal, gifts of service are always a win, win!

5. Pay for someone’s coffee.  It is always fun when you’re in the Starbuck’s line, and you go to pay for your coffee and are told that its already been paid.

6. Send Something. You can send flowers, pizza or send both. It will totally be unexpected and a treat for sure!

7. Make Something.  Making something can be really fun, but you probably need to start now.  Here’s a couple of sewing project ideas: heart pillows, monogram pillow, head band.

8.  Be Kind. If you really want to celebrate this day to the fullest, then just be kind to everyone you meet. Pay someone an honest compliment, smile at a stranger, let a person go in front of you at the register or just encourage someone. Kindness is golden!

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Cupid Says Hi!

February 05, 2015

cupid says hi / ann kelle

Valentines day is just around the corner. So, I thought I would start celebrating a little early just to get you warmed up.  Have a great Thursday! And remember, you don’t have to wait until Valentines Day to spread the love.

(artwork by Kelle)

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introducing princess life

February 03, 2015

princess life fabric by ann kelle I’m really excited to introduce to you my new fabric collection, Princess Life.  This is definitely one of my favorites!  It is a combination of bright, vivid blues, purples and the color that I heart the most, pink. I thought it was important to have princesses in this collection, so we’re rereleasing my Girl Friends princesses in two new colors to coordinate with this fabric collection. This fabric collection starting shipping to stores in January and is already popping up in stores online.

princess life fabric by ann kelle I think that every little girl should feel like a princess, even if it’s just for  for a day.   Every princess should have a castle, their own carriage, crown and their own frog that may turn into a prince (fingers crossed, wink wink). Enjoy the pictures! I can’t wait to see what you all make with this fabric collection.

princess life fabric by ann kelle

princess life fabric by ann kelle

princess life fabric by ann kelle

princess life fabric by ann kelle

(photos by Kelle)

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kids valentine classroom cards

February 02, 2015

ann kelle  kids classroom valentines cards

Valentines Day will be here in exactly 13 days.  Here are some Valentines Day cards that I designed exclusively for Tiny Prints.   You still have time to order these and share them with everyone that makes “Your heart Go Pop,” or just to spread the love.  I have more kids classroom invites, as well as valentines party invitations.

ann kelle  kids classroom valentines cards

(photos by Ann Kelle)

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the girl friends / a snow day

January 31, 2015

ann kelle / the girl friends / a snow day

Starting this month, I’m going to share with you illustrations of the Girl Friends along with a little story.  So, before January is over and done with, here is my story/illustration for this month . . .

Snow days are the best! You get to sleep in, cozy up to a warm cup of hot coco and of course, play in the snow. Once bundled up and outside, you can make snow angels, build a friendly snowman or have a snow ball fight.  You can even lace up your ice skates and take a twirl on the ice. Snow days are random, special days. But, the best thing about them is when you get to share them with friends.

(story and artwork by Ann Kelle / Copyright 2015)

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free printable / cuddle

January 30, 2015

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Every day is a perfect day to cuddle with a quilt! Whether its a great day or a not so great day OR if it’s freezing outside or a just a little chilly, your favorite quilt is always there ready for a cuddle. Download the free printable wall art here.

(artwork by Ann Kelle)

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new urban zoologie minis

January 27, 2015

urban zoologie minis by ann kelle

I’m SUPER excited to share with you my new mini Urban Zoologie prints. We’ve taken many of my Urban Zoologie designs and reduced their size. I tried to take a photo that captured their mini-ness (see below). We also freshened up the collection by adding new colors, including my never-ever-gonna-end-color-crush MINT!!! And I have one . . . okay two more . . . exciting things to share about this line. More on that later. These minis ship to stores March 2015.

urban zoologie minis by ann kelle
Several of the mini prints are identical in color to the original sized prints.

urban zoologie minis by ann kelle

urban zoologie minis by ann kelle

(photos by Kelle)

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happy snowmen

January 26, 2015

animated-snowman1

My snowmen wanted to wish you a happy Monday! It snowed last Friday evening. It was so pretty watching the big chunks of snow fall against the dark sky. Of course, by the next morning it had melted, along with my hopes of building a snowman. Oh, well, maybe next time. I heard there’s a huge “historic” snow storm headed towards the states in the Northeast. I hope everyone stays safe, warm and happy.

(animated gif by Ann Kelle)

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sneak peek: jingle

January 22, 2015

ann kelle jingle fabric

Another new collection I have coming out in 2015 is more Jingle prints. I had a TON of fun drawing these characters. (See Jingle 1 and Jingle 2). Polar bears, reindeers, doves, christmas bulbs and even my scotties (from my Urban Zoologie line) make an appearance in this collection.  This collection ships to stores June 2015. Enjoy the pictures!

ann kelle jingle fabric

ann kelle jingle fabric

ann kelle jingle fabric

An added bonus, a couple of these prints will will also be available on flannel! These prints will also ship to stores in June 2015.

ann kelle jingle fabric

(photos by Kelle)

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color crush: black & white

January 20, 2015

blackandwhitecolorcrush

 

Black and white is a classic color combo. My sister commented that I’ve been wearing A LOT of black these days. I’m not sure why, but it is a color that I’ve been gravitating towards these days. It’s classic and chic.  Are there any colors you are currently crushing on?

(photo by Kelle)

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hello, friday

January 16, 2015

warm and cozy / ann kelle

It’s been A LONGGGG time since I’ve shared a list of things I’m thankful for. Much too long. So, here are a couple of things I’m thankful for:

– warm soup on a cold day

– dancing with friends

– beanies, especially with a pom pom on top

– hot cup of chocolate or tea

– laughter

–  celebrating the new year, birthdays with my closest friends

– new dreams

– being able to serve others

– peace

(art by Ann Kelle / 2015 copyright)

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new remix fabric collection

January 09, 2015

ann kelle remix fabric collection

I have a bunch of new fabric releases that I’m looking forward to sharing with you in the next couple of weeks. First up, is Remix. Before Christmas, I shared the  new “holiday” Remix prints.  In addition to those, we have a ton of other colors. We’ve added scattered triangles, a grid-like pattern, small dots, and stripes.  (more…)

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happy new year!

January 01, 2015

hello 2015 / ann kelle

Happy New Year, friends! I hope this year is the BEST yet!

(artwork by Ann Kelle)

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merry christmas

December 23, 2014

merry_christmas / ann kelle

I can not believe that it’s already Christmas, guys! Time sure has flown by this year. I’ll be taking some time off to celebrate Christmas and New Years with my family + friends. But, I may pop up from time to time on Instagram. I hope each of you has a Merry Christmas! I have some REALLY fun things to share with you in the new year. Hugs and kisses, kelle

(animated gif by Ann Kelle)

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sneak peek: “holiday” remix

December 22, 2014

ann kelle remix holiday

I can’ t believe that Christmas is in 3 days! My new fabric samples came in last Friday and being in the holiday mood, I thought I would go ahead and share what’s in store for you next Christmas. I have a ton of other non-holiday color Remix prints, as well as new Jingle prints, that I’ll share soon.  In the meantime, enjoy the sneak peek!

ann kelle remix holiday

A couple of the new prints include metallics, which are perfect for the holiday season.

ann kelle remix holiday

These fabric prints are set to be in stores January 2015.

(photos by Kelle)

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free printable holiday paper

December 20, 2014

ann kelle free  printable paper
I made these holiday paper links a couple of weeks ago. They’re a super easy DIY project and perfect for kids. I remember making these when I was a child to count down to Christmas day. You can hang them on your tree, mantle or even drape them on a headboard. I added solid and glittered scrapbook paper to the papers I designed. You can find the patterned paper here. Enjoy!

ann kelle free printable paper

ann kelle free printable paper


ann kelle free printable paper (photos by Kelle)

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color crush: mint green & gold

December 18, 2014

ann kelle /  color crush mint green
I’ve been a fan of mint green for a LONG time!  You’ll find mint green all over my house. Besides pink, it’s one of my go to colors. With the holidays here, mint green and gold is a fun and festive alternative to the traditional red and green you see during Christmas. Tis the season fellow mint lovers!

(photo by kelle)

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Hexie Matching Game, anyone?

December 08, 2014

annkellematchinggame

Here’s a fun little game to help you build your concentration skills. When we played this as kids they called it “The Memory Game” or “Matching Game.”  We often played it with cards.  This is our take on that same fun little game but we’re using fabric.  We took some of our favorite remix pieces and cut them into little hexagon shapes.  Download the tutorial here.  (By the way, after playing the game, we realized that there is a little room to cheat, because you can see some of the colors on the side.  So, you may want to make several of the same color pieces.) Anyway, it still made for a fun time!

annkellematchinggame

annkellematchinggame

(photos by Kelle)

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Cross Your Heart Checkers Game Set

December 04, 2014

checkers sewing tutorial / ann kelle

The holidays are fast upon us, which means time with family and friends.  What better way to pass time, catch up on how everyone has been doing, and make new memories than over a game of checkers.  So, here is a fun tutorial that promises to  help create opportunities to bond with family and friends.  Whether you’re bonding by making this super cute checkerboard, or you’re bonding by playing on this super cute checker board, it promises to be loads of fun!

checkers sewing tutorial / ann kelle

checkers sewing tutorial / ann kelle

One of my favorite things about this tutorial are the heart checker pieces.  They’re so so cute!  Oh, and there are no losers when you’re playing on a board this cute!


checkers sewing tutorial / ann kelle

If you have little ones around that can’t sew, you may wanna get them involved by allowing them to pick out fabrics and/or cutting out the heart felt checker pieces.  Download this tutorial here.

(photos by Kelle)

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Smile Big

December 01, 2014

smile / free download / ann kelle

Did you know you can add 7 years to your life just with a smile?  My best friend was reading this article about smiling and it had some pretty interesting stuff.  They looked at baseball cards and found that players that smiled the biggest in their pictures lived 3 years longer than the players that slightly smiled and 7 years longer than the players that didn’t smile at all.

smile / free download / ann kelle

And guess what else? They found that people that smiled even when they weren’t happy actually felt better when they smiled anyway.  Turns out that smiling releases a hormone that makes you feel better.  Here at Ann Kelle our motto is “to see you smile.”  But, not only do we wanna “see you smile”, we wanna see you live longer, better and happier!  So smile big and have a nice day!  And in case you forget what you’re suppose to be doing today, we’re offering this free download for you and for you to share with a friend.

(artwork by Ann Kelle)

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have a happy thankgiving

November 26, 2014

i am thankful / ann kelle

Just about everyday I try to give thanks for all the things God has blessed me with. But it’s been awhile since I’ve shared some of them with you. So, I’ve listed a couple of them below. I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving friends! I’m reaallllly looking forward to relaxing and stuffing my face, all while having a heart of thanks.

- warmth during the cold

– Jesus. There’s no other like Him.

– my older sister turned 40 this month! (woot, woot!)

- the color pink

- overcoming fears

- my family

- good conversations with great friends

- Christmas is almost here!

- the smell of honeysuckle

- the weather was in the 60s this past Saturday

- chocolate torte

- prayer changes things

(art by ann kelle)

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The “Great Giveaway” (Week 3)

November 24, 2014

Ann Kelle Fabric Giveaway

Happy Monday! This week is our third and final week of “The Great Giveaway.” This week’s giveaway includes: 3 Five Inch Charm Squares (total of 42 pieces)  and 3 Ten Inch Charm Squares (total of 42 pieces).  Each pack is a mix of Urban Zoologie and Remix prints.  We’ve REALLY enjoyed reading your comments for the giveaways. We’ve enjoyed it so much, we want to hear more from you!  So, in order to enter this contest you just have to leave a comment on this blog post.  We’d like to know who or what makes you “smile” and why. UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered! Congrats to Wendy for being selected as the winner.

Ann Kelle Fabric Giveaway

(photos by Kelle)

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2014 ann kelle holiday cards

November 20, 2014

christmascards2 copy

I’m so happy to share with you my 2014 Christmas Card Collection for Tiny Prints.  This collection has been a labor of love, that involved me playing Christmas music throughout my house as early as the month of March.  So yes, while other people were on spring break I was listening to Christmas music.  It is always an honor to design cards that people share with the people dearest to them, about the people dearest to them.  In case you didn’t know, I  not only design Holiday cards, but address labels, gift tags, thank you cards, personalized postage,  enclosure cards and even an ornament.  I’m also excited to pass along our 2014 Holiday promo code (HOLCARDS40), which takes 40% off any holiday card plus corresponding address labels and gift tags.  (Read all the details below)

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You have a lot of different options for your personalizing these photo cards. You can get the cards with one photo or three and in different sizes. They also come in multiple colors!

christmascards3 copy
Several of the holiday cards also have a new option which allows you to choose the greeting for either Holiday, Christmas or New Years.

2014annkelleholidaycards

And of course there’s pretty festive backs for all the cards!

2014annkelleholidaycards

I also designed a couple of holiday party invitations for your festive occasion! Don’t forget to enjoy the 40% off code and have a wonderful Christmas and an all around awesome holiday season.

Holiday Promotional Information: Offer expires 12/31/2014 (11:59 P.M. PT). Save 40% off Holiday card orders using the code HOLCARDS40 at checkout. There is no minimum purchase required for this promotion. Offer applies exclusively to Holiday cards and is not applicable to previously placed orders, shipping, taxes, rush processing charges, calendars, photo books, gift certificates, personalized postage stamps and Erin Condren weekly planners. This promotion code cannot be combined with other offers. Offer cannot be redeemed more than once per account and/or billing address. This particular offer code can only be redeemed once. Offer is only valid on Tinyprints.com and is not applicable on third party or partner websites. To prevent fraud or abuse, we reserve the right to discontinue or modify this offer or cancel any order.

(photos by Kelle)

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