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A Double Celebration

Hi Everyone,

Hope you had a great Valentine's Day, and got to spend time with someone you love.                                       
I have a good friend who has a double celebration on February 14th, as it is also her birthday. This is the card I made her:
Another good friend, who shares my love of putting pen to paper, is celebrating her birthday today, so I made her a card too:                                                                                                                                             
I can’t decide which I like better— the bright background or the paler one— if you have a strong preference please leave a comment to let me know. If you include your birthday, maybe I’ll surprise you on your special day.
Last week I was in Lancaster & Philadelphia, and it was COLD!!! I saw snow for the first time since I moved to Florida more than 23 years ago… it was beautiful, but I’m glad to be back home where the temperature is well above freezing.                                                                                                                                      
Since I got home I’ve been concentrating on creating the graphics for my new website. It's almost ready to launch, and I thought you guys would like a ’sneak-peek’. This is a screen shot of the home page:                           
And here are close ups of some of the buttons:                                                                                                
This next button is my favorite:
The site is built in Wordpress, and will have a real shopping cart. It's mobile friendly, and is supposed to load a lot faster. Best of all it will be easier to navigate— for example, the videos will be divided into sections (i.e. lettering, patterning, coloring), so you can find the type of tutorial you are looking for. The blog posts will be also searchable by topics (i.e. Free Downloads, Dangle Designs, Remembrance). I’ve added a calendar, and a bunch of new images to the gallery, and would welcome your ideas of what else to include.                                  
Please leave a comment if you have thoughts on how to make the new site awesome… I appreciate your input.           
Stay Zenspired,


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Reader Comments (44)

I love the new buttons and colors! Looks great.

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Logeman

I like the card with the pastel background. And the new site looks super amazing and colorful...looking forward to it.

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAmrit Kaur

Great bold the bold colors! I am looking forward to seeing the ease in Wordpress. As to the birthday cards, both are wonderful...but as I said, I love the bold colors! You and your work are so inspiring!

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKris Kennedy

It's a difficult choice as I live both colors, but I'd have to go with the brighter color background as my personal preference. (And my birthday is September 15!!!). Love the buttontos for the new website. Cannot wait to see the new site!

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDarlene Tanti

They are both BEAUTIFUL! I am drawn to the brighter colors though so the second one is my favorite! And my b-day is July 24th and would be so excited to see my name in your beautiful script! Congratulations on all your success!

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterleitha hunt

Wow Joanne! That's me! I love my card and I love you too! Thanks so much!

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSheryl

I love Sheryl, but I do love the bright background. You are SOOO talented! Can't wait to see your site when it's up and running!

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDori Gerber

Both cards are beautiful. The second one I like the most because the background color is more brigth .
Your website looks much much better, the colors , the new bottons!!! Great!!

I am in love with your Dangle and Tangle thechniques. And the lettering!!! When I start some drawings I can not stop. I needed to stay drawing until I finish!!! Is addictive !!!
I am an Interior Designer but A few years ago I decieded to folow my dreams. A new way to express my creativity and found it. After a 4 years working with cameo silhouette I were looking for something else, like drawing and lettering. And I found you : You gather all the elements I love: Vibrant colors, movement, letters. So I can play with all of that now enjoying every project I do.

Will be a blessing if I can get a card from you on my birthday! August 16 ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Blessings and hugs
Sandra Wise

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSandra Wise

Both cards are so beautiful. My preference is always brighter and bolder, but I still like them both! (Mine is May 1st! :) I love the new website look. The bright colorful buttons and banners are very eye catching. I LOVE that we can shop all of your products in one place. Congratulations on all your great success!!

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKristen Zeitler

Sometimes the color choice might be slanted toward the recipient. A girly girl would prefer the first maybe, but I would prefer the bolder colors. Both are lovely, of course! I like the look of your new blog. Those buttons are so "you". Your new site just screams "Joanne"!

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJean Chaney

Even though both cards are beautiful as always, I prefer the brighter colors!

I can't wait to see the finished website! I love the new buttons and the choice of colors you chose!

God bless you for what you do,

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGail Beck

Fantastic new look and very Joanne! Love the buttons and in regards to the card backgrounds, I like the bold colors best.


February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTerri Brown

What's not to love?!! We love everything you do! Seriously, the new website looks like its going to be amazing! Can't wait for it! The buttons all look fantastic! I love the second card...i just love all the color! You are so talented. Thank you for sharing what you love with all of us!

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJanele Bryant

This is wonderful Joanne!! Its hard to pick which background I like better because I like them both!! I'm so happy for all your success and that Zenspirations contines to grow and expand. I can't wait for the new website to be up and running. By the way, my birthday is March 2nd!

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSue Rems

There was a time that I would have chosen the lighter background, but since finding your blog and the work of others on the the FB page, I have come to appreciate the bold bright colors. My Birthday has just passed....Feb 13th. The look for your website is awesome looking forward to it.

Have a great day!

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArdis Ferdig

Both cards are beautiful Joanne but if I had to select one I would go with the bolder one. Your new website teaser looks wonderful! What a lot of work you have put into it and the buttons only make me want to look at everything in that category. I recently purchased a couple of your coloring books and hope I can use some of your ideas with bible journaling. Just getting started with this new endeavor. By the way, I would be honored to have a card from you on my October 2nd birthday.

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeg Klitch

First: I like the paler background; I think the name is more "special" there. Second: I have nothing bad to say about the website redo -- can't wait for it to go live!

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPat Gonzales

How exciting!!! The preview of the webpage is wonderful. Looking forward to seeing it when it is completed.
The birthday cards are so special. I'm sure your friends treasure them. I know that I would. Thanks for sharing them with us.

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlyce

Love the new buttons for the website!

I am leaning toward the paler background. Looking at them both, the paler background just makes the name POP!

My birthday is May 27th!

Love, love, love and LOVE your work!

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Therkildsen

to me, the bright and bold card is the one.
I love following your blog as much as i love all what you do. Sure you are a gifted artist.
And yes, i would love if you paint me a card, June 15th is my birthday and i'll be 73. I little old to start something new bbut i have decided that i have to learn your lettering

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSusy Baquerizo

My birthday is on Valentine's Day, too, and my last name is Valentine.
I love your birthday cards.

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterQuwatha Valentine

Love your work and your energy, Joanne. I learned so much from your videos and books. Good to read that the new web site will load faster.

I noticed the use of white letters for "BLOG SHOP ABOUT GALLERY..." against pale pastel. Might POP better with either darker background color or darker letter. Same comment with "Join the Zenspiration Facebook Group" button.

"Create, color, pattern, play" takes up good portion of the horizontal space. When you add more function in the future, you might run out of space.

Looking forward to your new website.

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSyuling

I love both of the cards. Enjoy your books especially the new Inspirations, shared with my journaling group! Looking forward to new site, very exciting.
By the way, my birthday is February 21st but I claim from Valentine's day on!
Thank you for sharing.

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

Love both, but if I had to pick one I would choose the second, brighter one. Your new blog looks awesome...can't wait to navigate it. It looks cheerful and easy to use. Thank you, Joanne, for sharing your talent so readily and generously with us. You are a true inspiration. My birthday is March 6th. Blessings to you!

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLynda Pleckan

Hi dear Joanne, your cards are both so beautiful. I think the darker background is my favourite, I am an April 1st April is my birthday. Big changes for me this year as my job finishes the day before and as I have worked as a physiotherapist for 34 years I have decided to hang up my "hat". I will have lots more time to be creative and see more of Daisy as she grows.

Your new website looks amazing, the buttons are all so beautiful . My only problem with Wordpress blogs is that they all seem to reject my Blogger comments to the junk bin! I hope I can still comment there but don't forget to check the spam/junk folder if not! I will still be following your creative journey, there are so many exciting things happening for you.

It's very cold here at the moment but the evenings are getting lighter...roll on spring.

Hugs, Jane xx

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJane

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