Monday, June 7, 2010

Merry Blues Art {review + giveaway}

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Restore. Rethink. Welcome to Merry Blues Art!!



This beautiful shop is filled with gorgeous art created by the very talented Ana. She explores all sorts of art mediums, and is committed to using earth-friendly products, like banana paper and recycled/reused products. From cards to memory games, it's stunning what she can create! She is currently working on her 2011 multi-lingual calendar, which features a different language and a collage of her artwork each month! (Here's one lovely example from 2010!)




See what I mean? I love the originality, and the way the speckled grain of the paper shows through. She's incredibly easy to work with, ships fast, and your items will arrive safe and sound... and ready to give as a gift! She's even sweet to offer to our readers 10% off through June 21st by using the special code "give&take" during checkout! Can't beat that!!

Not only that, but Ana has a huge heart. She has many causes that are dear to her, but she even worked up some fleece blankets for Project Night Night! I can't thank her enough for this special contribution!! 10 percent of sales in her shop are split between Population Connection and a local creative material reuse shop!


You can also check out her blogs, her vegan blog with her sister, and her newly created Merry Blues Art Blog! Read about their vegan lifestyle, and check out the shop's most recent activities, and her works in progress!


When the packaged arrived, it was packaged so well that it was ready for gift giving. She surprised us with her Pairs of Spring Memory Game. These pictures do not even do these justice! Each game piece is solid cardboard (recycled too!) with a pretty stamp on the back, carved by Miss Ana herself! The original artwork featured on the game pieces are absolutely breathtaking, and it was hard to let my two year old even play with them! But, I did, and she totes it around with her everywhere; to church, to the dinner table, and even to bed. She's not exactly playing memory, but she loves to match the pictures and name the beautiful illustrations.


And me? Well I love it too! Here are my personal faves:







I know... fall in love! Then go check out the other seasons!


Ana has offered a $20 gift certificate to Merry Blues Art to a lucky reader of The Ivy Twines! How sweet!



To qualify (you MUST do this before any others!): Check out Merry Blues Art and leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite item! I know you'll have more than one :)



**Please leave a valid email address so we can contact you if you win!**




And if one entry is not nearly enough. . . (please leave a separate comment for each extra entry)




Earn one additional entry:


Earn TEN additional entries:


  • Make a purchase from Merry Blues Art! Get 10 off through June 21st by using the code "give&take"! Let her know you came from Ivy Twines!






Your GIVE BACK Entry:


  1. Participate in our Give Back Project Night Night Challenge! (Head over to this post for the details, check out how you can help, and leave a comment!)


  2. Help Project Night Night, and earn 5 extra entries here!! Yay!



Good luck readers and happy shopping at Merry Blues Art! I hope you win!




Giveaway will end June 21st at 11:59pm CST. Winner will be chosen via random.org and contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond. Must be 18 to enter, US entries only. Special thanks to the very sweet Ana and Merry Blues Art for her beautiful art that truly makes us smile!! Your contribution to Project Night Night warmed my heart too! Thanks so much for helping out!!






127 comments:

  1. Love the June-December 2010 banana peel calendar.

    Thanks!
    angiedkelly at gmail dot com

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  2. Follow you via GFC

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  3. Follow Merry Blues on Twitter @yeahhappy

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  4. Follow Merry Blues on Twitter @yeahhappy

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  5. Follow you on twitter @yeahhappy

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  6. Like you on Facebook

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  7. Hearted/Favorited the banana peel calendar on Merry Blues Art

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  8. i love the calendar in the shop, a different language for each month is a great idea :D

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  9. i'm a ivy twines follower

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  10. My favorite is the Jet Setter (set of 6 cards printed on banana paper)!

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  11. I favorited the jet setter cards (my Etsy name - SilkLotus)

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  12. I follow Merry Blues Art on twitter (as @alitsao)

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  13. I "liked" Merry Blues Art on Facebook (as Alli Tsao)

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  14. I follow The Ivy Twines publicly on Google Friend Connect

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  15. I follow The Ivy Twines on twitter (as @alitsao)

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  16. I "like" Ivy Twines on Facebook (as Alli Tsao)

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  17. I like the Merci Beaucoup cards.
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  18. I follow on GFC.
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  19. I like you on FB
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  20. I love the pairs matching game
    Rhonda
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  21. I'm a fb fan
    Rhonda
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  22. I follow your blog
    Rhonda
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  23. I worked on blankets for project night night
    Rhonda
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  24. I helped make 20 blankets with friends and family for project night night
    Rhonda
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  25. Had a great time working on blankets for project night night
    Rhonda
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  26. worked on project night night
    Rhonda
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  27. worked on project night night
    Rhonda
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  28. I love the Gratitude Series of cards!

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  29. i love the buen viaje cards, so cute
    engh.katie at gmail dot com

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  30. I follow The Ivy Twines on twitter - @narniamum

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  31. I like the ivy twines on facebook

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  32. i like merry blues art on fb

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  33. I really like the memory game.

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  34. I'd love to get the pairs of spring (memory game) for my son!

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  35. Adorable shop, happy to learn about it. I like the "Merci Beaucoup (set of 6 cards printed on banana paper)" from the shop.

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  36. It is hard to choose a favorite item, but I adore the Penguin Congratulations cards!

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  37. love the Let's Parrty! cards! thanks!

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  38. ms(dot)verymarried(at)gmail(dot)com

    i THINK this is my favorite http://www.etsy.com/listing/48234489/thank-you-set-of-6-cards-printed-on

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  39. I love the mini thank you cards!

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  40. The Pairs of Spring memory game is my favorite!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  41. I heart the Pairs of spring memory game - my etsy username is Hurdler4eva
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  42. I follow the Icy Twines publicly with google friend connect1
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  43. I love the pairs of spring (memory game) limited edition

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  44. I added this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/48054536/pairs-of-spring-memory-game-limited

    to my favorites

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  45. Following Merry Blues Art on Twitter

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  47. I'm following her on twitter!

    craftytofu at yahoo

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  48. I've favorited an item in her shop!

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  49. I like her shop on facebook.

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  50. I just became a blog follower!

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  51. I'm following the ivy twines on twitter now! I'm vegancraftastic over there

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  52. I just love the spring memory game! They are so neat.

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  53. Merry Blues Art Twitter follower soluckyducky

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  54. Merry Blues Art FB fan sarah linette

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  55. Ivy Twines Twitter follower soluckyducky

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  56. Ivy Twines FB fan sarah linette

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  57. I love her animal, eco, vegan-friendly artwork! :0) This is one of my favorites; http://www.etsy.com/listing/45066770/happy-fathers-day-set-of-4-cards-printed mvegan5@gmail.com

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  58. I favorited this item http://www.etsy.com/listing/45066770/happy-fathers-day-set-of-4-cards-printed

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  59. I facebook fanned Merry Blues Art

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  60. Ivy Twines fan; Michele Erez

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  61. I love- http://www.etsy.com/listing/45066770/happy-fathers-day-set-of-4-cards-printed

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  62. I favorited- pairs of spring (memory game) limited edition

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  63. I follow Merry Blues Art on Twitter

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  64. I like Merry Blues Art on Facebook

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  65. I follow The Ivy Twines (publicly) using Google Friend

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  66. I follow The Ivy Twines on Twitter as PSVintage

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  67. I like Ivy Twines on Facebook

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  68. my fave is the pairs of winter memory game. the pieces are really beautiful.

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  69. I love the Congratulations baby series. The elephants and penguins are tooooo cute.
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  70. Love the Happy Birthday set of 6 mini cards. omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  71. Following Merry Blues Art on twitter @omydarlingblog

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  72. Following you on twitter @omydarlingblog

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  73. i love the Merci Beaucoup (set of 6 cards printed on banana paper)

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  74. google friend

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  75. favorited the merci beaucoup cards as hockiemack

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  76. I like the Happy Birthday / Feliz Cumpleanos bunting set of 6 cards and envelopes.
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  77. I love the gratitude series cards – the bunting is so cute! Actually I love all the cards – the paper she uses is beautiful!
    jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

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  78. I added the Gratitude series cards as a favorite (JennyBolech)
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  79. I’m following Merry blues on twitter as JennyBolech
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  80. I’m following Merry Blues on facebook as Jenny Bolech
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  81. I’m following on GFC as Jenny
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  82. I’m following Ivy Twines on twitter as JennyBolech
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  83. I liked Ivy Twines on Facebook as Jenny Bolech
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  84. I like the June-December 2010 ConVivere Calendar i o (printed on banana paper)

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  85. I like the Penguin Congratulations cards.

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  86. I follow on GFC

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  87. love the banana paper "merci beaucoup" cards!

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  88. I really like the pairs of spring (memory game) limited edition

    Donna
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  89. I "heart" Happy Birthday / Feliz Cumpleanos bunting set of 6 cards and envelopes on ETSY

    Donna
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    (ETSY username: 2Cats4Me)

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  90. I follow Merry Blues Art on Twitter as 2Cats2See

    Donna
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  91. I "like" Merry Blues Art on facebook

    Donna Hufman Warrington
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  92. I follow your blog

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  93. I follow you on Twitter as 2Cats2See

    Donna
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  94. I "like" Ivy Twines on facebook

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  95. I love the Extra Baggage card set!
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  96. I follow merrybluesart on twitter, username slowclublover.

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  97. I follow theivytwines on twitter, username slowclublover.

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  98. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/slowclublover/status/16665245824

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  99. I like the pairs of summer memory game
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  100. I favorited the pair of summer memory game
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  101. following merry blues art on twitter-jblanton41

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  102. following your blog
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  103. following on twitter-jblanton41

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  104. I love the Congratulations baby mini cards.
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  105. Marked an item as "favorite" at Merry Blues Art. (username kendylann)
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  106. FB fan of Ivy Twines (Kendyl S.)
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  107. FB fan of Merry Blues Art (Kendyl S.)
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  108. Following via GFC (username "K" with picture of a dandelion)
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  109. Following via Google,
    I love the memory games sets and would like to own them all! Montessori classrooms would go NUTS for those!

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  110. I like the pairs of winter (memory game) limited edition thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  111. I subscribe thanks for the chance

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  112. I like the Thank You (set of 6 cards printed on banana paper). dramaqueensmum@gmail.com

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  113. I follow your blog. dramaqueensmum@gmail.com

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  114. My favorite is the Merci Beaucoup set of cards! peanut[at]nyc.rr.com

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  115. I follow via Google Friends Connect!

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  116. Love the Happy Birthday bunting cards, so colorful! tylerpants{at}gmail.com

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  117. I'm a follower. tylerpants{at}gmail.com

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