Saturday, August 23, 2014

NEW Rhonna Designs MAGIC App Sneak Peak video!

You guys!  I'm so excited to share this really QUICK sneak peek of WHAT RD Magic app has to offer!
REady? Set? GO!

We are just waiting for the app's approval for the App Store & then, we'll be shouting it out from the rooftops! But, until then, be sure to get on Instagram & search
 #rdmagic
#rdclues
for more info AND...I'll be putting up a new video with a more in-depth look at WHAT this app does! woohooo! Who's excited? MEEEEE!



Saturday, July 5, 2014

Welcome Summer....

Well, if you haven't figured out yet....clearly, my new blog has become instagram! Instablogging is really more my vibe these days, since I LITERALLY do everything on my phone! and now, with summer...well....I'm afraid you'll need to follow me on Instagram to see what I'm up to!

 Did you SEE THIS? yup! 1 Year birthday of Rhonna Designs App! woohooo! And, if you've on Instagram, you can grab the FREE backgrounds I'm giving away! Like this one, this one...& watch for more!

And...THIS> yup...we had THE most amazing family vacation to celebrate a BUNCH of life changes, goals reached & years of hard work...it was so amazing!



I've been teasing for  a while about a "secret project' I've been working on...and, I've got to say: I"M GIDDY about it! On Instagram, just check out my hashtag: #rdsecretproject to see what I've got going...can you guess?

Ok...for now...ciao! Let's keep on #upliftingandinspiring in the Rhonna Designs community!


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rhonna Designs + Latter Day Home PILLOW collaboration!

I'm so excited to share my latest collaboration with you! Love decorative pillows? How about gilded gold or charcoal designs that uplift and inspire! Yup- Latter-Day Home is all about fresh design & they have 2 of my family oriented designs: "We are family" & "Go & Do"!

Rhonna Designs pillow collaboration with Latter-Day Home

Rhonna Designs pillow collaboration with Latter-Day Home

The thing I LOVE about Latter-Day Home is they offer COOL decor for your home that is faith based. I'm all about surrounding my family w/ uplifting and inspiring AND cool decor! Who says you can't proclaim your faith stylishly!? *wink* 
AND I love what they are all ABOUT
"We strive to create products that feel like they belong in your lovely, eclectic, vibrant home. Designed and handmade by local artisans, every piece produced by Latter-Day Home is a tribute to the good and grand work you are doing within your four walls."



So....I'm doing a give away on my Instagram!  
You just need to do 2 things to enter:
2. Repost the pic below using the hashtag: #RDandLDH 
Rhonna Designs pillow giveaway with Latter-Day Home
These are perfect for Mother's Day gifts, don't you think? I'm so excited about these...the quality, gilded gold, fabric & cute colored zippers rock my world! Hope you join in! 


Friday, April 18, 2014

Because of Him.....Easter week

If you've been following me on Instagram, you've seen the Photo-a-day challenge “Because of Him,” focusing on the hope, healing, and salvation made possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
It all goes along w/ 2 amazing & impressive videos that focus on Easter----the real meaning of Easter. 

I love this! It's ALL possible....because of Him! Here are some of the images I shared on Instagram. Photos & art credit: lds.org & edited w/ my Rhonna Designs app PLUS my photos of flowers/greenery! 


And this is the 2nd video....Starting today You can change your life, because of how 
one day started, 2000 years ago.
Again...chills. I just LOVE these 2 videos, the week to focus on my Savior & the feelings that I've felt of gratitude for Him.
Happy Easter, everyone....we really DO have so much HOPE, JOY, LOVE & PEACE...



Thursday, March 27, 2014

100 cReativity exeRcises

I've blogged about my 100 cReativity exeRcises before, & even shared about the feature a couple of years ago in Digital Somerset issue, but Stampington/Somerset just came out w/ a NEW publication: Digital Inspiration. I'm featured again in this w/ the same article & it still uplifts and inspires me!
Here's an exerpt that I Instagrammed from the magazine: 

"People ask me all the time if I ever get into a creative rut. The answer is 'NO!', because I work my creative muscle every day through my 100 creativity exercises. When I earned my degree in art education, I had a professor who challenged us to hone in on what makes us creative, record these things, & make a list of what will creatively inspire us. I've kept a list for over 15 years & I ended up creating an online workshop that has 100 of my tried-and-true creativity exercises. It's become a habit for me to pull one of my exercises out of my jar every day, which is how I begin any of my creative projects. It really works. I am never in creative ruts...in fact, I've got so many ideas swimming in my brain, it's hard to slow them down!" 

I think the thing that I LOVE about these exercises is that they really work when you use them consistently! I have this jar that I pull a strip of paper (in the kit, you print it out & cut them up so you can put them in any kind of container to house your exercises) & I get to DO something creative every day! I put the one I used in another bowl & just rotate the exercises until I'm done. Then, start again. You might think: 

"Wait. You mean to tell me that after doing these same 100 exercises for years you never get bored?"  

The truth? NOPE! That's the fun part. Even though I've done these exercises before, I get creative in how I do them again! 

For instance: #86 of my exercises is: 
'Write a mission statement. a mantra. live by it.'

Since I've been doing this for many years, I've been able to hone in on what my mission statement truly is. I've gone from 'Enjoy the Process' 
to 
'Follow My Heart'
 to
 'Savor Every Moment'
 **to name a few** 

& my most recent mission statement is:
"Live With An Abundance Mindset'

Do you see how over the years & over the evolution of the same exercises I'm able to tailor, get creative & really LIVE my mantra? It's been amazing to see how each of these exercises have evolved ME, as an artist/creator, & my creativity! 
But...they won't work unless you DO them & exercise your creative muscle consistently....just like our physical muscle. That's why it's so important to do these exercises every. day!

I truly attribute my ideas & creativity to this habit I've formed. I'm forever grateful for a college professor that really taught me this! and, of course, for God whom I believe blesses us with ALL our creative ideas. They are His & He gives them to us...it's up to US what we do with them!
What will YOU do with your creativity? I hope you'll exercise it! *grin*



Saturday, March 1, 2014

March Cancer Cutie Awareness: P.S. I Adore You

Happy March! This month, I'm honored to help out P.S. I Adore You with the fight against childhood cancer.


GO HERE to donate EVERY PENNY to help out Bethany..& every purchase you make they also donate a percentage!
So, this month, let me introduce you to Bethany! She's a fighter. She's a brave girl. She's amazing! 


Read her mom's words to be #upliftedandinspired:

Written by Jonette Wells (Bethany’s Mother)

On January 23rd,16-year-old Bethany went to a routine Dr.'s appointment.  Two hours later, after blood work and an x-ray, we were sitting in Kneaders having dinner when the phone rang.  It was 7 p.m.  Not good news.  Hodgkin Lymphoma - a large cancerous mass behind Bethany’s sternum.  I looked at her - a typical teenager - large blue eyes, long eyelashes she is always complimented on, thick hair she has been growing out for over 3 years, delicate fingers that are perfect for playing her harp and creating the art she loves.  Bethany, who is sensitive to other’s suffering, who just started a job as a private aide to an autistic boy, who always strives for excellence in school and in every endeavor.  

The next day we were up at Primary Children's Hospital in the oncology ward talking about Hodgkin Lymphoma, Stage II B. Tears and sleepless nights followed, and an overwhelming grief over the abrupt change of "life as Bethany (and each of us) knew it" and the fear of the unknown road ahead.  It was too sudden to process.  One day you're on one side of the door; the next day, you're on the other.  And when CANCER happens, it happens to the whole family.

Bethany’s family includes her mother, a single-mom completing her last class in communications disorders and a speech teacher in the Alpine School District, her older sister Laurel (20) who is home from college and awaiting her March 18th MTC date, with a call to Puebla Mexico, her younger brother (13) who loves soccer and hockey, her grandparents who live with her, and her dad and extended family in Seattle.

A blur of appointments, consultations, tests and procedures followed the initial consultation.  Friday, January 23, Bethany returned to PCH for four surgical procedures: the placement of a port, a lymph node removal for a biopsy, a bone marrow aspiration and bone marrow biopsy in each hip.  Her sister Laurel stayed by Bethany's and my side for the 14-hour hospital stay.  It was traumatic - the environment, seeing her sister pre- and post-op, trying to absorb the reality of this all.  Recovery followed for a week at home.

And now today, we walked through the familiar lobby and up to the 4th floor. Oncology.  Cancer.  The words still seem unreal.  Washed and disinfected, we were admitted into the inpatient ward.  I sit here watching as the first chemotherapy drug is being administered - Vincristine.  Today, her regimen is 6 powerful toxins, toxic enough that the nurse is draped in blue plastic with purple gloves.  Bethany looks so healthy - a pink tint on her cheeks, long eyelashes and hair, a coordinating outfit -- she looks like she's going off to a day at High School. 

Only this isn’t High School.  This is a battlefield.  For Bethany, who returned to High School for only one day, the oh so common angst of others students - whether they have a date for the upcoming dance or whether they were having a bad-hair day -- seemed trivial.  No longer just a high school student, Bethany is beginning an education of another form.  Life behind that door.

Bethany will do four cycles of chemotherapy, possibly more.  Radiation may follow.  We don’t know the long-range plan yet.  For all of us, this is just the beginning.  We are on the other side of the door. But that other side is not all fear and darkness and pain.  There is light -- the light of other cancer patients and their families, the light of family and friends who willingly go through that door with you, the light of compassionate medical personnel, and a host of other supporters. What is unknown to you, until you have to walk through that door, is that on the other side is a community.  A community bound by a common thread - cancer.  Hope, spirit, bravery, and knowledge reside there.  And now Bethany has become one of the brave, or as her dear friend, Trish Howard, (who is fighting her own Hodgkin battle) says, you are one of the SURVIVORS.  For every day you battle this disease, you are a survivor.


My heart goes out to Bethany & her amazing family. I have a 16 year old daughter, so I can only imagine how difficult this must be. But, I LOVE how Jonette said it: 
THERE IS LIGHT! 
And WE can be that light by joining in the fight against childhood cancer! Run on over to PS I ADORE YOU & sign up for their newsletter so you can be in the 'know' for their items for sale. EVERY PENNY you donate HERE will go to Bethany's family for the entire month of March since she is March's #cancercutie. And every purchase you make,  a percentage goes to her family as well.
Spread the word. 
Donate. 
Shop. 
Pray. 
Support.

thank you...from the bottom of my heart.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Newest Update: v 1.8 (iPhones) & v1.3.2 (Android)


It's here! the latest update in my Rhonna Designs App! woohoo!


We've got a NEW browse feature!
new designer fonts 
(for commercial license info see HERE.)
new sticker pack 
(Spring Circus, Glittered Up, Vintage Tags & Quatre Foil tags!)
&.....
SEE it all in this video tutorial plus a little creative process!
ENJOY!


Plus, other super cool news: Amazon is now carrying our Android version! It's the same as in the Google Play Store, but it's for Amazon products like your Kindle Fire! Awesome, huh? Have fun!

***NOTE: Android version won't have the colored stickers built into the app for a little bit.  Please be patient as our wonderful app developers build this fabulous feature into the Android App. For questions & support for the Android app, please contact bryan@niftybytes.com  Thanks!