Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Bitter Sweet Farewell to Prima and A Happy New Beginning!

Hello everyone!


Well I've been putting this post off for some time, because I knew I would be writing it with a heavy heart. Last month I decided that my life and career needed a change, and so I left Prima Marketing in order to start a brand new adventure that ultimately gives me and my family more financial security. We all know how much a I love Prima, and I am so thankful for the past five years. I am forever grateful for the opportunities they have given me, and they will always have a special place in my heart.

So what does all of this mean? Well it means that I will be designing and developing products for a few new brands, and the best part is there will be a lot more product lines in the future by Marion Smith. I am so unbelievably excited to announce that I will be working exclusively with Canvas Corp, 7Gypsies, and Tattered Angels. Together we plan to provide you with some amazing new products that will only feed your Artsy addiction. (I'm just going to apologize to all the husbands out there. This is my disclaimer for the large credit card statements!) 

I really truly feel at home with these new brands, and the whole team is just amazing! I want to thank all of you for sticking by me all of these years and going along for the ride. It's truly been a dream and I am incredibly thankful to all of you for your friendship and support! I also want to extend my thanks to Canvas Corp, 7Gypsies, and Tattered Angels for seeing something in me and understanding my chaotic and creative mind. 

I will be teaching like a mad women this year, so please make sure to sign up for my newsletter to find out where I'll be teaching next. In March I will be touring California the entire month and I will post that schedule at the end of next week. Also if you would like to request a store to teach at please forward me the info marion@apieceofcraft.com. 

Now I would like to invite you all to follow each of the new brands on facebook. Get ready because we have a lot to share and I just know you'll love visiting each brand for that creative inspiration! 

Canvas Corp Facebook

7Gypsies Facebook

Tattered Angels Facebook

Below is a mixed media piece I made to celebrate this new beginning. It is made using products from all 3 brands, and only glimmer mist, no paint! It kind of symbolizes my growth in this industry as I feel I have finally bloomed and found my place. 



Now as always I leave you with question....

What is one of your most favorite products made by each or one of these 3 brands and why?

Thank you all!

xoxo
Marion Smith

37 comments:

KarenK said...

Congrats Marion! Can't wait to see all your new designs! Each company is so very lucky to have you. Favs? Tattered Angels new vintage style paint systems; 7Gypsies - love all their hardware; all the small canvases! Hope you'll come up to Northern California - miss ya up here girly! Hugs!

Tina Campbell said...

congrats Marion on the new venture! You sound excited in your post look forward to what you do next

Maria Garzon said...

I loved your work designing for Prima. I love your style and I will follow you where ever you go...I wish you all the best on your new ventures.

Cherry47 said...

Marion, I am so happy for you. I know your heart was heavy when you left Prima because we all love Prima. But with you still being in the Mixed Media industry makes it all o.k. As for my favorites from the three companies you will be associated with. I love it all but with 7 Gypsies, I love their paper. I love the new paints, well all the paints from Tattered Angels. I don't have anything from the Canvas Corp but with you working with them, I'm sure I will have some soon. Congratulations and know that you are truly blessed.

Sesil Cratin said...

Congrats!!!

britgirl58 said...

Congratulations! Good luck with your new ventures - never look back, right?

Me said...

That is so exciting! I can't wait to see your new designs! I also can't wait to attend another class in your studio! :)

- Willy Wonka ;)

DeeDee said...

You're going to do great! I am excited to see the new things you branch out to do. I love the companies you're moving to, and you're just going to make them better!

Tonya Gibbs - Psycho Mom said...

Marion I'm so happy and proud of you for having the courage to step out on faith and follow your dreams. I wish you the best and can't wait to see your new lines (Oh and to play with them too). My favorites are: The new Paint System Kits from Tattered Angels but my new favorite color of glimmer mist is clam bake oh yeah, can't get enough of that one), 7Gypsies - the metal just LOVE IT ALL, oh and the new sports line oh my goodness I can't wait to get my hands on that one. Canvas Corp - I love all the burlap and canvas products that they make. So many possibilities at your fingertips with those. I am so happy for you and truly wish you the best my friend. Love ya like a sista!

ITZA THOUGHTS said...

Sad to hear your leaving Prima, but so so excited for your new adventure. I mostly will miss your trinket line from Prima but I am so exited to see the new wonderful things you will create. I mostly like the tissue paper and paper stacks from 7g and what is there not to love about tatterd angel. Wow super exiting news and as you put it a bitter sweet end and beggining to your new adventures. best of luck and wishes for you and your lovely family.

ITZA THOUGHTS said...

Sad to hear your leaving Prima, but so so excited for your new adventure. I mostly will miss your trinket line from Prima but I am so exited to see the new wonderful things you will create. I mostly like the tissue paper and paper stacks from 7g and what is there not to love about tatterd angel. Wow super exiting news and as you put it a bitter sweet end and beggining to your new adventures. best of luck and wishes for you and your lovely family.

berlykim37 said...

Congrats to you on your new adventure. Im sad your leaving prima. you will be missed....
Im am looking forward to seeing you bloom bigger than ever.
loves ya girl

Kelly R said...

Congrats!!! So happy for you and thanks for letting us share in this adventure with you. I still miss your tues/thurs live classes. They taught me so much and had lots of fun. Thanks again for all your inspiration. Looking forward to seeing the new life ahead of you.

~Kelly~ said...

Good luck in your new endeavors Marion, I wish you & your family the very best and you as well in your new crafty venture! I do love the tattered angels sprays I have only used a few as I have access to some that are a bit more affordable but I do not know a whole lot about the other brands that you mentioned so I will look forward to learning more about them and getting to see new and upcoming products advertised by you as well. I have to go over and find them on facebook, awesome awesome! Way to go Marion! ~Kelly (Walkelmol)

Danielle said...

Blessings on your new journey...can't wait to see everything!!!

Stephanie said...

CONGRATULATIONS - They are blessed to have you!! Your going to rock their scrappy happiness :)

Cecilia Reyes said...

Congratulations Marion
These companies are awesome and surely you'll come up with amazing designs!

Angela Carter said...

Congratulations Marion. The journey has come so far and you certainly deserve all the wonderful blessings and opportunities that have come your way. I'm so proud to call you a friend.

My fav products from 7 gypsies are their stamps. Absolutely love their gigantic stamp assortments.

My fav product from Tattered Angels has to be their limited edition glimmer mists. I hoard those suckers big time.

My favorite product from Canvas Corp are their burlap canvases. Love the texture.

Congrats again and I can't wait to see your new designs.

roxyf said...

From a little piece of plywood for a table and a mini album to this, congratulations!! I love 7Gypsies paper lines, they really coordinate embellishments and stamps well with them; Glimmer Glam is my favorite from TA; and I'm lovin' the burlap and canvas flowers from Canvas Corp.

Amy524 said...

Marion, I am so happy for you and wish you the best in your new career with 3 awesome companies!!! I know you will be fabulous addition to there teams! Wishing you the very best!!! Oh, and who could possibly pick a favorite, I'm sitting here wondering how I will be able to afford all the stuff I know I'm going to have to have!

Nancy said...

Congrats, Marion! I know that change can be hard, but you have picked 3 awesome companies to grow with. As for my favorites.. Tattered angels, I love their stencils. (Maybe you can help them get sprayers that dont clog). Canvas corp, I love that they have 12x12 sheets of canvas, burlap, etc for "paper" and finally 7G... I have LOVED 7G since they came out! I hoard my 7G as bad as my Prima and Ideaology. I LOVE their ephemera and trinkets. Im excited to see what you design with them! Good luck, Marion! Im so happy for you! xoxo

Joye Meyer said...

Congratulations! Change can be difficult, but sometimes necessary to grow. It will be wonderful to see what you have been working on. Canvas Corp is a new company for me. I will check them out. I have a love/hate relationship with Tattered Angels sprayers. As for their product I love their products. Fav is glam. 7Gypsies is one of my fav companies. Conservatory is my fav line and I love all of their stamps. I was hoping to see another Prima line from you and hopefully we still might?? You will still continue your digital downloads? Your digitals are the best on the market! Much love and blessings!

barbrex1472 said...

Marion I can hardly wait to see all the wonderful things that you will be creating with 7gypsies, I know that they will be wonderful.Congratulations on your joining there team and a bittersweet leaving Prima. I love both of these companies and always will. good luck in everything you do.

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