The original creator and designer of the Strawberry Shortcake character was Barbi Sargent while she was a contracted freelance artist for American Greetings. The character first appeared on a Laurel Greeting card in 1973, holding a daisy. The character was simply called “Girl with a Daisy” at the time. In July 1977, Barbi Sargent received an assignment which was completed in early July 1977 and that she tendered to American Greetings on July 7 that year, four (4) “leader cards” depicting the “Strawberry Shortcake” character in full color. (Leader cards are used by AG for consumer test purposes. ) It was Rex Conner who requested Barbi to create 4 cards with a “berryish” outfit for the Mega Test Market. The first time the public saw Strawberry Shortcake in her new outfit with her pink cat, Custard, was in that national test. There was a very positive response by the public once the leader cards were released. In May 1983, copyrights to Strawberry Shortcake were granted to Barbi Sargent from American Greetings Corporation. Later on Barbi returned the copyrights to American Greetings so that they could continue with the success of the Strawberry Shortcake franchise.
Coloring Away Your Stress and Anxiety: Rather than a fad, the surge in interest for adult coloring is more like a realization of how beneficial and enjoyable this hobby can be for adults across the board. For years, researchers have uncovered the benefits of art related enterprises as they relate to therapy for distressed and anxious individuals. Similarly, and more related to the stressed and overworked individual today, coloring an intricate design or an inspirational message can act as a soothing and therapeutic release for the individual partaking in the activity.
Well, kids have various preferences. At a certain age, they start to explore their creative side. The best method to calm and lull the children to sleep is storytime. It helps both kids and grownups relax.
Thanksgiving Day has a special place for little children. Because people send many thanksgiving letters to their family members, friends and loved ones, there are also special cards available only for small children and kids for allowing them to write thanks to their loved ones in their own way. These are called as the Thanksgiving coloring pages. People send in thanksgiving coloring pictures too. These cards are available in all the books and gift shops. These cards consist of very simple drawings of a Father, Mother, Sister and Brother or a Family as a whole. What makes these cards more interesting is the fact that they are mere drawings and the kids are given coloring materials to color these drawings and write their own Thanksgiving message for their family members and friends. This a fun activity for the kids as they are busy engrossed with their coloring books while the parents can cook the thanksgiving dinner peacefully. There are specific but simple instructions on these pages and cards that allows the children to properly color the required drawings given on the pages. Also there are blank pages provided for the children where they can draw their own drawing and color them accordingly.
Children who have a strong and active imagination possess a powerful tool that will serve them well throughout their lives. Coloring books and coloring pages are a terrific tool for getting started in accomplishing this task. This is because such coloring pages develop and encourage the creativity lying latent in the child. Children are able to imagine how a picture might look in different color combinations, and this simple act has the power to create a strong and flexible mind.