Plane and Simple Stamp Set | Lawn Fawn

I finally got to play with some of my Lawn Fawn goodies!

As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I purchased and received my newest Lawn Fawn goodies on the 22nd but only got to play with them this weekend.

Not going to lie, I didn’t have a specific vision or idea for this card. I was winging it and I was only attached to the idea of ink blending and a sky background. First I cut some cloud masks with an older set called Lawn Fawn Spring Showers die (which has a matching stamp set too!).

Side bar: do any of you have the nifty My Favorite Things Cloud stencil? I passed on it first glance when it came out and I totally regret not snagging it when I had the chance! Many places have sold out and are back-ordered.

But back to this card…I placed the cloud masks randomly on my card front. I used an ink blending tool and used three Lawn Fawn inks : Minty Green, Merman, and Mermaid. It wasn’t the look I was envisioning in my mind, so I re-positioned those masks and did another layer of ink blending. I would recommend cutting out several cloud masks because if you are a bit heavy handed like myself, the masks get bent and come up from your card after prolonged blending.

LF Cloud Masking

I wanted to utilize the Lift the Flap dies to reveal the sentiment so I did my best (impatiently) to center the die and ran it through my Big Shot. One thing I’d advise is to use your bone folder to make the crease even, I was getting a bit of bulging originally when I was bending back the flap, so something to be aware of if you don’t use a bone folder tool.

I took another cardstock panel and did similar cloud mask ink blending. Using strong double-sided adhesive tape, I adhered the pieces together.

The flap die I used is the biggest one from the set and could be used to hide/reveal a traditional gift card. The Plane and Simple set is so cute and now I think I’ll add the coordinating dies to my wish list because I tried cutting out that heart smoke trail and I gave up!

I stamped one of the airplane stamps from the set and this is where I regret not getting the coordinating dies! I fussy cut and used a marker on the edges to sharpen the image a little bit. For some added interest, I used the same cloud dies and cut more clouds from vellum and Lawn Fawn’s Watercolor Wishes paper pad. I used foam dots to add some dimension to the clouds and plane.

LF Plane and Simple 1

LF Plane and Simple 2

On the inside, I chose that sentiment, “The sky’s the limit” and stamped some hearts in Manatee ink. To finish my card, I added some Doodlebugs sequins that matched the inks I’ve used.

LF Interior sentiment

Have you perfected the ink blending sky background? Any tips or suggestions?

Supplies Used

  • Lawn Fawn Plane and Simple stamp set
  • Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes 6×6 paper pad
  • Lawn Fawn mini ink cubes in: Mermaid, Manatee and Merman
  • Lawn Fawn Minty Fresh ink
  • Lawn Fawn Spring Showers die cut
  • Simon Says Stamp masking paper
  • Simon Says Stamp vellum
  • Doodlebugs sequins
  • Neenah Solar White 80lb. cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending tools
  • Foam dots

 

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2017 Summer Lawn Fawn Release

You guys…. the newest Lawn Fawn Release came out and I have yet to play with them! The weather is a bit hot, muggy and volatile this Memorial Day weekend, so I am definitely carving out some crafty time!

I wanted to share a quick post of what I’ve purchased starting with the brand new items and then items that are new to me but have been out for quite some time.

I say this each time, but each Lawn Fawn release gets better and better! As a generalization, the crafting industry comes out with products constantly that set the bar higher and higher. Innovative products come out or highly anticipated products come out and we all scramble to purchase them… jokingly I think we all collect and hoard them too!

Anyway, this Lawn Fawn release was packed with such amazing and clever items but I had to narrow it down to the ones I knew would be cost effective for me in the long run. Also, please excuse my photos. When taking these photos, the weather was gray and gross and I just got new lights so still experimenting on how to best take my blog photos.

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Lawn Fawn Extra

PLANE AND SIMPLE

During the sneak peek week, I don’t recall this set being teased out so I was pleasantly surprised seeing it. I really love sky-centered cards and backgrounds so naturally, I was drawn to this set because I imagined the possibilities of ink blending a pretty sky and using those adorable heart-shaped clouds with the optional smiley faces.

Plane and Simple

UPON A STAR

I have been interested in astronomy since I was in 6th grade. I think that’s when I realized that our universe is so much bigger than myself and vast enough we may never know all the secrets. A beautiful starry sky is so calming and centering to me. Crafting wise… I love ink blending and I think using this stamp set would challenge me to perfect my galaxy background technique.

Upon a Star

YOU’RE CLAWSOME

How clever and unique is this set?! I also purchased the die set component for this set since this would be awesome for shaker cards and interactive cards! One of the most memorable inspirational projects from the sneak peek week was how one of the lovely Lawn Fawn Design Team members, Audrey, created a scene straight from Pizza Planet from Toy Story!

You're Clawsome

PUSH HERE

This cute smaller set takes the guesswork out of interactive cards. I had to pick this up for the elaborate cards I send out from time to time.

Push Here

DUN NUH

My favorite animal is the great white shark. I have been collecting shark knick knacks since I was a young teenager and my husband and I have had a sweet tradition of collecting shark-themed items on coastal trips we take. So my rationale for picking out this cute mini set and coordinating die set is a no-brainer.

Duh Nuh

LIFT THE FLAP

This is a die set that I think can be used often because of the interactive piece of hiding a secret message OR even hiding a gift card. I think it’d be fun to use on a shaker card.

Lift the Flap

SIMPLE GIFT CARD SLOTS

This is another die set that I can use often when I give cards and gift cards. I know a lot of people who dislike giving gift cards but I fall into the camp where I default to this for gifts (sorry not sorry). Instead of my card slipping and sliding around in the envelope, these can create a nifty notch to hold it in place!

Simple Gift Card Slot

NEW TO ME

MINTY FRESH INK PAD

This color is so pretty! Not going to lie, I didn’t have a clear cut reason of why I purchased this but it came out from the last release and I felt like this was one product that “got away” ha. It has been sold out multiple times from all the storefronts I frequent so I thought might as well!

Minty Fresh

CARDSTOCK

While Neenah is a tried and true high-quality cardstock, sometimes I feel I need a bit of a different card base for my cards. Real talk, sometimes I hate that my clumsy self can get ink smudges or gunk on my pristine Neenah bases by the end of my crafty session and I feel like darker cardstock could hide some imperfections, amiright?!

I purchased the Storm Cloud and Narwhal cardstock because I love grays and thought it would be a nice neutral.

I also purchased the Rainbow cardstock set, where it has a sample of the original Lawn Fawn colored cardstock. I thought about it the other day that I enjoy a lot of the Lawn Fawn products but never tried their cardstock. Easy fix!

Rainbow Pack

Any products from the release you’ve purchased?

 

Crafty Shout-Outs and Happy Mail

I wanted to write a short and sweet post of all the great HAPPY MAIL I got this week! Not going to lie, the past couple of weeks I was in a funk but the Happy Mail and things falling back into place (was there a full moon or some weird cosmic event the past couple of weeks?!) definitely made this week that much sweeter.

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Just a pile of my Lawn Fawn goodies. Will share more photos in my upcoming haul post! 
  • For those that know the famous Kristina Werner in the cardmaking industry, a lot of her fans (like myself) will research and snag a product she recommends. Recently she recommended a book called Calligraphy Made Easy by Ashley Gardner. What’s awesome is that it can be found on Barnes and Noble and I was able to snag it for less than $10! I’m no calligraphy or lettering expert, but I thought this would be a great book to add to my growing amount of lettering supplies! Click this link to check it out. Another personal fun fact about this book and the author… she lives in a town near Dallas!
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Isn’t the cover of this book so gorgeous?!
  • Giveway from Kari Webster! If you are on Instagram or YouTube, I’d highly recommend following and subscribing to Kari Webster, also known as KwcardDesign. She creates really cool cards and fun tutorials. I was fortunate enough to win some goodies from her during a random giveaway she hosted! I got a new Wink of Stella shimmer pen, Lawn Fawn 6×6 Polka in the Meadow paperpad, and a Technique Tuesday stamp set.

KWCardDesign giveaway

 

  • In relation to the Lawn Fawn release, I re-posted a promotional sale for @Doodlebugswa on Instagram. I wasn’t asked or pressured to do this; I did it because I always enjoy my shopping experience from them and there is free shipping after $20! I was given some goodies because of what I promoted. There wasn’t a list of the brands of the items I received but I am so in love with the patterned paper that was gifted to me and the ombre mini envelopes! Click this link to check out this small but mighty Washington state store!

doodlebugs wa freebies

It’s been a hectic week but my goal is to carve out some time to get a chance to play!

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

 

Encouragement Card | Honey Bee Stamps

Finally! I finally got to play a little bit with some of my goodies from my latest Honey Bee Stamps haul.

Not going to lie, the past couple of weeks have been a little stressful and I feel like I’m finally getting out a temporary funk! I didn’t make this card for anyone specific, but it did act as a bit of a reminder and encouragement to myself to keep up a positive attitude, despite some bumpy and undesirable experiences that have cropped up.

What I did first was stamp several images in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on my card front from the Stick With Me stamp set. I used the Hexagon stencil (not sure this is on sale, but I think I received this as a promotional item during the last big sale) and strategically laid it over the images so that the hexagon framed a majority of the image. I used sponge daubers to messily sponge on ink with Simon Says Stamp Lemon Zest, Hollyhock, Jellybean and Willow. The green and yellow inks were layered for the greenery *(leaves and cacti) and then HollyHock for the stand-alone flowers. I used a couple lightTonic Studios Nuvo alcohol markers to color the leaves (or are they flowers?) above the cacti.

I thought about leaving the card alone but I really wanted to use my FAVORITE sentiment from the Prickly Sentiments stamp set : “Bloom where you are planted”. I love that sentiment so much so, I recently purchased a Mantra Band with the same saying as a daily reminder for myself. A lot has changed and happened since we’ve moved to Texas and despite some surprises and disappointments (I’m the queen of expectations!), I must remind myself to make the best of any situation.

The sentiment surprised me a bit by being a bit longer than I expected, so I had to let it overhang on the card front (which I typically don’t do). I stamped the sentiment in the HollyHock ink on some beautiful Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes paper. I cut a couple more banners in different paper colors from this paper pad and attempted to layer them for added interest.

bloom where you are planted

Real talk, I wasn’t a big fan of cacti and succulents a year ago. Since it’s been so trendy and I’ve seen some awesome projects, this trend has definitely grown on me!

Supplies Used:

Honey Bee Stamps Prickly Sentiments Stamp Set

Honey Bee Stamps Stick With Me Stamp Set

Honey Bee Stamps Hexagon Stencil

Simon Says Stamp inks in: Lemon Zest, HollyHock, Jellybean, and Willow

Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes 6×6 paper pad

Lawn Fawn Sentiment Banners die cuts

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Tonic Studios Nuvo Alcohol-based markers in #449 and $453

DeskGlam Unboxing and First Impression

One day I was scrolling through Instagram and some of the planner accounts I followed were re-posting a “Rep search” for a hot-pink company I’ve never heard of before. I found myself going down a rabbit hole clicking on the associated hashtags before landing on @deskglam’s account.

You can read more about DeskGlam here  but essentially, it’s a subscription box service offering pretty yet productive desk and office supplies. For those that don’t know, I’ve moved from doing bedside nursing to a mostly, desk-bound office job. I’m still getting used to this career transition and I told myself a couple weeks ago “If I’m going to be in an office, I need cute supplies!” that have some personality yet are functional. Surprisingly, a lot of random hospital personnel and nurses end up in my office and I’ve seen a lot of them scanning or touching my office supplies (kind of weird to me, but I digress).  Hopefully if I start finding and accumulating cute supplies, these same people won’t be walking away with my pretty things!

Disclaimer: I purchased this box personally and in no way was I solicited to write this or review this service or product. I just wanted to share in case it was something you personally may be interested in.

What was Advertised

From DeskGlam’s website FAQ itself , a monthly box should consist of products that are worth $60 or more of unique, colorful and inspiring office/work supplies packaged in a bright pink box. One thing I thought was cool was that each month will feature many new “creativepreneurs’” products so it’s not product brands you may necessarily see on the shelves of big stores. Since I’ve been in the crafting community, I realize the importance of supporting small businesses, so this was a fun perk.

How Does it Work and how much?

From the website, you sign up for a monthly subscription (starting at $24.99 plus shipping) or you can just purchase one box like I did. Around the 15th of each month, it should be shipping out or on  your door step! What I’ve learned in some update e-mails and on the website, there are limited spots per month in receiving a box. So you may find that the demand and popularity is pretty big, so you’ll need to be put on a wait list to receive one.

First Impressions

I did receive my May box via USPS and it was indeed a bright, hot pink box! I don’t think this was the fault of DeskGlam, but I noticed that my box was moderately dinged, scuffed, and damaged with a couple of holes. Luckily, my products weren’t damaged so that wasn’t a turn off for me, although the box would have been super cute to re-use. I think because there was a hole in my box, there was the opportunity for some dirt or grime to enter, which I found a couple smudges on a couple of my white products.

All the items were put together neatly in pretty pink tissue paper. At the top of the packaging was a handwritten note from the founder, Cristin. What a nice touch!

Here are the items I’ve received from this month:

  • Light blue nail file
  • Two black and gold dotted cards with white envelopes
  • Four mini erasers of popsicles, an orange, and the word Hot
  • Three bright and cheery binder clips
  • Mini flag banner
  • Blue Poppin mini journal
  • Mechanical pencil with pineapples. Side note: Cute and clever, the only thing that let you know it was a mechanical pencil (instead of a regular pencil) is the lead point!
  • Pen with pineapples
  • Three file folders with different designs (they look handmade)
  • Three colorful tassel paper clips

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It was clear which items were created by which company(ies), but a majority of my box had products from a company called Purposeful Indulgence.

I’m glad I satisfied my curiosity for DeskGlam because the products made me smile and they are much cuter than the normal and plain office supplies you’d typically see. I must not have read too much on the website because I was a bit surprised that some of the products like the file folders appeared hand-made (washi tape or some kind of vinyl design). I could totally be wrong but now that I’ve read that these boxes can showcase independent creativepreneurs, it makes sense there is a handmade component. The website and customer service experience was good and I didn’t have to reach out to them for anything. I don’t think I will continue to subscribing every month due to personal financial reasons. At this point, the shipping costs may be the biggest con for me. Last I’ve checked, it’s about $9.99 and that stacks up with the already $24.99 cost per month. I think I may buy a box (if there’s room on the list since I’ve canceled the monthly option) every other month or once a quarter.

Overall, I’m happy to have supported this company and I hope they succeed! Not going to lie, sometimes I’m a bit critical as a consumer (never want to waste money!) but I didn’t do that with this post because it was their first box and I’m sure the upcoming weeks and months will be an opportunity for feedback and growth. I wish DeskGlam all the best as I think this is an awesome idea and I’m excited to see how this company will grow.

If you’re interested in seeing more, check this company out on Instagram! The IG handle is @deskglam and @purposefulindulgence . DeskGlam’s hashtag is #prettyproductivity, so cute to see more inspiration!

 

 

 

HUGS Card | Concord & 9th

Hello!

Last week was a busy and chaotic week so I’m hoping this week will be a better one. For any nurses who happen to read here, happy belated Nurses Week!

This card was made for one of my work leaders. Without going into details, it seems like 2017 hasn’t been her year so far; it’s like she cannot catch a break! This HUGS card is meant for gratitude for her leadership and kindness as well as encouragement and positivity for the weeks ahead.

The main products I’ve used for this card are from Concord & 9th and Simon Says Stamp inks. Originally from a previous haul, I picked up the Concord & 9th Floral Fill-In Patterned paper not only because of how cute it was, but I’m a sucker for florals, grays, and stripes found in this set. After placing my order, I found out that these cards were specifically made to coordinate with the Floral Fill-In stencils (a type of layering stencils). So I waited until another purchase to get them.

I started off with picking one of the papers, which already had pre-printed flowers and splatters. I layered the first stencil and sponged on three different inks- Twirling Tutu, Rosie Cheeks, and Hollyhock. I was aiming for a messy and organic look, so I haphazardly sponged some flowers or petals more heavy handed than others. The beauty with these stencils is that you don’t have to layer them to get the floral look. I used the second stencil (it is meant for thinner details in the petals) with the darkest ink I chose, Watermelon.

I really could have left the card front as is, but I wanted to help soften the florals (at the time I thought the colors were a bit too bold) so with the same inks and sponge, I tried creating an ombre look with vellum. I felt like the front of the card needed something a bit extra, so I rummaged through my die cuts and found a newer die I haven’t used yet. It’s the My Favorite Things die that reads HUGS. I had the idea that I would die cut this sentiment from more Concord & 9th’s paper. My picture may not be detailed enough but the paper has repeating words of love and happiness. I wanted some dimension but wasn’t feeling the foam tape today so I cut the HUGS word three more times from cheaper cardstock. I glued them together and while I could have left the HUGS word alone (hint, I didn’t), I decided to tie it in with the inks I’ve used. Hence, some more ink sponging  🙂

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As I’ve mentioned, I could have left the card like this. I love the messy and imperfect look

I hope you get a chance to try out these newer Concord & 9th products. I think you can create many looks with the stencils and the innovative paper; I hope they come out with more like these!

Supplies Used

  • Concord & 9th Floral Fill-In Patterned Paper
  • Concord & 9th Floral Fill-In Stencils
  • Simon Says Stamp mini ink cubes: Twirling Tutu, Rosie Cheeks, Hollyhock and Watermelon
  • Neenah Solar White 110lb. cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp vellum
  • Tombow Mono Dots adhesive runner
  • Tim Holtz Mini ink blending tool
  • My Favorite Things Hugs sentiment

Marbled Birthday Card | Waffle Flower and Altenew Ink

This card is probably my most favorite card to make this year! I wanted to make a card for my niece, Gizelle. Her birthday was on May 6th and I didn’t mail this card out to her until this past Monday. It took me awhile to decide what kind of birthday card I wanted to send her.  She has been so supportive of my crafting hobby and she comments on my projects. I know she loves gold foiling and she is very much a fashionista (she runs her own LA-based lifestyle business!) so I thought a marbled theme would be perfect for her!

The main supplies I’ve used today were from a recent haul from Simon Says Stamp.

The main star of this card is the Layered Marble stamp set from Waffle Flower. On the back of the packaging, it has a nice guide of how you can layer the stamp set and gives you a guide of how to layer your inks from lightest to darkest. The guide gave me a good idea of how the set works (looking at the set you would probably be confused as to where to start) but I love that I could decide which image I would use first (the marbled effect is pretty forgiving!).

Not going to lie, I love solid and dark colors. Altenew has gorgeous inks, but I think their best line is of the grays! I primarily used their newest release of grays which are aptly named Silver Stone, Industrial Diamond, Pure Graphite and Limestone. There are previously released gray inks which I also used : Lava Rock, Morning Frost, Moon Rock, and Evening Gray.

I used gray and black gel pens to help fill in random areas. I probably didn’t have to, but I did to help add a little sparkle. In hindsight, I should have probably stamped more of the images to take up more of the white space.

I sprayed some Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Mist. You must let the mist completely dry before using foil and the Minc machine Don’t press the spray too hard as you might get some big splotches I would practice spray away from your project and only spray when you feel comfortable of how much product to spray. On one of the blog posts from Heidi Swapp, it recommended to let the mist dry OVERNIGHT. I probably waited a couple hours only because I sprayed conservatively. I then layered gold foil over the splattered area and ran it through the Minc.

marbled card

 

Weekly Lettering Practice #1 | Tombow Dual Brush Pens

I’ve mentioned in a prior post that I have been interested in lettering and I’ve taken the leap in purchasing some supplies and doing some practice sheets!

I wanted to challenge myself to doing a bit of practice each day, whether it’s a few minutes to do just one practice sheet or reviewing the previous sheets.

Below are pictures of this previous week from Monday, May 1st to Saturday, May 6th.

It has been SO fun!

What I ended up doing was printing off all the practice sheets I was interested in. What I’ve read in various posts is that the quality and type of paper you use with the Tombow Dual Brush pens definitely matters (in terms of end product and then preserving your brush tips!). I purchased Canson Marker paper, which is transparent enough to lay over the printed sheets, as if I’m using it like tracing paper. I used a ruler and a pen to create guide lines, like looseleaf paper (it made me nostalgic for the good old school days) I used the free printable from Tombow (click here). With these lined sheets, I would lay over the practice sheets to be able to trace and practice my muscle memory. For the most part, I would faithfully trace them but then I would try to wing it by free handing.

These free printables (Check out Dawn’s page here)  have been a lot of fun and have been helpful resources. To be honest, as much as I am enjoying the guided practice, I also am open minded to the idea that I will eventually develop my own style and look of lettering. I found myself getting impatient and frustrated I couldn’t perfect a certain letter (for instance, the letter F). So, I had to remind myself to chill out and just have fun. That took a lot of pressure off and in turn, helped silence my inner critic. When I let that inner critic and perfectionist get the best of me, I give up on an endeavor because I get frustrated my end product may not be perfect. I don’t want to give this up because of how fun and challenging it’s been for me to do so far.

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These are the free printable off of By Dawn Nicole Designs website! I printed them off on cheap copy paper and used Canson Marker paper to trace
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This is a free printable off of Tombow’s website. I traced this sheet onto Canson Marker paper and then laid that Canson sheet over the printable obtained from By Dawn Nicole Designs. 
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My first day ever May 1st
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This has been my favorite letter so far! I love this marker: Chinese Red. SO vivid!
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This is the day I decided I would want to keep practicing because of how much fun this was. I have a lot of work to do such as learning how to connect and make letters flow together. This is my attempt at remembering the previous practice sheets!

 

 

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Tying it all together! 

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I’ll keep you posted on the rest of my progress!

Crafty Buys and Supplies | Honey Bee Stamps

This past week, I received my happy mail from Honey Bee Stamps! Last week, Honey Bee Stamps celebrated their two year anniversary of officially being in the crafting marketplace. Last week was a bunch of fun going through the blog hop to see some fun inspirational projects and sneak peeks of the new Birthday Bash releases!

If you don’t know much about the history of Honey Bee Stamps, you should check out this page  to learn a little bit more about the company and about the owner, Melissa. I think Honey Bee Stamps will always hold a piece of my heart not only because of the fun products or stellar customer service, but also where they’re located. As you may know, my husband and I have moved from the Pacific Northwest to Dallas a couple months ago. Where we used to live in Washington state was only an hour or so away from the “hometown” of Honey Bee Stamps. It was just super cool to me that a well-known stamp company was close to where I’ve lived. It’s also nice to know I am helping support a small business in one of my favorite places, the PNW.

I just wanted to put out there that I have purchased from this company several times and each of the occurrences was wonderful! The ease of navigating the website, going through the ordering process, and especially the delivery! The packaging is secure and the handwritten note from Melissa or team is the perfect touch! The quality of the products are phenomenal too, so I’ve never had a problem with cleaning them or stamping them.

The new release was so hard to pick and choose from, because I wanted ALL.THE.THINGS. But, I have the summer release for Lawn Fawn to also save up for (May 18th!) , so I had to be intentional of what I would limit myself to for this release 😉

My round-up:

  • Yippee 2×4 stamp set
  • Yippee coordinating dies. There are 3 dies that can be used to create a layered look of the word ‘Yippee’
  • Stick With Me 4×8 stamp set of cacti, succulent, and pottery
  • Prickly Sentiments 4×6 stamp set
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How fun is the shiny gold shipping envelope? To keep your products organized, they come sealed in this beautiful brown patterned bag
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The one thing I’ve enjoyed about “shopping small” from various craft companies… the handwritten notes! 

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Stick With Me
Stick With Me stamp set
Prickly Sentiments
Prickly Sentiments stamp set. The one sentiment I am SO excited to create with is this encouraging and inspiring “Bloom where you are planted” 

 

As part of this release, the company also gave free shipping for a purchase over $50, a free stencil and a ‘Free Bee’ stamp.

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The free honeycomb stencil and Free Bee stamp as part of this release

There are some other fantastic products from this release that I didn’t place in my cart but really wished I could have! Click here  to be taken to the featured page showing you the other products!

Crafty Buys & Supplies | Tombow Dual Brush Pens and supplies from Dick Blick Art

I went to an elementary school where in second grade, we got to learn D’Nealian handwriting. I have been complimented by others (but I’ve often always disagreed) that I have nice penmanship. So much so, I would get volunteered to be the scribe for projects, demonstrations, and the like at school and at work.

Well, it must have gotten to my head because I want to enhance my penmanship by learning lettering and brush lettering! I have always wanted to learn how to make those beautiful, flowy and intricate flourishes and hand-written embellishments that seem to be trending all over right now!

I decided to be serious about it that I spent quite a bit of time scouring the internet looking for printable practice sheets, information about different and popular supplies, and bloggers and letterers to follow and watch on social media. I’m not an expert and perhaps some of my internet research may be misinformed or contradictory, so I apologize if you are chuckling (or maybe groaning?) over my ignorance on this topic.

I’m following a variety of letterers and calligraphers for inspiration. One artist I am OBSESSING over is Dawn, the creator behind Dawn Nicole Designs . 

I saved some money and purchased the 96 pen set of the Tombow Dual Brush pens from Blick Art Materials. I also purchased recommended paper for these pens, Canson XL Marker paper and Canson XL mixed media. Lastly, I purchased the Tombow Beginner Lettering Set.

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This is a free printable off of the Tombow website. Who doesn’t love to swatch? Ha!

While I know there are many letterers, styles, preferences, theories, etc., I decided to stick to the free printables of Dawn Nicole Design. I have been drawn to her work through Instagram and her lovely website, plus she offers a lot of free and consistent content for her viewers and subscribers. I can always start with her items and progress to experimenting with others. Seriously check her out as a starting point! WARNING: It’s a rabbit hole of fun and informative stuff! I’m seriously hooked and fan-girling 😉

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I found a quote that describes why I craft! This was my first time ever using Tombow Dual Brush pens just to experiment! 

On May 1st I decided to start out the month with a personal challenge! My goal is to do some lettering practice every day of this month! It sounded intimidating to me but I told myself even just 5-15 minutes of practice or experimenting can make a difference.

I will be posting my practice sheet progress in grouped posts to not inundate you with daily posts on this 😉 If you’re a letterer or calligrapher, send me some more tips, inspiration, and learning resources!