Monday, January 15, 2018

Spellbinders January 2018 Blog Hop + Giveaway


Welcome to the Spellbinders January 2018 blog hop! Love is in the air and I cannot wait to share these adorable dies with you! We are sharing dies from a couple of lines today,  Thoughtful Expressions by Marisa Job, and Die D-Lites.


From the D-Lites line, I am using Die D-Lites Love Letter Etched Dies. Its no surprise that this set of dies caught my eye immediately with that adorable envelope die and then the coordinating letter! But, until I cut with the dies, I did not realize just how fantastic this set is!


First off, that envelope! Not only does it cut the envelope, but it also cuts an opening in the back! The opening allows you to slide in the letter image. So clever! The letter image leaves an embossed impression of handwriting. I simply put a pen inside the lines and traced, to bring out the design.

The score lines on the envelope make it easy to assemble the envelope as well. I also found that when I cut the envelope with the patterned paper facing up once and then down to create a second envelope, I was able to show off two different looking envelopes!


The heart images in this set come in 3 different sizes. I used the middle one to cut out these hearts from patterned paper. The perfect way to seal that sweet envelope!


To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to FIVE lucky winners. Please leave a comment on Spellbinders blog by Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced in the blog hop post on Spellbinders blog the following day.

Continue on the blog hop and check out the projects from these amazing designers!

Spellbinders
  Marisa Job
  Yana Smakula
  Kimberly Crawford
  Virginia Lu
  Keeway Tsao
  Amy Kolling
  Elena Salo

Sincerely Yours,

Mail it Monday: thank yous

"There is always, always, always something to be thankful for."

It is already another Mail It Monday! Today is the day to pop a card or two into the mailbox to spread some love to people in your life! Today we are going to chat about thank yous. It is the time of year for thank yous. Time to say thanks for the wonderful gifts, meals, or special events that happened over the holidays. Your thank you note should try and capture the warm feelings and excitement you had when you received your gift (or attended a party, etc.). Your words should bring a smile to the face of the recipient.

That being said, I always struggle with wording my thank you cards. I hate to sound too over-the-top, or worse, sound like I am going through the motions. I started a Pinterest Board for Mail It Monday and I found some wonderful resources and ideas for thank you card wording! YAY! Click here to be taken to the board:
Thank you card structure:
written with words from your heart.

1. Thank you for ________. Insert the gift, the event, etc. Be descriptive.
2. What did you like about the gift or event? How will you use it? How did it make you feel? If a gift card was given, explain how you plan to use it.
3. Closing with another thank you, and what the person means to you, or how the gesture made you feel.

Even if it is a little late, send the thank you card. Always send the thank you card.

For those card-makers looking for a few new thank you products to add to your collection, I have linked up several of my personal favorites down below, both stamps and dies. For those reading this blog post via email, please click through to see this list. 

"Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it all into words is all that is necessary." -Margaret Cousins


Sincerely Yours,

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Hand Lettering: Resources


One of my goals for 2018 is to learn how to hand letter. And from what I read from all your comments, it looks like many of you have the same goal! So, as we take this journey together, I wanted to share a few resources with you, things that I will be using this year. Hopefully we can learn together!

Paper and Pen

First up, actual hand lettering. Old school style. Paper and pen. 
Hands down, the absolute BEST resource I have found is from my friend, Kelly Klapstein. Kelly is the founder and genius behind Kelly Creates. Kelly's practice sheets are fantastic! Not only does she teach you how to letter, but she also teaches you the strokes necessary to create letters. Hand lettering is about strokes, not necessarily the complete letter. Kelly has tons of downloadable worksheets for purchase. She also has an Instagram account that is full of amazing short videos showing her lettering in action. I find watching lettering gives me more confidence when I am creating it on my own.

If you are not into downloading, awesome news, Kelly has a new line of products at Michael's stores! Her worksheets, pens, journals and more are available now! (So crazy happy for her!!)


Digital

How I am spending my time learning hand lettering is a hybrid between old school and modern tech. Since being diagnosed with RA in 2012, my hands and wrists are in pain often, and my medications cause me to shake. Taking what was pretty great handwriting and turning it into yuck. Imagine my elation when I tried out the new iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil! Smooth, easy, and not painful for me when I want to spend more than 5 minutes practicing. As you can see, I added a silicone wrap to my Apple Pencil, making it easier for me to grip!


You can find the grips on Amazon. They come in many colors. This blue one matches my cover. (Affiliate link used)


Where the whole "hybrid" thing comes in, is what you can see in the photo above. After I purchased and downloaded Kelly's practice sheets, I took individual photos of the pages. Then I can upload the images to Procreate. Procreate is the app I use when practicing my hand lettering. By simply adding a new layer, I can practice over and over and over again. Delete the layer and start with a new one. 

I can practice in the car, waiting at the school for pick up, waiting at the pool (because I live there), or anywhere else I can take my iPad. Plus, when the photos are in your iPad, no wi-fi needed.

Procreate is an incredible program and I have barely scratched the surface of its potential. One of the places I am learning about it is from a YouTube and Instagram account called Holly Pixels. I have been a fan of Holly McCaig for years. If you ever got into digital scrapbooking or photo editing, she had some incredible designs. But she is now sharing her beautiful lettering skills. She has many video tutorials, and practice sheets and brushes available for purchase and download. If you go to her website (click the link above) she is offering a FREE online course very soon. Get signed up today! 
ETA: taking the class now and it is awesome! seriously awesome!

One more person that I am a huge fan of their work is Saffron Ave. Her style of brush and calligraphy lettering is lovely. She also offers practice sheets and brushes for purchase and download. 

There you have it, what I am currently using and practicing with for my hand lettering. I will try and update you when I get the chance. Especially if I find more resources that have worked for me! And I hope the road goes both ways, if you find something wonderful, please share with me!


Sincerely Yours,

Monday, January 8, 2018

Mail It Monday: Organization + Free Download

Happy New Year! Happy new logo!
Feel free to grab this image and add it to your blog, or social media page, and share the message of Mail It Monday! Don't forget our hashtag #MailItMonday!

Its the beginning of the year, and I always get excited to start fresh. New planner pages. New calendars. New plans for the next year. New storage. It all makes me giddy! As I continue to work on becoming a card-mailer, not just a card-maker, I wanted a organizational tool to help me keep on top of birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. I created this perpetual calendar and decided that I would share it with all of you! It is a FREE download. Simply click the link below and you will be able to download the calendar and use it to help remind you to send cards!


The best part about this downloadable PDF is that you can choose the size when you print it! The basic calendar is a standard 8.5x11" size. But you can print 2 to a page, or even 4! The 2 per page size fits perfectly in my A5 planner. The 4 per page size is the same size as an A2 card. Such useful sizes for us paper crafters. Find the one that works for you the best.

Keep in mind as you use these to fit your planners or binders, double check the measurements. I did find that I needed to trim a bit of my paper off to fit the A5 planner. Especially when I punched the pages to fit inside.

The pages are designed to be plain, but I did that for a reason. I wanted the pages to be personalized. This way you can stamp, use stickers, die cuts, doodle, or whatever! I grabbed a favorite old snowflake stamp set for my January page. You could print these calendar pages on card stock for a more study page. Or even laminate them! Endless possibilities! (my favorite)

Each page has a different quote about sending mail, or writing letters, along with the new Mail It Monday logo. I found each of these quotes inspiring and definitely encouragement to continue to mail those cards!

I hope you find this calendar useful and encouraging!

Sincerely Yours,

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Envelope Envy - back in stock!


I have wonderful news! For those who have been waiting, thanks for being so patient,
  Envelope Envy is now back in stock at PapertreyInk.com! Time to start the new year off with envelopes as lovely as the cards inside! 

Sincerely Yours,

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Winner! Season's Givings Blog Hop

Thank you to everyone who commented! Thank you for all the new followers! Thank you for all the wonderful comments! Thank you for sharing with me! Every comment made me smile. I just love being a part of this industry! I am one lucky girl!!

And now for the winner... Please email me at the address listed on the right side of my blog. You have 24 hours to respond (from the time this post goes live), before I pick a new winner. Congratulations!

Patricia said...
I would too also love to learn more about water coloring! Happy New Year!

Sincerely Yours,

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Season's Givings Blog Hop 2017 Giveaway

This contest is now closed. Thank you to all who entered! The winner will be announced shortly on a separate blog post. Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I wish you and yours all the best for 2018!!!!!!

This blog hop is one of my most favorite all year! Companies and designers coming together to have a massive giveaway! Each person in this hop has a prize. Its a way of saying thanks. A small token of our appreciation. We love sharing our work, ideas, inspiration, projects, and a part of ourselves and our families with you. Without wonderful people like you, our jobs would not exist! 



















Kimberly Crawford *you are here














































2017 was a different year for me! A big change happened and I could not say thank you enough! This year I began designing kits for Papertrey Ink with my new line, Sincerely Yours. What a change to be on the "other side" of the industry! Designing stamps, dies, papers, and curating some amazing new products, has been a dream come true! Its been a ton of hard work. A ton of learning. And one fun challenge!

Modern + Marbled

My very first kit was, Modern + Marbled. What I love about this kit is the stamp image that creates the marble look, in one impression! With all the amazing mediums out there, creating beautiful marbled backgrounds is a snap! The kit also contains dies, envelopes, gorgeous gold leafing, and exclusive custom faux wax seals! I could not be prouder of my initial kit! For more information click here: Modern + Marbled Introduction


Envelope Envy

Envelope Envy launched this fall and no longer will your envelopes need to be plain and boring! This kit includes stamps, dies, sticker papers, and stencils, to help you create beautiful envelopes for your beautiful handmade cards! I have more video tutorials coming up in the new year with this kit, so stay tuned! For more information click here: Envelope Envy Introduction

The Sincerely Yours line will continue to grow in 2018 and I know you will love what you see!



The other exciting happening this past year was the launch of Mail It Monday! Each Monday, I post on social media, and on my blog, to remind you, to encourage you, to inspire you, to mail those beautiful handmade cards! I am personally guilty about not mailing cards. I need the push myself and from the AMAZING response, you all needed the help too!

Mail it Monday is for everyone to participate in! Feel free to use the hashtag #MailitMonday on any of your social media posts. Or simply, follow along, and allow the reminders to get you outside to the mailbox. 

In 2018, Mail It Monday has SO much in store! First, the new logo. More on that soon. Second, more guests. Third, organization. (Stay tuned because on January 8, I have a free download you WILL NOT want to miss!) Fourth, inspiration and encouragement. I have more ideas than Mondays! :D

Giveaway:
Time to get to what you are here for!!! The prize!!!


I have a $25 gift card to PapertreyInk.com for the winner!

For a chance to win the $25 Papertrey Ink gift card, leave a comment on THIS post telling me a technique or skill you would like to learn this year. You have until Tuesday, January 2 at 10 PM CST to leave a comment.
The winner will be announced on January 3, sometime during the day. Please check back for my blog post. If the winner does not email me within 24 hours, I will draw a new name. This contest is open to all commenters, international people are welcome! Best of luck!

Sincerely Yours,



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