I'm thrilled to announce that I will be a guest on Creative Live this Dec. 12th during Kari Chapin's class called Fast Start Your Paper Goods Business. If you watch it live is free. If you don't have time to watch it during the live broadcast you can order it for a very reasonable price during and after the broadcast. Check out all the details and RSVP here.
Use the discount code merry (make sure it's all lowercase and input in the gray Shopping Cart link) to get a 20% discount on your entire A Little Hut order until Dec. 14th!
Have a great week and see you Friday!
The Thanksgiving holiday break is over and I hope the merry-go-round of illnesses we've had at home is too! I would've posted this sooner but fever and other 'lovely' symptoms kept me away from any work related activities.
So here it is... I gave a peek about this about a week ago on Instagram. It's a small token of my appreciation for all your support throughout the year. I hope you enjoy using it with your families and loved ones.
Use the wreath square as a box cover or frame it along as 3D art. ;)
I'm keeping this short and sweet because I'm still in recovery mode.
Have a great week everyone!
Have a great week everyone!
I'm just popping in really quickly to wish everyone a happy thanksgiving! For those of you that celebrate this holiday I wish you the best of times with your families. For those of you that don't have a great week and maybe join us in being grateful for everything we have. It's always nice to stop and realize how lucky we are isn't it?
I will have a small shop update next weekend so stay tuned!
So here we are. Finally!
There is a serious virus that is knocking people down all around here. It kicked me pretty good and I had to lay low for several days including a weekend in bed. Yuck. Happily all is well now so I can get back on track.
I'm pretty proud of all the projects that I come up with but sometimes there are some designs that are more true to my core design instincts which makes them extra special—this All Seasons Wreaths is definitely one of them (promo code: thankyou -- look on the home page for details).
I started with the Winter wreath. I didn't want it to become another Wreath Gift Set so I kept thinking I needed something else to make it stand out. That's when the idea of seasons popped into mind. I like adding versatility to my designs whenever possible and that's why I made these easy to use as artwork or as gift boxes. The photos don't show examples but I've also included a file where all four wreaths have the shapes completely cut out (no 3D lifted pieces) which can be used for gift tags, cards or frameable artwork.
Keep in mind that as with all paper projects color is a big deal too. Look at how different an all white design looks with or without color! Big difference, right? I like both—depends on where and how it's going to be used. Keep in mind that the completely white version would look amazing inside a shadow box with a colored background. Do you see it?
Last but not least I decided to play around with patterns inspired by the wreath designs themselves. I don't have any immediate plans for these right now—unfortunately.
I still have unfulfilled dreams of having my own fabric and paper goods collections. Another one is for my box designs to be produced by a manufacturer so that people that don't have cutting machines can enjoy them too. All in good time. For now I'm putting together some pitches and we'll see what happens. No telling what the future will hold!
I haven't made a paper quilt in quite a long time so I corrected that this week. I confess that this had a lot to do with the fact that I was so sick and tired of the framed piece we have on our mantle. It had been there forever and I needed something new — a paper quilt came to mind. Since it's fall themed it'll force me to make something new for the holiday season too (kind of like 'tricking' myself into doing something - ha!).
And you know I have to show you an all white version. For those of you that know me long enough know that working with white paper is one of my favorite things to do. Picture your wall color showing through each design (a bit brighter though since our gray weather gave me some darkish photos).
Which do you prefer — color or all white?
I'm always surprised how some of my sketches (messy ones—which is basically why I rarely show them) end up being exactly what I had in mind and others change completely. I never know what I'm going to end up with and that's part of the fun. I like these types of projects because of the challenges — the illustrations need to be simple, can still stand on their own or work with the other images around them.
How do use this set?
- Use it for gift boxes. Some designs can make it past fall and Thanksgiving—like the apples, flower, acorn and leaves.
- Change it up—what about dark frames?
- Frame it! — use the artwork in drop shadow box (I really like the Ikea Ribba frames) or cut out the designs and use as flat designs.
- Make cards and gift tags with the artwork.
You can buy the Fall Paper Quilt in the shop here.
It will be FREE (a super deal since it's a $9.99 value!) until Saturday, Sept. 20th with a $9.98 or higher order (coupon code: thankyou).
Have a great start to the week!
A few weeks ago the Global Talent Search started again and even though I signed up to participate I decided that I wasn't going to have enough time to put in the amount work needed. The deadline for the first round was right after we got back from our vacation and spending time with my family was what I really needed.
The first assignment was about terrariums. It reminded me of some work I made in the spring and it inspired new graphics (sketches I had from a trip to the nursery). It was one of those projects that slowly morphed into something I didn't expect. I worked on the graphics first and then decided they'd work on the wall. I stayed with greens but I can imagine these working well with so many other colors—blues, oranges, yellows—any color that matches your decor.
It's hard to tell but the dark background colors in the top and bottom pieces and the green on the right side of the middle piece are all recessed pieces of paper (similar to what I did with my Forest Shadows piece).
I love my new little corner!
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The Terrarium Inspiration collection of SVG files is FREE in my shop with a purchase of $9.98 or higher with the code thankyou until September 14th.