February 9th, 2011
Okay I know its been more than a year that I’ve done one of these. But I now subscribe to so many awesome craft blogs, that It should be easy for me (ha!). With the new blog design (what do you think??) I’ve decided to be a little bit more pro-active about my blog. Its been like 15th priority in my life, but I really love updating it, I just never make time for it. So I’m going to steal 30 minutes here and there to keep it updated. An easy way to do this is to celebrate other craft bloggers!
So without further ado… I LOVE cards. I think they are the perfect simple and quick craft. I subscribe to this cute little blog called Note To Self (isn’t that the cutest name??). Lindsay’s cards are adorable but not over-done. She has a great knack for balancing designs and elements but still keeping it simple and sweet. I’m super inspired by her work, so I’ll share a few quick images with you. Check Note To Self out when you have a chance!
How can you do wrong with a big red bow???
And this one is made with MY Fine & Dandy line from MME. Love the flower!I love anything made with Kraft paper. Add some black and butterflies and you’ve got awesomeness.
I love these Christmas trees. I wonder if she cut them by hand? I definitely see an SVG cut file in my future… good thing Christmas is still a long way off!
Thanks Lindsay for all your beautiful inspiration! I hope the rest of you feel inspired to make some cards, or at least do something crafty today!
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April 5th, 2010
Okay, I know I have not done a Blog of the Week in MONTHS, but I’ve been meaning to share my dear friend Deena Rutter’s blog with you for awhile now. Deena is an amazing artist and designer. She also designs paper and digital scrapbooking supplies and fabric — ooh and she’s even done a couple Cricut Cartridges!. In fact she and I just finished designing a paper line for My Mind’s Eye called So Sophie! In addition to all that crazy designing, she makes some pretty cute crafts and projects and shares them on her blog. If that’s not enough reason to visit her blog, she’s also doing an insanely huge giveaway with a smattering of paper, fabric, digital, and those cricut cartridges!
She’s definitely been busy! I also wanted to do a quick interview with her so you can learn more about her and what she’s up to. So without further ado, here’s Deena!
What is your favorite color? O, how I love color. A deep burnt red seems to have stayed my favorite for quite some time now…
Is there a color that you don’t like to design with? probably black. I always would rather use a really dark brown.
What is your favorite thing to doodle? Well, if I open up my MANY notebooks ( I collect them and switch between them all way too much), I see lots of swirls! I also see lots of plans for new ideas for designs and projects. I am actually a much better listener when I am doodling, so don’t be offended if you see me with a head in my notebook while you are trying to talk to me. Just know I am absorbing everything you say.
How long have you been designing? Officially I have been selling something that I have designed for about 15 years. I started making wallhangings with uplifting thoughts, to hand-painted notecards, then to hand-painted children’s frames. Stickers, cricut cartridges, and paper collections came next.
Did you want to be an artist when you grew up? Oh yes. Luckily my parents didn’t mind me putting thumb tacks all over my walls with characters I had drawn. I would have about 50 different drawings up in my room all at once.
What is the most fun project you’ve had? The most fun project I have had was probably Abbey Road for My Mind’s Eye. They gave me so much creative freedom with it. That made the designing really come together so easily.
If you could give one piece of advice to people trying to make it as a designer, what would it be? Take risks and don’t be afraid to get out there. The only reason I get to have this amazing job is because I took one little risk at a time and I tried to improve myself with each step. Also, be inspired by the world around you. There is enough creativity in the world to go around.
What is something that you try and teach your kids about creativity? There are so many ways to be creative. It took me a while to realize that my husband, a hard core science guy, was actually really creative at his job. He has to really open up his mind to think of all the possibilities. Whatever my children are interested in, I want them to be innovative and creative. I don’t compare my children with one another, so I point out specifics when I notice their unique creativity. I am trying to give my children a framework, and then let them create their own unique worlds.
Do you design on paper first or only on the computer? This one depends on the project. Sometimes I want a really clean line (like the bird in Happier) so I will design it right in Illustrator. But other times I want a hand drawn, right off the paper look (like the cutest little Halloween Collection I have coming out later this summer).
Thanks Deena! I’ve seen the Halloween collection and it’s to die for! Here are a few crafty projects from Deena:
January 14th, 2010
If you haven’t checked out Design House Digital because you’re not a scrapbooker, you’re missing out on all the great projects you can make with digital kits that are not scrapbook related. There are some very crafty ladies who are posting fun printable projects and tutorials on the DHD blog, and they are too awesome not to share!
You must see this fun tutorial on decorating a cake:
And if you’ve got a party coming up, consider printing digital designs on transfer paper to make T-shirts:
And if that all is WAY TOO Crafty for you, Melissa Esplin has come out with some beautiful blog kits to help you beautify and customize your blog:
We’re constantly updating the DHD blog with fun project ideas, inspiration and tutorials, for scrappers and non-scrappers so be sure to check it out!
July 6th, 2009
For those of you who are fans of My Mind’s Eye, they have just recently started a blog! Its very awesome and has tons of projects like this beautiful canvas designed by Amber Packer:
It also is featuring MME CHA Summer Sneak Peaks! You know you want to see these. Such beautiful lines! Here are just a few of my favorites:
Abbey Road (Deena Rutter)
Ooh La La (Zoe Pearn)
Boo To You
There are tons more sneak peaks on the MME blog, and they should be all popping up at your local scrapbook store in July!
May 29th, 2009
I’m really excited about a new digital designer’s blog that is part of Two Peas in a Bucket! Its basically a place that all the Two Peas designers can go to share info, sneak peaks, contests, challeneges, the works! I posted a little blurb about me (with the above photo) and there are some other introductions to designers as well as a give-away for one of Carina’s new kits!
Anyway, check it out if you have a minute!
Oh and to decorate my photo I used: Rhinestone Bling Kit, Organic Grunge Masks, The white grunge border is going to be released this week as part of Urban Chic Boutique , and the crocheted border will be released next week! Keep your eyes peeled on my store!