Posted in Cards

Fall Cards!

Hello again crafty friends! It’s finally fall around here (at least the Great Pumpkin Spice says so), and a few weeks ago I made some fall cards for some friends of mine. I waited to post so that I didn’t spoil them if they happened to see them online before receiving them.  Ultimately, I was really happy with how they turned out:

Happy Fall Card 1

I designed these cards in Design Space and used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out the various pieces.  For the line borders and text, I actually had my machine draw them out with a fine tipped marker.  Normally I love handwriting stuff, but I’m such a perfectionist about it that I would probably still be working on them.  I used some photo matte tape to give the leaves and pumpkin shapes some dimension, and added some twine as a finishing touch.

Happy Fall Card 2

Admittedly, they were much more labor-intensive than I originally planned, so I only made four of them, and even that took two days.  Not sure I would do the same thing again, but I’m still happy with the results.

I would love to hear what you think down below in the comments. Cheers, y’all!

Posted in Inks

Kaweco Summer Purple

Kaweco Summer Purple 4

Hello again fellow stationery enthusiasts!  Today, I’m bringing you the last in my brief series of summer ink reviews.  Now that we’re well into September, summer is officially over – but Kaweco’s Summer Purple is going to stay in my everyday rotation for a long time to come.

Kaweco Summer Purple 1
Pen pictured is a Pilot Vanishing Point in Tropical Purple, with a medium nib.
Kaweco Summer Purple 2
Kaweco Summer Purple Ink Swab

This has quickly become one of my favorite purple inks, and I’ve tried a lot of them!  I was hesitant to try it for a while because Kaweco inks have a reputation for being dry, and I really can’t stand dry inks, but I was very happy to find that this ink really isn’t dry, as long as you don’t put it in a dry nib.  I simply love the bright, warm tone of this violet ink.

Kaweco Summer Purple 3

Dry time on this ink is decent, and you can get some really nice shading out of it if you use a wetter nib.  All in all it is a well-behaved, beautiful ink.  I purchased mine from JetPens, which you can find here.  I’d love to hear what you think down in the comments!

Posted in Fountain Pens

Faber-Castell Essentio

Today’s review is the new Faber-Castell Essentio.  While Faber-Castell has been around for quite a long time, they are not as big of a name in the fountain pen community as other staples, like Pilot, Lamy, or Pelikan.  Their low-key hype is a real shame, because in my experience they make terrific pens.  I ordered mine from Goulet Pens, and have been trying it out for the last couple of months.

FC Essentio Review 1

Having owned a Faber-Castell Loom for several years, I had high expectations for the nib, and was hoping that the grip section was designed much better, as that has been my biggest (perhaps only) complaint with the Loom.  I was not disappointed.  This pen is fabulous!

FC Essentio Review 2

The Essentio comes in three colors: black, blue, and rose.  Of course I got the rose one because I have no self-control when it comes to anything rose gold.  It’s simply gorgeous!

FC Essentio Review 3

It is a very long pen, but also very light, and more slender than the Loom.  The cap can post easily and securely, but then the pen is ridiculously long, so I use it unposted.  Aesthetically, I think it’s beautiful for the most part, other than that black band between the section and the body.  It’s advertised as an ink window, but the plastic is so dark I don’t know how anyone could guage ink levels through it.

FC Essentio WS

As for the writing experience, the Essentio has the same great nib quality that Faber-Castell is known for.  It is super smooth, wet enough to make writing a breeze but it’s definitely not a gushing nib.  The grip is more than comfortable for longer writing sessions.

Conclusions: I looooove this pen, and am so happy to have it in my collection and in my daily rotation.  At around $50, it would be reasonable to own multiples in several colors and nib sizes.

I’d love to hear your thoughts!