Catch Up Crafting

Hello again, crafting world! I have neglected my blog for a number of weeks, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t busy working on new projects.  I wanted to share a couple of things I made in the interim:

Let me know if you have any questions about specific projects, I’m happy to share how I made them.

Happy crafting!

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Fancy-Pants Handwriting

A few weeks ago I became obsessed with the brush-lettering effect of calligraphy for use in my various projects. So, I tried it myself:

One of the things I’m most excited to be using this technique for is writing out my favorite quotes. Here, I practiced some that were on my mind (left). Then, I designed my very first quote page (top right), though actually I ended up liking the practice version more. Finally, I lettered some envelopes for cards I gave out this week, and was quite pleased by the results (bottom right).

I want to play more with using watercolor paints and actual brushes to letter, but it’s more of a challenge–I’ll have to practice a lot.

Hope you enjoyed this post, and happy crafting!

Rainbows & Ombrés

This week saw me playing around with some nifty ink blending techniques, emboss-resist, and making my own embossed embellishments:

For the teal card, I used a technique that I had attempted a month or so ago, but I used an embossing ink that was terrible and ended up tossing all of my attempts. Thankfully, I switched over to Versamark, and I so wish I had started with that, it is so much better.

For the colors, I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink minis, which I am growing to love passionately.  They blend beautifully, and combined with heat-embossed images, they look amazing. I’ll definitely be doing more with those in the future.

That’s it for now, folks. Happy crafting!

This Week In Cards

This past week, as per usual, I spent my days off of work cramming in as much crafting time as possible. I ended up making a slew of cards:


I am so proud of these ones in particular, they turned out so well!  To give credit where credit is due, I got the design and technique idea from Jennifer McGuire–check out her versions Here.  It’s kind of hard to tell in the pictures here but they are ombré-shaded ink with a shimmer finish, and dry embossing on the finished paper. I made most of the word embellishments myself, by die-cutting the words then heat embossing them. 

This one was probably my favorite of all of them! (Above)


I loved all of them, and can’t wait to make a bunch for giving away. Let me know in the comments below if you’d like more detailed instructions. Happy crafting!

The Season of Paper Hearts

I’ve been busy cutting and snipping away at Valentine’s Day cards, which is my first official card-making season since I finished school in December. I thought you might like to see a sample of what I’ve been spending all of my free time doing:

Do you like these? Any ideas of your own? I consider myself a novice, so I was so pleased with myself for having tried several new techniques. Please comment down below if you’d like me to share how I made any of these.

*Note to readers: These were all made in the weeks before the arrival of my Cricut, so these were mostly my own freestyling.