Tuesday 23 July 2024

Incoming: Pink and White Carnation Shaped Card Sheet

Hello there

Yup, as predicted, things have been hectic here. Hope you have been able to have a chance to breathe/enjoy the season wherever you.

So, though it's midweek, am coming in quickly to touch base, and tell you the tiniest visual story.

About how birthday carnations...

Image is a photo of pin and white carnations
Pink and white carnations Photo by Jim Fernbank.

Led to my quick sketch...

Picture shows a sketchbook page and watercolour sketch of the carnations.
Pink White Watercolour Carnations Sketch

Which, with some added digital love, should be on sale as a full-resolution carnation shaped card sheet very soon (and if the links are clickable when you read this, it already is).

Image is a lo-res picture of a carnaiton card making sheet, showing watercolour sketch carnations
Pink Carnation Shaped Card Sheetavailable to buy in my
Craftsuprint shop

Have hardly had time to catch my breath this week. But hope all's well in your world, and as ever, thank you for being here, and for reading down this far.

Friday 12 July 2024

Thanks So Beary Beary Much Illustration

Image shows watercolour adult and baby bear, and thanks so beary beary much as the message in bright and light-hearted line and wash lettering
Thanks So Beary Beary Much Illustration

Well-what a week.

In so many respects, this has been quite the week. Personally speaking, it's included (broadly, anyway) a birthday, unintentionally elongated celebrations for that (who minds an elongated birthday...yay!)...And some deeply annoying admin stuff that may take up waaaay more time than I'd like over the summer.

All of which is to say, this is why the blog post is a day late, and indeed, why the timing of things may be a little funky generally over the next few weeks. And yet also, why this week gave me so very much for which to be thankful.

The illustration

If you're into the details of how things are made, Sakura Pigma Micron Pens (yup, there's the birthday again) were the starting point, and watercolour markers the finish.

 (And yes, am so delighted with these pens *and* the latest of my trusty Daler Rowney sketchbooks that the links to them are of the affiliate kind. (Meaning that I get a small commission if you choose to buy through this link, but totally understand if that's not your thing).


You're welcome to share (or even click/tap on and download it) if you'd like and there's someone you'd like to thank. Please be sure to keep the watermark if you do though, and be aware that it might be best for internet sharing, and not print resolution. Credit and links back are always appreciated, but never required. (My full "angel" policy on usage here, if you need it).

I'll be popping in as much as possible of the summer. In the meantime, please enjoy yours, and thank you so much, both for being here, and for "bearing" with me :-) .

More soon.


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Thursday 4 July 2024

The Penguins Are Coming...And Why "Christmas in July," is Even a Thing...

Image shows a card front mock-up of a cute watercolour penguin family surrounded by snowflakes and a silver digital glittery edge.
Update on July 9th 2024 Cute "Penguin Family," sheets are available 
now in my Craftsuprint shop

Hello there, and hope you're finding 1001 ways to thrive, whatever is going on for you this summer. (I am aware that as I type, all my lovely USA  readers are probably much more into barbeques and fireworks than this post, so if you're reading this at all in the USA today,  thank you so much.

And yeah, I know. In the intro, I mentioned "summer". So why is this post about *penguin* craft sheets (of which there is a sneak peek above)? Update on July 12th: now available here, and as a shaped card version here.

(Aside from the fact that, as someone will inevitably point out if I don't, July is in fact, very much winter in the Antarctic, where penguins most frequently hang out)?

Once again, (if you've been reading this blog a while) it's the,"Christmas in July," factor.

But this time, let me try and explain it a bit better.

Why have a "Christmas in July", concept at all?

For the longest time, I really thought this was for people who just wanted to be mega-organised, and/or hang out with people they wouldn't see at Christmas (sometimes true) and/or for people who could never get enough of the festivities (sometimes also true).

However, as you may already know if you're a crafter and/or retailer (and if you are, thank you, I see you, and appreciate your being here too :-) ) :

* Crafters need to make items over the summer, so that when autumn and winter craft fairs come around, they have crafts and cards to offer on their stalls, and 

Image shows a watercolour sketch of a Christmas bell, in warm shades of gold, green and Red
Click or tap here for "Christmas Bell and Berry"
designs for crafters and cardmakers 

*Similarly, retailers need to finalise purchasing decisions over the summer (if not before, for some) to have their shops stocked in time for Christmas shoppers, the keenest of whom start sniffing things out in September as well.

Image is a photo of a watercolour bells and berry patterned tote bag, hanging up on pegs.
See this design on tote bags and much more
over at Redbubble...

Hope this helps

So, hope this post helps you, whichever group of people you find yourself in.

And if you still can't get your head round any of this, fear not. I hear you too, and will be back with something more summery next week.

More soon.

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