BESOTTED BRAND NEW OFFERINGS!

WREATH_MADEWITHLOVE_Ia_BESOTTED BLOGI am very excited to be adding some new offerings before holiday!  I know from how many times the hand drawn wreaths have been downloaded (a mind boggling amount) that people want a hand drawn wreath in their life so I decided to pair it with Miss Jess’s amazing Jacob Riley font.  I usually don’t disclose the fonts I use in my designs but this is one that I just love and I think may get overlooked in all her beautiful script offerings, you need to own it (and hopefully my stamp), also take a peek at Saltpetre as well!  I think this stamp will be perfect when prepared with your homemade cookie recipe, I made it so it could fit on the large parcel tags where you can write a note to your recipient on the back! I believe it will have a longer life than just holiday so it’s an excellent addition to your stamp arsenal.

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Our postmark stamps have been a favorite since I launched them way back when with my first shop.  I have never done a separate cancellation stamp before but thought it would be a sweet addition to this new offering, I hope you like it as well!  You can always get your own custom postmark stamp here and add your own creative text! I have a few more pieces and a new ink color to reveal but I think in the interim I should be giving away one of the above stamps, don’t you?

Just answer the following question by, Sunday, October 27, 2013:

What is your favorite Christmas/Holiday song?

The winner can choose their fave stamp from above!  I always announce the winners on the bottom of my Monday posts so if you played last week then please check to see if you won the prize has not been claimed yet!

P.S. Mrs. Limestone has unveiled her new Halloween decorations for 2013, it’s out of control creative (as always!)

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they are expecting a baby girl in December (possibly November). Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

TORRIE ASAI FOR BESOTTED BRAND

Made with love torrie asai for besotted brand

I can’t tell you how proud I am to start introducing Torrie Asai for Besotted Brand! Torrie is a new to lettering and by some twist of fate I have ended up becoming a bit of a mentor to her.  I saw that she had not only talent, but drive; what she lacked was confidence in her role as ‘creative’. I believe everyone has the ability to be creative (one of the main motivations behind this here blog), it just manifest itself in different ways for each individual (some people are great cooks, good with computers or numbers, organizing, even getting dressed, etc.  There’s many variations of creative!), it’s recognizing what you are creative at and working on it that will make your gift shine. I honestly can not believe how far she has come from our first correspondence, she’s worked so hard to develop her lettering practice (note she doesn’t even do this for a living!) and it really shows.  I even tapped Torrie to do the lettering for my last branding client, which is where she developed the style we used on this first offering, we call it ‘Sofia’.  We wanted a feminine, modern flowy hand that was still legible and Torrie nailed it.  We have more offerings coming before holidays, but I was just too excited after I received the sample above that I didn’t want to wait!  A huge congrats to Torrie!

Since I am anxious to show her work off I urge you to tweet and pin it, why?  Well, it would be nice to support a fellow creative but also because I will be giving one away of course!  Just answer the following question by Sunday, October 20, 2012:

What are your creative talents?

I will announce the winner next Monday, October 21, 2012.  Good luck!

P.S. I will be back later today with a tutorial on stamping like a pro on the cotton drawstring bags!

P.P.S. Use the code freeship01 to get free shipping on any of the stamps this week!

P.P.P.S. Torrie just turned me on to this new blog by some powerhouse internet celebs, I think you’ll like!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they are expecting a baby girl in December (possibly November). Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

HAND-LETTERED STAMP GIVEAWAY!

hand-lettered stamp besotted brand

Monday’s, I have to say that unlike my former corporate life I truly look forward to them now.  I also love being able to share these Bestowals with you, truth be told, I did have another one scheduled and I still hope to add it here later today.  Michelle and I have been working behind the scenes on a little pet project and I was hoping to have it ready to launch this a.m., but I am so behind.  Let me tell you growing a human takes marathon worthy endurance; to all those that have gone before me you made it look way too easy. Sheesh, if waif Kate Moss could do it, it should be a breeze for me, right?  I get winded standing up, Kate just looks like a waif she obviously is part Hercules. For those of you that carried multiples?!  You should have been awarded the equivalent of a purple heart in the delivery room, I will never look at Octomom the same way. She may be coo coo but what she was able to achieve? Not even going to wrap my weary brain around it.

So back to the bestowal!  I brought back the ‘handmade’ stamp as I have had so many requests for it that it seemed like the right thing to do.  I have been getting requests for hand-lettered sentiments which I have been doing for select clients and thought I should start adding to the shop, they will be limited edition as my lettering evolves I want to update them accordingly. I haven’t added them to the shop yet I need to photograph the samples, but I can tell you that they turned out so good, they stamp beautifully!  I am a serious stickler about my stamps leaving a beautiful impression and it can be very tricky when you are working with such thin lines. I am giving away two of the new stamps of your choice, just answer the following question by Sunday, September 8, 2013:

What is you favorite day of the week and why?

I will announce the winner the following Monday! And the winner of  the Cantoni font giveaway is Suzanna, congrats!

P.S. I also added a new monogram style, I created this one for one of the ladies at Grey Likes Nesting and I loved the way it turned out. I love me some monograms so for this week only use coupon code MONO50 to get 50% off your own custom monogram until September 9th.

P.P.S. There’s still room to join in the lettering fun this Saturday in L.A. and get to meet the very round me, I will be in the a.m. class (the afternoon class has sold out!)

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they are expecting a baby girl in December. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

WELCOME CANTONI!

CANTONI FONT BESOTTED BLOG III think a few of you may have heard of my friend and wedding font superstar Debi Sementelli, no?  She is of the Bellucia font fame (in my humble opinion one of the most beautiful and elegant calligraphy fonts around) and the equally gorgeous Dom loves Mary, both fonts have a very authentic hand to them and are perfect for projects that require a true calligraphy look. Debi always packs her fonts with extra glyphs and illustrations so you are investing in a true creative suite.

Thanks to you (I am sure), Bellucia and Dom loves Mary both shot to the top 10 rankings on my fave font shop and I am hoping that we can do the same for Debi’s latest font Cantoni!  Where do I start on this one? It’s a lot more casual than the previous fonts, perfectly girly (but not too sweet) and I think it works for a myriad of projects such as –Baby showers, Sweet 16′s, holiday cards (they are just around the corner) and anywhere you could use a cheerful calligraphic hand.  It is seriously packed with glyphs–1265 of them to be exact.  Seriously, Debi has worked overtime on this font offering! I think one of my very favorite touches is the inclusion of Roman numerals, who doesn’t love a great Roman numeral?

Like most good fonts when they launch there is an incentive discount and if you get yours soon you can get it for 30% off!  Oh, wait, you are a friend of mine so you get an additional 10% off!  Just use the code besotted at checkout and Cantoni is yours for a steal! Where is my head?  It’s Monday isn’t it?  I like to try to get a good Bestowal in so why don’t we give some Cantoni away?  Just answer the following question by Sunday, September 1, 2013 to enter to win and remember if you feel like really, really helping a fellow creative out spread the word on Debi’s new font, it would be so awesome if we could knock this one into the top 10 too!  What do we get out of it?  More fonts of course! Debi is on a roll and I know she is going to be bringing lots more goodness to us in the near future.

Who is your favorite female fictional character?  If that question is too hard to answer then let us know–

What is the first project you will be using the Cantoni font for if you win?

Good luck!

P.S. If you buy Cantoni this week and end up winning Debi will give you a full refund! This truly is win-win!

P.P.S. The winner of  Molly’s new book Modern Calligraphy is….Ingrid (such a touching story!).  I do have to say I LOVED reading your favorite words to write and everyone (as always) had such thoughtful answers. Molly even emailed me and said she wished she could give a book to everyone that entered, I wholeheartedly concur!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they are expecting a baby girl in December. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

MODERN CALLIGRAPHY BY MOLLY SUBER THORPE REVIEW

modern calligraphy by molly suber thorpe via besotted blog

modern caligraphy by molly suber thorpeNow this is exciting!  I haven’t done a “bestowal” in ages and I am so pleased to launch my first one since arriving on terra firma a.k.a the West Coast and it is such a good one too!  It seems to me that the majority of you that visit here are either interested in lettering, either just because you have an  appreciation for the medium or have a deep desire to try your hand at it (how could you not?  You with the refined eye and exquisite taste?) When I found out that the indomitable Molly Suber Thorpe of Plurabelle Calligraphy fame was going to launch a book entitled Modern Calligraphy I knew that I would be willing to beg, cheat, steal to get my hands on an early copy, once that happened, I had to again beg, cheat, steal so I could get my hands on another copy for you!

Molly’s book will not disappoint if you are a lettering enthusiast and have questions that you feel still need answering (for the modern calligrapher there is a huge need for a resource like this) then you will want to add Modern Calligraphy to your lettering arsenal. At nearly 200 pages she has covered everything from getting started, utilizing different mediums (such as watercolor) to create stunning effects, to an extensive DIY section. Molly also divulges many of her resources (that alone should be well worth the price invested).  My absolute most favorite part of her book are the specimen pages, she could have just published these and made a small fortune.  As a novice to modern calligraphy I am always on the hunt for specimens to reference so I can build on them and hopefully one day create my own distinct style(s). Molly generously has created 14 pages of gorgeous specimens, multiple variations on each letter and in turn unlimited inspiration to try this yourself.  I am thrilled that this book exists and it will be my go-to referral for anyone that contacts me and asks, ‘help!, where do I start?’  You start with Modern Calligraphy that’s where!  The book is set to launch September 24th, which if you are like me seems like forever, I promise it will go by in a flash. I have already pre-ordered multiple copies as gifts and so should you!  If you feel like lady luck may be on your side I am giving away one early copy, to one very lucky individual.  I have been hemming and hawing, chewing my thumb trying to figure out both a good question for you to answer to enter and how to help Miss Molly out; I want her book to get tons of exposure (as it should). What an incredible accomplishment it is to have a book published and one that is so well done deserves to be lavished in kudos and collected by many. Technically, I can not ask you to Pin this, tweet it or anything of the like, but if you find a creative way to get the word out that Modern Calligraphy is coming, do feel free to come back and let us know what you did!

Without further ado, to enter to win please answer the following question in the comments below, I will choose my favorite answer this weekend and contact one individual (a.k.a. the winner) by Monday, August 26, 2013. Good luck!

Why do you need this book before launch date? Please let me know in detail why YOU should have it? 

Bonus question: What is your favorite word to write out and why? 

P.S. mark your calendars, Molly has agreed to an interview and it will be up this Thursday!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they are expecting a baby girl in December. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

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