We told you It’s On! It most certainly is! We are a few weeks into 2017 and doors are flying open for us. I am believing in the power of positive thinking, I mean I am always pretty positive but I truly believe that it’s on this year, with all my being, try it, those doors may fly open for you too! As Thomas Jefferson said, “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”. True that. Michelle and I have already amped up our already busy, busy schedules so we can ‘get luckier’ and guess what? It’s working! Maybe because I am working like my life depends on it, who knows? But already we have had a Pin go viral, what the what?! Pinners dreams do come true, I took care of some long neglected personal business that I had been dreading (it turned out so much less painful than I imagined), and we have our first class of 2017! Yes!Read More
The year is coming to a close (some would say thankfully) at breakneck speed! We hope you are finding a few minutes of peace and quiet in the midst of all the season’s hustle and bustle. For some reason, even when my to do list is daunting, I always want to infuse a handmade element into my gift giving.
These watercolor gift tags are probably the fastest DIY I’ve ever done (and been happy with). The dipping and painting is a breeze (two swipes on each side with a brush and you are done). Then it’s just a matter of waiting for the tags to dry – 15 to 30 minutes in a warm house. Pop it on a white or kraft bag with a bit of ribbon and you are good to go!
- Quickly dip the very bottom of the tag into a bowl of water.
- Lightly load your brush with paint, and apply pigment to the wet portion of the tag (both sides).
- Place the tag on a plate (I used another paint palette) so the wet portion of the tag can hang over the edge and dry without touching anything that will mess it up.
Shipping Tags -I picked mine up at Staples, but these are similar.
The post title may seem a bit ambitious, but we always like to share what we have learned, especially since we seem to learn everything the hard way. We take the long road, no stops or short cuts and sometimes the reality of how we could have done things strikes many moons down the road. We will offer the abbreviated version so you can bypass all the detritus and actually have success a heck of a lot sooner (things we wished others would have shared with us!)Read More
For some, last week marked the start of the holiday season, good ‘ol Thanksgiving, now that our bellies are full and we had some time to relax and perhaps argue (the election here in the U.S. has created quite the controversy), let’s focus on something like making ourselves richer. Sound good? Okay, technically I am not talking monetary riches, but Bonnie Christine’s new class could result in that. If you are unfamiliar with Bonnie Christine, she has basically taken her passion for pattern and created a small empire. The best part? She’s super transparent on how she accomplished it and she shares ALL of her ‘secrets’ with you.
We thought you might like her latest class because it has a watercolor emphasis and since we just launched a class that lets you create a watercolor effect in seconds, we figured you could merge these two skill sets and perhaps make something AWESOME, that millions of people (or a hundred) will want, and if not you might be able to get a head start on your gift list, that’s something, right?
Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. 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.
When it gets quiet in these parts you know that Michelle and I have been up to something, usually something big and usually something good! We wanted to share a peek into our new Skillshare class! We won’t be launching it until November but we are super excited to let you know when the time comes the new (and HUGE) lettering resource we have teamed up with to do a giveaway of the class with.
This is actually going to be a first in a series of classes we have dubbed ‘Hidden Photoshop’, we have found some buried Photoshop treasures that allow you to do things like this super amazing one click watercolor effect! There are many little gems in Photoshop that most people aren’t aware of and we can’t wait to share them with you. We love demystifying PS, because it really isn’t as daunting as it seems and armed with a little knowledge you can create a whole myriad of wonderful things! The class will come with the exact palette and effect shown above for you to to download (free) and play with when you take the class. We have been experimenting with this technique for months now and are thrilled to finally be able to get the class + tools to you soon!
Is this crazy fun or what? These eyelashes were drawn with a pen and the watercolor effect was added, in my humble opinion I think it looks pretty darn realistic! For those that may be shouting at the screen to just pick up a watercolor brush, yes, you can (and we hope you do at some point in your life, because it’s a ton of fun) but this is just a fun technique and skill to add to your design arsenal–it’s quick, it’s non-destructive and there’s no clean-up! We have played with this on fonts, lettering, logo mock-ups, backgrounds, you name it all to great results. We will send out a note when the class is available, along with a discount for new sign-ups to Skillshare (at the time of this writing it’s .99 for 3 months and you cancel before the 3 months is up if you so choose), that would give you plenty of time to take all of our classes and then some! I am sure we will be back this week with some other random goodie for you!