Ever since I can remember I have loved paper. I have clear memories when I was about 6 or 7 making paper dolls with my friend from down the street - cutting images out of catalogs and drawing new outfits for our dolls.... I also loved the Whitman Punch Out Books - you could make an entire little village just by punching out paper and adding a little tape or glue.
It seemed like magic that something flat could become dimensional adorable and fun to play with too!
Now 33 years later, I design printables for people to download, print and make and it still seems like magic! It is amazing to me that I can design and create something here in Washington DC, it can travel to it's new owner as digital pixels and binary bytes (sometimes as far as Dubai!), they print and cut it out, add a little tape and glue and then suddenly, they've got a cute little retro oven or ice cream truck just waiting to hold their cupcakes!
♥ ♥ ♥ LET'S HAVE A GIVEAWAY! ♥ ♥ ♥
To share my love of paper with you, I'm having a giveaway! Yippee!!
PRIZES: 3 winners will each get to pick one kit from my etsy shop, it's your choice!
HOW TO ENTER: visit my etsy shop, then let me know in the comments of this post which kit is your favorite - don't forget to include your email if you don't have a blogger profile, so that way I can contact you!
CONTEST CLOSES: Winners will be selected at random on Friday March 14th at 5pm EST and I'll notify winners by email as well as post them here.
And here's a little more Paper Love for you! Use coupon code PAPERLOVE for 10% off your entire order in my Etsy shop. Etsy coupons can be a little fussy so make sure to check out this quick video so you don't miss out on your discount!
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The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here.
♥ ♥ ♥ THANK YOU! ♥ ♥ ♥
I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU! I woke up this morning to a flood of super sweet, happy comments in my inbox! Each and every one of you has made me smile! I am dying want to comment back to each of you, but I can't because it will mess up the contest drawing numbers - and we don't want that to happen! I am smiling from ear to ear as I read your comments! :)
♥ Advice from Artists: Overcome Creative Block, Handle Criticism, and Nurture Your Sense of Self-Worth: via @brainpickings
♥ The Gift of Failure and the Pursuit of Mastery: via @jonathanfields
♥ In case you missed it, I was interviewed by Natalie of the BizChix.com podcast. Listen here!
♥ Fabulous essay by Emily Gould @emilybooks about her journey after a failed book launch.
♥ Just discovered @marcuslemonis and the show The Profit on @CNBC. If you like Restaurant Impossible and Shark Tank you'll like this one too!
♥ 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Every Morning to Increase Your Happiness via @pospositive
♥ "The meaner the voices are, the greater the probability I’ve just had a really juicy idea" GREAT article! via @OrgArtCo
♥ Managing Your Creative Rhythm With @toddhenry [podcast - listen here]
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We talked about all kinds of things, finding your style, licensing pros and cons, developing passive income streams, career changes and so much more!
If you missed the live show, you can watch it again - click here to go to the Spreecast replay page!
This is an extra special kit - it includes SVG files so that you can print and cut on your personal cutting machine! But not to worry if you don't have a cutting machine! I have also included a PDF file so you can easily cut these out the old fashioned way with scissors :)
We had a lot of fun trying on the glasses - even our dog Maggie got in on it too. I plan to take them to Karaoke this weekend and play a little dress up. And don't you think they would be perfect for a Mad Men party too!? oh the possibilities!
UPDATE: I have revamped and updated the files to create a brand new kit that works with the SCAL software, you'll want to download the kit again if you downloaded it before 3/10/14
I've been working behind the scenes here for a little while on this project. It took me a long time to figure out just how to set up my images so they could be print and cut, the usual auto-trace features and other methods I found with google just didn't work with my files... so it took a bit of tinkering... and I am so thrilled that I finally got it working!
SETTING UP THE SVG FILES:
There's a couple of little set up tweaks you'll want to make when opening and using these SVGs, and it might be a little different from other SVGs that you've used before, so I've created a couple of handy videos for you!
If you have a Silhouette machine and use the Silhouette Designer Software you will want to watch this one:
SURE CUTS ALOT:
If you have another type of machine or use Sure Cuts A Lot 3 (SCAL) software - you'll want to watch this one - also included the complete process of printing and cutting, showing how it works in my cutting machine. If you are new to cutting machines, or just curious about how they work, you'll want to check it out:
SCAL is a 3rd party software that works with many different types of cutting machines: Wishblade, eCraft, Craft Robo and more. This video will also help you if you are using the Sizzix Eclips because that software is very similar and designed by the same company who makes Sure Cuts A Lot!
SPREAD THE WORD:
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It took me about a full month of designing to get the kit just right. I really wanted to make sure the basket could hold a mini cupcake, the balloon part could also hold treats and candies, they would be fairly easy to put together and look adorable of course!
They come as two separate kits, a pink + green and then another kit that is yellow + aqua blue.
Customize the balloons with names, table numbers etc. It's easy to adjust the text on the included balloon labels right in the PDF, no special software needed! Simply open the PDF in Adobe Reader (which you can get for free) then change the text to fit any occasion: baby showers, gender reveal parties, spring events, Easter, birthdays etc.
Make a hot air balloon mobile to use as home decor in a play room, or nursery (safety first: make sure to keep out of the reach of small children)
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