For All the Brave Ones

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My sweet friend, Amy, asked me if i had a coloring page i could share for her child’s class service project. They are making “BE BRAVE” craft/coloring folders for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in honor of their classmate. i was happy to make one, of course. And then thought…… it’d be even better if i shared it with my whole community. There are too many brave kids fighting cancer. i realize life isn’t fair…..but it just seems unbearably wrong.

If you know a little brave heart who is fighting this battle….or any child who might find strength or hope in this message right now, please help yourself. Just click the image for your download.

much love, s

Thank You Very Much – made easier

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i am a super thankful person. i really am. i really appreciate when folks take the time to come celebrate birthdays with my boys and bring them sweet gifts. i used to be so on top of all my thank-you-related correspondence. But this year, the universe and Murphy’s law conspired against me and created a cluster of drama and distraction that knocked me off my game.  And i am embarrassed to say i still owe (or my kids still owe) thank you cards from a birthday party we had in AUGUST!

Yikes. NOT proud of myself.

The boys actually wrote out about half the cards….then i MIGHT have misplaced them…..but that’s another story we won’t dwell on.

SO!! if any of this is familiar (please tell me i’m not the only one). And if any of YOU GUYS need to get back on track like me,  then these little cards i made are perfect for you. They are an update/upgrade on some other fill-in thank you cards i made way, way back. I’ve got them all set up to print in 2 different sizes; your choice.

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You’ll never be out of Thank You Notes again…and they couldn’t be easier for your littles to fill out. You can snag your download below.

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Hope you enjoy!

xo,

s

A Simple Reminder to Color

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i recently got a new iPad Pro. i got it to make life easier, staple myself to my desk less often, and work smarter, not harder. In the past, i’d make coloring pages by sketching on paper, then using marker paper and a light box to ink the sketched design, then scan to my computer, open in Photoshsop, clean up the inevitable blobs and bleeds in certain areas caused by marker on paper (even good paper!), then convert to crisp, clean vectors in Illustrator. The process was taking up more time than necessary, and had me at me computer a lot more than i needed to be. After looking into the Cintiq Companion and the iPad Pro, since both allowed for “anywhere” digital drawing, i chose the iPad Pro for it’s other capabilities and cheaper price tag. i still plan to be in-studio for all my hands-on painting work, so i really juts wanted a way to streamline my sketching and vector work, so it was a good choice for me, i THINK!! : )

SO…..now i have been practicing and getting used to the tools and the responsiveness of the apple pencil, and all that jazz…..so you guys will be getting lots of my experiments shared with you as freebie downloads for a little while. Enjoy!! Once i get a good grip on it, i will be adding lots more clip art and digital files to my etsy shop that will be great for your kiddos, for wall art, for party favors and invites, and whatever else you can think of.

Happy Monday! Do Good in the world today!! xo,s

Valentines Treats for my Sweets!

Hi everyone! i sat myself down at the computer last night and drew up a bunch of lovey dovey goodies for you in time for Valentine’s Day. First, I’ve got 4 valentine cards that your kiddos (or you!) can give out to friends. You know you wanna! Second, i made some lovable graphics suitable for making iron-on transfers for tees. Take a look! The girly transfer says “You know you love me!” and the unisex one says “leavin a trail of…” with a broken heart graphic. The broken heart comes in a red-on-red color palette(not shown) and a red-on-black color palette.

Everything is bundled in a 2-page PDF download.

The cards are oh-so convenient to print on a standard, letter-size piece of cardstock. Cut the page in quarters and you’re done! OR, add some glitter and marker pizzazz if you like.  The 2nd page graphics are great for iron-on transfers so you can channel your inner Cupid. But they could also be used for stickers, posters, placemats, whatever! 

If you go with the iron-on transfer plan, i highly recommend Dharma Trading’s Super Soft Transfer Paper. It doesn’t give that thick plastic feeling. Just make sure to choose the “print mirror image” option in your printer driver when you print off the transfers, that way the image will be right-reading after its flipped and ironed on.

Happy Valentine’s Day!! – xo, stephanie

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Download Thursday! – Coloring Square #1

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Every thursday, i’ll be offering a $5 & BELOW download for you guys. It might be a coloring page, or a kids project – who knows!? i just know i want to be able to get everyone’s creative juices flowing!

Don’t worry! There will still be FREEBIES from time to time, but these thursday downloads will give me a chance to offer crazy-cheap artwork on a more regular basis.

The artwork above is sized at 12′ x 12″ and can be re-sized down to suit your printer’s capabilities and size. I’ll be offering these squares frequently so you’ll be able to create a symmetric grouping that you love for that one bare wall in your house you’ve been dying to liven up!

Thanks so much and be sure to share this page with all your crafty friends!

COLORING SQUARE #1 – $2.00

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Shrinky Love for Valentine’s Day – a downloadable project

Hi gang!!

i am all about the love….and i like to watch it curl up and shrink inside my oven!

Here is a fun project that will allow your kids to make some Valentine’s Day trinkets with just a little help from a grown-up and a free download from yours truly!

valentine's day shrink projectDid you know you can buy Shrink film for your inkjet printer? It is seriously so much fun. i have a 100 pak in one of my office drawers and whenever Cooper is particularly bored, all i have to do is hand him a sheet to perk him up! Sometimes we go freeform and i merely draw a nice large “boundary” shape for him so he can fill it with color and doodles. The images will shrink to about 1/3 of their size and 9x the thickness when done, so working on a larger scale is necessary…and perfect for even little hands!

You can buy inkjet shrink film in tons of places online. Here is the official Shrinky Dink® brand’s version. Or, if you prefer, you can just buy standard blank sheets and use a lightbox to trace your preferred design onto the translucent film. i’ve had some types that are more translucent than others, and you may not even need a lightbox : )

Anyway, if you’d like to download a nice quality version of my freebie design above for your kids to color, cut and shrink!, just click the image. i’ve designed these with pendants or small keychains in mind and the 1/4″ hole punch will work to thread a jump keyring or ribbon or cord through. These could also be used as bookmarks by threading several strands of yarn through the hole to form a “tassle” just the right length to sit in the spine of a book. The possibilities are endless!!

Have fun creating lots of Shrinky Love!

- if you purchase the shrink film, direction will be included. They are also available online and as a downloadable PDF here. : )