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    Lettering Love with The Little Mermaid!

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    I love disney! I love hand lettering! So this week i decided to combine two of my favorite things and do a little hand lettering exercise from one of my favorite Disney Movies, the little mermaid. It started as a pencil sketch, and i brought it into illustrator to add the color! Hope you like it!

    the four

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    I saw this really cute idea over on the Easily Entertained Blog and I thought it would be a fun way for you to get to know the real me a bit more. The list of fours.

     

    4 NAMES THAT PEOPLE CALL ME
    Jen
    Jenni ( I think only my sisters call me that)
    Jen Pepper ( My ex-boss loved calling me by my full name)
    Peppersprouts ( when you are at craft shows people refer to you a lot by your shop name)

    4 JOBS I’VE HAD
    (I have had a lot of jobs – here are 4 not many people know I have had)
    Dairy Queen Blizzard Maker, Cone Dipper, Burger Flipper
    Working in a toll booth at a state park
    Paint Your Own Pottery Sample Maker/Kiln Operator
    Candy Shop Clerk ( I don’t care for taffy or fudge anymore)

    4 MOVIES I’VE WATCHED MORE THAN 4 Times
    (I’ve seen at least a hundred movies more than once, but here are some favorites.)
    Dazed and Confused (alright’ alright’ alright’)
    You’ve Got Mail
    National Treasure (1&2)
    Goonies

    4 BOOKS I’D RECOMMEND
    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly ( This book will change your life)
    The Perks of Being A Wallflower ( My favorite book from Highschool)
    Scott Pilgrim ( A great graphic novel to read if you have never read graphic Novels)
    Bridget Jones’s Diary (the book is so much better than the movies)

    4 PLACES I’VE LIVED
    Lewes, DE (Hometown)
    Boston, MA (Freshman year or College)
    Newark, DE (Boston schools are expensive)
    Astoria, NY ( First Apt in New York City)

    4 PLACES I’VE BEEN
    Portland, OR
    The Outer Banks, NC
    Disney World (my heart lives there)
    London

    4 PLACES I’D RATHER BE RIGHT NOW
    Disney World
    Monet’s Garden
    Disneyland
    The Smithsonian

    4 THINGS I DON’T EAT
    Raisins
    Animals with 4 Legs
    Yogurt ( unless it’s frozen)
    Spaghetti Squash

    4 OF MY FAVORITE FOODS
    Burritos
    Baked Zitti
    Mushroom Pizza with Ranch Dressing
    Chocolate Chip Cookies

    4 TV SHOWS I LAST WATCHED
    Parks and Recreation
    Modern Family
    Cutthroat Kitchen
    Jeopardy

    4 THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS YEAR
    Designing Wedding Invitations
    The Snow Melting
    Making a Quilt
    My Knitting Group Growing

    4 THINGS I’M ALWAYS SAYING
    Seriously?
    So, I was listening to NPR…..
    Are we serious right now?
    Well, that was a choice.

    And now I’m tagging all of you! Let me know if you play along so I can come by and read your answers!

    My Mini Summer Vacation

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    My Husband and I decided when our first anniversary rolled around, that instead of getting each other gifts every year, we would take go somewhere together. To make it fair, year one, we would plan it together ( we visited the Pacific Northwest for 10 days ) Year 2 he would plan a getaway, I get year three and then we start the series over. This year we spent the weekend in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We had been there before, but never overnight, so it was nice to explore and really enjoy the scenery.

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    Last summer, I drove us up the Mt. Washington Auto Road, and I had do desire to drive up again, so we took the trip via the Cog Railway. It was so calm and enjoyable, and I didn’t have to hug the wall once we reached the top this time. While it was a clear day at the bottom of the mountain, we were really in the cloud at the top. I had such a lovely little break, and am excited to see what the rest of summer brings!

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    Hand lettering for screen printing

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    Last week my husband Matt and I took a two day screen printing workshop at Gather Here in Cambridge, MA. I had taken a 3 credit screen printing class in college and I really thought Matt would enjoy the process. We are both really big Arrested Development fans, and I am pretty sure he has been pestering me to make him a shirt with an arrested development quote on it since we first started dating. So, for class I hand lettered one of his favorite quotes from the show, and he was able to learn the basic fundamentals of screen printing, and by the end of the workshop, he now has his very own t-shirt, that he screen printed himself. We are both pretty excited about our new found artistic collaboration and can’t wait to screen print more amazing creations together!

    DIY Tutorial: Embossed Envelopes

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    Embossing is a fun way to add a wow factor to your envelopes and notecards.  This stamping technique looks beautiful on dark colored envelopes and just as impressive on a simple white notecard. Once heat set, embossing powder creates a permanent raised surface, resulting in a little extra special wow-factor for your invitations and greeting cards.

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    For this project you will need:
    • Rubber Stamps ( I used the Serif Script Address Stamp )
    • Pigment Ink Pad ( Colorbox in Frost White )
    • Embossing Powder ( Colorbox embossing powder in silver )
    • Envelopes or paper ( A6 Envelopes from paper source )
    • A used dryer sheet or an embossing buddy
    • Embossing Heat Tool
    • A sheet of plain scrap paper
    • Optional ( small paint brush)

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    Step 1: Prepare your paper surface.
    Lay your envelope or notecard on top of a plain sheet of paper ( printer paper or a old newspaper is great ). Make sure you are working on a very hard surface, when in doubt an oversized hardcover book comes in handy. Gently wipe your working surface with a used dryer sheet (or an embossing buddy) will help keep stray embossing powder from sticking to your paper in unwanted areas.

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    Step 2: Get ready to stamp
    Have your embossing powder container open and your pigment ink pad ready to go! Gently ink your chosen rubber stamp. The stamp should have ink on the entire surface without being too heavily coated. Center your stamp where you want it and press down firmly.

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    Step 3: Pour it on
    Pick the stamp up off the paper without smearing your image and set it aside. Quickly pour a generous amount of your embossing powder over your newly stamped image. Don’t be shy, the excess powder can be used again, so make sure the entire image is covered. Feel free to shimmy the powder around a bit to get every last inch of your image coated.

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    Step 4: Shake it off
    Once your image has a healthy layer of embossing powder on it, you can shake the excess powder onto the scrap paper. Don’t be afraid to give your project a little tap to shake off that last bit of powder. You can then transfer all the excess powder back into its container to use next time. If there are any stray specks of embossing powder on your paper you can gently dust them off with a small clean paint brush or your finger. Once you start the next step it will become permanent.

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    Step 5: Heat it up.
    Now comes the fun part! When using the craft heat tool please keep in mind it does get very hot. I recommend setting your project on a heat resistant surface, like a granite counter or a large tile. In my case I used a thick paper back book so not to damage the wood table underneath my work.

    Turn your heat tool on and wave it about 3-4 inches above paper, moving it around in a smooth back and forth motion over the image. If you hold your heat tool too close to the paper or in one spot too long the paper may warp or burn. Thicker papers have less issues with warping during the heating process. Slowly your will see the embossing powder melt into its solid form. This process normally takes about 30-45 seconds and really is magical. Once it has fully melted, turn your heat gun off and set it down on a heat resistant surface. Please be careful not to burn yourself.

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    Step 6: Have Fun!
    Pat yourself on the back because you are amazing and so is your newly embossed creation. If your paper has a little warping, don’t panic, just place it under a hardcover book overnight and it should be flat as a pancake by morning.

    Embossing is such fun and it truly is simple and quick. All you have to do is stamp, cover, shake and heat set. If you have any questions, or want to share your embossing project  leave a comment below! Happy Stamping.

    A great big thank you to the lovely and talented Annmarie Swift Photography for photographing this tutorial.