New Portrait


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All of the lovely ladies at Happy Happy have redrawn their portraits! Take a look at all the talent here! We have lots of fun projects up our sleeves, so check back often on our blog and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

This is my portrait. The shirt is made from a vintage fabric that I had on hand and it happened to match the color scheme that we chose as a collective! Happy happy coincidence!

 

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Tropical Sketches

I try to take a sketchbook with me wherever I go. Inspiration comes from everywhere and you never know when it’s going to hit. This latest sketch was produced while sitting in an Auto store waiting for my new windshield to be installed. I love the way it turned out and thought I’d share the process with you.

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I quickly added some watercolor to give it a sense of dimension and an idea of what colors I’d like to use.

 

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Then I drew it in Illustrator using my Wacom tablet and added some texture. This is the finished design with all of it’s tropical goodness.

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Here are a few process shots of a simple watercolor design I did of some pineapples. After the watercolor, I added the black ink and then the white ink.pineapple-watercolors

Spoonflower & CWDkids Mermaid Contest

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Well, I had a great time designing these patterns for the Spoonflower and CWDkids Mermaid contest, focusing on a print for little girl’s pajamas. Mermaids are classic designs and adding just a pinch of cuteness and whimsy really makes this pattern stand out. I tried to focus on elements that I knew my seven year old daughter would love. (P.S. She approved, by the way).

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Voting is now open and I would appreciate any votes that I receive. Just click on the link and then the voting button is on the right side. Vote for all your favorites. There’s so many to choose from. I will hopefully win the contest, but if I don’t I am going sell the designs on Spoonflower as a collection. I would love to see all of the amazing things people sew using these prints.

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Look at all the fun coordinates. I think this would make adorable kids bedding as well.

Tutorial: How to hang to your Tea Towel Calendar

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My 2015 Tea Towel Calendars are now for sale in my Spoonflower Shop. But, if you’d like to make it look super polished when you hang it up, simply follow these instructions.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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• 4, 18″ pieces of wood from Home Depot. They look like this. And cost about 46 cents a foot. At my Home Depot, they were located with all the lumber. I also had Home Depot cut them to 18″ for me.

• string, about 12-15″ long. I used black nylon that I purchased from Michaels.

• super glue (I purchased mine here)

 

Directions:

1. Iron Fabric.

2. Trim edges to be 1/4 inch on all sides. I used a clear ruler and a rotary cutter.

3. Fold sides and iron. Only the left and right sides. Leave the top and bottom straight.

4. Sew a straight line from top to bottom, so that the edges are nice and finished. Or you could glue them with fabric glue.

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5. Iron the whole thing again.

6. Measure 2 inches on each side of the back wooden dowel and mark it with a sharpie. This is where your string will go, so that it’s even.

7. Put a few dots of super glue on your back wooden dowel. Put your string first, then the top of your Tea Towel Calendar.

8. Add a few more dots of super glue and add your other wooden dowel, making sure all is aligned. Press down tightly to set the glue. So it’s like a sandwich. (See below)

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9. Repeat steps 7 & 8 for the bottom of the calendar

10. Tada! You are finished! Easy as that!

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I’d love to see your finished product! #2015TeaTowelCal on instagram!

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I had so much fun creating this calendar! I hand drew all of the feathers and used my favorite brush pen to write the days of the week and months of the year. I just love the way it turned out! I’m asking for your help this week to vote for my design, as well as all of your favorites! In fact, my friends, Jill and Lauren, both also submitted beautiful designs into the 2015 tea towel calendar competition on Spoonflower. You can vote for your favorites here.

 

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If you want to purchase the calendar, and finish the edges yourself, you can do so in my Spoonflower shop for about $14. But I will soon be listing the calendar in my Etsy shop with finished edges for $25, if you’d like to purchase it that way. I will have them for pre-order first, so that I know how many to order. I’d love to hear your thoughts! Happy Halloween!

Playful Edition for Project Life

I’m super duper excited to announce my collaboration with Project Life. We worked together to create this Playful Edition, which is now out! You can read all about the whole kit here on Becky Higgin’s blog. And you can purchase all of the products here.

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I’m so happy with the way it all came together. All I can say is “WOW!” did I have fun working on this project!

I thought it would be fun if I shared with you, a little bit about the process. First, I came up with a direction, including examples of my work and a color scheme.

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As well as some font choices. This is a really rough round, but it gives a general direction for the whole set. In the final kit, I ended up using a bunch of my hand drawn type, which was so much fun to create.

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Then, I start working on some sketches and the initial illustration style.

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I love taking my pencil drawings and then using the live trace tool in Illustrator to create fun textures. I also add lots of other textures to each element to give it character and depth. You can see from the sketches above, how the final illustration came out.

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I just loved working with both American Crafts and Becky Higgin’s team to create the Playful Edition for Project Life. It really was a blast to work on, especially since I felt I could really shine and do my best work.


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I also love how my illustrations were used to create chipboard stickers (coming soon). Aren’t these fun?

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I’d love to see how these designs are used in your projects! Feel free to share online by using the hashtag #PLPlayfulEdition! Hugs!

 

 

Petite Lemon Christmas Cards & Trend Boards

Trends come and go, but I feel that some seem to stay longer than others. One trend that seems to keep going and going for the last few years are the Metallics! I see them everywhere, especially in card designs. Plus with the recent addition of REAL gold foil on all of the card sites like Shutterfly, Tiny Prints and Minted, why not add gold foil to everything! It’s totally hot!

I thought I’d share with you one of my mood/trend boards that I did. This one is Metallics.

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And here’s a few cards based off of that trend. I don’t think this one made it. But there is a card that was based off of this one that has REAL GOLD FOIL! You can see it here.

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And here’s another layout that I tried, on a folding card.

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This one has the Mercury glass as a full background. It was a tricky texture to recreate! Thank goodness for photoshop!

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Here’s metallic paints. Paint textures are another hot trend this season, especially watercolor!

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This one is rose gold, another part of the metallic color range.

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This one is blue foil, which is still a metallic.


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Metallics are also hot with glitter, not just foil textures.

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And here’s a few other Christmas cards I did, these ones are all folding ones.


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Bokeh is another hot trend right now! This one has some gold foil lettering.



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Happiest of Holidays friends! If you would like a custom Holiday card for your family, please contact me.

Card Designs by Petite Lemon for Shutterfly

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It’s always fun seeing your designs on an ad while browsing Facebook! I’m right in the middle of a big Christmas push with Shutterfly. I sometimes think I can’t draw another snowflake! And yet, I keep drawing them and thinking of new ways to do them! I can’t wait to show you the ones I’m working on now, but won’t be able to show those until they’re up on the site. But for now, here’s some cards that I worked on earlier this year.

I just love designing baby cards! Especially after recently having a baby myself! I can hardly believe that he’s almost ONE! I’ll make sure to post at least one picture from his birthday! (most likely on Instagram) As we’re busy moving, so things on here may be a little trim…

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Next up are babies first birthday! And I’m sure I’ll be using one of these to invite friends and family to Ezra’s first birthday! I haven’t quite decided on a theme yet, but I’m definitely going to keep it simple!

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Next up, I’m going to show you a few trend boards I’ve noticed and some of my cards based off of that trend!