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Blended Brush Calligraphy with Tombow Dual Brush Pens - YouTube
We’re so excited to take part in the Simply Lettering Blog Hop to celebrate the launch of Simply Lettering magazine (you can preorder now) on sale July 18th! There are so many inspiring and helpful brush calligraphy tutorials and tips headed your way so make sure to head there after you’ve taken a look at our blended brush calligraphy tutorial with our Tombow Dual Brush Pens, now available at Craftstash.
You can see the Blog Hop schedule below so you don’t miss out on the fun! Plus there’s heaps of prizes to won! We’re also happy to announce that we’re giving away 2 sets of Tombow pens worth over £40! Now in case you’re new to brush calligraphy we highly recommend Tombow Dual Brush Pens for hand lettering, especially calligraphy beginners. They’re easy to control and the brush nib is firm, but flexible.
In our Simply Lettering Blog Hop tutorial we’re sharing how to create blended brush calligraphy quotes. Did you know you can easily mix two colours of Tombow Brush Pens? Just touch 2 different coloured nibs to transfer ink from one pen to another. This creates a blended effect that gives your lettering a unique look. You can create easy DIYs, personalised gifts, home decor projects, and so much more with hand lettering. Brush calligraphy is such a great skill to pick up. With a bit of practice you can achieve some really nice results!
Create absolutely stunning Christmas makes with the new Bright Rosa Christmas Collection. With bold bright beautiful designs, you’ll be sure to put a smile on a loved ones face this Christmas! This collection includes a geometric snowflake, Northlight Panel, Christmas Words and more! You have the chance to win the full collection worth over £130, scroll down to enter!
Sizzix Big Shot Express Electronic Die-Cutting Machine (UK Plug)
Back and better than ever, the Big Shot Express leaves the crank behind with the push of a button for easy motorized cutting and embossing. Featuring a quiet motor and all-metal gears for added durability, the Big Shot Express Machine avoids material jams with built-in overload protection and uses lower voltage for less power usage and more safety, while offering the versatility of working with the entire Sizzix product library (with the exception of Bigz Plus and Bigz Pro dies) – from our smallest to our big 6in wide plastic-backed dies and embossing tools.
Sizzix Big Shot Express Die Cutting Machine | Unboxing, Setup, and Demo! - YouTube
We hope you’re loving the latest Paper Discovery collection designed by Olga Direktorenko, we certainly are! The new oriental collection is absolutely stunning and it’s perfect to make calm, gentle cards that add a beautiful oriental touch. It includes gorgeous designs of birds, cherry blossoms, lanterns, bamboo, water drops, Koi fish and so much more!
Entre for a chance to win, Paper Discovery Die Set Card Builder Nested Circles, Paper Discovery Stamp Set Circle Brush Stroke, Paper Discovery Die Set Water, Foliage And Ducks, Paper Discovery Die Set Bamboo Frame. Scroll down to enter the competition.
I’ve always documented things to some degree and it has been that antidote to that stressful day to have somewhere to sit and get everything off my chest and also be creative and play.
What do you do for your day job?
I’m an HR Consultant, so I deal with recruitment, dismissals, redundancies and advising small businesses in my local area how to employ people safely.
You live in Devon, is there a journaling community?
There’s a planning community in Devon. I went to my first planner event in February but there doesn’t seem to be a journaling community despite there being a lot of people who want to go to a journaling event, I was actually asked to do a workshop at the planner event on journaling so I think there’s quite an appetite and people wanting it.
Tell me about your workshops!
I’ve done quite a few workshops in person and that can be anything from planning, journaling, brush lettering, adding wax seals or any creative elements and I’ve done those either for other people when they’ve asked me to attend their events and do separate sessions, I’ve also done a 6 week journaling workshop in Devon as an introduction to journaling for people that were interested in starting. I also offer online workshops on Skillshare I’m hoping to do a monthly workshop on there.
What made you start journaling?
I think because everything is so digital all the time, I love social media and I use that a lot but it’s needing that escape from digital just for a little bit of time at least every evening where I’m not bothered about my phone or what’s on the TV so it’s my switch everything off time to go back to the peace and quiet of analogue and not worry about software updates!
What’s the thing you love the most about journaling?
Knowing that everything with my family is all documented, I’ve got some many lovely special moments with my daughter and that there’s is no pressure and there is no wrong way of journaling!
What’s the most special memory that you’ve documented in your journaling?
There have been so many! I have documented lots of special moments with my daughter, the most recent being when she turned 18. I’m so happy to have all of our funny conversations, days out and holidays to look back on. Especially as she will probably be heading to University in a few months’ time.
Where do you get your inspiration?
The changing seasons and nature are a huge inspiration for my journals. The colours I use and the decorations I add very often reflect what I see on my morning dog walks.
What are a few fun things to write in your journal?
I love to record bits of conversations, favourite extracts from books I’m reading and fun events that I have attended.
What advice would you give someone who’s just starting out?
Start simple and begin building the habit of doing a little documenting every day. Don’t wait for the big moments, there is plenty worthy of recording every day. It could be your favourite food, tv programmes, song lyrics, your hopes, dreams, or anything that is on your mind.
What are your favourite pens to use?
I love water-proof fineliners, fountain pens and brush pens. You can achieve such a lovely combination of font styles with these different pens.
What’s the funniest memory that you have?
Reading my daughter’s school journal, where the children wrote about what they had been up to at the weekend. I can only imagine what the teacher thought when she read that my daughter had been “cod biking”. I will never look at quad bikes the same way again!
Tell me a few things that you absolutely love!
Spending time with my family, dog walks, watching comedies and comfort food!
What is something that your friends would consider “so you”?
Always laughing and bad singing
What’s your favourite genre of book or movie?
I love anything funny, but I’m also a huge reader of autobiographies and personal development books
Do you have any interesting facts?
Until I found journaling, I was always the only non-creative member of my family. I guess I just needed to find my “thing”!
We hope you enjoy our Facebook Live broadcast, every Friday at 1pm on our Facebook page or Youtube channel. In addition to the on-air prizes, you have a chance to win a bundle full of Creative goodies here!
Creative provides crafters with a catalogue of essential stash products at amazing value. Nesting dies, wonderful stamping backgrounds, embossing folders to add texture and interest and a range of must-have sentiments that provide a huge amount of versatility and will remain go-to items in your stash. Creative is all about providing best value and being a base from which to develop your craft!
Let’s have a look at the prize: Creative Cross Stitch Stamp Bundle, Creative Die Set Nested Square Embroidery Frames, Creative Die Set Nested Heart Embroidery Frames, Creative Die Set Nested Hexagon Embroidery Frames, Creative Die Set Nested Circle Embroidery Frames, Creative Die & Stamp Set Star | Geometric Shapes Collection
If you love the new Bright Rosa collection designed by Paula Pascual, you’ve come to the right place. You could win the super popular designs that sold out on TV! This collection is perfect for striking and simple papercrafts project. With coordinating elements across the sets, they will give you plenty of options to create cards, pop up elements, borders or so much more. Whether you like to create clean and simple or projects for art journaling all works perfectly together with ease.
Let’s have a look at the prizes!
Bright Rosa Butterfly Band & Border Die Set Bundle
This stunning Butterfly Band & Border Die Set Bundle contains 7 individual dies with a large butterfly die as well as a smaller version. The Band die creates the perfect base for the more delicate butterfly die.
Bright Rosa Heart Band & Fern Border Die Set Bundle
Create stunning bold yet delicate fronts of cards, pages on memory albums, and pop up elements with this Heart Band & Fern Border Bundle from Bright Rosa. Perfect for masculine cards and for home décor too.
The Card Making Magic Complete A5 Box Kit is a detailed set of dies designed by Christina Griffiths for the A5 Collection. The complete set is made up of 22 dies, including 5 stitched border rectangle dies, 3 rectangle plain dies with stitched edging, 1 intricate trellis die, 4 flowers with 2 co-ordinating leaves dies, 3 lace detailed border dies and a lovely sentiment, ‘On Your Special Day’ die with background.
This set coordinates with the Card Making Magic A5 Ornate Rectangle Nesting Die Set.
We hope you’re loving the new Simply Made Crafts Special Occasions Launch, we certainly are! With Helen Griffin’s new collection, you’ll be able to celebrate every occasion in style! The new Special Occasions Collection by Simply Made Crafts will help you create sophisticated and impressive makes for all of life’s celebrations! Whether it’s a wedding, anniversary, or a milestone birthday, you can make everything from invitations with envelopes, favour boxes, cake toppers, gifts, and even centrepieces. Imagine creating perfect colour coordinated decor for your party, or giving a personalised gift in a gorgeous box. There’s so many creative possibilities!
Now’s your chance to win gorgeous designs from this collection worth over £90 including the Geometric & Arch Panel Set of 4 Die Set, 2 inch Favour Box Set of 13 Die Set, the Small Envelope Set of 9 Die Set, and the Mr & Mrs Set of 6 and many more!
I guess I’ve been crafting for thirty years. Papercrafting came a little later when I was 15 I think when my grandma suggested I made some Christmas cards and I did. Never stopped. So paper crafting and card making for 24 years!
What do you love the most about crafting?
There are so many things to love about crafting, creating something out of nothing, the thrill of using colour… but I suppose overall, it’s the fact of focusing your mind on something and letting yourself go in that project. Enjoying the process without pressure.
In a week how much of it do you spend crafting?
Depends. Some weeks a lot because part of my job requires me to spend time crafting to create projects, but I guess about 4 hours a week of my personal time on average.
Tell me about your background in papercrafts.
How long have you got? I came to the UK from my native Spain back in July 2002. My best friend suggested I sell my handmade cards, so I started doing that. Then someone suggested I teach how to make them and started my first full-time job as a sales assistant at a Craft shop. Then after two years, I left to be a freelance demonstrator and designer, working for wholesalers, shops and manufacturers like Craftwork Cards. I also did numerous articles for craft magazines and got two craft books published. During those years I was one of the assistants to Dawn Bibby QVC team, helping to set up shows and even going on air a few times which, actually, I didn’t enjoy at the time. Then I joined Sizzix for a few years as one of their creative designers, creating projects and designing dies (including the bundle in the Big Shot starter kit which I am really proud of!). Then I left to be a freelance. And after a few years, I was asked by Tonic Studios to be one of their on-air Tv demonstrators and as I needed a new challenged I said yes. I absolutely hated being back on-air for the first day, but I learnt to love it and its one of my favourite aspects of my job.
During this time I also published another three craft books: Paper Pom Poms, Day of the Dead crafting and Snowflake. I joined Practical Publishing last November because I really wanted to go back into designing craft products. And it has been amazing to be back creating concepts and still get to share all my love of crafting across different platforms.
Exciting stories? Well, the new collections that are coming up with Bright Rosa!
Where’s the best place to find all of your fabulous inspiration?
I suppose my Instagram @paulabmpascual that’s where I post my latest stuff, as well as Facebook.
Who do you admire most in the crafting world and why?
There are many people that I admire, but there are three people who I admire in this industry above all and those are Leonie Pujol, Pete Hughes and Julie Hickey. All three I knew their work and admired it from afar before I met them in person. Do You know that saying of “do not meet your heroes”? well, completely the opposite with them. They are not only the most talented crafters and designers; they are also the most wonderful human beings that year after year they keep inspiring me and pushing me to do better both as a crafter and as a person.
What’s your favourite craft tool & why?
Only one? I mean I love a die cutting machine, a Tonic guillotine… but I suppose ultimately the very basics are good paper or card and good glue (Nuvo Deluxe is one of my favourites). Without them, nothing in papercraft would be created.
What advice do you have for newbies?
Just don’t be afraid. They are pieces of paper after all. So if you mess them, it’s not the end. Grab another piece of paper and start again. And experiment, you will enjoy even the mistakes.
Where do you get your inspiration for your designs?
I get a lot of inspiration from Home Décor and fashion. But I suppose more than anything is when I start playing with what I have and let my mind think: “What if…? Would that work?”
What are a few things that you absolutely love?!
Colour, chocolate, and sunsets. Aside from paper, flowers, books, stationery, design, travelling, food…
What is something that your friends would consider “so you”?
Chocolate and sunsets. And dancing.
What’s your favourite genre of book or movie?
Books? I like a mixture but good interesting novels, poetry, and movies, classic films like Casablanca, The Third Man and a good Hitchcock one.
Do you have any interesting facts?
About myself? I was born on Christmas Day!
What are your hobbies?
I love making paper flowers, but I suppose art journaling is my main one.
What do you do to relax?
Reading, and going to nearby places that bring me joy, especially at sunset time.
You used to live in Spain, why did you move?
I was born in Spain and then met someone who lived in London. We got married and I moved here. I love living in England so never went back (except for Christmas and holidays).
Apart from the sun what’s the best bit about living in Spain?
I actually prefer the English weather, Majorcan summers are too hot. But I do miss the food and the sound of Spanish. But overall I love living in England, especially in the little market town in the Northamptonshire countryside where I currently live.