Quick Picks : 7.30.15

Hand Lettered "Feel Your Feelings" Stickers by Frances MacLeod

Hand Lettered “Feel Your Feelings” Stickers by Frances MacLeod

This Week’s Picks

♥ The beautiful packaging alone puts these on my wishlist. Plus, rainbow colors!

♥ The Tooth Fairy Box by Elizabeth Evans of Wildhorse Press for Chronicle is super fun.

♥ These paper weaving “sketches” by Helle Gråbæk and Maria Kirk Mikkelsen are so inspiring. – via

♥ And these copper foil notepads by Bespoke Press are divine.

♥ I’m lovin’ all of the sweet, monoline script fonts that are coming out lately! My latest craving: Chesapeake.

10 Adult Coloring Book Picks : Coloring Isn’t Just for Kids!

As someone who has had a box of 64 Crayolas (with the built-in sharpener on the back, of course) on hand at all times since I was about 8, I’m obviously totally jazzed about the adult coloring book craze. And while I’m completely content with Doc McStuffins or Hello Kitty (forever!), I’m endlessly inspired by the wonderful world of coloring books that are available to adults.

From flowers to owls to abstracts, stained glass, and even a little Benedict Cumberbatch, you’ll find a little bit of everything in adult coloring books and, since National Coloring Book Day is coming up on August 2nd, I thought that this would be the perfect time to share some of my favorites. So, break out the crayons and/or the colored pencils and get ready to feast your eyes on some super cool coloring books!

10 Coloring Books for Adults

1. Just Add Color : Mid-Century Modern Patterns by Jenn Ski 2. Millie Marotta’s Tropical Wonderland 3. Flower Nook : A Coloring Book (Volume 1) by Patricia Zapata 4. Charley Harper Coloring Book of Birds 5. The Mindfulness Coloring Book by Emma Farrarons 6. Secret Garden : An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford 7. The Indie Rock Coloring Book by Yellow Bird Project 8. Natural Wonders by Patrick Hruby 9. Arts and Crafts Stained Glass Coloring Book by Carolyn Relei 10. Outside the Lines by Souris Hong-Porretta

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Pretty Paper Ribbon from Hester & Cook

I am totally cravin’ these pretty paper ribbons from Hester & Cook, which are available in a number of lovely colors and patterns, including classic stripes, polka dots, and herringbone. Already imagining all of the awesome holiday (and beyond) packaging that I can make with a few rolls of these pretties. And packaging only scratches the surface of creative possibilities. I can also see this wonderful ribbon used as a design element in gift tags, paper flowers, and handmade card projects.

Be sure to head on over and check out all of the designs at Hester & Cook!

Pretty Paper Ribbon from Hester & Cook

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How to Watercolor with Pigment Ink on Craftsy

Watercoloring with Pigment Ink DIY

I’ve really come to love watercoloring with ink over the past year or so but hadn’t ventured far beyond using Distress Inks to watercolor until recently, when I started playing around with pigment inks, too. The results that you’ll get when you watercolor with pigment ink are wonderfully soft and subtle and, in my latest project for Craftsy, I’ll show you how I made this fun “you rock” card using the pigment inks in the Tsukineko Warm Radiant Neons Quad.

image by Kristen Magee for Craftsy