Artist Portrait Prints by Sketch Inc

Check out these super cute prints by Sketch Inc, featuring artists including Salvador Dali, Beatrix Potter, Coco Chanel, and Frida Kahlo. The sweet prints are reproductions of original gouache paintings, and my favorite details are the items associated with the lives of each legendary artist that can be found in the frames around their portraits.

And, while they aren’t made of paper, I’m loving Sketch Inc’s kokeshi dolls, too. Eep, the Salvador Dali doll is awesomeness.

Sketch Inc Artist Prints

images from Sketch Inc

Father’s Day Cards, Pt. 3

How is it June already?! Father’s Day will be here before we know it – I say that about pretty much every holiday, but it’s true – and I’m kicking off this first week in June with another bunch of awesome Father’s Day cards. There’s plenty of great hand lettering and typography in this group, and you can check out parts one and two of my picks for even more dad-themed inspiration.

Father's Day Cards, Pt. 3 as seen on papercrave.com

Above, clockwise from top left : Wit & Whistle // Starshaped Press // Hennel Paper Co. // Wishbone Letterpress // Ruff House Art // Bunny Bear Press // Parrott Design Studio // Mr Yen Designs

images from their respective sources

Quick Picks : 5.29.14

Punny Animal Prints | Frida Clements

Punny Animal Prints (hee!) | Frida Clements – via

This week’s picks

♥ I’ve finished transferring all of the past fontlies to the new site design, and there’s a fresh Fontly Five for you this week!

♥ Origami foxes, paper pinwheels, and oversized paper flowers – loving all of the paper crafts going on in this Old Mac Daddy wedding.

♥ Lovely handmade and handbound journals + sketchbooks by Cathy Durso.

♥ Bold, blue free printable “man tags” by Lia Griffith.

♥ This adorable illustration by Leira Salaberria makes me smile. I’m digging all of the different, hand drawn patterns in the mountains, too. – via

image from Frida Clements

Review : Pretty Quilled Cards by Cecelia Louie

Pretty Quilled Cards by Cecelia Louie

Disclosure : I received a copy of this book for review purposes. The book link in the review is an Amazon affiliate link and, if you make a purchase through the link, I may earn a commission from Amazon. The opinions expressed within this site are purely my own.

Pretty Quilled Cards : 25+ Creative Designs for Greetings & Celebrations is a fantastic book for the quilling beginner, and more experienced quilling artists will find plenty of great ideas within its pages, too.

I first became interested in quilling when I came across an article about it in a holiday crafts magazine back in the 90′s, and I’m familiar with the more traditional shapes and forms that quilling artists use to build shapes and patterns, having done some quilling myself over the years. But Cecelia Louie’s non-traditional style opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities, which I’ll get into a bit later.

First, let’s talk basics. This book does an excellent job of letting you know exactly what tools and supplies you’ll need to get started, and I love that the basic quilling technique descriptions are accompanied by step-by-step images. Having something to look at and compare to, especially when you’re just starting out, is so helpful.

Loose Scroll Quilling Techniques | Cecelia Louie

Cecelia shares some pretty awesome tips and techniques of her own throughout the book, too. Artists and crafters don’t always share the really good secrets – you know, the tips and techniques that will really make a difference – but this is not the case at all here. Cecelia’s gluing, scoring, and paper marking techniques, alone, make this book a keeper. But she really caught my attention with her non-traditional, loose scroll techniques. These open, airy scrolls are one of the keys to achieving the clean, modern look for which Cecelia is known. And she not only shows you how to make them, but she also incorporates them into the projects featured in the book.

Pretty Quilled Cards (sample project page)

Speaking of projects, I love how they’re laid out in Pretty Quilled Cards. Every project includes a finished image of the featured craft, as well as the skills you’ll need to complete the project (with corresponding page numbers listed, so you can go back and refresh said skills, if necessary). A skill level is also listed for each project, so if you’re a beginner you’ll know which projects are best to start with, and if you’re a more experienced quiller you’ll be able to check out the more complex projects.

Pretty Quilled Cards (project page detail)

Here’s where it really gets good. Each project includes a list of the project components, with an illustration beside each component showing the length of quilling paper needed and the exact places where you’ll need to score / glue / cut the pieces to create the component. So helpful! In addition, each project includes an actual-size illustration of the quilled design, so you’ll be able to compare your own components to make sure that you’re scaling and shaping them properly. The book also contains any templates or background images that you’ll need to complete a project, with photocopy instructions, as needed.

Pretty Quilled Cards (Jam Jar Thank You)

You’ll find all sorts of fun details in the projects featured in the book. Some of my favorites are the wavy detail on the baby buggy baby shower card (p. 32), the sweet little bow on the thank you bouquet card (p. 52), and the swirly peach on the jam jar thank you (p. 56 – shown above). Plus, you’ll find several projects that are not cards, including heart-themed place cards, cute wine glass charms, and darling cupcake toppers.

There are so many inspirational and useful ideas and techniques to be found in Pretty Quilled Cards : 25+ Creative Designs for Greetings & Celebrations, all presented in a clear and easy-to-understand format. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in quilling, beginners and more experienced quilling artists alike.

photos by Kristen Magee