practice makes perfect

Late last week I ordered a new calligraphy pen. I’ve been wanting to start working on my lettering and thought a shiny, new pen would keep me excited and motivated to keep going. Well, it came in the mail today! It’s an oblique calligraphy pen, so it’s a little more comfortable to hold and write with. I also bought some new ink. I was able to get a set of 10 colors for under $15. (Blick was having an awesome sale : ) )

I’ll only say that I’m just starting out so I’m a little shaky and hoping to get better with practice. I wanted to document where I am now to be able to look back and see my progress. Tonight, mostly I was just having fun writing phrases. Enjoy! : )

it's about time

try me

mean girls anyone? ...it is Wednesday, after all. ; )

mean girls anyone? …it is Wednesday, after all. ; )

Happy Wednesday everyone, have a great rest of the week!
Caroline : )

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skyline themed card

A few weeks ago was my roommate, Neha’s,  birthday. I made a cute sign to hang on her door, so I thought I’d share that. As well as a Chicago skyline themed birthday card I made. (Her boyfriend actually commissioned me to make it for him to give to her, haha) Either way, I think it’s a pretty cool card and wanted to share!

Neha's birthday door decoration!

Neha’s birthday door decoration!

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Here's Neha's skyline inspired birthday card.

Here’s Neha’s skyline inspired birthday card.

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For both the door decor and the birthday card, I only used a sharpie. It really shows how little you need to be creative. All you truly need is passion and inspiration. 

Caroline : )

send a heart attack box!

For my boyfriend’s birthday today, instead of a card to go along with his present, I decided to spring for a ‘heart attack box.’  Took a little more time, but it was totally worth it. Basically, I cut out a million hearts of different colors, wrote something nice on each of them, and put them all into a box. In case you want to tackle this project, I’ll show you how I did it.

First thing you need is a box. I found this nifty box at Hobby Lobby for $2.99.

First thing you need is a box. I found this nifty box at Hobby Lobby.

I wanted to customize the box, so I taped off some lines and painted it white.

I wanted to customize the box, so I taped off some lines and painted it white.

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Now you need to draw some hearts for a template. I drew 5 different sized hearts.

Now you need to draw some template hearts. I drew 5 different sized hearts.

Now cut those hearts out!

Now cut those hearts out!

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Now for the fun part: trace & cut as many hearts and your heart desires. ; )

Time for the fun part: trace & cut as many hearts and your heart desires. ; )

I cut about 30 of each size.

I cut about 30 of each size.

Then you can begin writing on your hearts! You can write important dates, lyrics from your favorite songs, or simply things you love about the person you'll be giving the box to.

Begin writing your messages! You can write important dates, lyrics from your favorite songs, or simply things you love about the person you’ll be giving the box to.

I've started working on my calligraphy recently and this project gave me a lot of practice. I still need more, but I think I've made some great progress.

I’ve been trying to work on my calligraphy recently and this project gave me a lot of practice. I still need more practice, but I think I’ve made some great progress.

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I got bored with just the stripes, so I added some navy hearts to the side, and a green bow on the top. If you want to see how I made the bow, you can check out my latest blog post:

I added some navy hearts to the side, and a green bow to the top. If you would like to see how I made the bow, click here!

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So next time, instead of a card, send a heart attack! You could even send it through the mail if you put the hearts in a cardboard box and tape it shut.

Good Luck!
Caroline : )

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