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FREEBIE: Christmas and Holiday gift tags

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Just in time for the holiday season, I’m offering some FREE tags to compliment your gifts! Simply click to download and print. You’re set! I love not having to buy tags and enjoy having something a bit nicer than a written “to” and “from”. And please feel free to share these!

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Branding Your Business

Does your business host an event every year such as a golf outing, fundraiser, or networking event?

I can help tie your event together through professionally designed materials with your brand in mind.

Galbraith Carnahan Architects emphasizes their brand throughout their Frisbee Golf outing each year. Custom-designed course maps, course markers, name tags, and even a logo imprinted frisbee golf disc for each player make quite the impact.

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New Work – Logo, Business Cards, and more!

Here’s some new work that I recently completed. I designed the logo based on the client’s wishes/goals for her business, then designed business cards to fit well with the logo scheme.

I also offer printing through an amazing printing consultant I use. Contact me for details on design or printing needs!

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10 Fabulous and Free Handwritten Fonts

As I may have previously mentioned I. Love. Fonts. Seriously, Pinterest and a search for ‘great fonts‘ is one total time suck for me (click there and see for yourself!) as I always find a ton of fonts I want or need. Lately I really like handwritten fonts so I figured I’d share a few of them here with you.

If you’re on the hunt for great free fonts to use for commercial purposes, I highly suggest FontSquirrel.com – they have hand picked all of the fonts that are OK to use freely on your commercial work without worrying about copyrights and terms of use. You can download files quickly without the hassle of an account.

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You can find all of the information and download links below. Please note, some of these fonts require a fee or donation for commercial use.

  1. Allister by Inspiration Hut (free when you sign up for IH emails)
  2. Heidi by Jeff Henderson Design
  3. Amatic and Amatic SC by Vernon Adams
  4. My Own Topher by Amanda Green Bottoms
  5. Janda Stylish Script by Kimberly Geswein Fonts (free for personal, donate for commercial use)
  6. FFF Tusj by Magnus Cedarholm
  7. Before Breakfast by Simon Stratford (free for personal use, $4 for commercial use)
  8. LeckerliOne by Gesine Todt
  9. Always Here by Luedecke Font Company (free for personal use, $2 for commercial use)
  10. Henny Penny by Brownmax

 

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Stacked Elephants

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Oh, Stacked Elephants. I still remember the day I found an image on Pinterest of a stack of three elephants. They were sewn, each with their own fun pattern and had a simple black bead for an eye. They were made from the Ellie and Ollie pattern by Heather Bailey.

That, my friends, was the inspiration behind the Stacked Elephant baby shower invite. An invite that really made my Etsy shop take off.  That was several years ago, and since then I have sold hundreds and hundreds of these adorable little cards. I initially had them offered in just 4 colors. Yesterday I released 3 more colors for a total of 16 variations. Also, for a very small edit fee my customers can create their own color combo – and I’ve done many! I have done so many custom elephant cards I have lost count. In addition, I offer matching thank you cards, cupcake toppers, favor tags, and many more different party decor pieces. It’s so amazing what a tiny piece of inspiration can do and how far it can take you.

Check out more Stacked Elephant creations in my shop.

As a side note – I just visited Heather Bailey’s blog for the first time. If you love sewing, quilting, fabrics or just beautiful things I highly recommend you check it out!

And now off to work on some Etsy order’s. Stacked Elephants, of course!

 

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FREEBIE: Halloween Gift Tags

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Since Halloween is coming up, I’m reposting this fun freebie — Halloween tags perfect for Halloween party favors, teacher gifts, and more! Please feel free to use these for any personal use. Do not sell or redistribute as your own. Feel free to snap a picture and share your finished product on our Facebook page!

Click ( this link here ) to access the PDF. Save and print, then cut the squares out. For the perfect touch, use a 2″ circle punch to finish up.

Enjoy! Share if you wish :)

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New Christian Wall Art

As you know by now, I have an affinity for great fonts. It’s no wonder I’m drawn to creating art that involves fun with typography. Below I’ve posted some of my newest listing on Etsy. I’ve also opened up a shop at Society6 where I’ll continue to post some of my favorite wall art pieces. On Etsy, you simply order a digital file that you’ll receive via email. Then you print however and wherever you choose (personal printer on nice cardstock, professional printer, or even a photography for easy framing).

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FREEBIE: 1st Day of School Signage

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The first day of school is fast approaching and these signs are the perfect way to capture that “1st day” moment. Simply print and have your child hold the sign for their first day of school pictures before leaving the house! This collection includes preschool and pre-k (some areas call it different things) and grades 1-12.

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Also, don’t forget about our past freebie – a thank you card for teachers and staff (with free DIY envelope!), use anytime throughout the year to show how much you appreciate them!

These signs measure 8.5 x 11 and are in hi-res PDF format. Simply save to your computer, print, and trim if needed. You may also trim off the name / date portion if you prefer to have just the signage.

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FREEBIE: Family of Elephants Wall Art

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This adorable print would be perfect for any nursery! It measures 8.25 x 10.25 (can be trimmed to fit an 8×10 frame. It is available in green, blue, and pink. A fun family of elephants parades across the bottom of the print. Lowercase alphabet letters are shown in gray, the letters ‘i’ and ‘u’ are shown in their corresponding colors while the ‘o’ is shown in a heart – highlighting the phrase ‘i ❤ u’.

This would also be an amazing gift for a friends baby shower.

If you’d like this print in a custom color, please visit my Etsy shop and request a custom project.

 

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Download – Family of Elephants (Green)

Download – Family of Elephants (Blue)

 Download – Family of Elephants (Pink)

 

 

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Customize your fonts!

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Do you love fonts as much as I do? I seriously am a font-a-holic. I love browsing fonts, especially on site like Font Squirrel where all fonts are free for commercial use. I also love to download fonts, organize fonts (with help of free software like Nexus Font) and get inspired by new fonts through my design work.

One fun little trick that you might not know about is the use of glyphs in Illustrator. Most well designed fonts come with a set of alternative characters or glyphs, meaning you can swap out the standard, default characters for different ones. I will show you one example below, using one of my favorite fonts: Carolyna Pro Black by Emily Lime Design.

 

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Here is the font Carolyna Pro Black. The default font on the top. In the middle I’ve highlighted the glyphs that I swapped out, and at the bottom I’ve provided the final version. You can see how easy it is to customize many fonts with the simple use of glyphs.

To use the glyphs options in Illustrator, simply create a new file. Then, use your text tool to create a text box. Begin typing in the font of your choice and then you’ll select Type on the top and select Glyphs partway down that menu (see my image below). That glyphs menu will show you all available characters for that font. To make it even easier, select a single letter you want to swap and then in the glyphs menu select “Alternatives for Current Selection”. If you’ve highlighted the letter ‘C’ then the glyphs menu will show you alternatives for the letter ‘C’ only.

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Now it’s your turn! Have you ever used the glyphs option in Illustrator? Do you have a love for fonts? Tell us which ones you love!

 

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