Thursday, June 18, 2015

Fontastic Birthday Invitations!

Birthday Bash blank invitations

I treated myself to a couple of fonts recently and I couldn't wait to put them to good use, especially my new cursive fonts. Ever since I began practicing my hand-lettering, I've been more drawn to calligraphy style fonts, such as Bulgary by Artimasa.

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I have a pretty hefty font wish-list, but after seeing the many different looks you can achieve with Bulgaria by using the glyphs palette in Illustrator (as seen in the image below), buying this one was an easy choice. It's clean, legible, fun and sophisticated at the same time - not an easy combination of characteristics to achieve, so hats off to the designer for a job well done and font well designed!


And thanks to all the amazing font designers out there! You guys make our job as graphic designers MUCH easier by providing us with the tools that allow us to shine in our craft.

~ Dio
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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Under the Sea Fill-In-The-Blank Invitations

Introducing the latest addition to my line of printable stationery, under the sea invitations - just in time for your upcoming summer parties! I'll soon add a template of this design to my Zazzle shop where you'll be able to customize them on-screen and purchase them already printed. Until then, you can print as many as you need for one low price, when you purchase this print-at-home PDF download from my website. The invitations measure 5"x7" and fit perfectly into A7 (5.25"x7.25") envelopes.

~ Dio
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Hand Lettering: Live, Love, Sparkle

So now that I've been practicing my hand lettering for a while and becoming more confident in my abilities, I decided to try something new. I found a few plain ceramic mugs at a good price, I  thought "oh, what the heck..." bought some ceramic markers* and came home eager to try my lettering on a new medium. Part of me was a little nervous about possibly ruining a perfectly plain coffee mug, but I figured #1) it wasn't a huge investment, and #2) I can always use them as planters or donate them to Angel View. 

Well, to my surprise, I really like they way they turned out! I especially love the metallic inks, they really add a nice accent to my designs. Above is one of the cups I've decorated. I think this one might become my daily companion at the office. Don't be surprised if you start seeing a few of these in my Etsy shop or website. Once I get started on something, it's hard to stop, and I don't have enough cabinet space to store them all! 


~ Dio
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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Feliz Mother's Day

Feliz Mother's Day

Mother's Day is celebrated in Mexico on May 10th regardless of what day of the week it falls on. This year (2015) it falls on the second Sunday of May, same as Mother's Day in the US. So in honor of my momma and my heritage, I created this illustration in my sketchbook wishing all Spanish-Speaking and English-speaking and Spanglish-Speaking moms (like me!) a very Happy Mother's Day.

~Dio
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Friday, May 8, 2015

Printable: Is the Moon Made of Cheese?

Free Printable Coloring Page by Paisley In Paris™

Being a mom is definitely the most challenging and most rewarding experience I’ve ever had. I was never a worrier until I became a mother. Never in my life had I been so exhausted until I became a mother. Never did my memory fail me, until I became a mother. There’s so much going on in the life of a mom, managing a home, her health and well-being, finances, career, and the activities other people in her household. Never did I value my privacy so much, until I became a mom. I’m 10 years into this mom thing and I still can’t pee without being approached with a question on other side of the door. And never did I know the meaning of true love until I laid eyes on that tiny little human for the first time. Watching her grow and become this whole other person with her own thoughts and feelings right before my very eyes has been absolutely magical. There’s so much beauty inside of her, and so much curiosity which results in oh so many questions. My God! The questions, day in and day out. Sometimes I just want to scream at the top of my lungs “Can you just be quiet for ONE second please!” because I honestly cannot hear myself think. But I don’t. I remain as calm as I possibly can, and kindly ask for a moment of silence so I can concentrate on the task at hand. You see, it is that same curiosity that will drive her in life to go places, to learn and explore and find answers on her own.

Needless to say, it was my own daughter that inspired this doodle in my sketchbook which I am releasing today as a free printable. And what better time to share than the Friday before Mother’s Day. So this one’s for you, mommies! In appreciation of all your hard work and patience, because boy, does it take patience. But remember, when your little ones drives you crazy with question after question, it was curiosity that led mankind to set foot on the moon.

Have a great weekend and to all you moms out there, have a very Happy Mother’s Day!
~ Dio

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Paper Coasters: Kokeshi, Hand Lettered, Doodle Art

Zazzle had a 30% offer on paper coasters that I just couldn't pass up, especially since I recently created a few using some of my latest designs. So I used the coupon code to place an order and check out the quality, and you know what? Zazzle never disappoints! I absolutely love the way they printed! The colors are very rich, and though I've seen thicker coasters, these are still pretty sturdy and slightly larger than others carried at popular dining establishments and bars.

I especially like how the ink sparkles a bit when the sun hits it a certain way. You can kinda get a glimpse of it when looking at the blue coaster in the picture above. I'm so happy with them, that from now on, I"m going to make sure I include coasters on all my special events stationery collections.



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Friday, April 24, 2015

Freebie Friday: Printable Recipe Card

Freebie Friday printable recipe cards

I've got a sweet treat for you today - printable recipe cards! 

They measure 4x6 inches, and are set up to print 2 on an 8.5"x11" sheet of card stock. These are great for sharing family recipes with friends, and they also make a great bridal shower gift. Simply fill-in the cards with a couple of your favorite recipes, package them together with a few baking supplies and viola! You have yourself a cute, usable gift, something both the bride and groom will enjoy over and over again. 

Hurry on over to my website! These are only free till Sunday, April 26th.

~Dio

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Crafting with Scallop Circles

I love paper punches and die cuts, and my favorite one of all by far is the 2-inch scallop circle. These cute bits of paper goodness are so versatile, you can use them pretty much for anything!

scallop paper circle crafts
You can make cute little gift enclosures like the one I made above.

cupcake topper
You can make cupcake toppers or food picks by simply attaching a sticker to the center and taping a toothpick to the back.

scallop circles
You can use them to make paper bunting, gift tags, to label jars, to add a focal point to invitations and stationery - you name it! 

Feeling creative? Hop on over to my Etsy shop and get yourself a set of 30 scallop card stock circles available in eight different colors. Choose your favorite or mix and match to create your own customized set. It's a great way to acquire a few pieces to play and experiment without having to purchase the paper punch itself if it's not something you'll be using often. 

Go ahead and give 'em a try. You'll be crafting like a pro in no time!

~Dio

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