Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Yet more time away

Once again, my world has gone crazy. I'm attempting to get as much done as possible over the next couple of weeks in preparation for Jr. to arrive, leaving me little time to post. So, I'm signing off for a couple of weeks, returning in early March for a couple of more weeks (hopefully) before Jr. makes an appearance.

Thank you everyone for checking in so often. For your blogging enjoyment while I'm away, here are a few blogs I've been enjoying lately:

What are some of your favorite craft and design blogs?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

I Heart Handmade show just in time for Valentine's Day

If you're going to be anywhere near Bellevue, Washington this Saturday, stop in and check out the I Heart Handmade gift show. There will be some great artisans and crafters there selling their wares just in time for Valentine's Day.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Boxes 'n' things

As noted in my last post, here are some images of some items I took over to Black Door Studio last week:
Coral entanglement keepsake box (6” w x 6” l x 2.875” t)

Copper red floral keepsake box (5" w x 8" l x 3" t)

Gold and green floral keepsake box (4" w x 5" l x 3" t)

Flower dragonfly keepsake box (5.75" w x 5.75" l x 2" t)

Cherry blossoms blank card and matching custom envelope

I've stopped calling my boxes gift boxes, and now refer to them as keepsake boxes. It's amazing to me what a difference a description can make. Gift boxes imply one-time use, while the boxes I make are sturdy, made from acid-free matboard and will last. They're great for display on a shelf and to keep miscellaneous items - photos, keepsakes, collections of plastic miniatures... many things.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Find Corbae at Black Door Studio

For those of you local to the Seattle/Everett area, I'm excited to announce that you can now find some of my boxes and cards at Black Door Studio in Everett! If you haven't checked out their retail store and studio space, it's well worth it!

Black Door Studio
237 Elm Street
Everett, WA

Facebook page

Web site

I'll post some of the new items I've made for the store in the next couple of days.

And if you're on Facebook, did you know that Corbae has a fan page? Yup... Check it out.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New year - what's the word?

A friend of mine started a tradition a few years ago that I've completely co-opted. Instead of coming up with a list of new year's resolutions pick one word that will help define the experiences you want for the year. I love this idea as opposed to a list of resolutions I probably won't keep. A single word to push me to focus on what I think is important for the year.

I don't remember every word I've picked over the last few years, but do remember "Bold" and "Create". I think I used something akin to "Do" a few years ago as well.

For 2010?

I've chosen "Learn" as my guiding word. I'm excited about this and am already thinking about all of the things I want to focus on learning:

  • I'm going to be a new mom. Being a parent is going to be a daily exercise in learning new skills and patience.

  • I want to enhance my design skills on the web side. The basics? No problem. But I want to learn to do thing so I don't feel held back when designing for the web.

  • I want to expand my knowledge of papercraft - always!

  • I want to read, read, read.

  • I want to relearn drawing by hand, so I don't feel so bogged down when I want to produce a sketch.

  • I want to learn more on the technical side of renewable energy to understand available technologies better.

But, it's all about learning.

What's your word for 2010?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Christmas to all

After some serious scrambling, I managed to get my holiday cards out in the mail on the 23rd of December. At this point, I think they might be New Years cards.

This was my first attempt at using my die cut machine (KNK Groove-e) I purchased way back in late June. It definitely takes some trial and error to get the hang of it. But, luckily, the software is compatible with Illustrator, so so far I’ve only had to learn the basics of the cumbersome software that comes with the cutter. I can do all my actual drawing in Illy.

I’m happy with the results, if more time consuming than I’d hoped. Everything was done with papers and coverstock I had on hand, using up extras of papers I purchased for other projects. The design was originally freehand drawn, then scanned, and finally traced in Illy. The card is two sheets – an overlay with the diecut pattern and an internal coverstock card, attached to each other via a string binding.

Enjoy! And for those of you who celebrate Christmas: have a safe and merry one! For those of you who don’t: have a lovely, quiet 25th.

Learn more about the KNK from the online expert - Sandy McCauley

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Custom boxes as gifts

I love making custom boxes for gifts. The packaging becomes part of the gift itself. I've had people tell me that they display their boxes long after the gift itself is gone. They use the box for regifts (which is my favorite use for them), with the boxes often reappearing year after year within a family. Not only can I customize the size of the box to fit the contents, but I can customize the paper and design to fit the recipient(s).

But, of course, making these boxes is time consuming. I wish I could take the time to make them for all gifts, especially at Christmas, but there just aren't enough hours in the day. So, I often pick one or two gifts that get a custom box, rotating through family and friends.

Here's one I made for a gift of wine this year:

When it was done, I used a lovely red ribbon to tie it closed. Green and red – hard to get more Christmasy than that.

Interested in a custom box for your gifts? Email me or convo me via my Etsy store.