THE Butter!

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There is nothing simpler or more delicious than homemade nut butter.  Nuts are an amazing food packed with nutrients and wonderful flavors.  Grind them up with some sea salt and you have food heaven.  I love using different combinations of nuts and spices to see how I can get the most from the natural flavors.  Nut butters are nature’s perfect gift for everything from celebrating to comforting.

Strength in Nut Butter

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How do I respond to friends in crisis?  I make them nut butter! There is just something about a homemade nut butter that brings comfort in stressful times.  Perhaps it takes us back to those carefree peanut butter and jelly days of our childhood.

Inspiration

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Searching for inspiration for an upcoming lettering/logo project!

We Interrupt the New Adventure with this other new thing…

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The ladies at Hand Lettered Design have come out with a new course – Intermediate Lettering – Flourishing & Layout! Two of the biggest questions, once you start lettering are:  Where do I add flourish and How do I Layout the Words?  This new course is designed to answer both of those questions. I loved the beginning courses I took with Lisa and Addi so I am really looking forward to this course as well.

 

 

Thank you

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For this card I wrote out the Thank You using a Tombow brush pen in black ink and then cut around the words.  Using the new Elinor Background stamp from Simon Says Stamp, I stamped over the top of the words using Broken China Distress Ink. Next I layered various additional colors of Distress Ink, Seedless Preserves, Mustard Seed and Vintage Photo. I spritzed it all with water and applied some heat to set everything.

The base of the card is from Hero Arts and coordinated perfectly with the Broken China ink. I also used Distress Ink on the card base, Broken China and Vintage Photo, and then spritzed that with water and dabbed with a towel.  I really like how the coated card base reacted with the Distress Ink and water.

When everything was dry, I used a Ranger collage stick to apply the words to the base and Glossy Accents to apply the Mermaid sequins from Lucy’s Cards, an exclusive from Hero Arts.

I have added this card to my Etsy shop here.

 

Fude Brush Lettering Drills

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Practicing with some Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens and some drills courtesy of the ladies at Hand Lettered Design.  These pens are the perfect size of small scale lettering.