Thursday, March 13, 2014

THE GREAT BIG STITCHED POSTCARD SWAP


This week, I took part in the Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap for the first time.  You can learn more about this by clicking on the picture above.  The theme for the swap was "Create", and the only rule was that the postcard had to contain some sort of stitching on it.  

I decided to "Create" a postcard with hidden surprises.  I first sketched my house and some surprise hidden elements that would go inside.  I then scanned my sketches into Illustrator and traced my images.  Finally, I organized and colored the sketches into the final postcard design using Photoshop. 

Sketch of elements in postcard

Sketch to Finished Postcard


I created two layers to my postcard that I stitched together.  On the top layer, I cut flaps that would reveal the surprise hidden elements from the second layer. 


Inside of Postcard

Outside of Postcard


The flaps open up to reveal the hidden surprise elements.  

I really enjoyed participating in this swap, and love the idea of receiving a beautifully handcrafted piece of art from another artist!  I hope my swap partner enjoys my postcard!

Monday, March 10, 2014

From story books...to comic strips...to paper dolls

Ever since I can remember, I have had a LOVE for PAPER!  Some of my first and fondest memories of childhood involved paper....reading, writing, drawing, cutting, folding, and creating.  

When I was a little girl, I had a pretty typical bedtime routine...bath, books, bed.  Almost every night after bath time, I would grab a stack of storybooks to read.  I distinctly remember the joy I felt looking at the beautifully hand drawn illustrations and the wonderful feeling of the crisp pages in my fingers.  Many hours were spent flipping through the pages, reading and dreaming about the places and people in my books.  

My love of hand drawn illustrations and stories was not limited to children's books.  I loved comics too!  Every Sunday morning my Dad would get the newspaper and read it at breakfast.  I can recall the wonderful inky smell of the paper, and how I would quickly flip through the pages to find the comics section.  Some of my favorite comics were Peanuts, Garfield, and Frank & Ernest.  I would practice drawing these characters over and over again until I could finally draw them from memory.  To this day, my Dad has kept many of my first comic strip drawings.    

As I grew older, I developed a real love for paper dolls.  I had many different types of paper dolls...Barbie, The Ginghams and Holly Hobbie to name a few.  I also loved making my own paper dolls.    Each season, my mom used to get the big JCPenney and Sears catalogs.  I eagerly anticipated the arrival of those catalogs, because I would page through them and find models that I could cut out and create fashions for.  I spent hours drawing and designing outfits and prints for those models...thus began my lifelong passion for creating paper dolls and patterns.

Pretty Changes Barbie Paper Dolls

The Ginghams Paper Doll Sets

Holly Hobbie Paper Dolls
 These days I have a sweet little girl named Ruby that I can share my love of paper dolls with.  When Ruby was two, I decided that I would design a set of paper dolls that we could play with together.  I developed a set called "Mommy and Me" that has two dolls...one for me and one for Ruby.  Now that she is five, we have lots of fun dressing up our dolls and changing the clothes.  Ruby has even begun to draw her own dolls and clothes.  I am over the moon that my little girl loves paper dolls as much as me!





So, for all of you fantastic readers out there hopping through this super fun blog hop, I wanted to personally share a bit of my paper doll passion with you.  So, I designed a sweet paper doll named Ginger that has a bit of vintage flare.  Her outfits are patterned with designs that I developed too.  I have made her available as a free download, so just click on the link below, download file, and print off on heavy card stock paper at home.  I hope you enjoy her as much as I do!

Click HERE for free download of my Ginger paper dolls.


My Ginger paper dolls are for personal use only.  Please no selling, copying, or profiting from it.
Copyright 2014 Holly Helgeson Designs.  Please link back to my page when possible. Thank you. 

In addition, I have compiled several of my favorite paper dolls on my Pinterest board.  Click HERE to take a peek at my paper doll pins.  

Thanks so much for stopping by to read about why I love paper!  I would love to know why you love paper too, so please feel free to leave a comment below.  Please hop on over to Claudine Hellmuth for more paper love! 

Here is a list of all the wonderful bloggers participating in the Paperlove Blog Hop.  Please click on each bloggers link below to discover why they all love paper!


The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more HERE.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I'm in PaperLove Blog Hop Teaser...


On March 10th, over 80 bloggers from all over the world will join in a collective virtual celebration of paper in the PaperLove Blog Hop.  I am super excited to be one of those bloggers sharing my love of paper!  Please save this date, March 10th, and make sure to check back to discover some fabulous blogs and learn why so many people LOVE PAPER.  Until then...go create something yummy with paper!  


 I would love to hear why you love paper too!  Please feel free to comment or post a link to your fun paper creations.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Journals....hmmm Maybe


So...I really love these little illustrations, and I have been playing around to see how they could be used.  I love to journal and thought the illustrations added a sweet touch.  They could also adorn notebooks and sketchbooks.  Aside from a little framed print, what would you like to see the illustrations applied to?  Hmmm...guess I will have to experiment some more.  :)  Too be continued....



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pen Pals and Design Block

Do you ever have days where you just don't feel like you have a creative bone in your body, days that you just can't come up with any new designs, or the things you do create are just so so?  Well, lately I have had a bit of a block with pattern design.   So, to get my creativity flowing again I grabbed my sketch book and  started drawing and creating some adorable little characters.  

When I was a kid I used to create my own paper dolls, comic strips and cartoons all the time.  I would practice my technique by copying "Frank & Ernest" and "Garfield" comics from the Sunday newspaper.  And, from that practice I started developing my own characters and my own style.  

These sweet little friends have been playing around in my head for some time.  So, I grabbed a pen, decided to push through my design block, and gave life to them.  I have given each one of them a "colorful" name and collectively named them "Pen Pals".  I am thrilled with my new little friends and can't wait to draw more.  I have several more colors to add to this little group.  It seems my design block has taken a playful detour...and I am loving it!  



Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Wise Person Never Stops Learning


Each day holds new possibilities.  I challenge you to learn something new everyday.

Bite Sized Happiness

  

Need I say more?  Go share a cupcake with someone special! 

No matter where you are...


My sweet little illustrations were inspired by and created for my children.  These messages carry meaning  that I hope they will remember and follow throughout their lives.  Simple messages with important meaning.  No matter where we go in life...we can always bloom where we are planted.  

Follow Your Dreams and Reach for the Sky



It is never to late to follow your dream!  I always tell my kids to shoot for the stars, reach for the sky, and follow their dreams.....they can be anything they want to be.  I love watching my kids grow and learn.  It brings me such joy to see their unique personalities and individual talents shine!  

  I hope they always know how much they are loved...by God and by me and their dad.  

We love because he first loved us.  
John 4:19

May You Always Dance


Inspired by my little dancing queen...God definitely gave her the gift of dance!  And what joy it brings to our hearts to watch her!  May you always dance...no matter what.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Just a little girly fun!

I was inspired to create this design called 'Princess Party' for my 5yr old daughter Ruby.  Today she went on a date with her daddy...that meant no brothers were allowed!  She had been talking about it for days and was so excited when today finally arrived.  The day started with a glam session...bath, bubbles and beauty treatment.  Ruby insisted that she wear a dressy outfit (hot pink tights, pink leopard print skirt, and black shirt) and have her hair curled.  I suggested that some pink painted nails would go perfect with her outfit.  She agreed with excitement!  She completed her ensemble with a pair of sunglasses, funky pink sequined hat and some brightly colored pink and purple hair.  Now that is girly fun!!!  Ahhh...they grow up too fast!                                      
                                                              My princess...Ruby.


              
   

My design 'Princess Party.

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