Monday, July 21, 2014

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

There is nothing better on a HOT and HUMID July SUMMER DAY than an ICE COLD glass of LEMONADE!!  REALLY!!  REFRESHING!!  YUMMMMMMMMM!!!  Go ahead, go grab a glass....you know you want to!  Then, take a peek at my new collection inspired by the refreshing taste of ICE COLD LEMONADE.

HAPPY SIPPING!!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sassafrass

I love cats!  I have always loved cats!  For over 16 years, my husband and I had three lovable, frisky kitties that brought much joy to our lives.   They will always be fondly remembered.   Now, we have a dog.  Her name is Sally.  She too is very lovable and frisky.  However, at 50 lbs, she thinks she is a lap dog.  I beg to differ.  Still, we love her...even with all of her shedding.  But this post is about cats.  Someday we will have another cat...or two.  They are just so cuddly and quiet.  Cats can be sneaky, sly, frisky and playful...all at the same time.  They are self sufficient and smart.  I thoroughly enjoy watching their sassy, carefree personalities emerge.  Thus, my inspiration for my new collection of patterns is the sweet, loving, curious creature we call CATS.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Crazy for Maisy

Oh my, it has been way too long since my last post!  Running kids, summer sun, swimming, golf, soccer, vacation.....so much to do...so little summer!  I have been trying to squeeze every bit of the sunshine out of summer which has taken me outdoors most days.  However, recently we had a cold snap and I was able to sit, sketch, and design at my computer.  Ahhhh.....so WONDERFUL!!  Oh how I have missed that!  Well, this is my new collection that I have quickly fallen head over heels for.  I pondered and searched several days for just the right name, and basically the name found me.  I LOVE IT!  I would love to know what you all think of it too.  Please feel free to leave me a comment.  Thanks so much!!


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....