Tuesday, April 11, 2017

And the winner is......

Hallo there!
First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to watch my video last week and sharing your sweet comments here, on my Youtube and on my Instagram :)

And now to announce the winner! 

The randomly selected winner is ..... @sharingnewlove 

I will send the winner a dm on Instagram to find out where to send this happy mail to!

Thank you all for participating. I will have more giveaways in the near future.

Have a good week!

Hugs - Evelin

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Youtube video + A Giveaway!

Good day to you all! :)

Over the last week, I was busy recording and creating this video that I will be sharing today using stamp sets I designed for Winnie & Walter. I have a love/hate relationship recording videos. On one hand, I love doing it but sometimes I have to stop multiple times during a recording and the lighting is all off because of that or when I keep stumbling during the voice overs.. haha. Does anyone else have that kind of feelings towards video recording, or is it just me? :P

It's Teacher's Appreciation week in my son's school and I made a set of woodland themed card sets as a gift to his teacher. In conjunction with that, I also want to appreciate you guys and so there will be a giveaway with this video. Yeay! (more details below)

Stamp sets used are illustrated by me for Winnie & Walter:
1. Kindness
2. Happiest of Holidays
3. Welcome to the Family

All the stamp sets are available on Winnie & Walter's website

And now for the details on the Giveaway!

To win the Giveaway Bundle of the Kindness Stamp Set & Cutaways, all you have to do is:

1. Give this video a thumbs up! :)
2. Subscribe to my Youtube channel 
3. Follow @winniewalter and @evelintdesigns on Instagram
4. Follow http://www.blog.winniewalter.com/ and http://evelintdesigns.blogspot.com/

Giveaway ends April 5, 2017 and I will pick a random winner to be announced on my Blog and Instagram.

Thank you for watching my videos and Good Luck!


Monday, March 13, 2017

Tips & Techniques : Staedtler Triplus Fineliner

Hi there! I hope that you are having a lovely day and thank you for dropping by. Today I want to share a little tip that I use when I am painting/coloring small images.

When I illustrated these trees and cactuses for Winnie and Walter's Kindness stamp set , I drew the flowers and hearts really tiny. Well, I wanted them to look dainty and add interest to the plants without overwhelming them. However, they can be a little challenging to color. Especially if you love to watercolor them (like me) :)

However, if you have fine tip colored pens or my personal favorites, the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner, you can use them to color these fine details. The nibs are really fine and they color very well over watercolor too. It covers the green totally and the red stands out. And because the nib is really fine, you can get the tiny areas and won't run the risk of coloring out of the line. I am 'slightly' very OCD, so I need to color within the lines... hehe.

As you can see, using this fineliner allows me great coverage and oh, it also doesn't bleed! Another plus, right? :)

I hope that you enjoyed this little tip and have fun coloring tiny images on the stamps in your stash. I would love to see your creations if you made any using this tip. Just link me up in the comments section.

Thank you for dropping by!
- Evelin

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Brush Pen Review | Brush Pens I am Currently Using

Hi friends! I hope that you are having a good day so far and thank you for dropping by :)

I have posted a review of the current brush pens that I have in my stash up on my Youtube channel (video is also in this post if you read all the way to the end.. hehe).

I started my calligraphy journey a long time ago back in high school and I was using one of those refillable calligraphy pens. Most of the scripts I have written back then were Italics or Gothic styles because I only have the italic nib and I didn't know there were so many different types of scripts. Like drawing, I stopped writing in calligraphy when I went off to pursue my tertiary education. I think I probably didn't have as much time at my disposal as I used to back in high school and so I didn't even think about them. Come to think of it, I stopped many creative things in College.... I stopped drawing, writing and reading for leisure! If I could turn back time, I would tell myself to continue my creative pursuits even if it was only for 10-15 minutes a day!

Back in 2013/14, I discovered modern calligraphy on Instagram. I bough a kit from Maybelle and learned how to write using a dip pen. That was fun but being a leftie, writing with a dip pen came with quite a bit of challenges. The angle of the nib, the wet ink smudges are a constant struggle. That said, I like how I had to slow down to write each and every letter and just let it flow. Another one of my personal challenge was that I like it if I write in a straight line and because I am a leftie and the angle I hold my nib, I slant my paper and that made it hard for me to see if I was writing straight. haha.... 

Then I discovered --> Brush Pens! Yeay! They write like a pen but with a brush nib that allows me to achieve that thick and think lines I love but I can hold them like I would a pen and not have to slant the paper :D Figuring out which brush pens to use was the only challenge and I began my journey figuring out which ones would be best suited for me and that's where this blog post and video comes in.

I don't have many brush pens in my stash but I do have very good ones, in my opinion. I don't have colored ones because I will use my watercolor brush if I am doing brush calligraphy in colors. I will probably do a video of that in the near future. Let me know if you would like that :)

The brush pens used in this video are all my own and are not sponsored:
  1.  Tombow Calligraphy Pen Dual Nib - Black/Grey
  2.  Tombow Soft Nib
  3.  Pentel Sign Pens
  4.  Faber-Castell Brush Pen
  5.  Deleter Neopiko Line 3
  6.  Kuretake Fudegokochi 

If you have any questions, please do leave a comment. I am also on Instagram and you can follow me @evelintdesigns for more of my stationery and cards in pictures. 

Thank you for dropping by!
- Evelin

Friday, March 3, 2017

Travelers Notebook : Flip-through Jan-Feb 2017

Hallo there, friends :)

In an earlier post this year, I wrote about simplifying my planner/journal stash and I am happy to report that so far, it has been good for my soul. I have been using the journal in my Traveler's Notebook to document my days and to write down things I am thankful for. On some days, I can fill up the whole page or more but on some days, I might only just write down my thankful thoughts for the day or some brush lettering on uplifting quotes or scriptures.

My Moleskine is strictly a planner where I put my To Do's, plan my blog posts and scribble some random ideas. Kinda like a catch all... although I feel that there is not enough space sometimes. haha. This year, I am planning some staycations and day trips to take with the family too. So, the monthly pages in the Moleskine does come in very handy. One of the reason why I chose the Moleskine was because it had the monthly layout and also the weekly layout in one planner. I only wished they had more blank pages at the end of the book so that I can write down Ideas/scribbles. My plan for next year was to only use the TN but I need to find out if the TN has a monthly and Weekly view in one notebook. If it doesn't, I probably will have to rethink that option for next year. 

I keep my journal pretty fluid. I think it is most probably influenced by elements of scrapbooking and Project Life. Some of my pages lean heavily on writing while others have photos, ephemera, doodles, brush lettering, embellishments.... It's like I fused the things I love most about each of the creative outlet I used to do into one journal and I like that :)

I hope that you will enjoy my short video flip-through of my Jan-Feb pages. I also share my life in pictures over at my Instagram and crafty videos over at my Youtube channel.

Thank you for dropping by!
- Evelin

Monday, February 27, 2017

Sunshine + Fresh Air = Good for the Soul

Good Monday Morning!

I hope you are having a great start of the day and have had (or is having) your morning coffee :) I love my morning coffee and some peace and quiet before the day starts.

Anyways, how was your weekend? It has been rainy here in Southern California and I have been loving it. Well, I do enjoy the sunshine too but if given a choice, I would choose cloudy days above all. Rain is great too cos everything seems to slow down and I do understand that it's harder to do outdoor activities when it rains but there's always comfort in a good book under a throw or enjoying journaling and art indoors! 

Last Saturday, however, was nice and sunny which was perfect for soccer practice :)

We don't usually go out to the parks in the mornings so this is a new routine for us, which we are actually enjoying. After breakfast, we drove to the Park where the kids were to have their soccer practice.

It's fun to see all the kids listening to the Coaches' instructions and learning to kick and dribble the ball. The kids were having so much fun and I love how attentive and focused Ryan was. We have brought him along with us since he was a little over 2 years old to the field in the summer months to practice kicking the soccer ball and to run with us and he has always enjoyed it so when his classmate's mum organized this soccer practice, we said we would join.

They also had some other fun and games after some light drills. 

Fresh air and sunshine is so good for the soul (my favorite is still cloudy days.. haha). Hubby and I were saying that we are going to take turns watching Ryan so that the other can go for a jog around the park and get our exercise in too. I do love that idea and can't wait for next Saturday to be here already :)

Have a lovely day!
- Evelin

Friday, February 24, 2017

Resist.able Papers & Watercolor

Good morning!

I have been having fun thinking of blog posts, blogging and recording videos to share. It does take quite a bit of time to do all the above but I do think that it is a good use of time and any time that is well used, is good for the soul, right? :)

Doing voiceovers is still one of the things that takes up quite a big chunk of time because I kept blubbering and had to retake them several times. Haha. I believe that as time goes by and I get more practice, it will get better and faster! Anyways, my videos are usually really short (so that I don't have to talk much...) and I hope that you enjoy watching them as much as I had fun recording & editing them.

Today, I am sharing a card video using resist.able papers from PinkPaislee and stamps from Winnie & Walter. I do believe that these papers are from quite a long time ago. I have been hoarding them and as I was reorganizing this time, I thought that I had better use them. Hoarding them won't make anything fun :) So I trimmed them down to size, pulled out my watercolors and started playing! I use the word 'playing' when I am working on my illustrations too and my hubby always thought that I am not doing what I am supposed to be doing and is really actually playing! LOL. 

Below is the process video of me playing with the resist.able papers and creating the cards you saw above. I hope that you will enjoy watching it. I am also on Instagram and would love for you to follow me there too :)

As usual, thank you for dropping by!
- Evelin