Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Branding Makeover and My First Giveaway! - Winner announced!

Do you know Jenni20 on Etsy and Twitter? You should. And if you didn't before you will now. I just gave  her a branding makeover which included a logo, business card, banner and avatar's for her Etsy shop and blog! Aside from being a teacher by day (and a Janeite like myself) she also makes the most adorable travel accessories; everything from passport covers to travel laundry bags and shoe bags in really cute fabrics! 

Pictured above are samples of her passport cover design and lingerie bag. In celebration of her new look the lovely Jenni20 Designs will be giving away a lingerie bag in a fabric of your choosing AND a passport cover in a coordinating color/print. Isn't that FAB? I know you want these.

Here are the ways you can enter to win:
  • Visit Jenni20Designs on Etsy and tell us what your favorite item in her shop is. 
  • Follow Jenni20 Designs Blog
  • Follow Jenni20 Designs on Twitter
  • Follow On the Surface Blog
  • Become a fan of EC Design on Facebook
  • Follow @ecdesignz on Twitter
  • Mention this giveaway on Twitter (be sure to mention @ecdesignz and @jenni20designs so we can see your tweets), your blog, or facebook.

Be sure to leave your contact info and entry (for each) in comments below. Winner will be chosen by random on Monday evening Sept 27th and notified by email. Good luck!

The drawing is now closed. The winner is....

Erin according to the Random Number Generator! Congrats Erin!! Thanks to everyone who entered and commented! 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Sketchbook Project 2011 Day 12

I thought I'd do something different this time around. Instead of working on a single page in one day I decided to do a spread. This was completed on Labor Day in Central Park whilst lying on the grass with Belvidere Castle in my view. It was a perfect day. Not too warm, not too cool and not too packed. Not to mention there was no traffic going into the city and free parking on the street due to the holiday. All these things made for a wonderful day out with the kids, despite a few hiccups. 

In case you are wondering I used My Sakura Pigma Sensei, and Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens, along with some watercolor for this spread. The pens have been my favorite to use so far. It's no wonder they are a favorite of Manga artists. My next purchase will be waterbrushes that I hear from Wendy Wright are amazing. I also want to give Copic Markers a try since I read Kathy Weller's post about them - I just love her progress so far! Cute cute cute! Anyhooooo...hope you are enjoying my journey. I sure am. =)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Trend Alert: Lace

Lace Evening Bag - MoMa Store: $54.95
I am loving lace at the moment. It's everywhere you look. Being an Austen fanatic it's no wonder why I love that lace is back. Yes, even those lace kitchen curtains your grandmother used to have in her house are trendy so why not raid her attic? Scan in some old lace and make a nice overlay in photoshop for your photos. Wear it, hang it around the house, craft with it, print it - the limits are endless!

Here are my contributions to the lace trend for Wedding Paper Divas. Just had to get on the bandwagon. The lace was time consuming to draw in Illustrator, but very relaxing and meditative. Thank goodness for my Bamboo tablet and pen! =)

Chic Boudoir Invitation - Wedding Paper Divas

Bridal Lace Invitation - Wedding Paper Divas

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Something to Inspire you: Hand Drawn Type

Type on fruit by Sarah King. Type on napkins and toilet paper by SHCH Graphics Group.

This is some of the most amazing hand drawn type I have ever seen. I just love that the 'canvases' are a bit unconventional too. Talk about inspiration! Hope this gets all you Sketchbook Project artist's off your butts and drawing - I certainly have the itch after viewing these!

Friday, September 10, 2010

My new obsession - Japanese Masking Tape

I am in love with Japanese masking tape lately. I have some rolls that were given to me by my friend Melissa that I still have in the packaging because they are just too pretty to open up and use! Silly, I know. Melissa and I both have an obsession with stationery. We always joke that we both have accumulated enough stuff that we could open up our own shop. Hmm....maybe I can twist her arm?

From the top: Japanese masking tape Set of 3 by PrettyTape on Etsy; Have a Nice Day Jumbo Deco Tape by Charmstore on Etsy; I love Paris Japanese Decorative Tape Set by KawaiiTape on Etsy; Petit Jumble Decorative Tape by Petit Collage; Petit Garden Decorative Tape by Petit Collage; Wild Flowers Decorative Fabric Tape by Cute Tape

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Sketchbook Project 2011 Day 10 & 11

Medium: Pitt artist pens, Sakura pens
This spread is A Day in the Life...of every mom I know! We all find ourselves sounding like our mother's from time to time (admit it). It can't be helped. It's our full-time job keeping our little ones safe and happy and teaching them how to be model citizens. Let's hope it's worth all the screaming and yelling and scolding and they don't live to resent us. =)

I'll bet any amount of money you mom's have said all of these phrases in just one day. I know I have! =)
Which is the one that is MOST familiar to you?