Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Friday + Happy Valentine's Day!

I shall wrap up this week with the very sweet illustration by Anne Lambelet. I hope you enjoyed your week here with me because I had a great fun sharing all the features the past week with you all. If you celebrate the holiday then here're a few quick links with inspiring Valentine's day ideas and free printables.

- Download free card, tags, bookmarks, envelope from here.

- You can print this printable to wrap your candy bar.

- Pillow boxes in two designs can be downloaded from here.

- Easy treat ideas like oreo owls and nutter butter owls.

Have a wonderful weekend! I'll see you on Monday.

Yvonne Herbst: Felted Creatures

Born in Germany Yvonne Herbst is presently working and living in Everett, Washington. After graduating with Bachelor in Arts degree  from Waldorf school she worked as a painter for 10 years at Pixar Animation Studios but felt she needed to branch out and find other mediums to work with. She taught herself sewing and started to create amazing life-like creatures. Her needle felted animals have distinctive personality and character. It takes about a week for Herbst to make one single animal. 

"The idea to try felting swam around in my head for a year or so before I just bought a small amount of roving and a few needles," she says.

She has an online store Yvonne's Workshop where she sells her needle felted animals. You can join her on facebook for updates on her new work and to see her work in the past.

Owl Gift Bags Tutorial + Printables

Craft Yourself shared a wonderful tutorial with the help of which you can create your own unique owl stand up bag. The tutorial requires a pre-made bag which you customize with owl design or any other design you like. Other option is that you use brown paper bag or make one yourself using fabric scraps, something like this before you put embellishments on it. This is a great bag for a small gift, treats or favors on all kinds of occasions. Once the bag is ready, attach a Valentine's day tag on it which you can download and print for free in four designs.

You must visit the blog following the link above for more creative ideas like mother's day dress style gift bag and father's day tie gift bag tutorials. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Owl Always Love You Cookies for Valentine's Day

“Owl” Always Love You Nutter Butter are the cutest little Valentine's Day treats ever! These owl cookies are super easy to make and super cute with no baking required. You will be able to whip them up in no time. All in all these cookies are sure to be a great hit at any party.

For the step by step instructions, list of materials (which consists of only a few ingredients) and tips go to Colleen's blog The Smart Cookie Cook.

Printable Owl Card With 4 Patterns

"Owl be Your Valentine" is an adorable card that can be downloaded and printed from here for free! This card comes with four lovely patterns to make origami hearts! You also have an option to fill the banner with a small message or text of your liking before you print the card. Go to the link given above for downloading the card template and patterns to make your own owl card this Valentine's day.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Owl Latte Art Collection

Today's post is for all the owl lovers (of course) as well as those who enjoy a good cup of joe. Latte art is one of the finest art forms created by pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso, generating patterns and designs.

I hand-picked these deliciously cute latte art examples with owl designs. The kind of latte art that would make your day better!

Bags, Bags, Bags by Accessorize

I have blogged about Accessorize and their delightful owl products many times in the past including here and here. While browsing through their website, I came across a bunch of owl bags in different styles. These bags are functional as well as stylish, and there is certainly one for everyone. They are all so cute! It's hard for me to decide which is my favorite. Number 6 is perfect for a carrying books to a class and number 2 will be a great choice for an evening out. Which one do you like the most?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Package Design: Strong Nutrients

Pearlfisher commissioned Andy Lyons an illustrator based in Mayenne, France to design branding and packing for new nutrients brand called Strong. Andy Lyons created a series of bird illustrations - 13 pieces for the 13 products - each linking to the benefits of the supplements. 

Each bird illustration was first sketched in Photoshop, and then using the pen tool the main shapes were drawn. After adding lots of gradients, layers of masks and layers of different paper textures Andrew managed to achieve depth in his pieces that gave the illustrations an impression as if they were sculptures created out of paper!

Karen Welman, founding partner and chief creative officer at Pearlfisher commented: “The idea was to create an high impact visual story using the metaphor of beautiful and elegant birds that have hidden strength. The brand name – Strong – and the playful variant names and descriptors are simple yet high impact and clearly communicate the brand’s promise of inner strength and outer beauty. Pearlfisher created custom hand-drawn typography for the brand name and commissioned a series of bespoke bird illustrations that bring to life the product benefits in an unexpected and emotive way. For example, for ‘brain box’ an owl was used to represent how the powerful combination of cutting edge nutrients promotes optimal brain performance, whilst a bright yellow canary was used for the ‘sunshine pill’ to illustrate the end benefit of a radiant, healthier immune system and stronger bones. The end result is visually arresting creating strong visibility both in retail and online environments.” - via.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Owl Shoes by Sanuk

Sanuk is a footwear company headquartered in Southern California. The brand was founded by Jeff Kelley in 1997 when he started to make sandals using inner tubes and indoor-outdoor carpet. Sanuk is the Thai word for balance and happiness, making it their brand mantra and producing creatively inspired products the company has grown by leaps and bounds. Sanuk footwear is now available across the USA and 50 other countries.

I had never heard of the brand until now but after having read several reviews online by their happy clients I am tempted to get my feet in those owl print shoes. Comfortable check, stylish check, vegan check! Several other designs and styles can be found here

10 Valentine's Day Printables

Valentine Card - Pink When

"Owl you need is love" printable - Later Gator Crafts

"Talk nerdy to me" printables - Two More Days

Pop-Up Valentine's Card - Sweet Bee Crafts

Smarties Owl Valentine - Rook No. 17

Valentine Bookmark - MyGrafico

Printable Valentine's Day Card - Michael's

Valentine's Day Cards in 4 Designs from here.

"Sweet on You" printable - Pink When

Printable Valentine Envelopes - Old Design Shop