10 Favorite Font Combinations for Crafters & Designers

10 Favorite Font Combinations for Crafters & Designers

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IT’S NOT ALWAYS easy to find good font combinations for your craft or design projects. In fact, sometimes it’s downright frustrating. Do you combine serif and san serif faces, or how do you decide which roman font goes with your script font? Well, to make things a little easier, I’ve come up with ten of my favorite font combinations and put them in a graphic for you so you can see what they look like together — they’re in pairs, first the script, then the roman. Then I’ve included links to where you can find the font (just click on the font name). Most of them are free, but be very careful about the license. Some of them are okay for commercial use, but most are for personal use only, unless you buy a commercial license.
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These font combinations are ones that I’ve used in crafts and for making posters for myself. Of course, you may decide to combine them in different ways, and that’s fine, too. Because in the end, it’s what strikes your fancy that matters.
One tip, though. Don’t use script fonts for all caps, because it makes it difficult to read.

What are your favorite font combinations?

Simple Burlap Wreath: A Tutorial

Simple Burlap Wreath: A Tutorial

I’VE BEEN busy today. As I sat listening to Willie Nelson singing some of Frank Sinatra’s songs, I enjoyed not only the music but some time crafting.
We went to see War Room today (which is fantastic, by the way!), and on the way home took a little trip into JoAnn’s to pick up some burlap for table runners for our Rosh Hashanah celebrating in a week. I say we because I have a husband who never minds craft shopping with me. And I love to take him ’cause he always buys more than I ever would. LOL! Although the burlap was only for table runners, he suggested that I should make a burlap wreath, too.
Now what you need to understand is that we’ve never hung a wreath on our door. He didn’t want the paint scratched from a wreath hanger, so we always hung our Christmas wreath on the brick wall beside the front door (which works, too). But husband dearest saw a burlap wreath at JoAnn’s and said, “I bet you could make one better than this one!” Which was good, because it was ON SALE for $24.99. I don’t know about you, but I have trouble buying something that could only cost a little money and labor. So I got some extra burlap and a foam ring and took a picture of the wreath (which husband dearest liked) so I could do something like it.
Here’s the picture of what we saw, including how it was made.


As you can see, it’s rather sparse and the bow is a complete disaster.
Now here are a couple of pictures of my wreath in progress.


I covered the wreath with a long strip of brown burlap and then began gluing down the burlap “fluffs” in a different manner from the store-bought one. I made squares of burlap and stuck the end of a paint brush into the center, gathering the burlap around the paint brush. Then I slipped the paint brush out and hot glued it to the wreath. Much fluffier!
Here’s a picture of it on our door. (Notice that I didn’t cover our beautiful brass dove descending on the cross, but framed it with the wreath.) I made a bow of brown burlap and looped a “ribbon” of brown burlap around the top of the wreath. Then, using flat tacks, I tacked it to the top of the door. No worries about it scratching the paint!



Have you ever made a burlap wreath? How did you hang it?

Sharpie Pens: 8 Tutorials for Things to Do With Them

Sharpie Pens: 8 Tutorials for Things to Do With Them

EVERYONE HAS a Sharpie or two lying around.  At least, if you don’t, you should. These pens are like magic! Just them and a little creativity and you have a masterpiece.  Sharpies come in multiple colors and several tip thicknesses, so you can have just about anything you need for whatever craft you can think up.  I’ve scoured the internet and come up with eight tutorials that are diverse and interesting, and require more dedication than skill. None of them are very time consuming, either, so you can decide today and be done today, too! Instant results!

Tutorials for Things to Do With Sharpie Pens

From Kimmykats, Sharpies and washers tutorial.
What magic can happen when you combine a sharpie,
some muratic acid and hydrogen peroxide…

By Stephanie Lynn, Sharpies and dishes tutorial.

Once the designs were drawn, the dishes were set on a cookie sheet and baked at 350º for 30 minutes until the designs were set.
From Homespun Happenings, a Sharpies and sign tutorial.
With dark stain, the effect was perfect.
Doodle Easter Eggs from Alisaburke tutorial.
Eggs this pretty can be for any day!
Just Crafty Enough brings you Marimeko Shoes tutorial.
Give plain sneakers a whole new look!
The Thirty Sixth Avenue gives you a Christmas ornaments tutorial.
Get your Sharpies, some fun stencils, and give those ornaments a makeover!
Tye-Dye some shirts with Markers and Alcohol from Genuine Mudpie tutorial!
Pretty flowers effect with just a couple things you already have around the house!
Dear Lilly had a Christmas Project tutorial.
With fabric from your stash, some old pillows and a Sharpie, no cost pillows!

I know you have a zillion more ideas of what to do with your own pens, and I’d love to hear some of them. Leave me a comment and tell me your favorites.

What will you do with your Sharpies?

Weight Loss: A Creative Way to Keep Track

Weight Loss: A Creative Way to Keep Track

A Creative Way to Track Weight Loss

WELL, I DECIDED to lose that extra weight, and I wanted a way to keep track of my weight loss that would encourage me to keep going when I wanted to quit (which was about once a day). So I thought that maybe having an interactive visual would be the thing. I saw something similar on Pinterest (don’t we see everything on Pinterest?) and with my BRAND NEW CURIO by Silhouette America, I made my own version.
Simple, really. Two canning jars (pint size) with lids and rings, some vinyl, and my lovely NEW CURIO. Did I say I just got a new Curio?

Did I say I love my new Curio?

I cut two circles out of green vinyl for the tops and then the phrases “lbs. to lose” and “lbs. lost.” Then I put 50 (yes, fifty!) flat marbles in the “lbs. to lose” jar and as I lose weight, I’ll fill the empty jar as I empty the full jar! Make sense?
So here’s to day one. I’ll take another picture when I have some marbles in the empty jar.

Update: I’ve now lost seventeen pounds in two months. Want to know how? Low-carb. I have more energy, have lost weight (and inches!) and never feel hungry. It was a little rough getting started, as I got “Low Carb Flu,” but that went away in a couple of days, and now I feel much better than my old way of eating. And no, it’s not a super restrictive diet. I eat lots of veggies, albeit low carb ones, and plenty of meat and full-fat dairy. When I crave cookies, I make homemade peanut butter cookies with just three ingredients that satisfy. And at night, I eat a tiny slice of chocolate cheese cake. Yum!

What do you think? Do you have any special ways to keep you going when you want to quit before you attain your goals? What do you do?

Christmas Wreath: Quick and Easy!

Christmas Wreath: Quick and Easy!

Quick and Easy Christmas Wreath

I HAD THIS wreath on my door throughout the fall, but with Christmas just around the corner, I wanted to change it up for the holiday. One of my favorite things is little, fat birds, and I found this one at Joann’s with their doorbuster sale for just $2.50. Adding a couple of holiday picks cost another $3.00, so for just $5.50 I got a brand new wreath for the holiday.
The only thing I don’t like about it is the brown bow at the top. Had I been more foresightful, I would not have hot glued the brown bow to the wreath so I could change it out. But I still think it’s a pretty Christmas wreath, anyway.
Here’s what I did. Gather two holiday picks (mine have holly leaves and little red berries) and wire them to the burlap wreath. Tuck the little bird’s wire feet firmly under the wire and there you have it! (I learned from the bow and didn’t hot glue anything to the wreath, so I can change it out for other seasons.) You could use berries, snowflakes, jingle bells, or any other Christmas trinkets you have lying around, or head on down to your favorite craft store (with coupon in hand, of course) and get yourself a few new doodads to add to your decor. With a little imagination and even less effort, you’ll have your door decked out with a Christmas wreath for the holidays in no time!

Another craft I did was this rustic joy hanger. It’s made with painted letters, a small grapevine wreath and a large jingle bell. Easy-peasy!

I love the word joy. It is a simple word with only three letters and it is full of such a huge amount of emotion. It represents the elation of the Christmas season and personifies the coming of the Christ child.
So I wanted to make a decoration that shows my joy in the season and would be simple to make and still have huge impact.
You will need:
1 six-inch grapevine wreath
1 three and a half inch rustic jingle bell
5″ letters J and Y
Acrylic paints in Brick Red and Metallic Bronze
Small paint brush
Sand paper
Hot glue gun and glue stick
What you do:

  1. Paint the letters with the Brick Red paint and allow to dry
  2. Paint over the letters with a light coat of Metallic Bronze and let dry
  3. Sand the edges of the letters
  4. Tie the jingle bell to the top of the wreath so that it hangs in the hole in the wreath
  5. Hot glue the letters to the sides of the wreath