Minneapolis Illustrator, Invitation Designer, + DIYer Blog

 

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Muse Monday: French Café to Candy Shop

As I was scrolling through my pinterest feed the other day, I stumbled across the  below of a French café. I was looking for inspiration for my father's day card and this was it. It's not what you would think of for a card for you dad, until you know why this struck me instantly. My dad is known for his English Toffee. I mean KNOWN for it. He's been making it for as long as I can remember.  The recipe is a family secret that was passed down from my grandmother who actually owned a candy shop. My dad has tried to teach me said recipe multiple times, but for some reason, mine don't come out like his. He uses his senses to make it. Not temperature or time.  He just knows when it's the right temp or consistency to remove from the heat and pour into the pan to cool. And then there's the tempering of the chocolate.  He's perfected a blend of chocolates that work for his recipe.  

Image from pinterest

Over the last few years, he's expanded his offerings to include dark and milk chocolate caramels, mint creams that taste just like peppermint patties, as well as raspberry, orange, and maple creams. All of which have been big hits will all my friends who benefit from his hobby. This all lead to what I was searching for as inspiration for a card for him.  I wanted to make a candy store, but not just any candy store. In my head I had envisioned a small, chic french boutique that would beg you to come inside and see all that was to be had.  When I found this image, I knew it was the basis for what I wanted to create. The inspiration image lead to my illustration:

 

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One more look at the inspiration to final card. I'm happy with how it turned out and more importantly my dad loved it!


Card Materials:

Paper: Stampers Select White (Papertrey Ink), Night (Paper Source), Indigo Print (Craft Smith - Paper Pad), Envelope in Pure White (Paper Source)

Drawing done with Copic Sketch Markers, Prismacolor White Pencil, Copic Mulitliner Pen

 

Paul Smith Tux
This is the card that started my journey into paper and cards. Prior to this, the only paper crafting I had done were my wedding invitations. I only needed to make 10, so I thought how hard could it be?!? Why not attempt it, having never done anything like that before 😜. Little did I know that decision would ignite a passion that I have been fueling for over 6 years now. I get so much joy out of finding something specific for a person and then bringing it to life with paper. This was for @sbhadleywilson_ Birthday and he had just purchased a new tux that he was obsessed with. It was the perfect theme for his card. . . . #denimandinkdesign #denimandinkcards #papercrafts #cards #birthdaycard #fashion #fashioninspiration

This is the card that started my journey into paper and cards. Prior to this, the only paper crafting I had done were my wedding invitations. I only needed to make 10, so I thought how hard could it be?!? Why not attempt it, having never done anything like that before 😜. Little did I know that decision would ignite a passion that I have been fueling for over 6 years now. I get so much joy out of finding something specific for a person and then bringing it to life with paper. This was for @sbhadleywilson_ Birthday and he had just purchased a new tux that he was obsessed with. It was the perfect theme for his card.
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#denimandinkdesign #denimandinkcards #papercrafts #cards #birthdaycard #fashion #fashioninspiration

Mom. The OG Girlboss.
Happy Mother’s Day! To my mom, and all the other moms out there, you are the original girl boss.  Being a mom is a full time job itself, but you also have a career and your own personal wellbeing and goals. You rock it all and make it look easy. You wear more hats in one day than many do in a lifetime. Effortlessly shifting from one to the next sometimes just to keep your sanity. You’re a planner, strategist, creative, chef, disciplinarian, defender, negotiator, multitasker…the list could go on.  But most of all, you are an inspiration. A role model for who I want to be. Thank you mom for always  being there and for everything you have done to make me who I am today. 💖🌸

Happy Mother’s Day! To my mom, and all the other moms out there, you are the original girl boss. Being a mom is a full time job itself, but you also have a career and your own personal wellbeing and goals. You rock it all and make it look easy. You wear more hats in one day than many do in a lifetime. Effortlessly shifting from one to the next sometimes just to keep your sanity. You’re a planner, strategist, creative, chef, disciplinarian, defender, negotiator, multitasker…the list could go on. But most of all, you are an inspiration. A role model for who I want to be. Thank you mom for always being there and for everything you have done to make me who I am today. 💖🌸

Floral thank you
Playing around with sketching and then scanning into my laptop. This just saved me so much time! Now I can easily make a set of anything (cards, invites, stationary) with the push of a button and they are still hand drawn by me. Yep. I’m a newbie to this and super excited about everything I’m learning 🤗. 
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#sketchaday #denimandinkdesign #denimandinkcards #copicmarkers #flashesofdelight #illustration #thankyou #cards #handmade #handdrawn

Playing around with sketching and then scanning into my laptop. This just saved me so much time! Now I can easily make a set of anything (cards, invites, stationary) with the push of a button and they are still hand drawn by me. Yep. I’m a newbie to this and super excited about everything I’m learning 🤗.
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#sketchaday #denimandinkdesign #denimandinkcards #copicmarkers #flashesofdelight #illustration #thankyou #cards #handmade #handdrawn