Monday, 22 August 2016

Thortful - A New Place to Buy My Greeting Cards!

I'm always on the look out for new opportunities to sell my artwork and I recently came across Thortful - a UK based company which produces high quality greeting cards designed by their community of designers, illustrators and  photographers.  You can now find a small selection of my designs on Thortful and I will be adding more soon!
My card designs on Thortful Hazel Fisher CreationsAll cards from Thortful are printed in the UK on premium quality A5 paper and sent 1st class - if you order by 2pm they are posted the same day!  You can also personalise cards with a message, which is printed inside the card.
If you are super organised you can even start buying your Christmas cards now - I've added these 4 Christmas card designs so far...
My Christmas card designs on Thortful Hazel Fisher CreationsGet 50% off your first card with this code: MMXQFF9S

This week Thortful are also offering a 20% discount off every card - so it's a great time to try out one of my designs (or anyone elses!).  Just use code AUGUST20 at checkout.  The offer ends Friday 26th August.

My Christmas card designs on Thortful Hazel Fisher Creations

Monday, 1 August 2016

A Look Back At New Designs in July

July was a busy month for me, working on new designs and products.  Unfortunately I'm not able to share all of them with you yet, but I do have plenty which you can see!

First up, here's a look at my latest set of printables from my Etsy shop - it's a fun collection inspired by the Wheels on the Bus song (yes, I did end up with the song stuck in my head while making these!). Designs from this set were initially created after a customer request and they are a spin off from my London Calling range, which features a red London bus. So far I have an invitation, birthday bunting banner, name place cards, cupcake toppers and party hats - more items will be added soon. A scaled down version of one of the hats is being modelled by one of my guinea pigs in the image below - the full size ones are 6 inches tall.

Wheels on the Bus printable party designs hfcSupplies Etsy, Hazel Fisher Creations
I have also added many new designs to my Spoonflower shop, which are available on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap.  Some of the new designs are different colour ways or scales of existing designs and some are completely new.  My personal favourites are the 'Scattered Feathers and Arrows' and 'Seahorses in Teal' designs.

Spoonflower fabric designs, Hazel Fisher Creations
'Patchwork Bees Coordinates' is another new one - this has 4 coordinating designs on 1 yard of fabric; patchwork bees, floral, spotty and chevron patterns.  Coordinates designs are great if you're making something like a quilt and want several different designs in one project!  If you purchase a smaller piece of this design (a test swatch or fat quarter) you will receive just the floral pattern from the 4 coordinates.

Spoonflower fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap designs Hazel Fisher Creations
Finally, here is a look at some of the new designs and products I have been adding to my Society6 shop. The colourful butterflies design in now available on a wide range of products like tote bags, phone cases, clothing and home ware. My seahorses design is also new - I love this one as a beach towel! I added some new products to existing designs too - you'll now find horses and rabbits on mugs and budgies on wall clocks!
Until 7th August you can get FREE Worldwide Shipping on EVERYTHING + 10% off art prints, framed prints and clocks via this link:
https://society6.com/hazelfishercreations/prints?promo=VG8MF8KMZH2W

Society6 surface designs - mugs, clocks, cushions, butterfly, rabbits, horses and seahorses by Hazel Fisher Creations

Monday, 25 July 2016

Positive Thinking - Nothing is Impossible

Positive Thinking - Nothing is impossible the word itself says I'm possible, hand lettering by Hazel Fisher Creations
I'm still enjoying using rainbow colours at the moment, which you can probably tell from this colourful piece of hand lettering! It's my latest post in my 'Positive Thinking' series. I like this Audrey Hepburn quote - it's a fun play on words and a good, positive reminder to keep trying - "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!".

Friday, 22 July 2016

Printables Basics - Downloading Digital Items and Extracting ZIP files

This post is part of my Printables Basics series, where I share tips, advice and tutorials on downloading and using printables.  Last time I shared a brief introduction to printables - what they are and some of the reasons why I love them.  So, now you want to try printables, the first thing you need to know is how to download them...

There are two ways you can receive printables from my Etsy shop; Instant Download or by email. Instant Download is for non-customised designs like scrapbooking papers, digital stamps, collage sheets, some party sets etc.  Anything that is customised, or has options like a choice of colours, will be sent to you by email - for example invitations, customised cupcake toppers etc.

If the files are available as Instant Download, the listing will look like this, with the Instant download symbol in the top left corner:

Printables Basics - How to Download digital items Instant Download Etsy, colour in thank you card by hfcSupplies Hazel Fisher Creations

Instant Downloads
Files available as Instant Download will be ready to download once your payment has been confirmed (this can take a few minutes).  You will receive an email from Etsy with a download link, or you can access the downloads via the 'Purchases and Reviews' section of your account.

Simply click on 'Download Files', which will take you to the Downloads page for your order.  Here you will find a list of files and a note from me with some guidance on downloading and using the files and my terms of use.
Click on the 'Download' button next to each file to download and save onto your computer.  This will download the file to the 'Downloads' folder on your computer - I suggest you move this somewhere easy to find for future use - set up a folder in your documents where you can keep all your printables nicely organised!

(If you're having trouble downloading your files from Etsy, you may also find this useful - Etsy's guide on downloading digital items.)

Extracting ZIP files
Some of my Instant Download items have several files (eg: sets of scrapbooking papers), so these are compressed into .zip folders.  You may find the files will automatically be extracted when you click 'Download', if not it is easy to do:

Once the .zip folder is downloaded onto your computer you can extract the files on:

  • A PC by right-clicking the compressed folder and click Extract All. Specify where you would like to store the extracted files.
  • A MAC by double clicking the folder and it will be decompressed into the same folder the .zip folder is located.

Emailed Printables
For items not available as Instant Download, I will usually send you an email with the files included as attachments.  By clicking on the attachment in your email you should easily be able to download and save the file for printing.

For larger files, or something like a party set with lots of files, instead of receiving the files as attachments you will be sent a link to access the files through.  Simply click on the link to open the album and view your files - you should see something like this:

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Here you can select files you would like to download, then click the 'Download' button at the top of the page to download and save them to your computer.

Free Printables
You can also try some of my printables for free!  I have a selection available to access through my blog, which you can find here. If you sign up to my newsletter you will receive access to a free printable colour in thank you card.  Subscribers also receive exclusive printables and other offers!
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Printables Basics - How to Download digital items. Free printables from Hazel Fisher Creations

Monday, 18 July 2016

Hot Air Balloons Birthday Card

Do you find that you go through phases of using different colours in your art or crafts?  I notice that I do - I could pretend that this is planned to look good on Instagram, but it actually happens quite subconsciously.  At the moment I'm going through a rainbow phase and want everything to look as colourful as possible!  So I used a rainbow colour palette to make this birthday card...

Hot Air Balloon handmade birthday card - Hazel Fisher CreationsI made this card with the following materials:

First, I created a splattered rainbow background on the card blank using watercolours.
I printed the hot air balloon digital stamp onto white card, cut out with a craft knife and coloured it using coloured pencils.
Then I cut a ring of white card with my Cameo cutting machine, I also used this to cut a scalloped border from white card.
I mounted the white card ring onto cloud patterned paper, as a background for the hot air balloon.
A strip of blue coloured paper was mounted behind the scalloped border strip and attached to the card blank, followed by the rainbows border strip.
I attached the white circle with the clouds paper to the card with double sided sticky foam pads, then added the balloon - again with the foam pads to add dimension to the card.
A small piece of the chevron pattern paper was glued above the borders on the right side of the card, then I wrote 'birthday wishes' by hand with a black, fine tipped pen.
Finally, I added some sequins and gems for some sparkle!

Hot Air Balloon handmade birthday card - Hazel Fisher Creations
You can find the Hot Air Balloon printables used in the project, and more, in my Etsy shop hfcSupplies.

PS. Have you seen the craft challenge I am hosting on my blog?  I have extended the deadline for entries to Thursday 21st July so you still have time to enter!  All you need to do is make something using my hot air balloon designs (some free printables are available through the challenge post!) for a chance to win a £10 coupon to my Etsy shop. Find all the details here > Craft Challenge Hot Air Balloons

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Colour Palette #29 - Red Anemone

Colour Palette 29 Red Anemone by Hazel Fisher Creations
I love the anemones growing in my garden at the moment.  They're new this year, so it's a lovely surprise seeing what colours the flowers are as they open - like this beautiful red one which inspired a new colour palette.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Printables Basics - What are printables and why use them?

Printable London Calling British soldier gift box, diy template on hfcSupplies Etsy, hazelfishercreations
On my blog I regularly talk about printables which I design and share project ideas for using them.  I know that a lot of people use printables now, either purchased or free printables (see below for some of the reasons why they have become so popular!), but I also know that not everyone is confident in using them.  I often have questions from my customers asking for advice on how to download or print printables, so I thought it would be useful to put together a collection of posts for beginners (or anyone who wants to learn how to get more out of their printables).

Printables Basics will be a series of posts where I will be sharing tips, advice and step by step tutorials on how you can use printables.  My planned posts will cover:
If you have any questions about using printables, or ideas for tutorials you would like to see please let me know by leaving a comment below!

Printable thank you card and envelopes - hazel fisher creationsIf you are new to printables, here is a brief introduction to them:

What are printables?

Printables are digital files (pdf, jpg or png) which you download (or are emailed to you), which you can print yourself at home or have professionally printed.

Benefits of printables:
  • They take up less space - any crafter will know their stash can easily get out of control! Printables take up much less space than stacks of paper and rubber stamps - you can print them as and when you need them.
  • With Instant Downloads you can have access to the designs straight away
  • You have control over the type of paper or card you print on
  • Printables cost less - you have no postage to pay and it can be a lot cheaper printing what you need yourself for craft papers or for inviations and parties
  • Printables are incredibly versatile - you can resize, change colours and use in so many ways
  • You can print as many as you need

As a designer I also love printables because they allow me to be so creative; drawing a variety of subjects and applying my designs to different products without the need to carry large quantities of physical stock.  I enjoy creating for a range of printable types from scrapbooking papers, collage sheets and digital stamps to party invitations and decorations.  I'm also looking forward to expanding my range of designs for printable planners, recipe cards and envelopes. (You can find all my current designs in my Etsy shop hfcSupplies, or sign up to my newsletter to hear about new designs and receive exclusive offers and access to free printables!)

What do you love about printables? Let me know in the comments below!