Print | Craft Party Invitation Printable

Craft Party Invitation Printable with Sprout by HP | Squirrelly Minds
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When me and a bridal party I’m a part of were discussing our wedding crafting get together, it made me think “craft parties need to happen more often!”. So I grabbed my sprout and several crafting items and whipped up a little invitation for you. Friends, start crafting up a party.
Craft Party Invitation Printable with Sprout by HP | Squirrelly Minds
Last month I took a bunch of veggies and used the sprout to create a collage, that I then made into an iron on transfer to create a tote bag. As mentioned before, photographing items and manipulating them is insanely easy on the sprout, so I wanted to do that again with this craft party invitation. It was pretty well the same set up. What I love about the mat though is that you can get it wet – essential for cleaning up spilled glitter. I had a lot of fun scanning all the items, and learned something new.
Sprout Tip: To reduce the amount of shadow, place your items on the top of the mat. This is as close to directly below the camera as you’ll get.
Craft Party Invitation Printable with Sprout by HP | Squirrelly Minds
To create your 5×7 craft party invitations, simply download at the bottom of this post and print onto plain white card stock. Cut along the dashed lines, fill in the information and send out to your crafting besties.

Craft Party Invitation Printable with Sprout by HP | Squirrelly Minds
Since I already went the collage route last time, I wanted to play around with the Sprout a bit more, so I opened up the Martha Stewart Craft Studio. The program has a ton of cute graphics you can use to create cards, invitations, scrapbook pages, and other fun paper crafts.
The Martha Stewart app has 5 themes, each complete with virtual paper selections, stamps, stickers, borders and cut outs. I couldn’t resist the adorable pictures (or ‘stickers’) of macarons and other delightful little treats, so I decided to play and make a birthday party invitation.
Craft Party Invitation Printable with Sprout by HP | Squirrelly Minds
Craft Party Invitation Printable with Sprout by HP | Squirrelly Minds
Sadly I couldn’t get it to convert to a file large enough to give you all a printable, but I still wanted to make one and show what is possible with the program. I imagine this being a nice alternative to scrapbooking – and much greener too. And the cute little images are really great for creating paper goods such as invitations.
Craft Party Invitation Printable with Sprout by HP | Squirrelly Minds
I mean really, don’t those ‘stickers’ just make you want to head straight down to your nearest patisserie? Who wouldn’t want to go to that birthday party.

Craft Party Invitation Printable with Sprout by HP | Squirrelly Minds
So depending on the look and feel you’re going for, there’s two ways to create invitations on the Sprout. Personally I like the full control by using the computers own “Create” program, but you just can’t beat the cute options through the Martha Stewart app.
Now, download your invitations and start crafting!
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The Friday Five | Best Canadian Baby Shops on Etsy

The Friday Five - Best Canadian Etsy Baby Shops | Squirrelly Minds

Modern Baby | Little Fox Teething Jewelery | The Butter Flying | Carmen West Creative/Little & Lively | Shop Pamplemousse

I have to admit, I’m kind of glad we decided not to find out if our squirrelly baby is a girl or boy, because it stops me from buying SO MUCH CUTE STUFF.
It doesn’t stop me from perusing though.
I was so excited when I found a local shop making adorable baby items (check out my baby leggings and soother clip!) including custom orders. It made me think: “what other awesome Canadian baby brands are out there?”. Friends, there’s tons, and the 5 above are my favourite so far. I mean all that cuteness, it’s just too good!
And if you’re down in the states or elsewhere and thinking “Okay Tan, what good does this do me?”, just remember that beautiful thing you guys can take advantage of called exchange rate. Lucky ducks.

What’s your favourite baby shop? (I need all the options)


Life | My Artistic Progress

My Artistic Progress | Squirrelly Minds
I have a confession to make to you guys – I’m a sham. Okay not really, but when I decided to open up shop selling my gemstone watercolour art, I had never taken an art class. I still haven’t (though want to). Sure, I took a class in university (art for elementary school teachers) and a print making course, but I haven’t been properly trained, and it’s the main reason why I feel so uncomfortable being called an artist. I don’t know what the hell I’m doing, I’m just having fun!
But I started thinking about the process I undergo when I create a painting. I have no idea if it’s the ‘proper’ way to do it, and if I were an art student, whether my teacher would nod approvingly or fail me for poor planning. All I know though is that it’s what works for me, and that’s what is most important in my opinion.

My Artistic Progress | Squirrelly Minds
So what is my process? I briefly discussed it in yesterday’s instagram post, but here’s the fleshed out version.
First I find pictures of my subject. Tons of them. I look for movement, colour, shading, orientation, size, and so on. Sometimes I’ll combine features to make one figure, or I’ll take the shape of one, the colour from another, the positioning from a different picture and so on. In the case of the above flamingo, I combined the flight/body movement of this bird and some of the colouring of the flamingo from Sharon Montrose’s animal collection. Then I sketch and paint the prototype (above). This might take a few tries to get it just right. Once I do, I trace the outline with tracing paper. As you can see from the top picture, I tape all the pieces together and then overlay them onto the final watercolour page, making sure it’s centred and in the position I want. I then use a sharp pencil to trace the outline, creating an indentation on the watercolour paper.
The last step is outlining the indentations with watercolour pencil crayons, then my favourite part, painting! I can’t wait to get started on that with the flamingo.

So that’s how I go about it, and yep, it’s the process I underwent with each of the gemstones. Again, I don’t know if it’s the smartest way, but it’s what works for me.
I’ve been toying with the idea of doing different paintings for the shop. I was originally going to stick to themes surrounding birth months, but I’m having way too much fun with this flamingo not to share. What do you think, should I?

If you do any sort of craft/art I would love to hear about your process!

How do you take your creations from imagination to reality?


Life | Happy May Day

Happy May Day | Squirrelly Minds
Happy long weekend friends!
Whatever you choose to do, whether it by ride your bicycle or lie in a hammock, I hope you take the time to reflect, relax, and enjoy.

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