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iPad Pro is Everything and I've Been Missing Out

Reviews, Graphic, Drawing, iPad Pro, Lettering, How to, Hand Lettering, Graphic design, Diy, ToolsGabriela SimsComment

Maaaaannnn, where do I begin!? I finally sat down to use an iPad Pro to try handlettering because I keep seeing everyone using ProCreate, so I wanted to try it. When I tell you that I literally improved my lettering in minutes, I am not exaggerating. I even rewatched a time lapse video of my first attempt and you could see the progress after 35 minutes! That's a really neat feature by the way; you can export a video of your art work. I am just starting out, so I am super excited about practicing and learning more. Before I was using my Wacom pad and Adobe Illustrator; I won't get rid of that, but I can tell an immediate difference in ease of use and results.

Some lyrics from "This Town" 

Some lyrics from "This Town" 

Below you can watch the video of me starting to use the software and finally getting the lettering right. 


I cannot stress enough how excited I am! I even did another picture for the #DNDchallenge.  You can get the full list of prompts over on along with some other cool tips and techniques about hand lettering! Yesterday's prompt was "Hot Pink" and I may have gotten carried away.

So easy to do backgrounds!  

So easy to do backgrounds!  

I will be using this more than my Wacom I think, any letterers out there care to chime in? Leave a comment about what method you prefer; is it iPad, Wacom, or paper? Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting.


CAS (Clean and Simple) Card with no stamps.

Cards, Color, Diy, How to, Lawn Fawn, Paper crafting, Simon Says Stamp, Tools, Xyron, Die Cutting, Bo Bunny, CASGabriela SimsComment

Hi everyone, Gaby here with a CAS card using some dies I like, layering, and markers.  I wanted to challenge myself to make some nice cards without using stamps.  I started by die cutting the hearts out of two pieces of cardstock, one pink and one white.  Then I ran a coordinating piece of cardstock, one in white and one in kraft and ran them through my Xyron to use for layers.  Then I placed the leftover piece from the die cut onto the sticky side of each layer and replaced the die cuts into the opposite color paper, like an inlay.  Once that was done, I cut the paper at an angle and then adhered it to a pink piece of 4.25" x 5.5" with foam tape.  I had some additional die cut words that I covered with Glossy Accents and let them dry.  Once I attached those, I added some Nuvo Glitter Drops and some faux stitching with a Copic Multiliner and a white gel pen.  Once that was all dry, I colored the inside of the hearts using a Spectrum Noir Glitter pen.

The heart die is from Simon Says Stamp and the words are die cuts from the Lawn Fawn heart envelope die.  I will be posting more cards like this in addition to my regular projects that use stamps, stencils, inks, embossing powder, and the kitchen sink! I just think it's nice sometimes to use some of your supplies that you might forget about because of all the new products. Until next time, happy crafting!



Chibitronics and Lawn Fawn

Cards, Diy, How to, Lawn Fawn, Paper crafting, Stamping, Stamps, Tutorial, ChibitronicsGabriela SimsComment

Hello everyone, Gaby here today with a Valentine's Day Card that will wow the recipient.  In my case, my husband already saw this, so he won't be surprised.  I am using some products from Chibitronics and Lawn Fawn to make a light up card with heart.  I downloaded a template from the Chibitronics website for the circuit and I'm using their White Lights, Copper Tape, and Effects Pack.  The two Lawn Fawn sets I am using are Octopi My Heart and Mermaid for You.  Check out the video below!

I hope you enjoyed the video and that it was easy to follow, my advice if you have not built a circuit before is to be patient and start with a single light circuit and then move on to parallel circuits with extra lights, and finally, try adding effects like this.  I have made some other cards with Chibitronics lights, but this is the first tutorial for them I have put together. As always, happy crafting and I will see you next time, thanks for stopping by! 


Monster Shaker - Bo Bunny and Hero Arts

Bo Bunny, Tutorial, Stamps, Stamping, Paper crafting, Lawn Fawn, How to, Hampton Art, Coloring, CardsGabriela SimsComment

Hi everyone, Gaby here with a little shaker card in a monster's belly.  I saw this stamp set and thought about how fun it would be to make it into a mini shaker window.  I used some turquoise card stock, Crumb Cake card stock, 80# and 110# Neenah Solar White  card stock. Copic Ciao markers, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, Stampin' Up! ink, my Stamp Perfect Tool, my Big Shot, and Lawn Fawn dies. Check out the video below.


I hope you enjoyed the video, I think this card could be used for several occasions and even as an everyday "hello" card.   Thanks for watching and stopping by; I still have an announcement coming this month and I'm still really excited about it.  Happy crafting!