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Stationery Set Tutorial – Part 3 – A6 Notebook

On 17, Jul 2013 | No Comments | In crafts, etsy, inspiration, my work, stationery | By Tina

Dreaming on a Star - Stationery Tutorial

Part 3 – A6 Notebook Tutorial

Hi everyone. Welcome to Part 3 of this Stationery Tutorial where I’ll be transforming plain stationery items into a lovely, coordinated set, using Dreaming on a Star’s Scrapbooking Papers.

Have you seen Part 1, where I transformed a folder, or Part 2 where I made an A5 notebook all cute? Read more…

Stationery Set Tutorial – Part 2 – A5 Notebook

On 16, Jul 2013 | No Comments | In crafts, etsy, inspiration, my work, stationery, tutorial | By Tina

Dreaming on a Star - Stationery Tutorial

Part 2 – A5 Notebook Tutorial

Hi everyone. Welcome to Part 2 of this Stationery Tutorial, where I transform plain stationery items into a pretty, coordinated set, using Dreaming on a Star’s Scrapbooking Papers.

If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here. Read more…

Stationery Set Tutorial – Part 1 – Folder

On 15, Jul 2013 | 2 Comments | In crafts, etsy, inspiration, my work, stationery, tutorial | By Tina

Dreaming on a Star - Stationery Tutorial

Part 1: Folder Tutorial

Hi everyone. Welcome to Part 1 of a 5-part tutorial to create a lovely coordinated stationery set, using Dreaming on a Star’s Scrapbooking Papers. I will be changing these plain items below into a Parasols & Kokeshi Dolls-themed stationery set! Read more…

A Spot of Comp Shopping!

On 12, Jul 2013 | No Comments | In design, designer, etsy, Hallmark, illustration, inspiration, shop | By Tina

Hi everyone. I’d like to share some Comp shopping I’ve been doing these past few months. Comp shopping is when you buy items from your competitors. (Although to be honest I don’t like to see them as competitors. They just work in the same field and there’s enough work for us all!)

These are some of the lovely treats I’ve bought!

Hallmark

Hallmark

This is a tiny folder containing sticky notes in different sizes. I adore the illustrations – so cute and bright. Read more…

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Jul
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By Tina

Busy, busy, busy bee!

On 08, Jul 2013 | No Comments | In business, career | By Tina

Hi everyone. I have somewhat neglected my blog and I apologise for this. I have been so busy with things, working on new collections, finishing up my Business Start Up course, adding new items to my Etsy shop.

I have also signed up for Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search. I’ve been sketching away and playing with the brief. Looking forward to sharing my designs with you very soon.

I managed to sneak in a 2 day break to the medieval city of Limerick. I love all things medieval – perhaps because all the old fairytales seemed to be about Kings and Queens in medieval castles. I’ll post up some pictures soon of all the lovely places I visited.

In the meantime you can have a peek at what I’ve been up to in May, thanks to Sam Osborne’s feature on me.

I apologise I haven’t posted any Animal Love Day‘s in a while. Once I get on top of things I hope to post more of my favourite creatures. Watch this space. ♡

Dreaming on a Star - Month in the Life

The Declaration of You – Blog Lovin’ Tour – Self Care

On 25, Jun 2013 | 6 Comments | In blog, design, illustration, inspiration, my work | By Tina

Declaration of you

Hi everyone. I’m delighted Dreaming on a Star‘s post is part of The Declaration of You – Blog Lovin’ Tour – by Michelle Ward and Jessica Swift! Learn more – and join over 100 other creative bloggers by clicking here.

The Declaration of You will be published by North Light Craft Books this summer, with readers getting all the permission they’ve craved to step passionately into their lives, discover how they and their gifts are unique and uncover what they are meant to do!

Dreaming on a Star - Self Care - Declaration of You

Today I’m going to talk about Self Care! Read more…

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etsy
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By Tina

Etsy – What exactly is it?

On 22, Jun 2013 | No Comments | In crafts, designer, etsy, shop | By Tina

Hi everyone. Today I’d like to talk about Etsy – It has recently come to my attention that not everyone is familiar with Etsy, so I would like to give a brief description of it.

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Print, Pattern and Philosophy!

On 10, Jun 2013 | No Comments | In career, inspiration, my work, Print & Pattern, thank you | By Tina

Hi everyone. Last week my work was featured on  the esteemed Print & Pattern blog – the world’s no. 1 blog for surface pattern design. I was so honoured to be featured alongside all the amazing artists. I have dreamt about this moment for years and being featured made me take a little walk through memory lane!

Print & Pattern

As you may know I graduated with a degree in Interior Architecture – a creative but tough design discipline.  I loved it, but as the years progressed I realised designing an entire building from structure down to fixtures & fittings was a massive undertaking. Your concept amounted to about 10% of the design, the other 90% was trying to make your concept work. Spatial planning, ergonomics, restrictive planning regulations, feasibility studies, construction, etc all needed to fit in with your concept. There seemed to be very little creativity at the end of the day.

I had a bit of a crisis after graduation. Not only was it the start of the Recession but the building industry in Ireland had collapsed. I lost my confidence as a designer after a disastrous final year.  (I had also planned on studying Production Design for TV & Film after my degree but this course was discontinued.)

I wanted to get my design mojo back and I wanted to figure out what exactly I wanted to do.

I had always had a dream of seeing my designs on wallpaper or stationery. But it remained a dream. Surface Pattern Design was unheard of in Ireland. I had travelled and lived in other countries but I never came across the actual name for it before.

I had never thought that there was a dedicated profession for this type of design. I thought perhaps wallpaper was designed by an interior designer, stationery by a graphic designer and textiles by a fashion designer.

And then one day I heard of the Print & Pattern book, bought it and then followed the amazing Print & Pattern blog. It was a revelation to me. This is it! Surface Pattern Design. There’s a name for it!

Print & Pattern Book 1 and 2

Print & Pattern Book 1 and 2

Around this time I had started an Art & Design course. I couldn’t get full time work in Interior Architecture and my part-time work wasn’t particularly creative. I also needed to build up my confidence. My illustration tutor Eva Byrne was an amazing mentor. She encouraged and supported me, and inspired me to reach for the stars.

So I finished the course, did the Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design course (seen the ad for it on the Print & Pattern blog!) and worked away on my designs. All the while dreaming that one day I would be featured on the Print & Pattern Blog! 

Print & Pattern Blog Feature

Print & Pattern Blog Feature

I was over the moon to be featured! I was excited and honoured. Incidentally the Buzzy Bees pattern you can see above came from a papercut design I did for Eva a few years ago.

Dreaming on a Star Papercut

Papercut

I finally feel like I am on the right course! Maybe I am being overly philosophical (or pompous – forgive me, if it sounds that way), but it feels like a rite of passage.

I would like to dedicate this blogpost to all my tutors and mentors that believed in me, that gave me encouragement and support, that never thought a dream was too big or too outrageous! (I’m thinking of my woodwork tutor, Danny McGeever who didn’t bat an eyelid when I wanted to make a full size throne from a kids TV programme!)

Thank you all ♡

The Declaration of You – Blog Lovin’ Tour – Enthusiasm

On 06, Jun 2013 | 6 Comments | In blog, design, guest, illustration, inspiration, my work | By Tina

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Hi everyone. I’m delighted this post is part of The Declaration of YouBlog Lovin’ Tour – by Michelle Ward and Jessica Swift! Learn more – and join over 100 other creative bloggers by clicking here.

The Declaration of You will be published by North Light Craft Books this summer, with readers getting all the permission they’ve craved to step passionately into their lives, discover how they and their gifts are unique and uncover what they are meant to do!

 

So I’ve been asked to write about Enthusiasm and what it means to me!

Enthusiasm by Dreaming on a Star

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New Etsy Printable Shop!

On 03, Jun 2013 | No Comments | In business, crafts, design, etsy, greetings, inspiration, my work, shop | By Tina

Hi everyone. I’ve opened up my new Etsy Printable Shop and I have some lovely printables for sale there.

Everything is instantly downloadable!

I have some pretty gift boxes for party favors, wedding favors, gift boxes or you can use them just to store things in! Print them out and assemble them, put them on your desk  and fill them with all your stationery and craft bits and bobs!

French-Fairytale-Pretty-Gift-Boxes

The boxes come as a high quality PDF with templates for two coordinating designs and full instructions. This one is called French Fairytale.

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