Font Fancy: Saissant by Magpie Paper Works

I’ve always had a soft spot for fonts from Magpie Paper Works. Today I’m sharing one of my favourite handmade fonts, Saissant. I just love its organic feel, and how natural each letter looked. Its style is way too different than my own handwriting, which probably explains why I am simply in love with it!

I just discovered another thing that goes well with this handwritten font – vintage botanical illustrations! So here’s a printable with all the lovely things you can think of– organic letters, botanicals, and Audrey Hepburn. You can download and print this in 2 sizes (they’re free for personal use, of course, but you know that already!).

Download your A4 printable here

Download your letter size printable here

‘Make A Wish’ Stamp Set Winner

First off, thank you to everyone who joined the giveaway. You were all amazing! Your kind and welcoming words were very heartwarming and I enjoyed reading through all your wishes. I just realised how cold it probably is on the other side of the planet – a lot of you were wishing for Spring! Just a week ago we were wishing for rain here in Singapore. It has become so dry, grass is turning brown, and forests were burning. We got our wish eventually and I’m sure all of us heaved a sigh of relief when the first drops of rain fell.

Now for the giveaway, I have chosen a winner! Making the decision was really tough because there were really quite a lot of touching and profound wishes. If only I could play Santa! So, drumroll please… congratulations Jenny Renee! Here’s the wish that will win your hearts:

 

“If I could have one wish today it would be to be given a complete day off from both of my jobs so that I can spend time with my kids. Being the sole provider can be tough and involves sacrifices, like not spending as much time with them as I would like.”

 

Jenny Renee, please send your full name and mailing address to pauline (at) happyhandsproject.com for your ‘Make A Wish‘ stamp set from Mama ElephantCurious as to what the ‘Make A Wish‘ stamp set looks like on handmade cards? I scoured 2 wonderful blogs and here are my favourites:

Happy Birthday Card via Happy Hands Project
Go On Celebrate Card via Happy Hands Project

Make A Wish Card via Happy Hands Project

 

I can’t thank you enough for all your responses. Another hand-lettered stamp set will be released soon so drop by soon for another update! You can also like The Happy Hands Project page on Facebook so you’ll be kept in the loop.

Mama Elephant Stamp Giveaway

Mama Elephant Make A Wish Giveaway via Happy Hands Project

I’m super, super excited to share this collaboration with you all! Last year I was commissioned by US-based Mama Elephant to design some lettering for their clear stamps. I seriously couldn’t wait how they’d turn out. To welcome the release of Make A Wish’, the first installment of my lettering for Mama Elephant, we are hosting a giveaway for you all! Along with Kryssi and Angela of ME, we are giving away a free set of the ‘Make A Wish’ clear stamp to celebrate this collaboration.

To have a chance to win this lovely set, comment below and tell us:

What do you wish for today?

This is open to anyone anywhere in the world! We will choose the best answer and I’ll announce the lucky one one on March 27, 2014. Just to be sure you’ll find out if you won, follow the Happy Hands Project on Facebook and Instagram. Why not drop by the ME Blog to get those creative juices running, too? Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

Make A Wish Stamp Set via Mama Elephant

Freebies: Calligraphy Valentine Desktops

Valentine Calligraphy Desktops via Happy Hands Project

Spreading some love this week with a couple of calligraphy desktops! I’ve been doodling last weekend and have been thinking of writing something about love and I came up with these two. Well, I do have another one on Instagram in reference to Love Actually (remember the time when Andrew Lincoln was this sweet guy and not the walker-killing Rick Grimes? I’m serious.) Anyway, have a wonderful Valentine week everyone! Spread some love to the people close to your heart!

Download the Winnie the Pooh quote here

Download Love is the Closest Thing to Magic here

Free Desktop Wallpaper: Hustle Harder

I’m literally hustling right now. After all the wonderful holiday festivities, my daughter Lori somehow felt a bit under the weather and eventually showed signs of flu. A few days later, we flew back to Singapore and her fever came back, higher than ever. We brought her to the hospital the next day. 2 nights later, we’re still here. My husband and I fell ill as well because her bug is super strong. Though we’re both better, the little one’s still recovering.

While I can’t work right now, let alone blog, here’s a great desktop wallpaper that will help me keep my hopes up and stay strong. Download yours here from The Sweet Escape. You’ll hear from me again when everything’s better, and I’m positive it’ll be real soon.

Hustle Harder //The Sweet Escape via Happy Hands Project

Free Desktop Wallpapers? Yes, Please!

Hi everyone! I’m quite busy preparing a calligraphy post today – a new service I’m very excited to offer! I’m still up to my neck with lettering and logo projects and I can’t wait to show you the latest ones.

I did take a break, though. One moment I was working on Illustrator… the next moment I’m on Pinterest. Well, we all need a bit of eye candy, don’t you think? I desperately want a new desktop wallpaper so I scoured lovely blogs and could not decide between these two.

Patti Murphy Designs Free Desktop

Breanna Rose Free Desktop

Aren’t they fabulous? You can download yours here and here.

P.S.
I hope you’ll check back in the next couple of days for a new calligraphy service I’ll be offering!

Stylish Slab: Airbag Font

Airbag Font Sample via Happy Hands Project

Yep, I’m not into swirls and scripts all the time (though I absolutely adore them). I am also drawn to strong, slab fonts with a bit of testosterone. I’m sharing this font with you today because great fonts come with a great price tag – and this just ain’t one of them. I’m sure you’ve come across Trend? That hipster, layered font that comes in slab and sans serif? Here’s Airbag, its little brother!

It is designed by Simon Stratford and has a completely free version and a great alternative to one of the Trend formats. It’s an all-caps font with a layered look and will work best on your headlines and posters.  If you’re into clean, trendy slabs right now, you should download it here. You also have an option to purchase the entire font set for commercial use. For $4.00. I’m serious.

However, if you prefer the whole shebang, you can purchase Trend over at MyFonts here.

Free Chalkboard Style Calligraphy

Gosh, I have so many ideas for a wedding now that I really wish I had 3 years ago. For my own wedding. I wish I was already doing calligraphy, and sometimes I wish I have painted our invites instead. Or wrote every word by hand instead of churning out a design and eventually throwing it away to start on a new one.

It’s more difficult to plan your own wedding than somebody else’s. For real.

For my calligraphy, I’m trying another hand right now – something more fluid and playful, a bit more carefree. I always write with my own style which is a bit upright. I try to follow the lines more closely. On the other hand, ‘carefree’ writing makes me feel so free and easy that I actually enjoy it!

Free Wedding Printable via Happy Hands Project

If you or anyone you know is getting married in the next few months or so, here’s a free printable! It’s in A4 size and can be framed and placed on the table beside your guest book. Display it by your wish tree, if you have one (I think this is a fabulous idea). Then display it in your living room after the wedding. Black and white chalkboard art will blend nicely with any color, right?

Download your printable calligraphy here. Oh, and just in case, I also have a free downloadable calligraphy Photoshop brush here. Spread the love!

Hello, Calligraphy Photoshop Brushes!

I have been practicing with my new scarlet ink a few weeks ago, and had a grand time writing a bazillion ‘hellos’. I had to figure out a different way to share them, and here they are! I came up with 3 new Photoshop brushes that you can use. You can adjust the opacity in Photoshop and use them as photo overlays, or you can make note cards for people you simply want to say hello to. Any day is a good day for sending mail, I say.

Hello Photoshop Brushes via Happy Hands Project

I hope I’ll get to see what you make of them! Tag me on Instagram, I’d be very much delighted to see them. Download your brushes here.

If you need help loading these brushes, check out this video tutorial from Creature Comforts. I always link to this video – I find it way cooler than just reading step by step instructions. I have another set of brushes here, if you’re into watercolor circles. Have fun and spread the love!

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Free Printable Mother’s Day Card

 

We will all be celebrating motherhood soon! Even though I am miles away from my Mom, I’m sending a card out to her today. I’m looking forward to celebrate with her when we see each other three weeks from now! I’m super excited with our upcoming trip… but I have to stop myself because that’s another story.

MothersDayCard-HappyHandsProject-1

I was trying to check the spelling for Mother’s Day earlier. Should it be spelled as ‘Mother’s’ or ‘Mothers’? Well, Anna Jarvis, the founder of the holiday, specifically noted that “Mother’s” should “be a singular possessive, for each family to honour their mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mothers in the world.”

Can’t argue with Miss Jarvis on that, so here’s a printable card to commemorate the wonderful existence of our own Moms. I’ve been having fun with brush lettering lately, and this was originally done in watercolor. Download yours here! Let her know how awesome she is.

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