Poppies to honor our fallen | thinkmakeshareblog.com

In honor of Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day, we brought together some of our lettering artists, illustrators and quotes to create artwork appropriate for the day. Feel free to share, pin and pass it on to celebrate those who have given their lives for our country. 

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Artwork by Allie Fields, Jeanne Rittmueller, and Barb Mizik. Writing by Diana Manning.

Making humor cards with Hallmark artists lead | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Goofing around to get new kids and humor card ideas

Plush Club founder and crafting-force-to-be-reckoned-with, Allyson Lassiter is back today to share the results of a short-and-silly kids and humor card ideas workshop. Enjoy (and laugh a little, whydoncha)!

Making humor cards with Hallmark artists lead | thinkmakeshareblog.comMaking humor cards with Hallmark artists lead | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Here on the Kids and Humor teams, it’s pretty easy to reach for the old stand-by gags when creating a design for a card. We know our way around a pair of goggley eyes, that’s for sure!

So every once and a while, it’s a good idea for us to jump back and explore some new options for attachments—those little add-ons that can make a card extra funny. We decided to take a day away from our normal routine and spent some time playing with new materials that we could incorporate into our kids and humor designs.

Pulling from bits and pieces in our supply library, stuff we’ve been hoarding away at our desks, and little things we found out in the world, we each made a collection of ideas on our own style boards. When the day was over, we hung our boards near our planning rooms so we could walk by them every day and use the ideas we came up for future cards.

Making humor cards with Hallmark artists lead | thinkmakeshareblog.com

How do you refill your inspiration tank?

Photos by Jane Kortright.

Handmade succulents with Hallmark artists | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Handmade succulents five ways

Admittedly, we’ve proven ourselves succulent enthusiasts on one or two occasions. Today, we’re taking it to a whole new level with three of our craftiest artists who are using a range of materials to create their own unique handmade cacti. We’re even sharing the details for how to create one of your own! (Ahem. And you may want to keep an eye on your local Hallmark Gold Crown store for a few of the others. Just sayin.)

Handmade succulents with Hallmark artists | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Designer Leslie Seibert is a pro with felt. We love the high-contrast stitching and her sweet dotted pot!

Handmade felt succulent by Hallmark artist Leslie Seibert | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Designer Hannah Carey has never met a craft she couldn’t tackle. These tiny felt treasures are “potted” in actual miniature terra cotta pots! A mini macramé hanger is icing on the cake. (If you missed it, we shared tips on creating your own macramé hanger just last week.)

Potted cacti macrame by Hallmark designer Hannah Carey | thinkmakeshareblog.comPotted cacti macrame by Hallmark designer Hannah Carey | thinkmakeshareblog.com

We told you Hannah could do anything, didn’t we? She also created these perfectly plush crocheted cacti. (That and much more as a member of our internal “Plush Club”.)

Crochet cacti macrame by Hallmark designer Hannah Carey | thinkmakeshareblog.comCrochet cacti macrame by Hallmark designer Hannah Carey | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Designer Allyson Lassiter is the type who can make something out of nothing. That’s why when she rounded up miscellaneous found materials like beads, sequins, sand and rocks, we knew she would turn them into little works of art!

Rock cacti by Hallmark designer Allyson Lassiter | thinkmakeshareblog.comRock cacti in found containers by Hallmark designer Allyson Lassiter | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Allyson also created a beautiful watercolor paper cacti that includes a DIY template for you to create one of your very own. We’d love to see your creations. Please tag us at @Think.Make.Share if you’re on Instagram. We’ll be sure to share our favorites! Download the template HERE.

DIY paper cacti from Hallmark artist Allyson Lassiter | thinkmakeshareblog.comPaper cacti DIY from Hallmark designer Allyson Lassiter | thinkmakeshareblog.comPaper cacti DIY from Hallmark designer Allyson Lassiter | thinkmakeshareblog.com

WHAT DO YOU THINK? ARE YOU STILL INTO THE SUCCULENT TREND?

Blue Color Story Weaving Inspiration | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Color palettes inspired by a weaving workshop

Trends designer Melissa returns to deliver an of-the-moment color palette, inspired by her recent small-loom weaving workshop.
Inspired by our weaving workshop last week, I pulled together a few of my new favorite color palettes for spring.
Pink Color Story Weaving Inspiration | thinkmakeshareblog.com
I love mixing pastels with neutrals for a slightly retro color statement. This is a perfect palette to update your home décor in the latest trend-forward colors.
Blue Color Story Weaving Inspiration | thinkmakeshareblog.com
WHAT COLOR COMBOS ARE YOU LOVING THIS SEASON?
weaving workshop with Hallmark artists | thinkmakeshareblog.com

A small-loom weaving workshop

Artist and trend-tracker Melissa is back with a report on a lunch-time workshop that explored the many mini-possibilities of small-loom weaving. 
I have to admit I am a bit of a craft store junkie. I am the one that buys the ball of orange yarn, with no particular project in mind,  just because I like the color.
weaving workshop with Hallmark artists | thinkmakeshareblog.com
I decided to gather up all those beautiful colored yarns and do a little color weaving workshop. I love all the trendy wall hangings that people are making, so this seemed like the perfect project.
We made small-size looms using balsa wood and nails and spent our lunch weaving little swatches of color happiness. Stay tuned for some of my favorite weaving color combinations next week!
Photography by Scott Gibbons.