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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
DIY Mini Macrame Hangers from Hallmark | thinkmakeshareblog

How To: DIY mini macramé hangers

In April, Melissa taught us how to make pinch pots out of Crayola air-dry clay. We pictured some of the finished pots nested in macramé hangers…which you attentive crafters immediately asked how to make. So today our talented designer Jessica Deiter is walking us through the process.

DIY Mini Macrame Hangers from Hallmark | thinkmakeshareblog

Creating the macramé hangers is surprisingly easy! Start with eight strings cut long enough to hang at your desired length.

DIY Mini Macrame Hanger | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Next, knot them over a metal loop for hanging.

DIY Mini Macrame Hanger | thinkmakeshareblog.com
DIY Mini Macrame Hanger | thinkmakeshareblog.com
DIY Mini Macrame Hanger | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Go down the length of the string to where you’d like your plant to sit.
DIY Mini Macrame Hanger | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Start by combining the strings into groups of two and knot each group.
DIY Mini Macrame Hanger | thinkmakeshareblog.com
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Go down 1 to 3 inches from your first knots. Split the knotted groups in half and combine each string with string next to it to knot again, forming a diamond.

Repeat.
DIY Mini Macrame Hanger | thinkmakeshareblog.com
DIY Mini Macrame Hanger | thinkmakeshareblog.com

To make the rest for your bowl or planter, go down another 1 to 3 inches and knot all of the strings together. Trim hanging strings as necessary.
DIY Mini Macrame Hanger | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Place your bowl, hang, and admire!
DIY Mini Macrame Hanger | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Photography by Jane Kortright.

Riga Sutherland Hallmark Cards Featured Artist | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Artist Spotlight: Designer and illustrator Riga Sutherland

Riga Sutherland is a talented designer and illustrator with a penchant for all things feminine. Read on to learn more about Riga and what inspires her beautiful work below!

Hallmark Featured Artist Riga Sutherland | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Name: Riga Sutherland
Age: 35
Current role: Designer, Hallmark Cards
Education background: BA in Art History from University of Washington. Graphic Design from Art Institute of Seattle.

What’s your Hallmark history? Since I was little, my dad gave me Hallmark cards for my birthday every year. I’ve kept all of them because they were beautiful. After graduating with a degree in Graphic Design, I was working as an in-house designer/illustrator in Seattle. I found a job posting on the Hallmark career website about 4 years ago. I applied and got the job. I then relocated from Seattle to Kansas City.

What’s your creative process like at Hallmark? I usually start with the writing. I focus on the tone of the words. That then guides me to come up with imagery, colors and processes. I like to sketch out different ideas first.

What kind of product do you work on? Tell us about a favorite product or line you’ve been a part of. I work on cards. Right now I’m on the team that works on Love, Anniversary, Valentine’s Day, and Graduation. My favorite card collection I‘ve worked on is the Care & Concern collection where Hallmark is in partnership with CaringBridge. They have wonderful messages, and I am glad to be a part of that.

Where do you go or what do you do to feed your brain/soul/spirit? To feed my creative energy, I like to draw and hand-letter quotes. I also like to look at books and magazines for inspiration.

What kinds of trends are you seeing in the world that inform your work? I see a lot of hand lettering and surface design. Looks that are organic and not perfect.

Who are your artistic heroes or influences? I love the work of Helen Dardik. It’s whimsical and fun. I love the colors in her artwork. She also does a lot of patterns, which I’m really into right now.

How does your personal work reflect on your work at Hallmark and vice versa? My personal work inspires my professional work. Whatever I am interested in at the moment, I bring into my work at Hallmark.

What are your favorite things about working for Hallmark? 1) The Creative Library. I love that there are so many new books to get me inspired. 2) The community of artists here at Hallmark. They are so talented. 3) I am inspired everyday by creative workshops and beautiful products.

Riga Sutherland Hallmark Cards Featured Artist | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Shop Riga’s gorgeous wedding collection at Hallmark Gold Crown stores.