Posts Tagged ‘freebies’

Calligraphy: Awesomesauce Faux Tattoo


Several conversations I’ve had with family and friends this past week have touched on confidence of one kind or another. It always waxes and wanes for me. Confidence in my sewing, calligraphy, parenting and the list goes on.


Anxiety sometimes gets the best of me and I slip into a dark corner where I feel that nothing I do (or will ever do) is enough. That’s bunk.

I’m enough. I am awesomesauce. 

You are, too!!


The first 5 people to comment on this post will get a set of these tattoos (to keep and/or giveaway). Just tell me, who do you think is awesomesauce?

Below you can download the artwork to make your own, if you missed out. All artwork subject to the Terms of Use provided in download.


Also, if you’re looking to score some temporary tattoo paper, score it at Silhouette for 30% off from now until tomorrow night. Use code MELISSA at checkout. No need for a silhouette cutter to use the temporary tatt paper!

Display Your Cards


I’m over at Make and Takes today sharing a simple and effective way to display your Holiday cards this year and small artwork throughout the rest of the year.

Click to view the tutorial and download the template and cutting files.

Freebie: Thank You Card Design


Thanksgiving is upon us! It’s one of those awesome holidays that not only gets over looked, but the real meaning tends to be forgotten, too. Let’s give thanks this year, and every year.

Write out a heartfelt thank you to someone tomorrow. Heck, write out 10.

I recently scored a ton of awesome envelopes, so I have no excuses for not sending out some heartfelt thank yous. I really hope you do the same. Let’s remember what we’re thankful for.

This printable is sized to fit a standard #9 envelope, a fold-over card for a standard A2 envelope or a simple postcard. Print this with a laserprinter on kraft paper and watercolor the graphic for a more hand-drawn look! If this doesn’t float your Thanks boat, check out all these other Thank You printables:

Hope you travel safe and have a fun and tasty Thanksgiving!!


This tutorial or freebie is free for personal use and should not be distributed/republished without the express consent of Melissa Esplin. I love getting shout outs from around the web, but please, link with love. You may publish 1 photo along with credit back to the original post. Never link directly to the download. If you would like to use this tutorial or freebie for commercial purposes, please email me. Thanks!

Mother’s Day Download & a Recipe


In honor of Mother’s day, I thought I’d offer a little printable card for you to use.

Simply print out on standard 8.5×11 paper, cut in half, fold and you’ve got a lovely card to give to your awesome mom.



This tutorial/freebie is free for personal use and should not be distributed/republished without the express consent of Melissa Esplin. I love getting shout outs from around the web, but please, link with love. Do not copy this post, publish more than 2 photos or outright steal this idea for commercial publications. If you would like to use this tutorial for commercial purposes, please email me. Thanks!

 I’m also over at Rhodes Rolls blog today sharing an easy (and mini-sous chef friendly) recipe for a yummy Mother’s day treat.

Head over for step-by-step instructions on how to make the below lemon strawberry danish.

Guest Post + Printable by Carrie of Bedtime Tales


Thanks everyone for all of the well-wishes here & on twitter! Your kind words have made my week. Felix & I are doing well (he’s currently asleep on my chest), I’ll give a full update on Monday. Also, a huge thanks to Carrie of Bedtime Tales for offering her talents with a guest post and a printable! I’ve known Carrie since my college days in ’06. She’s such a kind, creative person. Penelope & I will definitely be doing this project soon.

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Since Melissa introduced me to blogging, I began to explore the “blog world” a little deeper and I found that it is a wonderful thing to share beautiful, personal art online.  So, once my artsy sister, Becka, started her own blog, I jumped aboard with both feet. Now, after almost a year of craft-blogging, I can say that I find the free-sharing of creative ideas and projects more satisfying than ever!

My sister and I run a blog that fits well into the “creative living” category, posting about family recipes or DIY projects.  However, our personal specialties are found in bedtime toys and tales (hence our blog title, Made by Bedtime tales).  Becka likes to create cuddly, homemade stuffed animals and dolls.  I love to capitalize on original stories and illustrations for my kids.

Our dream is to one day sell handmade, ornate, small wooden puppet stages that you can share with your children at bedtime.  Until Becka and I get that dream up and running, however, we’d like to share with you a small, printable puppet stage pattern!

I’ve seen a number of online patterns for “green” doll houses made out of recycled cardboard boxes.  Well, this is a similar idea here, only we’ve designed a way to make a puppet stage out of an old, empty kleenex box and some cardstock.  This pattern comes with some printable puppets that attach to popsicle sticks and a funky ad-libs script for your own fun, family-night puppet show.

So, please enjoy the FREE printable pattern ;)

And thank you, Melissa, for all the years of free printables, tutorials and fun DIY projects!




This printable is free for personal use & should NOT be distributed or republished without consent. Altering files is NOT ALLOWED. If you’d like to use this for commercial purposes, please email Carrie.

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