All the December news & tips!
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My BIG BIG News is Revealed!

I have been keeping this secret for almost a year! WHEW! And finally I can share that I have developed my own line of lettering products with American Crafts. On December 22, 2017, they will be sold in Michaels stores in North America. Click HERE to visit American Crafts website and see each of the products available.  
As far as the rest of the world, you can shop for my products in these countries too: Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, United Kingdom, Spain, Malaysia, Singapore. Europe should be able to order from Create & Craft in the UK (click HERE).  I hope to have more information about stores around the world in the near future. 
I still can't put into words how I feel when I see my name Kelly Creates on these pens....other than "Dreams do come true."
Here is comparison of how the tips of the Dream Pen and Multicolor Small brush pen write. The dark green bottom right is the Small brush pen. 
Here is my YouTube video where I share an unboxing of all my of new products... Brush pens, paper pads, journals, stamps and more!
Here is a fun video about my calligraphy journey and creative process behind the scenes of my American Crafts Kelly Creates brand. 
I had a very special trip to New York City at the beginning of December and was able to take in all the beautiful Christmas festivities of this amazing city. We saw the Rockettes, watched the lighting of the tree at Rockefeller Center and walked a LOT looking at all the incredible Christmas displays in store windows. 
The weather was perfect! No snow yet and warm enough for me to sit in Central Park and do some urban sketching. (My usual Pentalic Aqua Journal and Sakura Field Sketch box 24)
I had the best time teaching a Beginner brush lettering workshop in Brooklyn at Craftsman Ave.  This group was a blast... and was way more talkative than most classes! lol!
A week later I was in Calgary, (about a 3 hour drive south from where I live in Canada) and I taught a workshop at Sunnyside Art Supply store. There is something very special about teaching people who live in my part of the country. We had such a nice evening together. A big thank you to Shirl and Pat of Sunnyside Art Supply for inviting me....I just love the Kensington area in Calgary, and their shop has a fantastic selection of everything you need for your art and lettering!
'Tis the Season...for using calligraphy as gifts, on tags, and for card making. We have really enjoyed sharing our Christmas calligraphy projects in our Facebook group (Kelly Creates Art & Calligraphy). I have also broadcast a few Facebook Live videos about how to use calligraphy to make Christmas cards. 
A great idea for a Christmas gift (yourself included lol) is my new book The Art of Brush Lettering! Here is a video peek inside every chapter.  Click HERE for an affiliate shopping link to Amazon or find it at many bookstores too. 
Take a look inside my book The Art of Brush Lettering.
I will be presenting at 3 NEW Pinners Conferences in 2018: San Diego and Atlanta in April, and Minneapolis in June. Click HERE to visit the Pinners Conference website and learn more about these events. They are AWESOME, so if you have the chance to attend, then GO. Hope to see you there!
It's also the Season of Giving... and Giveaways! I am offering a 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway on my website of all my new Calligraphy products sponsored by American Crafts! 12 Winners will be chosen on Dec. 23, so there is still time to enter. Click HERE to find the Giveaway and enter to win!
Another incredible Giveaway is being hosted by Creative Scrapbooker magazine....and I am involved with Day 3 of their 12 Day contest. There will be 45 winners chosen for all their amazing prize packages, so click HERE to visit their website and enter to win.
Earlier in December I held my annual Handmade Holiday Gift Guide and featured 4 incredibly artistic and talented artists and artisans. 4 people won a gift from each generous sponsor, and I have to say I picked up a few Christmas gifts (for myself!) Click HERE if you would like to read about these amazing people and their creations.
Our Facebook group is writing all the beautiful Christmas and Holiday words for the December Love Letters challenge.  To join our creative community "Kelly Creates Art & Calligraphy" on Facebook, click HERE.
PEN OF THE MONTH & GIVEAWAY: I cannot believe that I am able to write about my OWN brand of pens for this month's giveaway! My Dream Pens have 2 tips, one large and one small / medium and come in 10 pretty colours. 
One of my newsletter subscribers will win 3 of these pens, and I will announce the winner next newsletter.(Every month we will have a newsletter giveaway and you must be subscribed to win)

WINNER of Last Month's Giveaway of the Papermania Metallic brush pens is Jeannie Tran ! 
TIP OF THE MONTH:  Expand your hand lettering and calligraphy skills by finding inspiration on pre-made greeting cards and gift bags. Snap a photo in the store and then practice your skills by copying the design. 
Looks like Finn is on Santa's naughty list. He has left my pens alone and focused on the Christmas tree ornaments.  Oh, and the pompom is gone from his NYC Santa hat.  Sigh. 
This is my last newsletter of 2017, and I can't wait to see what 2018 will bring! Thank you for sharing my love of letters and following along on my calligraphy journey. Let's continue to inspire each other in the New Year. Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas!
Free December worksheet

Noel with Flourishing for Large Brush Pens

The Christmas Freebie is a really pretty "Noel" so you can practice some simple flourishing.  For more large brush pen worksheets, click HERE Remember to always print on very smooth laser jet paper OR use tracing paper on top of regular copy paper. (NOTE: This worksheet is in DropBox... a FREE app for your desktop computer or mobile phone.)

Click HERE to download and print your free worksheet.
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