Sunday, October 29, 2017

Holiday #Giveaway! These 4 Books Sold at Quarto Knows are Going Right on the Christmas List!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my Quarto Knows-loving own.



1. Happy Mail by Eunice & Sabrina Moyle

Some people still love to get mail. My mom is definitely one of those people. She has never owned a computer, nor does she care to...so to her the 'old fashioned' way of communicating with those who live long distance is via 'snail mail.' My kids all get letters from her, as do I, and every single holiday and birthday we all get greeting cards with notes in them too (and the kids get money, lol, who doesn't love a card from grandma with a few dollars tucked inside??). I save every single one she sends in our 'keepsakes' or the kids' 'baby boxes.' She would LOVE to get this Happy Mail book that is full of fun ways to send out notes to her friends and loved ones. 




The pages are perforated so you keep everything you need safely inside of the book, until it's time to work on what you want. There are different kinds/styles of 'letters' all throughout the book.


There are a variety of instances/happenings-type pages to work with too, such as cards for someone's birthday or expressions of gratitude.


There are hot tips for creating, and instructions for making a card that is not only unique, but that you will be happy/proud to send to friends and loved ones. This book also provides a great way to get the kids interested in creating 'snail mail' to send out to their loved ones who live outside of the home.


I love the 'You Made My Day' card. It's sunny (ha! you see what I did there), bright, and very happy. I can think of half a dozen people right off the top of my head, to whom I could send that one. This book is chock full of great ideas for getting happy thoughts to those who deserve them, the old-fashioned way! Though I would love to keep this book for myself, I'm thinking either my mom, or my granddaughter (who has a grandma in England and a grandpa in another state) is going to get it, because they both are fond of sending snail mail. Either way, the lucky recipient is going to be thrilled, and I'm going to get brownie points for giving such an awesome gift. ;)

Guided by the lettering artists behind the Hello!Lucky letterpress greeting cards, you will learn the basics of how to create beautiful hand-lettered designs and how to apply your hand-lettering skills to creating beautiful cards, stationery, envelopes, and more. Happy Mail introduces a variety of lettering styles, including the basics of brush calligraphy, and the basics of writing and mailing letters the old-fashioned way. Once you learn and practice several different lettering styles, follow along with the simple step-by-step projects to create beautiful, personalized, and hand-written letters, cards, and envelopes to share with your loved ones. 

Includes more than 40 perforated cards and stationery designs as a fun bonus! Simply tear out, decorate, and mail your masterpieces to family and friends.  


2. Stick Sketch School, an Animal ARTventure is another fun book you'll find at Quarto Knows. This 144-page softback book has some really hilarious drawings your kids will love to learn to draw. Who am I kidding, these are all drawings the I would love to be able to master!! What a fun way to amp up your doodles!

 

I have one of these for my 10-year-old to give him for Christmas. I know he's going to love it, and it's something he and I can do together. The whole book is chock full of cute drawings. I think this book is going to make him laugh. What a great gift idea for children and adults alike.

Since Billy Attinger founded his company, Stick World, pop culture has exploded with stick figure art. Social media feeds and other online resources are the perfect home for this brand of simple, pithy, and often wickedly funny art. Stick figure images and messages are easily conveyed through social media, frequently going viral because of how easy they are to read and share on your phone. The best part about stick figures is that anyone can draw them!
Billy Attinger showed how to draw stylized stick figures in his popular Stick Sketch School: An Animal Artventure?, and now he's back to show the world his stick figure animals. Take an "artventure" around the world: learn to draw stick animals in the jungle, the Arctic, the rainforest, the Outback, underwater, and more! You'll even learn how to draw extinct animals and fantasy animals in stick form. Each spread features a grid to show the reader how to draw the lines, how to add movement, expression, and more. Ideal for the visual learner and accompanied by tips and tricks from stick artist Billy Attinger, the book shows how to make your stick animals personal, recognizable, and unique!


3. I'm pretty positive "Scratch & Create: I Love Hand Lettering" by Shandra Smith is a book my d-a-u-g-h-t-e-r (I spaced it out because she sometimes puts in that term when visiting my blog and I don't want her to see her present) is going to like. She's very talented and full of creativity so this is right up her alley. My mom would love it too, but I think this one is going to my girl for Christmas. 



It comes with a pencil-like scratcher to create and reveal what you're making on the 'blank slate' pages.


You can go all out with it, and make a whole page unit like the one above, which I think is awesome. You can also use the stencils below to make sure your lettering turns out just right.


I suppose one could spend a lot of time creating in a book such as this one. I think it would be a hit for anyone who loves to doodle, draw or create.

Get in touch with your inner poet as you create beautiful quotes on love. The romantic inside you will flourish as you discover amazing, full-color artwork beneath these sheets of metallic coating!

With a special stylus, you can scratch, draw, and design your own pieces of art as you enjoy this relaxing activity. Let your creativity and senses develop as you use lettering stencils to create your favorite, passionate sayings on love against colorful background art by Shandra Smith.

This kit comes with everything artist need to get started; three styles of alphabet stencils, a set of ornaments to decorate your mantras, and 16 scratch sheets. Each sheet comes with a surprise, unique, and colorful backgrounds which will show through your design. Each sheet is perforated for easy removal, so your art is always ready for gift giving or display!




4. Scratch & Create: Wild Garden by Helen Dardik has similarities to the book above it, but it's all postcards...20 of them, in fact. I think this is the one I'll gift to my mom. She loves to doodle as much as my daughter, but as I mentioned at the very start of this post, she also enjoys receiving and sending mail. I think it will be a fun way for her to pass time. Maybe she and one of her friends can sit around and do a couple of them together.


The postcards cover most of the page and the scratching utensil is included with the book. I think I'm going to purchase an extra utensil and put it on the outside of the gift, so like I said before, my mom can create these with a friend.


These are perforated and pull out easily. They will be fun for her to send out in the mail. I'm guessing my little man is going to get one that she has completed, once that time comes, and maybe even I will too. ;)


Discover amazing, full-color artwork by scratching away metallic coating with a special stylus as you enjoy an extremely relaxing activity. Let your creativity and senses develop as you work around the page to discover a world of shapes and colors. Scratch off all the coating to reveal 20 delightful, original postcard designs by artist Helen Dardik, ready to send or display.

You will find all 4 of these books for sale at Quarto Knows , a website definitely worth looking into for your holiday shopping. There other Scratch & Learn options available too, and more than will be coming soon! Learn more by visiting their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

There's a Giveaway!



One lucky winner is going to get to choose ONE of the following four books to call their own (or to gift for the holidays). US/Canada only.

The options are below:

1. Scratch & Create Wild Garden (postcards)
2. Scratch & Create Enchanted Forest (postcards)
3. Scratch & Create I Love Hand Lettering
4. Scratch & Create Hand-Lettered Life

39 comments:

  1. Creating a life book looks like a lot of fun and the birthday one also

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  2. These books ALL sound terrific. Several of our grandchildren are budding artists, and I think they'd love any of these. Thanks!

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  3. How fun. I'm in.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  4. Sure sound like great gifts indeed. Spurring on their skills through creation.

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  5. I am one of the few people that I know that still sends out cards and letters via snail mail, so I think Happy Mail sounds like my kind of book. We have some scratch and create books too and think they are so fun! I'm giving a few of them away as gifts this holiday.

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  6. The Treknology book looks interest.

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  7. I like the Happy Mail. Very interesting.

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  8. Hi Rosey - I think you've probably given many of us ideas for Christmas - kids love to draw, write, craft and create - what better way for them to it with these books ... and people do love to get snail mail ... it's an important connection point for family and friends ... and more memorable - cheers Hilary

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  9. I learned they have calendars.

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  10. I learned they sell a book called "Inventions in 30 seconds by Mike Goldsmith". Sounds like a winner to me :-)

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  11. I learned that there is a comic book hero called 'Gonad Man.' Not sure if my life is better for knowing that, but there we are :-)

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  12. I learned that The Quarto Group is an authority on a wide range of categories and topics. With more than 9,000 titles for you and your entire family, Quarto educates, entertains and enriches the lives of our readers - enthusiasts and lovers of hands-on living.

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  13. Real mail is definitely a dying art. It would be nice if it stayed around a little longer.

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  14. Cooking with Nonna by Rossella Rago.

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  15. I like the Cook me a Rhyme book.

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  16. I like the Educating category of books. I'd like to get a lot of the books there.

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  17. Wow! What a great resource for all types of books. I love the scratch and create books. Those are cool!

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  18. All the books look very interesting.

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  19. I love this. I love books, and I love all the different types, my favorite is anything educational.

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  20. I love their calendars and all amazing activity books.

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  21. I learned they also sell Sally's Baking Addiction by Sally McKenney, which I would love to get!!

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  22. I love the calendars and I also love the activity books and stickers.

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  23. Didn't know you had so many cool books.

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  24. Quarto Knows has so many great hobby books, I could shop for so many.

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  25. I like the Mom and Me: An Art Journal!
    kdraebellamy(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. I like the calendars. My girls would love this. tHank you

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  27. I really really like this coloring book for adults: Art Therapy: Celtic. I'm such a huge fan of celtic art and design

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  28. Thank you for reviewing these books! I'm the artist behind "I love hand lettering" and "hand-lettered life". Appreciate this exposure! :)

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  29. A large variety of books to choose from

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  30. I would love to get the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. Sounds very interesting!

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  31. I would love to learn more about the Creative Marker Art and Beyond book.

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  32. I know my husband will really appreciate having the Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Wiring

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  33. I like their free standard shipping!

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  34. I'd like Illuminating Wisdom. That looks like a great book!

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  35. I learned they even have Poetry for Kids: Robert Frost. I think teaching kids to appreciate literature is a great idea.

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  36. I learned that they have so many books on so many different topics from Marvel comics to welding and even those on pets.
    Sherri J

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