Category Archives: cards

Smart Goats are Thankful


I made this little thank you card illustration for a friend who is graduating from UW with a degree in math.  She also owns two adorable goats.  Pygmy Goats.   Who can say no to painting pygmy goats?   I drew a bit of inspiration from Holly Hobbie on this one.  Toot and Puddle are some of my very favorite characters and Holly’s illustrations always feel so fresh and beautiful to me.goatthanks006

Of course, my sense of humor on this one is a bit more…juvenile.


IMG_5036My little brother got married this past weekend to a beautiful, sweet, Christian gal! I’m so proud!  I cannot even tell you how happy I was when they asked me to be creatively involved with making the invitations.  It was so much fun, and I really like how it turned out.  IMG_5033
I designed a logo and had stamps made to use on the front of the invitation.

IMG_5020Then I surprised them with an address stamp to match  as a pre-wedding/house warming present.

IMG_5019 I really liked the idea of using stamps, especially since the designs are such that the stamps can be reused indefinitely.

IMG_5034The idea for the invitation is loosely based on a passport, as Caleb and Angelica love to travel.

IMG_5023This is also why the map is a rather prominent element (hand illustrated map in watercolor with digital elements).  IMG_5025Keeping it subtle and casually elegant was important to us, so we avoided any over the top travel theme-y stuff.

Caleb and Angelica came up with the clever wording and had the rad idea of placing a magnet with their photo in each invitation. IMG_5028 The “Party Pants” reference on the magnet was something I pulled out of the wording they came up with for the invitation.IMG_5029
One last thing I want to share was a little gift my mom and I put together.  We initially got the idea from a baby shower we went to recently where the guests all wrote letters to the little guy for each of his upcoming birthdays. We basically stole that idea.  IMG_5038We bought 35 blank greeting cards and then numbered them 1 – 35.  Then had all the guests at the bridal shower, the brides maids, the grooms men, the parents of the bride and the groom, and the pastor at the ceremony (also a good friend of the groom) write letters to the happy couple for them to open on each upcoming anniversary.  IMG_5040I painted their logo on the top of the box and did a little embellishment inside.  Personally, I think this is the most seriously amazing idea ever!

Stationary dreams

Over the new year I had a conversation with a good friend about my love for doing small personalized projects; cards, invitations, bookmarks, and such.  Since that conversation I have begun to seriously consider pursuing that passion in earnest.  I’ve done a lot of this type of work for myself and family or friends but to actually do it as a profession is a whole other story.   I still have quite a bit of work to do, but its a dream…

Spaghetti Feed!

This year my mom and I are going to be participating in the Alzheimers Association Memory Walk.  My Grandpa has been suffering from this horrible disease for the past several years and our whole family is feeling it’s effects.  As part of our team’s fund raising efforts we are putting on a spaghetti feed.  Entry by donation, all proceeds going to the 2010 Memory Walk.

Friday, August 20th, 2010 @ 6p.m.

If you would like to receive an official invitation please e-mail me with your address and I will get one out to you!

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