Tis The Season?

Back-to-school season has officially come and gone in these parts, so you know what that means. Halloween? No. Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Gross. Thanksgiving? Don't be silly.  IT'S TIME TO BUY CHRISTMAS CARDS! Really? Yes, really! The cards I designed this season for Petite Alma are up and available to purchase on TinyPrints. Here is a small sampling, but be sure to check out the whole collection. There are all kinds of different configurations, color schemes and even envelope liners if you want to be all fancy pants. 

all designs © Petite Alma, 2014

Chalk It To Me

To say I get asked to do "chalk board style lettering" from time to time would be a slight understatement. People can't seem to get enough of it these days. That's partly due to the popularity of the Queen of Chalk Board lettering (who actually uses real chalk unlike the rest of us fakers), but I think it's also popular because white type on a dark background is just plain striking. I've actually been doing it for years, but only recently have people been asking for it to look like "chalk." Here are a few chalk inspired pieces that I've done over at Petite Alma in the past few months. You can purchase these yourself at Tiny Prints and Wedding Paper Divas.

 

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All images © Petite Alma for Tiny Prints

All images © Petite Alma for Tiny Prints

Wedding Sneak Peek

I know I am pushing the limits of this section being labeled "news" with this post, but I'm really excited to share a little sneak peek of my wedding suite! I am working on my save the dates, and while you won't see those here, here's a little peek into what I've been working on! 

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I always thought designing my own invitations would be sort of hard, but I've found the job of being my own client quite enjoyable! I am so fun and easy to work with!

As of late.

You know the saying, "no news is good news"? Well, in the freelance illustration junket that isn't necessarily the case...EXCEPT in my case right now. I've been keeping busy (though there is always room for more) on various projects that haven't yet been published so I am not yet able to share.

So, aside from the odd freelance job, what have I been up to? Well, since June I've been working part time at my VERY FAVORITE STORE IN THE WORLD. EVER. That is...Paper Source. I've been a Paper Source fan ever since the shop opened on the Plaza in Kansas City, so when I heard that they were opening up two new locations in Manhattan, I said, "Sign me up!" And fortunately, the kind people at Paper Source did! Most of my job responsibilities are the ones you'd expect working in a shop, but SOMETIMES I get to do some really fun things like make samples using all the cool tools we sells, show nice women how to use a heat embossing tool, and, my very favorite, make chalkboard signs for the sidewalk.

Life's simple pleasures, but ain't it great when you can work for a company you truly love and believe in?

In addition to my regular gig at Paper Source, I also have a new regular part time gig doing freelance design/illustration and hand lettering for a sweet little design studio in Chelsea called Petite Alma. Petite Alma primarily designs cards, invitations and announcements that you can purchase on Tiny Prints and Wedding Paper Divas. The owner, Kirby, is a great gal and is really letting me take on projects in which I can utilize my own style which is a first for me in a design job. Today is day 2 of this regular gig (though I've been freelancing for the past month), so stay tuned for updates!