I’m Messy and I Know It Printable

I’m a huge fan of the Heartmade blog by Mayi Carles and for 2013 she put out a call for help to promote her Life is Messy bootcamp. I immediately thought of my default girl illustration writing out the message “I’m Messy and I Know It” – so here’s the final product!

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Download ZIP of 300dpi JPG

I used my Wacom tablet (finally, getting more practice instead of scanning!) and really love the result. Drawing how I want to draw and just following my heart. Just like Marisa from Creative Thursday, Mayi helped me to learn that cute can be professional and successful. I used to be plagued by misconceptions, thinking I had to be serious and grown-up to be taken seriously. But it was all wrong, because it just wasn’t the authentic me.

Now that I follow my heart and create freely, I’m a much happier and more successful person. Funny how things work out. Thank you, Universe! I thought it would be nice to give back to the community, so please take advantage of this free art printable. Declare your messiness and know that it is a-okay! Be yourself and thrive! I hope you enjoy and don’t hesitate to Tweet or Facebook share – I would really appreciate it.

Let’s rock 2013 together!

Peace On Earth

I know that every day, something sad happens somewhere in the world. This holiday season we’ve all been faced with gruesome news and challenges of every kind. I know we all feel it somewhere in our lives.

Even though my hands are shaking with worry and fear at times, I wanted to share an illustration with all of you. Let’s think about peace on earth. Let’s cherish the time we have with our loved ones and live life to the fullest. Be kind. Be happy. Be you.

Download Printable Card Peace on Earth ZIP

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I’m All Ears Bunny Digistamp

Easter is near, so we can all use a cute little bunny image to play with. My little doodle turned into BIG ears, so I thought the sentiment really fits. What can you create with this image? A cool card, decorate a scrapbook page or another crafty project? Download the digital stamp below and let me know what you think. Feel free to post a link to your project in the comments below. Enjoy!

Download I’m All Ears Digistamp ZIP

BackToPaper Digital Stamp Sets Are Coming!

Have you heard the news? I’ve been super busy, drawing up a storm and building up for a new release of digital stamps. Lots of easy and fun to color designs with bolder lines. The new digital stamp sets will offer a variety of cardmaking project applications. I’ll be sharing my cardmaking ideas and offering goodies, so be sure to sign up for the Digistamp club asap.

As a little teaser, enjoy this Heart Tweet Digistamp. Just please do me a favor and spread the word to all your crafty friends.

Also, can you guess what type of images will be released? Do you have any requests or suggestions? Wanna be a design team member? Comment your thoughts below!

Feed Your Soul and Print Some Motivational Art

I must have mentioned Indie Fixx before and Feed Your Soul: the free art project, offering printable art downloads as PDFs from amazing artists. I’ve been a fan for a long time, since it first started way back in 2009. I was recently visiting the site to print some art for my inspiration board and it got me to thinking about my artwork. I suppose it’s no surprise that I’m now offering my own art as printables. Perhaps it was inevitable…

The goal for my artwork is very similar to the whys of the free art project as well. Art is an important part of our culture and I think it offers inspiration, empowerment and thought-provoking emotions in the viewer. Yes, both feeling and thought. Visual communication is so powerful and really grabs attention, especially today. In our fast paced environment, it’s much harder to get folks to slow down and read. Books are getting shorter and shorter, because people don’t have time. It’s amazing how an image, can stop someone in their tracks.

I want to brighten your day, no matter what the situation. Just a little smile or even a chuckle here or there. That emotional reaction is a connection. A piece of art can do that, even when you feel melancholy and especially when you need help. A little print tacked on your cubicle wall, in your art journal or framed on your wall – they all can do so much good. From the littlest, shabbiest copy to the most prized original painting, they all make a difference to provide energy, hope and joy to people like you and me. Even when we can’t explain or provide the fancy analysis of why… we know and feel the power and effect that Art has on us.

I really want to spread that energy through my artwork. Not just all over the world but into all facets of our life. I suppose, that is why I’m so intrigued by art licensing, because getting art onto everyday products means you are going to affect people in even the most mundane activities of life. Drying your dishes with that towel that has impactful imagery. You think twice, think happy, smile… that’s pretty darn cool. You are feeding your soul with Art and perhaps we are all lacking a bit of that in everyday life.

I’ve been thinking about my foray into digital downloads of “fine art” and how many people disagree with the offering. They think it devalues Art. My pricing seems low in certain communities and high in others (have you seen the pricing on digital scrapbooking products?) I suppose, my pricing was based on what I think everyone can afford. That fits better with my goals for the series – I simply want everyone to enjoy the work. Actually, if you subscribe to my newsletter you get a free printable… so I’m trying to reach as many people as possible.

So why charge a price at all for my Art? Well, because I want to be sustainable! I want to keep doing what I do. I’m sure it’s been said too often, “we all have to eat, you know!” But it’s true. Ultimately, I’m not charging for the cost of materials, I’m asking you to contribute to my work as a whole. It’s your contribution to me as an Artist – and for that, I’m truly thankful to all who have supported me.

Of course, I want you to realize that there are so many ways to support someone. For me, you can buy printables from my shop, but you can also spread the word, leave a nice comment, just be happy seeing my work online – literally, yes! Smile! I know there are folks out there who simply enjoy my work online and that’s cool too. We are all on different points of our journey and contribute with what we have. I appreciate it all and respect it all. I’m at the point of jumping head-on into making a living from my artwork, so that’s what I’m working towards… but I think we can all feed our soul with Art and especially motivational art, in some way.

You can learn more about my series of Girls With A Message in this post.

Little Valentines – Heart In A Balloon Ephemera Card

For some Copic coloring today, I printed out my balloon girl digital stamp that I drew some time ago. It’s not really a valentine image, but I added a heart with my white gel pen on the balloon to make it lovey dovey. Alternatively, I could have written something or popped up a punched heart… you can sort of turn the balloon into anything.

Of course, after finishing up the image, I wasn’t really sure what kind of card I wanted to make. Then I decided that for the last day, I would use one of the menus from our wedding. Yes, I made them by hand and so the extras I kept all this time. No idea what I might do with them still… but in an effort to destash, I decided to just fold it in half and use it as a card base. It’s not really meant to be opened up, but I can stick in chocolate on the sides like a pocket.

I wrote a note on it and then the back still has our wedding cartoon printouts…oh the memories. I suppose sometimes you can use ephemera for your cards and notes. It doesn’t have to be fancy or product filled. I think from this series of cards, I’ve learned more to just do what I want, instead of trying to emulate what I think a card should be like. So that’s it for the series of cards. Happy Valentine’s! Sending you much love…

Little Valentines – Loving You Owl-ways

Using one of my cute owlish sentiment graphics, I printed it out to use as the main sentiment for my mini card.

A simple and tiny card, with a little chocolate treat for my hubby. The bottom green dot edge was a Prima stamp that I started with randomly! Then I decided to add more color with the Prima paper and my sentiment. Final touch with some white string…and I’m done.

Just a little bitty valentine card, although it’s not the traditional reds, pinks…much more colorful! I like it.