Category Archives: Family

Stuffed Zebra Illustration

Stuffed Zebra

For a royalty free copy of this illustration (ai, eps, jpg), please CLICK HERE to visit my iStockphoto page.

Out of my entire collection of stuffed animal illustrations, I think that this one is my favorite. I love the pink, brown, and cream of this image. The zebra turned out just adorable and I can just see it on a kid’s blog or website. My girls love zebras, so this would be perfect for them. If I can find a use for it, I will definitely be using this one.

This illustration also took much longer than the other ones. All those stripes took a long time to clean up and define. But it is still a 15 credit purchase (just like the penguin and the cat).

I love creating stock imagery. There are no deadlines, and I am given complete creative license. The only downside is that there is no guarantee that something will be a success. You are at the mercy of the search engines and a buyer’s taste. I have created lots of files, but only a few become really popular.

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Vector Illustration of Stuffed Cat

Stuffed Cat

For a royalty free copy of this illustration (AI, ESP, and JPG), please CLICK HERE to visit my iStockphoto page.

Here is another stock illustration that I recently added to my iStock portfolio.  My sister-in-law loves cats and is desperately in love with her own feline companion.  My brother would be jealous if she didn’t also love him just as desperately.  I had her (and her kitten) in mind when I created this stuffed cat illustration.  I had a cat that was orange and yellow when I was a little girl and although it was horrible and wild, I loved it.  So I guess I created this illustration for both of us.

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Stuffed Penguin Vector Illustration

Stuffed Penguin

For a royalty free copy of this file (AI, EPS, and JPG), please CLICK HERE to visit my iStockphoto page.

I haven’t added anything to my iStockphoto portfolio for quite a while now and I thought it was time to get back on the horse.  I recently purchased the Adobe Creative Suite and was anxious to try it out.  I really enjoy the expanded effects and tools that are now available to me.  I just love drawing these little stuffed animals, and I needed a baby penguin to add to my collection.  I thought this would be perfect for a website for kids or babies.  It would also be kind of fun for themed birthday cards.  The best thing about vector illustrations is that they can be blown up to any size without getting pixelated.

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For the Kids’ Room

Beautiful Daughter

I thought of the phrase “There is nothing in this world more beautiful than a daughter” a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to create something for my little girls’ room, and I felt like the opportunity presented itself when those words popped into my head.  I drew the daisies in pen and ink first, then painted them in bright watercolors.  I spent a lot of time holding the brush as far away from me as possible while I was creating the splatters, but I got pretty messy anyway.  I scanned the painting and made all the adjustments I wanted and added the text at the top.  I can’t wait to get this up on the wall!

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Finished Business Card Design

Business Card DesignFront

Business Card DesignBack

Here is the finished business card design for my sister-in-law. It is an expression of her and an extension of her products. If you haven’t already, you really should check out her blog and etsy shop. She is creative and crafty and a super fun person. Her energy really comes through.

http://www.vivileen.blogspot.com/

http://www.vivileen.etsy.com/

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Updated Business Card Designs

Here are the updated designs for my sister-in-law’s business cards. I am personally a huge fan of the brightly colored designs. I just love how they pop. Nobody would misplace your business card if it were this colorful! I also enjoy the more muted tones of the softer color palette. It is feminine and slightly romantic. I can’t wait to see which one she likes!

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Business Card Designs

My sister-in-law contacted me the other day about creating some business cards for her.  She has a craft blog and Etsy shop and is super creative.  I designed her cards with her personality in mind, developing three options that expressed her as well as her products.  I’ll post the final business card design once she has decided on one.

business card designs

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Big Projects

I have been completely swamped over here for the past couple of months.  I must apologize for not posting anything, but I guess that is the consequence of having a full schedule.

Just to let you know what is going on in my little art world right now –

I spent the entire month of November writing books.  I participated in the insane National Novel Writing Month challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in a month.  I finished my novel at 60,002 words, and then wrote a second book for young readers that was 5,010 words.   December has been filled with lots of craft shows, chocolate making, and Christmas shopping.

Now that my Christmas shopping is mostly taken care of, I have started working on a project that I am super excited about.  I am creating illustrations for an author of a children’s book app for the iPhone and iPad.  It is going to be so much fun!  I will post some of my drawings as I go along.

Merry Christmas!

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Happiness Can Be Found…

… in Crystal Cove, California.


We just got back from vacation in Newport Beach, California. My husband’s parents own a timeshare there and so we joined them for a week. We went to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and of course, the beach. Crystal Cove was absolutely beautiful. I could have stayed there for months!

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Unpacking

We moved to our new residence exactly one week ago. Our Internet has not been hooked up yet, so I am writing this post from my phone.

It feels like I have been unpacking for years, but it’s only been a couple of days. My kids didn’t seem to notice the change in residence, but I sure have! I love our new place, and I hope that I can soon finish with all the unpacking and get settled in.

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