A Special Client: Cathy (part 3)

The main reason Cathy contacted me (aside from the work I did here or here) is to make her personalized stationary.

She wanted cards she could use for personal stationary as well as custom cards for her business “A Sheltering Tree” (a center from counseling and creativity)!  We picked colors and got to work…greens with darker envelopes…and little lady bug details.

One of the nice things about Cathy is that she gives total creative license to me.  So I used it as a chance to play with different styles of lettering.  I

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At the end of the day i sent off 80 cards to Cathy with little lady bugs.  I ended up needing to buy something she could store them in.

When you send notes do you prefer custom personalized stationary or do you like cute designs and sayings?

Either way hope you are sending real mail!

xoxo,

Christina

A Special Client: Cathy (Part 2)

When Cathy asked me to work on a special personalized stationary project (shown here) I was so excited.  She is a councilor who hosts retreats for men and women across the country.  This particular event had 10 women meeting her at a lake resort where they would be working on different exercises that focus on personal reflection, relationships, and creativity. Each day each participant wrote a letter to someone who played a specific role in their life.  Thats what those personalized cards were for.

As she talked about the event with me she mentioned they were staying at the same location where Dirty Dancing was filmed.  I loved that thought.  So I decided to slip a little quote into each of the bags from the movie…  I played around with spacing and lettering options for a day or two then made it an exercise in consistency… Plus she and I had gone back and forth on the stationary so I wanted to slip a treat in there that would be a surprise for her as well!

A close up of the brush marker and fine tip marker effects…

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but in the end I went with dipped red ink…

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Replicating the same thing 12 times isn’t exactly easy, but it was such a fun project!  I loved it. And I can hear Penny shimmy as she yells “shake em”!  I wish I could have been with Cathy on her retreat!  If you want more information on what she has to offer check out her website.  She is located in the Dallas area, but offers retreats around the country!  http://www.ashelteringtree.com

Sending love and heartstrings!

Christina

A special Client: Cathy (part 1)

I’ve been so busy over the last few months that I haven’t had time to post…and all of the stuff I was working on couldn’t be shared right away because I never want to post before the clients get their goodies!  But here goes:

My Mom was one of my first clients. She paid for several sets of custom note cards to give to her friends for Christmas gifts. I worked on them while she was here in Germany and didn’t think to photograph them…unfortunately! One of the sets went to her very dear friend (and by extension a very dear friend of the whole family’s) Cathy.

Cathy has the most amazing southern accent of anyone I know. She is always so happy and sweet and full of love. When I read her Facebook updates I read them in her voice: cheerful and with a long southern drawl!

Shortly after receiving her set of notecards she emailed me and asked for more. Only this time, she said, put your contact information on the back! (Did I mention she is also brilliant?). She also requested a special project for a retreat she was running. As part of the workshop she wanted to give each person a set of 5 note cards to send to loved ones each day. It sounded like a really sweet project so once colors were picked I went to work. I also included a jelly roll pen with each set because I realized after I picked dark blue paper that people might not have pens on them that would show up on it.

I ended working on this part of the project in a hotel room because I was on the road at that point!

Testing paint colors on the bright cards!

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Here is round one of the cards laid out to dry.  Each card was a different color with a different color of ink.

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Mixing custom paint colors in a hotel room is not ideal…the beer helps.

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It was a fun project to work on with lots of bright colors.  I sent the following off to Cathy and was so happy to work on it!

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More on this project to come!  In the meantime if you want to learn more about the work Cathy does check out her website at http://www.ashelteringtree.com.

Sending heartstrings!

christina

3 Cheers…For Chirps & Cheers!

Several months ago I was visiting some friends in family in Edmond, OK.  My best friend Carrie had been encouraging me to visit a little shop called Chirps & Cheers.  Its a paper lovers dream shop.  Tons of paper products, cards, packaging, calendars, stamps, stickers, ribbons, jewelry…lots of lovely things that will make you wish your luggage wasn’t already at max weight for airline checking standards!  Otherwise you might blow a paycheck there.  When I finally found the time to pop in for a visit I had the chance to chit chat with Susan, one of the store owners, and after circling the store 3 times I walked out with a few treats and plans to have her make a stamp for me.

This is a shop that came highly recommended to me and I must say if you need anything from announcements, invites, business cards, or just a “pick me up” gift for yourself or a friend, you won’t go wrong here.

It took me a while to get her the file, but she was so easy to work with and she helped me figure out what would work best…and then yesterday, this came in the mail!   It is perfect.  I’m still working on my logo/branding, but for now this has me smiling so big!

 

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I needed something so I could sit down and do this!

 

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Ok, signing off now.  I have to go stamp every piece of scrap paper I can find!   If you need a stamp let me know.  I’m sure we can design something that the women at Chirps & Cheers would love to make!

Sending heartstrings and love,

Christina

 

 

Funny Friends.

I’ve recently fallen in love with “Comedians in Cars getting Coffee” by Jerry Seinfeld.  If you haven’t watched it yet check it out!  It’s calm and simple and interesting, and of course, hilarious.  Jerry and the guest comedian of the episode go get coffee together in a car.  Then they just talk…and  much to my delight it’s AMAZING.  It reminds me of a road trip I took this spring.

I made the following cards back in May after what might have been one of the funniest car rides of my life.   I was in a truck with 4 college friends that lasted an hour and a half  and we had so much stuff that the 3 in the back row could not move our legs an inch.  (Whenever we are together we keep a running log of quotes…there are plenty more than this)  The following 4 quotes are all from a husband and wife duo.  Only in a pickup in the middle of rural Oklahoma do you hear this stuff.  I promise the inside joke is funnier than just the quote…but this is a nod to those friends I love so much.  Thanks for bearing with me!  (And pardon the profanity…it was just too funny to no post!)

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I love these quotes because they are so unpolished.  I just sat down and scribbled them out.  The question now is, what do I do with all these little cards…planning to send them to my friends…but should the person who said the quote get it or should it go to someone else?  Or should I send them to you instead?

Sending heartstrings to all the friends that make me laugh!

xoxox,

christina

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