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!


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


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


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!


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!


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!




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




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,




Favorite Quote

This quote has long big a favorite of mine.  Written here in white ink on neon pink card stock.  2013-05-10_0011.jpg

“Let us then be up and doing with a heart for any fate; still achieving, still pursuing learn to labor and to wait.”  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

PS.  I’m pretty sure the ink was still wet when I hung this up and snapped the picture.  It was just a doodle I did for myself.



While working on the t-shirt project for the Mighty Oakes Heart Foundation I also sent my sister a file that says “be mighty” which she turned into a temporary tattoo! I love it. ‘Be Mighty’ is the battle cry of the Mighty Oakes Heart Foundation.


It never hurts to have a little reminder close by!


Here is one of my favorite girls in the world (who just happens to be the daughter of one of my favorite girls in the world!)  She just so happens to be a huge supporter of Mighty Oakes!


If you want custom tattoos contact Jim at Sticky Puppy http://store.sickpuppystore.com.

Remember to BE MIGHTY today!



MIGHTY T-shirts!

One of my favorite things since I started working on all these projects has been seeing the big reveal.  These days I’ve sent off a lot of digital files that are to be used in various forms that I don’t always get to see in person.  One of my favorite projects has been ongoing…and I hope I always get to work on it…

My sister established a foundation in the name of her son who was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect.  He past away just over a year ago, but lived a very mighty life while he was with us.  His foundation, Might Oakes Heart Foundation, has grown steadily since its inception,  feel free to contribute to the cause!

Every month on the 10th (Oakes’ Birthday) my sister and members of the foundation visit the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit to shower the nurses with love.  They were such a huge part of my nephews life and the foundation does its part to make sure they are reminded of how important they are to the families in the unit!  Several months before Oakes’s 2nd birthday my sister reached out to me to work on some phrases for her.  Some would be for a tshirt others would be for extra products.

Here are Oakes’s Grandma, Cousin, Sister, and parents carting in loads of cargo!  They brought tons of treats for the CICU nurses, patient, and families to celebrate his 2nd birthday!


It warmed my heart so much to think of our “mighty” Oakes and the nurses who shared his life with him.  (He spent all but 15 days of his life in the hospital).   Here are a few shots of the process and the end product!


The design before I cleaned it up:

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And here is the final product:



Here I am prepping for a 5k race with another huge fan of the Mighty Oakes Heart Foundation.  Its weird wearing your own work…but when MOHF is involved its worth it!photo-1

Since then, I’ve seen those shirts in photos on facebook, in a docu series about life at Children’s Hospital (WHICH IS AMAZING!), and of course in personal pics sent my way!  One more picture for you including Oakes’s sister and best friend.  Perfectly styled with a ring pop and puppy friend!

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I moved to Oklahoma in 5th grade.  I lived in a suburb north of Oklahoma City and then went to College at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, America.  During those years I was eager to get out.  Now that I’ve left, however, I love that state and the amazing memories and friendships she gave me.

I’m very far away from her now…and when I heard news of the tornados that hit the Moore area my stomach dropped.  I had seen the destruction of the May 5, 1999 storms personally and it broke my heart to imagine how all those families were dealing with the aftermath.  So, while trying to focus on other projects, I found myself scribbling out the words to the song Oklahoma.  It is one of those things that I find myself singing while I clean or am just walking down the street!  Its a song we sing at football games at Oklahoma State and choir performances in schools the state over.  Two of these are hanging in my dining room right now.  I just can’t believe anyone could ever get those lyrics so right!

I’m always holding my friends and family and old state in my heart and missing them all so much!





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