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