Monday, December 16, 2013

Wishing You a Merry Christmas

It's hard to believe Christmas is just around the corner!  Are you ready for the holidays?  I suppose I'm about as ready as I'm going to be for this year.  I had sort of wanted to get more stuff done for my Zazzle store, but you know how it goes... day job gets in the way... life happens... 

So just a short post from me today.  One thing I was able to do was get some Christmas ornaments in my Zazzle store. Here's one of them - with a beautiful Red Cardinal, one of my favorite birds.

And here it is on our Christmas tree this year.

Here's another one - I love these little snowflakes.

Now it's your turn.  If you are a designer on Zazzle, you are invited to add a link to your ornaments in the Linky Tool below.

Use Option 1 in the Link Widget on the page of the Zazzle product/design you'd like to add. It will show up below as a small thumbnail and when clicked on, will link directly to your product.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Plan for the Year Ahead with 2014 Calendars

Every year at Christmas, my sister in law creates a calendar using her digital artwork, has it printed out and then sends it to family and friends as Christmas gifts. I've often thought about doing something similar (although not sending to the same family and friends, lol)

But I've always been held back by the thought that I don't have 12 images that follow a theme, or are the right size and orientation for use in a 12-page calendar.

Recently I saw some great single page calendars on Zazzle and realized this was something I could do! After checking in the Zazzle forums, I found that a fellow Zazzler had created a free 2014 calendar template and made it available at

So, after spending a lovely morning out in the garden today, I spent the afternoon playing around with some of my digital renderings and photographs and made some calendars with them.
The first one I did was with one of my earlier artworks, "Rainy Day at the Lake". It took me a few tries to get the layout correct and I had a different, but distracting background to start with. I'm happier with the final version.

The next one I did used a more recent artwork, "Country Lane in Fall". I selected a plain brown background and then added a lighter block so that the dates would be easy to read.

After making a couple of posters, I saw on another Zazzler's store that they had used the acrylic block "awards" to make calendars with, so I thought I would give it a try. I really love how this came out, although I fear that in reality, the text may be too small to read on in the finished product!

I'm not done with these yet -- I think several of my artworks and many of my photos would work as calendar posters, but that's for another day.


As I mentioned earlier, I was inspired to create these calendars by other Zazzle designers, so let's have a look at some of the 2014 calendars now.

Zazzle designer Bebops lives in upstate New York, so she is surrounded by beautiful scenery and at this time of year, wonderful fall colors. I love this calendar she made with a fine art photograph of a red barn surrounded by fall foliage. She has enhanced the photo to give it a painterly feel.

Red Barn in Autumn 2014 Calendar Poster
Red Barn in Autumn 2014 Calendar Poster by Bebops
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Fantasy lovers will appreciate this beautiful "Enchantment and Fantasy" calendar, featuring the fantasy artwork of Rachel Anderson. This 12 month calendar is fully customized with matching artwork on the date pages, which really makes it look attractive.

Scenic photographs are popular for calendars, such as this "Colorado Scenic Calendar" featuring photos of Colorado by Cameron Miller.

Here's another calendar that reminds me of our summer road trip vacation -- this one has a photo of Donner Lake, which we saw as we went through the Rockies (although it wasn't snowy when we drove through!). I especially like that the designer, dlgray, has framed with a blue that matches the deep blue of the lake.

 This calendar from the Calendar Shoppe features beautiful fine art landscape and seascape paintings.

My husband and I are planning a trip to Scotland next spring, so I was happy to find this lovely calendar featuring a variety of beautiful views from around the Scottish coast and countryside from Zazzle designer Treadsoftly. Includes: Highland cow by a loch; Dunnottar castle; sunrise and moonrise on the Isle of Skye; fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife; and more images from rural Scotland. It would make a lovely Scottish souvenir to remind you of your vacation or tour.

Here's another 12 month single page poster style calendar, similar to the style I made. This one is from MuseMagic and features a lovely autumn lakeside scene.

2014 Autumn Lake Scene Poster Calendar
2014 Autumn Lake Scene Poster Calendar by MuseMagic
Check out 2014 Posters online at zazzle

Well as always, I could go on forever, there are so many great calendars on Zazzle (and I'll be adding some more of my own). But now it's your turn. If you are a designer on Zazzle, you are invited to add a link to your 2014 calendars in the Linky Tool below. Use Option 1 in the Link Widget on the page of the Zazzle product/design you'd like to add. It will show up below as a small thumbnail and when clicked on, will link directly to your product.

Friday, October 11, 2013

The Beauty of Fall

Fall is my favorite season.  After six months of the heat and humidity of a Texas summer I am more than ready for a change.  I love fall colors, although we don't get too much of that down here, and of course, I love feeling that (very slight) chill in the air.

When I think about it, a disproportionate amount of my artwork features fall scenes.

Here's my latest artwork, "Country Lane in Fall", which is available as a poster, as well as on numerous different products, such as this mousepad.

Last week, I wrote a post on my Art by Jayne Wilson blog about how I created this image in the 3D graphics program, Vue.

One of my favorite fall-themed artworks is "Autumn Companions". It's seen here with a wonderful quote from Elizabeth Lawrence, "Even if something remains undone, everyone should take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn."

This is another autumn scene, Autumn by the Lake, which depicts a deserted lakehouse, surrounded by trees with turning leaves. All the summer visitors have gone home, leaving only the rowboat tied to the dock.

On a more whimsical note, this sweet Autumn Fairy is a departure from my usual style of art. Earlier in the year I did a number of fantasy artworks, of which this was one.

There are so many gorgeous autumn themed designs on Zazzle, I hardly know where to start. I'll just show you a few that caught my eye and then I'll let you have a turn.

My first selection is "Autumn Stillness," a poster from Zazzle designer HopefulOne, a very serene scene of a pathway leading through woodland.

This canvas print, "Tree Story" from yesterdaysgirl looks like tryptych with three side by side images of a tree through the seasons.

Couples planning to get married in Fall will love this colorful Fall Wedding invitation from pics4weddings. It features colorful yellow, red and orange leaves falling into a river and is easily customized with your own wedding details.

Or perhaps you're planning a fall baby shower. There are hundreds of selections on Zazzle, including this one from OrangeOstrichDesigns.

A great way to bring some autumn color in to your home is with this Autumn Leaves Are Falling Throw Pillow by Zazzle designer CustomPro.

Imagine sitting on the deck of your lake house in autumn, taking in the panorama of the fall colors around you and sipping hot coffee from your Lake House Personalized Coffee Mug! What a great idea from pamdicar!
As always, I could go on and on but I'll wrap it up here. Now it's your turn. If you are a designer on Zazzle, you are invited to add a link to your fall or autumn-themed designs in the Linky Tool below. Use Option 1 in the Link Widget on the page of the Zazzle product/design you'd like to add. It will show up below as a small thumbnail and when clicked on, will link directly to your product.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Hummingbirds - Flying Jewels

I love this time of year for a number of reasons.  First, being a keen gardener down here in the hot and humid South, I can start kidding myself that really is getting cooler outside.

And second, this is the time of year that the hummingbirds gather and prepare for their annual migration south.

This year we've been hosting them on and off since May and I've been spending a lot of time on the patio with my camera trying to catch a good photo.

I think I was successful with this shot, and the quotation by Robert Brault is very appropriate. This poster would make a nice gift for anyone.
Hummingbird Poster with "Little Things" Quotation
Hummingbird Poster with "Little Things" Quotation by 3DDesignsByJayne
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Just the other day, as the sun was starting to go down behind the house next door, I saw a hummingbird approaching the feeder on the patio.  I snapped some photos and loved the way the sinking sun shone through the blur of her wings.

The only problem with the photo was the background -- a not very interesting view of our neighbor's brick wall!

So.... I played around with the photo and used a texture from a set that I had purchased to get rid of the blah background and isolate the hummingbird.  Then I did the same thing with a photo of some fuschias that I had taken and merged them together.

The result is this customizable greeting card. It can be made into a birthday card, a "thinking of you" card, or whatever the buyer is looking for.

I love the way this turned out and added it to some stickers too:

Looking around Zazzle, there are some beautiful products from other Zazzle designers featuring hummingbirds. Below you will find just a few of the selections I found.

This lovely hummingbird with fuschias postcard is available in the NationalWildlife store. I didn't know the National Wildlife Federation had a store on Zazzle, but they have some beautiful items, created with photos that have been donated to them by the artists.  

This postage stamp from tracidwilson, (no relation to myself!) features a photo of a hummingbird with a beautiful orchid bloom.

We seem to have mostly female hummingbirds in our garden at the moment (I think the males have already started heading south). I love this sticker from Diane_Jacky which shows a male ruby-throat and some bright red blooms.  Hummingbirds love red!

This lovely postcard from designer angelandspot has a vintage feel to it.

As you see in the photo at the top of this post, I have a couple of hummingbird feeders out at this time of year. But check this out!

Zazzle designer Gramabarb has used this photo of lots of hummingbird feeders on a porch.

She says: "These delightful hummingbird photographs are from who has given me permission to make custom cards. She wants you to enjoy her Porch.

Watch the live action of these little jewels of the bird world."

What fun!
OK - that's enough from me.  I need to make some more nectar for my hummingbird feeders!

So now it's your turn. If you are a designer on Zazzle you are invited to add a link to your hummingbird themed designs in the Linky Tool below. Use Option 1 in the Link Widget on the page of the Zazzle product/design you'd like to add. It will show up below as a small thumbnail and when clicked on, will link directly to your product. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Gift Wrap/Wrapping Paper - Perfect for Any Occasion

Okay, so I haven't posted in here since MAY!!!!  No excuses, well unless you count a full time day job, a part time job on an equestrian website and an emerging art career, as well as my Zazzle store, 3D Designs by Jayne.

Other than the day job (pesky things, but one does need to EAT), creating art seems to have taken more priority than actually blogging about it, BUT, I promise to do better in future :-) 

There's no doubt I've been lax at keeping up with the new products at Zazzle this summer.  I completely missed out on the flip flops and I haven't got around to creating any wallets yet.

But this morning, after sweating in the garden for a while, pulling weeds, I started thinking about a white Christmas and decided to create some wrapping paper for my Zazzle store. 
Snowman with Snowflakes and Blue Stripe Paper
Snowman with Snowflakes and Blue Stripe Paper by 3DDesignsByJayne
Look at other Christmas Wrapping Paper at

I could even make a Christmas card and a gift tag to match, right?

But I digress, we're talking about gift wrap here and the next design I worked on was this simple, yet elegant Christmas tree, on a dark green background.The tree was part of a set of design elements purchased for commercial use, and I had fun placing it on my template so it would tile nicely.

Here's another holiday gift wrap using design elements purchased for commercial use. This one looks like golden jewelry, studded with large blue cabochon jewels.

So I'm having a blast with these today -- and I'm only thinking of Christmas at the moment - the possibilities are endless!

For example, this lovely aqua and green squares gift wrap from RiverJude will work for many occasions and is suitable for gifts for men and women.

This gift wrap from Cutencomfy features the birthday girl or boy's name in neon bright colors on a black background.

And this gift wrap from designer kitandkaboodle (love that name!) features adorable little blue, pink, green and yellow ducks so it's perfect for any baby shower, whether it's for a girl or boy.

Cute Ducks Baby Shower Wrapping Paper
Cute Ducks Baby Shower Wrapping Paper by kitandkaboodle

This wrapping paper, or gift wrap, has only recently been added to Zazzle, but already there are lots of designs, suitable for many occasions.  I've just scratched the surface here, but now I'd like to get back to making some more for my own store!

So now it's your turn. If you are a designer on Zazzle you are invited to add a link to your gift wrap/wrapping paper in the Linky Tool below. Use Option 1 in the Link Widget on the page of the Zazzle product/design you'd like to add. It will show up below as a small thumbnail and when clicked on, will link directly to your product. 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

I always get saddened when I hear about the current state of the Post Office, how they are losing money and how they are having to cut back on services.

When I was growing up in England, I had several pen pals around the world, and I eagerly looked forward to receiving their letters and reading their news.

The postman slid our mail (we called it "the post") through a slot in the front door and it landed with a thud.  I loved it as my mum skimmed through the post, separating the bills from the personal items, waiting to see if there was something there for me.

Sadly, those days are gone. With the advent of email, text messages and Facebook, it's easy to keep in touch with friends and family around the world without having to make a trip to the post office or buying a stamp.

Don't get me wrong, I love being able to share photos and notes via the internet. But I do miss the days of sending and receiving notes and cards for any occasion or even "just because".  There was something more personal about it.

Nowadays, it seems that all I get in the mail are begging letters from charities, or clothing and garden catalogs.

I can't even complain that all I ever get are bills, because I pay all my bills online, and so most of the bills I get are ebills!

So what am I going to do to save the Post Office?

Well, I'm going to start my own personal challenge to get back in the habit of sending "smail mail" letters, notes and cards again. And I'd like to encourage others to join me.

To that end, I'm going to highlight some of the wonderful stationery, letterhead and stamps that are available on Zazzle.

My first selection is this letterhead with a vintage world map in the background., from cutencomfy. I've always loved the look of old maps and atlases, so I really like this design.  It would be perfect for sending personal letters and notes to friends and family around the world.

Vintage World Map Atlas Historical Design Customized Letterhead
Vintage World Map Atlas Historical Design Customized Letterhead by cutencomfy

As I have mentioned before on my blog, I'm a fan of owls. I love hearing them in the night, and I like them decorating my home.  I found this Musical Tree Owl letterheard from CuteLittleTreasures particularly appealing.

This elegant letterhead with a side border of Vincent Van Gogh Branches with Almond Blossom by Ladiebug can be personalized with your name. Adding personal touches like this really enhances your correspondence.

Vincent van Gogh Branches with Almond Blossom Personalized Letterhead
Vincent van Gogh Branches with Almond Blossom Personalized Letterhead by Ladiebug

I really like this elegant damask letterhead from cutencomfy. It's the sort of timeless design that can be used for personal or business correspondence.

Back in my penpal days, when I lived in England, and had penpals in Europe, the U.S. and Australia, the different stamps on the envelopes really fascinated me.  I probably should have taken up stamp collecting as my hobby, but regretably, I never did.

I've enjoyed creating postage stamps with my designs on Zazzle, a couple of which I posted above.  You can see more of them here.
There are some beautiful postage stamp designs of Zazzle (I have a feeling I wasn't the only designer on Zazzle who thought it was really neat to be able to create an official stamp with one of my own designs!)

Below are just a few and then I'll add a Linky Tool for my fellow Zazzle designers to add links to their own stationery and postage stamp designs.

Fall is my favorite season I think.  I love anything will fall colors on it and this postage stamp from photographyvicky certainly fits that bill!

I've always loved the Impressionists, such as Monet and Renoir. I love this postage stamp from masterpiececafe featuring Monet's Water Lilies.

Water Lilies, Monet, Vintage Impressionism Flowers Postage Stamp
Water Lilies, Monet, Vintage Impressionism Flowers Postage Stamp by MasterpieceCafe
Although I'm originally from England, I now live (and have lived for the past 30 years) in Texas. So to me there is no more iconic flower that the Bluebonnet, the State Flower of Texas. This postage stamp from Rossicards features a patch of glorious blue blooms.


Here's something I've never mentioned before in this blog -- I'm a multi-cat mom. I never meant to end up with a house full of cats, but when a stray cat showed up in our back yard a couple of years ago, looking very malnourished, we started leaving feed out for her. She seemed to live in the thicket in the then undeveloped lot next to our house. She would eat and then disappear. One day, we got to find out what was keeping her so busy next door when we looked out to see her leading her FOUR KITTENS under the fence and across the lawn to our patio.

Long story short, a few weeks later, we caught all five of them, got them spayed and neutered and added them to our household. Callie (the mom) bonded strongly with another stray we had taken in and they are now inseparable. They all live indoors and we can't imagine life without them.

This long ramble about our cat family is by way of introduction to this cute "World's Best Cat Mom" postage stamp by BlessingArtAnimals.

There are so many wonderful designs of letterhead, stationery and postage stamps on Zazzle, I could go on and on.

Now it's your turn. If you are a designer on Zazzle you are invited to add a link to your Easter themed designs in the Linky Tool below. Use Option 1 in the Link Widget on the page of the Zazzle product/design you'd like to add. It will show up below as a small thumbnail and when clicked on, will link directly to your product.