Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mother's Day -Matching Sets of Cards, Postage and Address Labels

Mother's Day in England is already behind us for the year, but in the U.S., it will be on Sunday, May 8th.

I've been working on some matching sets for Mother's Day, including greeting cards, address labels and postage stamps.

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The first features a hummingbird and fuchsia bloom that I photographed on our patio.  The background was very unappealing - the blank brick wall of my neighbor's house - so instead, I added a texture in a soft mint color.


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The next set features a digital artwork I created in the 3D graphics program Vue, entitled "Field of Bluebonnets".


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The photograph featured in this Mother's Day card was taken by my at Kalalau Lookout on the Na Pali Coast on the island of Kauai when my husband and I were on our honeymoon. We were so lucky to see this rainbow. Even as we stood taking photographs, the mists cleared and the rainbow disappeared! It was truly the photo of a lifetime!

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I enjoy working out in my back yard and am often trying out new plants to see what I can get to bloom. I loved this purple and lilac Aquilegia, or Columbine but alas it wasn't too happy in my garden and didn't last long.

When I made this card with my photo, it made me determined to try and grow some more this year! Such pretty blooms!



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There are some wonderful designers on Zazzle and I had fun browsing through the Mother's Day cards available.  I'm going to show you some of them here.

The first is this pretty watercolor floral Mother's Day card from 'origamiprints'. What I particularly like about the design is that you can replace the sample image with a photo of your own family, making it a very personal gift.

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Here is another design, that can be customized with your own photos, this one from 'DreamingMindCards'. Mom will really love this card when it features photos of her own children.


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I love this final card for it's simple message -- Moms can take the place of many people in our lives, friend, teacher, carer, confidante... but no-one can take the place of mom!


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I could continue, there are literally thousands of Mother's Day card designs but it's your turn now.



Thursday, January 7, 2016

Gifts and Cards for your Valentine

Now we have officially got "the Holidays" out of the way, I've been adding some Valentine's related items to my Zazzle store.

My favorite new item has been this Couples Mug or Lovers' mug set, featuring a new digital artwork I created in DAZ3D that I titled "Night on the Town."  I was able to split the original artwork so that the man is on one mug, and the woman is on the other. 

I only discovered recently that it is now possible to add chocolates to Zazzle mugs, turning them into a perfect gift!



I designed a number of sweet cards, including this puffy pink heart on a pale pink background with "To my Wife on Valentine's Day" greeting which is sure to be appreciated. 




I really love the vintage appeal of this vintage illustration Victorian Happy Valentine's Day holiday floral design featuring traditional love and romance flowers. Antique ephemera with a beautiful bouquet of blooming crimson red roses in a gold basket just picked from the garden. Designed by Yesterday Cafe.


This box of delicious Belgian chocolates features a beautiful "Sea of Hearts" design by ZazzleHolidays, and you can customize it with the recipient's name or a message.



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These t-shirts are great, and will certainly make a statement when you head out together but I have to say it..... aren't they the wrong way round? Shouldn't HIS t-shirt say "SHE is my better half" and shouldn't HER t-shirt say "HE is my other half"?

Just kidding - I love them!




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Not quite ready to commit to a long term relationship yet? No problem - there are lots of designs to let you tell it like it is.



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Just want to give him or her a card? There's an endless choice, like this vintage cupid and pink roses design by Sandyspider.
Cupid Valentine Pink Roses Card
Cupid Valentine Pink Roses Card by Sandyspider
Look at Heart Cards online at Zazzle.com

Or perhaps this cute kitten -- with a demand for chocolate inside. (after all what else is Valentine's Day for?)


I could go on, but it's your turn now:

Join the Party!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Ceramic Christmas Ornaments

Christmas is approaching, so I thought I would share some of my own ceramic ornaments, as well as those of the talented artists and designers on Zazzle. 

A young foal thinks the snowman's carrot nose is an irresistible treat in my own original artwork, created in Bryce 3D.
This particular ornament is my most popular, featuring a gorgeous silver unicorn in a snowy winter scene.

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Congratulations to the New Home Owner! Design from an original watercolor painting byveryvera

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Don't you just adore these little hedgehogs on their sled?  So cute!
Hedgehog Sled Ornament
Hedgehog Sled Ornament by GoldersforA4C

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Do you know someone who is about to spend their first Christmas in their new home? There are lots of customizable ornaments to choose from.


First Christmas in New Home Country Cabin Heart Double-Sided Heart Ceramic Christmas Ornament
First Christmas in New Home Country Cabin Heart Double-Sided Heart Ceramic Christmas Ornament by angela65

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Perhaps you know a couple spending their first Christmas as a Mr and Mrs...

 
This would be a lovely keepsake for a baby's first Christmas.
Baby's First Christmas Personalized Photo Template Double-Sided Ceramic Round Christmas Ornament
Baby's First Christmas Personalized Photo Template Double-Sided Ceramic Round Christmas Ornament by Ricaso_Occasions

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I could go on and on, but now it's your turn.  If you are a designer on Zazzle, you are invited to add a link to your ceramic Christmas 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, August 3, 2014

The Majesty of Monarch Butterflies

When I'm not working at my day job, or working on my digital art and now pastel painting projects, I like to garden for wildlife.

My garden is registered as a Monarch Waystation and I've got lots of tropical milkweed, as that is the host plant of the Monarch butterfly, and the only plant that Monarch caterpillars will eat.

I was in the garden this weekend when I saw a Monarch butterfly flitting around.  I grabbed my camera, determined to get a photograph of it.

When I looked at the photograph full size on my computer, I could hardly believe my luck! Not only had I captured the butterfly, but right next to it on the same plant, there was a healthy Monarch caterpillar, munching away on a leaf!

I edited the photo by blending it with some texture for a more painterly effect and I'm very happy with how it came out.  It's been added to several items in my store, including this iPad sleeve.
 

Monarch Butterfly and Caterpillar iPad Sleeve
Monarch Butterfly and Caterpillar iPad Sleeve by 3DDesignsByJayne
Check out more Monarch butterfly iPad Sleeves at Zazzle
 
There are lots of Monarch butterfly designs on Zazzle, so I'm going to showcase just a few of them.

I love the black and orange of the Monarch butterfly against the beautiful purple of the asters in this mousepad from CardsbyCarole.


This card from the very aptly named Butterflysarebloomin is made more dramatic by the way the background is black and white but the butterfly and flower are in color.

Madam Monarch Butterfly Greeting Card
Madam Monarch Butterfly Greeting Card by Butterflysarebloomin
View more Butterflies are blooming Cards at zazzle.com

My final choice, among the myriad of Monarch designs on Zazzle, is this great bumper sticker from GardenDelightsArts which urges people to plant milkweed, to save the Monarch.  I need to get one of these bumper stickers myself!


Now it's your turn.  If your a designer on Zazzle and you have products in your store featuring Monarch butterflies, you are invited to your links 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, January 5, 2014

Gifts for Gardeners

When I'm not working at my day job, or working on designs and artwork for my Zazzle store, I'm a keen gardener.  I'm proud of the fact that my garden is a certified Wildlife Habitat.

And being the beginning of a new year, I'm all itching to get out in the garden and get working.  But it's cold and windy outside today, which is keeping me indoors.

Okay, so we're not buried in snow as much of the country is.  But it's windy and in the mid 40's here.  Pretty chilly for Texas.

So any gardening I do today will be the armchair variety - looking through catalogs and planning etc.

Then I started thinking that considering I'm such a keen gardener,  I don't have much of a selection of gifts for gardeners in my store, other than some items featuring photographs of the birds, butterflies and flowers that I have taken in the garden.

Here's one of my current items, a Macbook Pro sleeve featuring a photo I took of a Swallowtail butterfly on some Dallas Red Lantana:



This beautiful daylily was practically glowing in the sun when I took this photo:



Here's another butterfly photograph from my garden. This time it's a Question Mark butterfly, available on a wrapped canvas or as a print.


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When I did a simple search for "gifts for gardeners" on Zazzle, I realized how much there is to offer. From three ring binders that can be used for garden journals (how come I never thought of that?) to fridge magnets, T-shirts and aprons. The list is endless.

Here are just some of the wonderful gifts for gardeners I found from the many talented artists and designers on Zazzle:

This three ring binder from TheBindery can be customized with your name and is a great way to keep all your garden notes together.

Garden Journal Custom 1.5" Binder
Garden Journal Custom 1.5" Binder by thebindery
View Garden Binders online at zazzle


This apron from designer Spice features a cute little gardener bear with a wheelbarrow and hoe, who says 'Gardeners know all the dirt'.

Garden Tips #1 - Know Dirt Apron
Garden Tips #1 - Know Dirt Apron by Spice
Create a one-of-a-kind customized apron at zazzle.com


This refrigerator magnet from earthdaygardens includes the phrase 'He who plants a garden plants happiness.'

Plant Happiness. Plant a Garden. Veggie Magnet
Plant Happiness. Plant a Garden. Veggie Magnet by earthdaygardens
Look at more Vegetable garden Magnets at zazzle


I love the wording on this T-shirt by baxella - so true! We optimistically plant things, hoping they will grow into something beautiful.

Gardening Is An Exercise in Optimism Tee Shirts
Gardening Is An Exercise in Optimism Tee Shirts by baxella
Check out more For gardners T-Shirts at Zazzle

Gardeners don't really need an excuse to garden, but if they did - this mug from Quotings includes a good one. It's cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes!



This postcard from Meg_Stewart features a cute little chipmunk and the phrase 'A garden is a friend you can visit any time'.


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Now it's your turn.  If you are a designer on Zazzle, you are invited to add a link to your gifts for gardeners and gardening related 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.

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.