Friday, November 30, 2012

Last Day to Order a Holiday Pet Portrait!

I am checking my list twice and yes,  it is that crazy time of year and I have a few dozen commissions to do in just a couple of weeks.  I am totally on target and will be proofing folks heavily for the next 5 days to get caught up on all November orders.

Today is the very last day for out of state clients to order a holiday portrait with a guaranteed print delivery.   

Click here and place your order for a custom portrait today!

We will still be taking orders and proofing clients on-line, however we can not 100% promise a print delivery. You can gather around the laptop and share your custom proofing link with your loved ones on Christmas morning. Then they can choose their favorite colors. We will even try to ship out a few more late orders when people are willing to upgrade their shipping options. (If we finish a project on December 19th we just can not use our standard ground shipping and be confident that Fedex will be able to get it to you during the final week of holiday shipping madness.)

Local Dallas Clients:
You have until the 3rd of December to place your order if you want to pick up your prints in person.

Other Gift Ideas:
Gift certificates are quick and easy. Click here to order an e-cert that you can print out and place inside a holiday card. We also have tons of fun dog and cat gift items in our Cafe Press Gift shop, Or check us out on Etsy.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday Big portrait Sale!

Today only I am having a sale on our largest Square Pet Portrait! You can save $100 when ordering a 34 x 34 Stretched Painterly style portrait by using promo code: " save100 "

Our deadline for this sale is midnight tonight and our deadline for ordering any sized pet portrait with a guaranteed holiday delivery is this Friday11/30.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Mosaic Monday/ More from Italy

Finally got around to optimizing a few more Mosaic shots from Rome. Enjoy ...

Cherub Mosaic from Dome at Saint Peter's Basilica
Cherub Mosaic / Dome Saint Peter's Basilica
Cherub Foot Mosaic / Dome Saint Peter's Basilica
Dragon Mosaic Floor at the Vatican

Dragon Mosaic Floor at the Vatican
Micro Mosaic Vatican

Micro Mosaic Vatican

Micro Mosaic Vatican

Micro Mosaic Vatican

Mosaic Floor / Vatican

Mosaic Tile Dome - Saint Peter's Basilica

Mosaic / Vatican

Lovely color ... Mosaic floor / Vatican

Lovely color ... Mosaic floor / Vatican

Mosaic / Dome Saint Peters

Dome / Saint Peter's Basilica
Mosaic floor / Vatican

Mosaic floor / Vatican

Mosaic floor / Vatican

Friday, November 09, 2012

Flash Back Friday / My Greeting Card Days

Back in the Mid 1990's I was working full time as an independent greeting card designer. Each year I would go to the National Stationery show in New York.  Those were fun days. One of my best pals at the time was also a card designer and we both worked constantly. I learned a lot about design, production and marketing during those days.  I also learned that I could work alone in a business and yet still figure out a way to have collaborators and co-workers beyond the confines of my home office.

This was our first New York show. I had my first Paper Chase order that year and had to come home and figure out production very quickly. Paper Chase is a chain stationery store in England and they would order several dozen designs and within each style would be a required quantity of like one dozen - dozen, so literally hundreds of cards.  A Paper Chase order would make my year.

Notice the card board display! It was back in the day of recycled everything and brown kraft paper was very in. We left our display behind and only had to pack our card decks.

Skinny girl in vintage suit, showing off legs! I was in my early 30's.  This is Michael, he was my mentor and best friend. It was during a press check with him late one evening that I ran into my husband Dan again, and we reconnected after having dated briefly in college. Michael also gave me my very first employee and current employee Lola. She had worked for him when he ran and owned a gift shop here in Dallas.

This is Mark, he is an artist that showed with us and he later became one of our card reps. I think this was our 2nd year at the show. The following year we had a bigger space and some stunning shear aqua fabric as a back drop. The display boards above are made of metal flashing, black coroplast, and cardboard.  The following year we used translucent coroplast and it was very cool looking.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Vote Baby Vote!

Bow Wow ... time to vote. Go to the polls .... stay in line ... get it done.