New Years Cards

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!! It’s not too late to order a new calendar for 2014 and if you want something extra special, I definitely recommend Minted’s customizable photo calendars. I have 1 design for sale and it’s available in 2 sizes (the standard retails for $29 & the grand is $39). I’ve order a Minted calendar for myself before and can vouch for the excellent quality. The paper is thick and luxurious and you can customize each calendar month with your own photos and text.

Watercolor Brush Calendar  Watercolor Brush Standard  and  Grand Calendars by Hooray Creative at minted.com

Also, I don’t know about you, but the holiday season flew by for me this year! With so much to do in December, it can be tough to buy holiday cards well enough in advance to actually mail out in time for Christmas. If you procrastinated or missed out, you can still send a New Year’s card! I have a few for sale on Minted.

Gilded Year in Review Minibook CardGilded Year in Review Minibook Card by Hooray Creative for Minted.com

New Year's CardHappy New Year card by Hooray Creative for Minted.com

Stacked New Year's CardStacked New Year’s Card by Hooray Creative for Minted.com

Noisemakers New Year's CardNoisemakers New Year’s Cards by Hooray Creative for minted.com

Art Deco New Year's CardArt Deco New Year’s Card by Hooray Creative at Minted.com

Hand Drawn Holiday New Year's CardHand Drawn Holiday New Year’s Card by Hooray Creative at minted.com

Ombre Sparkle New Year's CardOmbre Sparkle New Year’s Card by Hooray Creative at minted.com 

Or consider this: in lieu of your typical holiday or new year’s cards, you could send a personalized Valentine’s photo card! Valentine Cards are becoming more and more popular for those who just don’t have time to get their family photos taken in advance or their Christmas cards ordered on time.

Bold XOXO Valentine's Photo CardBold XOXO Valentine’s Photo Card by Hooray Creative at Minted.com

Garden Lights Rustic Wedding Invite

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Hooray!! My Garden Lights rustic wedding invitation design is exclusively available for sale on Minted.com. Purchase the wedding invitation or matching accessories right here!

Rustic Wedding Invitation Suite

“Garden Lights” rustic wedding invitation suite by Hooray Creative

 

Resolutions for 2014

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Happy New Year

This past year has been a time of transition, with many ups and downs, but honestly, I’ll remember it as the year I found new freedom and joy in working for myself and following my creative ambitions. A very special thank you to every single person who has supported me or my Hooray Creative brand this year. I’m really looking forward to a fresh start in 2014. I don’t usually make a lot of resolutions because I rarely stick to them, but there is so much I want to do in 2014 – and I think the opportunities are finally there for the taking! Here’s what I resolve to (try to) do in 2014:

1.  Continue to develop and legitimize my budding design business and brand – hopefully by leaps and bounds!

2.  Design my ass off. I’m eager to start designing new product lines, textiles and art prints.

3.  Continue to challenge myself as a stationery designer. Expand my presence on Minted if possible, add to my inventory on Zazzle, etc.

4.  Redesign this blog, and create a new and improved website/shop for myself. I’ve been putting this one off for awhile, but it MUST get done soon!

5. Take a few skillshare classes. Maybe handlettering, calligraphy, identity and branding. Refresh my coding skills.

6.  Find the time and a project to further develop myself as an artist. Paint, illustrate, conceptualize, create. Take a step away from my computer and do something with my hands again.

7.  Make new friends, reconnect with old ones, nurture relationships, network, keep in touch.

8.  Get out of the house more often. See California. Seek out inspiration everywhere.

9.  Take a vacation or a road trip this year – somewhere I’ve never been.

10.  Try to make it home to Buffalo for the holidays in 2014 or visit family in Denver or Florida.

11.  Figure out where I’m going to live and make a comfortable home office for myself. Not sure yet if that means a new apt in San Fran or a move back to NYC, but there will be change in 2014 I think.

12.  Spend quality time with my favorite person (I mean my boyfriend of nearly 9 years, of course) and our adorable cat.

13.  More singing, song-writing and recording. I am a musician as much as I am a designer. There is never quite enough time for the music as I busy myself with design work, but my bf and I swear this is the year things are going to happen. Keep an ear out for our music project and forthcoming EP. We call ourselves, Calm and the Storm.

14.  Make more YouTube videos! Get one to go viral!! A long shot perhaps. 🙂

15.  Learn to cook a few more dishes/recipes. Be more adventurous and try new foods and ingredients.

16.  Prioritize good mental health and well-being. Be happier, more positive. Forgive more. Regret less.

17.  This one’s always a given: eat healthier, exercise, lose a few pounds, take better care of myself. I think I really mean it this year.

18.  Take a moment every now and then to relax and enjoy life. One of my absolute favorite quotes is:

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

– John Hughes, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 

 

 

 

 

Minted Business Card Challenge

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I whipped up a small batch of designs to enter in Minted’s First Impressions Business Card Challenge. Minted is introducing gold and silver foil-stamped business cards in 2014, so a few of my entries were designed specifically for that printing method. Awesome, right? So, of course, I would really appreciate your vote! You can rate on my designs at the image links below or on this challenge page. It would also be fantastic if you could rate some of the other entries on a scale of 1-5. By doing this, you keep the voting system fair and have a say in telling Minted what to sell. You can blind vote, right here! Thanks so much!

business cards - Name to RememberName to Remember business cards by Hooray Creative

business cards - Get in TouchGet in Touch business cards by Hooray Creative

business cards - Pink WashPink Wash business cards by Hooray Creative

business cards - Gold DipGold Dip business cards by Hooray Creative

business cards - Gold GlamourGold Glamour business cards by Hooray Creative

business cards - Hand KraftedHand Krafted business cards by Hooray Creative

business cards - Chic Black and GoldChic Black and Gold business cards by Hooray Creative

business cards - In StyleIn Style business cards by Hooray Creative

business cards - Skinny TypeSkinny Type business cards by Hooray Creative

business cards - Simply BoldSimply Bold business cards by Hooray Creative

Holiday Card Display

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I had a lovely Christmas this year and the holiday cards I received from my talented designer friends really made the season extra special. My mailbox could not have been more happy! I don’t have a fireplace or mantle to display holiday cards, so I chose to hang my collection on silver cord with mini clothespins right above my desk. Most of these cards were custom designed by the designers themselves. There’s lot of letterpress and foil in the mix as well. It’s so fun to stare at! 🙂 I may just keep this display up year round for design inspiration (and as a reminder of the great people I’ve come to know).

2013 Holiday Card Display

2013 Holiday Card Display

And here’s a pic of the holiday card I sent out! I had fully intended for this card to have gold foil-stamped typography on a rich black background, but I did not plan far enough ahead to pull that off. Maybe next year I’ll be super organized and start my cards in October!

Merry Christmas!

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I really, really enjoyed my holiday card exchange this year and have received soooo many beautiful cards from fellow Minted designers. I thought I’d share the Christmas card I designed and sent to friends and family for anyone who missed out on the mailing.

2013-Christmas-Card_edit

This was printed at Minted, using their curved frame die-cut shape on signature stock. I also ordered the white envelopes, gold foil liners and took advantage of Minted’s free recipient address printing!

back-of-card

The back of the card included a cute little illustration I made since I didn’t manage any family photos this year. You can also see below that I went a little crazier than usual with the envelope decorating, but it was fun to add some extra special touches.

Holiday Cards

As much as I love designing holiday cards and other lovely paper products, I’m also a musician…primarily a singer these days. In the spirit of the season, I made a little video for your listening pleasure. Here’s my version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, first made famous by Judy Garland. It’s one of my favorites! Guitar accompaniment by my musical partner in crime, Steve.

p.s. Sorry the video quality is so dark and lousy. We didn’t light it well and ran out of time for more takes. Hopefully, we’ll nail it next time!

Christmas Inspiration

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Christmas is my favorite holiday so today I wanted to share a little eye candy. I made inspiration boards for Minted featuring 2 of my holiday cards. You can purchase both designs, Ribbon Happy and Ombre Sparkle, at Minted. 😉 And if you’re a little behind on your Christmas cards, I recommend sending a New Year’s Card! Happy Holidays!!

Minted Stationery and Art Gifts

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Today only!! Super awesome shopping deal from the Today show featuring 50% off personal stationery and art prints from Minted! You don’t want to miss this deep discount offer, so head on over to Minted right now and get some Christmas shopping done. I have a couple of brand new designs for sale also! 😉 Use discount code: TODAY50

Handpainted Botanicals

Vintage Bird

On the Green

Just a Floral Banner

 

and ART PRINTS!!!

Radiance art print

The Fields art print

The Fields limited edition art print by Hooray Creative

Personalized Wrapping Paper

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Last chance to get your gift wrap in time for Christmas! I have several new wrapping paper designs available for sale on Minted. Every design is printed on luxe matte paper and includes customizable names, photos and/or unique messages. Sold as a set of 5 sheets; each sheet is 20″ x 28″.  Also available – matching gift tags, stickers and multiple colorway options. Make your gift-giving extra special this season!

Festive Floral wrapping paperFestive Floral personalized wrapping paper by Hooray Creative

Holiday Icons Wrapping PaperHoliday Icons personalized wrapping paper by Hooray Creative

Blue Spruce Wrapping PaperBlue Spruce personalized wrapping paper by Hooray Creative

Modern Garland Wrapping PaperModern Garland personalized wrapping paper by Hooray Creative

Snowflake and Stamp Wrapping PaperSnowflake and Stamp personalized wrapping paper by Hooray Creative

Holiday Line Art Wrapping PaperHoliday Line Art personalized wrapping paper by Hooray Creative

Cityscape Wrapping PaperCityscape personalized wrapping paper by Hooray Creative