Sunday, July 31, 2011

Urban Design Tutorial

In my quest to learn more illustration techniques, I came upon this neat tutorial explaining how to make urban designs. They look interesting to me, so I'm planning to use the tutorial tomorrow to make my own urban design. :-)

Here's the tutorial (by Very Simple Designs)

Update: And here is a card that I made today (August 1st) from what I learned using the tutorial. :-)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Inspired by Tracie

Lately, I am finding inspiration almost everywhere! But this one is a BIG deal. I've been admiring the daily photography challenge taken on by Tracie (of Photography TK Designs). So I wanted to follow in her footsteps and take my own illustration challenge. I'm trying to improve my illustrating techniques and skills, so I'm going to post an illustration a day. :-) If you'd like to follow along with me on this journey, you can... with this link: ilovecuttables daily illustrations. Hopefully, by the end of one year, I'll be showing dramatic improvements in my work. :-D

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

More Cartooning Inspiration...

John H Johnson (artist extraordinaire). John recently helped me with one of my cards that I submitted to be critiqued at GCUCommunity's Critique Clinic. Here is a before & after look:
I really enjoy browsing through John's store, finding inspiration every time I go there. His style is colorful and his characters are fabulously unique. So I'd like to show my appreciation for his critiques by sharing some of his beautiful cards here:

I'm very honored....

Greetings and Gifts Resource Center chose ME as the Artist of the Day (July 19, 2011)!

Thank you, Tracie!! :-D

Sunday, July 17, 2011

My Very First Zazzle Product!

I have created my very first product to sell on Zazzle! Since I'm comfortable making greeting cards, that's what I chose for my first item.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

I'm a Guest Blogger, Too!

If you saw my post yesterday, you would have noticed that I had a guest blogger (Janet Lee) posting for me. Well, I had a turn at guest blogging, too, for Robert of LittleRainbowComics, who (you will see) inspires me a great deal. Check it out, here. :) I'd like to share a few of his beautiful cards, as well:

Say Anything with Greeting Card Universe Cards!

I am SO proud to sell my greeting cards through this amazing company.  And with over a half a million cards available for customization, customers everywhere are thrilled to buy their cards from GCU, too!

And as an added bonus this week, Salon of Art's Doreen Erhardt interviewed Corrie Kuipers for her Featured Artist spot. Corrie is one of the most talented and well-respected artists at

Friday, July 15, 2011

A Post From My Guest Blogger, Janet Lee of Janet Lee Designs

This touching post is provided by my guest blogger, Janet Lee of Janet Lee Designs.  You can visit her and see her work at: Janet Lee Designs @ Zazzle, Janet Lee Designs @ GCU, Kumfy Keds, and Janet Lee Designs Blog.  Thank you, Janet!  :-)

I love flowers. The colors, the textures, the aromas are simply heaven to the nose.  I remember planting flowers with my mother and grandmother, now I plant flowers with my daughter and granddaughters. This year we've planted Daisies, Hollyhocks, and Hyacinths. I'm still hoping they come out well, this year's weather has been fierce for flower growing, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

When I'm not planting flowers, I'm painting them and photographing them. I find they make wonderful subjects for beautiful greeting cards for many occasions.  Here are a few of my photos made into greeting cards. You just cannot go wrong with flowers! 

Saturday, July 9, 2011

It's been awhile...

Our family went up north for nearly a week and when we came home I had a hard time recuperating from the journey, so I haven't posted in awhile.  But I'm back now.  :)  Before I left, there was a Critique Clinic at and I had one of my cards critiqued.  Here is the updated card.  I want to thank each and every GCU artist who offered me their good advice, so I'm including a card from each at the very end of this post.

I also participated in the "Lightning Round: Kitties" just before I left, so I'll post those links now as well:

Furry Friends
“Animals are such agreeable friends...”
Painted Cottage, Judith Cheng
Cats Are Angels Among Us
“Let’s face it, cat lovers are passionate about their cats…”
Rycky Creations, Robin Chaffin
Jack and Lillie: The Story of Two Rescues
“Jack and Lillie are cats...”
DB Visual Arts, Denise Beverly
Friends with Fur
“I wish I could say I have kitties and cats running all over the place...”
Janet Lee Designs, Janet Palaggi
An Ode to Kitties
“I love cats...”
Diana’s Cards, Diana Delosh
For All Us Cat Lovers
“A life without cats?!? A love story...”
Aura2000, Aura 2000
Everyday Art: Inspirational Kitties and Cats
“The key to finding inspiration in everyday places and things is observing…”
Sun at Night Studios, Sun at Night
Feline Friends
“Cats can be great companions...”
Sunshine’s Creative Explorations, Donna Lorello
Feline Fever
“I fell in love with cats almost twenty years ago...”
It’s a Beautiful World, Catherine Sherman
The Kitty and the Mashed Potatoes
“Sulu was a rescued feral kitten...”
Kilter Cards, A Ley
Luna, a New Family Member
“My daughter and her boyfriend just got a sweet little kitten a couple days ago...”
I Love Cuttables, Cindy Johns
Cats in Love
“Could it be that cats in love express more with their body language than we can imagine?”
Naquiaya’s Cards, Naquaiya
Meow, Meow, Meow
“Being the owner (did I say that?) of five cats…”
Cherie’s Arts ‘N Crafts, Cherie
When the Cat’s Away
“Cats, can anyone truly resist them?”
Salon of Art, Doreen Erhardt
Our Beautiful Gypsy Kitty
“One day probably 20 years ago a gorgeous seven toed calico cat just showed up literally on our doorstep…”
Dragonfire Graphics, Betsy Bush
Here, Kitty! Kitty! Kitty
“DogBreedz isn’t only about Man’s Best Friend…”
DogBreedz, Peggy Mundell
My Rescue Cat Speckles: A Love Story
“On one blazing hot summer night in 2006 in Plano, Texas, a cat wandered outside next to the large patio of my apartment…”
This & That, Rick McBride
CorrieWeb is the Cat’s Meow
“I love kitties!”
CorrieWeb, Corrie Kuipers
I Was Always a Dog Person
“Kitties were an acquired taste for me...”
Cottage Creek Greetings, John H. Johnson
My Cat Loves Birthday Candles
“I live with a cat who is fascinated by fire…”
Blessing Art Cards, Sharon Fernleaf
New ‘Kit’ On the Block
“Introducing Abby, our newest critter kid!”
Cards from the Heart, Lisa Charlton

Here are my "Thank You's" to the GCU artists (Corrie/CorrieWebDoreen/Salon Of ArtTracie/PhotographyTKDesignsSun At Night CardsTanya/Moonlake DesignsPeggy/DogBreedz and Randy/Kind Expressions) for their helpful advice (I hope I'm not missing anyone):