Category Archives: Illustration

Jill McDonald designs joyful memories

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I met Jill McDonald  years ago when I was walking Print Source. Her art really stood out to me! It was bright, fresh and original and friendly. I have kept my eye on her as the years progressed and have been delighted to see her business excel! In this interview she talks about “the biz”! Read more…

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Editor Sarah Schwartz from Stationery Trends Magazine!

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When I was in NYC judging the Louie Awards (like the Emmy’s for greeting cards) I met THE most lovely people and one of them was Sarah Schwartz. She is the editor of Stationery Trends Magazine! You will hear me gush about the publication.  When I attended Surtex and the National Stationery Show last year, Read more…

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Meet Eva! The smart girl from Sycamore Street Press

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Smart Cookie Alert! You are going to love Eva Jorgensen! Eva and her husband, Kirk  run a stationery company called Sycamore Street Press. I love the look and feel of their brand. In this interview, Eva explains how a  family trip helped them define a vision for their business and their lifestyle. I heard her on a panel Read more…

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Creative Director of Peter Pauper Press, Heather Zschock

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Since I am headed to the NY Now (formerly the NY Gift Show) to judge the Louie Awards this week, it only seems appropriate that I have Heather Zschock on as my guest today! Heather is the Creative Director at Peter Pauper Press. Remember how I said creative directors are busy, busy and are not Read more…

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The colorful world of Samantha Hahn

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Samantha Hahn is my guest today, she is a fabulous illustrator with a client list that anyone would envy. With clients like The Cut (New York Magazine), Daily Candy, Refinery 29,  J.Crew, Marc Jacobs, Mac Cosmetics,  Tiffany’s, Victoria’s Secret, she is one busy lady! I am amazed at how prolific she is and I love that she has kept up with Read more…

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My Own Story

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It’s a new year and I am telling my own story. Exciting and YIKES at the same time. I just took a deep breath and went for it. I cracked myself up at the end when I thought I had covered everything-hello!!-not everything but I wanted to tell you about  my creative journey and how it Read more…

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Phyllis Harris grows her business!

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I received an email from today’s guest, Phyllis Harris a few weeks ago thanking me for my work Smart Creative Style and Smart Creative Women and then she let me know that she had TRIPLED her business since tuning into Smart Creative Women!!! Well, HELLO! Let’s bring her on the show!! Tell us how!     Tune Read more…

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Sheila Meehan on outfitting your art licensing portfolio

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Sheila Meehan from Meehan Design Group is my guest today! She has been in art licensing for YEARS! And she is sharing her experience with you, yippee! Not only is she an agent to some of today’s brightest artists (you know Cori Dantini is a fav of mine!) she also consults and is now teaching! She has Read more…

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Emily McDowell’s amazing adventure

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  Emily McDowell is one to watch! She is fun. Wait! I meant she is FUNNY! Ok, she is fun and  funny! She is making it happen. “It” being a rapidly growing stationery and gift company.  What has happened to her in the last year has turned into what she calls a learning curve-tastic-adventure. (Insert tune: THIS GIRL IS Read more…

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Alyssa Thomas stitches her way to success

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I am so happy to be chatting with Alyssa Thomas from Penguin and Fish! Alyssa started her company with a good idea some fast decision making and it has been non-stop ever since. Penguin and Fish tapped into a niche market with Alyssa’s darling embroidery patterns for children and adults of all ages. She has Read more…

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Sarah Jane Wright from Sarah Jane Studios shares her creative story

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Today I am re-airing my interview with Sarah Jane! She is one of the FABULOUS guests who is onboard to help in the Smart Creative Style Course. P.S. She has a new addition to her family since  we last talked! Love! OOOH! I am just so excited to share this interview with you! I have been Read more…

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Children’s book artist Sarah McIntyre out for some fun!

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Children’s book artist and cartoonist Sarah McIntyre is just a bundle of fun. She is an original spirit for sure. She is a prolific illustrator and writer  (and cartoonist) she also seems to be quite passionate about enjoying herself. What a breath of fresh air she is. She has a terrific active blog and web presence.   Read more…

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An inside look at the Smart Creative Style Course

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I don’t know what is making me happier this morning putting this course together or learning new technology to make this video!! This was a creative exercise for me! Woot! The girl CAN still learn new tricks, who knew? 2 days for a 3 minute video and I thought illustration was time consuming! Haha! I Read more…

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Amber Kane interviews me!

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An interview of me, ACK! Now I know what a guest feels like when it comes times to share an interview of themselves. It conjures up feeling of self indulgence, which is not an emotion we should have when we are marketing ourselves and our products. I realized that I have artfully hidden behind marketing Read more…

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They Draw and Cook and draw some more with Salli Swindell

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So so fun today! I have Salli Swindell from The Draw and Cook and They Draw and Travel. Artists, listen up!! You will get insight into the life of a busy  artist running SSS Studios plus  you may want to  take advantage of a really fun opportunity. Everything about what Nate (her brother and partner in Read more…

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Designer Virginia Johnson created her brand with her point of view

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I was so so thrilled to interview the amazing Virginia Johnson because not only is she a fabulous creative entrepreneur, she is also a fabulous watercolorist. OH! And she designs scarves!!!!  Hello, if you know me, you know I am in heaven about now. If you don’t know Virginia, she is a Canadian born designer who Read more…

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Cat Seto on Mom, Inc. and a new stationery venture

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Cat Seto is a women to meet! You may have run across her already, she has several different businesses that she manages. First, she is an author of  the book Mom, Inc. and author of the popular blog Mom Inc Daily.  She also has a stationery line, Cat Seto, and  retail  and studio boutique under the Read more…

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Barbara Johansen Newman: illustrator, author and lover of old things!

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Barbara Johansen Newman lives life in a brightly colored, large way. Fun, fun, fun is all I can say. When I first met her I was amazed how her art and her personality where so on par. As I got to know her better, I was enamored with her uncanny ability to remember even single Read more…

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New Yorker Magazine illustrator Victoria Roberts talks about reigniting her passion

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Did you know I wanted to be an editorial cartoonist at one point in my life? Well, now that you know you can only imagine that I jumped at the chance to chat with cartoonist, Victoria Roberts. Victoria is a contract artist for The New Yorker Magazine. When I researched cartooning (back in the day) I Read more…

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