Art Therapy #19

As you know this is where Nancy and I send art postcards to each other.


These 2 cards are mine. Both are entries into the Minted/Target contest. I like them both but I really like the first one. I really like the shapes and color palette. Always hoping for a win.

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I really like these 2 postcards of Nancy's. As usual interesting and thoughtful. Love her poem too.

We have been doing this since after the election. I think Nancy is putting on her traveling shoes. There is a possibility that this may be the last post for a while. No matter what it has been a good ride.

Hey DIYers... make your own Valentines!


I know it seems like Christmas was just here. But I am here to tell you that Valentine's Day is fast approaching. Frankly, I like Valentine's Day more than Christmas. Expectations are lower, little kids exchange valentines in school, it involves candy.

And I know you DIYers start early making things. I think early is now. So here are 4 fonts for almost nothing. You can make Valentines for years. Plus they can be used for weddings, birthdays, invitations, flyers. I know you are a creative group you probably have more ideas than I do.

But I'll share a couple of mine...

This is an old card I made. It was initially for thank you notes after our wedding. But have been used as note cards and Valentines over the years. Our wedding announcement was a seven panel accordion fold piece also using these hearts.

You can make smaller notes with 1 or 3 or 4 hearts.

This is a personal favorite. The inside says, "I love you more than bacon." And who doesn't like bacon? It could also say, more than sushi. Or hunting season... or Paris... you get the idea.

A multi-use blank card. Very simple. Use it to convey your thoughts on a break up, death, heart break, when someone is sad, a loss of any kind. It is actually an all-occasion sympathy card without all the hearts and flowers.

These 4 fonts include over 100 hearts, something for everyone.

If this at all interests you visit my store here. You MUST buy from the link that is for the 4 fonts in order to get this deal.

Happy making!

Minted Holiday Gift Giving voting has started...

Thanks for all who are following me on Minted. I won with my New Year's card! All very exciting for this newbie. Below are my latest entries. Take a peek and vote if you would like.

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Lots in this challenge because it included note cards, notebooks and wrapping paper. I like this note card because it uses my Rae's Monogram font.

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My note cards are simple because I like to write on simple cards. I guess I design for myself.

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I like these one sided note cards because it is so easy to just drop a short note to someone. Great for thank you notes.

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Personalized notebooks are in this challenge. This one would be great as a gardening journal or everyday use.

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 Fresh, fun and floral. These notebooks are all personalized.

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For your favorite cook.

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Love these nail polish bottles and want those colors...

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Last, but not least, wrapping paper. A little bit of pine.

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This is my personal favorite, an all occasion paper in soft colors.

If you feel like voting that would be great. If you do plz vote for some others too. As usual, lots of great work there.

Plz vote for Rae... again.

Thank you to all who voted for my Christmas cards on Minted. They have not yet announced the winners in that category. Fingers are crossed.

I did one entry for the New Year's Photo challenge. And I am pleased with it.

If you have a minute I would love it and really appreciate it if you would vote for me. If you voted last time it will be easy because you already signed up on Minted.

Just go here and hopefully give me a 5!

You can also "like" it, but the 5 is the important thing.

Big thanks!

Plz vote for Rae.

I hate to ever ask anyone to vote for me in anything.

But things have changed in the last few years with how we buy things... Netfix, Amazon, iTunes for movies, music, books and pretty much everything else. Buying fonts has also changed. Now there are discount places where you can buy a $1500 bundle of fonts for $39. I can't compete with that.

So I am trying to break into Minted. Minted is a website that has Challenges, which are really Contests, which is really Spec Work. Artists create art based on the current challenge and people vote.

If you do not win you get nothing. I you do win it can be profitable and then you get your own store.

Here are my entries for the latest Christmas Challenge.

Wilderness Christmas from Minted
Wilderness Christmas on Minted

Wilderness Christmas will be offered in both color ways.

Contemporary Ornaments

Contemporary Ornaments with a retro feel.


Merry, Merry, Christmas... Tree

These 4 Holiday cards all use my doodle font illustrations with a few extras drawn and tossed in.

Watercolor Tree on Minted

A water color tree with Outside the LIne fonts.

Brush Stroke Wreath for Minted

This one is probably a bit out there, but I am trying to find my Minted style.

So, if any of you have the time and energy to vote that would be great. If not I completely understand. We are all too busy.

If you do... 1. Click on a link. It will first make you sign up on Minted. (Sorry)
2. Go back to this post and click on the individual links to vote.


Jack & Ella Paper

Jessica from Jack & Ella Paper uses my fonts so well that every time I walk into Hatch Art House in our neighborhood, I have a moment where think I did them. And that always makes me smile.

Jessica has several new lines of cards. So much to choose from. I am my mother's daughter and like to have a stash of cards in the house. I've just ordered a quantity of birthday and sympathy cards for people and pets. I think the pet ones are perfect.

You can also buy Jack & Ella cards in Jessica's etsy shop. If you are in the neighborhood Hatch Art House is at 1248 Williamson St, Madison. And not to be missed is Hazel next door.

Kitchen Doodles font sighting!

OK, I have to admit when I saw this totally cute invitation I was just a teeny bit jealous. When I see something that uses my fonts this well the only thing that would make it better would be if I had designed it.

This was designed by the talented Sue Brown. She not only creates bespoke paper goods but can also be found on Minted. You will love her work.



My friend Rhonda says that it is all about presentment. And I wholeheartedly agree. I've been waiting for a birthday that had small gifts so I could use the wrapping paper that I designed to go with a card I had printed. I made the tags from another card and used a tag punch. Pretty cute if I say so myself.