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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Outlaws of the Wild West

It’s in the shop!  Our latest print, Outlaws of the Wild West.  We’re pretty excited about it, and we think you’ll like it too.  Sixteen of the biggest and baddest outlaws the wild west ever saw.

Train robberies, gun fights, stagecoach heists, and cold blooded murder.  These guys (and gals) didn’t mess around.  

This is Butch Cassidy and his gang.  Don’t let their fancy suits and neatly groomed mustaches fool you, they have guns, and they’re not afraid to use them.

 

This is Black Jack Ketchum.

He was a big time train robber.  I mean big time.  He was caught and sentenced to death by hanging.  Ouch.  His last words were “Let ‘er rip!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this, my friends, is the legendary Jesse James.

Born in Clay County, Missouri, but known around the world.  He was the leader of a gang.  Altogether they robbed 12 banks, 7 trains, and 6 stagecoaches for a total of over a quarter million dollars.  Jesse’s father was a Baptist minister.  I bet he didn’t approve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, here’s some shots of my sketchbook, where our design started taking shape.

Gotta get those mustaches juuuuuust right.

 

From the portraits to the lettering, everything about this print is hand drawn before putting it all together, and printing it on our Chandler & Price Letterpress.

 

Outlaws of the Wild West, 11×14 inches. Printed on bright white Cranes Lettra Letterpress paper with brown and light blue ink.

:: Carrie ::

Amelia’s Birth Announcements

I’ve finally completed Amelia’s birth announcements. She’s now 10 weeks old. I’ve had them designed for quite a while, but printing them and getting them assembled took some extra time. Now I just have to finish sending out my “thank you” notes before I send out the announcements. Sheesh. I’m so embarrassingly bad at things like that. The sad thing is, I’ve had the notes written since before she was born, but I haven’t found the time to address and stamp them. It’s really shameful considering how grateful I am to everyone who gave us something and took the time to throw us a shower.

 

But enough with the sob story. I’m thrilled with how these turned out. Big big shout-out to Heather Roth Photography (HSR Photography) out of St. Louis for the wonderful photos. She came all the way out to the country to take them and she was just amazing. I have a nice big camera, and fancy myself a decent photographer, but let me tell you this: I could never have gotten the shots that she did. She was just amazing with the poses and handling Amelia in a soothing way. I was so stressed in the first hour that I had to step away and let her do her magic. They turned out wonderfully!

So what I did was arrange a couple of my favorites in Photoshop, sent them to Sam’s Club to get printed on 5×7’s (so much cheaper at Sam’s. 38 cents instead of $1.48 at Walmart). and then attached my letterpressed piece on the middle. It was tempting to just do a digital card with no letterpress, but I didn’t think that would be quite acceptable.

I bought an edge punch at Michael’s which amazingly enough actually held up to cut through that super thick Lettra paper.

Here’s the printing plate. I tried the reversed out design, but you couldn’t really tell that it was letterpressed, so what was the point? Too much surface area of printing can have that effect, no matter how hard you’re hitting the paper with the press. We’ve learned that the hard way.

Here’s a shot of the girl herself at the age of 9 weeks. It’s funny that I was so “anti” pink before she was born, but it just suits her so beautifully! That red hair and her complexion make the pink perfect

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Here’s the link to our site where you can get your own for a boy or a girl!

During the Day I…

Teach art to about 600 elementary school students.  It’s an adventure, to say the least.

[(6 classes per day) + (art supplies)] ˛  · 600 kids =

600 future Picassos —  (1 tired teacher + 1 messy room) ł

 

I do feel like my school days are a complicated math problem that I have to figure out as we go. And sometimes, I’m amazed to find at the end of the day that we actually did accomplish everything that was planned.  Sometimes even in one piece!

We move at breakneck speed most of the time.  50 minutes to…

Welcome to art!…keep your hands to yourself!…listen to directions!…put on your aprons!…pass out the paint and brushes and water!…write your name on the back!…don’t spill the water!…Oops, you spilled the water!…share with your neighbor!…NOT TOO MUCH GLUE!…aww, you got paint on your face!…GOOD JOB! now, go wash your hands!…help clean up!…hurry! there’s another class waiting in the hall!…

But, the good thing is that I’m inspired and entertained all day long by some great kids, who create some awesome work.  And, we have a pretty amazing room to do it all in.  Here’s a look into our world.

No, this is not a party!  Serious work goes on in here!

Carrie

Happenstance

So a friend of a friend sent us this link along with this message “Check out this link.   Hopefully you can see the photo on the right of the FedEx page.   The book cover’s picture looks like your recipe stuff….Alan”

 

I couldn’t imagine what might be on there, but was pleasantly surprised to find the book cover that I designed for BlogAid: Hope for Haiti a year ago. Apparently, FedEx has purchased Blurb, which is my favorite book making software.

Dinner With Julie Blog author (Julie) contacted me about creating a cover using the recipe card box image, and I was more than happy to help. It’s so weird that a year later it’s showing up on FedEx Office’s website! I wish there was a credit for the artwork that linked back to our shop, but I guess that’s a good lesson for making sure you know exactly how your artwork is being used. In this case, I guess it’s not a bad thing. My brain keeps trying to think of the worst case scenario, and I guess there isn’t one. Right?

Anyway, I suppose I should just be happy that they liked the look enough to publish it!

xo~Beth

The Weddin' Season is a Comin'

It’s that time of the year.  Spring weddings are right around the corner, and preparations are being made.  We’ve printed our share of wedding invitations, and it is always nice to be able to help out on someone’s big day!

This time it is extra special.  Some wedding invitations for a cousin that is near and dear to the heart, but far away on the map.  Thank goodness she’s comin’ home to Missouri to tie the knot.

Carrie