Tad Carpenter Creative Mornings KC

Last Friday I had a chance to hear Tad Carpenter of Carpenter Collective speak at Creative Mornings KC! It was my first Creative Mornings talk and especially special because Tad was one of my teachers at KU. Here are a couple notes from his talk:

  • Remember we do this because we want to, not because we have to.

  • We GET to do this. Every day you’ve been given a gift to make stuff.

  • When design is good it’s a team effort.

  • I’m never going to be the most talented, but I’ll never be outworked.

  • Play removes limits.

  • It ain’t about the end result, it’s about the exploration.

  • Being creative means you have to keep taking risks. The greatest rewards in life come out of risks.

  • How can your work better the world around us?


Lettering Cards: Part Two

As promised, here is part two to share a few of my favorite cards I worked on earlier in my career at Hallmark. (Take a peek at my first post here!) As a designer or artist I always think it is important to look back and be proud of how far you have come, and of older work. Some of these cards were my first projects collaborating with more seasoned designers, and others some of the very first as a designer myself. I hope that many of these cards helped people celebrate those they love!

Letters Are Lovely | Lettering Cards: Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Lettering Cards: Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Lettering Cards: Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Lettering Cards: Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Lettering Cards: Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Lettering Cards: Part Two

Lettering Cards: Part One

Spring cleaning is upon us, and while I love getting my living spaces in order this time of year, I'm also updating my portfolio. I did have a section of lettering-focused cards in my Portfolio section of the site but I'm making room for newer projects. So today I'm sharing a few of my favorite cards that I still want documented on the blog. Most of these are cards I worked on in my first few years at Hallmark, some as a lettering artist and some as a designer. I'm really grateful for both roles I have had at my job — there is so much to learn at a company as big as Hallmark. Look out for part two of my favorites soon!

Letters Are Lovely | Lettering Cards: Part One
Letters Are Lovely | Lettering Cards: Part One
Letters Are Lovely | Lettering Cards: Part One
Letters Are Lovely | Lettering Cards: Part One
Letters Are Lovely | Lettering Cards: Part One

Hallmark Signature Wedding Card

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today I'm sharing one of my favorite cards I have worked on while at Hallmark. I created the lettering for this beautiful Signature card in collaboration with Designer Heather Van Wyck — it is available online and in stores (including the brand new Signature store in Santa Monica!). I'm hoping to get better about sharing the many little projects I've created for work and on my own. Enjoy! 

Valentine's Cards for Hallmark

I have LOVED seeing all the Valentine's Day cards I designed last year on shelves! Here are a few of my favorites, to take a peek at them all head over to my portfolio. You can find them in person at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores, Walmart, CVS and Walgreens just to name a few. While I am no longer on the Valentine's Day team at work, I hope that someday I will have another chance to design for this holiday, it truly is one of my favorites. Enjoy!

Letters Are Lovely | Valentines' Day 2017 for Hallmark
Letters Are Lovely | Valentines' Day 2017 for Hallmark
Letters Are Lovely | Valentine's Day 2017 for Hallmark
Letters Are Lovely | Valentine's Day 2017 for Hallmark
Letters Are Lovely | Valentine's Day 2017 for Hallmark
Letters Are Lovely | Valentine's Day 2017 for Hallmark
Letters Are Lovely | Valentine's Day 2017 for Hallmark

2014 Reflection

I have to admit this post was harder to put together than I expected, 2014 was BUSY! I think the main reason this year is so hard to reflect upon is because I went through so many major changes within such a short period of time. I graduated from college, got engaged, adopted a kitten, and started my career. I was lucky enough to travel to Colorado, Spain, and San Francisco. These are all events which could merit a full paragraph so I will keep things simple. Looking back at 2014 helped me to realize just how lucky I am to be surrounded by such wonderful friends and family. These few pictures barely begin to summarize everything that happened in 2014, but they are some of my favorites. 

I can't wait to see what 2015 will bring!


A10 Jurors Panel

Wow, last night was inspiring. I attended AIGA KC's A10 Jurors Panel featuring Lost Type co-founder Riley Cran,  Nessim Higson of IAAH,  Kelly Stevens of Seven Creative, handletterer and chalk artist Dana Tanamachi, and Katherine Walker who recently joined the Google Brand Studio. It was amazing to hear each of them speak. Here are a few insights from the evening: 

Seek out mentorship. 

Find your angle. 

Balance work and personal projects. 

Make something every day. 

Community and design intersect. 

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Overall, it was a wonderful panel.  Thanks again, AIGA KC