Thursday, March 2, 2017

Baby Shower Invitation Challenge put out another Baby Shower Invitation Challange and I felt compelled to submit the dinosaur invitation that I made for my friend Shery's shower.  I also had the time to make a new invitation using the lumberjack theme and elements I had designed for my nephew's first birthday last month.

Voting is now open, until March 13th (my birthday, btw)

I would be so grateful if you voted for my baby shower designs, it will help my designs get picked by the judging committee, so they will sell on!
'Happy Dino' Click here to Vote!
"Happy Dino"  Click Here to Vote!
"Lumberjack Bear"  Click here to Vote! 
"Lumberjack Shower" Click here to Vote!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

First Lumberjack Bash!

I am so in love with my adorable, smiley nephew, Nicholas, who turned one this week!  My sister and I decided on a buffalo plaid, lumberjack theme for his first birthday party.

Invitation printed through with the linen finish
After designing and ordering invitations, I created art for the signs and stickers for the favor bags. 

For the Trail mix bar, I used candy bar containers from Party City, and the wood cross-cut rounds from Michaels. Custom labels designed for the candy, nuts, popcorn and fruit, which were ordered from
Black party bags from Party City
Stickers were printed from
Instagram Sign!
 I made a hand-drawn chalkboard sign for the occasion as well!

One of my favorite things at first birthday are the month-to-month photo banners!  I made a baby Nicholas banner to hang at eye level for guests to look at as they walk in. I bought black clothes pins at Michaels.

Finally, I designed a face cut-out photo booth board for silly selfies.  I attached a felt mustache and beard over the face cut-out for a more realistic effect.
My sister and I posing as baby bear and lumberjack.
This baby has a proud Auntie.  Happy first Birthday, Nicholas!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

You're Dinomite Valentine!

Now selling on! This classroom Valentines Day card was selected from the submission challenge!  There are 4 color way options and also comes as a favor sticker!





Saturday, December 17, 2016

Merry Christmas Card 2016!

While brainstorming what I might want to do for my illustrated Christmas card this year, I found myself thinking a lot about, the Christmas movie, Elf.  I also love illustrated maps because they are so whimsical and fun.  So, my Christmas card illustration for 2016 is in homage to Buddy-the-Elf's voyage to New York City from the North Pole.

"I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel"- Buddy the Elf 

On the back, I included a classic Buddy Elf quote and Luke 2:10 which is quoting the angel that came to the shepherds announcing Jesus' arrival.

I printed through and got the linen finish postcards, which I love.  I went for the custom envelopes with my return postage design printed on the front and a row of 'swirly twirly gum drops' along the top of the back.
Merry Christmas! 
  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;"  Luke 2:10

Sunday, October 16, 2016

DINOSAUR Baby Shower!

This baby shower was for dear friends, Shery and Andrew, expecting a boy in December.  After giving them a lot of typical baby shower theme ideas, Shery and Andrew picked a theme that I had not presented them; dinosaurs! I started with the invitation!
 Here I designed a backdrop poster to frame the gorgeous cake designed by our friend, Jim DeGregorio of Ice Custom Cakes in Mamaroneck.  I added pinwheels and balloons to frame the backdrop.  We offered small candy buffet and dinosaur shape cookies.   I designed the 'Welcome BABY' banner and printed on kraft.

Cake designed by Ice Custom Cakes Photo credit Jackie Cáceres

Centerpieces on the tables were spray painted toy dinosaurs and burlap leaf shapes around mason jar balloon weights.  
Photo credit Jackie Cáceres
 We bought tiny soaps from Harvest Paper Co. for shower favors.  I designed tags and had them printed through  We bagged the soaps padded with white paper shred and tied with blue twine.
Natural soaps by Harvest Paper Co.
Signs for the favor table and an Instagram hashtag sign.
Photo credit Jackie Cáceres
Finally I designed a Gift bingo card for one of the games!

Congratulations to Shery and Andrew!  Looking forward to meeting your baby boy!
Photo credit Jackie Cáceres

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Dinosaur Valentines!

I just came back from a baby shower that I designed for my good friends, Shery and Andrew.  They requested a blue dinosaur theme baby shower for their boy who arrives in December.  A submission challenge for Classroom Valentine's came up and I used the chance to apply the same dinosaur illustrations for the Valentine cards submissions.  Voting begins October 17, so please vote for my designs so that they will sell them on  Thanks for voting!
'Saur' Above the Rest!  Click here to Vote!


Friday, June 17, 2016

New 2016! Crocodile Creek Puppy!

This year Crocodile Creek is selling a new line of back-to-school products with my girly puppy illustration!  So excited to see it online!
See it selling one their website!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Baby Riesz's Nursery Art

I am such a proud new aunt!  I created this art, for my new nephew, Nicholas' nursery.  My sister has decorated his room with navy/grey/bright green, graphic patterns and an animals theme.
I wanted the art to compliment the color scheme of the nursery and add more animals to the room.  Graphic sketch with watercolor painting overlay. 
He is literally the cutest baby I have ever seen.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Lisa & Matt are expecting a boy!

My sister and my brother-in-law are expecting a boy (I'm going to be an aunt!) and I was so happy to design a baby shower for the occasion.  For this, I decided to go with navy, yellow and blue with kraft/ burlap accents.  An elephant, giraffe and lion were featured on the signs and the banners.  I designed an elephant guest sign-in art print framed for their nursery and a hand drawn chalkboard welcome sign as well.

Thanks to Lisa's friends Thanh and Allison who assembled fifty chocolate mason jar favors!
Thanks to April K for some great photos!