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!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas Card 2015

This year's card is a little 50's retro inspired.  I like the ice skate icons the most.  This is the season that we celebrate Jesus coming to this world as flesh, dwelling among us so that he could then die to save us. 
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Please click the link to each art illustration to rate my children's wall art designs on until Monday, August 31st at 1pm.  Minted bases what they purchase on they community of voters.  Submission prizes are up to $3000, which would make a big difference to me.

 I would greatly appreciate your votes!

art prints - Sunny Owl
art prints - Sunny Owl

art prints - Lacrosse Elephants
art prints - Lacrosse Elephants

 art prints - Owl Announcement
art prints - Owl Announcement


Thanks so much for voting!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tommy is ONE!

Dots, stripes and whales in a cool color scheme was the theme of Tommy's first birthday party!  I designed an invitation, a pennant banner, and a month-by-month whale photo garland for the occasion.

Mommy, Sara, hosted the party.  She got all the photo's printed, round-punched all the corners and attached them to the whale garland!  She and Jon also made all the delicious food and drink. 
I designed the garlands to match the tableware and decorations from Party City.  The 'Cool Dots' plate was mixed and matched with the royal blue dot and royal stripe napkin.  I purchased 3 colors of the solid pennants at Party City and then strung them together for a tri-color solid banner to hang throughout the house.  Mini hanging fans are a great way to hide the messiness of hooks and tape at the ends of garlands. 

Tommy is so stylin' in his party-matching outfit.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Crocodile Creek Products that I designed!

Exciting News!  I was asked by the very kind people at Crocodile Creek to design an owl and a butterfly to be printed on some of their high-quality, durable products!  They begin selling online this week on their website and at stores around the country!

Owl Backpack, Lunch Box, Drinking Bottle,  Sandwich Keeper,  Snack Keeper, Ice Pack. Illustrated by Kristen Cavallo.
Butterfly Backpack, Lunch Box, Drinking Bottle,  Sandwich Keeper,  Snack Keeper, Ice Pack. Illustrated by Kristen Cavallo.

Promo Cards 2015

The Surtex Show at the Javits center in New York has come and gone this month.  It was a nice long weekend spent with my mom, artist Betsey Cavallo, manning her booth along side her.  Luckily, our booth was located near some really friendly artists and agents which helped the days go by quicker.

I put together this promotional illustration postcard (front and back) to give out as opportunities arose.

FRONT of promotional my postcard;  Jungle Traffic- customizable kids wall art

BACK; I hope this pattern gets picked up for some bolt fabric.

Mom and I at her  Surtex booth #238

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Surfer Nursery Art

This custom nursery art was created as a gift from April's friends.  She recently had her second child and decorated the nursery with a surfer theme, which is just so cute and fun.  

Bright neon yellow and blue are the main colors in the room.  
Congratulations to the Obeys on their new baby boy!

Bridal Shower Glitter

My sister was asked to be a maid of honor for her designer friend, Kathryn's wedding.  She asked if I would design an invite for the bridal shower and I was happy to help. 

Kathryn is a great designer, so it's a little intimidating to design her bridal shower invitation.  I think I, at least, captured a bit of her design aesthetic and taste which I would describe as elegant-simple-trendy.  The bridesmaids decided on 'Sparkle' as the key word or theme for the shower.  I used a scripty,"hand-drawn" font for the focal point with a mixed metallic, photographic glitter confetti motif. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Card 2014

This year I was inspired by a church sermon at the beginning of December.  Jesus is the true light who we need to seek, otherwise we are stumbling in the darkness.

I really liking the growing trend of flowing typography that I've seen more and more this year in print. So, I wanted to incorporate an element of that with the 'lights' theme.

I drew this in Illustrator, printed it out, traced on watercolor paper.  I scanned the painting and overlayed the watercolor painting over the digital image to get the rich 'guache' look. 

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Lacrosse Elephants

My friends, Sara and Jon, who love the game of lacrosse decided on doing a sports theme nursery for baby Thomas.  I wanted to do something cute still keeping with the lacrosse theme for them to put up on the wall.  A family of stacked elephants tossing a ball seemed like the solution. 

above: Future lacrosse star, Thomas, and the framed art for his new room.