10 Rules for Commercial Printing

(or, do as I say and not what I did!) So Surtex is over for the year!!! Huge sigh of relief… All that planning and fussing and now I have at least six months before I need to start again. One of the major things I did for Surtex this year was to create a branded...

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Radiant Orchid Color of the Year Blog Hop

Watercolor? Hand painted? No, it's digital. This post is from a blog hop that's a collaboration between 40 different designers who are celebrating Pantone’s Radiant Orchid—2014 Color of the year! In the next year of two, you can expect to see a lot of this color. We...

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Being Brave for the Global Talent Search

Pragmatic. Practical. I go through life with a jaundiced eye, a cynical look and a wry quip or sar-caustic remark at all the foibles of the world around me. The most frequent butt of my humor is me.  Not always in fun… I hate flowery phrases and refuse to...

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How Christmas Became a Pillow: The Blog Parade Post

I'm starting to see pumpkin recipes. The farm stands will soon have fall squash and mums rather than Jersey tomatoes to sell. The summer folks have mostly gone back to the city. The strains of "It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas" are starting to sound in my...

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My Workspace

I've heard it said that a clean desk is the sign of an empty mind. NEVER happen around here! I was the little girl who got sent home from third grade with a trash bag to show her mother and the warning that her desk was too messy. The teacher even said...

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Creating Photoshop Textures: Part 1

Everyone seems to want to learn how to create textures for pattern design in Photoshop. The video tutorial in this installment shows how you can create a useful texture from a blank white canvas. It has a lot of steps, but it's a recipe that you could automate with an...

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