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This afternoon I got a reminder email to send Halloween cards to my friends and family using CardGnome.com, how nice of them. When I scrolled down the email I was excited to see my “feelin’ witchy” card featured as a suggestion!!

I just had to share!

Which reminds me… Go to CardGnome.com and look at my super cute Halloween cards to send to your friends and family!!

Ooooooooh!! Looky looky, when I went online to get the link…. Yay!!!

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I have been SO busy with quite a few things so there’ll be a couple posts here. BUT I know you have been waiting to see what my Halloween pumpkin looked like!!!

Tah-daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

My very first time carving a pumpkin :) I think it went alright… there were a few snags here and there, but generally it was painless. The gah-rossest part was getting the guts out. I refused to touch them. So I left them all in there and would turn the pumpkin to scrape the sides and then once I was pretty good into it I used paper towels to get the guts out. I’m pretty sure I’da puked if I had to do it by hand. The little bit that got on my hand grossed me out… Anywho, once that was done I sat down to carve it and made my stencil by hand [yeah I know, I made those nice stencils for ya’ll and didn’t even think to do one for myself]. I punched most of the stencil in using a carving kit from Wal-Mart and then basically went at it.

It only took me a couple hours – which I thought was amazing. I thought it might take all freakin day. But Rob had gone to baseball [4 hours of wonderful alone time quiet for me] and I started the whole process when he left, and right when he got home I finished it!

I had a “lighting ceremony” and everything with him, me and the dog… lol but it was fun! And I was very proudof my work. Of course, I still see flaws… but that’s just me being an annoying perfectionist artist. Can you tell where the design came from? ;)

It only lasted one night, because the lines were so thin, but that’s ok. I was only really hoping for one good night of glory! The funniest part was, the second day it was out, I didn’t plan on lighting it, but I came home to this. The neighbor loved my pumpkin, and unbeknownst to me, I won a pumpkin carving contest. Hahahahah The paper says, “The WINNER! #1” and has a 1st place trophy drawn on it! It was hilarious.

All in all it was fun to see my pumpkin all lit up. Now, I KNOW a bunch of you pulled off some of those carving templates, so LEMME SEE! Email pictures to lezleelliott [at] gmail [dot] com if you’ve gottem :)

Til’ next year…

Don’t you just love FREE STUFF!?!?!? I know I do. So I decided it’s time to give something away. FOR FREE!!!! What’s that you say? There must be a catch? Nope. No catch. You don’t even have to do anything. Just use the measly amount of energy it takes to click and BOOM free stuff in your lap.

So what am I giving away? Pumpkin carving templates! :) Yay! I told you I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but then I thought… I just finished up a collection called “Haunted Halloween” that’d be perfect to pull from! Duh! And I really don’t think I’m alone in wondering what to carve into my pumpkin, so I thought I’d do the ego driven generous thing and share mine.

So if you haven’t quite decided what to carve into your pumpkin this week, here are 4 totally unique designs that you are welcome to use! I would LOVE it if you would “Like” my Facebook page and send me a picture of your carved pumpkin to lezleelliott@gmail.com…. please please please! I’ll post it all over my Facebook and blog… I promise :)

Regardless, happy carving! Just click on an image below for the full size page to print out!

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I think sometimes people assume you’re ALWAYS good at what you do within ANY realm that comes close to your actual profession. For example, I’m a designer and illustrator. So people assume I’m really good at drawing absolutely anything and everything, that I’m a great interior designer, fashion coordinator, photographer, web designer, scrapbooker, craft master and the list goes on and on. Yeah… no. I’m NOT good an everything and there is SO much pressure that we inadvertently put on people because we assume since they do one thing, they do everything related to it.

So now it’s coming up on Halloween and Rob and I have decided to carve a pumpkin this year! [Is it completely absurd sad that we’ve been together almost 5 years and this will be the first time we’ve carved a pumpkin together?] Anywho, the point is that even though no one knows [well you do now] that we’re planning on doing this I’m feeling the pressure to make it some fantastic looking pumpkin. I’ve only carved a pumpkin probably one or two other times in my life and that would’ve been when I was a kid, and my parents helped. Other than that, I’ve got no clue what I’m doing. I don’t know what to carve, how to carve it, how to light it, etc… I have maybe one idea of what I’d like to carve, I literally just thought of it, just now while writing, but……… that’s it. I’d love for my our pumpkin to turn out like one of these babies…

Or even like this one…

But I just have this terrible feeling it’ll wind up looking like this…

Will you still take me seriously if I said this was my pumpkin? No really… I’m not joking… I’m concerned.

I feel like I do SO much work and you guys just never get to know what’s really going on, but you still support me like 1000%! There’s such a long process behind licensing… Design a collection [approx 2-3 weeks], send it around to manufacturers [5 minutes to email it out], they might like it and let you know [in about 2-4 weeks], if they like it enough they’ll ask for files for their presentation to retailers/product digital mock up [they always want it in like a week], and then maybe just maybe if they approve that you’ll get a contract [but it takes about 1-4 months to approve it]. Then, they obviously make it and sell it to retailers [which takes about 6-8 months], and then it goes in stores [approx 2-4 months to get the retail orders out]! These timeframes are just probably exaggerated estimates, but seriously it takes FOREVER for something to happen. And you just gotta keep doing it about 2-3 times a year, making new collections, sending it around and seeing what happens.

It takes a long time for manufacturers to make decisions, and it’s completely understandable. I mean if you were going to make 50,000 versions of something I’d like to think you’ve put it through the ringer too. There’s alot at stake, especially in an economy where it’s difficult for people to condone buying something they don’t really need, but I just keep working at it hoping that someone will recognize the great ideas I have.

And I’m happy to say it finally seems as though things are going my way and there’s gonna be some AWESOME stuff out there next year!!!! I have successfully signed 6 new contracts within the last few months! And I’m SO pumped to start seeing this stuff come out :) It’s gonna be good, and what I’m hoping is that once I can release the info to you, you all can help me find out where this stuff is sold! These LARGE manufacturers don’t have a “store locator” so I just have to stalk every store find out where this stuff is, and I’m gonna need your help :). I’m thinking about turning it into a game to make it fun. [FYI you should know, I.LOVE.GAMES. so I always want to make things a game]. Regardless new items are thrilling for me and I’m expecting a few more deals to come my way before the end of the year so cross your fingers!

Also, in the midst of all this licensing fun, I worked my fingers to the bone on some freelance design stuff… for a company… making new products!!! So THOSE products will also be coming out soon! And I’m REALLY excited to see those too, I should be getting some samples to giveaway on Facebook so be looking out for it.

You should know… I’m planning to take over the world with my designs and this is only the beginning. :)

 

Would you buy Halloween greeting cards?

There’s a demand for Halloween greeting cards, but how big is it really? That’s what she said. Since I’m opening up the doors to this amazing web store, and basically everyone voted that they’d buy holiday greeting cards, I’m wondering if Halloween cards would be a part of that grouping.

My initial thought was Christmas cards, duh… basically everyone needs those and why not have awesome ones that no one else does? But I also have some super cute Halloween card designs and I’m curious if anyone would want those…

So before I do a visual poll, choosing which greeting card collections I sell, would you buy Halloween cards? Would you buy 1 at a time? A group of 5 different cards? A group of 10 cards (5 designs with 2 cards of each design)? Or would you skip over them and go straight for the Christmas cards?

I need to know!