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I'm an artist and illustrator based in Seattle, WA. I create a line of greeting cards with coffee related images that I sell worldwide, called n7designs and I design artstamps for a wonderful company called A Muse, owned by my friend, the fabulous Linda Carnell. I also do illustration work (ninasevenillustrations.com) and participate regularly on Illustration Friday challenges. This blog is about my art, my life, and the journey in between.
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1. trending - home is where the heart is

I recently starting following the super talented surface designer, Kristina Kraemer, on Instagram and on her blog. Today, she did a great post on her blog, regarding a trending theme in illustration and pattern design, that she calls Home Sweet Home. She has some great photos of the trend on her blog, which you can see, right here and on Pinterest, where she created a board for it. You can go here to see the board.

I've been seeing that trend as well and recently did a couple of collections that featured some of those elements. Here's a little peek at them. As usual, for any licensing inquiries, please contact my rep at Pink Light Studio.

This one is from my Black+White+1 collection

These 2 are from my Happy Town Collection

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2. Photo a Day

Hello lovely blogger friends

For the past few months, I've been participating in a Photo a Day challenge hosted by Chantelle from the blog Fat Mum Slim. It's so fun! You follow the prompt for the day, which is posted at the beginning of every month, take a photo of something that you think fits the prompt, then upload the photo to your Instagram account, with the hashtag #fmsphotoaday. By clicking on the hashtag, you can see what people from all over the world have submitted for the challenge. It's a great way to document the little things in your world, have fun with your camera phone and connect with other people across the globe, who are doing the same thing you are. Here's a little collection of some photos I've taken recently.

And here's the list of April word prompts, if you want to join the party. Happy photo taking!

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3. Easter Fun

It's April and time for some Bunny Love and Springtime Fun, over at my group blog, We Love to Illustrate. Here's my pattern, filled with fun Eastery things on a chocolate colored background.
I had so much fun making this. To see all the bunny illustrations from our group - go here. Happy Easter!

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4. Colorful Chicken recipes

I entered the latest contest over at They Draw and Cook last night. This is my submission for the One Ingredient 3 Ways contest sponsored by Glad. I always enjoy creating illustrated recipes for They Draw and Cook and this one was not only fun to do, but challenging, too. Getting all the text from the recipes to fit into spaces I created for them was tricky.
Here's the link to my recipe on their site. Colorful Chicken

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5. Year of the Horse

It's the Year of the Horse, in the Chinese zodiac, and we are celebrating over at We Love to Illustrate, this month. Here's my entry for the challenge and you can see the rest of them here. Happy Year of the Horse!

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6. FREE Printable Valentine's Day treat box

Hello and Happy February! This month, over on my group blog, We Love to Illustrate, we all decorated a template for a Valentine's Day treat box. Here's what I did for my entry and you can download it and print it out here, or go to welovetoillustrate to see all of the fun boxes and download all of them there.

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7. Happy New Year!

Hello and Happy New Year!

Since it's the beginning of a month, as well as the beginning of a new year, we have a new post up over at We Love to Illustrate. This month, we celebrate the new year with some fun owl illustrations. Who doesn't love a cute owl? I love designing owls and so do the rest of my blogging friends.

Wishing you ALL a happy, prosperous, healthy and creative new year. 2014 is going to be awesome!

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8. *FREE* Printable Holiday Gift tags

Hello friends and Happy December! For the past few years, the members of my blog group have created some fun free printables for our December post and this year is no exception. The tradition continues! This year, we each created a collection of Holiday tags that are available for you to download from our site. These tags are free for personal use only - not to be copied or resold. Thank you and Enjoy! You can download my tags below and to see and download all the tags, visit our group blog - http://www.welovetoillustrate.com/2013/12/free-printable-gift-tags.html

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9. turkey pot pie

This month over on the We Love to Illustrate blog, we illustrated some Fall recipes, to get everyone in the mood for Thanksgiving. Here's my recipe for Turkey pot pie. To see the rest of the recipes, head on over here. We also submitted these recipes to the fabulous website, They Draw and Cook, which is filled with lots of yummy, beautiful illustrated recipes.

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10. Mohawk rugs

Another fun product that was created from one of my designs - a home decor accent rug, from Mohawk Rugs! They did a super job with this, I'm so pleased with how it turned out.

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11. Happy Fall, y'all!

My Happy Fall Owl design was licensed by Cohesion Products awhile back and is now available as a fun garden flag. Thanks, Cohesion and Pink Light Studio! It looks great! I'm pretty sure they are available at Michaels Arts and Crafts stores, but I can't verify that info at this time. (hee hee, I sound like a politician!)

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12. FREE Halloween Printable - Treat Bag stickers

Hello lovelies, it's been awhile!

It's that time of the year again where the girls of We Love to Illustrate create some fun Halloween designs and offer them to our readers as FREE printables. Here's what I did - Treat Bag stickers!

You can download them, right HERE, or go to We Love to Illustrate and see what everyone else did  and download them from there. Happy Halloween!

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13. Mother's day card for Design Design

One of my designs from my Love to Cook collection was licensed by Design Design for a Mother's Day card. I know Mother's Day is a long way off - we still have to get through Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, right? But, in the world of art licensing, the real world and what we are working on are always mixed up. Right now, in beautiful sunny weather, I'm drawing Santa and reindeer! It's the same for the manufacturers, too, I would think.

Regardless of what time of year it is, I think the card looks lovely. The colors are beautiful and the inside message is so sweet. Thank you Design Design and thank you to Pink Light Studio for getting me the license.

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14. keka case

I have some exciting news! I'm now a designer for Keka Case. They make the most beautiful cases for ipads and kindles, so I am so happy to have some of my designs in their line. Their site is fabulous! So many wonderful designs and lots of designers to choose from. Here are three of mine, so you can see what they look like. If you want to view all of my designs, you can see them, right here

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15. FREE bookmark printable!

It's always fun to read, but one of the best times for reading is summer! Sitting in the sun, on a deck or the beach and reading a book is one of life's great pleasures. To celebrate summer reading, my group blog, We Love to Illustrate, made some fun bookmarks that are available for free, for downloading and printing out. It's best to use a cardstock or heavier paper and remember these are for personal use only. Thank you!

Here's the one I did and you can see the rest of them, right here.

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16. FREE Father's Day printable card!

It's Father's Day this Sunday, June 16, so I made a card for all the great Dad's out there, that is free for you to download and print out. (personal use only, please)

I made this as part of a post over on my group blog, We Love to Illustrate, so there are more super fun designs from the other group members. You can see them all, right here.

Happy Father's Day!!

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17. Surtex promo

Surtex is only a few weeks away! It's our biggest show of the year, so everyone at Pink Light Studio has been crazy busy getting ready for it. Here's the promo I designed for it, that will be handed out to potential clients at the show and promoted throughout social media. Lucky me, the Pink Light Studio blog has a little feature that includes my promo. Well, I better get back to designing!

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18. pink light studio

Pink Light Studio has a beautiful new website, with artist's portfolios, a gallery, trend reports and more. It's fresh and fun, with tons of amazing art by some very talented designers. I'm so lucky and happy to be included. Here's my artist's page - to see everything - go here - pinklightstudio

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19. FREE printable Valentine's Photo card

This month, over on my group blog, we all designed some fun photo frames that are free for you to print out and insert your own photo into for that special someone on Valentine's Day. You can download the one I made here, or to see all of them, hop on over to We Love to Illustrate. FREE for personal use only, not for resale. Thank you and enjoy!

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20. Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to all my friends and family. Love and Peace.

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21. bunny love


It's all about bunnies this month over on my group blog, We Love to Illustrate. Here's what I did for our post - to see the rest of the cuteness, go here. Bunnies are one of the funnest things to illustrate, I think we all had a blast with this one. Happy March!

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22. art for SAM

I just got some exciting news! This piece of art, that I made a few years ago, was just sold to the Seattle Art Museum! It will hang in the Volunteer/Docent breakroom. It won't be in the public eye, but I'm still thrilled to have my art in the building. I wish I had a better photo of it, this one is a bit blurry, but at least I have some record of it. Note to self: document all work, you never know where it might end up!

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23. Holiday Sparkle for Insights

My first fabric collection with Wilmington Prints is now available for preview on the website Fat Quarter Shop. I've been chosen as one of their new group of artists that design for a division of Wilmington Prints called Insights. I'm super excited about this new adventure and I'm so thrilled with the way this collection came out. The Holiday Sparkle Collection will be available to purchase this June.

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24. whiskers and tails fabric

This scotty dog fabric that I designed for Pink Light Studios is now available from Robert Kaufman. They are calliing it Whiskers and Tails. I see it is also available other places online, too - one of them is here, at Allegro Fabrics.

The original design had some solid and dashed lined hearts in the background, which they removed for a simpler look. I like it, though, especially the pink version! Too cute!

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25. happy earth day!

Here's a design I did for our monthly post over at We Love to Illustrate. We chose Earth Day as our monthly challenge and we all did variations on the theme with trees as the main design element. It's been up for awhile on that site, but I thought I'd wait until the actual Earth Day to post it here. So, Happy Earth Day, everyone! Let's keep recycling and doing other things to help save our planet!

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