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1. High Five Cover Art

Hey there! I know it's been a while since I've posted, I've just been busy, busy with projects and person stuff. Autumn is right around the corner (just a few days away)! Yes! It's my most favorite season of the year. To add to the fun, I'm extremely thrilled to share the October issue of High Five Magazine with my Illustration on the cover... What an honor. Thank you Kelley and everyone over at Highlights. You guys are one of my most favorite companies to work for.

Happy soon-to-be Fall y'all!

Here's the sketch before taking it to color and below is the color art.

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2. Little Princess Custom Prints

I'm so happy to share that my Little Princess Custom Prints are now available at Simply To Impress.

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3. Sketch

Hello and Happy Hump Day!

This is a sketch that got rejected a while back and I've been wanting to finish it. I spent yesterday and this morning working on it. As you can see, I finished up the kitchen and I added some friends peering in through the window enjoying Emma's performance. What do you think? I just might take this one to color.


finished sketch

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4. The Lopez Family

A quick illustration in honor of supporting my fellow Latino families that live in the US.

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5. Eleven Madison Park

Hello and Happy July 1st! Oh my gosh, the weather so far in NY has been delish! Let's hope it stays like this throughout July and August.

This month over at WLTI, we decided to create some fun recipes for the TDAC website. I chose one that my hubby introduced to me that is from the Eleven Madison Park restaurant in the city, the Eleven Madison Park Pistachio, Coconut & Cherry Granola. Doesn't the name alone sound amazing!? Anyway, I like granola, but this recipe takes it to a whole new level -- we can't seem to get enough of it lately. Enjoy!

Please click on the illustrated recipe to enlarge

Here's picture of the most recent batch that we made. The recipe it says to bake it for 30 - 40 minutes, we like it pretty toasty so we usually leave it in for the full 40.


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6. Happy SUMMER!

Hello and Happy, happy SUMMER!

Lots to talk about here... First, I wanted to announce that me and the girls over at We Love To Illustrate Studio are back on track with a full list of FUN activities planned for the summer. We've kicked things off with a "Welcome Summer" theme. Stop by to check out some "hot" art and don't forget to visit us at the beginning of each month to see what we've been up to.

Also, last month was my 3rd year attending SURTEX, and I have to admit that it gets better by the year. I had such a blast working the booth with the amazing Pink Light Team. These gals are the sweetest bunch, but don't let them fool you -- they mean business! Walking the show was another awesome experience. I got to catch-up with friends that I see there each year, as well as meeting some longtime friendships that I've created through the iternets ;) Nina, my WLTI buddy, being one of them plus many more. All and all, it was an inspiring show filled with mucho talented artists and just a good time catching up with my fellow artists buds.

Happy June! Wishing you a creative week/ month!

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7. Goldilocks and The Three Bears: The Smelly Version

I am beyond thrilled to share this his AMAZING project that I worked on with Melcher Media, part of the Sensory Stories exhibition at the Museum of Moving Images. Not only did I get to illustrate such a nostalgic fairytale, 'Goldilocks and The Three Bears', but it's also aromatic, hence the unique version that engages your sense of smell. And, to top that off, it's also animated!!! The book has selected scents placed throughout the story, so for example, when Goldie first smells the porridge coming from the cabin in the woods, the scent that you smell is apricot. The scent comes from a machine that is called oPhone, you can learn more about it over at oNotes.com. The exhibition is currently at the Museum of Moving Images in Astoria, NY running through July 26th. The exhibition features the future of story telling with ground breaking new technologies incorporating full body immersion and interaction that includes touch, sight and smell. My illustrations are part of the exhibit for the world premiere of an aromatics story presented by oBooks. I am very proud and pleased to be involved in this amazing new innovative story book experience!

I thought it would be fun to share some of the sketches/ process with you rather then the final, which can be seen on my website. There are a few scenes that show Goldie repeated in order for the animation to work. These are not on my website, so I'll also share them with you here.

Part of my morning routine is to list 5 things that I'm grateful in my journal, but today I'll share with you on here: 1. I'm grateful for Megan, the editor that found my work on-line and hired me for this project. 2. I'm grateful for my agency, Shannon Associates. 3. I'm grateful for my partner, who encourages me to break out of my comfort zone each and every day. 4. I'm grateful for my health and for my daily runs in Prospect Park that both provide me with some nature (very much needed when living in NY) and keeping me mentally balanced. And, lastly #5 I'm grateful for all of the lovely connections that I encounter each day with the people in my life both online and in person.

Happy May Ya'll! :)

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8. Look and Look Again for Highlights High Five Bilingue

Happy April! I'm so excited to share this FUN puzzle project that I worked for Highlights High Five Bilingue. It's for the April/May issue. Can you spot the 20 differences? Click on the image to view larger.

And here's the sketch before going to color.

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9. New Work for Capstone Publishing

I'm so excited to share this tween book series that I just completed for Capstone Publishings called "Questions and Answers". The books provide answers for a ton of questions about everything from best-friend squabbles and cell phone privileges to getting braces and surviving a bad grade. I really enjoyed working on it. Thank you, Juliette, for the amazing collaboration and for allowing me to contribute my hand lettering to the project. 

 Here are the beautifully printed books. YAY!

And, here are a selection of some of the interior illustrations.

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10. Happy 2015!

Hello and Happy New Year! I took a much needed two-week vacation at the beginning of the month. Yay! I went horseback riding, diving, and even did some cave exploration. It was an inspiring trip, just what I needed to get my creative juices flowing for the New Year. I'm happy to be back in Brooklyn though. I'm gearing up for an AMAZING year full exciting creative projects, which may require me to step outside of my comfort zone.... kinda scary and awesome at the same time!

Here's a little gift for you... My illustration group, We Love To Illustrate Studio, is starting the year with some FREE Greeting Card Downloads in honor of Valentine's Day. Here's my design. Enjoy!

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11. FREE Holiday Crafty Download

As a continuation of our tradition over at We Love To Illustrate Studio, we are creating holiday downloads for all of our followers. I created these Christmas designs for you to use as you wish, just print, cut, and either use them as gift labels or for your holiday scrapbook... or for whatever other crafty idea you can come up with. Enjoy! Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season!


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12. Licensing samples! YAY!!!

I just got these FUN samples in the mail from my rep, Mary Beth Freet. And OH MY GOSH, I am in love with the baby boxes! The cards are licensed to RSVP Greeting cards. Those came out really nice too... I like textured paper that they printed them on.

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13. The Elves and the Shoemaker for Educational Insights

Hello! I'm so excited to get to share this lovely little Interactive Fairy Tale book that I did for Educational Insights. It's part of the popular Hot Dots series and it's available on their site here! Below are some sample spreads from my book as well as some of the other books in the set. 

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14. Happy October!

Hello and happy October! Lots of fun news to catch you up on and goodies to share just in time for Halloween. First off, Bee started our WLTI Free Halloween download kickoff with her adorable kitty boxes. Here's mine, a kind of silly haunted house. Enjoy! You can download it HERE

And now for the news, I was lucky enough to have been invited to the Highlights Foundation in Boyds Mills, PA, to attend an Illustrator's workshop for the weekend. About 25 illustrators were invited to learn more about Hidden Pictures, the history of the company and meet the wonderful staff. What an informative yet exhilarating weekend. Now, two weeks later, it feels like a long lost dream that I did not to wake up from. I love what I do, but there's nothing easy about being a freelance illustrator, and it's clients like these that make it all worth it. Thank you, thank you, thank you Highlights for the best weekend ever!

The Highlights Septemberists :)

my dreamy cabin nestled in the woods

And more news, I'm so happy to see my work is in this months issue of Highlights.

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15. Scholastic Project -What Should You Do?

I get to work on a sweet little section for Scholastic each month called "What Should You Do?", and I finally got my hands on a sample to share. I also ran into to a slew of FREE teaching printables while browsing their site, a great resource for all of you parents out there. Enjoy!

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16. Sept Oct Issue of SCBWI Bulletin

It's such an honor to be in one of the spreads of SCBWI Bulletin this month!

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17. FREE Back to School Printable

Hello there! Oh goodness it's been such a while since I've posted. I have been extremely busy with multiple projects - thank goodness hehe :) Hopefully this freebie will make up for it!

As you know my Illustration group is now considered a Studio. We've starting our first FREE download series, Back To School. Here's my set. 

These encouraging sayings are inspired by my fiancé. Occasionally he'll hide sweet little notes around my workspace. I love finding them! They always brighten up my day. Have fun slipping them into your kid's lunch bag, placing them on your co-worker's desk, or hiding them somewhere for your sweetheart to find. You can download them here!

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18. We Love To Illustrate STUDIO!

Hello friends! I am extremely excited to announce that my illustration group blog has changed it's name to We Love To Illustrate STUDIO! With this new name, comes a new direction. We will now be posting on a weekly, rather than monthly basis, on our blog and on our NEW Facebook page.To read more about it, please visit our blog. 

Here are some encouraging words that captures my feeling about this new direction with my group. I hope it encourages you too. Wishing you a happy and optimistic month!

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19. The Year of the Horse

Hello and HAPPY March! We're celebrating The Chinese Year of the Horse over at We Love to Illustrate. The year of the horse is said to bring health, prosperity and good luck. Feel free to download my horse image and hang it in your office or home for a little extra luck.  Enjoy!

Download horse image here!

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20. New work

Hello and happy Monday! I'm so excited to share this Magic Moves Jammin Gym toy that I worked on for Educational Insights. I illustrated the packaging, store display as well as some downloadable instructional exercise posters. I just got a bunch of samples in the mail over the weekend. Yay! Thank you Eric and Educational Insights for the opportunity work on such a cool project! Wishing everyone a great start to their week! xo

Store Display

Exercise Posters

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21. Jammin' Gym GIVEAWAY!

After sharing the news about the Jammin' Gym toy design that I worked on for Educational Insights yesterday, I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than to host a GIVEAWAY - yippee!

How to enter:
1. Leave a comment under this post
3. Share this blog post on Facebook or Twitter

The winner will be picked by using a random number generator on Wednesday morning. Giveaway ends on Tuesday, March 18th 11:59 EST. Have a great rest of the week everyone! Thank you and good luck! :)

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22. And the winner is...

The random number result says that the Jammin' Gym toy prize goes to number 2, Shirley Ng-Benitez! Hooray! Thank you so SO much for participating and for all of the lovely comments. Come back soon, I should have some Easter goodies to share in April.


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23. Mother's Day Card

My FREE Mother's Day card printable that I designed for We Love To Illustrate. Enjoy!

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24. New work and SURTEX 2014

I'm so excited to be sharing this new illustration that I did for American Girl. What a FUN and dreamy client! Thank you so much Paula and the American Girl creative team for the opportunity to work on one of my favorite projects this year :)

Also, I'll be showing some of my new pattern designs at SURTEX this year with the Pink Light Studio group. I'm so honored to be a part of such a talented group. Wishing everyone much luck and success :)

That's about it for now. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Happy happy Mother's Day to all of you moms. And to my mommy, thanks for always being there for me. I love you!


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25. Being Grateful: Jenipher Lyn's Book Launch Blog Party

Today, I am delighted and honored to share Jenipher Lyn's dream project and spread the word about her book, How Being Stubborn Depressed and Unpopular Saved My Life. She is one of my most inspiring and extremely driven friends that I met when I lived in Orlando, which feels like a life time ago. I was going through a really challenging time in my life. My marriage of 10 years was ending and I was afraid to talk to anyone about it. I buried myself in my work which became a vehicle to "not deal" with something that was unfolding right in front of my eyes. I had seen Jenipher around a couple of times at craft shows and we exchanged information. However, because of what I was going through at home, it took a great deal of persistence on her part to finally get out of my house and go on a coffee date - which was exactly what I needed! We instantly became friends and many more coffee and craft dates followed. Her friendship and understanding nature came at a time when I needed it the most. I will always remember my last day in Orlando packing my car or rather stuffing as much as we possibly could in it lol! She was so supportive and eager to want to help me, one of her many unique qualities, that I will forever be grateful for.

My contribution that captures how I feel when writing about the gratitude that I have for Jenipher's friendship. AND, for the doodles that she still surprise texts me with to this day. We both live in New York now which is both ironic and funny how things all worked out.

Buy her book! It's honest and encouraging... You will LOVE it!!

“How Being Stubborn, Depressed and Unpopular SAVED My Life” offers an honest and encouraging view on topics such as depression and body image. The book explores the many issues that can start in childhood and follow us into adult life. This post is part of the DoodleDream* Blog Party.  Learn more — and join us! – by clicking here.

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