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1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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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10. 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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11. 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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12. 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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13. Mother's Day Card

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

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14. 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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15. 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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16. 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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17. 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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18. 2014-2015 Monthly Planner, Preschool Edition

I'm so excited to share the 2014-2015 Monthly Planner, Preschool Edition that I worked on towards the end of 2013 for Positive Promotion. I was first commissioned to work on the Helping Young Minds Grow cover design. Soon after, I was selected to create the art for each month as well as the hand lettering. Thank you Marty for such a FUN project! Please share this with your Preschool teachers, friends and family. Below are some sample interiors. You can browse the rest of the interior pages here!

Thank you! Stay warm!

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19. Fun animation for Mc Graw Hill

Tuileries by Julissa Mora from julissamora on Vimeo.

Sorry about missing sound but wanted to show the animation of my work. :)

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20. February Treat Boxes

Hello! Happy New Year and Happy February! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. It's time for some Valentine's Day treats. The girls from We Love to Illustrate and I created adorable Valentine's Day treat boxes for you to share with loved ones. Here's mine. Enjoy filling it up with goodies! xo

Download the treat box here!

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21. Owl Lovers 2014 Calendar

Hi guys, I know I've already shared about my participation with the Owl Lover 2014 Calendar in an earlier post, but I just had to post it again since the holidays are near... I mean here. Yikes! ;) I think this would be such a great Christmas or New Year's gift for friends, family and co-workers. It can be customized by choosing your favorite owl (maybe mine wink wink) from their gallery of artworks. 

The calendar can be downloaded for free from the My Owl Barn website http://www.myowlbarn.com/p/owl-lover-2014-calendar.html. Enjoy!

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22. Free Holiday Gift Tags

Hello and Happy December 1st! It's the season of giving and we have some lovely *free* holiday gift tags just for you over at We Love To Illustrate. Have fun and enjoy!

Download my gift tags here!

Also, I didn't get a chance to post in November. I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving. Here's my "late" post, a recipe that I created for WLTI and TD&C. It ended up on the Thanksgiving Jumbotron over at They Draw & Cook along side Nina Seven... what an honor! Thanks Sally and Nate!

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23. Free Owl Calendar

Hello friends! I'm so excited and honored to be a part of the Owl Lover 2014 Calendar this year, hosted by My Owl Barn. Thank you Shivani! I submitted this little guy. It's a custom calender, so you get to select your favorite owl art for all of the months you want to print and download your personalized version, all for FREE! Go here to get started. Have fun!

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24. Halloween Cards!

Need a Halloween card or invite? Check out my Halloween collection on Celebrations formally known as Pingg!

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25. Halloween Cupcake Toppers

Happy October! We're celebrating October with free Halloween goodies over at WLTI. I designed a new set of cupcake toppers for some baking inspiration this season. Hope it inspires you too!

You can download my cupcake toppers here!

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