Monday, April 14, 2014

Postcards and Business Card Round Up

Online proof preview on moo.com / artwork by Lisa M. Griffin
It's that time of year again. I am prepping for the spring SCBWI conference, working on my portfolio, ordering new business cards and postcards too. All while balancing the FUN that is spring - music and dance recitals, birthdays, baseball practices & games, spring soccer practices and games, and some celebrating with a few holidays too. :)

This past weekend I was focused on the conference and making sure I had the necessary materials for it including new promo items. Normally, I use moo.com for my business cards - I love their mini moo cards too. My favorite "moo" feature (besides the quality of their products and wonderful service) has to be the ability to upload a variety of designs to use in one pack. I love this and use it every time, uploading between 3-5 different illustrations so that I have a wonderful sampling in my repertoire! Same with postcards, mini-moo's and stickers. I haven't tried out their greeting cards yet, but that is the next item on my Moo List.

For my conference postcards, I tried out a new online vendor that some friends recommended as well, overnightprints.com. They have a lot of products to choose from and the website was easy to navigate, plus they were having a sale on postcards - bonus!

Now, I can just sit back, relax (well... not really) and wait for them to come in. :)
And if you have a favorite vendor for postcards, prints and/or business cards, feel free to share in the comments. With many of us sending out postscards several times a year, it is great to share resources.

Enjoy your week!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Greeting Card Giveaway!

Greeting Card Assortment by Lisa M. Griffin 2014
To celebrate my FB milestone, I am hosting a giveaway! Included - an assortment of artistic greeting cards and postcard prints.
To enter, just leave a comment regarding the question below either here or at Lisa M Griffin Illustration on fb... yup, that is all you have to do! :)

What type of occasion greeting card do you purchase the most?

I will randomly select one winner from all the comments received on Friday, April 11th and post the winners name with their comment that afternoon.

A BIG THANK YOU for all of the art love, encouragement and support through my creative journey. It really does make the entire process all the more inspiring and fulfilling. :)


OOPS I almost forgot... ** If you share the giveaway on FB, Twitter or Instagram you will be awarded an extra entry **


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lovely reviews

The Raindrop Who Couldn't Fall, illustrations by Lisa M. Griffin
Love receiving feedback on picture books that I have worked on. It is such a labor of love, that to know others are enjoying them makes all the difference.
Feel free to share your own positive reviews too! I would love to hear what you have been up to.
Have a great week,
Lisa

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Garden In My Mind

Very excited to have a box of books delivered today, woo-hoo! The Garden in My Mind by Stephie McCumbee was so much fun to illustrate, the story is charming, lively and sends a great positive message to children.
I can't think of a better way to celebrate Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week!
Have a great day,
Lisa :)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Patterns & Colorways

c. lisa m. griffin, 2014
Poll Time! Which is your favorite colorway on the above repeat pattern?
Choose Magenta, Navy, Green or Violet.
Thanks for your help and have a great week,
Lisa

Monday, January 13, 2014

New LOOK!


www.lisamgriffin.com
New year, new look! I love the month of January and all the limitless opportunities of a new year... a big blank canvas to tackle. On the "to-do's" for the new year - a revamp of my look! I am hoping to convey the joy I receive from being an artist, as well as how I approach style and color.
Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. It feels GREAT to scratch items off the list this early in the new year. What are your plans for the new year?
Happy creating!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Creative notes for 2014!


Creative Goals for 2014
What is that saying.... from the mouths of babes? I woke up and walked into my studio this snowy morning and found a collection of bright pink post it notes above my little artist's desk (we share a studio space, best to surround oneself with creative energy as much as possible). The sweet little notes beckoned my attention and it put a smile on my face immediately to see this collection of creative steps he had outlined.

Step 1. Have paper
well certainly this is an important step if you are an artist
Step 2. Make room to draw
this is due to the fact that the little artist tends to have a very cluttered workspace
Step 3. Get a pencil
yes, another important tool... pencil, check!
Step 4. Think of an idea
sometimes easier said than done, but yes, ideas are GOOD.
Step 5. Make place on paper
lucky boy... doesn't find looming white space of an empty page daunting at all.
Step 6. Think ahead or don't
LOL this just never fails to crack me up... just get right to it don't think about it, draw!!!
Step 7. Make a goal
so sweet... always good to have a creative goal.
Step 8. Make the character
only one? ;)
Step 9: Draw!
the simpliest and most important.

Without even knowing it, my little artist has begun our new year on such a happy, positive, creative HIGH note.  So from the mouths of babes and the talented and wise hand of my little artist... just DRAW!

Happy 2014 to all my creative friends and family near and far.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Congratulations!!!!

c. "Believe" print by Lisa M Griffin
And the winner of the signed "Believe" print is..... PAM!

Thank you to everyone on FB and my blog, who entered the giveaway and shared their heartfelt memories.
Congratulations Pam! Be sure to email me your address so that I can send out your print.

Monday, December 16, 2013

WIN a signed limited edition print of "Believe" - CLOSED

 
watercolor illustration c. lisa m. griffin 2013
 
In the spirit of the season and to say a heartfelt THANK YOU 
to all the people far and wide who have inspired me, 
encouraged me, and believed in me... 
I am hosting a holiday giveaway!
WIN a signed 8x10" print of my watercolor illustration "Believe"
You can enter by:
• Commenting here and sharing a favorite holiday memory.
• "Like" Lisa M Griffin Illustration on Facebook for a bonus entry 
Giveaway ends on the Friday, 12/20 at 9:00 am EST, when a winner 
will be announced HERE.

It's that simple! So comment away, share and like. 
Wishing everyone a truly magical holiday season. 
Lisa :)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hand-drawn Printable Gift Tags

Holiday Gift Tags by Lisa M. Griffin, 2013
The season of merriment and giving is officially here and to show my appreciation for everyone who has supported me on my creative journey,  I would like to share some FREE printable gift tags.

CLICK HERE to download your free gift tags.

Just download, print and cut out, plus in a pinch, a great way to easily place your hand on some additional holiday tags.

Holiday Gift Tags by Lisa M. Griffin, 2013
CLICK Here to download your free gift tags without background.

Enjoy and have a wonderful week!

Friday, November 15, 2013

An afternoon at the Eric Carle Museum

Meeting Chris Van Allsburg at the Eric Carle Museum
I had to share the lovely afternoon that I spent with my daughter at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. We drove out to hear Chris Van Allsburg speak (amazing) and then we attended the book signing to have him autograph a few of his books... so hard to choose, since I have quite the collection. :)
He was a dapper gentlemen, eloquent and composed with a bit of quirk that I just loved.
It is always inspiring to meet a true legend in the industry, and he is one that I have long admired. When you have such an encounter or are able to immerse yourself in an afternoon as delightful as this one, you would be hard-pressed not to feel recharged in your own creative journey.  Even more remarkable, that I had this experience and now the memories, of this magical afternoon alongside my daughter.