Day 214: Stop and smell the roses

Summer is almost over and that means most of the country will soon experience the changing of the seasons. So there is a very limited window to stop and smell the roses while enjoying the last few weeks of summer and warm weather before the cold comes back and takes over.

It also means that the holiday season will be here before you know it.

Anyhow, today’s card isn’t necessarily inspired by summer flowers, but a floral top tier cake as seen on an episode of “The Next Great Baker”.

I’m a food junkie and as I’ve told you in the past, I love to watch cooking and baking shows. The shows provide a sense of inspiration in the kitchen, and my design studio.

In the elimination challenge on the show, the remaining contestants had to complete in one hour a floral top tier cake and the least favorite design resulted in one team going home.

So I wanted to create my own floral card based on the elimination challenge, but put my own spin on it.

Here it is!

Graphic Designer & Production Artist "From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production."

Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

08.05.14 Inspired by a floral top tier cake © 2014 Stacy Schilling

08.05.14 Inspired by a floral top tier cake
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 202: Learn when your body needs rest

Yesterday I ran myself ragged all day, literally. By the time I got home around 10:00 p.m., I was too tired to even sit on the couch and crash with some T.V. shows I had tapped on the DVR box.

When I finally was able to peel myself off the couch, it was midnight and I was dead tired. There was no energy left in me to even attempt creating a card.

Apparently my body was telling me that I need to slow down and rest before I tackle anything that could drain what little energy I had left. So the new plan is to listen to my body more and get as much rest as I can, when I can get it. I just don’t like missing a day to create and post a card. 😦

Obviously, I didn’t have any energy left to give. Sorry no card yesterday.

Anyhow, I am still very tired but I did manage to create a card for yesterday and today. Yeah!! 🙂

Yesterday’s card is inspired by my friend Justin’s dress shirt and tie. We were at a meeting this evening, and Justin had on this electric, bright blue shirt with a stripped tie filled with green, yellow, white, pink, orange, and navy blue. As I was sitting through the meeting, I couldn’t stop staring at his shirt because the color caught my attention. I was distracted by the color, not Justin.

As for today’s card, it’s inspired by an outfit and packaging. The outfit consisted of a Chevron coral clutch purse with a sea foam green bow, a coral blouse, and a sea foam green blazer and accessories. The packaging aspect came from an episode of watching Buddy’s Bakery Rescue staring Buddy Valastro from the hit show, Cake Boss. Anyhow, during the episode, Buddy was trying to help two sisters, owners, of an artisan bakery reach that level to draw business back into the bakery. In the makeover of both the store and products, Buddy showed the owners how to package some of their products in mason jars tied with tags. I liked the idea of the tags from the show, I incorporated the image into today’s design.

So, here are the two designs.

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Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

 

07.23.14 Inspired by Justin's shirt and tie © 2014 Stacy Schilling

07.23.14 Inspired by Justin’s shirt and tie
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

07.25.14 Inspired by an outfit and packaging © 2014 Stacy Schilling

07.24.14 Inspired by an outfit and packaging
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 189: Use your imagination to create and inspire you

Sometimes when you look at an object or a person, you’ll see something that can inspire you with a new idea, product or service. It all depends on what you need the inspiration for.

Well, today’s card is inspired by the Olympic Rings because I’m attending a very special convention where I am making new friends from all over the world. The experience is surreal and awesome all at the same time.

There are people visiting from other countries and they are wearing clothing from their respective homeland. It’s so nice to be with crowd of people who get along and show love and respect to one another.

The experience is refreshing!

In today’s card, I created the circles out of the word “Thank You” and from a distance it looks like a variety of circles. Look closely and you’ll the “Thank You’s” instead, and they are intertwined to show and symbolize the closeness of the people here today. I used the colors from a rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, and purple), not because of the LGBT community, but because the colors remind me of the different backgrounds and where these people are from. Some have flown thousands of miles from their homeland in the Philippines, Great Britain, and even Poland! Many of the international travelers are visiting the United States for the very first time and the reactions on their faces here at this convention is priceless.

Okay, okay. Enough about my experience at the convention and onto the card!

Graphic Designer & Production Artist "From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production."

Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

07.11.14 Inspired by an international convention © 2014 Stacy Schilling

07.10.14 Inspired by an international convention
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 174: I want to be a part of it New York, New York

I’m an LA baby, but I think I should have been raised in New York.

My dad and grandfather were originally from New York. My grandfather grew up in Brooklyn, and my dad was raised in the South Bronx. So technically I have New York blood running through my veins, but I know it’s just not the same.

But if ever met me in person, you would definitely mistake me for a New Yorker! I’m loud, outgoing, speak my mind, and love life.

I guess I got the best of both worlds, on opposites coasts!

Although I do love New York, my heart is still in LA.

Okay, let me tell you my inspiration for today’s card. I was watching The Next Great Baker (I’m a sucker for a good reality cooking/baking show because yes, I love to cook and bake. I’m a food junkie what can I say?) and the first episode had a new twist from previous seasons. The contestants, in pairs this year, had to travel to a New York destination and find inspiration for their cake challenge. The contestants went to cool places like Bryant Park, Harlem, Central Park, the Bronx, and even Washington Square. Then they had to come back to the bakery and design a cake based on their inspiration.

Now, I’m no professional baker, but some of the cakes had really great design work while others, let just say that they could use some practice and improve their decorating skills. However, each cake design brought out their own perspective on how the designers saw New York from their eyes.

So, today’s card is inspired by New York and is part of the city series I started way back when with Paris.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll have a different New York design, who knows?

Graphic Designer & Production Artist "From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production."

Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

06.25.14 Inspired NGB, New York challenge © 2014 Stacy Schilling

06.25.14 Inspired NGB, New York challenge
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

 

Day 14: I think I watch too much T.V.

I’m by no means a couch potato, but I do have some favorite T.V. shows and Cake Boss on TLC is one of my favorite shows. Come on, I did meet, get my picture taken and an autograph of Buddy Valastro himself. So, I’m a fan of the show.

Anyhow, Buddy loves to challenge himself and his staff with these big, animated cakes for his clients. His motto is “go big or go home, Hoboken style,” and he’s pulled off some amazing cakes. But Buddy is an Italian baker that loves an old school decorating style that isn’t done often, piping. Basically, he takes a pastry bag filled with royal icing, sits down in front of the cake, gets in the “zone” and starts piping until a design forms. In art that’s called line art.

So after watching an episode where he pipes a lace pattern based off a bride’s wedding dress, I go the idea to try piping in my own way – with Illustrator.

Now I normally don’t create scroll designs in my work, so this was a new challenge for me. This whole process is experimental for me and learning how I can be a better designer.

I’m also hoping new clients will like my work so much that they either want to buy a design for me to print Thank you cards for them, or, they want to hire me for a design project (hint, hint – I’m available to take on new projects.).

01.14.14 Inspired by lace patterns, scroll and piping on Cake Boss © 2014 Stacy Schilling

01.14.14 Inspired by lace patterns, scroll and piping on Cake Boss
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 7: Found inspiration watching Bakery Boss

I’m a foodie. I love watching cooking and baking shows for recipe ideas of what to cook for myself. There are too many to name, but I’ve probably watched them all.

Anyway, one of my new favorite shows is Bakery Boss staring Buddy Valastro from TLC’s Cake Boss, actually I met him last year (and got his autograph!), where he helps a struggling bakery revamp their image and food.

Buddy and I

Buddy and I

The episode I was watching featured a business in upstate New York called “Baked Euphoria” that has a 1960’s vibe with lots of color and tie-dyed designs on their baked goods.

Taking a cue from the episode and famous artist Andy Warhol, gave me inspiration for today’s image.

01.07.14 Inspired by baked euphoria on an episode of Bakery Boss and Andy Warhol © 2014 Stacy Schilling

01.07.14 Inspired by baked euphoria on an episode of Bakery Boss and Andy Warhol
© 2014 Stacy Schilling