Day 223: Get back on the horse and just do it

I did not forgot to create a card yesterday.

I had plans all day and didn’t get home until eight o’clock at night. While I was getting settled, a friend texted me about going to see a movie, Step Up All In, and I decided to go because I had wanted to see it too.

Basically, it’s a continuation of the Step Up movie series where they brought back a lot of the characters from the previous movies. The acting was bad, the story line was predictable, the dancing could have used some improvement, but the finale dance was awesome. And…there were several dancers in the film from the show, So You Think You Can Dance.

I used to dance: hip hop, jazz, salsa, freestyle, swing, and modern dance styles. I am by far no professional dancer, nor do I claim to be. My creative side is more on the artistic fine art and design side, but I can dance. It’s just an area that I chose to pursue for my life. But pump up some really good music, and I just might start dancing for you.

Anyhow, let’s move onto the Thank You card instead.

Since I didn’t get a card designed yesterday, I have two to share with you today.

The first card is inspired by a cake I saw on an episode of The Next Great Baker, where two teams competing for a spot in the finale had to recreate a cake based on the one they did for their audition onto the show. I took the design from one of the cakes and transposed it into a card.

The second card is inspired by a dress and bracelet because I was drawn to the color palate. Something about the outfit done in black and tan caught my attention, and my eyes focused directly on a flower belt. So I recreated the look into a card.

Okay, here are the cards. 

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.”

 

08.13.14 Inspired by a cake © 2014 Stacy Schilling

08.13.14 Inspired by a cake
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

08.14.14 Inspired by a dress and bracelet © 2014 Stacy Schilling

08.14.14 Inspired by a dress and bracelet
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

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Yes I can design more than Thank You cards

If you’ve been following my blog, or have breezed by out of curiosity as to what it’s all about, thank you.

You’ve also probably been wondering if I can design anything else besides a Thank You card.

Well, the answer is, “Yes, I can!”.

I’ve been a graphic designer and production artist for over 16 years, and I even have experience designing and developing websites from the ground up for clients.

This blog is just one way I’ve decided to keep up with my creative juices between client projects. And yes, my schedule is open and available for any new design projects so if you need something designed for print or web, just let me know!

So, now you’re probably wondering, “What can Stacy create?”, and that is an excellent question.

I specialize in branding your company’s identity from print to web.

I have created the following items:

  • Ads
  • Banners
  • Brochures
  • Catalogs
  • CD Packaging
  • Charts & graphics
  • Collateral
  • Direct mail
  • HTML emails
  • Illustrations
  • Internet landing pages
  • Logos
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Onesheets/flyers
  • Postcards
  • Posters
  • Presentation folders
  • Print inserts
  • Proposals
  • Signage
  • Social media graphics
  • Stationary
  • T–shirt applications
  • Web graphics
  • Websites 

My design skills include:

  • Color Theory
  • CSS Style Sheets
  • File Nomenclature
  • Graphic Design
  • Mechanicals
  • Page Layout
  • Photo Retouching
  • Pre–Press Production
  • Press Checks
  • Print Services
  • Project Management
  • Proofreading
  • Proofs
  • Typography
  • Web Design
  • Web Development

And yes, my clients love my work and are even more surprised not just with the final project, but I’ve been known to beat their project’s deadline.

Here’s what a few of them have said about my work.

“Stacy Schilling is a rare breed of designer: she sees every job as a consistent whole rather than the sum of its parts. Her ability to think through the entire design to production process—along with her structure and organizational skills—were instrumental in assisting our Creative team to do likewise. Stacy is a tangible asset to any business.”

Mike Pirone, VP/Account Director, YesDesignGroup


“Stacy did a great job on the CHAMPIONS promotional materials. Her professionalism, ability to stick to a strict deadline, and creativity in fusing multiple ideas together were just a few of the qualities that impressed us with her work. Stacy took the ideas, often very opposing ideas, and blended them into a format that appeased all members of the staff and have proven immensely effective with our clients.”

– Brad Lupien, Co–Owner, Champions


“It’s a gift to work with a graphic artist who not only listens and imitates design concepts, but also contributes and improves them with fluid precision and creativity.”

– Julie Munjack, Shadowbox Keepsake Gift

So if your marketing materials need a fresh, update or you don’t have a website promoting your company, then drop me a line and let me know what your project needs are and I’d be more than happy to help you achieve your business and sales goals.

Just fill out the brief form below and I’ll get back to you very soon.

In the meantime, here’s just a few of my design pieces I’ve created for my clients.

Logo Identity Design and Redesign © 2014 Stacy Schilling

Logo Identity Design and Redesign
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

 

Presentation Folder with Step Down Inserts & Illustration Added December 3, 2011 15 of 19 Client: Champions; Work performed: Illustration, Graphic Design, Pre-Press Production, Print Services

Presentation Folder with Step Down Inserts & Illustration
Client: Champions; Work performed: Illustration, Graphic Design, Pre-Press Production, Print Services

 

25th Annual Twilight Dance Series 2009 Poster Competition; Client:  Santa Monica Pier; Work Performed: Illustration, Graphic Design, Pre-Press Production

25th Annual Twilight Dance Series 2009 Poster Competition; Client: Santa Monica Pier; Work Performed: Illustration, Graphic Design, Pre-Press Production

Client: Tri-D Center; Work Performed: Logo Identity redesign, Website redesign and implementation; www.tridcenter.com

Client: Tri-D Center; Work Performed: Logo Identity redesign, Website redesign and implementation; http://www.tridcenter.com