Day 334: Coming around full circle

I was looking at some beautiful photos of Australia on Pinterest and was captivated by the images.

The photography work of each image was amazing!

The images inspired me to go back to a card series that I started earlier in this design challenge, the retro Thank You cards of places around the world.

Today’s card is inspired by Poulnabrone Dolmen in Ireland. And yes, I did visit this historic site when I traveled to Ireland in college for a photography class.

I could sit and look at that rock formation for hours, no, days. No wait…weeks at a time.

Anyhow, here is my card with the “Thank You” in Gaelic.

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

12.03.14 Inspired by Poulnabrone Dolmen © 2014 Stacy Schilling

12.03.14 Inspired by Poulnabrone Dolmen
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

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Day 306: The fog is starting to lift, slowly

Today I woke up tired, again, and was dragging through most of the morning and afternoon. I only started to slowly wake up when Kay got behind of the wheel and took charge!

I didn’t get car sick, but her driving woke me up, and I’m been feeling more awake than the past three days.

I think it also helps that I have a card done a lot earlier today than the past three days.

Anyhow, today’s card is inspired by a backdrop and poster. When I first looked at the backdrop, I thought it was a curtains! The pattern had this cool looking retro type shape design done in yellow and gray, which is why I mistook it for curtains. On top of the backdrop was the poster framed out in yellow, gray and white. Using everything as inspiration, I recreated it for today’s Thank You card design.

Let me know what you think.

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“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

11.05.14 Inspired by a backdrop and poster © 2014 Stacy Schilling

11.05.14 Inspired by a backdrop and poster
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 292: Find something positive to get you moving

I was reading an online article and the writer talked about three ways they earned extra income.

Afterwards, I was inspired to do something very similar for myself. I’m not going to share my idea, but I want to see how it turns out first. So, you’ll just have to wait until I announce the news, if I ever do.

Anyhow, I’m still hungry and tired today, but not as bad as the last two days. Dinner’s in the oven right now, so I’ll be a happy person in about 20 minutes! 🙂

Okay, okay…I’ll show you the Thank You card now that is inspired by packaging. There was this cool picture showing gray and white packaging that I really liked, and I turned the design into a card.

Here it is.

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

10.22.14 Inspired by packaging © 2014 Stacy Schilling

10.22.14 Inspired by packaging
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 273: The countdown is over and still going

You’re probably wondering if my title for today’s post makes any sense, and it does, but to me.

See, I had a countdown going on for my trip to see the show, Dirty Dancing, tonight.

I was pretty excited when I saw on the schedule that I did not have to work tonight and I scored a ticket to the show for tonight’s performance! Hot dog! 🙂

I’m looking forward to my evening out despite the rain.

As regards to the other countdown that’s still going on, that refers to my Thank You cards. I have done (and tried really hard) to design and post a Thank You card everyday this year. It hasn’t been easy, but I have kept on moving along with determination and fight. Plus, it’s turned into a habit that I can’t break just yet. And don’t ask if I’m going to do something like this again next year, because at the moment, I just don’t know. There have been good and bad things about doing this design challenge and blog, and I’m just not yet sure if it’s worth my time, blood, sweat and tears. Or, if I should just stop.

Guess we’ll found out next year.

Anyhow, onto the card which is inspired by calendar blocks.

Years ago, a good friend gave me a set of calendar blocks and I change the date every day. It’s a habit so I know what day it is, but don’t ask me the name of the day because I woke up today thinking it was Monday. Go figure.

Anyway, someone actually made their own from scrapbook paper and numbers and I really liked their design. So, I morphed their design into a Thank You card for today. It’s got a retro / shabby chic / country kind of vibe all rolled into one. I can’t really explain the design concept, but I’ll show it to you instead.

Here it is.

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“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

10.03.14 Inspired by calendar blocks © 2014 Stacy Schilling

10.03.14 Inspired by calendar blocks
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 272: Twinkle, twinkle little star

Today’s card is all about the stars.

I was inspired by some retro business cards where the designer created an object that represented a letter. For example: P was for popsicle, Y was for yarn, and L was for library. So naturally I had to recreate a Thank You card in the same design style and color palate.

I actually typed in the words “Thank You” in Google to see what images came up and I found a lot of text, and very little objects.

But then the stars started shining at me and that’s how come I used them in the card.

So, here it is!

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

10.02.14 Inspired by a business card © 2014 Stacy Schilling

10.02.14 Inspired by a business card
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

 

Day 266: Now I, had the time of my life

And I owe it all to you!

(Cue Music)

That line comes from one of my favorite movies, Dirty Dancing, staring the late Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. I don’t know what is was with that movie, but I loved watching it when I was growing up.

However, I had forgotten that the theatrical production is in town until someone at work mentioned they were going to see it tomorrow night. So, when I got home and went online in search of a ticket.

I just happen to be off next Friday night and I had no idea if I would find an affordable ticket for the show. Surprisingly, I found one! It’s in the balcony, but it’s a front row seat and the price was right.

So, I bought it! 🙂

I was afraid that if I waited, the seat would be gone and I wouldn’t find another ticket any cheaper than what I paid. Happy Dance!

Anyhow, today’s card is NOT inspired by Dirty Dancing, but a menu. It was designed in yellow, black and white with a 1950s retro vibe that I really liked. The menu contained lots of food illustrations, but since my Thank You cards don’t include food, I replaced it with a patterned background instead.

Here it is!

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

09.26.14 Inspired by a menu © 2014 Stacy Schilling

09.26.14 Inspired by a menu
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 265: Time to get it done, now

I think I’m going to beat my deadline today for a Thank You card.

It’s inspired by a business card using blue shapes: circles, squares, and a rectangle. Okay, I don’t feel like talking about it right now so here is the card.

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

09.25.14 Inspired by a business card © 2014 Stacy Schilling

09.25.14 Inspired by a business card
© 2014 Stacy Schilling