It’s only 88 sleeps until Christmas…

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…which means it’s the perfect time to unveil two Milly and friends Christmas cards, including our first ever downloadable, print at home card. Yippee!!

Stay tuned for more cards in a couple of weeks.

1. Christmas cat does not like Christmas hat

Download and print at home!

Christmas cat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“What am I looking at here?”

One printable Christmas card with instant download, for when you got’s to get that cardtastic card with no delay. Features Christmas cat, who does not like Christmas hat.

“Why do I NEED this item?”

It’s a grumpy cat in a Christmas hat – the Internets just exploded. Ensure you don’t receive coal in your stocking by sending this card to your loved ones this festive season.

As this is an instant download, there’s no waiting my the mail box, and you can print as many as you need.

“Hit me with some spectacular specifications.”

This file prints at A4 and produces an A6 greeting card, 10.5 cm x 14.8 cm in size when folded.
This card is blank inside because you’re an imaginative kind of person.

Notes:
This card is for personal use only. Not for resale or commercial printing. Santa’s watching you.
If you’re printing in America, then this will still work – you just might loose a bit of the instructions on the print out. All the marks to cut and fold will still show.

Grab Christmas cat from Etsy

1. Noel’s back!

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“What am I looking at here?”

One Christmas card featuring Christmas Noel in a festive wreath; illustrated by yours truly. Name tag reads “Hello my name is: NOEL”

“Why do I need this item?”

Noel is the epitome of the Christmas man. Not only is he rocking a ‘tashe and bow tie combination, he’s also got a swell Christmas jumper. Over Christmas lunch this dude will politely listen to your dad chat on about Bon Jovi and that story about Glen from work with the missing coffee mug. Your Nan will think him charming. Your mum will comment on how “snazzy” his shirt is.

You shouldn’t keep Noel all to yourself though. Share this wondrous pun packed card with all you know and beat the yawn-fest that is regular Christmas cards.

“Hit me with some spectacular specifications.”

This card is A6, 10.5 cm x 14.8 cm in size when folded.
It’s blank inside because you’re an imaginative kind of person.
Envelope is white in color.

Find Noel on Etsy here

 

What’s been happening?

Sorry I’ve been keeping a little quiet these past few weeks (months). It’s been really busy for Milly and friends, but I’m having an absolute blast and have so much to look forward to in the near future. This does mean that I’ll still be a bit quiet on the blog/ social media front for the next few weeks.

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

  1. Valentines day
    Oh my, people love themselves some weirdly humorous Valentines day cards. My little one man show was kept very busy dispatching all orders within a day of purchase so people could have them in time.
  2. New stockists
    Milly and friends cards and now available at a new location for all you Sydney siders – Better Read than Dead on King Street, Newtown. Pop on by for all your book related needs and pick up a few nifty Milly and friend cards while you’re there. If you’d like to be a stockist, drop me a line (bea [at] millyandfriends.com)
  3. This is the biggie – I’m going to be in an exhibition.
    I can’t give you the details just yet, but it’s super exciting. I’m a bit awestruck that my work will be along side some very clever people, but very grateful for the opportunity. Planning pieces has taken a considerable amount of paper, time, chocolate and procrastinating on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nh7UgAprdpM)
  4. Oh yeah, the day job too. That ol’ chestnut.

Here’s what I’ve got coming up:

  1. America and Canada baby!
    In a couple of short weeks I’m tootling off to San Francisco, Portland, New York and Toronto. It’s going to be amazing and I feel inspired just thinking about it. Expect a few post re-travels including sketch book pages from super-dooper locations when I return.
    The previously mentioned exhibition.
  2. New cards
    4 new cards are in the final stages of being ready but I’m sure I’ll have heaps more by the time I get back from North America.
  3. Other bits and bobs
    A few little projects are coming to fruition too, but too early to be news worthy just yet.

Catch you on the flip side homies. xx

Glebe markets

Glebe Markets

I’ll be at Glebe Markets next weekend. Come and say hi!

I’m baaaack, and there are some BIG changes

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Happy new year! After a long, but very productive hiatus I’m back on deck with some new and exciting changes.

Firstly, and probably most noticeable, I’m not BookCub anymore. Introducing Milly and friends – nifty cards for nifty people.

There were a lot of reasons why I’ve moved to Milly and friends, I won’t bore your with the details, but I think this is a really positive change.

Anyway, enough from me, I’ll let you discover Milly and friends for yourself over at the new Etsy store –> millyandfriends.etsy.com

Catch you later Alligator!

Little book: PEEKABOO! by Ainsley Atkinson

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It’s the last post before Christmas so I wanted to leave you with something special, a new little book – PEEKABOO! by the fabulous Ainsley Atkinson. As always it’s free to print at home or download as an e-book for tablets. Enjoy!

This is the first book I’ve illustrated in my new style and I’m really grateful to Ainsley for writing a really great story to help me through. For those of you following my month of PiBoIdMo, how do you think this doodle on day 25 turned out in the little book?

I want to view this story as:

Ainsley, the author tells me a little bit about how she started writing.

Writing has always been an important part of my everyday life – firstly, working in environmental research and then as a secondary Geography teacher. Now as a mother of three, I’ve started to write stories to entertain my sons and, I hope, other children.

What motivates you to write children stories?

  • To entertain my 4 year old twins and 1.5 year old.
  • The look of joy on my youngest son’s face as he carefully selects his story and brings it to me to read.
  • When I asked family and friends for suggestions of “going to hospital” stories to share with our sons, I was told I should write one myself. That is an important story yet to be written.

What inspired you to write this story?

Our 1.5 year old loves playing peekaboo and having his toys play it with him.

See you all in the new year!

Zak Doodle: Illustrator Spotlight Wednesday

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Big hello to this weeks Illustrator spotlight, Zak Doodle.

I’ve already talked about how much I love illustrators who embrace their inner child and Zak is very much part of that group.

Zak’s really mastered layering of lines and colors to create an interesting but not overwhelming illustration. The below is my favorite. It’s full of bold squiggles of joy, coupled with details like the dainty tulips or the subtle almost halo like shading in the hair that bring a delicate fragile feel to the illustration. On to the Q&A’s!

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Tell me a little about yourself.

I  come from Greece and I live in Athens with boyfriend, dog, pencils, crayons. I am studying mixed media fine arts (getting my diploma next year), I have been working as a freelance graphic designer since 2010, creating posters, flyers and book covers.

(etsy listing)

What motivated you to start working in children’s illustration?

My head is full of strange little creatures, I have been working on them for a long time, for my own pleasure. When I show them to my teacher and he said they are really good I decided to show them to children and ask them what they think. They went crazy about them! So here I am now. I can’t wait for my first job as children’s book illustrator.

(etsy listing)

Do you have any favorite illustrations of yours to date?

Goldilocks and Pinnochio are my favorite ones to date.

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Where do you look to for inspiration?

Everything I see turns into an illustrated creature inside my head so my inspiration is really everything.

Who’s favorite illustrator and why?

I absolutely love Chris Ridell. He is magical… I adore his line drawings and his fantasy creatures.

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Thanks for sharing Zak!

You can find Zak Doodle at:

www.flickr.com/zakdoodle

www.twitter.com/poesian

www.facebook.com/zakillustrator

www.illustrationzak.etsy.com