Valentine Crafts at Stanwood Elementary

Valentine Crafts at Stanwood Elementary

Hoping that everyone had a Happy Valentine’s Day like we did, we thought we would share our joy. The studio got to organize the Valentine party at Stanwood Elementary for Miss George’s kindergarten class. Crafts are our specialty and this one was of no exception. Taking recycled canning lids, we spray painted them and hot glued a magnet on the back. The children then got to paint and decorate them as they desired. Presto! Holiday magnets for them to decorate their homes. A quick, easy, fun, inexpensive craft for children to create. Enjoy!   SaveSave SaveSave

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Websites, SEO, and Marketing

Websites, SEO, and Marketing

When you wear a graphic design hat, it is hard to not be connected with the marketing end of business. Last week we had the privilege of gleaning from a generous and knowledgeable company who is wiling to teach others and keep us up to date with all of the latest marketing, SEO trends. We need this information in order to provide our clients with the best amenities possible. A few of the items we learned were as follows: • Social Media is used in order to drive traffic to your site via Google searches. Different medias require different types

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New Release in Scrapbook Paper

New Release in Scrapbook Paper

Passing time during cold, snowy months can be a daunting task. Not when you are into scrapbooking! It is the perfect time to hunker down and get your photos organized, “scrapped,” and preserved for a lifetime. The studio has a few new designs we created this week for those who think the same. Requests for Pittsburgh Central Catholic and Oakland Catholic schools were our motivation. Take a look and consider getting your “scrapping” done. Click here for more scrapbook paper designs.

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Logo for Fusion Leadership Group

Logo for Fusion Leadership Group

Here at the studio, we had the privilege not too long ago to provide a logo for the Fusion Leadership Group. One of the fun parts of this project was creating the many different faces of the logo. As many different looks as the logo now has, that is the many ways that Fusion Leadership Group can reach out and help grow leaders in today’s society. Check out their website, or better yet, sign up for their conference before it’s too late!  

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Handmade Valentine Exchange

Handmade Valentine Exchange

Interested parties wanting to join in a handmade Valentine exchange need to email us their name and mailing address no later than January 31st, 2018. Rules of the exchange are as follows: Email SMH Illustration & Design your name and mailing address We will email you a list of names and addresses of others who are participating Create 10 handmade valentines Mail the valentines on or before February 7 th, 2018 to the addresses you are sent Enjoy your valentines as you receive them from the others participating

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Many blessings to you in 2018.

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Home Decorating Contest Ornament

Home Decorating Contest Ornament

Calling all Scottdale residents; it is that time of year again when SMH Illustration & Design awards the best decorated home with this beautiful hand etched Christmas tree ornament. How do you enter the contest? Simply upload an image of the home of your choice to our Facebook page and provide us with an address before December 23rd 2017. The studio and their helpers will take a ride around town looking at the homes posted and decide who is this year’s winner after the 23rd!

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Customized Greeting Cards

Customized Greeting Cards

It’s not just our artwork we publish, but other artists and photographers too. This Christmas watercolor of the nativity is just one example. Talented no doubt, this artist did not realize that their artwork can be transformed and circulated so easily. After granting the studio a copy of the original, we worked our magic and voila! Because we received a very sweet thank you note, we think the artist was pleased. SaveSave

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Logo for Big Dream Events

Logo for Big Dream Events

Folks have been there and know that one knows how to plan a party like Big Dream Events. Never heard of them before? While new as a start-up, owners David Mardis and Rob Sheppeck, have been getting recognition for decades as great designers and over-the-top party planners. Deciding to make it official, SMH Illustration & Design put on their dance shoes and did a jig when asked to design Big Dream’s logo and business collateral. Check them out on their website and social media. Hire them for your next event or simply attend one of the parties they already have

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Thank You to Forbes Regional

Thank You to Forbes Regional

Words can’t describe our gratitude for the care and therapy that Susan’s father recieved during his stay at Forbes Regional Hospital. SMH Illustration & Design highly reccomends this facility for all of your rehab needs. Thank you to all of the nurses, doctors and staff but a special shout out to Julie, Natalie and Lisa who made his rehabilitation fun , personal and effective.

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“Draw Roll” please…

"Draw Roll" please...

Today’s drawing honoring Susan’s dad shows how much he loved his girls. Within reason, he gave them all he could. Should it have been a surprise then, when glasses were out and contacts were in, that Susan asked for a pair? Certainly her mother saw no need for the unnecessary expense. Her father though, was very easily convinced that contacts would improve her ability to see the basketball hoop. Anything for his girls to help them.

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Another Drawing to Honor Susan’s Father

Another Drawing to Honor Susan's Father

Honoring Susan’s father during Inktober was so much fun, we decided to not stop. Today’s drawing on John’s white board is one showing how he used to take her bike riding. Approximately around the age of eight, he felt that she was old enough to join the party that rode to McDonald’s for breakfast on Sunday mornings before church. There was a particular hill named Blackburn Hill that Susan had a hard time petaling up. What did her father do? He would petal briskly, give her a BIG push on the back to scoot her an extra yard or two,

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Last Day of Inktober

Last Day of Inktober

This happens to be the last day of “Inktober”. Today’s drawing is to honor Susan’s father as well. This is the basketball hoop he installed on possibly the only flat spot in their yard. The big pine tree served as a backstop. Whenever she asked, he would rebound her shots for as long as she wanted. Unsuccessfully she would entice him to play, but he would rebound for her until she was warn out.

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Inktober in Honor of Susan’s Father

Inktober in Honor of Susan's Father

#Inktober is a drawing with ink challenge we stumbled upon that looked like fun. The goal is to draw with ink every day during the month of October. Because life has been a tad trying for Susan’s dad we are dedicating our drawings to him. This one describes the yard work he did for an elderly lady with whom he felt didn’t have the means to pay him. She was an artist so bartered painting lessons in exchange for his work. Susan learned how to paint with oils and care for her brushes properly. She learned to draw as a

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5K Color Run Signage for Stanwood Elementary School

5K Color Run Signage for Stanwood Elementary School

Run, run, run! Come join Stanwood Elementary School for their annual 5K Color Run; support your local elementary school at the same time. Not up to running? Walkers are welcome too! The event will take place on Sunday, October 22nd at 9:00 AM. “Be there or be square.” Okay, so we are being a little groovy, you get the idea… The studio had the privilege of designing the sponsor banner and mile markers for the event. Children are a great cause and we encourage you to attend.       

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Book Publication for Scottdale Writers Group

Book Publication for Scottdale Writers Group

Honored is how the studio felt about getting to publish the 2017 version of Stories, Tales and Poems by the Scottdale Writers Group. Coming hot off the press right before Scottdale’s Fall Festival, only 3 copies are left of the first printing. This book is a collaboration of work from the group as well as publications by writing contest winners Joselyn Busato, Elle Kenney, and Kerra Frye. Click here to order yours while supplies last!

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A A Septic Referral Cards, T-shirt, Sweatshirts

A A Septic Referral Cards, T-shirt, Sweatshirts

Providing a pumped referral card for A A Septic was a bubbly experience. “We cleaned your tank, let us clean your vehicle” was the slogan used. Simply refer a new client and a car wash is on them. This is a great way to “come clean”. The studio provided cool T-shirts and sweatshirts for the employees as well. Please keep A A Septic in mind for all of your sewage needs. Tell them that SMH sent you and our little white van will get a free scrubbing!      

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Political Signage

Political Signage

It is that time of year when the political races begin. Our hands created signage for John Wilkinson running for Mount Pleasant Township Supervisor. Knowing John for approximately 40 years, he has always been a good guy trying to make a difference. This campaign is no different. Take a look at the social media promotion we are doing as well by clicking here. Go John!   SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

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Adventure Theme Baby Shower Game Cards

Adventure Theme Baby Shower Game Cards

Are you up for an adventure? Well, one proud mamma was. Quite an adventure is what she had – at her baby shower! SMH and the crew were honored to have created these game cards to be played at the shower, all with an adventure theme. From “going fishing” to “naming the woodland babies” – all were designed to fit the occasion. Email us for all of your custom party needs!

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Imagine Conference Website Updates

Imagine Conference Website Updates

Exciting! Words can’t describe how good it makes one feel to help others with the work that they do. As we update the content on the Imagine Conference’s website, positive and motivating emotions are running through us. Certainly visit the site to hear how YOU can help the vulnerable, lonely, hurting, and at-risk people around the world. Come be educated, equipped, and engaged on how we all can make a difference.Click here to order yours!    

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Peony and Phlox Wedding Shower Invitations

Peony and Phlox Wedding Shower Invitations

Parties rock so the studio considers it a privilege to design invitations for them. Here is another wedding shower invite we did with a peony and phlox theme. The soon-to-be-bride enjoys the colors of teal and coral so we painted flowers to match her favorites. Watercolors were the medium of choice. Click here to order yours!  

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2017 Chellman Family Reunion

2017 Chellman Family Reunion

It is that time of year when family reunions are in full bloom. This T-shirt was designed for such an occasion. In 1904, the Chellman family crossed the sea to America from their beloved Sweden. Since then, the family has gathered for their father’s birthday since 1938. Of course their father is no longer with them, but they still continue to get together and reunite.  To purchase your shirt, please email us today!

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Bowling Birthday Party Invites

Bowling Birthday Party Invites

Strike! These invitations will help get your party-prep game on. Created for a special 7 year old turning 8, they can be transformed as needed. Bowl a perfect score by ordering our pre-made designs, or consider having the studio create your custom party invitations. Our designs are right up your alley! Click here to order. SaveSave

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Vinyl Lettering for an Excited Grandmother

Vinyl Lettering for an Excited Grandmother

Adventure awaits indeed. Isn’t this project adorable? The studio cut vinyl letters of “Going to Grammy J’s” and “An Adventure Awaits” to adhere onto a vintage suitcase. Created for a new grandchild, the suitcase is to be used to pack necessities for a visit to grandparents. Keep us in mind for all of your vinyl needs, even when on the go!  

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