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Holiday Roundup 2019

Holiday Roundup 2019

It's Always Christmas in my studio! Seriously: all year I'm busy painting, drawing and designing holiday cards, stationery, patterns, and products. Here's a roundup of where you can find my latest designs. Thank you SO VERY MUCH for your support. I truly appreciate every like, share, heart, message, and purchase.

GREENVELOPE | Shop my Greenvelope Collection of online photo cards and invitations.

MINTED | Shop my Minted Collection of Christmas photo cards, invitations, notebooks, tote bags, art prints, home décor, and gifts.

MPIX | Search "Erika Firm" to Shop my MPIX Collection of Christmas photo cards, photo collages, mugs, blankets, ornaments, and gifts.

PHOTO AFFECTIONS | Shop my Photo Affections Collection of holiday photo cards, invitations, and gifts.

POSTABLE | Shop my Postable Collection of holiday photo cards and invitations.

REVEL & Co. | Shop my designs at Revel & Co.: gift wrap, gift tags, greeting cards, stationery, cocktail napkins, and party goodies.

SIMPLY TO IMPRESS | Shop my Simply To Impress Collection of holiday photo cards, invitations, and gifts.

SOCIETY 6 | Shop my Society 6 Collection of art prints, home décor, mugs, blankets, and gifts.

SPOONFLOWER | Shop my Spoonflower Collection of fabric and wallpaper.

ZAZZLE | Shop my Zazzle Collection of holiday photo cards, invitations, ornaments, gift wrap, and gifts.

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Holiday Online Card Collection for Greenvelope 2019

Holiday Online Card Collection for Greenvelope 2019
Festive and Geometric Holiday Party Invitation by Erika Firm for Greenvelope Online Party Invitations
Oh So Merry Christmas Stockings online Christmas card by Erika Firm for Greenvelope 2019 Oh So Merry Christmas Stockings Online Card by Erika Firm for Greenvelope 2019 Merry Red Foil Online photo card by Erika Firm for Greenvelope Merry Online Photo Card by Erika Firm for Greenvelope 2019
Scandinavian Snow Online Christmas Photo Card by Erika Firm for Greenvelope in Pine green with gold envelopeScandinavian Snow Cards in Red by Erika Firm for Greenvelope online christmas photo card
Scandi Snow Online Photo Card by Erika Firm for Greenvelope Modern Buffalo Plaid online Christmas photo card by Erika Firm for Greenvelope Red and Black Buffalo CheckModern Buffalo Plaid Online Photo Card by Erika Firm for Greenvelope Green Painted Plaid Holiday Party Online Invitation by Erika Firm for Greenvelope Green Painted Plaid Online Holiday Party Invitation by Erika Firm for Greenvelope Plaid Photo Frame hoilday card in black and white Buffalo Plaid by Erika Firm for Greenvelope Black and White Buffalo Plaid Photo Frame Card Bold Stroke Holiday Cocktail Party Online Invitation by Erika Firm for Greenvelope Bold Green Stroke Holiday Cocktail Party Invitation Happy Holidays! I'm excited to share my 2019 holiday card, Christmas card and holiday party invitations collections for Greenvelope. Greenvelope offers online cards and invitations. All the designs are available in several color options, and it's simple to add photos to the back of the card if you'd like to add more photos. It's an easy, eco-friendly alternative to snail mail ... and perfect for procrastinators: your cards will show up in your friends' and family's email inboxes just in time for the holidays. You can see my entire collection here. ... This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission for sales generated from this post, as does the designer of each card. Thanks for supporting independent designers like me!
Green Painted Plaid Holiday Party Online Invitation by Erika Firm for Greenvelope
Oh So Merry Christmas Stockings online Christmas card by Erika Firm for Greenvelope 2019
Merry Red Foil Online photo card by Erika Firm for Greenvelope
Modern Buffalo Plaid online Christmas photo card by Erika Firm for Greenvelope Red and Black Buffalo Check
Green Painted Plaid Holiday Party Online Invitation by Erika Firm for Greenvelope
Plaid Photo Frame hoilday card in black and white Buffalo Plaid by Erika Firm for Greenvelope
Bold Stroke Holiday Cocktail Party Online Invitation by Erika Firm for Greenvelope
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Christmas Photo Card Collection for Zazzle 2019

Christmas Photo Card Collection for Zazzle 2019
Charleston Christmas Card by Erika Firm http://shrsl.com/1x9c4 Snow Day Christmas Wish List Photo Card by Erika Firm for ZazzleErika Firm for Zazzle Holiday Cards Erika Firm for Zazzle Holiday CardsErika Firm for Zazzle Holiday Cards Merry, Merry, Y'all! I'm so excited to share my holiday card collection for Zazzle. My collection includes several Christmas photo cards inspired by my hometown: Charleston, South Carolina. Most designs have matching gift wrap, stickers, tags, ribbons, and other holiday goodies. Pro tip: watch the site for killer discounts. Zazzle has the BEST sales! ... This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission for sales generated from this post. Thanks for supporting independent designers like me! Continue reading

Christmas Photo Card Collection for Minted 2019

Christmas Photo Card Collection for Minted 2019
Seaside Holiday Watercolor Joyful Lettering Christmas card by Erika Firm for Minted 2019 Holiday Seaside Holiday Card by Erika Firm for Minted 2019 Seaside Holiday Merry Watercolor by Erika Firm for Minted 2019 Seaside Holiday "Merry" Card by Erika Firm for Minted 2019 Candy Cane Plaid Letterpress Christmas Card by Erika Firm for Minted 2019 Candy Cane Plaid Letterpress Christmas card by Erika Firm for Minted Merry Line Minimal Christmas card by Erika Firm for Minted 2019Merry Line Christmas card by Erika Firm for Minted 2019 Green Joy Flower Minimal Christmas card by Erika Firm for Minted 2019 Joy Flower Christmas card by Erika Firm for Minted 2019 Love Light and Latkes Hanukkah card by Erika Firm for Minted 2019 Love, Light and Latkes Hanukkah Card by Erika Firm for Minted 2019 Ho ho xo!!! I'm so excited to share my 2019 holiday card collection for Minted. This year's collection includes several "no photo" cards ... perfect for those of us who have a hard time getting our family to sit still for a family photograph. But if you DO have a great family pic, you can always add it to the back instead of a patterned backer. I absolutely adore the print quality at Minted -- they have the MOST dreamy paper, and I love that they will address all your envelopes for you (with cute matching designs). Bonus: they have matching postage stamps for all my cards! ... This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission for sales generated from this post. Thanks for supporting independent designers like me! Continue reading

Spring Summer 2020 Pantone Colors Trends

Spring Summer 2020 Pantone Colors Trends

Pantone Spring Summer 2020 Color Trends report

Wow! The 2020 Spring Colors that Pantone picked for its Spring - Summer 2020 fashion trends report are lovely, aren't they? Surprise ... Chive (hello, any shade of green!!!) is my fave ... but I'm also loving Coral Pink, Saffron, and Cinnamon. Based on what I'm seeing trending out in the fashion and home décor world, I'm predicting Coral Pink, Saffron, or Sunlight as the 2020 Color of the Year. But we'll just have to wait and see.

Pantone Spring 2020 Pantone Summer 2020 Color combos with five colors

Sunlight (Pantone 13-0822) goes with everything, it's a lovely neutral that really does remind me of the morning sun that streams through my studio windows.

Pantone Spring 2020 Pantone Summer 2020 Color combos with four colorsSome of my color combos use sunlight, saffron, and coral pink paired with a bold accent color (red? who am I?).

Color Trends Spring 2020 Summer 2020

My take on holiday color combinations ... because I ALWAYS have Christmas on my mind. I think if you paired any of the above color combos with something a little sparkly they are super festive.

 

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9 Things To Do During A Creative Block

9 Things To Do During A Creative Block
Artist and designer Erika Firm's art studio at her home on Johns Island, South Carolina. Photo by Elizabeth Ervin One of the greatest joys of being an artist is also one of the greatest fears: the BLANK PAGE. Sometimes ideas just fall onto the page. Sometimes it's a struggle. Lately, I've been feeling burned out, tired of designing All Christmas All The Time. I've been struggling. My usual go to during a period of creative block (watch a movie) wasn't sparking any new ideas, and was starting to feel a little sad, lonely, and self-indulgent. So I made a list of 9 things I could do to help bust through creative slump. These may not always get me out of a creative block, but they at least get me doing something productive.
  1. Do Something Else "Creative" — style some photos of my work to use in my portfolio or social media, take some "behind the scenes" photos of my studio, or switch to a totally different media (i.e. watercolor some basic backgrounds if I've been on the computer all day, or mock up a client's project on the computer if I've been drawing all day).
  2. Make a Master List — You know, the reeeeeeallly long to do list. Get it all out of my head. I don't think, I just write it all out. A brain dump, if you will. Then I go back and sort/organize it and add important stuff to my calendar.
  3. Do Something Boring but Necessary — I go to that list, or my calendar, and find something that really needs to be done ... usually something mundane like drive to the Post Office and pick up a package, or pick up cat food.
  4. Do Something Completely Mindless — Clean out a desk drawer or dust or organize something by color ("rainbowthetically" as my wiser-than-her-seven-years friend Parker calls it). The goal is to do something that I don't have to think about much. Usually in silence -- all devices, radio, tvs, etc OFF!
  5. Take a Skillshare Class — I have dozens bookmarked. When I'm feeling particularly blocked, I focus on technical classes about programs or marketing/business classes, not on artistic technique.
  6. Vote at Minted — There's almost always a challenge open for voting. It's fun, and sometimes I get a fun color combo idea.
  7. Take a Walk — Getting outside almost always works for me.
  8. Visit a Museum — I love the Gibbes Museum here in Charleston. Even for a quick 30 minute visit. I don't bring a sketch book, I just wander.
  9. Read a Magazine — There's nothing quite like print. I have loads of tear sheets that I keep in a folder by my art desk. I'll read just about any magazine. Even ones written in languages I can't understand.
Lately I've tried allllll these things to help get me out of my creative slump. I can't say I'm completely unblocked yet. But I'm moving in the right direction. Forward is a pace. Lovely photo by Elizabeth Ervin. Continue reading