Sunday, November 23, 2014

Free Printable Christmas Card: Cute Candy Canes

A free printable Christmas Card for those of us who still enjoy this tradition.  Big candy canes, anyone?

Does anyone still send Christmas cards?  I think I still get a few and when I do, I'm thrilled to receive them.  I know I don't send or receive as many as I used to.  But if you still enjoy this Christmas tradition like I do, here's a free Christmas card printable for you.  My card is all about the big candy canes, snow and wishing you a warm and happy holiday!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

DIY Christmas Elf Card: Free Printable for Little Gatherer

No, it's not too early to get on with making a very, special, homemade Christmas!  In fact, I bet you have some special, homemade Christmas gifts you're working on right now!  Well, if you want to start making some special Christmas cards, I've got a FREE printable for you that I created for Little Gatherer last year.  It's a secret elf pull out card!  Shhhh, there's an elf sleeping behind the smallest gift and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer is keeping an eye on everything from behind the biggest gift!  Do you know anyone who would enjoy this elf card?  It's yours to download, print and make at Little Gatherer.



Sunday, November 9, 2014

Winged Monkey Paper Puppet Sends His Love: Custom Art Project


Recently, one of my favorite customers asked me to create a custom Winged Monkey Paper Puppet as a special gift for her honey.  She told me he always loved them since he saw them on the "Wizard of Oz".  I thought that was so sweet of her and so quirky of him that I had to make it.  Below are some of the photos of my custom art project.

Winged Monkey Paper Puppet is sad without his worn-out teddy bear and pink paper heart card.

In case you didn't notice, this Winged Monkey has 2 heads:  1 grumpy sad head & 1 happy in love head!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Paper Fairy Mobile for Fall


For some reason when I created this paper fairy mobile for Little Gatherer, I thought of fairies gathering flowers, fruit and all the harvest of fall.  Do you think of fairies like that too?  Maybe, not.  But that's what I had them doing in this FREE, DIY, Printable PDF.  Yep, just hit the link over there and it will take you to the place where you can download and make your very own harvest fairy mobile---or at least---that's what I'm calling it. Have fun making it!


Friday, October 31, 2014

Paper Pumpkins for a Happy Halloween!

Paper pumpkins I created as Halloween cards for friends and family

I just wanted to say HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  Have a great, spooky, fun weekeknd!  I created these paper pumpkins as Halloween cards, but I thought that they could also wish you lots and lots of HALLOWEEN good times!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween LookBook Full of Monsters, Witches and Vintage Inspired Paper Dolls


I created this Halloween LookBook last year, but all paper puppet monsters, witches and vintage inspired creatures are still hanging around and having some Halloween fun.  It makes me get into the Halloween spirit to look at it.  How do you get into the Halloween mood? (BTW, it's my birthday today and you know I'm going to do some birthday celebrating that also has some Halloween fun to it!)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Printable Paper Masks for Halloween: Cat Mask & Bunny Mask

I designed these printable paper cat & bunny mask a while ago, but I thought you might have fun using them for Halloween.  You can draw, glitter or collage them to make them extra special and just how you like them.  They're all free!  Dontcha love that!  I hope you'll get into the Halloween spirit like me.  Yes, I love dressing up in costumes & masks!

Free printable cat mask---decorate it as you wish!

Free printable bunny mask---color, collage or glitter it just how you like it!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Free Halloween Printables: Cute Bat & Ghost I Created for Little Gatherer

Last year, I created a free Halloween printable for Little Gatherer, but they didn't release it until after Halloween.  I was disappointed about that.  But this year, it's up and ready for you to download, print and make.

Free Halloween printables I created for Little Gatherer can be made into a garland for a Halloween party.

When I took the photos to show examples of what you could do with the free printable bat and ghost, I made a long Halloween garland and hung them up as decor.  But you could also print them out and send them as Halloween greetings or invitations. Can you think of any other ways to use this printable cute bat and ghost?  Whatever you do, I hope you have a lot of fun with them.

What will you do with my free Halloween Printables?  Could you use a cute bat or ghost?

Send a ghostly Halloween greeting or invitation with my Halloween printable.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Art Project: Creating a Zombie Birthday Card for My Little Niece

I created this birthday card a couple months ago, for my 11 year old niece.   But I thought it would be perfect as an October birthday card---you know---since this is the month of Halloween and spooky fun.  I went over the top with the pop up elements as you'll see below.

Zombie Birthday Card Front.


The inside of the gift that the Zombie Girl is holding.

The inside of the Zombie Birthday Card.

My niece said the Zombie Girl looked real.  I had a hard time with her.  I was trying to make her look cute, but still like a zombie---you know---not too scary for my little 11 year old niece.  I hoped Zombie Girl didn't look a little too much like Sally from the "Nightmare Before Christmas".  But I think she ended up being more of a point of inspiration.  

Why did I choose to make a zombie card for my niece?  Well, she goes around pretending to be a zombie to scare her little brother and sister.  It's pretty funny to see.  Not to mention, she has a bit of a morbid sense of humor just like me.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Submit Your Suggestions for Printables & Artist in LA LA Land Blog

I've been blogging since 2007 and at first it was quite lonely.  I'm not easily deterred so I've kept at it for all these years.  Little by little, I've become more focused on what I want my blog to be about and little by little, you've found me and followed.  It's less lonely with you following.  Thank you.  



For the last few years, I've been blogging about paper art & crafts, the power of play and my own paper art, design and illustration projects.  But why are you following me?  What brings you back over and over again?  I'd like to know.  And if I'm not quite posting enough of what you've come here for, please submit your suggestions.  You can do that by adding a comment below or by emailing me (artistinlalaland (at) gmail (dot) com).

I'd also like to know if you have any suggestion for more printable paper dolls and paper play.  What would you like to print out, make and play with?  Let me know.

Monday, September 22, 2014

News & Updates for My Artist in LA LA Land Blog

Over the last few months, I think you've noticed I've been sporadic about posting to this blog.  Part of the reason for this has been that I've gotten more clients and more commercial artwork projects.  The other part has been that I've been extremely sick (I almost died).  I'm not going to get into it, but I'm starting to heal and get more energy.


With my new energy, I'm recommitting myself to this blog and establishing a regular weekly day when I'll add a new blog post.  I promise you that I'll post at least once a week on Sundays.  I've also updated the About Page and Contact Page on this blog.  Please take a moment and see what I've done and let me know what you think.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hand-drawn Designs for Cupcakes & Pastries Children Clothing Company

Recently, I created some graphic designs and art for one of my regular clients, Cupcakes and Pastries, a Los Angeles Children Clothing Company.  It was fun drawing butterflies and and hand-drawn letters to help them convey their message. Below are some of the web ads and banners they created from my graphic designs and art.  I've shown the originals so you can see how they converted them.


The web ad on Cupcakes & Pastries, children's clothing site with my hand-drawn lettering and butterfly.

My original hand-drawn lettering.

My original butterfly drawing.

The original look book page I designed for Cupcakes & Pastries with my hand-drawn lettering and butterflies.


The web ad on Cupcakes & Pastries site using my hand-drawn butterflies.

The original look book page I designed for Cupcakes & Pastries with my hand-drawn butterflies.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Wolf Monsters Tumblr Features Artist in LA LA Land Wolf Man

I'm always tickled to discover when one of my paper puppets is featured on a website.  A couple days ago I found out that my Wolfman paper puppet was posted on a Tumblr account called Wolf Monsters.   It got 60 notes on it with lots of likes.  That was fun to see.  If you like wolf monsters, you may want to follow them.  If you want my Wolfman, you can download the PDF and print him at my Artist in LA LA Land shop here.

Wolfman Paper Puppet can be downloaded and printed from my Artist in LA LA Land shop.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fall Look Book for Cupcakes & Pastries Children Clothing

Cupcakes & Pastries is a children's clothing company based in Los Angeles and is one of my regular clients.  Below are a few pages from the fall/holiday 2014 look book that I created for them.  I thought you might enjoy seeing all the cute girls in all the pretty clothes.  I sure had fun adding subtle hand drawn elements to the look book. Let me know what you think.






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