have a fab christmas!

And here is a little sneak peek at a design i'm working on!




Yet again, here I am apologising for my lack of blogging! I've been so busy and to top it off I have my graduation a week today! However, here is a little illustration I did for the Pencil Play Collective, that I never got around to posting, based on impractical halloween costumes!


a little update

So I'm gradually adjusting to life as a full time in house designer, and i'm thoroughly enjoying it, but not having much free time to do other design stuff is a bit difficult! So in order to get me creating something new at least once a month I am happy to announce I am part of a very exciting new all girls illustration collecttive! The pencil play collective is a great new venture with myself and 9 other fab illustrators! 
Each month one of us post a new theme for all of us to illustrate and the last one was science & the zoo. I'm not going to lie, I found this difficult but instead of going for my normal style of working I tried my hand at creating my illustration all in photoshop, and I quite like it!

Keep an eye out on our website for new themes posted every month, and the odd free printables!


Busy Bee!

Sorry I haven't been very talkative recently I've been super busy at work and haven't had time to do any designing outside of my job. However, I do promise to do blog more during october! 


ETSY shop

Hurrah! I now have an etsy shop! You can now, buy prints of my work to have in your lovely homes from my etsy shop HERE. I will be updating it with lots of new stuff when I get a spare moment :)

In other news, I won't be blogging over the next week or so as I'm moving to a new place to start my new job on Tuesday, exciting stuff!

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend!

Christine Gore

Christine has been freelancing for over 5 years. Her work is available to licence and buy through Just Kids Ltd, Jane Mosse and more recently Paintbox and Tiny Tots Art.
She is currently trying to develop the project and commission side of freelancing. She has recently just opened an etsy shop where you can buy giclee prints and printables :)

I love her work, and as she is a fellow justkidsltd team member I was more than happy to feature her work!

View her blog HERE & her etsy store HERE


Jayne Schofield

Jayne Schofield is a freelance illustrator, living in the North West of England with her hubby and little boy. Jayne has a degree in children’s book illustration and has worked in the creative industry since. Jayne has recently just been signed by the lovely plum pudding illustration agency and has a real passion for colour!

Visit Jayne's lovely blog HERE.

María Victoria Rodríguez

María Victoria Rodríguez is a 23 years old illustrator from Rosario-Argentina.  María's work is completely different to what I have featured in the past, but I love the texture and story behind her work! 
She spends most of her time drawing and painting. She also uses the computer a lot, since discovering that photoshop has useful tools to paint in a expressive way. She studied Arts at UNR, and attended ilustration classes for 2 years, which have definitely paid off! Lovely work :)

Visit her blog HERE.


new stuff

Here's a little sneak peek of some new patterns i've been designing for just kids ltd to take to Mood in Brussels.  I can only show you a snippet of them until they sell, due to client exclusivity :)


Joanne Burrows is a geordie girl from Byker who now lives in the South of England. She is the creator of geordie mugs and scouse stuff. Joanne now works mainly on her own ranges of regional giftware and cards. She also has a lovely London and New York based agent and does projects for many high street stores and big design companies. Joanne has a son, a husband a dog and a busy life. 

I love Joanne's card designs, especially the geordie phrase cards as I am also a fellow geordie!

Check out her websites  geordie mugs and scouse stuff, as well as her blog HERE.


Rebecca Greenwood aka Littletree Designs

Rebecca is the very talented designer and illustrator behind Littletree Designs. Her work is BEAUTIFUL and she has one of the most amazing blogs! 

"I am from rainy ol' UK, where I studied Printed Textile Design at De Montfort University in the city of Leicester, from which I graduated in 2007. My style in three words would be Graphic and Colourful with a Retro influence. The three biggest designers that always inspire me have to be Lucienne Day, Orla Kiely and Caroline Gardener, but there are so many more! Apart from designing I LOVE baking, drinking alot of tea and a good book...preferably all three things at once!"

Visit her lovely jubbly blog HERE and her website HERE.

Pilar Moreno

Pilar Moreno is a designer and illustrator. I love the textures and soft colours used in all of these designs, beautiful stuff!

"I have always felt attracted to children's books, colours, textures, and the playful visual universe in general. I like to explore different techniques, learn something new every day and always look for ways to achieve greater creativity. I like to create images that inspire joy and transmit a bit of the passion I feel when I illustrate. I daydream with an illustrated world!"

Visit Pilar Moreno's blog HERE.


Florrie Grace Studio

Florrie Grace Studio is the home of Andria who is originally from North Wales but now lives in Cheshire. Andria in the past has worked in house as a kids designer for over several years designing bedding for Next, BHS, Dunelm mill and Tesco to name a few. Early this year she set up on her own under the name Florrie Grace Studio where she designs for kid's homewares and stationery. I love the work of Florrie Grace Studio so was thrilled when I heard Andria wanted me to feature her work on my blog!

Visit her fab blog HERE.


I did a little bit of editing to my olympic bear, as we all know the olympics are finished, sadly! So I've given him a bit of a facelift for my Etsy shop which will be going live shortly I hope :)

Dawn Machell - Pop-i-cok

I was so happy to hear that a designer/illustrator that inspires me wanted to be featured on my blog! I love Dawn's work and the naive imagery she produces, so so cute!

"I'm a freelance designer from sunny West Yorkshire. I'm originally from a fashion background and I used to design garments as well as the graphics.  I've been freelance for nearly eleven years and I mostly do graphics for baby and kids stuff now. My designs have appeared all over the place from Mamas and Papas and Babies r Us to Boots and Sainsburys. I work on commissions and also produce lots of work for my agent, MySugarCube."

Visit Dawn's blog pop-i-cok HERE.

Recently I've had a few features on some lovely blogs, here is a couple of them!

The lovely designer spotlight over at the Tigerprint blog, who I will be working in the studio above them over at Hallmark HQ in a few weeks!

click HERE to view the blog

Also over at designer Rachael Taylor's blog, which is lovely, thank you!

click HERE to view the blog


Esani Illustration

My next design feature is of Esani Illustration, the home of Gillian Northcott. When we spoke she told me "I am a graphic designer from Perth Western Australia. I work part time as a graphic designer at a children’s hospital and run my own freelance design business the rest of the time. My business is called 'Esani' which stands for Extra Special Art  "N" Illustration. 

Any spare time I have I spend looking at blogs and taking photographs. I am passionate about old houses and buildings and love anything retro, vintage or girlie. One of my favourite past times is shopping and discovering all sorts of treasures that I didn’t realised I needed. I love liquorice, chocolate and ouzo, even all at the same time. I have three special sisters who all have graphic design qualifications. The love’s of my life are my husband and my white 'walking rug' chinchilla cat called Puddy. The one thing I can not live with out is my lipstick. I really don’t enjoy cooking and vacuum cleaners."

Visit her blog HERE.