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Feel the Love Sale

by abby on January 31, 2012 | Comment

pink heart handmade cards

AbbyDora Design appreciates your continued love and support and we want to return the feeling! We’re offering you 15% off your entire purchase on everything in our store. Use this event to send unique handmade Valentine cards to your friends and family or find the perfect baby room print for an expecting Mom.

To receive your discount, use the Coupon Code XOXO15 when checking out of our Etsy store. The event will end on February 14th, so don’t wait, shop now.

Caldecott Winner

by abby on January 27, 2012 | Comment

2012 caldecott

And the winner is…A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka! Hooray! On Monday Chris received a call of a life time—he won the prestigious Caldecott award for his book. He was so shocked at the call he asked the committee to repeat the announcement to him! Read more about his reaction here in a PW interview.

Although I didn’t guess correctly, this book is a wonderful choice. It’s a book that focuses completely on visual storytelling as there isn’t any typeset text to read. Instead, Chris’s fluid and simple watercolor illustrations take you on a fun journey with Daisy, the dog, and her ball. You can feel the energy of this little Dog through Chris’s “squiggly” brush strokes. Daisy’s expression and movements made me laugh out loud on several pages. I highly recommend, next time you are in a bookstore take a moment to read this book. Better yet, read it to your child or grandchild!

Heart Cupcake Toppers

by abby on January 24, 2012 | Comment

3D valentines day decoration

Make your Valentine’s Day party or wedding shower even more special with these cupcake toppers! Aren’t they cute? Of course they also come in pink…
valentine heart pattern

The toppers are only 3.5″ tall, so they don’t overwhelm the tops of the cupcakes. Instead they add an eye catching element to them.
heart cupcake decoration
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cupcake decorations

Both the pink and red cupcake toppers feature an original heart pattern. The 3D red cupcake toppers come in 3 red and white patterns—Stripes, Hearts, Vintage paper/Heart combo. The toppers are sold in sets of 12. At our Etsy store, we offer a mixed set of flat and 3-demensional heart toppers (6 of each). We also offer a complete set of 3D heart cupcake toppers.

Complete your party with matching handmade paper garlands or notecards/invitations!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with additional ideas for heart decorations. We’d love to help you create the perfect heart themed party!

Caldecott Anticipation

by abby on January 20, 2012 | Comment

Each year the American Library Association hands out the top awards in children’s publishing during the mid winter conference. This Monday in the early hours of the morning, well if you count 7:45am, as the early hours, the awards will be announced!  Among the top awards is the Caldecott Medal, celebrating the best of children’s illustration in 2011. I am excited to hear the picks and even the books this year can sit still on the shelves. See what I mean:

One of the books under consideration for the Caldecott is Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes. It’s a very sweet book about a rabbit…wait a minute, let’s just ask Kevin himself about the book:

Little White Rabbit is just adorable! I love how you hop right along with him through out the book. Like Kevin said, this book is the completed package of a strong story and equally strong images. It has my vote for this year’s Caldecott award. Good luck Little White Rabbit!

Love & Paper

by abby on January 17, 2012 | Comment

graphic bird illustration

It’s been a whirl wind weekend filled with traveling. It feels wonderful to be back in the studio and starting on new projects. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for sneak peaks on what is in the works on my drawing table!

As I promised last week,  I’m ready to share more Valentine’s Day notecards and party decorations with you. The chairs and walls around here are still looking very pink and red. All of paper goods shown below and more are currently available at my Etsy store. Take a moment and browse the goodies!

More cards to send smiles and love to family and friends

2 Birds

heart birds notecard

funny valentine card

Send a note to your admirer! Whether it be your Mom, Sister, Niece, Grandmother or even your husband or boyfriend, this valentine card will surely make them feel loved. The card features an original illustration of funny round birds and a pink heart on the front and “I heart you/Happy Valentine’s Day” on the interior. These are notecards are paired with light pink envelopes. These cards come in a set of 6 or as an individual card.

Kisses and Hugs Card

funny valentine cardtic tac toe card

Send kisses and hugs this Valentine’s Day with this coy and funny card that features rows and rows of X’s and O’s in pink and a few in orange. On the interior is says “Wanna Play Again?” in orange. It’s paired with a light pink envelope. This card is only available as a single card.

Love Birds Mixed Set

love birds illustration

Can’t decide which cute bird Valentine cards to get? Now you can get both! Each card features an original illustration of colorful and loveable birds. Both cards say “Happy Valentine’s Day” that matches the card’s theme. These are notecards are paired with light pink envelopes.  You get 3 of each design in the box set.

All the garlands are handmade and assembled with love and care in my studio.

Red Hearts Garland

valentines day party streamer

Decorate your home, office space, or store window with this vivid red paper garland featuring a pattern of hand drawn hearts of all shapes and sizes. The garland is 8 feet long with extra ribbon on each end for hanging.

Pink Hearts Garland

Valentine party decoration

More of a pink gal? Add a delightful element of pink to your child’s Valentine’s Party, school classroom, or office with this 8 foot garland.

Pok a Dot and Heart Garland

handmade valentine garland

Feeling whimsical? Try this party streamer featuring playful patterns of hand drawn hearts and pok a dots. The garland is also 8 feet long.


Now you understand why love is all around me in my studio. Well, what do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts on these Valentine cards and garlands. Spread the word and the love!







Pink & Red Valentines

by abby on January 12, 2012 | Comment

I’m fighting the gray skies of upstate New York by creating new lines of Valentine cards and garlands with bursts of pinks and reds. Love is definitely in the air! (and on my chair and on my drawing table) I couldn’t wait any longer to share with you my creations. So without further delay, let me introduce you the first half of my 2012 collection of Valentine’s Day cards!

These cards are sure to spread the love and bring smiles to their recipients.

Small Red Hearts Cards

hand drawn heart patternhand made valentine cards

These small cards come in packs of eight and are paired with classic white cotton envelopes. The cards may be small but they pack a big punch with their bold hand drawn heart pattern featured on the front. Great for adults’ and children’s valentine cards!

Love Birds Card

hand made valentine card

modern valentine card

Send this touching Valentine card to your Mom, Sister, Niece, Grandmother, Aunt or even your Best Friend. This Valentine card will surely make their hearts soar. The card features an original illustration of 3 cute birds on wires  and “Happy Valentine’s Day” on the interior. These are notecards are paired with light pink envelopes. You can find this card in sets of 6 or as a single card.

Large Pink Hearts Card

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modern valentine notecard

Send a pinkalicious Valentine Card to a special lady in your life! This valentine card features an original, hand drawn heart pattern on the front and in pink script: “Happy Valentine’s Day” on the interior. These are notecards are (0f course!)  paired with light pink envelopes. You can get this card in packs of 6 or just as a single card.

All of these Valentine cards are currently available at my Etsy store. And remember, too, that your 2nd note card box set ships for FREE!

There’s more to show next week! I’ll finish introducing my Valentine cards and show you my other party decorations.  Beat the winter blues with playful red and pink paper goods by AbbyDora Design!


Monkeying Around

by abby on January 6, 2012 | Comment

healthy dessert recipe

This week I’ve been working on a new illustration that features swinging monkeys. They have been a great help to keep my thoughts to warm, steamy tropical jungles rather than my snowy, cold upstate New York scenery.
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In fact, my funny, furry friends inspired me to create a tasty and healthy dessert. What better way to add a punch of color and flavor to winter than with  tropical fruits? This treat is so simple that I know you will want to try it yourself.  Here’s the recipe.

Blueberry Banana Orange Parfait
1/2- 1 cup washed Blueberries
1 Banana
1 Medium Navel Orange
1 8 oz. cup plain Greek Yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
Glassware or jar of your choice

healthy parfait dessert

1. Add honey to the Greek yogurt and mix together well.
2. Peal orange and sliced into small chunks.
3. Select the glassware of your choice. Have fun with this decision! There are many options from wine glasses to canning jars.

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4. Begin to layer. Start with a layer of blueberries at the bottom of your glass. Then add a dollop of the yogurt. You can gently spread the yogurt around with a spoon to cover all the blueberries. Next, create a layer with several orange chunks. Top with more yogurt. Repeat this process until you fill your glass and end with a yogurt layer.

5. Slice several pieces of banana and place them on top of the final yogurt layer. Ta-da! A healthy and fun dessert!

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Feel free to add in your own favorite tropical fruits to this recipe. I bet pineapple or mango would be equally as delicious. You also can add a bit of granola or crushed flax seed to the top to add a little crunch.

Do you have a great healthy dessert idea? I love to hear it!