Ebook for Web Educators

It’s always fun when a new book that you have helped to develop comes out. So, I’m excited to share with you Best Practices in Web Development Instruction. just recently released by iThemes. The best news is that it’s a free download!

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Valentine’s Day proves to be Pinteresting

2012 Valentine's Pinterest Day to Cherish

Love is in the air and all its over Pinterest when it comes to creative celebration ideas for Valentine’s Day! So, if you are still looking for some fun new ideas, don’t skip out on this visually inspiring site.

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Knit Pray Love

Knitting a blanket or hat for a baby in Afghanistan CURE hospital is something to cherish. Show some love to these little fragile little ones and their hurting families. Find out how easy it is to participate, whether you knit or not.

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Quality vs. Quantity

When I am exploring an idea or practicing a new technique, quantity is what makes me a better artist each time. As they say, “practice makes perfect.” However, if you are seeking quality, it isn’t helpful to just keep going and going without stopping every now and then to evaluate the work and the process. This process becomes our teacher and shows us more about quality.

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The Meaning of a Pear Tree

Recently, I updated my site header to include a pear that I painted as a part of my “Partridge in a Pear Tree” art licensing collection. It is now going on my Directory of Illustration ad for 2012 as well as a new run of business cards. So, I got to thinking, what does a PEAR or PEAR TREE symbolize anyway? Since it is an embedded part of my updated branding I just had to find out.

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Bring in the New Year with a “Tangerine Tango”

Tangerine Tango

Get ready for 2012 to be the year of the “Tangerine Tango.”  No, we are not talking about dancing, although that could be fun too, we are talking about COLOR. Pantone just announced this spicy citrus to officially set the retail temperature for the coming year and to dominate all other color trends at market.

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Sock Monkey Designer Blog Hop Challenge

Here is Little Miss Sock Monkey sitting pretty for her very first picture. I just finished patching in her stuffing and attaching her adorable accessories. Check out her embroidery stitched ribbon flower for her little hat and her “Something to Cherish” designer heart flower ribbon heart flower belt from my Dala horse collection. I was so pleased that I could find two buttons almost the same color in my massive button collection.

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A Time to Unplug

Is your digital life beginning to overload you to the point of overwhelm? Perhaps it is time to unplug.

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Dala Horse Wall Hanging

A quaint little Swedish Dala Horse Wall Hanging designed by Cherish Flieder with embroidery and button accents featuring her illustrated Dala Horse Ribbons.

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Lovey Dovey – In Studio Process

After sketching the desired image for Lovey Dovey in my sketchbook, I re-drew my line work onto the watercolor paper. This picture shows the watercolor/embroidery process at stage 2. You can see the sketch lines on the Arches paper and the palette is mixed and ready to go. The color is washed on to the paper in steps until the desired depths and forms are developed. Stage 3 is embroidering the art and the final step is to scan and edit the finished piece so it is ready in a digital format for reproduction.

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Mini Button Ribbon Votives — Designer Crafts

Mini Button Votive Candles with Artwork by Cherish Flieder

I don’t know about you, but the renewal of spring always brings a hectic schedule with its beautiful blossoms and buds. So, today I want to share you a great looking upcylced DIY craft that you can complete in a number of minutes.

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Interview on being a children’s book illustrator

Do You Want to be a Children’s Book Illustrator?

Recently I was interviewed by Carolyn Edlund of Artsy Shark about my journey into children’s book illustration.

Check out this article to find out:

How I got started on the path of creating children’s book illustrations
9 basic steps in the process of illustrating a children’s book
5 top suggestions for artists interested in becoming children’s book illustrators

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Adobe Illustrator Tricks Event – Repeat Patterns

CAI-Cherish-Illustrator-Repeat

Tonight at the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, I am honored to be on a panel of Adobe Illustrator expert illustrators of all genres with the Colorado Alliance of Illustrators. I will be teaching how to make a seamless repeat pattern in Adobe Illustrator CS5.

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Dark Chocolate Almond Wedding Favor – Designer Crafts

Dark Chocolate Almonds Wedding Favor

Our Designer Crafts blog hop theme for today is “Wedding.” Most everyone loves a good wedding and something else we might have in common is a love for chocolate! I decided to create a batch of dark chocolate almonds so you could see how this yummy treat could be used to add an extra measure of delight to such a special occasion.

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CHA Memories & Craft Month Designer Blog Hop

As a CHA designer member, I have been privileged to attend and show my art licensing and design work at five of the recent shows in Illinois and California. Each show has brought me unique insights on trends and introduces me to new products and techniques.

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