That thing where I give away colorable greeting cards

I have a bunch of things to share with you!

First of all, a giveaway! My publisher, HCI Books has turned some of my most popular coloring images into colorable greeting cards.


They come as a set of eight. On the front of each card is an image beautifully colored in.


On the inside is a sweet message along with a colorable version of the outside illustration. So fun! Throw in a pack of colored pencils, and it’s a perfect little happy-making gift!


Leave a comment on this post before April 15th, and I’ll pick three commenters at random to win a pack of cards!


In other news…

In other, other news…

  • I read an excellent post, The Internet Is Not Real Life, by artist/illustrator Lisa Congdon. It’s about the curation of ourselves (our lives, our art, our work) for social media consumption. It’s an excellent post, and it’s got me thinking about the tension between our truest, messiest, imperfect selves and the more together, clever, well lit versions of ourselves that we present on social media. I’m sharing because I find this topic infinitely interesting (and sometimes troubling). I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’d like to share them. (Plus, sharing them could win you a set of cards… and now we’ve come full circle.) 😉


  1. JoanneTL on April 1, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Oh wow, what an awesome idea – love LOVE it! I know lots of addicted colourers that would love to get a card like this…. thanks for the chance!

    • j on April 1, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Yay! And how much do I love that there are coloring addicts out there?!

      • Joanne on April 1, 2016 at 2:19 pm

        yes, of course you do! So far, I have one of my sisters and my 20 year old nephew hooked! Another sister is close….

        • JoanneTL on April 14, 2016 at 12:15 pm

          me again… I followed the link and read the article about Facebook and the internet in general and it reminded me of an article my daughter wrote eight years ago in 2008 (Why I Quit Facebook by Carmen Joy King)…. it was published in Adbuster and used in several other places (textbooks, studies, all very cool!). Of course, not much has changed since then as far as how and why we use the internet, except maybe our dependence on it. She was in her late twenties at the time so her generation was all over the whole internet and all its attractions. She may have quite Facebook at the time but I dont’ think it lasted very long!

          I am hopelessly addicted to Facebook and on a much smaller scale, Instagram and Twitter ( pretty sure I’ve never actually posted anything on either – just a looker/stalker?). However, I’ve never considered quitting it but cutting back on it might be a good idea! (Especially at work… now….)

          I’m usually pretty careful about what I post and nothing too personal in the “messy” department. Once in a while I can’t stop myself from commenting on some topics…. not sure why because I’m pretty sure no one ever had their mind changed by my humble (ha!!) opinion.

  2. Pam on April 1, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Super cool! Love them. (But you knew that.) <3

    • j on April 1, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      I hoped. <3

  3. Jan jones on April 1, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Your drawings have let me tap my creative side! I’d love to ‘be able to share with my friends through the cards!

    • j on April 1, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      I think hearing that my art has helped you tap into your creative side might be the best thing anyone could ever say about my art. Thank you, Jan! xo

  4. Terry Kaye on April 1, 2016 at 11:04 am

    LOVE them! But then I love all your art that I’ve seen!

    • j on April 1, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      That’s because I rarely take pictures of the stuff that doesn’t quite work out. Though maybe I should… Gah! That is the question.

      Thank you, Terry!

  5. Christie Zuverink on April 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Of course, I love the cards! What a great idea 🙂

    I read the article you shared “The Internet is not Real Life” because I, like you, am very interested in this subject. My sister and I had a conversation about this as well and I am thinking I may write about it on Facebook. Social Media vs Real life…pros and cons from my perspective. xoxo

    • j on April 1, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      It’s a fascinating subject (as is your perspective on all things)! I think there is value in curation, especially for people with huge audiences and something to sell. I also think there’s value in being honest and real, even when that’s not pretty. As you and I have discussed before, we all connect and evolve through the sharing of our stories (even, and maybe especially, the less-than-pretty ones). I’ll watch for your post… like I watch for all your posts. 😉

  6. eugeniaalvarez on April 1, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Congratulations Judy they are amazing and you are growing and growing as an artist!! I am so happy for you and for being able to see your progress. I would love them as everyone else 👏🏻💗

    • j on April 1, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you, Eugenia! I feel exactly the same way about you and your art! xo

  7. lunajune on April 1, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    that is so wicked cool… just like all you awesome ideas….remember years ago on twitter when you weren’t calling yourself an artist… so glad to have been around to watch this awesome unfolding of your natural talent…. freak flag flying, cape wearing, fearless love flowing everywhere.

    • j on April 2, 2016 at 7:55 am

      I do remember! I was just looking for a post I did, back when I could only draw stick figures. It was late 2012. Sometimes the swiftness of this trajectory takes my breath away… in the best possible way. 🙂

  8. EstrellaAzul on April 4, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Love the cards, what a lovely gift idea!

    I also really liked the article you shared. Lately I’ve been feeling a little down, and I did my best to not let that feeling take over my blog posts. On the other hand, I do let it even if not to the true magnitude of how I feel things. But I think that it’s important to have an outlet for one and to be true to who we are even if that is not always the best polished us.

    • j on April 4, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      I agree, Estrella. I think it’s important for us to let ourselves be seen when we are “less polished.” I also think that it’s important to remember how big (and unforgiving) the internet can be. Not everything belongs in the public realm… and deciding which things are which isn’t always easy.

  9. Annie Neugebauer (@AnnieNeugebauer) on April 4, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I love that thing!! I got a new coloring book + a nice set of colored pencils for Christmas and it was one of my favorite gifts. The greeting cards are such a smart idea!

    • j on April 4, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      I really think coloring is good for you in the same way that meditation and yoga are good. It unwinds our minds. (Though I don’t actually color much. For me, it’s inking my illustrations, which requires a little less concentration than the initial design.)

  10. Kathy Ware on April 4, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    I know exactly who to send each one to!!!

    • j on April 4, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Yay! That’s the spirit! <3

  11. Jeanne Kass on April 12, 2016 at 8:42 am

    I love the greeting cards coloring book! Can’t wait to buy it. But, in the meantime, I’d be very happy to be the recipient of this giveaway!

    • j on April 12, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Thank you, Jeanne! xo

  12. Sandy Jongerden on April 12, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I would loooooove to win and colour them. 🙂 xxx (sennie76)

    • j on April 12, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Sandy! I never knew that was your name! Thank you for coming over, oh talented one! Good luck! xo

  13. Debbie Krovitz on April 12, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Love them… we sell your coloring books at DeVorss & Company. Thanks for being a fb friend.

    • j on April 12, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Hi, Debbie! Thank YOU back!

  14. Shelby on April 12, 2016 at 11:46 am

    This is a super cool giveaway and I love that you have cards to color! Your cards are amazing already and now you’ve upped the greeting card game!!

    • j on April 12, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      I think “We’ve upped the greeting card game” should be part of HCI Books’ marketing campaign! Thank you, Shelby! xo

  15. zehra on April 12, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    These look beautiful thanks for a chance to win

    • j on April 12, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you back, Zehra!

  16. Della Monk on April 12, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Love this idea!

    • j on April 12, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Me too! And HCI did such a great job with them. I want digital coloring lessons from Larissa, the art director there (and the colorist for these cards). Good luck, Della! xo

  17. Stella Jernigan on April 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Love, love, love these!!! Coloring fun and functional at the same time!!!

    • j on April 12, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      Because you can’t have functional without “fun.” (That worked better in my head than in this comment.) 😀 Good luck, Stella!

  18. Kristy on April 12, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Love the cards. Would love to color them!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • j on April 14, 2016 at 11:29 am

      You’re welcome! Good luck!!!

  19. Rhonda Snyder on April 12, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Oh wow! You know how much Iove coloring your pages. I would so love to win these cards! Thank you for giving me and others a chance to win a set!

    • j on April 14, 2016 at 11:31 am

      You’re welcome, Rhonda! xo

  20. Becky on April 14, 2016 at 10:42 am

    A giveaway! 🙂

    • j on April 14, 2016 at 11:32 am

      See how much shorter this post could have been? Excellent summary, B. 😉

  21. Joyce Q. on April 14, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Hi Judy! I love the idea of the greeting cards, and especially that they include a colorable version inside each card — super cool! And about “The Internet is Not Real Life,” I think it’s often true, but not always. I do think people post things to try and shape others’ perception of them and to convey an image of the kind of people they would like to be. But I also think there are folks who have no qualms about posting about their day to day life as it really is, and it can be really messy, painful, funny, confusing, ugly, crazy, etc. I think it really depends on what a person’s objective is when posting to any social media site. For me, when I look across the spectrum of posts from my friends, what I see is a mosaic of stories, comments, ideas, thoughts, pictures, etc. that seem to perfectly mirror real life as a whole, even if individual posts may seem contrived. I mean, when I’m sitting around a big table with a group of friends, it’s the same — some people are keeping it real and some are trying to put the best picture of themselves forward. It’s all real life!

    • j on April 14, 2016 at 11:51 am

      Great point, Joyce. In fact, I think some people are MORE comfortable being real (or sad, or vulnerable, or ugly) virtually than they would be in the 3-D world. Overall, I agree that there’s a balance between the people who post mostly “pretty” life snippets, and people who post mostly “raw and real.”

      For me personally, I tend to post the pretty (or funny) stuff. I’m not entirely comfortable posting my messes – artistically or otherwise. It has led more than a few people to be surprised to learn that I struggle – artistically and otherwise. When I see their surprise, it reminds me that there would be value in sharing my messiness more, maybe especially as it relates to my art. I can’t tell you how often I’ve felt reassured by writers posting about their rejections and artists posting about their failed attempts to create.

      I think the questions around what and how much to share are fascinating, maybe particularly for people who use social media in part to connect with their audience. There is always a tension (at least for me) between wanting to be authentic and wanting to be interesting and relevant to the people who might hire me or buy my work. (Again, just like “real life,” but more people see me out here in the ether.)

      Thank you for popping in. I love the way your mind works, my friend!

  22. Lori Bain on April 14, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Oh boy! These notecards are so cute, and I can imagine giving them to friends who like coloring and those who don’t yet know they like coloring! 🙂 You know how much I love your work, Judy.

    • j on April 14, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      And I love your, Lori! Good luck!

  23. Dee Sluis on April 14, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    I found your site while I was searching. I love your work! I have one of your books coming in the mail! I can’t wait to see it!!! SO excited!!!

    • j on April 14, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Hi, Dee! I’m so glad you found me! xo

  24. April on April 14, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    I love these! I still send cards all the time and sometimes think I single handedly can keep the post office in business. How even more cool to send little love notes to friends that I was able to be a creative companion to!

    • j on April 14, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Every time I get a card or letter in the mail, I’m so thrilled. I’m guilty of drawing far more than I send, but I’m super grateful for people like you who still do love the old fashioned way! Good luck in the drawing!

  25. Cynthia J. Patton on April 14, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Love this idea and LOVE the cards! So proud to call you my friend.

    • j on April 15, 2016 at 11:04 am

      So proud of you too! We need to grab a celebratory something soon!

      • Cynthia on April 15, 2016 at 11:32 am

        Definitely! And I think a joint book release party this summer would be fun!

  26. Naomi on April 14, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    May i just mention how awesome it is that you have so many comments that I have to scroll WAY down? I think these cards are a great idea. I would buy them from your shop too.

    • j on April 15, 2016 at 11:06 am

      Thanks, Naomi! Hopefully you won’t have to buy them. I’m about to use a random number generator and some pixie dust to pick a winner. 😉

  27. Flame Joyce Simcosby on April 15, 2016 at 8:32 am

    You are an inspiration! Thank you for being you and sharing your love of life! ❤

    • j on April 15, 2016 at 11:06 am

      Thank you back, Flame!

  28. Kathy Hallstein on April 16, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Hey there, I found it. My friend (Uzette) of the Sarah & Vinnie shoe on Radio Alice, posted a picture she had colored. As a radio personality she is connected to “a lot” of people. I shared a link to this site. I hope folks purchase some books or cards. XO

    • j on April 17, 2016 at 8:00 am

      Thanks, Kathy! I’m sorry you found me a couple of days late for the giveaway, but there will be others! xo

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