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aw, but it's cold outside!

Winter Wonderland...is that what we call this frozen tundra I'm living in right now?  In a repeat of this time last year, school has been closed for today.  NOT because of mounds of snow (which is actually kind of fun), but because of frigid…
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a little 2015 trendspotting

I've been working away all morning in my robe and PJs (my mother's death was followed by a fabulous bout of the flu that turned into bronchitis, from which I am still recovering, so don't judge), readying the first assignment of 2015 for our…
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happy 2015!

Starting a new year requires a little house cleaning, don't you think?  We thought so, too, thus the new blog title and logo. 2014 was a year filled with many ups and downs (more on that in a minute), and I didn't really have a place to…
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designers just want to design!

Are you a designer who just wants to design?  Who has dreamed of seeing her designs on products from stationery to gift wrap to home decor?  If yes, come join the Bunch!  We have a limited number of spots available in our roster this summer,…
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fresh color palettes for 2014-2015

We've been busy developing mood boards and color palettes for a brand refresh for an exciting new client who manufactures and sells home accessories.  It is so fun to help a client realize their creative vision for their products. To partner…
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Christmas, Santa and His Friends!

Ho Ho Ho indeed!  Getting back from Surtex has been like getting out of the frying pan and into the fire.   It's a great "problem" to have, this state of busy, and we're so grateful for all the work that's coming our way.  You're planning…
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2014 National Stationery Show Recap

Phew!  The AFB Team just got back from our whirlwind trip to New York to visit Surtex and the National Stationery Show.  I am still processing Surtex, so more on that in a future post, but there is a lot to say about the Stationery Show,…
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Sneak Peeks, Surtex & NYC!

Some sneak peeks of what we've been working on for Surtex...Birthday, Christmas and Kids.  There is so much fantastic work to show, it's all just waiting to be placed on your fabulous products.  Gift wrap?  Cards? Fabric?  Accessories? …
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It's All About Surtex!

The Bunch are in a last minute whirlwind of final Surtex preparations.  New art is being polished and look books are being finalized.  It's exciting, but right now it's our eyes that are a bit crossed from reviewing all the fabulous art. …
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New Art for Surtex and NYC

It's that time of year again!  The AFB team are getting ready to go to New York to walk Surtex (we're plotting our booth for next year), trend spot at the National Stationery Show and ICFF, and connect with clients past, present and future. …