Happy Halloween from your friends at BlueMountain.com! We hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween!
Share this magical and bewitching night with all your loved ones. It’s not too late to send Halloween eCards!
Blue Mountain: When did you first realize you are an artist, Alison?
Alison: Well I’m not sure about artist but I would say as a child I loved to draw. With being shy as a kid, it was the one way I could express myself.
Blue Mountain: What is your position at Bluemountain.com and what is your background as an artist?
Alison: I’m an Assistant Art Director. Bluemountain.com creates new cards every month and I balance my time between art direction and designing and animating.
Blue Mountain: Could you tell us some more about your work?
Alison: I have a background in graphic design/ illustration. What I have really been enjoying the past few years is photo manipulation. It’s editing multiple photos to make them look like a single illustration and I love working in Photoshop.
Blue Mountain: What is it that inspires you when creating a particular design or graphic piece?
Alison: My inspiration for images and concepts comes from many sources–the card copy, design and animation sites and the other artists at BlueMountain.com.
Blue Mountain: What’s your favorite piece/ecard ever created and why?
Wow, well I’ve been here for over 12 years. I would have to say any ecard where I’ve collaborated with another artist. We get some of our best work that way.
Blue Mountain: What famous artists or graphic designers have influenced you?
Alison: I think some of the best imagination and illustrations are in children’s books. Nancy Tillman and David Wiesner are some of my favorites.
Blue Mountain: What inspires you to create your designs and how do you keep motivated when things get tough in the studio?
Alison: I would have to say my colleagues get me through tough times. We have an amazing group of writers, artists and musicians.
Blue Mountain: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Alison: Hopefully here, but if not, I can definitely see myself teaching. I took a refresher college course a few years back and when the teacher learned of my degree she asked me to help teach with her. That semester she had a full class. I really enjoyed it and realized I was good at it too.
Blue Mountain: What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Alison: Don’t give up. The art industry can be difficult to get into. But if you’re doing something you’re passionate about and have talent, you’ll do fine. Also, surround yourself with talented people. I have learned more from my colleagues than I ever did in school.
Blue Mountain: What do you do for fun?
Alison: I spend time with my boys. We go on walks, play in park, and have movie nights. It’s great to come through the door after a long day and hear their voices. A “Yeah! Mom’s home” makes my day.
After we wrapped up the last of the interview questions Alison walked us through some of her recent and most popular Halloween greeting card creations. For the ‘Halloween Enchantment’ eCard Alison collaborated with artist David Sommers. She created the background illustrations while Dave worked on the animation of the doll featured in this card. Alison also worked in tandem with artist Pam Trautman on the ‘Moonlight and Magic’ Halloween ecard piece and designed and illustrated ‘Magical Card Game.’ Nice work Alison!
Thanks for a great interview.
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Looking out the windows at Blue Mountain, we see the trees getting prepared for Halloween. Branches that use to be covered in green are changing into their orange, brown, and yellow costumes. Some have even decided to go bare!
Always inspired by nature, the Blue Mountain Team decided to show off their costumes as well. We’d love for you to check them out and let us know what you think. Click here to see those photos and more.
What kind of Halloween spirit are you? Are you the type of Halloween spirit that spends hours picking out the perfect kid-friendly Halloween costume, or the type of spooktacular spirit that likes to hide and jump out at unsuspecting porch guests?
Find out with BlueMountain.com’s fun online Halloween quiz! Not only that, but you’ll also see the Halloween eCard that fits your Halloween spirit the best!
Want to see what new and exciting eCards we’re brewing up for this Halloween? Visit Bluemountain.com’s Halloween eCard page for free Halloween cards to send to all your family and friends this and every Halloween.
June 17th, Blue Mountain launched a free contest entitled “My Hero” on our Facebook fan page encouraging friends on Facebook to submit stories about a special hero in their lives. Submitting a hero to the free contest nominated each proclaimed hero for a chance at winning a week long, family vacation to the Caribbean.
We received over 160 hero stories from cancer survivors and military veteran heroes, to moms that do it all and dads who keep the faith through hard times. Every hero story touched us on a personal level. Thank you to everyone who participated in the “My Hero” contest and for sharing your wonderful stories of the remarkable heroes in your life. What a great way to let someone know their honorable actions never go unnoticed.
As for the winning entry… Mom, Doris, nominated her son Tom as a hero for his continued strength, positive attitude and humble demeanor. Here is the story of our brave hero and winner of the grand prize family vacation to paradise.
“Few people know what they want for their future at age 13. Thomas did. From junior high he has been working to be a pilot. He went to a magnet high school so he could take aerospace classes and JROTC. He earned an ROTC scholarship and took electrical engineering in college because that is what the Air Force wanted him to take. He went through two years of tough pilot training, POW train, and water survival training. Tom never complained through any of it. He finally was stationed at his first base. Before he could fly his first mission he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer last week. He still hasn’t complained. He cares more for the feelings of those around him than himself. His wife Alicia has to ask him if he has a headache; he doesn’t whine about it. Tom asks his friends to please support his family because they are going through a lot. He always puts others first. Tom waited basically all his life to fly, then just as he was about to see his dream of becoming an Air Force pilot come true he got a diagnosis of 14 months to live, and he was removed from being a pilot. But he took it with grace and courage like the fine man he is. For that Thomas Plasterer, my son, is my hero. Never have I seen such courage, nor a man put the needs and concerns of his family first like Tom has. I really hope he wins this contest.”
Is there a hero in your life that you feel deserves recognition for their honor, humility, strength or integrity? Now is as good a time as any to let them know just how much their unsung actions mean to you.
“Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, but rather the hero’s heart.” – Author Unknown
It all started with the news of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. About ten of us from BlueMountain.com started talking about how we could get involved to help the people, the animals, the clean-up effort, or in any way we could. We explored a number of options, but ran into several roadblocks –helping the animals requires a license and helping to clean up would take away even more jobs from the communities affected by the disaster. So the team decided to fly to Alabama to offer encouragement and support to affected families there. The BlueMountain.com Oil Spill Response Team will be in Alabama the first weekend of December to spread some holiday cheer. We will be posting updates, photos, and even video from our fund raising to our final trip. So stay tuned to hear all the details!
Meet Stephanie Kinder (right) & Patty Price (left) from the BlueMountain.com Oil Spill Response team. They are members of the BlueMountain.com Marketing Department, and talk a little about the start of the oil spill response team effort in this informal interview:
Do you know someone affected by the devastation in the Gulf? They’d probably love to hear from you. One way you can show your concern is by sending them well wishes with a BlueMountain eCard.