relay for life

Posted: April 25, 2011 in Causes

This June marks three years since my Mother lost her battle with ovarian cancer. Since her death, my family and I have done something in her memory each year, while raising money for the fight against cancer.

In 2009 we participated in the American Cancer Society’s Climb to Conquer Cancer at Castlewood Canyon State Park and had a blast! We had a pretty big team made up of wonderful family members and amazing friends! Last year we held a Teal Luncheon in Pueblo and raised money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

This year we are going to participate in the Pueblo Relay For Life, and on June 3-4 I will be walking to honor the memory of my mother, Deb Hemphill.

Each of us has our own reasons for caring about the fight against cancer, but it seems that we all know someone who has personally battled this disease.

Any donation you can make, large or small, will help me reach my fund raising goal and helps us reach the greater goal of saving lives from cancer!

Please visit my personal web page to make a secure, tax-deductible online donation to the American Cancer Society. (

Thank you and I will keep you updated on my progress!



beagle for christmas

Posted: November 8, 2010 in Graphic Design, Marketing, Misc.

A few weeks ago, I finished the fall newsletter for Colorado Beagle Rescue. This is a great local organization that is operated entirely by volunteers who love the beagle breed. As with any non-profit, they are always looking for folks to help out – whether it’s by donating or by volunteering.  And, of course, they are always looking for good homes for the beagles that are relinquished. If you’re thinking of adding a new addition to your family this holiday season – why not get a beagle for Christmas!

new denver film festival

Posted: October 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

I’ve been doing some work for the Mile High Horror Film Festival for the past few months and wanted to share more about this great event now that it’s a few weeks out. Here’s some highlights from one of the press releases I wrote:

The festival will run October 22-23 at the Starz Film Center and is the first of its kind for the community. Executive Director Timothy Schultz decided to start the festival because of his love for independent horror films. “There aren’t too many film festivals of this genre in the Rocky Mountain region,” said Schultz, “but I think Denver is definitely ready for a major independent horror film festival.”

Although the focus of the festival will be to showcase local independent films, there are also plenty of other activities planned.  Attendees can dress in their favorite costume and attend an after-party where they can rub elbows with the directors. “It will be much more than simply a film festival,” notes Schultz, “we want the community to really feel like they can be involved and have fun.”

The festival will offer something for everyone, including short films and feature-length movies. The festival will run on Friday, October 22nd from 5-9pm and on Saturday, October 23rd from 2-9pm. Ticket prices will start at $9, with $1 discount offered for coming in costume. There will also be a limited number of full festival VIP passes for sale that will include admission to all of the films, an after party and some surprise extras.

This should be a great event in Denver and I can’t wait to check it out! For more information about the festival, visit

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Posted: September 14, 2010 in Causes
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For anyone who had read my previous posts on the Teal Luncheon, you know that I feel strongly about Ovarian Cancer Awareness. With September being the official Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, I received a fantastic way to help out in my inbox the other day and everyone can participate:

Seventh Generation is donating up to $10,000 for OCRF’s educational and support programming. Visit, register your e-mail, and Seventh Generation will donate $1 to OCRF in your name.

Please share with your family and friends. One woman with ovarian cancer is one too many!

-Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among U.S. women.

-The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to detect and diagnose.

-Common symptoms include bloating, pelvic and/or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency).

-If a woman is experiencing these symptoms for two or more weeks, and if they are new and unusual for her, she should see her doctor.

dog days of summer

Posted: July 26, 2010 in Misc.
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I’ve been spending most of my free time this summer soaking up the sun. And while I love the heat, I find myself increasingly ready for the fall and some cooler weather (perhaps it’s because I don’t have air conditioning). Since there is at least another month of the hot weather as we head into August, I’ve resigned myself to make a list of all of my favorite elements of summer. Some of them include:

  • Going to the farmers market on Saturday morning
  • Not having to wear a jacket – ever!
  • Lounging on the patio after work with a margarita

I’m sure once the days start to cool off I will find myself wishing for the warm days of summer again. For now, I’m going to enjoy!

Awhile back I posted our invitation for the Teal Luncheon, which my family held on June 5, 2010 in memory of my mother. The event was a huge success and we ended up raising over $700 of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Here are the pictures, as promised:

Teal Luncheon

Teal Luncheon Centerpieces

Teal Luncheon Favors

For those who know me, it’s not a stretch to say that I’m font crazy – in a good way. I love the way that different fonts can change the mood of a design. Or how finding just the right font for a project makes it all come together. (See what I mean by viewing my portfolio)

I’m such a fan of fonts that I subscribe to the Rising Stars newsletter, which featured “Origins” this month. The designer says, “Origins is a calligraphic font with an antique look and feel, complete with 140 alternate characters and ornaments. This type design was hand lettered with a Crow Quill pen on parchment paper, providing it with its natural, rough appearance. Origins features gracious ascenders and descenders for an elegant, handwritten look.”

I can’t wait to try it out!