Battle of the Bay Area

One of the greatest NFL rivalries the the Battle of the Bay Area between the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers. Tonight was the match-up at Levi’s Stadium.

With both teams having poor records and only one win apiece, only one could take home their second win of the season. A lot of people were betting that the Raiders were favored to win because of 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s season ending injury and the fact that their backup CJ Bethard wasn’t playing well since losing six straight games.

However, it was the 49ers that pulled off a huge victory by a final score of 34-3 over the Raiders, thanks to their third string backup quarterback Nick Mullens. With that being said, the 49ers are now 2-7, while the Raiders fall to 1-7.

Along those lines of this rivalry, I’ve created A House Divided poster with those two teams since I new these two teams would face off against each other this year.

With half of the NFL season gone, the second half of the journey to Super Bowl LIII continues to see who will make it and who will take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. 

Happy Halloween!

Hope everyone has a great Halloween!

Hope you have the best and scariest costume and I know it’ll look great! If you’re going out trick-or-treating, please be safe and hope you get lots of candy!

Happy Halloween!

2018 World Series Champions

Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox for winning the 2018 World Series!

This was a fierce battle between them and the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the pennant. The Dodgers did win in Game 3 in the longest World Series game ever that lasted 18 innings and hoping they’d have a chance to come back. Unfortunately, it was the Red Sox that won it all in Game 5 by a final score of 5-1.

With baseball season over and all the 2018 Champions complete, the long journey has officially begun to find out who will win the College Football Championship, Super Bowl LIII, the 2019 March Madness Tournament, the 2019 NBA Championship, and the 2019 Stanley Cup.

Before we know it, another World Series Champion will be crowned in 2019. Will the Red Sox go for a back-to-back championship or will it be someone else!

As with my projects in baseball, I’ve done some with all the MLB teams and of course A House Divided. In addition to the ones I’ve already done, I plan to do more along those lines!

No matter what sport it is and whose playing, one thing’s for sure is that everyone is a winner, even if their team has a bad year!

Pleasanton Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

Today, I returned to the Alameda County Fairgrounds to attend the Pleasanton Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show. This was my first time back since selling my cards at Artist Alley this summer.

As always, I was on a mission to check out some new items for the holiday season and to find inspiration for my new projects.

Of course, I had to check out Linda Cullen’s creative bottle caps, which I have been doing at nearly every show I’ve been to. You may not believe it, but it’s been a year since I first met her at last year’s Harvest Festival.

When I attended that show, I thought to myself, is there any booth that’ll stand out for me? After seeing it for the first time, I was instantly inspired to create projects with sports, television, and other things along those lines.

The highlight of it all was giving her one of my new Kevin’s Cards calendars after giving some away to a few people, including Melanie Johnston’s mom from Artist Alley. I figured she would like to have one since giving her some of my cards at Fremont Festival of the Arts.

As I’ve said before, art shows like these are great places to sell my cards and display my art and this one in particular would be one of my top choices to do it! No matter which show I attend, there will always be something to inspire me for the next project!

Washington State/Stanford Game

Today, I watched the Stanford Cardinal take on the Washington State Cougars at Stanford Stadium with my cousin TJ. This was the second college football game we went to this year after attending the Idaho State/CAL Game last month.

The tickets were courtesy of my Uncle David Lambros, whose part of the PAC 12 Officiating Crew, and was also officiating the game. Even though we didn’t get a chance to see him in person, he was able to see us from the replay booth upstairs. Our seats were located in the exact same area where I sat during the game against UCLA last year with Justin.

As for overall game itself, this was definitely without question one of the most intense match ups I’ve ever seen.

It started off as a back-n-forth game with each team scoring a touchdown on their opening drive. Then, Stanford led 28-17 at halftime, thinking that we had a shot to win the game.

The second half was where things got really intense, especially late in the fourth quarter where the score was tied at 38 points a piece. If it was still tied, the game could’ve went to overtime. However, it was a last second field goal that gave Washington State the win by a final score of 41-38.

Even though we lost, watching the game live definitely made it a great experience, especially if it’s a team playing in the same conference because match-ups like those or even college bowl games are definitely the best ones to attend to.

As with my projects, I have revisited the sports posters to make them more updated, especially with college football, since I decided to put them all together in one poster rather than making ones for individual conferences because I can imagine them playing in multiple match-ups.

Special thanks to Uncle Dave for the tickets and to TJ for attending the game with me! Looking forward to the next game I attend!

2018 World Series

With the regular season over and the playoffs complete, the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers will face off in the 2018 World Series in a best-of-seven series!

The last Word Series win for the Red Sox was five years ago in 2013 when they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals. As for the Dodgers, their last win was 30 years ago in 1988 against the Oakland Athletics. They had an opportunity to win last year, but fell short to the Houston Astros.

What will be the overall outcome for this year? You never know because anything can happen!

May the best team win!

2018 NBA Season

Tonight, the 2018 NBA Season kicks off with the defending champions Golden State Warriors hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder. Then, the Sacramento Kings will host the Utah Jazz tomorrow night.

This will be a long journey to see who will compete in the 2019 NBA Finals and who will be crowned the next NBA Champions.

If you want to find your favorite teams, check out my custom-made posters for the NBA or A House Divided for the NBA. In addition to the ones I’ve already done, I plan to create more, including one with all the arenas they play in!

To all the teams out there, good luck and have a great season!

Where Will Kevin’s Cards Showcase Next?

A lot of people have been asking me if I’ve sold my cards and displayed my art at other art shows. The only two I’ve done were Artist Alley at the Alameda County Fair and PIA in San Francisco. Plus, I’ve done smaller sales and did free giveaways to other people who couldn’t afford to buy them.

Other than that, I haven’t done any other shows yet. However, I have visited a ton of art & wine festivals, flea markets, and different art shows because any of them could be potential places to sell my cards.

The problem is that there’s so many places and it’s not an easy decision to make. If I were to choose, here are some of my top choices:

-Fremont Festival of the Arts

-Niles Antique Fair

Mountain View Al A Carte & Art

-Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

-Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

-Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival

-Pleasanton Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

-San Mateo Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

-San Jose Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

-Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival

Since these places are closest to where I leave, they would probably be the best option for me. As for places like Santa Rosa or Sacramento, they’d be too far for me, unless if I were in those areas!

No matter what kind of show it is and where it takes place, one thing that never changes is that any one of them could be a great place to sell my cards and display my art!

2018 PIA Card Sale

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!!!

Anyone who hasn’t got a chance to buy cards from me at my past card sales, here’s your opportunity because Kevin’s Cards will be returning to the Philippine International Aid (PIA) on November 18 at the Hyatt Embarcadero Grand Ballroom in San Francisco.

For those who don’t know what it is, they have a bazaar, which is like a boutique sale, in which different vendors from the Philippines sell their products from home goods, specialty foods, and even travel information to the Philippines. They also hold a luncheon and fashion show, and they raise money to help the poor children live a better life.

The bazaar sale will begin at 10 AM, and that has free admission to get into; while the luncheon/fashion show will begin at 12 NOON, which costs $150 for a ticket.

Be sure to tell all your friends, neighbors, relatives, and colleagues to stop by because this is a one day only sale and it’ll be the perfect opportunity to buy cards in time for the holiday season!

More details will be announced later on, so hope to see you there!

Kevin’s Cards Plaque

As I’ve mentioned in nearly every blog post, I plan to find new ways to use my paintings in different types of projects.

In the past, I’ve done my greeting cards, which has been the best seller, and I’ve also created posters and calendars using inDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. However, why should all of them be on the computer? Can there be other ways to do it?

After a recent class trip to the Laney College FabLab, it got me inspired to take my creative skills to a whole new level! One of the newest projects I created was a plaque to identify my business, inspired by one I saw someone had already done.

This was made of a clear plastic acrylic material with my logo, what Kevin’s Cards is about, and even one of my paintings engraved right on it. It also has a plastic K and C from my logo to give it some support.

This project took a lot of planning and adjustments to get it just right. First, I used Illustrator to create a basic design of what the final product would look like. Then, I had to do a test cut on a piece of wood to get an idea of how the lettering would be engraved.

Once that was complete, it was on to the block letters, which took the most adjustments to get to fit just right. In the end, it turned out to be even better than what I anticipated.

Now I can place it on my desk, or take it with me whenever I have another card sale, so people can now have a better understanding at what I do! The FabLab is definitely one of the places where my inspiration will develop and who knows what I come up with next!