Seattle

The first trip of 2018 took place in Seattle, Washington. This was my first time back in 15 years and I wanted to revisit some of the places I saw in 2003 with only one day that I had.

Some of the major landmarks included the famous Space Needle, Pike Pier Market, and the first Starbucks that opened in 1971.

Some of the highlights included spending time with my cousin Jordan and his girlfriend Marge while riding the Seattle Giant Wheel to get the best view of the city and visiting the Starbucks Reserve Roasting Company where they roast their own coffee beans, package them for shipping, and provide coffee tasting. Plus, it’s one of the largest Starbucks in the world.

However, the greatest moment was catching a fish from the men who threw them for customers behind the counter! Although it may have rained on and off during my visit, it was well worth the trip!

Since I’ve been interested in traveling, maybe I can make custom made posters of the places I’ve been over the years. Who knows where my next destination will take place!

College Football Bowl Games

In case anyone missed the College Football Bowl Games, here’s a recap of the final scores of a majority of them, including the New Year Six:

Las Vegas Bowl

Boise State- 38

Oregon- 28

 

Potato Bowl

Central Michigan- 14

Wyoming- 37

 

Hawaii Bowl

Fresno State- 33

Houston- 27

 

Cactus Bowl

Kansas State- 35

UCLA- 17

 

Foster Farms Bowl

Arizona- 35

Purdue- 38

 

Camping World Bowl

Virginia Tech- 21

Oklahoma State- 30

 

Alamo Bowl

Stanford- 37

TCU- 39

 

Cotton Bowl

USC- 7

Ohio State- 24

 

TaxSlayer Bowl

Louisville- 27

Mississippi State- 31

 

Liberty Bowl

Iowa State-21

Memphis- 20

 

Fiesta Bowl

Washington- 28

Penn State- 35

 

Orange Bowl

Wisconsin- 34

Miami- 24

 

Outback Bowl

Michigan- 19

South Carolina- 26

 

Peach Bowl

UCF- 34

Auburn- 27

 

Citrus Bowl

Notre Dame- 21

LSU- 17

 

Rose Bowl (2 OT)

*Georgia- 54

Oklahoma- 48

 

Sugar Bowl

*Alabama- 24

Clemson- 6

 

With one final game on the line, Alabama and Georgia will square off at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta in an SEC Showdown during the 2018 CFP National Championship Game on January 8.

May the best team win!

 

 

 

 

2018

Welcome to 2018! As we kick off the New Year, let’s recap what has happened in 2017 in sports, the world, and with Kevin’s Cards

 

Sports:

2017 College Football National Champions- Clemson Tigers

Super Bowl LI Champions- New England Patriots

2017 March Madness Champions- North Carolina Tar Heels

2017 NBA Champions- Golden State Warriors

2017 Stanley Cup Champions- Pittsburgh Penguins

2017 World Series Champions- Houston Astros

 

The World:

Hurricane Harvey (Texas)

Hurricane Irma (Florida)

Hurricane Maria (Puerto Rico)

California Wildfires

 

Kevin’s Cards

-Debut of Greeting Cards (Dec. 2016)

-First Card Sale @ Alameda County Fair’s Artist Alley (June 2017)

-Debut of kevinscards.com Website (June 2017)

-Debut of Kevin’s Cards logo and Business Card (November 2017)

 

With the arrival of the new year, let’s hope the new sales will be as great as last year, thanks to my new business cards and new logo.

In addition to my cards, I also like to create new projects with my paintings to make them more exciting, such as posters, calendars, or anything else I can come up with.

I also plan to explore more art & wine festivals this year to get more inspiration.

Let’s see what 2018 has in store!

 

Happy New Year!

 

Merry Christmas!

Hope everyone has a great Christmas! Did you ask Santa what you wanted? Have you left him any cookies? Hopefully, he remembered all of that! Enjoy spending the holiday with your family and friends whether it’s at home or on the road!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

San Jose Holiday Craft Fair/Giveaways/2017 Art Shows

Today, I attended the San Jose Holiday Craft Fair near the Convention Center to find more inspiration and to do some Christmas shopping on the side. Like all the other artist fairs I’ve attended this past year, a lot of them had some creative things to sell to make the best holiday gifts.

However, the one booth that stood out to me the best was a booth called Wood Burn Corner. The artist, Rachel Strauss takes pieces of wood and sketches out different custom-made designs that range from welcome signs for the home, to magnets, and anything else imaginable. Of course, I couldn’t leave without buying one of her creations for a Christmas present because she had one of the best custom-made styles, just like Linda Cullen’s bottle caps.

The best part of it all is that she’s located in my hometown of Fremont, so it’s not too far for me to see her. To return the favor, I gave her one of my business cards so she can keep in touch with me in case she would like to buy one of my cards. Of course, I gave some to other vendors as well, so they wouldn’t feel left out. 

Since the debut of my business cards last month, they’ve been flying out the door like hotcakes, so that people can contact me if they’d like to order cards.

Recently, I gave some to my part-time volunteers, The All Stars Project of the San Francisco Bay Area, and also as a giveaway during the annual Smith Family Christmas Party. 

 

As 2017 comes to a close, I’ve been fascinated by all the art shows I’ve attended this year and I’d like to review them all:

-*Alameda County Fair’s Artist Alley (debut of my card sale)

-Niles Antique Fair

-Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

-Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

-San Carlos 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

-San Jose Holiday Craft Fair

As 2018 approaches, I plan to continue to visit them and other art shows because in the art world, you never know what you might find!

New Design Arrival

After months of waiting, the new designs for Kevin’s Cards have finally arrived and are currently displayed at my house. They will be uploaded on another page sometime this month or the start of 2018. Plus, they will be turned into the next set of greeting cards along with designs from the past few years.

As mentioned before, all of these cards will have the new logo instead of my actual picture.

With the new designs finally in, these cards will hopefully sell like hotcakes and who knows which one will be the best seller!

New Card Designs

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!! New paintings have been made and will arrive next week. They will also be uploaded in another page sometime either this month or the start of 2018. These designs will be added to the next set of greeting cards along with previous ones to really sell!

As mentioned before, all of the cards will have the new logo to really make them pop!

With a bunch of designs coming soon, Kevin’s Cards will begin to sky rocket and who knows which painting will sell the best! 

Fun Fact

You may not believe it, but this month marks the one year anniversary of Kevin’s Cards. Although it might seem that it’s the anniversary of the website, it’s actually the anniversary of the actual cards because the website wasn’t ready until June of this year.

During that time, I only had a limited amount of cards and it was based off the God Bless painting after the death of my grandfather, Honesto Tria. Since then, my paintings from the past three years have been made into custom-made cards and a majority of them have been pretty popular.

As 2017 comes to a close and going into 2018, I’ll continue to use the previous designs and also add new ones as well so they can sell like hotcakes! In addition, all of the new cards will have the new logo instead of my actual photo.

With the addition of my new business cards, people can now find my website and also contact me if they plan to purchase more cards to share with their friends and relatives.

Let’s hope that these future cards and the future sales continue to make Kevin’s Cards a success! 

San Jose Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

Today, I attended the San Jose Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show at the San Jose Convention Center. As usual, I was on a mission to see what artists were creating and how I can incorporate them into my own projects.

Most of the same vendors from the Pleasanton and San Mateo shows returned to this show, including Linda Cullen’s bottle cap booth. Of course, I had to pay a visit to her booth to see if she created any new designs. With so many bottle caps, it was like digging through a gold mine because you never know what you’ll might find.

When I first saw her booth at the Pleasanton Show, my favorites were the sport logos both professionally and from the NCCA. Of course, there were lots of other ones to choose from, such as pop culture, animals, holidays, or anything else imaginable. Even after buying one with the Sacramento Kings logo from the San Mateo show, I still plan on buying some more to give to my friends or use them myself to create my own projects, just like I do with my cards or posters.

One of the best things about Linda’s booth is that her customers offer her suggestions for what kind of images they’d like in their bottle caps because the possibilities are endless! Although this was my third time seeing Linda’s booth, her husband Charlie stated that I was a regular customer. In returning the favor to buy a bottle cap, I gave them a couple of my new business cards so they can contact me to exchange new ideas.

Although Linda’s bottle caps and my greeting cards may be different from each other, the one thing they both have in common is that they can be used for a lot of different occasions. Who knows, maybe one day she can use some of my paintings in her bottle caps, even if they’re rather large.

Although Linda’s booth was at the top of my list, another booth stood out to me too called A – Z Designs. Like Linda’s bottle caps, designers Ashley and Zack customize their creations using vinyl, metal, wood, or anything else to make sport logos, messages, or whatever the imagination strikes.

Throughout the festival, I was able to distribute some of the leftover business cards to the other booths in case they plan on buying my cards.

Every art show that I’ve gone to this year really stretched my imagination on what I plan to create in the near future because their are endless possibilities on what you can create!

Will I find any other artists that have the same creativity as the bottle caps? What other kinds of materials can be made into new creations? In the art world, you’ll never know what you might find!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! I bet you have a lot to be thankful for this year! Make sure you eat lots of turkey and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the NFL Thanksgiving Games! 

Happy Thanksgiving!