I’m a wife, mother of two talented teenagers, and owner of a graphic design studio near Cincinnati, Ohio. I love ice tea, cozy socks, and rainy days. With a 'less is more' approach, I strive to create designs that are traditional with a twist. I still get giddy with each and every Minted order, because it means that I get to play a small part in someone else's big moment. Thanks for visiting!
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Happy 2016! You've just made my day! Thank you for selecting my work. I hope you love using it as much as I loved designing it for you. You can always see my latest designs at carrieoneal.minted.com. Thanks again!! - Carrie
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Hi Carrie, Thank you so much for the helpful comment on my design 'Breaking-News'. I made the change to the text as suggested and it made a world of difference! Best of luck for your gorgeous submissions :)
Carrie! Omg, thank you so much for the validation! Haha! I was so bummed when I didn't see my name on the list this time. This was one of those designs that I just had a really good feeling about and was sure would make it in!
I'd love to meet up too Carrie. An invitation I couldn't refuse. Let me know next time you're there.
Just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with your work. It is all so classic and your execution is perfect!
Thank you, Carrie!! I'm a big fan of your work :) Congrats on your picks, I LOVE Gilded so much, one of my favourites!
Thank you for your kind words Carrie!
Carrie, Thanks so much for your comment on my Chic Monogram submission. I just noticed I used your initials :) They are great letters...lucky you! This wedding challenge has been keeping me up at night, so I appreciate the supportive comment! I hope you are well! - Kimberly
Thank you, Carrie, for you like! IT's a great pleasure to receive it from you.
Thanks Carrie, your positive feedback really means a lot :)
Thanks, Carrie, I can see clearly now! :)
Hi Carrie! I really love your Jolly Joy holiday wrapping paper, and am trying to get a better idea of the scale of the text elements on a 20" X 28" sheet. If you don't mind my asking, how many JOY elements per 20" in your design? Thx so much! Christina Enciso/pandercraft
Thanks so much for your help, Carrie!
Hi, Carrie! If you have a moment today, I'd love your input on this poll - I'm wondering if the concept is more clear in a single font: http://www.minted.com/design-rating/440991 THANKS!!
Thanks so much for your super nice comment on my design, Carrie - made my morning! :)
Thanks so so much for your sweet note, Carrie!! Definitely needed that! I was working my butt off trying to come up with designs that would be worthy of the crazy talent in our little pool of designers. Competition certainly does get tougher each year, which I guess is good because it pushes us all to learn and improve. :) And speaking of crazy talent, congrats on CMYK! Your holiday submissions are definitely proof of your deserved inclusion in the K level! Such clever and well executed designs! :)
Thanks Carrie, it has been a while so very nice to be back on the winners list!
That is the best comment ever Carrie, lol :) xx
ps - I adore your luscious wedding suite!!
Thanks so much for the very kind and helpful feedback, Carrie! I've posted a new gold version. If you have a minute, please take a look and tell me what you think.
Carrie, thank you for your comment in my Gingerbread House entry - I felt "stuck" on colors and was glad to hear a perspective from someone that hosts this party annually! I plan on working up a couple more festive color ways.
Thanks, Carrie, for your positive feedback! best of luck (love all of your work) :)
Thank you Carrie for your kind comment - and congrats to you too :) Your designs always hit the mark, I always look forward to seeing what you will do next!!
Hi Carrie, You are among a handful of designers whose work and style has always influenced me so I can't tell you how much your comments mean to me. So thoughtful of you and so exciting for me. Thanks so much.
Thanks so much for the sweet comment on my Gilded Elegance design! Really means a lot! Loving your collection and submission :)
I dont even know what to reply to your comment Carrie, it must be the loveliest one I ever got! Thank you so much for keeping my spirits up! (post challenge blues over here) xo
I just wanna say you are one of my hero..! You can always pull that classy and simplicity and still look timeless, elegant etc..clean, sophisticated.. Im at lost of words.. =D I really adore your work!!
Thanks so much for answering all my ?'s Carrie. I went for it :)
Thanks Carrie. They were so awesome, I was like I want that next year. Do you recall if postage was more bc of the weight. I am debating ordering liners or not, haha. And thank about the pic :) You are too sweet. Hope your sales are pouring in. I am sure they are.
Hi Carrie, I hope you are doing well. I have a question about your holiday card last year… did you go with the double or triple thick stock? And was there additional postage?? thanks so much. I really want to upgrade this year to the xxx.
Thank you, Carrie! Your entries are amazing! I think I was liking them when I received your comment ; )
hahaha my fav comment!
thank you for the 'like', i really appreciate it! :)
Thank you for your critique of my "Gilded Frame" piece. I just created a poll for a different ways to use "and". Will you let me know what you think?
Hi Carrie, just came across your Never Ending Series via the julep blog and I just wanted to tell you how much I love them...fabulous, really :-)
Carrie! Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my Yo Yo design. It means a lot! And congrats on hitting 100 awards! You are so talented, and a design hero of mine :)
Awe, thank you so much! You too!!! Huge congrats. What a milestone. I have gotten so much more out of minted and it's community than I ever bargained for :) To the future!
Congratulations, Carrie! Your 100 wins are well deserved!
Carrie, I've been meaning to thank you for your sweet comment on Cotton candy clouds :) I just finished voting on all of the entries and am sooo in love with your Mom Rules prints - my kids totally need these! Love them all!
Thanks for your sweet comments, Carrie! I can't wait to purchase your 'mom's rules' series.....so clever and well designed, love!!
Hi Carrie, I am actually about an hour and a half from Tiffin, Oh in Toledo. Are you going to the meetup in MI or is that too far for you?
I love your mom rules! I hope to see more I would love to buy them!
Aaaw!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You look just the same on the new one. I hope you have a lovely day, filled with joy.
lovely new pic!
thank you, thank you, thank you! I hope more Mom rules are coming;)
Carrie, thank you so much for your super nice comment! It means a lot coming from someone as talented as you. Love your style! You know what's killa? Your cousin's toast at our friend, Julie's wedding. I see talent runs deep in your family. You'll have to ask Erin about it. It was a pretty big hit! ; )
Thank You Carrie for the lovely Comment!! I will def try it without the pine!!
Hi Carrie. Thank you so much for your comment, it means a lot! I am a big fan of your work!
Hi, Carrie. You are very welcome! Glad to hear my comments were helpful! :)
awe, thanks Carrie. The feeling is mutual. That would be awesome. Maybe at a SF meet-up :) Good luck.
your sweet comment made my day, carrie! thanks so much. and just in case i don't get to do a lot of commenting, i am loving your holiday entries!
Hi Carrie! I was so very touched by your comment! I hope you enjoy my art print. I would love to see a pic of it in your home! xoxox
Thank you for your sweet comment on my holiday entries. : )
Loving all your entries too!
yes, do it! You know which one i'll vote for ;)
Ha! Well I was just being cheeky, but you should at least post it in the comments! I think it's really funny :)
Carrie! hI! Do you think this is too similar? I never saw yours before I submitted, just saw it now. (so incredibly lovely) http://www.minted.com/design-rating/161571
Thank you, you're great, as always ...
Oh Carrie, I now noticed your ...Ornament Gift Wrap. I'm so sorry. I had loaded my Harlequin a moment after you similar pattern design ... it's coincidence ... I worked on it all morning. If it will be a big problem, I cancel it.
Thank you so much for your sweet comment!
You are so sweet - thanks! I am definitely enjoying this moment - voted wins don't come my way often. LOL
Thanks so much, Carrie!!! :)
Thank you very much Carrie for the comment. I appreciated it very much.
Thank you so much for your kind comments, Carrie! Means a lot from you :)
Well I would never guess it! I LOVE all of your work! Seriously GORGEOUS! Wedding is not exactly my forte either but I'm trying ;)
Aw, thank you Carrie! You just made me smile really big :D
Thanks for the wonderful feedback, Carrie! I really appreciate it!! :)
Carrie thanks! You are a true inspiration. Chris
Hi Carrie, Thank you so much for your lovely and congratulatory comments for my golden christmas design. it means a lot to me since i'm a huge fan of your work :)
love that double glass of wine idea -- I think you deserve 4 glasses tonight with all those fabulous wins!! ;) A toast!!
Thank you so much for your sweet compliments! And congrats on your win as well! Your work is always beautiful.
Hey! Thank thank you for the feedback! I updated my design based on your suggestion and I love it! It feels cleaner and less busy!
thanks so much Carrie for clarifying that :) I have tried to start a poll to show a couple of different options. I actually tried to upload 3 options, but it only allowed me the 2 for some reason, not sure if anyone else has experienced the same problem. Love your work by the way :)
Hi Carrie, thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my design 'Merry Go Round'. I'm just not sure what you mean by 'copy layer'? Can you explain please :)
Hello Carrie! I saw your "State Pride" just before I submitted. Jill Means brought it to my attention. I am really sorry... I didn't know you had the same concept. I really love yours... so much better than mine.
Hey there, Carrie! Thanks so much for your great comment on my lettering design - always mean the most coming from you! I love all your entries, but I'm especially loving your state one - I think you've nailed this challenge, so no need to do anymore... ;)
Thank you Carrie for your kind note. You are very sweet to take the time. I know there is so much great work out there, I sure hope my dog can stay in the race ;).
Thanks, Carrie, for your super nice comment on my Happy Ever After design - you made my day! :)
Thank you so much for your kind comment Carrie. It means so much. You are one of my favorite designers. Your work is always stunning :)
Thanks Carrie, for the feedback on my card. :-) I'd gone back and forth w/ those corner curls, but I think you're right - it will prob have more flexibility with photos too. :-) Thank you! Good luck - I see you have some beautiful designs up! :-)
You are so sweet! I always enjoy seeing your smiling face on here too! Every time I see one of your impeccable designs, know that I'm shouting a little hooray for you. :) Have a great weekend ahead!
Thank you for the sweet comment on Merry Sorbet, Carrie! Your feedback means a lot!
Thanks Carrie! No worries on the late reply...we are all so busy! I'm finally now getting back into the challenges after a little hiatus. Thanks for the info...I'd seen some tutorial on creating it in PS but it never seems to look like the image they show on the tutorial! :) Thanks, Amy
Hi Carrie! Congrats on being featured in the Minted email about party decor...I really love that party design. I was wondering if you'd share how you made the glitter effect? I'd looking into doing something similar (found some tutorials online to create it in PS) but when I used a clipping mask in AI it just didn't give the effect I was looking for). If you don't want to share, I completely understand! Cheers, Amy
Carrie, thank you! School has been wonderful -- I feel so lucky to be back. Love seeing some of your beautiful letterpress work floating around facebook! This semester, I've been working on a press for the first time, and it has been such a treat. Wish we could work together sometime -- I have a feeling we'd have great fun!
Thanks for your sweet note Carrie!! I so admire your work and immense talent - you such a wide range of style but always maintain such a high level of execution - I'm always trying to learn from your brilliance :)
Thanks, Carrie! :)
Forgot how much I missed Minted! :) Looking through the submissions and your designs are flawless! - every single one of them. Way to go girly!
Thx Carrie - sent an email :O)
Thanks for chiming in Carrie! :o)) - I'm at a loss though, for how to lose the city part of the design... what would you do? ditch the road too? make the house bigger? change the placement? AAAAAHHHH :o/
Oh my Frontgate!? Sweet! I'm sure that kept you super busy - but congrats on getting it done. Nice for your portfolio :o) Happy to know you'll have time for Minted - I am so totally hooked and am still trying to find my niche. I'm all over the place w/ my designs but I'm learning so much, mostly what DOESN'T work! :o/ frustrating! Anyway - looking forward to seeing you online :o)
Hi Carrie - Congrats on your I scream, U scream win! Just wanted to say where have you been?? I miss ya!
Hi Carrie! I'm totally honored that you are asking for my opinion - your work is always just phenomenal and I still feel pretty "green" on here most of the time! :) I actually think the type looks great, but I think it would also look beautiful with something taller/thinner for "Peace" and "Earth" - that would make the map/snowflake more of the focal point and the type could fit more into a square shape in the centre. I think Cyclone inline would look superb (tracked out a bit). I really like it as is though, too - it's fantastic either way :) Hope that helps!
wow, Carrie, thanks for the pep talk on my creature comfort design. I gave it a tweak and removed the colored bar from behind the type. Does it look too dull now? Thanks for your help! http://www.minted.com/design-rating/55729
Thanks for the note!! I'm definitely going to check out their blog! Yes, we are super excited and blessed in every way.
Carrie, congratulations on your win! I LOVED your card!!!
ok...I'm so lame...just posted on my own page. AHH!
I got my shirt yesterday & am wearing it today!! Perfect attire for working in front of the computer! I love it!! All the best.
Thank you so much for the compliments and support Carrie! It was such a treat to see your message the other week and to get your order :) That made me so happy coming from you. I hope you enjoy the shirt and thank you so much again! :)
It was so nice to meet you today, Carrie! I am such a huge fan of all your work - but, Craving Your Company is so adorable and clever, it's one of my favorite Minted designs. I was nervous and excited to meet some of my favorite stationery stars...and you are all as sweet as your designs - what a pleasure! Maybe we can carpool to Columbus for next meet-up?
Carrie, thanks for the great suggestion on the font. I switched Lady Rene to Eccentric and it makes the design appear so much cleaner.
Hi Carrie, thank you so much for your sweet note! I love your entries too and your design "ready to pop" has the prettiest colors! I ordered my holiday cards from Millers Design Lab: http://www.millerslab.com/flatcards
I purchased their flat cards on cotton paper. If you need more info. let me know, and have a great weekend!
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