Pistols

based in Portland. OR.

  • 81 awards won
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Awards

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  • 1st place winner 2
  • editor pick 43

About Pistols

Hello from Pistols! I currently live in Portland, OR with my wonderful husband and our little pug. I try to add a bit of wit, whimsy, and an ode to times before in my work--I hope you enjoy! You can view more of my work at www.melissaegandesign.com

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Phrosné Ras on Apr 18 2014
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wow. i just went through your designs for sale, you are incredible.

Jessie Steury on Apr 17 2014
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Thanks Melissa! Your super nice message on my profile page just made my day. I've always been a fan of your work, I even think your name Pistols is awesome. :) Congrats on your kid's wins too!

Carrie ONeal on Apr 15 2014
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http://www.minted.com/design-rating/167263 Check it out. i added a third to the mix as well...

Carrie ONeal on Apr 15 2014
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Thanks Melissa. I think I'm going to do a little poll and see what people think. It's pretty hysterical actually! Just not sure if it's too much. Thanks!

Carrie ONeal on Apr 15 2014
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Hey Melissa, Thanks for you comment on my Maids a Milking design. I totally didn't see the boobies until I put the little dots in the "8". I typically don't do "funny" stuff like this. So I trust your opinion. Do you really think I should add the dots...or is that too much? I can post it so you can see if that helps. :)

Sarah Curry on Nov 25 2013
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You have so many amazing wedding designs, Melissa!! That bell jar is so awesome! Great work :)

Hooray Creative on Nov 22 2013
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LOVE your illustrations in the wedding challenge, Melissa!

One Little Bird on Oct 07 2013
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Oh back atcha! That was truly a lovely thing for you to say, and I'm so happy to be here amongst such great talent :) x

One Little Bird on Oct 05 2013
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You are one of my very favourite designers Melissa and so I'm delighted for your first place win! Well deserved and congratulations!!

Phrosné Ras on Oct 04 2013
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I see this is your first first place! HUGE CONGRATS! (although i cant believe it)

Phrosné Ras on Sep 23 2013
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man! loving all you entries Melissa! all will be winners im sure, yay!

Alethea and Ruth on Sep 21 2013
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Melissa! I laughed SO hard at your comment, I'm so glad you shared! What a funny dream, I do wish I lived in a giant house by the ocean :-) I was really sad to miss out on the northwest meetup last year - if you ever find yourself up in Seattle, I hope you'll let me know, I'd love to meet up!

Laura Bolter Design on Sep 15 2013
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Thanks so much for the comment on my lettering Melissa! I love to do lettering, but I stopped to think about teaching it (after I stopped being blown away by what you said!) and could even think of a way to teach what I do. But I LOVE and so appreciate you saying it. I am also blown away by your fab skills and the impact they've made on Minted! Thank you!!

Lori Wemple on Aug 28 2013
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lol, thanks so much :) There are a lot of beautiful room decor sets I want for my room! not sure my hubby will let me ;)

Giselle Zimmerman on Jul 04 2013
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Thank you so much Melissa!

chocomocacino on Jul 02 2013
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THANK YOU melissa)!! I'm so happy =D

Giselle Zimmerman on May 06 2013
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Congrats on your wins Melissa ! Your work really inspires, cheers !

chocomocacino on Apr 19 2013
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Thanks for ur comments, melissa.. challenge without ur fun, creative illos seems empty.. i always looking forward to ur submissions!! congrats on teh late picks on bang bang meow..! cant believe they didn't pick that lol

Griffinbell Paper Co. on Apr 19 2013
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What a sweet comment, Melissa! I'm such a fan of your work. Your illustrations are always to die for!!

Sara Hicks Malone on Mar 25 2013
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Well- you know I am A HUGE fan of your work- everything you do is so fresh, original and inspired. So OF COURSE I wanted to throw up when I saw yours because it so awesome! And then I thought- she's going to think I ripped her off!!! I just posted an FB thread- I really kind of wish this whole thing was blind until the end and all of our designs just 'appeared'- it would be so interesting to see where the overlaps were even without seeing others work. Ugh! Time to get my brain off of Christmas and back to the rest of life!

hannahcloud DESIGN on Mar 24 2013
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Pretty consumed with love and coveting over every holiday card you've submitted.

Snow and Ivy on Nov 04 2012
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Aw, thanks Melissa for your super sweet comment! It means a lot! I'm so happy you joined the community - you've contributed such an inspiring energy. I know what you mean - I feel like I have grown so much b/c of Minted - and found a love for stationery I didn't realize I had. Not to mention a wealth of inspiration and the nicest designers on the planet ;) Congrats again!!!

Giselle Zimmerman on Oct 23 2012
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Congrats on your win and picks Melissa ! Awesome stuff !

Four Wet Feet Design on Oct 18 2012
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Thanks for your warm comment!

Debbie on Sep 29 2012

Love your work!

Marabou on Sep 14 2012
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Major congratulations are in order for your amazing holiday win! You single handedly raised the bar on the snowflake. Sending you the highest of fives! x Brandy

Bob Daly on Aug 20 2012
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thanks for the nice note :)

Dreaming Inspirations on Jul 12 2012
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Hey Melissa was wondering if you had any info on the freelance stuff you posted in the forum... is it still happening? just curious..

Carol Fazio on Jul 11 2012
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hey, you've been missed around these parts! thanks for checking him out!! I feed him popsicles regularly - he's a cool guy, after all!!

Carol Fazio on Jul 09 2012
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hey melissa, someone really creative and a great illustrator once told me I should seek out my inner child. Can you see if he should stay inside me when you get a chance? Obviously, drawing is not my forte but I'm trying. http://www.minted.com/design-rating/64677 Thanks!!

Waui Design on Jul 02 2012
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ahahah crashing my computer is a small price to pay for your beautiful works. no worries at all :)

cadence paige design on Jun 22 2012
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Thanks so much for the compliment!! It's an honor coming from such great talent! Your work is always amazing - and so fun none the less!

Dreaming Inspirations on Jun 18 2012
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Ha Ha Melissa!! Thanks! It doesn't have snow but I can add some for her...lol

Kim Dietrich Elam on Jun 08 2012
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thanks, Melissa! :)

Kim Dietrich Elam on Jun 08 2012
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Congrats, Melissa - 2 for 2! Your designs never disappoint!

24th and Dune on Jun 07 2012
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Super excited that "Susie Homemaker" got an editor's pick, Melissa! It was one of my favorites then again I don't think you can design that isn't fantastic!!

Carol Fazio on Jun 07 2012
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Congrats on your wins! Your illustrations are always so fun!!

Giselle Zimmerman on May 30 2012
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Congrats on your wins Melissa !

Marabou on May 30 2012
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Congratulations Melissa! x Brandy

Kristie Kern on May 30 2012
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Thank you! And congrats to you, too! You really clean up! ;) Love your work!

Bonjour Paper on May 25 2012
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Wow Melissa I am honored that your husband likes my work :) Especially when his wife has so much talent ! Send him my best ! Good luck in the holiday challenge, you have already many beautiful submissions !

Debb W on May 21 2012
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Melissa, i just love everything you submit! Your creations are so much fun i have to smile! :)

chocomocacino on Apr 24 2012
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Thanks Melissa for ur offer.. Will surely email u sometimes next week.. Hahaha...

chocomocacino on Apr 24 2012
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Thanks Melissa.. congrats to you too.. I adore your style actually.. and would love to learn more how to draw from u! LOL.. Every artwork from u are always amazing!

Stacey Meacham on Apr 06 2012
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Congrats chicka on littlte bo. Although, i had it pegged for first,,,,

Carol Fazio on Mar 14 2012
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hey melissa - congrats on Wiener Dog! that was one of my favs!

Mandy Gordon on Mar 14 2012
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Hi Melissa, Saw your post on the forum for freelance work. Thought I would drop you a line and say hello & also to forward my info in regards to any illustrative/design opportunities - www.mandygordon.typepad.com If you're interested, contact me from the contact link. Thanks! :)

Heather Francisco on Mar 09 2012
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Thank you so much! and a big congrds to you too! :D

Wendy Van Ryn on Mar 01 2012
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Hi Melissa! (Is that your name? I don't want to get it wrong :-) You are sweet to ask, but I think it's fine... it is hard to know the "rules" for posting a design that is similar to another one, but we're all working behind the scenes and can't possibly know what everyone else is doing too. I'm never totally sure either, I just have to evaluate each design separately I guess. BTW, I just noticed the Princess and the Pea design you did and therein is a great example... I saw the one in the nursery art challenge too... Anyhoo, congratulations on your work and have a great evening! :-)

Smudge Design on Feb 29 2012
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Thanks for your note "Pistols". Congrats on your travel journal win as well. Your work is amazing!!

Heather Francisco on Feb 27 2012
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Grats on your win!!! many more to come!

Smeeta Sharma on Feb 27 2012
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Just stopping by to say how much I love your work. Can't wait for Little Bo Peep to go on sale. Your illustration for The Old Woman in the Shoe takes me back to my "Golden Books" reading days.

Amber Barkley on Feb 23 2012
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Thanks for the sweet comment! That really means a lot! :) I guess it's just a reflection of the encouragement I've received over the past few months. Anyway, keep up the great work. I sense you will be winning a lot more awards in the near future! :)

Lori Wemple on Feb 22 2012
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Thank you of your comment - I just loooove your work. Your style rocks!

Britt Clendenen on Feb 16 2012
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I love all your designs so far. You're so talented!

Kylie Holmes on Feb 13 2012
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Loved your submissions in this last challenge. Beautiful illustrations.

Heather Francisco on Feb 10 2012
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Congrats! You have some AMAZING illustrations. I can't wait for more.

Kim Dietrich Elam on Feb 10 2012
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Congrats on your art wins - love your style!

Dawn Jasper on Feb 10 2012
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Big congrats on your art challenge wins! I'm a huge fan of your illustration style and can't wait to see what else you have in store for Minted :)

Carol Fazio on Feb 04 2012
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Please feel free to crit my stuff as well. I could use extra pair of eyes myself!

Carol Fazio on Feb 04 2012
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sorry, my friends call me the "kern queen" so I guess I am a bit of a type nit picker...but also very much a type lover! Loving all your submissions! Always wanted my mom in a floral dress and pearls, ha!

Pistols on Feb 03 2012
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Thanks Rebecca! We used to go skiing with this family growing up and they had a moose head called Ralph in their cabin. I wanted a "Ralph" of my own so so bad, and haha never got one, so I made my own :)

Rebecca Bowen on Feb 03 2012
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i think it is HYSTERICAL that you have submitted a moose to hang on the wall. I just recently bought a white moose head for our living room and he is the best thing ever. I call him Marty;) Love your work!

Sooah on Jan 13 2012

love your seasons prints - hope you win the challenge!

Anna Elder on Jan 06 2012
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Hey Melissa! So cool that you're from Oklahoma as well! I lived on the west coast for a little bit in college. Love it out there. I love, love your Save the Date entry and your illustrations! Best of luck to you in the challenge!

Marabou on Dec 02 2011
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Welcome to Minted Melissa! x Brandy

guess what? on Nov 27 2011
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Hi Melissa - sorry for the late reply! Thanks for the note on my profile page! You and your husband have such an awesome sense of humor - so cool! :)

Britt Clendenen on Nov 22 2011
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Melissa! I absolutely love your illustrations/style. Can't wait to see more!

guess what? on Nov 19 2011
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Hey Melissa! I checked out your friends flickr page - total awesomeness!! Love it!! Oh, btw, LOVE all your illustrations - you're super talented!! I'm sure you'll do well here at Minted!! See ya around :)

Kim Dietrich Elam on Nov 10 2011
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Welcome to Minted, Melissa! Love your Lil' Cowgirl design. Good luck to you!