Sunday, January 24, 2016

Tres Leche Cake

Hello there! I just made this Tres Leche Cake for my bear this week and a friend asked for the recipe, so I thought why not post it on here as well and share it with everyone. This is one of my favorite desserts and trust me when I tell you, this recipe rocks! Enjoy! :)



Tres Leches Cake

Ingredients

For cake:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
5 whole eggs
1 cup sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk

For glaze:
1 can evaporate milk
1 can sweetened, condensed milk
1 cup whole milk

For icing:
1 ½ cups of heavy cream
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Maraschino cherries to decorate

Directions

For cake:
1. Preheat oven 350 degrees. Lightly butter 9x9 metal pan.
2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt into mixing bowl
3. Separate 5 eggs. Beat egg yolks with ¾ cup of sugar on high speed until yolk is pale yellow.
4. Stir in 1/3 milk and vanilla extract. Pour egg yolk mixture over flower mixture and stir gently with spatula.
5. Quick beat egg whites in separate bowl until soft peaks form. With mixer on pour in remaining ¼ sugar and beat until stiff, not dry.
6. Fold egg whites mixture into batter very gently until combined. Pour into pan. Bake for 35-45 minutes.

For glaze:
Whisk together evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and milk.
Once combined, pour most of the glaze over the cake leaving about a 1 cup to use later when serving each slice.

Topping:
Place the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla into a bowl. Beat together on low until stiff peaks are formed.  Then, change to medium speed and beat until thick. Spread the topping over the cake and decorate with maraschino cherries.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Printsource Show NYC 2016

Here's one of my designs for the Printsource Show in NYC next week. Looking forward to walking the show.


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Festive Holiday Doormats!

I'm a little behind with this post due to all of the holiday traveling, shopping, etc., but how awesome are these holiday festive Mohawk doormats from the Pink Light Team. I hope they added much cheer to many homes. My design is the one the left, 2nd from the top that says "have a HOLLY JOLLY Christmas".


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Free Christmas Gift Tags

Hello,

Happy December 1st! Wow it's been such a longggg time since I've blogged, but it's actually for a very good reason. I've been busy with work and planning for a SUPER EXCITING life changing event... I'm preggo and will be a mommy soon!!! :D My little bunny will be arriving into the world on March 18th. We feel so blessed and cannot wait! I created this announcement for friends and family.


To keep with the tradition, I've creating some holiday gift tags that seem to be a hit each year. It's a nice way to make your gift-wrapping that much more special. Enjoy! Download them here!


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

High Five Cover Art

Hey there! I know it's been a while since I've posted, I've just been busy, busy with projects and person stuff. Autumn is right around the corner (just a few days away)! Yes! It's my most favorite season of the year. To add to the fun, I'm extremely thrilled to share the October issue of High Five Magazine with my Illustration on the cover... What an honor. Thank you Kelley and everyone over at Highlights. You guys are one of my most favorite companies to work for.

Happy soon-to-be Fall y'all!


Here's the sketch before taking it to color and below is the color art.





Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sketch

Hello and Happy Hump Day!

This is a sketch that got rejected a while back and I've been wanting to finish it. I spent yesterday and this morning working on it. As you can see, I finished up the kitchen and I added some friends peering in through the window enjoying Emma's performance. What do you think? I just might take this one to color.

original

finished sketch

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Lopez Family

A quick illustration the of a family that is near and dear to my heart.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Eleven Madison Park

Hello and Happy July 1st! Oh my gosh, the weather so far in NY has been delish! Let's hope it stays like this through July and August.

This month over at WLTI, we decided to create some fun recipes for the TDAC website. I chose one that my hubby introduced to me that is from the Eleven Madison Park restaurant in the city, the Eleven Madison Park Pistachio, Coconut & Cherry Granola. Doesn't the name alone sound amazing!? Anyway, I like granola, but this recipe takes it to a whole new level -- we can't seem to get enough of it lately. Enjoy! Let me know what you think.

Please click on the illustrated recipe to enlarge


Here's picture of the most recent batch that we made. The recipe says to bake it for 30 - 40 minutes, we like it pretty toasty so we usually leave it in for the full 40.

xo,
J

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Happy SUMMER!

Hello and Happy, happy SUMMER!

Lots to talk about here... First, I wanted to announce that me and the girls over at We Love To Illustrate Studio are back on track with a full list of FUN activities planned for the summer. We've kicked things off with a "Welcome Summer" theme. Stop by to check out some "hot" art and don't forget to visit us at the beginning of each month to see what we've been up to.

Here's my contribution: Summer is HERE! Let's beach it up! Don't you think this would be a cute advertisement for Baby Gap? That's what I had in mind when I was creating it. Hang it up in your studio or office to keep the sun shinning inside and out. ;) You can purchase the print here!


I also created this version with a white background, which didn't "make the cut" in my opinion, but I thought it would be nice to share it anyway.



Also, last month was my 3rd year attending SURTEX, and I have to admit that it gets better by the year. I had such a blast working the booth with the amazing Pink Light Team. These gals are the sweetest bunch, but don't let them fool you -- they mean business! Walking the show was another awesome experience. I got to catch-up with friends that I see there each year, as well as meeting some longtime friendships that I've created through the iternets ;) Nina, my WLTI buddy, being one of them plus many more. All and all, it was an inspiring show filled with mucho talented artists and just a good time catching up with my fellow artists buds.


Happy June! Wishing you a creative week/ month!
xo


Monday, May 11, 2015

Goldilocks and The Three Bears: The Smelly Version

I am beyond thrilled to share this his AMAZING project that I worked on with Megan from Melcher Media, part of the Sensory Stories exhibition at the Museum of Moving Images. Not only did I get to illustrate such a nostalgic fairytale, 'Goldilocks and The Three Bears', but it's also aromatic, hence the unique version that engages your sense of smell. And, to top that off, it's also animated!!! The book has selected scents placed throughout the story, so for example, when Goldie first smells the porridge coming from the cabin in the woods, the scent that you smell is apricot. The scent comes from a machine that is called oPhone, you can learn more about it over at oNotes.com. The exhibition is currently at the Museum of Moving Images in Astoria, NY running through July 26th. The exhibition features the future of story telling with ground breaking new technologies incorporating full body immersion and interaction that includes touch, sight and smell. My illustrations are part of the exhibit for the world premiere of an aromatics story presented by oBooks. I am very proud and pleased to be involved in this amazing new innovative story book experience!

I thought it would be fun to share some of the sketches/ process with you rather then the final, which can be seen on my website. There are a few scenes that show Goldie repeated in order for the animation to work. These are not on my website, so I'll also share them with you here.

Part of my morning routine is to list things that I'm grateful in my journal, but today since most of my gratitude is about this project, I'll share them on here.  1. I'm grateful for Megan, the editor that found my work on-line and hired me for this project. 2. I'm grateful for my agency, Shannon Associates. 3. I'm grateful for my partner, who encourages me to break out of my comfort zone each and every day. Happy May Ya'll!








Thursday, April 2, 2015

Look and Look Again for Highlights High Five Bilingue

Happy April! I'm so excited to share this FUN puzzle project that I worked for Highlights High Five Bilingue. It's for the April/May issue. Can you spot the 20 differences? Click on the image to view larger.


And here's the sketch before going to color.


Monday, February 9, 2015

New Work for Capstone Publishing

I'm so excited to share this tween book series that I just completed for Capstone Publishings called "Questions and Answers". The books provide answers for a ton of questions about everything from best-friend squabbles and cell phone privileges to getting braces and surviving a bad grade. This is an extremely helpful series that I wish I had while growing up. Thank you, Juliette, for the amazing collaboration on this project. 


 Here are the beautifully printed books. YAY!


And, here are a selection of some of the interior illustrations.









Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Happy 2015!

Hello and Happy New Year! I took a much needed two-week vacation at the beginning of the month. Yay! I went horseback riding, diving, and even did some cave exploration. It was an inspiring trip, just what I needed to get my creative juices flowing for the New Year. I'm happy to be back in Brooklyn though. I'm gearing up for an AMAZING year full exciting creative projects, which may require me to step outside of my comfort zone.... kinda scary and awesome at the same time!

Here's a little gift for you... My illustration group, We Love To Illustrate Studio, is starting the year with some FREE Greeting Card Downloads in honor of Valentine's Day. Here's my design. Enjoy!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

FREE Holiday Crafty Download

As a continuation of our tradition over at We Love To Illustrate Studio, we are creating holiday downloads for all of our followers. I created these Christmas designs for you to use as you wish, just print, cut, and either use them as gift labels or for your holiday scrapbook... or for whatever other crafty idea you can come up with. Enjoy! Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season!

xo,
Julissa