Eat Cake Graphics is an online mail order business. Started in January 2000, I offer rubber stamps of original, whimsical design both mounted and unmounted, for retail and wholesale.

Using images from my stamp line for inspiration, in 2006 I added quilt patterns. I've been quilting for a number of years so the progression just seemed natural.

I've had a few people ask how this all started and what training I've had so I thought I'd take a moment and elaborate for those interested.

  • "Formal"
    I've taken a few art, animation and art history courses, as well as going through a two year textile design program. I have an AS in Liberal Arts.

    I began my working career as an administrative assistant at a high-tech company in California's Silicon Valley. Along with the regular job related tasks I found that I enjoyed preparing presentations, creating layouts and designing graphics and began pursuing opportunities to do so.

    Along came the web. I took classes, bought books and learned as much as I could. I began using Adobe® Photoshop® and Illustrator® (both of which I still use today). I still build web pages today, but use Adobe® Dreamweaver® - not so much hand coding although I'm grateful for learning how to.

  • "Informal or really just everything else"
    I watched my mom do a pencil sketch of our dog and was mesmerized as a child. I thought I want to be able to do that! So I started practicing.

    For quite some time I've kept a sketchbook. It's filled with pencil doodles and snippets of things that have caught my attention but that possibly haven't formed into full thought yet. Sometimes I'll tape in a saying from an email or a paper fortune from a Chinese cookie. Eventually "poof" the idea ignites and off my pencil goes.

So there it is, in a nutshell. :)

I want to say thank you to all of Eat Cake's customers for your encouragement, suggestions, support, and for sending me pictures of what you're working on!

I also want to say thank you so very much to my husband. He cuts and sands almost all of the maple wood blocks for the mounted stamps and never, ever complains.

Again, thank you.
Holly Mabutas =^..^=
Artist, manufacturer, advertising agent, chief financial officer (ha ha), head mailroom clerk, general overseer of whimsy

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