Student Work before the Holidays!

This week, we have an especially wonderful batch of student work to share! There’s a lot of talent in our classes this month, so we hope you enjoy all of these pieces as much as we did.

To start us off, Jeni Elliot created this blog header in Illustrator 101. It’s cute while remaining simple and professional, and we love the graphics she chose. Pay Jeni a visit over here!


Jackie Knight developed this pinwheel-type pattern, and we love it! Pay special attention to the fun detail of all the layered colors.

Rachael Smith designed this wrapping paper after taking one of our advanced Illustrator classes, and we love the practical application! This work is so festive and creative, and the addition of the colorful gift tags is the icing on the cake. Make sure you check out the work Rachael does at the Pretty Paper Club–you won’t regret it! 

Andrea Istwan delivered another great piece, and just in time for the holidays! We love the blue coloring she chose and the random repeating pattern.

Valentine’s Day isn’t too far away, and this darling pattern by Christiane Pessoa is perfect for such an occassion! We love the different colored and sized hearts and the word detailing on the arrows.

Lisa Paik Whelihan used the pen tool to create this Chanel nail polish pattern.  The art she created is beautiful and classy, with just enough detail to really make the entire image pop.

Riana Alizio, who you can see more from over here , made the two pieces below with an impeccable sense of color and design. The adorable dessert graphics and bold choice of fonts make both of these parties events that we would want to be invited to!

In Tabletop Photography, Noelle Acheson shot this scruptious photo. The lighting creates the perfect amount of shadow, and the texture looks incredible. We just want to reach out and eat one for ourselves!

And lastly, with Thanksgiving just behind us, the talented Daria Penta created the pie-themed image below. We love the images she used to represent each flavor and how she tied it all together with a synonymous crust image.  The colors are a job-well-done, too!

Missed Cyber Monday? Save 20% with Last Chance Tuesday!

nicole's classes last chance tuesday sale!

Yesterday’s Cyber Monday sale was a smashing success — a big thank you to everyone who placed an order (or two or three)! But we know some of you may have missed it and we’re feeling generous (’tis the season!), so we’re giving you a discount code to save 20% site wide during our Last Chance Tuesday sale! It will be your last chance to save big with Nicole’s Classes on great items for under the tree like online classes, textbooks and gift certificates!

Use the code LASTCHANCETUESDAY at checkout to see your 20% savings. This is really your last, last, LAST chance to save on our amazing lineup of 2013 classes this year, so stock up on those courses and books you’ve been eyeing today!


Please note: The Last Chance Tuesday discount code expires Tuesday, November 27th at 11:59pm PST and is not combinable with any other discount or promotion. Gift certificates purchased during our 2011 and 2012 Cyber Monday sales are not redeemable during this promotion.

Please also note that we will be experiencing an unusually high volume of customer service requests today, but we promise to get back to everyone as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience!

Cyber Monday Sale Starts Now!

nicole's classes cyber monday sale!


We can hardly believe it either, but yes, our Cyber Monday sale is finally here! We have so many great deals in store for you today:

**Online classes, including recently released courses like Sewing 101 and Watercolor 101, are up to 50% off!
**Holiday card templates, all 21 double sided designs, are just $10!
**Gift certificates, perfect if you’re not sure what class to buy that special someone, are 30% off!
**Textbooks, the perfect companion to our classes, are also 30% off!

This is truly a once-a-year opportunity to get our amazing classes, books and digital downloads for a steal! So load up your cart with some for you (to make sure you get what you want this year!) and some for your friends (if you want to learn with us, you know they do too!). Happy shopping!



Please note: The Cyber Monday sale prices expire Monday, November 26th at 11:59pm PST and are not combinable with any other discount or promotion. All prices as marked.

Gift certificates purchased during our 2011 Cyber Monday sale are not redeemable during this sale. Gift certificates purchased during the 2012 Cyber Monday sale will not be redeemable on sale merchandise at any time in the future.

Please also note that we will be experiencing an unusually high volume of customer service requests today, but we promise to get back to everyone as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience!

Only 1 Day until our Cyber Monday sale!

nicole's classes cyber monday sale is almost here!
We can’t believe it’s almost here… just 1 more day until our Cyber Monday sale goes live! Make sure you’re ready at 8am PST on Monday morning with a fully charged computer and your wish list of classes so you can take advantage of this once a year opportunity!

2 Days until our Cyber Monday Sale!

nicole's classes cyber monday sale coming soon!
And the countdown continues… only 2 days left until our Cyber Monday sale goes live! All our classes, textbooks, holiday cards and gift certificates will be between 30-50% off! Stay tuned for more details…

3 Days until our Cyber Monday Sale!

Three days left until our Cyber Monday Sale! Everything, including holiday and gift cards, classes, and textbooks will be discounted. Keep an eye out!

Student Feature: Alison Henrie

Happy Friday, readers! Today we wanted to feature the work of one of our very talented students, Alison Henrie.  Everything she’s done has been clean, creative, and has impressed us. But, you don’t have to take our word for it; check out what Alison has done below!  And then pay her a visit over on her fun blog, right over here. 


There might not be anything sweeter than the perfectly captured image of a sleeping, smiling baby. In this piece, Alison took an adorable shot and turned it into a fun and elegant birth announcement. The font and colors compliment each other really well, and we love the personal touches!

Patterns like the one below can be really fun to turn into cards, stationery, decor–the possibilities are endless, especially with a simple, well-done design like this flamingo print.

This white sailboat silhouette makes us ready to set sail for summer again already. Images like this are perfect for turning into prints and hanging around the house–we think these next two creations would work really well framed in a nursery or playroom!

And last, but certainly not least, Alison created these trendy shoes! The attention to detail, design, and shape are incredible. We’d like a pair of our own.

Which piece is your favorite? We like them all!

Our Holiday Card Templates Are Here!

nicole's classe holiday cards are here!
Nicole’s Classes is so happy to announce that our 2012 Holiday Card Templates are here! We’ve added 21 festive card templates in our online store, including 12 brand new designs and 9 popular favorites from last year. Plus, we’ve added patterned newsletter backs if you choose to print double sided!

For just $15, you’ll receive the downloadable zip file with your template and instructions on how to drop in your own photo(s) using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Then all you have to do is print them, send them and watch your holiday cheer spread!

If you’ve purchased a template (or are curious to know how using the files works), visit our Holiday Card Help post for more information!

Student Work: Happy Monday!

Happy Monday to you all! You might have noticed that instead of student work this past Friday, we announced our 2013 schedule! Here’s a few of our favorite pieces from recently, and watch out for more at the end of this week.  A big round of applause to our talented students.

Andrea Istwan created this invitation to a party, and we love it! With winter and Christmas on the way, the snowflakes and ribbon design have us excited for the holidays.  We’re ready to let it snow, too, Andrea! If you like this, check out her shop over here and don’t forget her blog.

The blue-colored theme continues with this work by Keatra Patton (come stop by her shop, right over here!).  The quote is a good inspiration for those bad days we all have, and the way she incorporated the clouds into her font is really clever. Thanks for sharing, Keatra!

Michaela Horton shows us how simplicity can lead to beautiful designs. She combined a simple font, some complimenting colors, and the finishing touch of a tiny heart graphic to create something we fell in LOVE with. Visit her here! If you want to learn how to make typographic posters like this or the ones above, check out our Illustrator 101 class.

The Wait is Almost Over!

That’s right, just one more day until we release our 2013 Nicole’s Classes schedule!

We know you’ve been eagerly awaiting this exciting announcement and we can’t wait to share all the new classes we’ve been working on with you. There will be some courses that you’ve been asking for us to teach for years, all the old favorites and some new creative disciplines you might not have known you wanted to learn! So make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter and be sure to check the blog tomorrow for all the details.

A little birdie told us you’ll want to be first in line to get a spot before they’re gone!

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