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Design Spotlight: Charlyn Woodruff

September 16, 2014

Our Design Spotlight falls today on artist Charlyn Woodruff of CW Designs, who joined GCU in 2912 and has been making us smile since with her sweet designs.


Hello, my name is Charlyn Woodruff, my husband and I have 3 daughters (20, 19 and 10)  and  7 cats and live out in the countryside of WV where it takes 40 minutes to get to the grocery store!

Being that I am a stay at home mom and wife and a self taught artist in many different mediums, years ago  I started looking for ways to work from home to help my family financially. I began my adventure as a polymer clay artist when the sculptures I created were loved by family and friends and I thought others might enjoy them as well, so I started selling my creations on Ebay, Etsy and my own website. I had even added a few photograph designs of my creations to Zazzle. To my surprise others loved my creations as much as I did creating them and they became in high demand being one of a kind creations of which I would only create once, never to be recreated again.

I created my sculptures until the beginning of 2011 and due to the high demand and stress of having so many orders to create and ship and only one of me, and most of all my father passing away on Dec 31, 2010  my heart was shattered and broken and I could no longer and no longer wanted continue creating or anything else at that time and so I closed down all my stores and website except for my Zazzle store.

After my Dad passing away, my heart just wasn’t there anymore, he was my best friend and I was so very lost without him, it was like nothing mattered anymore and over that year I decided to dabble more into graphic design due to it wasn’t as stressful or time consuming as the polymer clay sculptures and the thought of working on them made me even more sad. So I slowly started adding designs to my Zazzle store, more as to help me work through the pain of losing my Dad than anything else. It kept my mind occupied to the point where I could tune everything else in life out at least just for a little while.

And over the past 4 years, I have branched out to other POD sites, such as Cafepress, Skreened, and started a card store on GreetingCardUniverse, created my own website ( which is still a work in progress lol) and this past year my own original graphic artwork Charlyn Woodruff CW Designs  is also on I enjoy having a wide range of art styles from cute to elegant to fractal art, it allows me to freely create what suits my mood for that day.

I know my Dad would be so very proud of me, he was and always will be my best friend and I am so grateful for POD companies and GreetingCardUniverse for not only giving artists a place to share their art with the world but it also helped me and is still helping me work through the most difficult time in my life when I lost my heart.

I picked this cute cat Christmas card that I created because Christmas was always mine and my Dad’s favorite time of year as we both loved decorating and just spending time with family and being that I am a cat lover and have 7 cats of my own, it is one of my favorite cards and makes me giggle when I see it! I know I don’t have many cards but  I am looking forward to adding more fun cards to my GCU store as well as my other stores, it has taken time but I will keep on going, that is what he would want me to do. I know he is always with me no matter where I go ❤

For me the best compliment for any artist or designer is for others to enjoy your artwork and designs as much as you do when you create it by sharing it with their  family and friends or displaying it in their home or office!

I hope you enjoy my artwork and designs and may you find something that makes you giggle or smile!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 16, 2014 10:41 am

    Hi Charlyn, what a beautiful write up. I am so very sorry for your loss, but glad to hear that your creativity helped you and continues to help you move forwards. I think your card shown here is wonderful, it’s beautifully illustrated with a great sense of fun and it certainly made me giggle. Wishing you lots of enjoyment and success here at GCU – Natalie 🙂

  2. Charlyn permalink
    September 16, 2014 7:33 pm

    Thank you so much Natalie for your words of kindness! 🙂 I am so happy my card made you giggle, and I am looking forward to creating many more fun designs!

  3. September 18, 2014 11:05 pm

    Nice to have you in our community Charlyn! Your story and cats will bring smiles to many and hopefully many feel good moments back to you 🙂

  4. Charlyn permalink
    September 19, 2014 12:10 am

    Thank you so much Mindy! It is a pleasure to be a part of GCU 🙂

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