Diesel + Juice Print

Recently I had the pleasure of working with Michele from Diesel + Juice! She’s a phenomenal graphic designer that created a beautiful print of mine and my husband’s first kitty Biscuit!

A little bit about Diesel + Juice:

I am an illustrator, graphic/web designer, photographer, and studio Artist.  I’m a quiet humble human who hides away constantly creating and learning new things. I love art, ink, and lots of caffeine. 

Diesel + Juice is an illustration project that was inspired by my love for my English Bulldog Diesel and feisty feline, Juice, and has transformed into an obsession. I have an ever growing selection of modern prints for your everyday home and I absolutely love to draw custom portraits of your adorable pets. I get extremely excited every time I send over a proof of a new portrait to its owner. So far I’ve had lots of tears [happy tears] and I feel so blessed every time I get to draw an animal that is no longer with us. I love offering the opportunity for you to talk about your pet and I do my best to capture those tales in the illustration which often gives the print more energy than the original photograph. Getting a custom portrait made isn’t just a cute print you’re receiving from me, its an experience. I want you to end up with something you will love for years to come and will work with you until it captures your animal perfectly. 

I was so excited about the opportunity to have one of my cats illustrated! She originally asked if I wanted Grits or Gravy to be the featured cat, but I couldn’t live with myself if I only chose one of them. So, I chose Biscuit. She was our first cat and I loved her so much! And unfornatuely we lost her to FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) in December 2010. She was only 1 1/2 years old.

So I send Michele some photos of Biz (Biscuit’s nickname). . .

(this was my favorite)

And she created this:
I was so excited to see it because it looked so much like her! The print was on high quality paper and was very detailed.

I immediately put it in a frame, from Ikea, and I have it set aside to go up on the future gallery wall at the new place. Cannot wait.

She was absolutely a dream to work with. Great communication. Offered suggestions. Quick to respond. I would highly recommend working with her if you are looking do to a custom print OR just purchase a pre-made print from her shop.

And she generously offered to giveaway some of her work on my blog!

Here is what she’s giving away:
(there will be 3 separate winners!)

**if you can’t wait until Saturday to find out if you won, use the coupon code “SMALLTHINGS20” to receive 20% off your order!

Here’s how to enter:
(in order for your entry to be counted, you must use the giveaway tool below.)
Winners will be chosen on Saturday April 14th! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ashley won the 5×7 print of your choice
Jen won the 8×10 print of your choice
                      Angela won the custom pet portrait illustration


  1. Ashley says

    What a wonderful giveaway! My dog is absolutely my best friend and I’d love to have a portrait of her! (AND Saturday is my birthday, so fingers crossed!)

  2. says

    Thanks for the opportunity of winning a portrait of our beloved cat. He is spoiled enough to have his own portrait. Love the energy, good info and fun of your blog!

  3. Suzanne says

    I’m such a sap. Sitting here at my desk crying. I’m so sorry for your loss. My kids (2 cats and a dog) are my life. I can’t imagine losing one of them. The print of Biscuit is gorgeous.

    • Anonymous says

      I’m glad someone else commented in this too. I couldn’t concentrate on the content after reading about Biscuit. :( its so sad to lose a baby

  4. says

    I really would love to win this. My fiance and I had to put our puppy down (he was a year a 4 months old) due to kidney failure. I cry still about it and this would look beautiful in the new home we plan on buying.

    Even if I don’t win I might have them do something! Thanks Kate!!

  5. Tomiko Lewark says

    I like the new look of your site. Very neat and fresh. This is a great giveaway and thank you for thinking of pet lovers everywhere. Our beloved labs turned 11 yesterday! We had party hats and cupcakes for them. Our fur babies are our children and we love them dearly.
    Thank you so much for all of your tutorials.

  6. says

    I have the sweetest and most loveable puppy (OK, so he is 3 put looks like a puppy to me) named Bam Bam. He is my first dog ever and my husband took him in as his own once we got married. Sad part is now I can’t pry Bam Bam away from his side, LOL!

  7. says

    The Biscuit portrait turned out so perfect!! I can’t wait to see some photos of it all hung up
    I entered and I’m excited, the etsy store has so many great things to choose from!

  8. Candy says

    Just wondering…..you said that Biscuit passed away in December 2012…..did you mean 2011? Love the new look, btw!!

  9. says

    Sweet portrait of your kitty!!

    p.s. I’m not exactly sure what I’m supposed to put in the text box for each of those “plus 1s” — I just put my username/email address if it was different.

  10. says

    I just want to say thank you for featuring her shop! My mom’s beloved chihuahua passed away on Saturday, and she is just heartbroken. I cannot wait to order a custom portrait of Mimi for her!

  11. Nicole says

    We lost our cat Barbarella to FIP a few years ago and it was heart breaking. She was my husband’s baby. Such a horrible thing to go through with absolutely no cure. I may have to get a portrait done of her. I love this.

  12. says

    I see she has PUGS on the site!! I’m not a cat person (sorry… I would be in theory, but they always break my stuff. I’ve wanted to get one for our daughter… we argue 😉 ) But I do have a PUG! And it’s so bad, but I have a voice for him… so he’ll hold whole conversations with people. And with me. I teach and my students know about it, too, because I’ll lapse into the voice like a crazy insane person. But it’s so funny! I’d love to get more pug art. I already have some pieces… my daughter, at 17 months, can identify all the pugs in our house as Wally. And my twitter account is actually Wally’s. I’m crazy, aren’t I. Now I’ll never get to meet you. Rats.

  13. says

    Fingers crossed I win!!! Let’s say I don’t – does the discount expire? My birthday is next month and I would LOVE a portrait of my dog from my husband! :) And let’s be honest, knowing husbands and gift giving, he will order it the day before my birthday. :)

    • says

      ahaha I love this! As long as he orders with enough time to ship, I’ll be sure to get it done in time for you! I had a lot of men order prints for their females the day before Valentine’s Day.. There was no chance they’d get it in time but at least they had a digital file to show em ;]

  14. says

    Hi Kate – Thank you for this .. I just found out I’m going to have to put my beloved dog Nigel down. He has been the center of my life for 13 years. I’ve been just heartbroken and full of grief the last few days. Pets bring such joy to our lives..

    • says

      Jodi, I’m so sorry you are going through this. Brings tears to my eyes. Know that he’ll be at peace. And you’ll be able to look back fondly on your time with him! 13 years is a long time!

  15. says

    sorry for the random question but what kind of cat litter box and cat litter do you use? I have 2 cats and they do not like to share the cat litter box, I dont know what to do.

    • says

      With 2 cats, its recommended that you have 2 litter boxes in your home. One per floor. We only have one right now, due to space issue, but I’d love to have 2 if we have space at our new place.
      I use Fresh Step litter, it’s great, but I’ve also used Arm & Hammer. Both a great for cutting the odor. And I’m not sure of the brand of the litter box, but it’s a large box with a lid. It has an opening, but not a door.

      Hope that helps!

  16. says

    Her prints are simply gorgeous! We adopted our cat Inca from a local shelter and he’s the sweetest cat I’ve ever had. I don’t know what I’ll do when the time comes for him to pass, I tear up even thinking about it. I may just have to get a print of him. Thank you for posting!

  17. Anonymous says

    Love the new look! I told Lauren the same thing. I told her it’s the perfect time of year for new things & new beginnings…Spring :)~Karri

  18. says

    This is such a wonderful giveaway, thanks for the chance to win! I’m moving away from my family pets in a few weeks and it would be wonderful to have a print of the dogs so they’re always with me :)

  19. says

    These are wonderful and I love the print of Biz, so precious. I have two cats that I love and I will definitely have a print made. Thank you for sharing!

  20. Ashley says

    Somewhere on your site (perferrably with each giveaway post) you should include some information about how the winner will be contacted…or if we need to contact you to the claim the prize. (The winners all have common names and I’m sure it’s confusing about which Ashley, Jen, and Angela actually won.) This giveaway process clarification would really help…

  21. Kate says

    Another random question. Since you have so much good advice, I noticed you have the same fabric couch as I do. So maybe you can advise on this too… I LOVE my couch, but the fabric tends to pill very badly (cats, dogs, babies, etc climbing all over) Have you noticed this with yours? Any tricks to keeping it look so nice?

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