Monday, December 13, 2010

Chronicle Books Haul-idays

Chronicle books announced their Haul-idays winner and unfortunately it wasn't me. But thanks to everyone who entered!

The winner of the Happy Haul-idays haul of books is:

Chronicle is now giving everyone who entered and their blog readers 35% of and free shipping until Dec. 16th. Here's the info:

Go to the Chronicle website:
35% off + free shipping through December 16, 2011
Use this promo code at checkout: HAULIDAYS

So basically you could buy $500 worth of books and it would only cost $325!! Oooo, tempting!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Last Book Signing

Tomorrow (Tuesday 11/30) is my last book signing of the season. I'll be at the Warwick, RI Barnes and Noble. I hope to see you there!

Nov. 30 5 pm -6 pm

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

NYC Subway Sign

If you will be riding the subway in New York City anytime before the holidays keep an eye out for my work! The MoMA included a photo of my newest greeting card "Portable Yule Log" on their subway poster. If you see it can you please, please take a picture and send it to me!! I will not have a chance to see it in person but I would love to see a photo. Thank you in advance!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Demos at Barnes and Noble Warwick, RI

If you'd like to see me and my book "Winter Wonderland: Charming Winter Paper Sculptures for Parties, Holidays, and Home Decor" in person, come visit us at the Barnes and Noble in Warwick, RI on the following dates:

Nov. 11 1 pm - 2 pm
Nov. 19 3 pm - 4 pm
Nov. 23 12 pm - 1 pm
Nov. 30 5 pm -6 pm

I will be demoing some of the projects from the book and speaking about my career as an illustrator and paper engineer.

I hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The reviews

Some of the wonderful people out in the blog-o-sphere have been kind enough to review my book Winter Wonderland Easy Papercraft. If you'd like to see what people are saying here are the links. You can win a copy of my book on this site! You can win a copy of my book on this site!

Monica Lee

Thank you very much for the kind reviews!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

MoMA Holiday Cards Portable Yule Log

It's that time of the year again! The time when the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art in NYC) puts their newest holiday card line on their website for sale. That means I can finally reveal to you my newest card.

My newest addition to the line is the "Portable Yule Log." It comes flat in the envelope and slides easily into a 3 dimensional yule log. There is a place to write a personal message on the back along side the greeting "Warmest Wishes". It's quite funny if I do say so myself.

Update:  Unfortunately this card is now sold out.  But please check out the right hand column of this blog to see many other items I've illustrated and designed that are available to purchase online.  And you can always find my newest creations for the MoMA by clicking here or my visiting the and searching for "Mary Beth Cryan." Thank you! 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The MBS Conference

The Movable Book Society Conference is Sept. 23-25 in Portland, Oregon. I am really sad I am going to miss it. But if you want to get into the business or are a collector you should go! It's fun.

For more info visit

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Paper Shaper Forest Friends

I have been really busy this year on all kinds of fun projects. Unfortunately they are all top secret until they come on the market, so I can't tell you about them yet. But Amazon just spilled the beans on my new book that is coming out in March of 2011. It's called Paper Shaper Forest Friends and it's available for pre-order on Amazon here: Paper Shaper Forest Friends.
I'll let you know as soon as more details are released!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Winter Wonderland by Mary Beth Cryan

It is finally time to reveal the big project that I worked on all last summer! My first book "Winter Wonderland: Charming Winter Paper Sculptures for Parties, Holidays, and Home Decor" is now available to purchase! I conceptualized, illustrated, wrote, and engineered the book. It is being sold exclusively through Barnes and Noble. I don't know if it's in the stores yet but it's available on their website here: Winter Wonderland

It comes in a beautiful gift box with 12 winter themed paper projects for you to pop out and assemble (no cutting required). It also contains a book with photos of the projects, instructions, instructional illustrations, some information about me, a paper craft resource section, and additional templates that you can photocopy (so you can make the projects over and over after you use up the pop out pieces that are included in the kit). It also comes with a pre-assembled 3D squirrel ornament. And would you believe the whole kit is only $14.95?

Here are some photos:

Friday, May 21, 2010


My name is Jordan Sondler and I am Mary Beth's summer intern.  I will be assisting with things around her studio until I return to Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in the fall.  I am a Junior Illustration major with a Book Arts concentration.  Although I attend school in Baltimore, I have lived in Rhode Island for most of my life.  
I am interested in Illustrators such as Jillian Tamaki, David Hughes, Josh Cochran, Hannah Lee, Sara Fanelli, and Timothy Karpinski.
I have started to incorporate Photoshop into my illustrations, and I think that working with Mary Beth will help to familiarize me with Illustrator.  I am very excited to see how my work progresses after this summer and to help Mary Beth as much as possible.  Here are a few pieces that I have worked on this past semester.

A personalized skateboard deck for a "client" [Ink, Gouache and Digital]

A sketchbook entry [Ink]

A poster for the singer Mirah [Cut Paper and Digital]
A sketchbook entry (Ink)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Pop-Up Exhibit

The invitation I designed for my wedding is currently on display at the Public Library of Cincinnati. It is part of their exhibit "The Wonderful World of Pop-Ups: From the Collection of Carolyn S. Hughes." Stop in if you're in the area!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

"Green" Family

I was looking over my portfolio and decided I need more new editorial pieces. Here's a piece on the topic "Raising a 'green' family."

Please click on the image to see it larger.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Philbrook Museum of Art Visit

My trip to the Philbrook Museum of Art was very successful. I gave a presentation about pop-ups and toy design to 150 locals, met some wonderful people who work at the museum, got a fascinating tour of Tulsa, and sampled some local cuisine.

The event was part of the museum's family program. Here are some pictures from the presentation and the art project that followed.

Thank you Philbrook Museum of Art for the opportunity!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Philbrook Museum of Art

I will be speaking at the Philbrook Museum of Art on Feb. 27th 2010. The presentation includes information about my journey as a professional artist as well as handouts and instructions to make your own pop-up card designed by me. I will also be signing greeting cards after the presentation.

Here's the link to the Philbrook Museum and some more information from their site:

An Afternoon with Mary Beth Cryan

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2010
Times: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission
Room: Patti Johnson Wilson Hall

Meet the Princess of Pop-Ups, Mary Beth Cryan, an award winning paper engineer, illustrator and toy designer. Cryan has designed pop-up books and greeting cards, many of which
are currently sold at the Museum of Modern Art and Target, among other places. Discover how she got her start and learn cool tricks of the trade from Cryan to make your own original
pop-up card with your family.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Toys "R" Us Gift Cards

The Toys "R" Us gift cards I designed and illustrated are currently available in stores. I am thrilled with them. The colors printed gorgeous!

The assignment was to design creative, novelty gift cards with play value. Since novelty and creative are my middle names it was the perfect project for me. The first card is a die-cut crown. The second is a jeweled ring that can be worn by the recipient. And the third features a removable cat that can be used as a bookmark.

Here they are featured on their riders.