Duluth resident and mother of four Randy Bieniek invented Canine Cardz, which is eight games in one container for children ages 5 and up. (Special Photo)
DULUTH — Duluth resident and pet portrait artist, Randy Bieniek found her claim to fame when she created the image of a black and white cat be the artwork on the “Spay & Neuter” Georgia car tags.
As an artist, she is always working on new creations. In July, Bieniek debuted her children’s card game, Canine Cardz, at the Atlanta Gift Show at AmericasMart in downtown Atlanta.
“Buyers for gift shops, museum, resort shops, pet stores and mail order catalogs travel to this show to place their wholesale orders for the Christmas shopping season,” she said. “This (was) the perfect opportunity to debut my children’s card game and to take orders also for a line of 25 note cards featuring my art work of real dogs and cats and their true stories.”
The Duluth mother of four began painting as a way to relax after retiring from her position as a school psychologist to raise triplets. The idea of dogs came from her children.
“I created Canine Cardz because as a mother, educator and dog lover, I wanted to come up with an educational game that appealed to parents, was entertaining for the entire family and could be played many ways,” Bieniek said. “Canine Cardz seamlessly reinforces reading, color recognition, matching, fine motor skills and visual memory.”
Canine Cardz is designed for children ages 5 and up with one to five players. The games features a cylindrical carrying case containing a card deck that is eight games in one. The cards feature illustrations of dogs, plus there is a sketchpad, colored pencils and 10 Draw-A-Dog cards.
“Becoming a game inventor and manufacturer takes perseverance and patience, but Canine Cardz is something I believe fills a need for a universal game with lots of play value,” Bieniek said. “Game, art, pets — who doesn’t love that? It has been satisfying as well on a personal growth level, too.”
Bieniek also created Zazzy Pals, where she paints actual pets for cards and keepsakes. For more information about both products, visit zazzypals.com.