Dillon and Ilana

Hayutin Heartfelt Creations

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About Hayutin Heartfelt Creations


My name is Dillon Hayutin. When I was four, I asked my parents for art lessons for my birthday. My dad scanned my artwork to share on our family website. Everyone loved my artwork so much, that my mom started printing my designs onto cards.

In 2000, I gave my kindergarten teacher my cards for the holidays. She was so impressed that she asked me if they were for sale! She made a deal with me, that if she bought my cards, I would promise to learn about starting my own business, and open a savings account for college at the Young Americans Bank. That was the start of my business, Hayutin Heartfelt Creations!

In 2001, my sister started taking art lessons, and we became business partners.  Our business includes note cards, bookmarks, coasters, placemats and 11x14 matted copies. Our artwork has won in art contests and been bought by art collectors. Most recently, we were awarded the Young Americans Center for Financial Education’s 2006 Young Entrepreneur of the Year. We also have made donations to charities. We were asked to donate 65 pieces of our artwork for display at The Children’s Hospital. In 2005, we donated the profits from our card sales in September to benefit the children of Hurricane Katrina.

We have been commissioned to design original artwork, placemats for the Young American Center for Financial Education boardroom and the Denver Newspaper Agency and a Wedding Collection-invitation, bookmark and thank you notes.

We figured out our best selling products are our cards. Instead of selling individual cards we decided to package them. We now package our cards into three different collections: Award-Winners, Favorites and Recent Works. This makes selling much less complicated and the customer’s decisions easier which lets us sell even more!

And best of all, our card business grew so much that we hired a professional print company instead of printing the cards on our home computer. While each card costs a few cents more, it sure cuts down on our labor, which allows us even more creative time!

Dillon and Ilana, a brother and sister team, each began art lessons at the age of four.  The business began when Dillon’s kindergarten teacher received his cards and asked if they were for sale. Since then, they have received numerous artistic and entrepreneurial awards. Their works reside in the collections of distinguished individuals and businesses.