Safari Theme Passport Stamps

A customer reached out to me on Etsy to create some unique passport style stamps for her son's 7th birthday. They are planning a zoo scavenger hunt party (kind-of awesome). Each kiddo gets a passport book and a map of the zoo with 7 destinations. For every stop they make they get a stamp in their passport. That is some hard core Mom planning, she gets an A+ in my book. Here is a look at the stamps I created for her:

I think these are a fun addition to any birthday invitation or envelope. I've added two of these safari stamps to my shop, available here. Leave a comment below if you would like to see more of these in the shop! 

Friday Freebies - Happy Easter print

I've been wanting to start a new section of the blog where I provide some free goodies for you. Every other Friday I plan to provide some instant downloads that you can print off and frame around your home, at your wedding, for your desk.. etc. Its basically a win-win, as I get to design something fun for myself, as well passing some free content along to you! Happy to kick off this first edition of "Friday Freebies" with some seasonal Easter prints. Usually I am not a big pastel girl, but paired with minimal text and the "Let's Brunch" line, I think these prints are modern and sorta hipster-y. 

I did a horizontal 7 x 5" solid color version, seen here:

As well as a plaid Gingham version seen here:

Above is a look at the 4 colors I did in each design, for a total of 8 available prints. All you have to do is click on the link below, print it out at home and pop it in a frame. I love me some white frames with white matting, as it goes with any occasion or decor. Scroll down to download your FREE easter prints now!

Baby Girl Nursery - design plans!

Well we are about 4 months away from Baby Girl's arrival! I'm 23 weeks and feeling her move like a maniac. I'm still a little lethargic this trimester, but overall I cannot complain. Pregnancy is very good to me. No nausea or morning sickness... actually the opposite, wanting to eat all the things (aka sour patch kids.) But its time I started thinking about her nursery. Luckily we have 3 bedrooms upstairs, so we are converting a guest room in to a nursery, but still keeping the queen size bed in the room. Which does present some challenges, but I just overall love the interior design of this room so much (probably more than my Master Bedroom) so I don't have the heart to start from scratch. 

We were lucky enough to have the talented Tara Bielecki shoot some newborn shots in the room, I'm telling you, the light in this room is so good. Here's a few photos from that shoot where you can get a sense for the current room design. Before I knew we were having a girl, I had started this Pinterest board specifically for the room. A boho southwestern elegant space that will now be overrun with children's books and stuffed animals. 

Things like the bed, gold antlers and mirror will all be staying in the room. We'll basically be occupying the direct opposite corner for baby girl. Luckily being the second time around, we have a better sense for what she needs, and can keep some overflow in her big brother's room. Now for the good stuff. I started a Pinterest board for some not too girly, boho southwestern-y vibe spaces here. And I came across this gorgeous mint colored room from Happily Hayley. Check out her blog for more images, such a great little girl's room. And I'm lusting over that Lulu & Georgia Elodie rug. 

This nursey from Emerson Grey Designs has the most fabulous West Elm rug and great artwork!

I love the neutral vibe of this room, it has pink but it is not overwhelming. Photo by Marisa Grabowy Photography.  

Here is a look at the mood board I put together for our nursery. I first discovered the felt ball garlands and that really inspired the color scheme for the whole room. Can't wait to hang these over her crib. I already have a jute rug in the room, and the rocker will be "borrowed" from her brother. The artwork is a steal, mostly from Michaels! And I'm 'splurging' on the Lulu & Georgia Elodie Pillow since the rug just isn't in my budget. All the sources are below!

1.  Felt Garlands from Etsy | Starting at $18
2. Elodie Pillow from Lulu & Georgia | $79
3. White Crib and Changing Table combo | $299
4. Grey Rocker from Nursery Works | $499 (luckily we already own it)
5. Sheepskin Accent Rug | $79 for a 3x5' 
6. Pom pom basket | $19.99

7. Gold Hello sign | $8.99!
8. Mint and Gold Foil Ampersand artwork | $10.19
9. Cactus art print | $86 for a 18 x 24" print unframed

10. Polka dot crib sheet | $14.99
11.  Navy chevron crib skirt | $44.99
12. Grey Triangle crib sheet | $21.99
13. Coral Pillow | $16.99
14. Chambray Coral/Pink Curtains | $23.97
 

All things green

I don't know if its the spring time weather, or all the plants at Home Depot that have me seeing green lately. One of my summer goals is to revamp our backyard. It is in desperate need of sod, outdoor furniture and general attention. I'll spare you any 'before' photos as its just too tragic right now. In more positive news, I just wrapped up a Eucalyptus theme shower invite. Is eucalyptus the hardest word to spell, or is it just me? When the client sent over her Pinterest board for some green design inspiration, I knew I was going to love working with her on this baby brunch invite. I was so inspired by her pins, I decided to put together my own eucalyptus shower inspiration for you!

And if you are interested in my eucalyptus invitation, here are some more photos. This shower is unique in that it celebrates three out of town mom's to be. So the client asked that I include an insert with registry info, and requesting that guests send items directly to the moms in their home states. Such a smart idea. I could easily see this insert as a "build baby's library" card as well. 

Wedding Inspiration Wednesday - Navy

Hello hello! I want to start a regular feature around here called "Wedding Inspiration Wednesday." Every week or so, I plan to share wedding tips, color palattes and inspiration for all you engaged (or soon to be engaged) humans out there. Let's kick this navy party off with an Ohio wedding featuring blush pink accents and vintage details.  

Lucky In Love - Irish inspired wedding favors

Hey lads and lassies, happy St. Patty's Day! Being one half Irish (with the freckles to prove it) I have always loved this holiday. In years past you would have found me a few beers in, stumbling down a city street parade, but alas.. not while pregnant. I'm headed to my 20 week ultrasound soon to check on the wee lass! But in honor of this great holiday, I thought I would round up 7 lucky Irish themed wedding favors. 

To kick things off, we have a new item from my Shop, these "Lucky In Love" custom tote bags. Perfect for a destination wedding to pack full of snacks as a welcome bag for wedding guests all staying at the same hotel. I love this bag as the couple's names aren't plastered all over the thing, meaning guests wouldn't be sporting your love all over town. Not that that is a bad thing, but you know. I also have a horeshoe tote bag version available here, which does feature the couple's names coming soon!

Next on my list are a few items specifically for your bridal party. I love the idea of making infused whiskey for Groomsmen gifts. Check out the how to on Wedding Paper Divas here.  I also fell in love with these Mint colored drop earrings from this gorgeous Etsy Shop. This simple splash of color would be such a great accent with neutral dresses. Another jewelry item for bridesmaids would be this delicate celtic knot bracelet. And such a steal at $14 smackeroos?

Another great wedding souvenir would be custom wood ornaments shaped like shamrocks. I love the simplicity and hand drawn lettering from this Etsy Shop. Another natural texture item that would be cute to display at each place setting are these individual burlap bags with green shamrocks on them. Pop in your favorite candy and you have an easy DIY favor!

And finally, what would a wedding favor round up from me be if it didn't have wedding koozies in it? These drunk in love koozies have become so popular and I love the idea of doing shades of green to create an ombre effect at your bar. 

Hope these inspire your Irish wedding spirit. Enjoy the weekend! 

When logos you love get rejected. Hospital hand washing logo....

Happy 2017 my friends! I really intend to start blogging more this year, even if they are short and snappy posts. So far this year I have been working with a new client and am excited to share some of the completed work in a few weeks. One of my old-faithful clients is Baylor Scott & White Hospital. We have had a great relationship for many years and they never seem to run out of things to design! The nursing staff at one of the Dallas hospitals wanted to start a hand washing campaign to encourage visitors and staff to consistently wash hands before dealing with a patient. They asked me to come up with a logo and some advertising to highlight this campaign. Below are the 2 concepts I presented. 

I really loved the logo on the left, a more modern icon approach. But the team chose the design on the right and I had to oblige. Enter sad designer face. Part of a designer's job is not to fall in love with any one idea. Ultimately the client has the final say and now the logo on the left will live in my design archives, just waiting for a chance to get recycled. I also designed some posters and flyers to accompany the campaign. 

In an effort to cheer myself up, here is a round up of things I have been loving lately:

1. Outdoor Image inspiration for a summer backyard overhaul. 
2. These tan colored sneaker boots! Yeah, you read that right. I think I could live in them.
3. While we are on the subject of shoes, I think these booties are totes adorbs. 
4. With the Superbowl coming up, I will be eating a lot of queso (obviously). And these oh so easy crockpot french dip sandwiches. 
5. Finally, I am so excited to have a weekend getaway at this Crested Butte hotel.

Featured on The Southern Thing

Howdy friends! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We kept ours simple and sweet, visiting friends and having dinner at home with my Mom's amazing stuffing. I'm delighted to share some photos from the adorable Dara of The Southern Thing blog.  She contacted me about ordering some koozies for her New Orleans wedding and I was happy to oblige. Dara put together a beautiful guide of personalized wedding items, everything from a gorgeous blush and gold guestbook to monogrammed robes for your bridal party. Enjoy these beautiful photos from Dara, and check out her blog for all things Southern and Chic!

Lately....

Howdy! It has been quite awhile since I blogged. I'm chocking it up to a variety of clients coming through the door lately. Everyone from food bloggers to the American Cancer Society. So I thought what better time than now to post a round-up of recent design work. Let's start with a cute photo of a baby... my baby.

It's hard to believe, but this little man is almost one! A whole year, we've survived. I originally did not want to do a first birthday party. C'mon. It's not like he would remember. But then it really started to feel like a milestone. Aaaaand truth be told, I started looking at Pinterest. Which means I got overwhelmingly inspired and found this cute lumberjack inspiration. Coupled with a recent trip back to my college for a football game, and all I could think about was red and black. 

I've also been admiring some "mountain/vintage" design lately. I really wanted to put my own spin on the buffalo plaid craze. Cue plaid shirt photos... This was a recent trip to our friend's mountain house in Como, CO. That view....

But back to the inspiration. I wanted his birthday invitation to feel outdoorsy, Colorado-y, masculine and still playful since it is a first birthday after all. One Saturday afternoon I sat down to design a little logo (because that is what Graphic Designers do in their spare time... design). And I came up with this little emblem. Note the Joann fabric haul in the background. 

From there, it was pretty easy to build out a design for the invitation. I used ALDI font as the primary typeface. Which was a free download from a very talented designer. Once I had a good image (hello baby butt) we were off to the races. I love how the pant-less photo plays in to the "party animal" line. We decided to keep the party simple, coffee and donuts with an open house setting. Which equals no cooking for moi. 

I'm planning to do a few more decor items for his party this weekend. I'll post about that next week (or month, given my recent history). Next up on the design queue was some pro-bono work for the American Cancer Society. I think it is really important for Designers to commit time to passion projects. I had been wanting to volunteer in my community for ages and I reached out ACS Denver about helping with any upcoming events. Lo and behold, they had an annual Gala event they needed help marketing. The theme was Moulin Rouge, and I came up with this vintage carnival type mood board to get the committee on board with the design before I proceeded. 

First up in the design punch list was a magazine add for one of the corporate sponsors, Liv Sotheby's magazine. Then I designed a save the date, and invitation. I kept the vintage parchment paper theme and red and black "carnival" type going throughout the pieces. For the invitation, I wanted it to be a bit more elegant, as it is a black tie event. 

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The 2016 Champions of Hope Gala will also feature an After Party, geared towards young professionals. The tickets are $75, and include drinks, desserts and a DJ. The proceeds go to cancer research right here in Denver. Here's a look at this more 'youthful' spin on the Moulin Rouge theme:

Last but not least, I have of course been designing some new koozies for the Etsy Shop. This time of year really slows down around the shop and allows me to concentrate on enhancing SEO and coming up with new products. I designed a fun wedding koozie for some recent Baylor University graduates, it all started with a 'bear.'

Another Texas gal reached out to me about designing a koozie with a lyric to one of my favorite Texas Country artists, Josh Abbott Band. The song, "She's Like Texas" has a great fiddle and so many Texas landmarks it makes me homesick in the best way. I also designed an adorable "So happy I found you here" koozie for a couple straddling the Kansas City border. 

This last koozie design was a really unique commission. The customer wanted to throw a rock concert/fall bash for her husband's birthday. The "Rocktober" theme is set in a guitar pic. Love it! And finally... for all the upcoming Christmas parties, a "Eat Drink and be Merry" koozie design. 

And lastly (this is easily the longest blog post I have ever written. I commend you if you are still reading this, lol). I worked on a vintage travel theme/vintage national park baby shower invitation. The customer ended up not using this design, but it was too good not to share. This can easily be converted to a wedding shower or save the date invite!

California Courthouse Wedding featuring Let's Party koozies

This fabulous couple ordered the Let's Party koozies for a BBQ dinner the night before their wedding. The koozies were such a hit, they brought them to the reception. Feast your eyes on this Classic California wedding. A chic couple paired with a historic courthouse venue equals Cali cool. Check out more images on The Budget Savvy Bride!

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Photography by Casey Brodley. Let's Party koozies available in my Etsy Shop!

Blush Pink Charleston Hotel Wedding

Its almost the weekend and we will be busy finishing up our big summer project... the fence! Living in Cap Hill Denver, our yard isn't very big to begin with, but tackling a 2-person job with an 8 month old can be tricky. #naptimework. 

I have some gorgeous photos to share from a Charleston bride who selected the Best Day Ever - State Outline koozies. I love the pale pink and white flower arrangements and the ivory bridesmaid dresses! One special detail is the hotel marquee sign featuring their names, I just love that! More of this beautiful wedding can be found on My Hotel Wedding.

Fuchsia Watercolor Wedding Invitation - sneak peek

I am so excited to share a sneak peek of this wedding suite that I have been working on. The bride wanted a contemporary invite with hints of charcoal and fuchsia. Boy did I change her mind! My original drafts included an all charcoal version, as well as this watercolor hot pink option. I was so glad when she choose this bright, fuchsia background.

To offset all the hot pink, I suggested charcoal envelopes and a crisp, white RSVP. This made the groom happy too! The RSVP includes a meal choice for each guest. I love using the icons to indicate dinner options, so cute. Here are a few more sneak peek photos. Can't wait to share more of this suite after the big day in July!

 

 

Harper Made Jewelry collaboration

Happy Friday! It is awfully dreary here in Denver. Wet snowish rain is coming down and I still need to log a 10 mile run this afternoon in preparation for the Colfax Half Marathon in 2 weeks. Eeks! Luckily I trained for a full marathon while getting my Masters in London. So I spent many a rainy day running and sometimes you just gotta suck it up and RUN!

Enough about rainy running... I recently collaborated on a small design project with local jewelry designer, Amanda Harper of HarperMade. Her jewelry has great bohemian style and is such great every day wear. Amanda wanted to launch a new product line called 'Good Vibe Tribe', harnessing the power of crystals and their ability to center your mood. You wear the necklace until it gives you what you need, and then pass it along to a friend. So I designed these simple necklace card holders for each of the 3 crystals.

I love all of Amanda's designs, and HarperMade's Instagram is beautifully curated. Her items are sold locally in Denver boutiques, as well as her Etsy Shop. Feast your eyes on these beauties!

And finally, my favorite of the Good Vibe Tribe Jewelry line, the Rose Quartz. Such a pretty pale pink stone, carrying "compassion and tenderness". Here's to a wonderful weekend!

Kate Spade inspired baby shower invites

Hola readers! I have an adorable new Kate Spade inspired baby shower invitation added to my shop. The momma to be is as sassy as she is classy. So when we chatted about her ideal baby shower invitation, this festive gold confetti, black and white stripe felt so right. Paired with a hot pink accent for her darling little girl, Finley. Stay tuned for more coordinating signage for this kate spade inspired shower!

Along with a little black and white - hot pink - gold confetti mood board to kick off your Monday!

Southern Monogram Wedding Koozies and new designs!

Happy Monday all! Time has been flying so far this year. I've been busy adding a few new wedding koozie designs to the Etsy shop, and I wanted to highlight a popular new design which was featured on the great wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. The bride Jamie wanted a unique southern design to match her elegant garden theme wedding. The navy koozies with gold ink really pop and are such a popular wedding theme right now! Enjoy these photos from the talented Robyn Van Dyke Photography in Chapel Hill, NC. And get this wreath wedding koozie with monogram design here:

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In addition to the monogram design, check out these new koozies in the shop here, here and here. My favorite is probably the "We came for the I Do's and stayed for the Free Booze" koozie design seen here: