Saturday, December 24, 2011

my loves

It's Christmas EVE!!

I wanted to show off my little family!
I hardly ever get around to doing my own card, but thanks for my dear friend Courtney, she made me sit down and do it!
She even gave me her own input on the design.
Loved her ideas!

I wanted to do a card, and a little "year-in-review", so I ended up doing them on two separate cards.
I clipped the cards together inside of the envelope, and I love how they turned out!

Main Card: 5x7 - rounded corners
Insert Card: 4x6 - rounded corners
Paper Type: Linen




Friday, December 23, 2011

the morris girls

The Morris girls are absolutely gorgeous!
I've worked with Mandy before on Frannie's baby announcement, and it was fun to see how much she has grown up!

Mandy decided to go with a design that she saw on the Holiday Giveaway post here, but she wanted to make the colors a little more "christmasey".

I loved the way it turned out with the red!

Stay tuned for more for this lovely family.
We are working on some silhouettes for Frannie and Reese right now!

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Thursday, December 22, 2011


Another one that I just had to share!
This family is always a joy to design for, and so easy to please.
I saw a design with a tri-fold on a site that I enjoy looking at for inspiration, and I and I loved it!
The Adams usually do a folded card, because they like to write a personal message in each, so the tri-fold was a perfect fit for them.  They had plenty of room to write their message, and we were able to display their gorgeous photos from the Pied Piper.
I'm sure their recipients love getting the personal message!

Card: 5x7 tri-fold
Paper Type: Art Watercolor

Thanks for letting me work with you again this year!
Loved the way it turned out!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

giveaway winner!!

Finally posting the card from our fabulous giveaway we did a few month ago.

Lindsay Brummer Photography gave us some gorgeous shots to work with, and Tiffany picked this card for her cards:

We did make some changes to the back of the card, so that Tiffany could put a little message to their friends and family, and include their new address since they had moved in the past year.  I loved the way it turned out.  

Card: 5x7
Paper Type: Art Watercolor

We might just have to do another giveaway with a photographer again soon.  Maybe newborn photos, and some free birth announcements . . . stay tuned!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Faerbers

Oh how I love this family!
Some beautiful photos from the Pied Piper made it especially beautiful!

Courtney is always fun to work with because she knows exactly what she wants.
She has the greatest style!
She even helped me come up with an idea for my holiday card, which I'll hopefully be posting soon!

Card: 5x7
Paper Type: Pearl


I'm never a big proponent of the pearl paper, but this card definitely helped me realize that there is a time and a place for pearl, and this was it!  I loved the way it turned out, and the pearl paper gave it that extra "wow" factor!

Loved it!


Monday, December 19, 2011

third time is a charm . . .

This is the third year I've been able to design a Christmas card for this beautiful family, and this year it included a new addition!

They finally added a boy to their cute little brood, and he is so loved by his adoring big sisters!

They wanted to showcase their gorgeous photos from Lindsey Bennett Photography, and keep the from simple, since they were inserting a letter in with the card.

Card: 5x7
Paper Type: Art Watercolor


Thanks for letting me work on your card again this year!
It's always fun!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Little Lyon

Up next . . . the Alvord's holiday card, which doubled as a birth announcement for their sweet boy Lyon.

You might remember a couple of baby shower invitations a while back for this lady here and here.

I was flattered when Kathryn asked me to design her announcement for her darling little boy!

She wanted to have a little holiday, but not over do it.  I was walking around a mall, and saw the saying "all is calm, all is bright" in a storefront window.  I know we've all heard it over the years, but right at the moment I thought of the picture she wanted to use on her card, and it just worked perfectly!

Card: 5x7
Paper Type: Art Watercolor


A handsome little boy, and some gorgeous photography by Lindsey Bennet Photography.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mr. & Mrs. Mills

Oh what fun it was to do this Holiday card!
I loved it.

Michelle is a dear friend of mine from college.
We were roommates our freshman year, and I'm pretty sure we watched the movie Dumb and Dumber together about 70 times that year.
Sad, but true.

She was married this year, in the most BEAUTIFUL wedding ceremony I've ever seen at The Four Seasons Resort, in Santa Barbara.

Her wedding pictures were darling, and we wanted to show them off a bit on her Holiday card, and play on the fact that they were married this year.

The card turned out perfectly!
Thanks for letting me help you out with it Michelle!

Size: 5x7
Paper Type: Art Watercolor

Congrats again to the bride and groom!
What a great day it was.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011


What a fun card this was to work on!
My client contacted me wanting to do a special card for her little girl, here is an excerpt from her inquiry:

My husband and I were expecting our first child on February 16, 2011.  I had some major complications and our daughter was born 9 weeks early, on December 16, 2010. We named her Greta Elizabeth and she was 3 lbs, 0.5 oz when she was born and really struggled.  She was in a neonatal intensive care unit for 7 weeks.  It was a really scary time with several instances in which we weren’t sure she was going to make it.  She had to be transferred to a higher level NICU and had to endure multiple painful procedures.  After her 6th week in the NICU, she suddenly made a great turnaround.  She started to really thrive, gain weight and just do really well.  We were finally able to take her home.  We had to be super careful with her for the few months after she went home to make sure she wasn’t exposed to germs/infection.  She couldn’t go out into public until summertime and could only be around immediate family.  However, since that time, she has done so great and has developed so much.  Today she looks like a baby who didn’t have a rough start at all.

With everything this family endured in Greta's first months, a traditional baby announcement didn't happen, so her parents wanted to go out all on their Christmas card this year, dedicating the theme of the card to their sweet girl.  They wanted to have both, a "holiday" message, and mention their gratitude for the miracles they witnessed in 2011.

I think we succeeded with this adorable folded card which showed the amazing transformation from Greta in the NICU, to Greta now.  What an inspiring story, and what a fighter little Greta is.  She must have a special mission to fulfill here on earth!

Card:  5x7 folded
Paper Type:  Art Watercolor