Thursday, December 31, 2009

blabs. Happy New Year!

I already talked about My New Year but now it's the real New Year and I couldn't be more excited! I'm leaving for Atlanta in a little over 3 hours! Hopefully, traffic and weather will be good and I will make it there before midnight. And any snow that wants to come can hold off till I'm there and not driving in it. Hello! Florida girl here. But just in case... I have my sweater boots on and ready for it.


So everywhere you look there is "The Best of 2009" so here's mine...

Ten Things that Rocked My World in 2009.

~Getting a tattoo with my cousin and bestie.
~Vacation to Tennessee.
~Cruise to Bahamas.
~Starting Project Management program.
~Launching my website
~Reconnecting with old friends through Facebook and Myspace.
~Every moment I spent with family and friends.
~Meeting new friends via blogging and Twitter.
~Learning more about myself and what I love to do.

I can't wait to Rock 2010. And it's going to be rung in just the right way...

What are your plans?

Talk to you next year! Be safe.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

design challenge. project runway. tiffany present.

Here we are...the last week of this month. This year! And here is the last design entry in the Project Runway turned Carol Hannah inspired stationery.


As the others...we have Tiffany blue with black and white details and a lovely monogram set inside a fashionable emblem. This time it's packaged like a Tiffany's box. Will it be your words that are the gist inside?

Any ideas for next month's design challenge?

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Friday, December 25, 2009

blabs. merry christmas.

As you read I am most likely getting all giddy opening my Christmas presents and watching family and friends play with their new toys as we await the calorie free feast. (Yes I said calorie free---they don't count on Christmas!)

With the help of automatic posting I share with you my Christmas Card. I feel guilty everybody didn't get one in their mailbox. I love getting a tangible card. It makes me feel all warm inside. Unlike e-cards. I hope you will forgive me. And I hope you have a very Merry Christmas filled with peace and joy.

Complete with the every so scrumptious Pumpkin Whoopie Pie recipe that can be cut out and saved in your recipe box.


The back...


And for those that have children of the Roxy kind...a treat for them too.


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Thursday, December 24, 2009

design challenge. project runway. tiffany swirl.

Continuing with the Project Runway design challenge. inspired by Carol Hannah I give you this...


Tiffany blue with black and white swirled line details. And of course the emblem and monogram I've come to love so much?

What do you think? Is this a great addition to the first 2 or what?

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

i'm a winner. u can be too.

When I opened my email last Wednesday my jaw about dropped to the floor. I was a winner! I entered a contest with UPrinting. Basically all I had to do was write a testimony. Out of all the wonderful words that were written by fellow bloggers, UPrinting chose me...I still can't believe it. What was the prize, you ask? $100 sent via PayPal! Talk about perfect timing for some Christmas shopping!

And here is how they are using my testimony. I truly am honored to have them sponsor my blog. I meant every word.


Now let's celebrate! Of course with a giveaway. And of course from UPrinting.

the prize. My fave product...Postcards! They are so versatile. You can use them for greeting cards, thank you cards, save the dates, invitations, promotional material...oh the list goes on for miles.


the details. 100 4 x 6 postcards on 14pt cardstock gloss and full color on both sides. The winner will be responsible for shipping. Open to US Residents only.

how to win. Post a comment on this blog post spilling all the juicy details on how you would use these postcards if you won. Get creative. Winner will be chosen January 4, 2010 randomly using

what's in it for me. UPrinting has not only been kind enough to give you 100 postcards, but me as well. Aren't they sweet?

I look forward to seeing ya'lls ideas!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

vote for me on minted.

minted. has dished out another challenge and I ate it up. Now I hope you will serve the dessert by voting for me. ;)

the challenge. One billion valentines are sent each year, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, after Christmas. Minted is seeking fresh designs for Valentine’s cards for children to pass out at school or a Valentine’s Day photo card for families who didn’t have the chance to send out a holiday card.

the prize. The top 3 designs as voted by our community will win cash prizes, with $500 for 1st place, $250 for both 2nd and 3rd places, and $100 for 4th through 10th places. Guest Judge Michele Bell, of the beloved children’s blog LilSugar (, will award one $100 judge’s prize and will blog about her favorite designs from this challenge! The top 10 designs will be sold on, with those designers receiving 5% of net sales of the products sold, in addition to the cash prizes. Minted reserves the right to select additional designs for sale, with those designers receiving $100, plus 5% of net sales. In addition, Minted commissions follow-on designs from designers who regularly enter our challenges and receive high scores.

my entries. Click on the link to vote.

Key 2 My Heart Valentine's Day
Key 2 My Heart Valentine's Day

Handwritten Valentine Valentine's Day
Handwritten Valentine Valentine's Day

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Friday, December 18, 2009

blabs. just because.

It's raining, it's pouring, the old man.....yeah you know how it goes.

It's also the weekend before Christmas and I haven't began my shopping!!!! AHHHHH!

Now I'll leave you with this...

...because I wish I looked that cool shopping.

Found it on Zazzle.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

design challenge. project runway. more carol hannah.

Ok so I liked last weeks Carol Hannah inspired stationery so much I've decided to run with it and expand on it to make a set. The Tiffany blue and black and white details has me swooning. And that emblem! I just may be obsessed with it.

Here is #2 in the set. 2 more to come.


Check out that monogram. Is it not to die for?

What a great design challenge this has become. Totally not where I intended to go with it but sometimes great things happen that way. What do you think, is it superb?

This might just turn into a giveaway. Hint: Start thinking of some names to call this set.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

happy birthday firefox.

To celebrate their 5th birthday Firefox has embarked on a design challenge.

The challenge: create a poster design that will help spread the word about and rally our community around Firefox's 5th birthday.

The prize: The winning design will be featured on Mozilla websites and merchandise, and the winning artist will be highlighted on the Creative Collective homepage and the Mozilla Blog.

The entry:


To vote:

Voting starts December 9, 2009 and ends December 16, 2009. Click here to login and vote. Yes, you must be a member of Mozilla Creative Collective, but it only takes a minute and it's free.

Happy voting and Happy Birthday Firefox!

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design challenge. project runway. carol hannah.

My favorite Project Runway designer was Carol Hannah. I love her style. It is very modern and her dresses can be worn by the average everyday girl. Not to mention that she is this cute southern gal with big personality.

This week I have designed Carol Hannah inspired stationery. It features a modern look with polka dots draped from a custom emblem, that reminds me of a fancy mannequin turned sideways, with a ultra mod monogram set inside. The Tiffany blue and bold black color gives it a French appeal. I think it would be a great addition to any designers desk, no?


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Monday, December 7, 2009

every last detail.

Lauren over at The Design Grove has moved her blog and launched Every Last Detail!

In Lauren's words...

"Every Last Detail will be providing inspiration, ideas, and insight to encompass every last detail of planning a wedding. From inspiration boards to wedding planning tips, all the way to gift ideas and DIY projects for your wedding or home. Coming from the perspective of a recent bride as well as an event professional, there is sure to be something for everyone on Every Last Detail!"

I have been following The Design Grove for a few months now. I always find great inspiration and tips for brides to be. Every Last Detail also features "Resources to Love!" where brides can find vendors, photographers and stationers. And of course you can find me there. :)

So what are you still doing here? Go on over to Every Last Detail and add it to your reader.

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addressing the envelope.

'Tis the season for greeting cards. It's the busiest time of the year for the Post Office with packages and Holiday greeting cards being mailed to friends and relatives all over the world.

Need some help with addressing your envelopes with the proper etiquette? Here's a resource that has been helpful to me. Crane & Co. gives etiquette tips for addressing wedding invitation envelopes, but these tips will work just as well for those greeting cards.

I think a nice touch is to hand write the addresses on your envelopes. It's much more personal and not so commercial feeling. Why not try your hand at calligraphy like I did? Hint: Calligraphy pens at your local craft store are very helpful and can make anybodies handwriting look elegant.


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Friday, December 4, 2009

blabs. my new year.

I'm a little early but it's on my mind right now. I'm thinking about what the year as brought me and how things can change in a single instant. This weekend will actually be a year since my "New Year" began. I have been faced with so much. Heartache, emotional roller coasters, soul searching, fear, happiness, travel, friendships, accomplishments. It has been a year like no other. I have learned about myself and what life really means to me and what I want to do. I am still on that journey and I plan to continue to enjoy it. It's been a selfish year. And that's ok. Because you must know yourself and be true to yourself in order to be true to others and be able to give.

As for that "things can change in an instant" thing. Isn't it funny how one minute you can be completely down on your luck and blue and wondering if you will ever find what you are looking for and then the next, well to be honest, completely...ummmm...smitten. Definitely didn't expect that. Can't wait to see what else is in store. And definitely can't wait till the real New Year. In Atlanta.

Happy New Year!


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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

design challenge. project runway.

Yes I jumped on board this season with Project Runway. As the first season I have ever watched I completely fell for the show. It gave me inspiration. I have no intentions on going to buy a sewing machine and bust out the fabrics and dive into the fashion world. It gave me inspiration for my designs. The show made me think about different ways of doing things, different techniques to use. Generally, it had me thinking outside the box.

So with that said this month's design challenge will be with Project Runway flare.

To get started this was inspired by Heidi's famous quote. "In fashion, one day you're in, and the next you're out."


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Monday, November 30, 2009

design guide.

I like to match. And it has to be a perfect match. I can drive myself crazy running all over town to find the perfect shade of purple shoes to match a purple purse I bought (which I still haven't found!) So when it comes to your branding I think everything should match. And that is often hard when you have a graphic designer create your marketing materials and you want your twitter background to be the same but don't want to fork out the bucks just for a color match. Of course I wouldn't mind doing that for you but I want to make things simple so I created a design guide. I'm offering complimentary design guides with every purchase. Yes, that's right complimentary with every purchase!

Here is what you'll get.

Color swatches with RGB, CMYK and Pantone guide along with fonts all on one easy to reference card.


How bout them apples?

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monthly goal meetup. december.

Monthly Goal Meetup

I found this great idea on Modish Biz Tips blog and I have been wanting to do it for a couple of months now but I have been procrastinating (maybe I should have included as a goal!)

To participate in the meetup:

-Post a list of your business related goals for December, along with your checked off November goals if you'd like, on your own blog.

-Come back here and leave a link to your post in the comments (*If you don't have your own blog to post to, feel free to just leave your list of goals right here in the comments to play along!)

-Then, check out everyone else's lists as they leave comments here- click their links, hop to their blogs, say hello, meet and greet and support each other because that's what it's all about! And if you've participated before, maybe try to say hi to a couple new participants you're unfamiliar with this time around.

Since this is my first one I don't have any November goals to cross off.

December Goals:

1. Complete listings on Etsy.
2. Design sample wedding paper suite.
3. Design wedding marketing brochure.
4. Mail marketing postcard to small startup businesses.

I sure do hope I can get through these this month. What are your goals?

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

happy turkey day.


Well at least the turkeys will be happy if we followed this. lol I'm not much for turkey, but I will be gobbling till I wobble on some ham and other yummy fixins at my moms.

I am thankful for this blog so that I have a creative outlet, even if 2 people read it. It makes me happy. And I thank you if you are 1 of the 2 reading. :)

And of course I am thankful for my family and friends. They are my backbone.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

design challenge. typography. shopaholic.

This will be the last typography design challenge. Ashley commented shopaholic. She definitely is one of those. But hey, aren't we all? No? Hmmm. Well some of us can't keep our minds of shopping...


Stay tune for next months design challenge.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Rich Turbin's Logo and Business Card

I got an email from Lisa Cutright of L. Cutright Photography. Lisa is not only an amazing photographer in Hawaii, she is also pursuing a career as campaign manager for Honolulu City Councilman Rich Turbin. Thus the reason for her email. Rich was looking for some tweaking of his existing logo.





The changes started with shortening Richard to Rich and bringing the blue to more "ocean-ly" (as Lisa put it) blue. I then brought the palm tree up and changed the shape to give it balance.

Lisa also needed a business card for Rich with his new logo. Although, she did the design. I helped her out with making it print-worthy.



Lisa-- Thank you for being an awesome client. I can't wait to work with you again. Good luck with your photography and getting the job. You have my recommendation. I'm so jealous you get to take photos in Hawaii. Lucky lucky girl.

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business cards. make them memorable.

First impressions are the most lasting. When you meet a client for the first time you are trying to win them over and get their approval. You pick out the right outfit, you put a smile on your face, you stand up straight and you attempt to dazzle them with brilliance. But what if your first impression is actually not the first time your meet in person. More often than not this is the case.

Your business card is often the first impression for many potential clients. It can be the deciding factor whether to contact you or not. If you are claiming to be in the creative business and your business card is plain and generic, do you think you will get a good response with it? Most likely not. Here are some tips to make sure you do get that call back...

Good Fit. Your business card should match your branding. It should be all about you. If you are funky and offbeat, then so should your business card. If you are a doctor, then your business card should be neat and clean. Don't be afraid to use unusual shapes. But of course, make sure it communicates what you are trying to say.

Good Design. This goes along with good fit. If you are a photography, please include images of your work on your business card. It serves has a mini-portfolio. Remember to keep things simple though. Usually 3 images will do. More than that, the viewer will most likely not be able to see what differentiates you from other photographers. This works well for those who are not in the photography business as well. Whatever your product is, visuals are good aids and more memorable. Your design should be clear and legible. No fine print or pixelation please. Also, colors should be complimentary and not take away from the overall design. And it should go without saying to check spelling and grammar.

Card Stock. Printing at home is a cheap alternative but it lacks the professional look and is not a good quality paper. They usually have perforated edges that can make your design look tacky no matter how good it is. Spend the extra money to have your business cards printed on good quality card stock. Your cards are being passed around and put into wallets and purses. You want them to last, right? Also, choose the card stock that is right for you. If your business is all about being green, make sure your card is made from recyclable materials. Glossy, also makes business cards look sleek and professional.

This is my business card...



Photographers business cards...





And check out Rich Turbin's here.

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