Ho! Ho! Holiday Cards (Yep, it’s almost that time again)!

I just ordered my Christmas cards today (yeah, I’m one of those people that’s super early or it never gets done).  And it got me thinking.  Years ago, before I created my own designs, I used to search all the usual vendors for the perfect card.  It took forever …. looking through thousands of designs trying to find one that contained the correct colors to match the photo I wanted to use…. and had the right wording (Happy Holidays? Merry Christmas? Happy New Year?) … and the perfect orientation… and a cute back (gotta have a cute back design!)… and the correct number of photos.  Honestly, it never really worked out.  I always had high hopes, but the colors rarely matched to my photos, and the photos were often cropped weird, and the wording was never exactly what I wanted.  My husband used to wonder why I spent so much time and energy on it.  I couldn’t help it… it just bugged me.  And…well.. honestly… holiday cards are kinda expensive.  And are mailed to all those people you haven’t seen in a year.  Shouldn’t they be pretty great?

So that got me thinking… wouldn’t it be great to be able to offer designs that were based around the specific photos and not the other way around?  After all, that’s what I do for my family’s cards every year.  Why not for everyone else?  And so now I’m happy to be able to offer custom designed holiday photo cards to save you all that hassle.  Who needs extra hassles during the holidays anyway?  And if you still prefer the templates, there’s oodles of new holiday designs available in the shop too!

And for those of you who aren’t used to printing your own cards, check out my page on suggested vendors and other printing tips.  (Hint: Here’s the cliff notes version… try Mpix on their pearl paper.  Can’t go wrong!)

Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas or Happy New Year (which ever wording you prefer)!

A little Halloween Inspiration…

halloween decorations

Who doesn’t love Halloween?  It’s one of my favorite holidays of the year!  I always plan way to early and end up with tons of fabulously frightful ideas.  This year … it’s all about purple, lime green and orange hues in our house.  Sprinkle in some bold chevron, bright diagonal stripes and great polka dots and you’re set for a stylish, festive Halloween Party!  This was the design basis for a brand new  Boo! Halloween Party Kit available in the OandD etsy shop.  It includes loads of digital goodies including a candy buffet Sweet Treats sign, personalized favor tags, Boo bunting, coordinating thank you notes and lots more.  And if you’re looking for some coordinating party supplies and craft ideas, look no farther.  You can find fabulous inspiration in the photo above.  While you’re at it, check out more Halloween ideas on my Pinterest Board and lots of other Halloween printables and  photo cards in the Halloween section of the OandD shop.

Photo Credits (L to R):
OandD’s Boo Invitation,  Mummy Candy JarsSweets & Treats Boutique party supplies, Chocolate Pumpkin Cake,  OandD’s Boo Personalized Favor TagsBOO Mason JarsMore Sprinkled Joy’s Patterned Paper Straws

Happy 4th!

4th of July cupcake toppers

To get your 4th of July party started, you can download some free printable cupcake toppers/tags here!  If you’ve never made cupcake toppers before, below are some super simple directions:

1. Download the item via Google Documents.
2. Print on heavy white card stock (or Avery full sheet labels for stickers)
3. For cupcake toppers, trim into circles (or better yet.. use a 2 inch round punch).
4. Glue the toppers on to either a toothpick or a lollipop stick (you can find those in baking aisles in craft stores).
5. Or trim into squares and use these for favor tags, to decorate vases, pitchers, ice buckets, as napkin rings/ties, large confetti… you name it!

Happy 4th everyone! Hope you have a great day!

Free Printables: Baby Milestones & Growth Chart Templates

baby milestone

After a few minutes of online searching for a quick and easy printable template to track baby milestones, I realized that nothing was really available. I’ve learned by the second baby that those adorable baby books that you intended to fill out never happened. So by the second kid, I’m being a bit more realistic.  Hence, the search for a quick one page template that I know I’ll fill in and throw into a baby book once I get a chance to making it (which will definitely be years later).

So, since I couldn’t find anyone that offered anything, I was forced to sit down and make one myself. And all those second (and third time) parents can download it for free. The download includes two pdf files … baby milestones and a coordinating growth chart available here. (Please note, that the files are for personal use only and can’t be resold or re-distributed in any other manner).

Happy charting!

For a Special Baby Boy on His Way…

Inspired by a very special little boy scheduled to make his arrival in the upcoming weeks, this baby shower party kit is perfect for any baby on his way!  The printable shower kit is full of every little detail to make your shower the perfect party.  A customized invitation, thank you notes, fill-in-the-blank “Dear Baby” cards, envelope seals, favor tags and tons more all adorned with sweet baby blue and soft gray and tan polka dots along with an adorable airplane.  What more does a little boy need?  You can check-out all the digital goodies that just arrived  and are ready to deck out your next baby shower in the Etsy shop.  Happy showering!

Wishing You a *Sparkly* Valentine’s Day!

Girl's Valentines Style Board

For those of us who maybe just didn’t have the time to squeeze in Christmas cards this year (me! me!), no worries… you get a do-over!  There’s always upcoming Valentine’s Day to send your child’s love to family and friends this year.  And with three new Valentine’s Day Photo Cards, you have plenty of options…. a construction-themed boy’s card, a very sparkly (and chic) girl’s photo card, and a (just a tad) glittery boy’s card.  There are lots of other new Valentine’s Day items added to the collection including party invitations, chevron {love} note cards, cupcakes toppers, favor tags and more!  Check out the full collection here.

Ring in the New Year with a Bold Chalkboard-themed Party!

Who doesn’t love a bold & festive New Year’s Party?  And what better way to ring in the New Year than with this chalkboard-themed party kit!  The party package includes an invitation customized with all your party details, 2014 bunting with extra flags to create more banners, cupcake toppers that can also double as favor tags, bold water bottle labels and tent cards each adorned with bunting and “2014” text.  Cards are perfectly sized for food labels and place cards.  The only thing missing is a glass of champaign!  Check out all the digital goodies here.