Zazzle Holiday 2016: Non-Traditional Style Card Round-Up

This selection of cards is perfect for the family or couple with a modern aesthetic and non-traditional edge. Do you have a pink tree? Do you decorate with all the colors of the rainbow because red and green just aren't fun enough? Then you'll love these fresh takes on the traditional Christmas card and still come away feeling joyful.

"Inline Peace Everything" by Hooray Creative

"Boho Joy Watercolor" by Paper Dahlia


"Holly Jolly" by Christina Novak Designs


"Modern Joy" by Hooray Creative

"Blue Floral Christmas" by Phrosné Ras Design



"Mid Century Ornaments" by 2birdstone


"Big Noel" by Andi Pahl


"Photo Tree" by 2birdstone


"Starlight" by Leah Busch Studio


"Fa La La" by Montgomery Fest


"Iconic Nativity Scene" by Becky Nimoy

Cyber Monday Deals at Minted.com

If you haven't ordered your holiday cards yet, now is the time! Minted is offering 15% off AND free shipping on all holiday cards. If you're in the market for stationery gift items or art prints for those stylish friends and relatives of yours EVERYTHING else on the site is 25% off.

If you have a photo in mind for you cards, use the Minted’s Find It Fast function and see your photo in every holiday card design on the site. It makes picking your design much easier (or is it harder when everything looks good?). Use the code CYBER2013 for your holiday card discount.

Not into that "traditional" family holiday card thing? Try a card featuring your favorite furry friend. I hear pets are the new kids. ;)

If your pet wont pose in antlers in real life, they'll be happy to wear them on a card in this Reinpet design.

Don't forget mom, there is a ton of stylish, pretty and modern stationery available too! Use the code MON25 for maximum savings!

Try Chic Stripes or one of the other awesome designs available!

Now at Zazzle: Folded Holiday Photo Cards

For you early birds out there, use the discount code CARDSNPOST13 before midnight October 30th to get 50% off your holiday cards and 10% off custom postage stamps.

I've been in the Christmas spirit for at least a third of the year so far which, while awkward for my spouse, is great news for you! Not only do I have a holiday card collection available at Minted I also have a brand new collection available in the 2birdstone Zazzle shop.


























The 2013 Holiday Card Collection at Minted has LAUNCHED!

While many of you were sitting poolside/seaside/barside with fruity drinks and cold beers many of us "computer artsy" folk huddled up to our screens, sweat dripping down our backs, perched under over-worked ceiling fans attempting to choke down hot cocoa while Burl Ives assailed our ear drums and tortured our spouses/roommates/partners/neighbors. Christmas always comes early for the stationer/illustrator/graphic designer and it's hard to "get in the spirit" but somehow we managed. 

Now that it is nearing the official first day of fall, there is a slight chill in the air, and pumpkin spice lattes are flowing in the 'Bucks -- it's officially time to show off all the hard work and design agony of the past two, four, err ... six months. Let me introduce you to  ::trumpets blasting, angels singing:: Minted's 2013 holiday card collection!!

Exclusively created by Minted's global community of independent designers, this year's batch is better than ever before. With a new assortment, Minted also launches real foil-pressed holiday cards! Your holiday card is sure to sparkle, shine, and standout from the rest with Minted's new, real foil-pressed cards! You can even see the shimmer using their "See It Move" feature.


Here are a few of my personal favorites but you're welcome to browse the many pages of top-notch design and find the "One" for you. 

(Plus, if you click my any of these affiliate links and then make a purchase you'll be well-ahead in the holiday spirit of giving by helping me earn a few bucks! Sounds like a win-win if you ask me.)

























Now for the self-plug and for my moms, here are my new designs for the 2013 season.









If you're just not feeling the holidays yet, fine. Have a gander at the awesome Halloween cards and party invitations. You can even get 15% off if you use the code SPOOKY2013. 

There, feeling better now? Good.

Molly & Jason Mesnick's Baby Shower Decor

Big news came via twitter today! My "Animals Born Free" Party Decor suite at Minted popped up as the decor for Molly Mesnick's (of The Bachelor fame) baby shower. Jenny Cookie's created the sweets to reflect the invitation and decor. She even strung some of the table confetti to create a banner for the cake. Let's just get to Lisi Wolf Photography's photos that so perfectly capture the event and decor.


Photos of the shower have been featured on people.com as well as E! online, Yahoo, Project Nursery, The Bump, Lil Sugar, Babble and more. The shower was also shown on E! News!

Pretty awesome.

Trend Watch: Sun Prints


So a year and a half ago I did a little post on flag bunting as inspiration for wedding stationery. Lo and behold, the bunting craze erupted into a mega-huge trend. You see it EVERYWHERE now so in an effort to find out if my post was prophecy or dumb luck I am throwing an official prediction out there for a future wedding and event trend ... the sun print.

I know that artists have been doing this for ages and that there are a great many souls using the cyanotype method of printing for artistic and education applications, but I am guessing that this easy to use method (you can buy kits for cheap at www.sunprints.org) may catch on as a trendy element of weddings and parties. The possibilities are endless! Everything from place and escort cards, table numbers, photobooth props, custom table linens and more will benefit of that pop of blue.

I LOVE cobalt hues (thanks to my Grandma's legendary "blue bathroom" and the collection of cobalt glass she passed down to me) so I couldn't help but try my hand at a sun print-like save-the-date design for Minted's latest challenge.

save the date cards - Sun Print
save the date cards - Sun Print


Do you think sun printing will be a big trend for the coming wedding season? Or should I go buy a lottery ticket and leave trend prediction to the pros?

Need more sun print ideas? Check out these links:
http://www.marthastewart.com/273140/baby-clothes-sun-prints
http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2006/09/how_to_make_sunprint_paper_pat.html
http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/diy/get-inspired-by-sunprints-148995

Head Over Heels Wedding Invitation Challenge

Is open for voting! There are many brilliant designs to rate, everything from the perfect rustic barn wedding invitation to clean and modern ones perfect for a wedding in a science museum. Go now, and let your opinion be known.

wedding invitations - Seaglass Floral
wedding invitations - Seaglass Floral

wedding invitations - Bistro Board
wedding invitations - Bistro Board
wedding invitations - Graphic Photo
wedding invitations - Graphic Photo
wedding invitations - Certified Wed
wedding invitations - Certified Wed

Minted has announced the winners and editor's picks for the Quickfire Children's Stationery challenge. There are many great designs and they'll be for sale just in time for holiday season gift giving! Check them out here.


Two of my designs were selected as editor's picks; "Simple Badge" and "Chic Stripes" have made the cut and will be available for purchase this holiday season.