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

Trend Watch: Agates, Geodes and Marbleizing

I don't know about you, but I've been seeing agate stone patterns popping up all over the place. It certainly feels like a growing trend in the home decor sphere and is even creeping into the stationery and art realm.



West Elm is in on the game with these awesome agate bookends

The most obvious way to get a little agate into your life? Buy some actual chunks of the stone and use them as bookends or coasters and dangly window decor. They even make beautiful jewelry!

blue and edged with gold by kirahley kreations


gold-edged, green agate necklace pendant by FARRAjewel

You can get the agate look on your wall with large sheets of hand-marbleized paper. Toss them in a frame and BOOM, instant art!

pretty mantel styling by The Lovely Cupboard

Like this phone case, there are some great products with agate images to be found on Society6.


If you love these gems of nature like I do, check out my Pinterest board devoted solely to the subject, Agate Crystal Gem.

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.


























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