Design

Freebie: Easter Egg Decorating Party Invitation

Every time Micah catches a glimpse of the box of food coloring in the cabinet, she asks if we can dye eggs. She really, really loves it - what kid doesn't? It's something she looks forward to every year, and it's been so much fun to watch her change from this little toddler who "dyed" plastic eggs into an independent little 4-year-old who can do it all by herself.

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This year, I'm planning on having a small little egg dyeing party with some of the girls' closest friends. I worked on these invitations all afternoon yesterday, filled in all the blanks, and then realized that we'll be out of town that weekend. Guess we'll have to reschedule.

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I'm envisioning a little party outside on the deck with Kool-Aid for egg dye, stickers and washi tape for embellishments, and fun memories with friends. If I get ambitious, there might be some snacks involved, but let's don't go overboard :)

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If you're hosting your own Easter Egg Decorating Party, click here to download these DIY Printable Easter Egg Decorating Party invites, print and cut them out, and hand them out to all your kiddo's little friends. Or your friends. Because grown-ups like to have fun too, right??

If you download the invitations and enjoy them, please leave a comment to let me know! I'd love to hear about your party. Happy printing!

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Until next time, grace and peace.

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Custom Design: Near and Far Military Family Christmas Cards

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I know, it's kind of strange to feature Christmas cards in March, but I promise there's a good reason for it. Just keep reading, you'll see. Last holiday season, Amanda from AYP Photography and I teamed up to make life easier for her clients and offer them a selection of beautifully-designed Christmas cards, but she had one client, Lori, who had more of a custom design in mind. Lori's husband was serving overseas in the military and unable to make any of the family photo sessions, but Lori really wanted to find a way to include him in their Christmas cards. Here's the design we came up with.

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It was a tremendous honor to work with a military family on such a special project. I'm so appreciative of the sacrifices military families make for the rest of us. The Davis family is one of many, and I was proud to help their family in some small way.

Last week, I was pleased to hear that far finally came near for the Davis Family. Lt. Col. Davis came home a few days early, surprising his family at an Ole Miss basketball game, and the reunion was priceless.

In case you were wondering, this is the best part about my job. I love making connections with people and getting to be a tiny little part of the special little moments of their lives. I wish I had more time for custom work, but between taking care of two little ladies, filling orders in the etsy shop, and trying to keep the laundry pile at a manageable level, it doesn't always happen. I'm glad it worked out this time around.

Until next time, grace and peace.

Freshly Minted: Save the Date Cards

Wedding season is nearly upon us, which, as I'm sure you can imagine, is a busy time in the stationery world. I'm excited to share that I have three designs in Minted's 2014 Save the Date collection. I squealed (out loud, no less) when I saw that Minted had chosen one of my new designs to feature on the home page. I had to take a screen shot and share it here, because I'm sure you're just as excited as I am. In a community of designers as talented as those at Minted, it's an honor, to say the least.

I have three cards in the collection this year, including two brand new designs.

Rustic Charm Save the Date Cards

Rustic Charm is a sweetly simple save the date card featuring delicate lace on a kraft background. I love that it's both casual and elegant at the same time. It's ideal for couples planning a sweet and memorable day.

Awash Save the Date Cards

Awash is a classic and sophisticated design bathed in a subtle wave of color. The colors can easily be changed to coordinate with any scheme. With effortless beauty, it's perfect for couples planning a slightly more formal affair.

Timeless Save the Date Cards

Timeless lives up to its name. It features the couple's names in beautiful script that will never go out of style. Depending on the photo, it can be either modern or traditional, which makes it the obvious choice for couples looking to strike a balance between the two. Timeless is also available in postcard and magnet formats, both of which are fun and affordable options to consider.

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My designs are only three of the countless stunning designs in Minted's save the date collection. See something you like? Get your save the dates at Minted and use the coupon code SHOPZU2BCU to receive 10 percent off your entire order.

Happy shopping!

Until next time, grace and peace.