Valentine, You Make My Heart Glow

Glowstick Valentines are quick, easy and inexpensive to make. I saw several versions of these on pinterest last year. Here is one that caught my eye:


…and I wanted to make something similar for my younger daughter. I downloaded the file from, added panda graphics (from Pandemonium Kit by Mindy Terasawa) and manipulated the text and layout a little in Illustrator. The glowstick bracelets were purchased at Michaels. Here is the final result:


I made a PDF out of the Illustrator file I set up to print five Valentines on one sheet of cardstock (see photo of single uncut sheet of cardstock above). The PDF contains all of the crop marks, cutting lines, and hole punch locations that you’ll need to make these Valentines. Click on the following button to download the file:


iPhone Halloween Costume

Following are some notes on how I made my son’s iPhone costume:
• Apple logo and “iPhone” text on back cut on Silhouette machine using Stampin’ Up silver card stock.
• Icon squares cut out of white cardstock and corner rounder used. My son drew the icons with colored pencils. The icons were attached to the foam core by using a large Xyron machine to apply adhesive to the backs.
• Used Illustrator to design and print out all text and graphic elements (bars, time, battery, etc.) on a black background. All pieces were then cut and glued onto the black foam core board with a glue stick.
• All circular elements (camera on back, circles on bottom front, red number circles on front) cut out with circle punches of various sizes.
• Covered front and back of costume with clear cellophane wrap to imitate the shiny surface of the phone. Attached cellophane with lots of black duct tape. (This also gives the added bonus of making the costume waterproof.)
• Shoulder straps made of 1-1⁄2″ thick grosgrain ribbon secured to costume with more black duct tape.

Alice + Nicholas: Wedding Program

I offered to design a wedding program for a good friend from grad school. Her theme color was an eggplant purple, so I found some heavyweight purple cardstock with a subtle metallic shimmer at my local JC Paper and paired it with a heavy cream colored text weight for the inside pages. It is bound with a French knot laced through two holes punched at the top.

Size: 4″ x 8-1/2″
Cardstock: Stardream (Ruby color), 105 lb. cover weight
Graphics: Ingrid Brushes and Stamps by Maplebrook Studios

“40 is the new 30”

Yes, that is what a few friends told my husband when he turned 40 last month. Let’s hope those friends are right, because I will be reaching that milestone in a few years…yikes!

When I started planning a surprise family dinner party for my husband, I began by creating a simple logo in Illustrator:


This logo was placed on the invitations, envelopes, favors, and correspondence.

I went with a ticket stub theme for the invitation. Here is the front of the invite:


This is what the invitation looks like when it is opened up:



The ticket stub can be removed; it is held in place by the two slit punches in the dark gray cardstock.

White cardstock – Fox River Select Cover, 80# Protocol White
Basic Gray cardstock – Stampin’ Up
Slit punch – Stampin’ Up

The adults received this favor to take home as a memento of the evening:


Favor tins – Michaels
Cellophane bags –
Candy – My Color m&m’s (purchased at Michaels) & Hershey Kisses
Labels – Avery
Circle punch – Stampin’ Up
Light blue organdy ribbon – Michaels

Party time!

I designed this invitation for my younger daughter’s 5th birthday based on a pocket card tutorial on the Split Coast Stampers web site. Here are some different views of the invite:





Closeup of the invitation insert:



I added some epoxy-like dimension on the cupcake frosting with Ranger Glossy Accents:



Vellum envelopes were used and a mailing label was designed in Illustrator to match the invitation:


Cupcake and birthday cake images: Doodlebug Design
Cardstock – Stampin’ Up (Chocolate Chip brown, Regal Rose pink, Pumpkin Pie orange)
Designer paper – Sweet Always by Stampin’ Up
Scalloped circle and circle punches – Stampin’ Up
Envelope labels: Avery

It’s a first!

This is the invitation I designed for our younger daughter’s 1st birthday party. The design is clean and simple so that the focus is on the photo. Unlike the previous two invitations posted (the popsicle and the “celebrate” ones), this one required almost no assembly, except cutting out the invitations with an Xacto knife and then using a corner rounder punch. The invitations were mailed in square vellum envelopes.


Here is the birthday invitation I made recently for our daughter’s 4th birthday. The pocket card was inspired by one I made at a Stampin’ Up party in early March. Using a Scor-Pal ( to score the folds for the pocket saved me a little time. Though the invitation was slightly labor-intensive, I am happy with the way it turned out.

Following are some of the items I used to make this card:
• birthday cake – Endless Creations (
• flower & dotted circle – Stampin’ Up (
• Baby Pink cardstock – Close to My Heart (
• larger scalloped circle punch – Marvy Uchida (
• smaller scalloped circle punch (folded in half at the top of the white card) – Stampin’ Up
• cursive font – Amelie by Typadelic (
• typewriter font – American Typewriter Regular (system font on Mac)
• girl with balloon illustration – scanned from a Warabe Kimika Japanese clip art book