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Design a Day Challenge: Day 8

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I've been absolutely obsessed with the color combination aqua, yellow, and gray. Seriously, in case you didn't know just how obsessed I am with these wonderful hues, I even made this treasury today on Etsy:

So as you can see-- I love, love, LOVE these colors!

For today's design, I went with aqua, yellow, and gray (go figure!) and made a simple yet contemporary save the date.

I'm a simple kind of person-- I don't like too much frill. So this design seems to exemplify just that. Simple yet contemporary. No frills, just perfectly simple!

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Design a Day Challenge: Day 7

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I wanted to make a greeting card for today's design, but wasn't quite sure where that would lead me. As I began brainstorming, I remembered that I had wanted to dabble in making bilingual or multilingual cards. After making this custom order Father's Day card, I realized that there actually is a market for it.

And then the more I thought about it, even my own family is bilingual speaking both French and English-- it just makes sense. Everyone likes to send and receive snail mail so why not do something in several languages?

So the end result is this simple card that says "hi." But the fun part is that it says it in may different ways as well.

Not only are the languages super fun, but so are the colors! And just for fun, I decided to offer either a blue or green envelope to go with-- I liked both so much I couldn't decide so I thought I'd leave that open ended. So all of this talk about languages around the world. I want to know: What languages do you speak?

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Design a Day Challenge: Day 6

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Day six has arrived and I never thought I'd have time to design something and take all of the photos for the cards! Why, might you ask? Well because of this guy:

That's Finley-- or Finn as I call him for short. He's our cute, little kitten we just brought home yesterday. He's about 12 weeks old and he's one pretty awesome little guy. This morning was absolutely crazy with Lilah, our 2 year old Chocolate Lab, and Finn playing. But once they were both settled down for long afternoon naps I had plenty of time to design-- and even bake!So here is what I came up with today. I had some beautiful blush colored cards sitting around for several months that were begging me to do something with them. Add some cream, brown, and teal colored paper in layers and you end up with some very soft and girly looking note cards. I am not much of a girly girl, but I thought these turned out beautifully!

Something about these really do remind me of a little girl-- it has to be the color scheme! I'd love to know what you think!

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Design a Day Challenge: Day 5

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Today's design is one that makes me think of one part crafty quilt and one part vintage postage stamps. Maybe that's because the design features a small patchwork of colors across the header of the note cards and they're punched out stamp style. I again used white linen flat note cards for these guys (are you surprised?) and used some gray satin ribbon to dived off the header. The center patterned paper features a gray/silver accent that has some sparkle of its own-- goes along with the satin ribbon nicely!

The stamp design itself made me want to design these as postcards to pop in the mail, but instead I paired them with a light gray linen envelope for fear that they would get messed up in the mail. Thus the header design rather than a full out patchwork that I had originally intended.

For now, I'll be working on tomorrow's design. I have a busy week ahead, including introducing a new member into our household (more on that later) and a visit from my parents next weekend. This will definitely be challenge to keep up with my design-- here's to hoping I can stick with it! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and your weekend! I'll be gearing up for week two of summer break! :)

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Design a Day Challenge: Day 4

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On the fourth day, I went for the mod look. Flat stationery note cards (can you tell that I've got the itch for the flat white linen note cards these days?) with yellow and gray lines and bubbles. A clean look with one of my favorite color combinations! I kind of want to reserve a set for myself!

While I usually make the first batch of stationery for myself or as a give away to a friend, I've been instead using fun little names I've created on my own. I hope you love my made up names for my new stationery designs as well-- they are almost just as fun to come up with! So far Elizabeth Keen and Kristen Fox are two very lucky ladies to have such classy stationery, if I must say so myself! If you have any fabulous names to suggest for my upcoming designs, I'd be more than happy to hear them!

And I promise, eventually I'll get out of the use-white-linen-card-stock-for-all-of-my-new-designs phase. I have something in mind for some blush colored cards I recently acquired. And no, this time these aren't my new faves-- that's still reserved for the cute aqua button notes. :)

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