Wednesday, June 13, 2018

"Sip and See" Pastel New Baby Party Accessories and More

We haven’t been around couples who have had babies in the recent past. 

However, over the last months we’ve known two couples who just had babies. I have learned some new things during these times. 

I had heard of gender reveal parties, saw photos and videos from some but we had never been to one. We had the pleasure to attend a reveal party for one of the couples. There were games and then what we thought was the reveal was a tease to one more surprise before the actual reveal. Lot's of fun. 

We also had two baby showers. One baby shower was the typical as I knew them attended by women only. The second baby shower we attended had men and women. That was a lot of fun too. Games at both were fun and got a lot of laughs. 

While doing some internet research before all these events, I was trying to learn the etiquette. During the research I found a new type party, at least to me. It is called a "sip and see". I laughed because as part of an international creatives group several members discussed how we "yanks" have a celebration for everything. Nothing wrong with that, right?
Have you heard of a sip and see? I had never heard of that type party so I read several articles about it and thought what a fun concept for meeting new babies.

The thought behind one of these parties is for people to get to see the new baby with a setting of light food and beverages. The specifics really come down to how each couple wants to set it up. You can search the topic and read all the ideas on planning one. 

Thinking about what fun that would be I have designed three sip and see invitation versions with one of my pastel swirl abstract designs. All invitation versions offer a generic baby feet template photo that can be left on the invitation so guests get the first peek at the party or replace that template with a square photograph of the new baby. 

I figured the easier the better for parents or someone planning the party so I made a grand Sip and See Watercolor Party Invitation Plus collection that includes party accessories and goodies that should work for a pink, blue, and non-traditional purple design. You'll find all this in my new Zazzle store PaPr Emporium


The flat card invitations come with plain white envelopes. Although Zazzle offers six invitation shapes, this design works best on the normal square corner (below), rounded corner and scalloped edge shapes. Zazzle also offers 12 paper types that range from a semi-gloss to a metallic silver. 

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Three Color Style Sip and See Flat Card Invitations


Even though the invitations come with envelopes you might want to give a peek into what's inside with a matching envelope. These envelopes are vibrant matte, 80lb text-weight paper that contains 50% recycles content (10% post-consumer waste). The inside features the pastel design on the invitations. 

Matching Envelopes


Besides the matching paper cups, paper plates, and napkins in the collection like shown in the top photo there are sweet treats. You'll find cake pops and chocolate covered Oreo's with the design. 

Chocolate Covered Cookies Design

Leave a comment  to let me know what you think. If you would like assistance please let me know. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

5 Reasons to Shop On Zazzle For Custom, Personalized Products

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary and want to support independent artists, it's time to visit Zazzle the ever expanding e-commerce print on demand company. Nothing is produced until you complete your order. The custom personalized design you select is added to the product and sent to you or a gift recipient.

Zazzle is keeping up with technology and has become more mobile friendly so why are you missing out? I share 5 reasons why you need to shop on Zazzle in the infographic at the end of the article.

I've been a Zazzle designer since 2009. That was four years after the company launched online. I opened TheAspenStand store that summer as a way to share my eclectic photography and digital art that would otherwise sit in computer files. It's been an incredible creative journey since that time. There were already thousands of talented designers when I joined and the number of talented designers continues to grow.

I recently opened my a second store designed to focus on paper products which are just a minimal part of the inventory. Zazzle offers invitations, greeting and note cards, postcards, wrapping and tissue paper just to name a few paper products.

Buyers will also find custom designed household goods for bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. You'll find shower curtains, bath mats, and an accessory set of soap dispenser and toothbrush holder. Bedroom items include duvets, pillow cases, blankets, night lights and more. If you want an interesting item for the kitchen you'll find paper, ceramic and melamine dinnerware for starters.

When you need a personalized tech gift you can peruse phone cases for several phone brands by several makers. You will find unique designs on a wireless mouse, power banks and charging stations, headphones, wireless keyboards and much more.

When you finish checking out the infographic on five reasons to shop on Zazzle, go visit TheAspenStand to see what's new in the store. I'm always adding something new.

I would love to read your thoughts or questions in the comments below. Thanks.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Gifts For Mom Worth Consideration Year Round

Versions of Mother's Day are celebrated around the world with varying traditions. In the United States it was first celebrated when Anna Jarvis saw it as a way to honor the sacrifices mothers made for their children. In 1914, US President Woodrow Wilson established the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. 

I have to think that many people believe Mother's Day should be something we celebrate everyday. There are times throughout the year when we simply want to surprise mom with a special gift. So to help with some ideas, I've put together  items you might consider for year round selection.


My bag design below features a multilingual word cloud thank you design in a variety of typography styles and sizes. This leather tote is part of the special Zazzle Heart project. The Zazzle mission is to give people worldwide the power to make anything imaginable. When you purchase products from The Adventure Collection, you are participating in a unique collaboration that is changing lives and communities in Kenya.

Multilingual Thank You Word Cloud Tote

If you are thinking of something small, you might consider a custom designed watch. Zazzle watch offerings for mom include wristwatches and pocket watches These can make a great personal gift especially since many styles allow you to customize color, type and more. Some designers also off templates where you can add text personalization too. 

Colorful Confetti Toss Over Orange Wrist Watch


Clothing is always a good gift choice for mom. If you live in a cooler climate or have an active mom you might consider leggings. They come in five sizes and Zazzle says "our leggings hug in all the right places and suit all body types" due to compression fit from high spandex content. I purchased a pair as a gift and it was well received. 

Curls Over Purple Artwork Leggings


Is your mom into technology? Most mom's carry cell phones these days so maybe she would love a new phone case with here name and initial letter like the Speck designed case below. Zazzle has thousands of choices and if it shows up for one phone brand you need to check right on that case page if it's available in other brands. Many of the phone cases are available for several phone brands and some offer different styles. You'll find case makers Otterbox, Speck, Casemate and more. 

Colorful Wildflowers | Initial Letter Monogram Speck iPhone Case

Colorful Wildflowers | Initial Letter Monogram Speck iPhone Case


The last gift idea I'll share with you for Mom is a bag. Zazzle has messenger bags in a variety of sizes, tote bags galore, luggage, backpacks, clutches and more. The clutch bags like the daisy photograph design below come with a custom design on the outer flap. The bag is available in six colors: black, teal, charcoal, eggplant, cinnamon, and indigo. It has a detachable leather strap and button magnet to secure the fold-over flap. When folded it is 9" wide and 5" high.

Shasta Daisies Photograph Clutch

Shasta Daisies Photograph Clutch

Leave a comment to let me know if this was helpful or if I can direct you to specific gift. Thanks.