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June 18, 2011



Photos by EME Photography

I LOVE creating baby and bridal shower invitations, and when I am helping with the planning, I know that the little extra details make the event even more special.  I started creating these shadow boxes with the invitation and other shower elements in them.  They dress up the guest sign-in or game tables, and they are a great gift to send home with the bride or mom-to-be.  I created these two for baby showers (one was  for my gorgeous nephew), and they are both being used as artwork for the nurseries.

I created this one with pieces of the wedding invitation and her bridal shower invitation.  I had to take a picture of it with my camera phone… not quite as nice as the professional ones… but you get it.

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I can create these for you, or they are a fun DIY project!

   posted in..... Appreciation, Gift Ideas, cards, place cards + notes   
June 15, 2011

I grew up in a small town in Kansas.  It was important to show appreciation in a tight knit community.  Parents did business with each other, kids played together… we all saw each other every day.  After birthdays, graduation, Christmas, etc., my mom would sit me down, hand me some pretty note cards, and have me write a personal note to each person that had given me a gift.  I am sure I tried to get out of it, but I remember trying to convey my thankfulness for each gift… mainly so I would get another the next year.  Now that I’ve grown up (a little bit), I love receiving thank-you notes.  I save some of them because I am weird; but I also save them because they remind me that I need to send them to others… I want other people to have reassurance that their generosity- whether it be a physical gift or a gift of their time- didn’t go unnoticed. 

I realize that a new trend in wedding thank you notes is to buy a pre-printed “thank you for the wedding gift” message.  If you purchase custom thank you notes from Flossy, however, the inside will provide plenty of room for a special personalized message from YOU.  I read in an etiquette guide that couples have 1 year after the wedding to complete their thank-you notes.  I recommend sending them immediately after receiving the gift… or less than a month or so after the wedding.  It’s also nice to put how you’re enjoying using said gift… “We really have put the beautiful throw you gave us to good use… it has kept us very warm on our movie nights!”. 




We can create stylish notes with a monogram or wedding photo.  It’s a great way to put your beautiful wedding photos to good use.   Thank Yous are also a great shower gift!  I included a few photos of some we created in 2010-2011.

November 22, 2010


If you don’t feel like you’re going to have time to send out cards this year, consider sending a New Year’s Greeting or Valentine Cards.

If you want to send them out in time for Christmas, we can create custom designs suited for your needs.  We have produced everything from Newsletters and elaborate, layered cards to flat photo cards or circular cards that can be used as ornaments.  We can also create custom gift tags or stickers for your presents!  Also, view the previous post to see the shapes and sizes we can do for you!

Addressing of the envelopes is included, which will save you a lot of time!  The beautiful photos were taken by Emily Estfan of EME Photography.

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We hope that you have a very Happy Thanksgiving filled withfood, friends, and family!

   posted in..... Gift Ideas, cards, modern + minimal   
August 30, 2010




I think that moms need business cards too… so we created a few calling card designs.  Calling cards were used in the old days for individuals to leave their information when the person they were visiting wasn’t home.  It was a great way to make sure they knew their friends had come to call.  Today, calling cards work great for trading contact information for business, playdates, and meeting new friends.  Each card is custom designed just for you! E-mail me at to start the ordering process.

   posted in..... Gift Ideas   
December 9, 2009

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One of my favorite clients and past brides of In Awe Weddings, Julia, opened her very own bakery in Tempe called Short N’ Sweet.  She has been kind enough to let me sample her goodies… everything from cinnamon rolls to sugar cookies, mini bundt cakes, etc. etc.  AMAZING.  My favorites… the cinnamon roll with the apple slice on it (sorry forgot the name) and the sugar cookies.  Their cinnamon rolls can be frozen and come in convenient microwave bowls.  When you warm them up, they get all gooey and amazing in the middle.  Is your mouth watering yet??

Get this… they have a Gluten Free line of food… including cinnamon rolls!  This is huge!  People come from miles around for their gluten free goodies.

Gift Ideas— Take a cinnamon roll wreath to share with your coworkers or take sugar cookies to your neighbor!  Please, leave the baking to Short N’ Sweet this year.  They’ll make your Christmas more enjoyable.  Visit them at 1805 East Elliot Road Suite 106 in Tempe.