Watermelon Mint Ice Pops

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One of my go-to summer recipes is a spin on this salad, but given it has made an appearance at a picnic or two every summer, I couldn’t help but think I’d hear a collective sigh of boredom this year if I showed up with the same dish. I love the refreshing quality of watermelon and mint, so I decided to ditch the savory cheese for an even sweeter treat. Head on over to the Cardstore Blog for the full recipe!

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Introducing Social: A New Way to Connect

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As of late it’s been all DIY all the time around here, but that’s simply because I’ve been pretty focused on several other big projects…including this one (remember this moodboard). Meet Social.

Social is an exciting new app that will change the way you connect with the people and I was super excited when Andrew Smith approached me to help bring his brainchild to life. Designed to promote in-person interaction, Social helps bring you together by providing an easy to use scheduling system (see you never irritating group text messages and unreliable Facebook events). Here’s an overview of how it works…

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Cliques are the groups of people you hang out with most, whether friends from high school, college, co-workers, family, etc. Social makes it easy to find, contact, and schedule with individuals or multiple people at once.

Your friends list and cliques are completely private, so only you can view your connections. Need to add a friend to your network? Search them by phone number or e-mail to add them to a “clique.”

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Scheduling plans with a group these days can be a real pain. Social hopes to alleviate this with their super easy-to-use calendar. Select your availability, invite a friend or clique and send the invite. That’s it. Once your friends select their availabilities you’ll be notified when common date(s) are chosen.

Each meetup scheduled will allow attendees to connect through message boards for more efficient planning and communication. Once a meetup has passed the board will be automatically deleted to ensure future events and message boards can be found with ease.

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The photo sharing capabilities is probably my favorite tool of the app. Social’s in-app camera will streamline the way you share photos with a group. Once you are at a scheduled event, Social will automatically feed your photos into a shared album between you and the friends scheduled on that event. Once the event is finished only the friends who participated will be able to view the shared photos. No more heavy shared photo streams or “hey, can you text me that photo!”

Right now Social is in the development phase but you can learn more here and reserve a spot to be one of the first to try Social here. We would love to hear your feedback and more to come soon!

Celebrate Summer with DIY Flower Crowns

FlowerCrown1Today I’m back on the Cardstore Blog with a relatively quick and easy DIY flower crown tutorial that’s suitable for any warm-weather festivity—whether it’s a backyard wedding, summer music festival or kid’s birthday party.

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My boyfriend’s niece, Mailey, and I spent the afternoon enjoying the sunshine and crafting these outside, just before a May shower drizzled in. The flower’s were certainly pleased and even Mailey didn’t seemed phased, frolicking around the yard like a fairy princess.

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Head on over to the Cardstore Blog for the full DIY and have a colorful and creative summer!

Colorful Enamel Lockets for Mother’s Day

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Hard to believe Mother’s Day is only two weekends away! In honor of all those special women in your life, I’m back on the Cardstore Blog with a pretty little semi-handmade gift idea…not to mention a use for all those spring nail polish shades you’ve brought out for the season.

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Head on over to the Cardstore Blog to read more happy spring!

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A Card & A Keepsake

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This week I’m back on the Cardstore blog with a quick three step DIY suitable for all occasions. Head on over to read more and have a perfect (and hopefully warm) weekend!

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Free Downloadable: Chase Your Bliss

Long time no talk! I realize it’s been crickets around here, but recently I have been placing the majority of my time and energy into a little side business that I can’t wait to share with all of you!

Until then, I’m back on the Cardstore blog with words to live by (and download) this Friday morning! Head on over to choose from two designs and have a perfect weekend!

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Rustic Bright Save the Dates

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Today I’m thrilled to share one of my favorite invitations I’ve worked on in awhile–a contemporary save-the-weekend for two very close friends of mine, Nick and Zack. There’s something exciting about working with with those close to you and it’s even more serendipitous when those people are also artists! The ceremony will take place on a secluded lake in New Hampshire so the three of us discussed a modern twist on the rustic locale. Now I don’t know if we’ve simply been spending too much time together or what, but it was one of the quickest and easiest kick-offs I’ve had because within minutes it seemed we all had the same vision…and here it is!

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Letters N and Z suit each other almost as well as Nick and Zack, themselves. I had so much fun exploring monogram treatments with the combination but ultimately we landed on the above. The mark will be carried through the rest of their collateral on and leading up to their big day.

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Squam Lake is known for its peaceful loon inhabitants, so we decided to pay homage to the locals in several point elements carried through the mailer.

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And I cannot take credit for this stunning print quality. Luscious Verde certainly delivered with this high definition gallery printing. The photos really don’t do it justice–I half feel as though I could jump in the boat and set sail with them.

More on this soon and have a great week, friends!

Free Valentine Vouchers for your Sweet

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Valentine’s Day is steadily approaching, and I don’t know about you guys, but I always try to hand-make something sweet for my sweet (as in a craft—if I baked something it would only be punishment).

With the holidays behind us and winter in full force, I realize this is often easier said than done. So, I thought I’d save you some trouble and share a few pretty and printable love vouchers—made specially for you—over on the Cardstore Blog. :)

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Moodboard: Let’s Get Together

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Good morning! I took a week hiatus from this space with a little down time in New Orleans before I started the new gig…if you want to call Sazeracs and jazz bands “down” time. As a creative, I was completely enamored with the Caribbean hues around every corner so I may do a colorful recap here soon! Until then, I thought I would share a moodboard (because quite honestly I can’t remember the last time I did) for an exciting digital project I have been collaborating on. We wanted to land on something clean and modern with iconography and user experience yet inviting through color. That’s really all I can share about the endeavor for now but more on this when it’s ready. Have a great rest of the week!

New Year: New Beginnings

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Tis a New Year and the optimal time for reflection and looking at what’s ahead. In this first week of January everyone seems to be setting goals. “Goals for 2015″ posts are popping up all over, inspirational quotes flood social feeds, I mean, I’m watching someone jog in a blizzard from my window right now. In the past I have always been one of those people who writes a personal and professional goal list for the new year. My life is lists, really. I list what’s on my agenda for the day, I list what I need at the super market, I have listing apps, listing notebooks, you name it. But this year, I’ve decided to approach 2015 a little differently. No goal lists. I’m setting one for myself and that is to try to live in the now. I typically try to keep things light around here but this is about to get a little heavy so if you’re interested in my ramblings read on…

The truth is, these past few weeks heading into the New Year have been turbulent to say the least. My boyfriend and I have been talking a lot about THE FUTURE (*gulp*), I’m beginning to fully feel the significance of this time in my life and the time I have left with those I love, and finally I made a big decision to leave a job I enjoyed.

All of the above has prompted a lot of soul shaking questions. What do you want to do in life? Where do you see yourself in five years? How are you going to get there? And the truth is, I don’t know, and for the first time in my life I’m realizing that’s okay. My whole life I’ve been looking around the corner, wondering what’s ahead and trying to prepare myself for it or worse, looking back at decisions I’ve made and wondering whether it was the right thing. It took these past few weeks for me to finally slow the hell down, gaze around and realize just how great life truly is, right now.

I know these are issues almost everyone struggles with, but when it comes down to it, doesn’t it feel like you’re the only one? Below is a quote my mom has been carrying around since college. She gave it to me when I was questioning, well, close to everything. It really delivered some clarity for me and I hope it does the same for you if you find yourself struggling with similar situations.

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So instead of listing what my plans are for the new year, I’ve decided to list what I’ve learned from these past few weeks of clarity (hey, I said no goal lists–I’m not about to neglect lists entirely, that would just be crazy).

1. You don’t have to have a perfect life plan to be happy. In fact, where is the fun in that? I know I want to do great things and I know that will lead to even greater things and that’s enough for me. The rest will come with time.

2. Your family and friends really matter most. They are the ones that will still be there when the rest of life throws you a curve ball. Your relationships will evolve and people may move, but hold onto those that truly matter and embrace all the time that you share together.

3. Professional break-ups are much like personal break-ups. It’s so easy to remember the great things about the partnership and dismiss all the downfalls. I’ll miss a lot about my previous job but the truth is, I wasn’t full-filled the way I once was when working on new product concepts. What’s important is I learned a lot and I plan to take those findings with me and apply them on my next venture.

So that’s my list for 2015. Closing one chapter and starting a new one. I’d love to hear your aspirations for the new year and can’t wait to see what it holds for all of you!

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