February 21, 2013

sweet little save the dates

I really, really love your referrals. Last month, my friend Katie's mom, Sue, asked me to create some custom stationary for her niece's bridal shower. Sue wanted something fun, with bright colors, and they definitely needed to be personalized with the couple's names. This is what we came up with for Stephanie and Stephen:

Sue mentioned that we were on a specific timeline, which I was happy to oblige: we had to have the cards in Sue's hands by the shower date - she wanted to see Stephanie's reaction when she opened them. How sweet is that? Sue let me know that the cards were a hit - this is the best part of my job, I absolutely LOVE hearing how the final product was received, it makes it all worthwhile for me.


A few weeks later, the sweet bride herself, Stephanie, contacted me to see if I would be able to create custom save-the-dates for her and Stephen's upcoming wedding. What an honor! This cute couple knew exactly what they wanted - a postcard save-the-date with a loose "mail" theme. They wanted the look of the postal cancellation stamps as part of the design.

Their colors are coral and turquoise - such bright, fun summer colors! I love it.

Their wedding is in Colorado - so we added a cute little heart on the map.


People sometimes ask me what my "style" is - I definitely have a style that I'm naturally drawn to (brights, clean lines, circles, geometric patterns) - BUT I strive to always please my clients by designing what you want in a design. If you want more information on custom designs, just click to contact me.


February 20, 2013

400 fan giveaway!

Last night, my little facebook page hit 400 fans, and it's definitely time for a giveaway! I've said this before, but the sheer volume of fans that Ten Tiny Toes has never ceases to boggle my mind. I grew up in a tiny little town in Western Nebraska, population 282. The fact that this little dream of mine, that's now nearly 4 years old, has more followers than the entire town I grew up in has people? Blows me away. So thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

So let's get to it, shall we? There's 3 ways to enter, and the cute little Rafflecopter widget below will track all of your entries! You can follow Ten Tiny Toes on Facebook and on Twitter for one entry each, and leave a comment on this post for a third entry. Easy Peasy. Giveaway runs until Monday, February 25th at midnight.

To enter with a blog comment, just tell me what you're most looking forward to this summer!


 a Rafflecopter giveaway

February 12, 2013


Have you ever taken one of those left brain/right brain dominant quizzes? They're all over the web, but here's one from the Art Insitutute of Vancouver: http://www.wherecreativitygoestoschool.com/vancouver/left_right/rb_test.htm

These tests tell you, in theory, a general outline of whether you're more analytical or more creative, more practical, or a free-spirit.

Here's the funny thing about me: I break those tests. I'm neither-brain dominant. Every test I've ever taken shows that I'm squarely in the middle, give or take a few points. Sometimes lefty is a bit on top, sometimes my right brain wins by a few percentage points.

I don't think this proves the tests inaccurate (they're more anecdotal than anything, I realize) - I have friends who are Very Obviously Right Brained, and have known others who are Very Left Brained as well.

I tell you all of this because it's really the story of how Ten Tiny Toes came to be. (And also because that Mercedes-Benz ad is gorgeous!)

Until 2009, I was fully immersed in Information Technology - my day job that continues today. I'm an Analyst - my brain works in reason, and logic, and finding patterns in data, and strategizing ways to be more efficient. I love numbers, and black and white, yes and no, on or off.

After Brecken, my oldest son, was born, and Ten Tiny Toes began to grow (you can click over to the About page to get the full scoop on that), I realized for the first time how much of my creativity I'd let slip over the previous years. I earned a minor in Art in college, but prior to that, I was always creative - making crafts, designing "posters" on our state-of-the-art (now ancient) home computer, even just "drawing" in Microsoft Paint.

This little side job of mine is really and truly my passion, but by that same token, I'm not sure if I would love it as much if it were my full-time job. I think I need both in my life - the analytical to balance out the dreamer. The black and white to balance out the bright, vivid colors that I'm pulled toward.

When I read this ad, I see all these words on the left side and shake my head, because many of them are so me and then I read the ones on the right side and laugh because they're also so me.

I feel lucky to have made this little self-discovery, that my yin and my yang of a brain are fairly evenly matched. I'd love to hear where you fall on this scale - are you left-brained? Or right?

January 29, 2013

pink & gray wedding invitations

Yesterday, I showed you the bridal shower invites I helped Andrea design for her sister's wedding. Today, I'm showing you her sister, Melissa's, wedding invitations! Andrea sent Melissa my way, and as I've mentioned before, there's not many design honors greater than creating a bride's invitations for her big day.

Melissa told me she was easy to please, but she was a dream bride. I think we had this whole thing wrapped up in a day or two. (I love every bride, from bridezilla to couldn't-care-less - my job is to make you happy!)

She wanted something simple, and she wanted her pink and gray colors to shine, with a hint of modern swirls worked in as well. This is what we came up with for the invite:

I love the graphite backside with the pink swirls!

Melissa also needed to include an RSVP card - we went with post cards to save the couple money on return postage, and kept the same theme with this:

Melissa had this to say when she received the invites in the mail the week after she initially contacted me:
"We love the invites! They look so awesome! I have also been getting a ton of compliments on the shower invites, everyone loves them! Thanks for being so patient and easy to work with!"
I'm happy when my brides are happy! Contact me by using the link at the very top of the page - I'd love to help you plan invites for your wedding!

January 28, 2013

simple, modern bridal shower invitations

I've been blessed with amazing friends-turned-customers since I created Ten Tiny Toes nearly four years ago. One of them is my sweet friend Andrea, who lives in Ohio. Andrea and I have been commiserating over the fact that our sisters - our baby sisters - are both getting married this year.

Andrea needed a modern, yet simple wedding invitation for her little sister's bridal shower. Melissa's colors are gray and pink (interestingly enough, my little sister's colors are also gray and pink - it's The Color of 2013, apparently). Andrea sent me a few invites she'd found for inspiration, and this is what we came up with:

I love this adorable mixer - I'm thinking it might make a cute kitchen artwork printable down the road.


Andrea also wanted some custom, coordinating recipe cards that she could give to shower invitees to share their favorite recipe with Melissa. I love these cards - I'm thinking of making myself some! The "MMJ" in the background are her new initials - fun!

When we finished, Andrea had this to say:
"I ordered invitations for my sister's wedding shower from Alison - she was able to take my idea and turn it into an awesome invitation and recipe card!  I have gotten compliments from almost every recipient about how adorable the invitations are! I have worked with Alison more times than I can remember and she never ceases to amaze me with her creativity and ability to put my idea into the perfect invitations!"
These invites are for sale if you have a special day coming up! Just contact me (click Contact up at the top of the page), and I'll get you some pricing information.


January 25, 2013

vintage wedding invitations

A few months ago, a sweet bride named Kate* contacted me about custom wedding invitations. She was looking for something vintage, definitely with a tandem bicycle, and she wanted it to coordinate with the "feel" of her wedding venue. I should mention she's from the UK, only because a) I'm positively honored that she chose me to design something as important as her wedding invitations considering I'm wayyyy across the pond and b) you guys, I'm a huge Anglophile; I love the UK with every ounce of my soul.

This is what we came up with: 

I positively adore this sweet tandem bike

Kate's colors are navy and pink, and we wanted to include just a touch of pink into the design - we wrapped that into the RSVP card!

I LOVE how the final product looks. Kate was overjoyed with the results, and had this to say:
"I just wanted to say a final Thank You very much. They're great and I'm thrilled with all the work you've done. Thank you so much for your skill and patience."
Nothing thrills me more than to see a happy customer - especially a happy bride. If you're interested in wedding invitations for your big day - just click the Contact link at the very top of the page to send me a quick note!


*not her real name