Team t-shirt design for #UCSD Triton 5k

Just made this design for Team BFS-Big, Fast, & Strong! Good luck at the run this year!


Women’s Fitness Digital Magazine Mock

I was feeling inspired one evening and started working on a new concept for a digital magazine. The look I was going for was an emphasis on fitness and fashion. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those girls who gets “dressed up” to go to the gym. But, I’m definitely inspired and more motivated with the right clothes. I love the bold, neon and bright color trends you see with fitness apparel today. I drew from that when working on this idea. I’ll continue to develop it and perhaps turn it into a real digital magazine for my tablet one day!

Movie Ticket Invitation

Hey followers, take a look at my movie ticket invitations! I designed these based off old ticket stub designs for a kid’s birthday party. I had fun with these! Quick tip: If you do something similar, make sure you do what I did and hide the white semicircles in Photoshop before printing them. I didn’t know what size circle punches I would be able to find at Michael’s and I didn’t want to risk cutting the circle in the wrong spot and end up with white along the edge. After I was done, I thought the ticket stubs looked a little too conservative for a kid’s birthday invitation so I’d suggest dressing them up with a fun and colorful patterned envelope.
Until next time! D

A Look at the Branding for Cupcakes4Charity

The inspiration for my event benefiting the children’s hospital, Cupcakes4Charity, was based on the previous year’s branding by Donny Carpio. Because the sale was being held in Autumn this past year, I updated the colors to match more of a harvest feel but I wanted to make sure the colors were still fun and vibrant and in line with cupcakes and especially kids! I added a polka dot pattern and created a seal, which is reminiscent of a cupcake wrapper. I enjoyed making the advertisement materials and event decor. It was a fun break from doing interaction design and client work.

Old Artwork-Linoleum, Kraft Paper, & Scratchboard

Today, I was cleaning out my storage closet and found some old artwork from high school. I was so excited, I had to share. One of my old colleagues used to tell me to keep everything you make even if you don’t like it. I’m glad I found these!


I based this design off a piece of fabric from my mom’s sewing desk. The assignment was to make good use of positive and negative space. I drew the design on a piece of linoleum block, carved it out, and used an ink roller to print this on paper.


This method is really creative and I think you can use it for a lot of your craft projects. I drew a design using a white crayon on kraft paper. Then, I used water color paints to add color. The crayon detracts the water color so that the white doesn’t get hidden or smudged.


For this piece, I used transfer paper to draw my blowfish underwater scene and then scraped away the black to reveal the white.

Rockstar Birthday Cupcake Picks

I love making my own cupcake toppers for special events and parties. Since this little girl loves guitars and singing in her own pretend rock band, I personalized the toppers with pink and black guitars, microphones, and stars. I used pink-colored toothpicks and taped one design to the toothpick and then took the reversed design and glued it to the other piece. I also used giftwrap tissue paper to make fringe. Always save yor tissue paper! They can be used in so many projects. To glam up the cupcakes, I used silver liners and put silver crystal sprinkles along the edge of the cupcake. Pearlized silver jimmies also work great.


Glitter New Year’s Eve Party Hat, Crown, & Top Hat #freeprintable

It’s almost time to count down the new year! To help you ring in 2014, I made these printable party hats/crowns! They match the glitter wine bottle gift tags I just posted for you. Make them together as a family or with your party guests. They’re quick and easy and a fun way to wait out the night until the clock strikes midnight. Have fun!

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  • Printer paper or thin cardstock
  • Headbands from the dollar store
  • Metallic elastic bands (optional)
  • Decorative trims: tissue paper, crepe streamers, lace trim, or other trim (optional)
  • Decorative gem stickers (optional)
  • Scissors, circle cutter (optional)
  • Glue/tape

Instructions for Party Hat:

  1. Print and cut out design.
  2. If you want to create a fringe at the top of the hat, cut out a 2-inch wide piece of tissue paper (about 5-inches long).
  3. Cut slits into the strip, leaving the bottom intact (like a comb).
  4. Roll the tissue paper up and tape to the inside top of the hat.
  5. Glue the edge of the hat over the other edge.
  6. Punch holes on each side and tie the ends of the elastic band on the inside of each hole. Alternatively, you can cut slits on the sides of the hat and slide in a headband.

You can also cut more fringe and adhering to the bottom of the party hat from the inside to create a decorative trim. Add gem stickers to add even more sparkle to your hat.

Instructions for Crown:

  1. Print and cut out design.
  2. Decorate by adding gem stickers. You can also glue tissue fringe or feathers at the top or just leave undecorated.
  3. Fold and tape each of the tabs along the headband.

Instructions for Mini Top Hat Headband:

  1. Print and cut out pieces. If you have a circle cutter, the small circle is 3 inches in diameter and the large circle is 6 inches in diameter.
  2. For the long, rectangular piece, fold the top white area behind the design. Cut slits into the white area so that the paper can be curved.
  3. Fold the bottom white area up over the design. Cut slits here as well.
  4. Glue the edges of the rectangular piece together.
  5. Place glue on the bottom white area and slide the hat rim (donut shape) through to attach.
  6. Place glue on the top white area and glue down the 3-inch circle to form the top of the hat.
  7. Add decorative pleats of tissue paper to the bottom of the top hat. You can also use lace trim or crepe streamer.
  8. Flip the hat on its top and glue the white rectangular strip across the bottom of the hat. This will hold the headband.
  9. Loop the headband over the inside of the white strip and tape to secure.

New Year’s Wine/Champagne Bottle Glitter Gift Tags #freeprintable

If you’re headed to a New Year’s Eve party or hosting one, print my glitter wine/champagne bottle gift tags and dress up your bottles. You can use them as decoration or a way to write a quick note to the recipient and wish them a fab 2014.


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More photos of the tags cut out and in use. 🙂


Happy New Year Friends!

Be Ready Christmas/New Years Card

Make sure your sweetheart’s lips are super soft for New Year’s Eve! I designed this holiday card with one of my favorite holiday color combos, ice blue and red. I love going outside the traditional Christmas colors. The ice blue really represents the falling snowflakes well. And I think the red brings out the romantic side of Christmas and New Year’s. I printed the front ribbon of the gift box separately, cutting and pasting it on to the front of the card. On the back side, I made sure to add a little bit of mistletoe.


Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for this fab idea, I got my inspiration from the awesome Brooklyn Limestone.

I hope this inspires you to create something sweet for your sweetheart this holiday season!

Holiday wishes from Dawn