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

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A Look at the Branding for Cupcakes4Charity

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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.

Valentine’s Day Paper Heart Favor

Valentine’s Day is coming up so I wanted to get started posting some fun projects for you! I found this project on Martha Stewart’s website years ago so I tried searching their new site to see if it was still there.

Here's how a couple of mine turned out!

Here’s how a couple of mine turned out!

I was able to find the tutorial but I think the video or template is missing so I decided to unwrap my heart and try to show you how to make it. I hope you find it helpful! These favors are great for giving at valentine party/wedding guests, school, or work. It would also be a fun class project for kids. And, they would look cute for a Valentine’s Day party decoration.

Supplies:

  • Double-sided scrapbooking paper (I found my at Michael’s)
  • Coordinating ribbon
  • Small hole punch (preferably 1/8″)
  • Scissors
  • Candy (optional)
  • Great folding skills!

Here’s how:

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Try experimenting when making your hearts. I tied two hearts at both ends of one ribbon here.

Try experimenting when making your hearts. I tied two hearts at both ends of one ribbon here.

Here is the original craft by Martha Stewart

Here is the original craft by Martha Stewart

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.

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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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Supplies:

  • 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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Download PDF

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

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Happy New Year Friends!
Dawn

2013 Autumn Cupcake Bake Sale for Charity-Graphic Design

This year’s annual cupcake bake sale was another success! I scheduled it the week of Halloween, hoping that customers would be looking for sweet treats for the holiday. We actually had a few people leave with a dozen cupcakes! We raised about $450 for the children’s hospital. Each year, we continue to raise more and more. I’m thankful to have great coworkers who are willing to dedicate their time and baking skills for such a worthy cause. Thank you Gabe, Margie, Mark, Cinda, Mike, Anthony, Nicole, Rey, Donny, Diego, Matt, Gayle, Renee, Oscar, Kristin, and Makenzie.

I will be posting an entry for each of the cupcakes I ended up baking for the event. Below are some photos of the handmade decor and marketing materials I designed along with free printable cupcake toppers I created. Enjoy!

Poster Design

Poster Design

Custom email design

Custom email design

cupcake banner

Banner design for table

Take Away Boxes

I printed “Thank You” labels and used double sided/removable tape for the top for easy access. Take Away boxes were free with a purchase of 4 cupcakes.

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Download the free printable cupcake toppers

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2012 Autumn Bake Sale for Charity

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” -Albert Einstein

This is the second bake sale I’ve hosted to raise funds for charity. They are such a huge success that I’ve decided to make this an annual event! We raised about $400 for Rady’s Children’s Hospital this year I want to say thank you to everyone who helped with selling and baking! Special thanks to Mark, Rey, Donny, Shellie, Nicole, Anthony, Gabe, Margie, Lisa, and Mercedes.

Event Photos:

Bake Sale Table

Bake Sale Table

Carrot Cake by Mark Matuszewski and Red Velvet by Nicole Trama

Carrot Cake by Mark Matuszewski and Red Velvet by Nicole Trama

Chocolate Mint by Shellie Schmadeke and Chocolate Strawberry by Dawn

Chocolate Mint by Shellie Schmadeke and Chocolate Strawberry by Dawn

Seashell cupcakes by Dawn

Seashell cupcakes by Dawn

Spicy Chocolate Cupcakes by Shellie Schmadeke

Spicy Chocolate Cupcakes by Shellie Schmadeke

Hazelnut Chocolate Cupcakes/Quilted fondant with fondant flowers and edible sugar pearls by Dawn

Hazelnut Chocolate Cupcakes/Quilted fondant with fondant flowers and edible sugar pearls by Dawn

Graphic Design:

Bake Sale Banner by Dawn

Bake Sale Banner by Dawn

Poster Design by Donny Carpio

Poster Design by Donny Carpio

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3-sided Table Tent by Donny/Dawn