Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Baby Announcements: The Gorgeous Twins!

I'm working on the baby announcments right now for these twins! I was just going through all of the photos from the photographer, and I just had to post this one. I love it.
Remember these thank you cards?
They were created ahead of time, based on the announcement designs!
I'll be sharing soon!
All I can say is...cute! cute! cute!

October 2009 Calendar - Ready to Print!

October is coming up quickly, so it's time to print your calendar! I created the file and printed mine back in August, with so much going on to keep track of! This calendar was created using the artwork from my popular Halloween Party Circles! (available here)
October 2009 Printable Calendar


Maybe I should start posting these a month early so you can print & plan ahead?
What do you think?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Sweet Customers: Little Ladybug Birthday Party!

I'm so excited to share this adorable party with you! I created a new design especially for little Chloe's ladybug party! The invitations turned out adorable with the 5 photos across the top! And a birthday party just wouldn't be a party without matching cupcake toppers, right?
I couldn't wait to see the pictures from the photographer because I knew Chloe's mommy & auntie were going to get creative! So, check out this ladybug fun!

The birthday girl wore an adorable ladybug rhinestone tank top!
Aunt Molly found the decal at Joann's and Mommy ironed it on!
Miss Molly showed all of the kids how to make their own antennas using headbands, pipe cleaners, and styrofoam balls painted black! So cute!

Yummy ladybug cupcakes were made using chocolate chips & junior mints!
Also seen here at Bella's party!

Red & Black licorice are perfect for the ladybug theme, especially in a jar with a cute big bow!

The girls made marshallow pops (inspired by these), using red candy melts & black sprinkles!
They also made chocolate covered pretzels! Yum.
So cute with the green M&Ms for grass!

Happy Birthday Little Ladybug!
Great job, Callie & Molly!

Find my Ladybug Party products HERE!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Cupcake Monday: Bake It Pretty!

Happy Monday! Today I am sharing a fabulous website with you that will help you Bake It Pretty!
This site is full of fun products, especially for cupcake lovers like me!
I first came across this site when my mom emailed me and told me to look at this page in the Better Homes & Gardens magazine she had just given me. Mmmmm...... Since then, I've been hearing more and more about this company, so I decided to check it out! While browsing the site, I found so many fabulous things and thought I would share a few:
ANIMAL print cupcake liners? Yes. please.

I need this BEST-EVER Cupcake Icing Kit. Now. Too bad it's sold out right now.

Love these fun polka dot CANDLES!
{Top Photo} Cupcake Decorating 101 Kit - What a perfect gift!
You can thank me later! :)
Have a SWEET week!

Friday, September 25, 2009

My Wedding Cupcake Toppers featured on Brenda's Wedding Blog!

I was so excited to see my Wedding/Bridal Shower cupcake toppers featured on Brenda's Wedding Blog! Brenda's blog is full of wedding inspiration and the inspiration board she included me on is gorgeous! She found all of the items above on Etsy! For details, visit her post here.

One day, I would love to expand my products to offer more wedding items. For now, the demand for my children's party products and baby showers is keeping me on my toes! However, I am offering my printable party circles shown above, which are perfect for a wedding or bridal shower! I made these for my friend's bridal shower, and have had several orders for them since! The colors and fonts are customizable and these could be used for so many things for a wedding!

Find them HERE in my shop!
{Cupcake photo taken by Live. Love. Photography}

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sweet Customers: Ava's Lollipop Sweet Shoppe Party!

Are you ready for some serious eye CANDY? My sweet customer, Melissa just sent me these fabulous photos of her daughter, Ava's Sweet Shoppe Party! This order was one of my last before I went digital! I hope to start offering the fully printed/assembled products again soon! In the meantime, enjoy these SWEET photos! LOVE the candy buffet! I'm working on my collection of glass jars like these! Not sure who made the fabulous colorful banner, but I love it!

Melissa purchased Ava's tank top, just like Kate's from Pouty Pants!

Mmmm......yummy candy!

I love how Melissa put these bright candies on the cupcakes! So cute!

My famous cupcake toppers!

Could she be any cuter?

Close up of that fabulous banner!

Lollipop Invitations! Find the instructions & printable files HERE!

Can't get enough of the fun cupcakes!

Gotta love the poms! This one looks like the Martha Stewart ones I used for Kate's party! Find poms on marthastewart.com or PomLove on Etsy! Chocolate dipped marshmallows!

Adorable idea using adorable photos of Ava!

Hello, beautiful family!

Rice Krispy Lollipop Treats for favors!

How SWEET was that party?
Super sweet words from Melissa ~
I do have to give you all the credit in the theme and details. If it wasn't for that one morning I strolled upon your website and saw your adorable birthday for Kate, Ava wouldn't have had such a sweet birthday. So thanks again for making her birthday special and super sweet!
~ Melissa

Thank you for sharing your photos with us, Melissa!

Have you been inspired by The TomKat Studio?!?

Email me your photos!

If I feature your party, you will receive a free printable party circle file!

Fabulous Giveaway from PaPaYa Art! Enter Now!

Remember my pretty new wall hanging?
Want one?

How about winning one along with a beautiful selection of other items made by PaPaYa Art, handpicked by moi? I was just contacted by Sarah (below) with PaPaYa Art, the creative paper, gift & home decor company and asked to host a giveaway for my readers! So fun! I LOVE their products and would love for one of you to win this amazing selection I picked out!
I was like a kid in a candy store picking out my favorite items for you! The giveaway includes a selction of cards and gift cards, including these designs.....

.....along with these fabulous file folders, notepads & journal from the Lotus Garden Collection! And of course, the glowing flower wall hanging!

Here's 5 ways to enter! (Enter up to 5 times by doing the following):
1. Hop over to the PAPAYA WEBSITE, come back & leave a comment with your favorite item!
2. Visit PaPaYa's NEW BLOG and leave them a comment on a post that grabs your attention. Comment here to let me know that you did!
3. Post about this giveaway on Facebook, comment with the link!
4. Tweet about this giveaway, comment with the link!
5. Post about this giveaway on your own Blog, and comment with the link!

Winner will be chosen on Wednesday, September 30th at 11:00pm (MST). Any entries received after this time, will not be considered. Open to US residents. Retail Value of prize: $75.00.
Winner will be chosen using random.org

More Papaya Art Designs for your viewing pleasure:


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Move Update: Two Weeks...We're Out.

{my fireplace, see it here at christmas time}
This is real. The panic has set in. Inspections are done and repairs are agreed upon. This is happening. We are moving in approximately two weeks, and I am freaking out.

I won't get into all the details, but we do have a place to go. We are renting temporarily until we find out about the offer we made on the short sale that we hope to call home. Short sales are typically taking weeks, if not months to get negotiated with the bank, so we could be in limbo for awhile. I don't like limbo. I like a nice, fully decorated HOME. Ask my friends...whenever I move, within a week the entire house is unpacked and fully decorated. It's my OCD, type-A, decorating-loving self...it's how I roll. This is different, very different from any other move we've made. For several reasons, but most importantly because we sold the house fully furnished! I keep picturing the new big, empty house with our mattresses on the floor...and it's not a comfortable feeling. What will my kids be thinking? But...as I explained...this is for the best. And, I really am getting excited about redecorating! My OCD self will have the new house fully furnished within.......hmmm....I would guess, six months? maybe three?
It will be okay! I'm on the deal.
Have any of these I can borrow?
{image via thefindblog}

It must be those thoughts of mattresses on the floor, that prompted me to do some searching online. I bought a master bedroom bed & night stands today from Craigs List! It's used, but in great condition and it's from one of my favorite local furniture stores (or barns, I should say), Potato Barn. Potato Barn is in Gilbert and is literally housed in an old potato barn. The furniture is well-made, heavy wood....often that great distressed look, very Pottery Barn-ish, and very affordable. We actually stopped in there last weekend to start looking, but I couldn't focus because I was sick to my stomach after seeing that they are selling my frames, made by someone else (copykat?). Ugh, more on that later.

{Potato Barn ~ Gilbert, AZ photo via flickr}

Anyway, the next day I was over it and moved on. Nothing makes me feel better than a quick trip to HomeGoods, so Tommy & I stopped in and found two pictures that I think will be great inspiration for his room. I love that he was with me to approve. And he really approved. He's actually quite excited about yellow? He's more of a red fan (not me), so I was surprised he liked them so much. I'm thinking modern, hip miami style.....white, and these yellow & turquoise colors.
Cool, huh? Send me your finds! :)No more complaining for me...this going to be fun! Come along for the ride and help me decorate the big, empty house! And keep your fingers crossed that one day soon, it will be ours!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Cupcake Monday: Ballerina Cupcake Toppers!

One of my readers sent me a link to these adorable ballerina cupcake toppers! I LOVE them. I have been gathering ideas for a ballerina tutu party and these would definitely be perfect!

Find out how to make them HERE!

Originally found HERE in white, with paper skirts and pearls!
Would be adorable for a bridal shower, too!

Friday, September 18, 2009

More Ideas for Halloween Party Circles!

Having a Halloween Party or making Halloween treats?
Here are a few more ideas using my printable Halloween Party Circles!
Takeout Box & Ribbon from Michaels
Jar from HomeGoods
Ribbon from Michaels
Black/White fabric from Ikea
Takeout Box & Ribbon from Michaels
Find my printable Halloween Party Circles in my shop!
For cupcake toppers & invitation ideas, check out my previous post!

Decorating: Keeping My Ikea Crystal Chandelier!

I just found out that Ikea no longer sells my favorite chandelier, which I bought for my studio makeover earlier this year. Freaking out because I love it, I asked the buyers if I could replace it. (Bought it with the gift certificate my hubby bought me for Christmas) Lucky me, they said yes!

I happened to have a chandelier that matches the rest of the chandeliers in our house from our last house that the buyer didn't want. How's that for working out perfect?

My favorite electrician, Ryan just switched it out for me! If you're in the Phoenix area, he is great and really reasonable! I've been working with him on remodels for four years now! Remember my kitchen from the other day? He added those pendant lights for me!

So now...I have a chandelier and an armoire! :)

(And a few other fun things I get to keep, that I'll be sharing!)

Now...just have to find a new house to put them in.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Wish I could go sleep there.
For three days.
Be. back. soon.....


{photo via flickr}

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New to The Shop: Bright Cupcakes Printable Collection!

I am so excited! My printable party items are quite popular! Since I re-opened my shop less than a month ago, I have completed over 100 orders! I am getting tons of requests for custom items, which unfortunately I don't have time at the moment to work on. However, I had a request for my Sweet Cupcakes Collection to be converted to the Yummy Lollipop colors and it turned out so cute! Here is the new Bright Cupcake Illustration:
Find the printable party files in my shop: