Wednesday, June 30, 2010

{New in the Shop} Custom Happy Birthday Banners & FREE Celebrate Banner!


With the popularity of our CUSTOM printable party circles, we have added the option to customize a HAPPY BIRTHDAY banner for your parties! You get to choose the colors & font style! Now, you can coordinate our custom files to match ANY party theme you are hosting!


To CELEBRATE the launch of our custom banners and also to CELEBRATE that we have reached 6,000 Facebook Fans, I just created this FREE Printable "CELEBRATE" Banner for you!

Want one?

First, we would love to know what your favorite font & color combination is on Custom Banner menu...then....
Download your free banner HERE!
Thank you all for your feedback and for being loyal fans!

{Fabulous Giveaway} Last Day to Enter The Silhouette Giveaway!


If you haven't already, don't forget to enter our most fabulous giveaway yet!

The Silhouette Craft Cutting Machine!

For details and to enter, visit THIS POST!

Monday, June 28, 2010

{Real Parties} Vintage Sunshine & Lemonade Party!

What says summer more than Sunshine & Lemonade? Not much! My sweet friend, Jess at Pen 'N Paper Flowers just styled this gorgeous, casual outdoor birthday celebration for two of her daughters! The soft pink and yellow color scheme is one of my favorites right now (LOVE it in our Vintage Circus collection). Jess did a phenomenal job with every little detail. Enjoy!





Isn't it gorgeous? A few of my favorite details are the cupcakes (perfection!), homemade lollipops and unique birthday banner! Jess, you are truly amazing and one of the most creative women I know. Congratulations on a beautiful party! I'm sure your daughter's enjoyed every little detail you poured your heart into!
XOXO, Kim

{DIY Tutorial} Scallop Circle Paper Garland!

Today over at Project Nursery, I am sharing how I created the paper garland for our dessert table disply at the She's Having a Baby Event in Beverly Hills {more details here}! Hop over to check out the tutorial! It is super easy and can be used for any holiday or event!

VISIT MY POST for the full instructions!
We would love to see your photos if you make these for your events!

Friday, June 25, 2010

{Free Printable} July 2010 Calendar!

July is my favorite month of the year! It could be because I love summer, pool parties, vacations, swimming with the kids, or maybe it's just because it's my BIRTHDAY month....whatever it is I LOVE July!

CLICK HERE to download!

This calendar was inspired by my Printable 4th of July Collection!
Available HERE!

{SUPER Fabulous Friday Giveaway} Silhouette Craft Cutting Machine! {$300 value}


This is so exciting! It's our BIGGEST GIVEAWAY EVER!

I was sent a Silhouette Craft Cutter to test out and share my thoughts with you, my lovely crafty readers! I only had a little time to whip up some creations before I left for vacation, but I'm already giving this little machine my seal of approval!
{cupcake wrapper, favor box and doily made using the Silhouette}

What is exactly is the Silhouette machine you ask? It is a digital cutting tool that connects to your computer like a printer, but instead of printing designs, it cuts them with a small blade! All you need is the machine, your computer and the cords to connect the two together! Simple!


It comes with many adorable shapes and templates already loaded. My favorite feature is that you can use the FONTS from your own computer and also create your own shapes/designs for cutting! {no cartridges to worry about!} If you want more designs, they offer a huge selection in the Silhouette online store! Average price is $.99, but you can also subscribe for savings! Here are a few of the favorites I started with (party related, of course!):

Oh, the possibilities! There is so much you can do with a Silhouette. You can cut vinyl, etch glass, paper crafting, use for scrapbooking and cardmaking, make iron-on transfers and so much more!

See how much fun this little machine will be? Stay tuned for more of my projects with my new toy! I have so many ideas!

The Giveaway Package will include: Silhouette machine, Software for Windows XP/Vista, Power cable, USB cable, 2 Cutting mats (one for thick media, one for thin media), Cutting blade, plus a $10 gift card to the Silhouette Online Store to get you started!

ENTER TO WIN NOW:
{Enter up to 3 times by completing each of the following tasks. Be sure to leave a separate comment for each task completed!}

1. Visit the Silhouette website. Come back and tell us what project you would make first if you win!
2. Become a fan of Silhouette on Facebook. Come back and comment to let us know that you are now a fan or already are!
3. Become a fan of The TomKat Studio on Facebook. Come back and comment to let us know that you are now a fan or already are!
Help us spread the word and have your friends enter!
I'm sure they'll let you use it if they win!
Winner will be chosen Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 11:00pm (MST).
All entries received after this time will not be considered. Open to US residents only. Winner will be selected using random.org


Interested in purchasing your own Silhouette now?

Silhouette is offering TomKat Studio readers two FABULOUS promotions right now!
AWESOME PROMO(purchase by July 1st)
If you buy the Silhouette between now and July 1st you will get the following:
$50 off the Silhouette Craft Cutter
2 rolls of vinyl (Valued at $15.98)
1 roll of transfer tape (Valued at $7.99)
Scraper (Valued at $6.99)
Home D├ęcor CD (Valued at $50)
$10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Download Store
Cutting Blade
2 Cutting Mats
All for $249.99
{A Savings of $130.96}

GREAT PROMO
(purchase July 2nd through July 7th)
Buy a machine and receive the following:
$50 off (receive for $249.99)
2 rolls of Heat transfer ($29.89 value)
$10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Download Store
Cutting Blade
2 Cutting Mats
All for $249.99
{A savings of $89.98}

To receive either of the above discounts, enter ILOVETOMKAT during checkout!

CLICK HERE to visit the Silhouette site for project ideas, design templates, and more information!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

{Fabulous Friday Giveaway} Whippy Cake Winner!

We didn't want to keep you in suspense until Friday, so we are announcing our winner a day early!
Who's excited???

The winner of the adorable Freedom Glamour Band from Whippy Cake is.......

Comment #46: Amanda Capps
She said: I love the gold nugget - these would be fantastic for my photography!!!
Congratulations Amanda! Please contact me at toni@thetomkatstudio.com.

Do you have a product or service you think we would LOVE?
We want to hear from you!
Email Toni at toni@thetomkatstudio.com with details/links!

We are so excited for you to see what we have planned for this Friday's Fabulous Giveaway!
{Squeal with Delight!!}

{Sweet Customers} Little Ladybug 1st Birthday!

One of our fabulous customers, Monda did an amazing job with her daughter's ladybug party! She asked us to add kelly green to our Little Ladybug Collection fo the party and it turned adorable!



Thank you for sharing the fabulous details of the party, Monda! You did a beautiful job!
Check out another fabulous LADYBUG party, HERE.
Our Little Ladybug Collection is available in the SHOP!

Monday, June 21, 2010

{New To Shop} Printable 4th of July Party Collection ~ ON SALE until Thursday, JUNE 24th!

WOW! Is it already almost the 4th of July?!
I can't believe how fast our summer break is going! Before you know it, my little Tommy will be starting Kindergarten and Kate will go to preschool! It's bittersweet because my babies are growing up, but I am excited that I will have 2 full days alone to work and get errands! This could be life changing for me!


Back to the 4th of July! Whether you are bringing cupcakes to a barbeque or hosting a huge celebration, you can use our new PRINTABLE 4th of July Collection to do it in style! Inspired by Tommy's recent Crab Shack party, this red, white & blue collection includes:

4th of July Party Circles (2")
Fancy Labels with Stars & Crab"s
Striped Flags (Red & Blue)
6" Party Circle (Happy 4th of July)
Banner (Happy 4th of July)

****50% OFF UNTIL THURSDAY, 6/24/10****

{Sweet Customers} Springtime in Paris Birthday Party!



Do you want to spend the afternoon in Paris?  Well, take a peek at this "Paris in the Spring" birthday party for a lucky 12 year old girl!  The green and black colors started with the invitations from our Swanky Chandelier collection and they set the tone for this adorable party.  The guests were treated to candy, cupcakes, cookies and....French manicures!  What else can a girl ask for? 

So, who wants to go to Paris?
The Swanky Chandelier Collection is available in The TomKat Studio Shop!

Friday, June 18, 2010

{Fabulous Friday Giveaway} Glamour Headband from Whippy Cake!

Just in time for the 4th of July!!!   
Our Fabulous Friday Giveaway this week is brought to you by
Whippy Cake!
Hello, TomKat Fans! It's Toni here, bringing you this week's Fabulous Giveaway! Below (on the right) is the Freedom Glamour Band designed by a local Phoenix gal, Becki from Whippy Cake! And guess who that lovely model is? Yes, it's Kim herself. This headband was the perfect accessory for Kim to wear to Tommy's Crab Shack Party! And the coordinating clippie that sweet Kate is wearing is another adorable creation of Whippy Cake.

We are giving away ONE ADULT  and ONE CHILD'S GLAMOUR BAND to a lucky reader!
So, let's get on with the fun....

ENTER TO WIN NOW!
Enter up to 2 times by doing each of the following things. Make sure to leave a separate comment for each action that you complete!

1. Hop over to Whippy Cake, come back & leave a comment with your favorite item.
2. Become a fan of Whippy Cake on Facebook for an extra entry! Come back here and leave a comment that you are a fan!
Winner will be chosen on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 11:00pm (MST).Any entries received after this time will not be considered. Open to US residents only.Winner will be chosen using random.org
Whippy Cake
Etsy

If you would like to order a glamour band for the 4th of July...you must hurry!  Tomorrow is the last day to place your order!  And be sure to check out Whippy Cake's website Grand Opening next month!! 

And for cuteness sake.....
Awwwww!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

{The TomKat Studio} Tommy's Crab Shack Party!

I recently styled my son's Crab Shack Party to celebrate his 5th birthday! The inspiration came from a Pottery Barn Kids crab towel, that he received as a gift a couple of years ago! I love the red, white & blue color scheme and it was so easy to find great things since his birthday falls between Memorial Day and 4th of July! The talented, Vicki of Vicki Lynn Photography captured all of the details of the party! I started by designing the little crab illustration and invitation!

Since I designed a fabulous dessert table for Kate's recent party, it was only fair to design one for Tommy! I planned a full spread of yummy treats and paper goods for the party! As always, I was inspired by the queen of dessert tables, Amy Atlas! Whenever I start brainstorming a party, I go on a hunt around my house (and my mom's) to find anything that could work for decorating. The red metal "T" and navy backdrop (new duvet cover) are from Tommy's bedroom! My mom and I decorated a room in her house for the kids in a nautical theme, so I grabbed the white boxes, sailboat frames, life preserver & lighthouse to use for decorating!

I ordered the sweetest fondant little crabs from Decadent Delights for my cupcakes! The night before the party, while my mom and I were baking, we decided that Tommy needed his own little cake. We used two large ramekins to get the right size and shape for the cake I was envisioning! The little crabs, cherry sours, and cake topper I whipped up made it cute!

I enlisted the help of Kim at Sweeties for the fabulous chocolate covered oreo and oreo pops! She also sent the amazing white chocolate letters, spelling out TOMMY and they worked perfectly under the cake stand!
I used Allyson of Girly Gatherings make custom printed cookies using my party circle designs!
My mom & I made our first attempt at Bakerella's cake pops and balls! After a little practice, they turned out fabulous! The sprinkles are really forgiving for hiding imperfections!
{more tips coming soon in a follow-up post!}
Melissa from Decadent Delights also made the crab shaped cookies, which I used on the table as well as in cello bags tied with a tag for favors!

I made a welcome sign using a life preserver mirror from my mom's house! The beach hut sign has been hanging around in my garage for awhile, and always comes out for the surf /beach/pool parties! Tommy wore an adorable custom crab shirt from Smitten & Company!

I enlisted the help of family and friends to bring some of the food, including my favorite layered salad, queso, tortellini salad and fruit pizza! We also served hamburgers and hot dogs, strawberries & cream, and lots of yummy treats!
{recipes coming soon in a follow up post} 

Nautical details were placed throughout the house!
I continued the red, white & blue theme outside!
(see the towel that inspired the party?)
Lots of fun was had by all, with swimming, water balloon fights, delicious food & desserts!

Happy Birthday to my sweet little boy, Tommy!
Love, Mommy

Sources:
Party Designs/Styling: The TomKat Studio
Photography: Vicki Lynn Photography
Oreo Goodies: Sweeties By Kim
Custom Printed Cookies:
Girly Gatherings

Fondant Crabs & Crab Cookies: Decadent Delights
Custom Crab T-shirt: Smitten & Co
Hair Accessories: Whippy Cake