Thursday, September 30, 2010

{Book Review} Silhouette Art Book by Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio!

If you haven't heard the story of how I met Vana from Le Papier Studio, please read here. Vana was the very first Etsy shop I discovered, thanks to a great friend of mine who gave me an art print from her shop! Vana holds a special place in my heart!

I am so thrilled that her book, Silhouette Art has just been published by Chronicle Books! She sent me a sample to review and it wasn't at all what I expected, in a great way! I thought it would be more of a coffee table book showing ideas of how to display silhouette art, however it is more of a workbook including papers, patterns & instructions to make your own! Love it!

Silhouettes are classic, and oh so popular right now! We've designed a few party collections using silhouettes inspired by Vana! There are so many possibilities for this classic form of personalization! If you haven't visited Vana's shop, Le Papier Studio yet, you must! Here is a little sampling of her fabulous silhouette products! (check out the adorable new plates!)

Order your copy of Vana's BOOK here on Amazon!
You can also become a fan of Silhouette Art, here on Facebook!
Congratulations, Vana!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

{Party Styling} New Vintage Princess Party Collection!

Little Lexie next door had a hard time deciding on a theme for her 4th birthday party last week. She was all over the place on what type of party she wanted to have and what theme. Her mom, Christine & I helped her narrow it down and she decided on a Princess Party! What little girl doesn't want a Princess Party, right? My Kate was quite jealous and wants one next year! I had been hoping to work on this theme for awhile, so I was excited to have it all come together! All of the fabulous details were captured by talented photographer, Haleigh Rohner! You can find all of the sources we used for the party at the end of the post! Enjoy!

Happy Birthday, Sweet Lexie!
I hope you loved your Princess Party!
XOXO, Miss Kim

Printable Party Invitations & Designs - The TomKat Studio
Princess Cake - B Sweet Cakes
Oreos & Oreo Pops - Sweeties by Kim
Pink Princess Tutu - Tiny Belles Boutique
Poms - Pom Love

Photography by Haleigh Rohner (Phoenix, Arizona)
Attention Lovely Locals:
Haleigh has a few dates left for her Fall Family Photo Sessions, book yours soon!
View her portfolio HERE!

{Free Printable} October 2010 Calendar!

It's almost October, so here is your free printable calendar for the month!
We are looking forward to Halloween and the start of the holiday season!
Calendar design was inspired by our Halloween Glam Collection!
Available in the SHOP!

Monday, September 27, 2010

{Cupcake Monday} Lollipop Party Collection at Smeeks Photo Shoot!

My Lollipop Collection holds a very special place in my heart. I created the designs for my own daughter, Kate's 2nd birthday party (18 months ago) and the party is really what created a buzz about The TomKat Studio! The blog, the shop, the business....and the fun! Search the term "lollipop party" on google, and you will see Kate's party all over the first page! I have been wanting to revamp the collection just a bit and have professional photography taken of the designs! Well, my wish came true this weekend, and my products were showcased in the most fabulous locale ever, Smeeks Candy Shop! Laura Winslow, creative and talented photographer asked me to style the shoot for Classy Sassy Girls she was working on. She mentioned CANDY SHOP....and I was IN!
Stay tuned for the new LOLLIPOP collection!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

{Party Styling} Kid in a Candy Shoppe!

A little sneak peek at the photo shoot I styled this weekend!
I'm even more excited than this sweet little girl is!
I collaborated with photographer, Laura Winslow to stage the surroundings for her fashion photo shoot for Classy Sassy Girls! It was so much fun and everything turned out AMAZING!
Stay tuned for the launch of our revamped Lollipop Party Collection,
along with the showcasing of our Chandelier Collection!

Photography by Laura Winslow
Pettidress by Classy Sassy Girls
Headband by Vintage Rose Wraps
Polka Dot Balloons from Polka Dot Market
Party Styling & Designs by The TomKat Studio
Location - Smeeks Candy Store, Phoenix

More photos coming soon........I can't wait!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

{Fabulous Friday Giveaway} Mommy & Minnie Apron Set from LWhelan Designs


The winner of the this giveaway is...........

COMMENT #140 - Alison!!
Alison said "I loved the #5, hot pink and tangerine...
I would love to surprise my sis-in-law and niece with this cute set."

Well Alison, looks like you are going to have a very happy sister-in-law and niece!
Please email me at to claim your prize!

{photo by andrea alley}
Happy Friday! It's giveaway time!

This week we are featuring LWhelan Designs! Lynn has been a loyal follower of The TomKat Studio for quite some time and it is about time to introduce her to you! She creates gorgeous aprons, scarves, & more using fabulous fabrics by Lilly Pulitzer and other fab designers! She sent Kim one of her fabulous Mommy & Minnie Apron Sets and Kim & Kate both love them!
Lucky you! She has offered to giveaway a Mommy & Minnie set to one of our readers!
The winner of this week's giveaway will receive one Mommy & Minnie set, just like the ones seen on Kim & Kate (below)! Or, you may choose another pattern of aprons from her shop. The value is $55! How much fun will you and your little one having baking and cooking in your matching aprons?! These would also make fabulous gifts!

{photo by Andrea Alley}
Ready to enter? Here is how:
1) Go to LWhelan Designs on Etsy and browse her shop. Come back and comment with your favorite item!

2) Become a fan of LWhelan Designs on Facebook and don't forget to tell her that TomKat sent you! Leave a comment here letting us know that you did!

3) Become a fan of TomKat Studio on Facebook, or let us know that you already are!

Please leave a separate comment for each entry. And, remember, if you are commenting as anonymous, please leave your contact info!
Winner will be chosen on Wednesday, September 29, 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

Good luck & have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

{Real Parties} Vintage Shabby Chic 1st Birthday!

Courtney of Pizzazzerie, a blog dedicated to fabulous party ideas, recently styled this adorable Shabby Chic 1st Birthday Party! Courtney always does beautiful work, but this party was absolutely GORGEOUS! I love all of the details and the photography is perfection! Amazing job, Courtney! We are working on a Vintage photo shoot this weekend, and this party is wonderful inspiration!

View Courtney's full post including sources, HERE!

Didn't she do a beautiful job?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

{Press} New Pizza Party Designs on CBS5 News!

Event Planner, Amy Nichols was recently featured on a CBS5 Morning News segment in San Francisco where she showcased ideas for Pizza Parties! She had me create some new designs and I think they turned out so fun! Perfect for a pizza-making party, birthday party or casual get together, the designs really "spice" up the party! Her segment is full of great ideas for this theme!

View Amy's PIZZA segment, along with a baby shower segment HERE!
Thank you for featuring our Pizza Party Collection, Amy!
Printable Invitation Design & Party Circles are available in the SHOP!

Monday, September 20, 2010

{Press} Halloween Glam on HWTM & Layla Grayce!

I am so happy with the response to our new Halloween Glam Collection! I'm glad that I took a little chance with a non-traditional color scheme and it seems you approve! I am ecstatic that sweet Jenn of Hostess with the Mostess loved it and featured it last week! It is always a thrill to be highlighted on her favorite party blog ever!
View the full post HERE!
Last week, I was interviewed by Melanie at Layla Grayce and my feature is up on their blog today! Layla Grayce is a gorgeous online boutique filled with lovely finds and a stylish blog to go right along with it!
View my interview and feature on Layla Grayce HERE!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

{Cupcake Monday} Vintage Princess Party Sneak Peek!

Happy Monday, my lovely readers!
I thought I would perk you up this morning with a little something pretty and pink! Last week, I had a fabulous time in Boston meeting with the HomeGoods team and rushed home to prepare for a PRINCESS birthday party! Lexie is one of my little Kate's best friends so we had to give her the royal treatment! Haleigh of Haleigh Rohner Photography was on hand to capture the goodies!
Full post and new collection coming later this week! Stay tuned!
Have a wonderful week!
P.S. My photo is still on the Martha Stewart home page! Yippee!

Friday, September 17, 2010

{Fabulous Friday Giveaway} $100 Shop Credit to Banner Boutique!


We have a winner!!
And she is....

Andrea said:  Love the Dainty White flower headband from their shop!!
I love Banner Boutique! Great giveaway!

Congratulations Andrea!  Please contact me at to claim your prize!

photo courtesy of
sierra studios photography
Happy Friday TomKat readers!
It's Toni here with this week's Fabulous Friday Giveaway!
Don't you love Fridays?

I'm pleased to introduce you to Banner Boutique! Lindsay Banner is the owner and creator of Banner Boutique, and she makes the most exquisite headbands! One thing that I love about her pieces is that many of the flowers can be used as pins to be worn on sweaters, purses and belts. The possibilities are endless! Aren't they gorgeous?

photos courtesy of andrea burns photography

You may recognize one of her pieces from our Halloween Glam photo shoot! Lindsay sent us some samples of her fabulous hair accessories for review, and the gorgeous purple flower with rhinestones was a perfect focal point for Kim's dessert table!

photo courtesy of laura winslow photography

Banner Boutique has partnered with us to offer one of our lucky readers a $100 Shop Credit!
Who wants to WIN? Here is how to enter:

1) Take a look at all of the fantastic creations at Banner Boutique, and tell us which one is your favorite.
2) Become a fan of Banner Boutique on Facebook and leave her some TomKat love.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry. And, remember, if you are commenting as anonymous, please leave your contact info!

Winner will be chosen on Wednesday, September 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

***As a bonus to our readers, Banner Boutique is offering a FREE Surprise Headband for all orders of at least $30 (before shipping) that are placed during the giveaway period! Fantastic! Just enter the promo code  "TomKat" in the Notes to Seller section.  Time to start some holiday shopping!***

Banner Boutique