Valentine ideas from Design Sponge


I was perusing around Design Sponge a few moments ago and they have some super swell ideas that you need to check out for last minute Valentine ideas! I don’t have a Valentine this year (other than my niece and nephews, as you saw the other day), but it doesn’t mean I still don’t love the season!! Aww man, I totally just realized that I intended on making Valentine cupcakes for work. I’m still a kid at heart (I was the one who always got excited about the school parties) and I like to have mini festive celebrations. It’s too late now to go out and get the stuff to make it. Oh, well. 🙁

Anyway, back to my post. Check out these so cute ideas! I’m so inspired!!


This Valentine kit is so adorable. I think it has something to do with the Hostess cupcakes. I love how iconic they are!


I also love Kate’s Uncommon Valentine. What a great way to use up all those trinkets. This would also look great using stickers!


This is also a great and easy idea to print out and pack in a lunchbox or to give as treats for friends and family…custom printed brown paper Valentine bags. They got this idea from Twig and Thistle’s blog. I love the cutout brownie hearts and just the simplicity of the whole project. So sweet (literally).

Is there anything that you are doing special for the big day or any crafts you are making? I’d love to hear about them!

Until next time Swellions!


Designs of my past

In my graphic design life, I design a lot of stuff. Most of the time, I will whip up a project and then it never sees the light of day again. I was perusing through some of these projects and thought I’d share some of them with you. Some of these projects were used, others were just mere ideas that never came to be anything. But one thing is for sure, they all came from my little ol’ very random brain. Here’s asampling of some of some of these projects..

Here’s a little design for Creative Techniques magazine I made that was never used. The magazine isn’t with us anymore, but I worked on a lot of random ideas and projects for it at one time. This is my friend Molly. Her last name isn’t Carter, but she was a perfect subject for this little faux invite, cause she’s super cute and photogenic…I seem to do a lot of projects with her in it it as you will see below!

This illustration I did for a former co-worker who was leaving. I guess this is my more fine art side coming through in this one.
photo illustration

I created this as an invite for my friend’s party, but it never was used or printed. These are my favorite colors.
party invite

OK, I must do a lot of invites or something! Here’s one for a jewelry show I hosted like 4 years ago.

And here’s a CD cover I designed. Psssttt…don’t tell anyone, but I used an old Lita Ford’s album cover as the inspiration for my body.

And lastly, you know those photo cakes people do? I made this design for Molly for her b-day like 5 years ago. Of course, if you didn’t already know, I was inspired by Andy Warhol. She got a big kick out of it!

It’s nice to look back at these things every now and then. Fortunately, they aren’t as painful as looking at old diary entries (those make me cringe).

Until next time Swellions!