Sunday, January 31, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my birthday and what a wonderful year it's been!


I feel like I've grown a lot during the past year, both professionally and in my personal life. I've been learning how to better manage my time, improve my graphics design skills, and become more proficient in coding.

I've been enjoying spending more time with my family and am learning to have patience as we ttc our 3rd child. :) There will always be more to learn, but I'm thankful to have such a supportive family and a loving Heavenly Father who always watches out for me.

Saturday: Mom and Dad took us out to breakfast and then Mom watched the boys. I received beautiful roses and carnations from my fantastic husband, an awesome cake, heavenly couple's massage, & then we saw "Leap Year".

Today: Breakfast made by my amazing husband, went to Church with our sweet kiddos, relaxed at home for a bit, had my favorite Birthday dinner with my family, opened wonderful presents, and ate cake!

I'm a huge fan of CakeWrecks so my husband had a cake customized just for me. I call it the "coolest cake ever", and couldn't stop laughing when I saw it!

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Note: He actually didn't want any sprinkles on the cake and asked for red accent frosting rather than brown, so it really is a CakeWreck! Teehee.

Looking forward to another wonderful year and to improving myself every day.

Tina :)

PS - As a thank you for a wonderful year, click here to enter my FREE DRAWING for a $20 Gift Certificate to JoyfulRose!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Screenshots for "Alei-Noodle Knits"

Helping Summer out with browser issues. Summer, here are a few screenshots showing your shop as it appears for me in different browsers. Hope it helps as you design your shop!

Tina :)

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hand Print Tree with Hearts - Label Design, Part 6

A few different fonts for the Hand Print Tree with Hearts Label design. :)

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Animated Banners for "SEWsational Sarah", Part 2

Sarah loved the last banner I made for her and I was excited to have creative license for her last 2 banners. :)

First is a 120x60 size that fits the small button advertising on Hyena Cart. I made this one to match the first 468x60 banner I made for her.

Second is a 468x60 banner which is the standard web banner size. I had a lot of fun creating the "swirl" effect with her logo!

Hyena Cart Coding & Image Vectorization for "Alei-Noodle Knits"

Summer asked if I could help her with centering her coding and making the footer for her Hyena Cart match that of her Main Website.

I also thought it would be fun to see what her image would look like vectorized (basically, with cleaner, sharper lines).

Here are the before and after mock-ups. Click images to view larger. :)

Hand Print Tree with Hearts - Label Design, Part 5

Here are the newest mock-ups for the heart tree label design for Rachael!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Animated Banner for "SEWsational Sarah"

I love Sarah's header design! I wanted to incorporate it and make it "pop" a little to match the beautiful pictures of her sewn items.

Too much or just enough?

Blog Mock-up for "Buff Organics", Part 2

Added some new buttons and links! Here's the latest mock-up for Christa's blog. :)

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Animated Banners for "Crafts by Christina"

Here are the advertising banners made to match the "Crafts by Christina" Etsy shop header.

Animated Banners for "Creative Mamas" - Valentine's Day

Here are the newest banners for the "Creative Mamas" congo. :)

Blog Mock-up for "Buff Organics"

Christa liked the second header from the set of mock-ups. I uploaded it and added all except one of her requested links/gadgets. :) Just lacking the Etsy mini-feed!

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Label Mock-ups for "Sweetie Bird Fashions"

Sarah wanted a 1.5"x1.5" label design, with her cute bird logo in the center and her shop name around the bird.

Here are a few mock-ups! The first (top left) was made using her original logo. It looked a bit grainy to me so for the rest of them I vectorized her logo (basically smoothed out the lines a bit).

I left a little bit of a margin around each design for sewing. :)

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Animated Banner for "Crafts by Christina"

Christina wanted a standard-sized banner to match her Etsy shop header.

Let me know what you think!

Etsy Header Mock-ups for "lili lutu"

Matching Etsy header for lili's shop! Because of the size limitations for Etsy, I had to be a bit creative with the placement of text and her lili's beautiful bracelet picture. :)

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Blog Header Design for Amy Sue, Part 5

Final mock-ups for Amy Sue's Blog Header, with a new tag-line. :)

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Blog Header Mock-ups for "Buff Organics", Part 2

Christa emailed her logo so I could use it in her Blog Header. :) She liked the zen-like pictures but wanted to try just one picture for simplicity.

Here are a couple of ideas using the picture she liked, from 2 different angles.

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Hyena Cart Design for "lili lutu"

lili wanted her Hyena Cart design to be more professional-looking and match her Blog.

Here's the site so far!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Blog Header Design for Amy Sue, Part 4

Amy Sue liked the rainbow background best for her Blog Header, but wanted it moved closer to her picture. I made a few changes to it and am really liking it!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Blog Header Mock-ups for "Buff Organics"

Christa wanted a "zen-like, spa feel" to her Blog, with colors that match her Hyena Cart and main-site.

Here are a few mock-ups for the header design.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day!

We've had a wonderful holiday with family and relatives at the cabin. Thanks to my brother David and Uncle Michael for snowmobiling us all into the cabin! The kiddos loved playing in the snow and we enjoyed relaxing.

Yesterday we talked about families and how special, wonderful, and unique they are. Take time to appreciate your loved ones and neighbors. :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Top-bar for "sweetpeaboutique"

Added a new category to Maggie's shop and re-did the top-bar to fit all of her links!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Darling JRI (JoyfulRose Icon) for "sweetpeaboutique"

Maggie wanted a customized JRI for her shop. I love making these cute little images!

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Hyena Cart Design for "Full Hands Full Heart"

I finished the bottom buttons, JRI, and thumbnails today and uploaded the new design to Danielle's Hyena Cart! I love her new look. :)

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Mock-ups for "Full Hands Full Heart", Part 3

Danielle requested a chocolate brown outer background with small pink hearts and a sage green inner background.

I've posted one mock-up on her Hyena Cart: Full Hands Full Heart

Here are the others with variations on the header border and backgrounds

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New Vendor Header for "Creative Mamas"

Excited for a new vendor in March!

Animated Banner for "sweetpeaboutique"

Made this banner for Maggie's DiaperSwappers signature to match the Hyena Cart banner I made last week. :)

Blog Header Design for Amy Sue, Part 2

Amy Sue loved the last blog header but wanted to try a few different backgrounds. :)

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Banners for "sweetpeaboutique", part 2

Revised banners per Maggie's request. :)

Banners for "sweetpeaboutique"

I'm excited to be working again with Maggie from "sweetpeaboutique"!

She ordered my trio of advertising banners and requested sizes 468x60 (for Hyena Cart), 150x50 (for DiaperSwappers), and 200x200 (static for Congos). Her shop's theme is constantly changing so she gave me free reign with the banners.

I thought a little image of a sweet pea would be cute, so I created one to use in her banners.

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I also created a simple header for her. :)

Mock-ups for "Full Hands Full Heart", Part 2

Danielle liked the first hand (my favorite too!) and wanted to try a more feminine-looking font and something to make the heart stand out a bit.

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New Templates for Hyena Carts and Congos!

Now stocking at "Creative Mamas" congo: six new templates for Hyena Carts and Congos!

Sneak peak:

Click here to purchase the perfect template for your shop!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Header Mock-ups for "Full Hands Full Hearts"

I'm working with Danielle on her new Hyena Cart design and had a great time creating these mock-ups.

She wanted her logo to be based on her shop name "Full Hands Full Heart" (I love the name!). We came up with a simple hand inside a heart, using a color palette of light pink, sage green, light peach for the hand, and chocolate brown.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Hand Print Tree with Hearts - Label Design, Part 4

Rachael sent me a mock-up of a change she wanted made to her Hand Print Tree and I like it!

Here's the newest image:

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Monday, January 4, 2010

Animated Banner for "Sweetie Bird Fashions"

Sarah wanted a 468x60 banner to advertise her shop at Hyena Cart. She wanted to incorporate her HC design (which I enjoyed creating with her in March 2009) and pictures of her newest creations.

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Thank you to all of our wonderful friends and customers for a fantastic year!

I've enjoyed working with you, learning new sewing and Photoshop skills to improve my products, and having such a great creative outlet. :)

Join us later this month for a brilliant new "Mama Cloth" (menstrual pad) pattern, whimsical graphic designs, and chic baby carriers.

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