Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Creativity


I wanted to try something new for our shop. I feel like I've been in a bit of a rut. Sales are way down. My ideas are slow coming. I had this idea a few days ago to try embossing. Like old school stamp, sprinkle powder, heat. I bought the supplies yesterday morning and I was like a kid in a candy store. I could hardly wait for the girls to take naps so I could try out my new stuff. I did it! See the pics below for my fabulous creations. :)

This set of 4 Easter cards are seriously cute! The design features a butterfly embossed in gold and a chick with a  partial flower border. Both designs were hand-stamped and then hand-embossed in gold. Design is on crisp white die cut card stock with rounded edges. Each card measures 4x6 when folded. Comes with crisp white envelopes. These cards are on sale now! Click here for more information.

Each card was hand-stamped in colored ink and hand-embossed in shimmery embossing powder. Heat was applied to make a raised embossed texture. 3 of the 5 cards are purple inked underneath and 2 cards are pink inked. The colored ink gives a subtle and beautiful undertone to the embossing. Cards read "thanks you're sweet" in a simple print font in the lower right corner. For sale info click here.


These are my favorites! These cards are a perfect way to say thank you. The design features the wording "Thanks for everything" with a 2 flower design on the left side of the message. The entire design is horizontally placed in the bottom right corner. Each card was first hand-stamped, then heat embossed in gold to create a smooth raised texture. Each card is bright white die cut card stock with rounded edges. Each card measures 4 x 6 and comes with bright white envelopes. For sale info click here.



I really enjoyed making these cards! I'm excited to try new designs and more colors of embossing powder. I also found this really cool store online that will take my designs and make them into stamps. Talk about complete custom design. I'm so excited and I'm just getting started. What is something creative you've done recently? Let us know!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Vintage Carnival Wedding Invitations

Are you ready for the Big Reveal? I'm so proud of these designs. We created 3 different designs for the bride and groom to choose from. (Names and details have been changed to protect their privacy.)

The first design is a carnival poster inspired invitation. We did this in 2 different colors since the bride's colors were both red and pink. It features a sunburst design background with the fun circus/carnival fonts with the details of their big day.



The second design is inspired by a ferris wheel with the details of the event in the fun circus/carnival fonts. It is on a vintage paper background. This was a super fun card to make. I really enjoyed coming up with the design of the ferris wheel and choosing the vintage paper background.


The last design is inspired by a carnival tent. It features a classic red and white striped tent along the bottom with the details of the wedding in the fun circus/carnival font. On the back of the invitation is the details of the reception and a quaint bundle of three balloons. We added the ballon because we thought it look really sweet and drew in the idea that this was truly a party. The background for this is on a darker vintage paper background. We liked that because we felt it gave it an aged look.


Of course, all of these designs are available for purchase (fully customizable!) in our shop! Click here to see more... Leave us a comment and let us know which one is your favorite!



Thursday, March 22, 2012

Vintage Carnival Party Theme

I'm designing a wedding invitation for a client right now with a theme of "vintage carnival". Since I have never designed that theme before, the first thing I did was google "vintage carnival" images. Then I made my husband sit down and watch the movie Big Fish with me. (He actually enjoyed it more than I did. I've never been much of a fan of Tim Burton movies, to be honest.)

What I discovered in googling is that there are some super beautiful ideas out there! The carnival theme is very versatile and can be used for a fun summer outdoor wedding or even a child's birthday party. Below are a few of my favorites. Hope they inspire you like they have inspired me!

photo via P is for Party, but originally by Southern Accents

photo via Hostess with the Mostess

photos via Ruffled
photo via Two Yellow Shoes on Etsy

photo via Green Wedding Shoes



Check back soon to see the completed Vintage Carnival wedding invitations I designed! I can't wait for the big reveal!!

Happy Thursday!




Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sun-Earth Day Inspiration Board

Today is International Earth Day. Or as NASA calls it, Sun-Earth Day. You can visit NASA's website here to learn all about it. Upon hearing today was International Earth Day, I was reminded me of a fun little story I want to share. And then to the inspiration board.

Ever since I was dating my husband, his nickname for me has been "Sunshine". He told me that I reminded him of the well known song You Are My Sunshine. He says it is because I make him happy even "when skies are grey". I know, it makes you want to puke, right? I LOVE IT. 

Well, right after we got engaged he randomly brought me this potted plant of some kind of mini daises. He bought it because the name on the card was "Sunshine". He was so adorable when presenting it to me, explaining why he bought them and why they reminded him of me.  Ok, so, it's not like I didn't appreciate the gift he gave me. I love flowers just as much as the next girl, but a whole potted plant? I have the blackest thumb in the world!! Try as I may, I have killed every plant I have ever had. True Story.

So, we fast forward about 3 weeks and he sees my poor potted "Sunshine" flowers dead on the back porch. Talk about an akward conversation. I felt like I was in the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. You know the scene. The one where Kate Hudson's character is yelling at Matthew McConaughey's character for killing their "love fern". Wow. But he still married me. It was a close one. ;)

So, in honor of Sun-Earth Day, and my hubby's long dead "Sunshine" flowers, I have put together an inspiration board. Let me know what you think!

Photo credits from top left going down: thesweetestoccasion.com, images.marthastewart.com, moderngitlsinvitations.com, realistic wedding.wordpress.com, flowersbyma.com, The Gilded Bee shop at ETSY



Friday, March 16, 2012

Introducing Printable Invitations!

I am so proud to announce that E Hernandez Designs is introducing printable Birthday Invitations to our studio collection! This has been in the making for a long time, and I'm happy to finally announce it! We currently have 2 cute designs for sale in our shop, but more will be added soon. All designs are completely color customizable  (unless otherwise noted) and always customized to fit your event/announcement/theme. Please stop by our store and take a look. Let us know what you think! Here's a sneak peek below.



Above is our Movie Party Themed Invitation. It measures 5 x 5, and is only $12.50 for an unlimited number of prints! If you are interested in ordering it, please go to my shop here. There are instructions how to place your order.

As always, if you have an idea in mind and do not see the design in our studio collection, please do not hesitate to contact me. I'm happy to work with you to make any custom design for any stationery need. This includes (but is not limited to) birthday invitations, wedding invitations, notecards, thank you cards, gift tags, baby shower invitations, baby announcements, anniversary party invitations, bachelor/bachelorette party invitations, greeting cards, holiday cards and more. Just send me an email at ehernandezdesigns@gmail.com with your ideas. It's that easy!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Friday!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day

I'm posting this early because there is a craft included!


In my grand tradition of celebrating random holidays, Friday March 16, 2012 is Absolutely Incredible Kids Day. Originally created by Camp Fire USA and quoting from their website "In 1997 Camp Fire and the nation celebrate the first-ever Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® -- a call to action for all adults to communicate through letters their love and commitment to children on the third Thursday of each March." So, in honor of this day, I wanted to share 2 things. 


First, a friend posted this link on Facebook, and I couldn't help but to share. It's an article written by Michael Mitchell on his blog lifetoheryears.com. He's a Dad blogger who writes about his unique experience raising a daughter and trying to be the best husband and father he can. It's pretty inspiring actually. If you haven't checked it out, you should! 


Since my husband and I are raising 2 incredible girls, I was very touched by his article. I'm a religious person. I believe that God has given us the exact experiences we need in our lives to become the people He needs us to be. This path is not easy. For some of us, we never experience the joy of marriage or parenthood. Some of us struggle with addiction or loss of children or other family members. No matter our lot in life, God knows us, and loves us. Some days I feel like I'm the worst Mom in the world (see my post about my 3 year-old's pants being too small!) But most of the time I KNOW I'm the luckiest Mom in the world to be blessed with the exact children I need to make me into who Heavenly Father needs me to be. For that I'm grateful. I'm grateful for a wonderful partner who tries his best to be the kind of daddy this article describes. I was literally brought to tears while reading it.


And that leads me to my second item. I know not all of my readers have children. So, I have designated an addendum to Friday's holiday. I dub it "Absolutely Incredible Person Day" as well. I think there is something to be said for all the wonderful people we have in our lives who have helped shape us into who we are. 


Camp Fire USA suggests writing a letter to your child(ren) today telling them why they are incredible. Why not write a letter to the person who has inspired you recently? To aid us in our activity, I have a freebie!  I usually try to do downloadable freebies on the first day of every month, but seeing as this was something that really resonates with me, I thought I'd add a freebie today. It's an 8.5 x 11 stationary page for you to write a letter to your child(ren) or to someone who inspires you.  




As always, to get this, simply click on the image. Then right click and save as wherever you'd like. Print on regular 8.5 x 11 paper. Then write your letter telling the child/person why they are incredible. Or for a sweet momento for your child, print on card stock and then frame it. Hang it up in their bedroom so they can see often just why they are incredible! 

Please don't forget to check out our other designs at E Hernandez Designs shop. Happy Wednesday!

(Please note, the adorable people silhouettes are courtesy vectorlady.com)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Homemade Pasta!

So, my hubby has been craving spaghetti and meatballs. We went out to a restaurant for his birthday last week and he wanted to order spaghetti and meatballs, but thought he should get something we normally don't eat at home, so he got steak shish kabobs instead. Honestly, its funny that was his reasoning because we don't really eat much pasta around here. I had gestational diabetes with my youngest and so I try to limit the carbs. I don't want to get diabetes later in life if I can prevent it. Not to mention I try to avoid tomato sauce because it gives me nasty heartburn. We're more likely to eat the kabobs, really. But anyway...

We'd been talking about making our own pasta for a few days. We got a pasta maker as a wedding gift, and we've only used it once in five years. Yesterday I did it! I made my own pasta! Ok, so it was fettuccine and meatballs, but the only difference as far as I'm concerned is the size of the noodles. I'm really proud of myself. It turned out really well, and tasted so yummy! Of course we had homemade spaghetti sauce and my hubby made homemade meatballs. Top that with a side of veggies, and it was one delish dinner! Even my girls were asking for seconds! And the heartburn was worth it. :)

pasta without sauce

pasta with sauce and meatballs

Now I'm off to buy my oldest some new pants. How did I miss that all her pants don't fit? I thought she was just silly always wanting to wear her little sister's stretchy pants. Apparently her pants were all too tight all along! Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 12, 2012

National Bubble Week

photo by Arshad Cini at DesignBeep found here


Did you know March 11-17, 2012 is National Bubble Week? Since I like to recognize random holidays and love a good reason to celebrate anything, this post is about how we are celebrating this national event. First, a few fun facts from a comic strip I found at Riverfront Times found here and below:




So, this morning I thought it would be fun to let the girls play with bubbles. I was planning on making my own with this recipe from One Charming Party here, but I ran out of time and realized I didn't have any Dawn dish soap. Apparently I buy Ajax. Honestly, I never realized what brand I buy. I usually just pick the scent that appeals to me at the moment! Perhaps we'll try the homemade bubbles tomorrow. After all, it is National Bubble Week

So, instead, we went to the field beside our house and we played with these Crayola Colored Bubble (see here). I have to tell you, I am not a big fan of them. C got them for her birthday last year, and they are terrible! The bubbles come out together in one big blob, there is so much dye in them that the colors are really dark, and even though they are washable, beware of getting it on un-washable surfaces. Some accidentally dripped on the girls shoes and it wouldn't come out! I tried using a baby wipe, plain water, you name it. Their shoes will forever have green and orange spots on them. UGH. I guess it was my fault. I should have let them play barefoot or in their flip flops since it did wash off their skin pretty easily... Anyway, just thought I'd pass that along. They might be fun for your kids if you don't mind cleaning up a huge mess. 

Hope you all have a fun week whether you celebrate with bubbles or not. Happy Monday!



Thursday, March 8, 2012

Today is Thursday

I think Thursdays are my least favorite day of the week. Thursday is late enough in the week that I feel like I'm dragging.  And it certainly doesn't possess the gloriousness of Friday. No, it's just a ridiculous day. We should just skip Thursday. But then would Wednesday become the new Thursday? *sigh*
To help you all (ok, mostly me) through this dull and boring Thursday, I thought I would show you some Thursday inspired things I am loving these days.

Did you know there is a Thursday Island? It is in the Torres Straight which separates Australia from Papua New Guinea. In fact, Thursday Island is quite beautiful! I didn't post a pic, because it was hard to determine who to give photo credit to, and I didn't want to mess it up. But do a google image search, and you will see. It's beautiful!

There is also a fashion line named Thursday Island. They consider themselves "urban vintage life". Kirsten Dunst modeled for their line at one point. Check them out here. They have some pieces that I think could be workable into my current wardrobe, but sorry folks, I don't know where you could find them other than online. For some reason I can only view their website in Chinese. Yes, I tried clicking the English version at the bottom of the page. I only get an error message. I don't speak Chinese.

There is also a cute blog "My Girl Thursday". I really love her vintage inspired designs. Check her out here! I like her so much in fact, I've added her to the blog roll. I like her post about 29 things to do before she's 29. I think I might copy that one actually. I turn 30 in a little less than 6 months, so come back soon to see the 30 things I'll do before I turn 30. Ha!

Happy Thursday!


Thursday, March 1, 2012

National Peanut Butter Lover's Day and March Printable



Did you know today is National Peanut Butter Lover's Day? It's an odd holiday, but I decided to have some fun. It's rainy here again, and so the girls and I did an inside craft. We made edible peanut butter play dough. It was super easy to make, and didn't taste too bad either. I used this recipe from Kinder Art. We spent about an hour playing with the play dough, rolling and re-rolling and cutting out shapes with cookie cutters. It was a super fun way to spend our morning on this cold drizzly day.

C is busy with her mad cutting skills (don't worry - it's a dull plastic knife!)

A is sneaking a taste.


For more information about National Peanut Butter Lover's Day check out this article from the National Peanut Board.  It's just kinda fun.

And now for your free March printable. A greeting card featuring a cute clover design and a message reading "Happy Saint Patrick's Day!" When folded, card is 5.5x4. Can be printed on standard card stock (recommended). Fold along the solid line. To get, right click and choose "save image as". Save where you want and print. Write your own little message inside and voila. Enjoy!