Holiday Photo Card Trends for 2014

Posted by rene.bross on 27. October 2014 22:32

Have you chosen your 2014 Photo Holiday Card yet? This year's selection of Christmas photo cards are more beautiful than ever! Chalkboard style cards are still very popular and a top pick for this holiday season. Multi-photo cards continue to be the most popular with the opportunity to show as many of your favorite photos as possible. Crisp, clean single photo cards with white borders and full photo cards with a single holiday message in script are trending as well. All things glittery and gold are making a big hit this season, along with confetti graphics. Another trend growing in popularity is to have a matching or coordinating backside pattern. For DIY'ers, this trend can prove to be very tricky to print yourself. Aligning the frontside with the backside can be very difficult and frustring when trying to print from your desktop printer. We suggest leaving the two sided printing to the professional. They have printers that print the front and back simultaneously for flawless 2-sided printing. It's worth the extra cost to avoid the frustration. Like the look of rounded corners? Just like two-sided printing, we suggest professional printing for those flawless rounded corners.

Want to add a little extra flare to your photo cards? Try a unique envelope or envelope liner. Envelope liners can be simply cut out of coordinating scrapbook paper or colored paper. Outline your open envelope then simply make a pattern of the shape about 1/4" to 1/5" smaller than your envelope. Then simply slide the liner inside and secure with double sided tape or a glue stick. Or try using a colored envelope and address with a metallic thin sharpie. A kraft paper lunch bag folded over and secured with a matching address label makes for a fun surprise as well.

In the end, choosing a card design is simple. Choose what puts a smile on your face and it will be sure to put a smile on the recipient's as well! You can start your photo holiday card search with PartyMonkey on Etsy.

Dinosaur Dig Birthday Party Inspiration

Posted by rene.bross on 20. October 2014 12:21

Stomp, Chomp, Growl and Roar! If it's time for a Dinosaur Party of Prehistoric Proportions, here are some fun ideas for your little kiddosaurus. Various indoor potted plants and plastic dinosaurs make for an easy and stunning tablescape. Pin the tail on the Dinosaur, Prehistoric Egg toss with white, speckled beanbags and a dinosaur dig in a kiddie pool of sand make for great fun! Develed Dino Eggs, cupcakes topped with chocolate "rocks" and sandwiches cut with dinosaur cookie cutters make for great eats! Here are some photos to spark the party-o-saurus in you...


photo credits clockwise from upper right: Dinosaur Dig Party Invitation from Party Monkey on Etsy, Dinosaur hats from Cakes Like A Party, Dinosaur Gift bags Hostess with the Mostess, Dino Dig Dessert Cups, Sandbox Dinosaur Dig ABC Party Ideas for Girls, Dino Snack Boxes from Betty Crocker, Dinosaur Tablescape from Southern Belle Celebrations, Dinosaur Egg Nests Catch My Party, Dinosaur cupcakes Space Ships and Laser Beams

Old MacDonald On The Farm Party Inspiration

Posted by rene.bross on 16. October 2014 21:45

Celebrate your little one's love for the farm with an E-I, E-I, O! An Old MacDonald themed birthday is perfect for crisp fall days and lends itself to so many creative party ideas. Decorations can be a snap with red gingham table cloths over burlap, vases of sunflowers and small bales of hay. Bandana triangles can serve as a birthday banner. If a real petting zoo is out of the budget, hand out "mini petting zoo" treat bags with small plastic farm animals. Hobby horses can be used for "pony rides" and don't forget fun themed food including; pigs in a blanket, cow patty cookies (chocolate chips) and moo juice (milk), apples slices for "horse feed" and rice crispy treats for "haystacks". These photos will hopefully get your creative farm ideas started.

Photos upper right clockwise: Bale horse from Spearmint Baby,  Table Scape, Petting zoo and pigs in a blanket from Across the Branch, rice krispy "hay stacks" from Cupcakes, Kisses 'n Crumbs, Barn playhouse from It's My Life , Old MacDonald On the Farm Party Invitation from PartyMonkey

Bright as Sunshine Sunflower Bridal Shower Party Inspiration

Posted by rene.bross on 1. June 2013 20:54




This summer's favorite outdoor party theme celebrates all things Sunflower! Sunflowers make for wonderful,  cheerful and inexpensive party decor. A few mason jars filled with sunflowers and tied with burlap or raffia add a wonderful rustic flair. Add some candles surrounded by sunflowers for a softly lit evening theme. Add natural touches such as long twigs, sliced wood plate chargers, burlap, raffia bows. Red gingham ribbon or table cloths can add a tough of color as well. A sunflower theme is perfect for an outdoor bridal shower, anniversary, birthday or even a casual wedding. Our photo inspiration can't help but make you smile!






Photo credits clockwise from top left: Western Sunflower Bridal Invitation from PartyMonkey on Etsy, Sunflower Cake Onada Photography, Jelly Jar favors DaSweetzPot,  Sunflower Seed Party Favors and Cheese Plate by Renee's Soirees,

Celebrate your Little Firecracker's Fourth of July Birthday with a Bang!

Posted by rene.bross on 8. May 2013 10:37

Do you have a little firecracker celebrating a birthday this 4th of July? Try a combo birthday celebration to honor the birthday boy or girl and our great country. Add some patriotic kaboom with fun red, white and blue party decor including loads of small flags for little hands to wave around, festive party banners, streamers and don't forget the strawberries and blueberries which abound in the summer. Here's some fun Little Firecracker and Fourth of July party inspiration to enjoy!







Photo credits clockwise from upper left: Little Firecracker Fourth of July Birthday Invitation by PartyMonkey on Etsy, Happy Fourth Party Banner from Country Living, Ice Cream Sandwhich Pops from Living Locurto, Firecracker Table Decor from Catch My Party, Fourth of July Tablescape from Bella Grace Party Designs, Mason Jar Mums from Newport Light Photography (link unavailable).

Fall Holiday Card Sale at My Good Greetings - Get 20% OFF Your Order!

Posted by rene.bross on 16. October 2012 16:33

Fabulous and Festive NEW Holiday Cards have arrived at My Good Greetings! We're so excited about these new designs- featuring popular chevron patterns, retro fonts, chalkboard styles, carnival circus themes and more! We've got the HOTTEST holiday card looks to send your holiday wishes off in top notch style! Be sure to check out our exciting collection for 2012! And while you're at it- SAVE 20% OFF YOUR ORDER with promo code: SAVE20NOW. How's that for a Happy Holiday!

Being Thankful for the Season

Posted by rene.bross on 15. October 2012 15:21

This time of year brings thoughts of rainy days by the fireplace, beef stew cooking on the stove, a warm cup of tea, family gatherings and pumpkin EVERYTHING! The chill in the air brings an added warmth to the heart as we unpack our holiday decorations and try new recipes. Beautiful colors of gold, orange, deep reds and browns fill the trees and our living rooms. As you make the guest list for Thanksgiving dinner and get ready to prepare the turkey once again, may you find inspiration in our Thanksgiving photo board. And remember to take time to Eat, Drink and Be Thankful this holiday season.

Photo credits: Thanksgiving Holiday Party Invitation by PartyMonkey on Etsy, Popcorn Hurricane Candles, Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes Recipe, Thanksgiving Tablescape

From Soup to Sunshine! Download this FREE printable soup can cover

Posted by rene.bross on 27. March 2012 09:08

We finally had a beautiful sunny day here in Spokane, WA on Sunday! Everyone was out and about and in such a good mood! We thought we would keep the momentum going with this FREE gift to you to turn a Family-Size soup can into a pretty springtime flower vase. Just go to the following link to download your .pdf file and print out both pages. Cut out the chevron pattern and yellow band and wrap both around the large soup can and secure with double sided tape. We hope this bring a little sunshine to your day too! Download your free file here:

Announcing our NEW partner for Printables- Party Monkey!

Posted by rene.bross on 14. March 2012 09:52

We are so excited to announce our new sister site on Etsy- Party Monkey. Party Monkey offers beautifully designed boutique style DIY Printable Party Invitations and Printable Party Kits. Now you can get a knock-their-socks-off party invitation at an affordable price. After Party Monkey customizes your invitation with your own party text, a downloadable file is sent to your in box within 24 hours. Take your newly downloaded .JPG file and print it on your own desktop printer, at your local Costco, Shutterfly or other print source. It's quick and easy-- and beautiful! Check out these amazing invitations and announcements...


For the love of Pink! It's a Girl! Pink Giraffe Baby Shower

Posted by rene.bross on 9. March 2012 08:57

We are so excited to share these photos of our Pink Giraffe Baby Shower! Taking inspiration from our Pink Giraffe Invitation, the dessert table is darling in soft pinks, white and a touch of golden yellow. Sweet treats abound with white and pink Jelly Bellies, salt water taffy, strawberry whoppers, delicious vanilla cupcakes, pink rock candy, pink popcorn, pink lemonade with sugared mason jars and the cutest baby giraffe cookies complete with pink spots. To be kind on the wallet, the beautiful glass apothacary jars were assembled with glass items found at the local Good Will store with these DIY instructions. The tissue pom poms were so fun to make with these easy instructions. We also want to share our delicious vanilla buttercream frosting recipe which was originally found here, but we adapted it a bit to have enough to frost cupcakes with a very generous swirl of frosting and so it's not too sticky sweet. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed taking them!

Photos by Rene' Bross
Pink Giraffe Party Invitation is also available as a DIY Printable Invitation on our sister site Party Monkey
Party Printables pictured above will be available soon on our sister site: Party Monkey

Best Buttercream Frosting Recipe
yields a generous amount of frosting for 20-24 cupcakes (depending on how generous you are)

1 cup butter - room temperature or softened in microwave for 10 sec at 90% power, then 7 sec on 90% power
1 cup Crisco (regular or butter flavored for extra buttery flavored frosting)
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
5-6 cups confectioners’ sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)

In a large bowl, cream butter and shortening until light and fluffy. Add salt, vanilla, confectioners’ sugar. Beat well.

This will make a thick frosting perfect for piping those beautiful swirls shown above. If you need a little thinner frosting, add a little mile to make desired consistency.