Friday, December 25, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS CARD SALE!!

Redbud Designs

Ten more days until the most wonderful day of the year! If you have yet to get a card in the mail (like me), then maybe you should browse my pre-designed cards! They are on sale for $10 for the remainder of the month. You still have time to get them printed and hand-delivered to the mailboxes of the ones you love. But if gathering addresses and sticking stamps can't be squeezed onto your holiday to-do list, you could always post it to your blog or facebook, or send as a digital card through email. As always, feel free to email me at sharon.redbud@gmail.com with any questions!

Merry Christmas, my dears!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

just in time...

A few new arrivals just in time for Christmas...

Redbud now offers gift certificates in the amounts of $5, $10, $20, and $50. Choose your amount and click the button below to order. For a custom amount, simply email me at sharon.redbud@gmail.com and I will send you an invoice. Once payment is received, I will email you a personalized gift certificate in jpeg form so that you can either print it or send it via email to the recipient!






 
Also, some new pre-designed Christmas cards...
I have been designing Christmas cards for over a month now, and they are so much fun to do I just can't stop. I know it is nearing time to have your cards in the mail (I haven't even designed my own family's yet!), but with one-hour printing, you could have these in your hands in just a couple of days.





 

 

You can view all of my pre-designed cards HERE. I will be taking orders all month!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

and a free custom Christmas card design goes to...

I have stopped taking orders for custom Christmas cards, and as promised, I am going to refund the payment of one person who already placed an order. My little assistant and I have been busy moving and traveling across the country, so I haven't been able to get her to draw a name, but I asked Redbud's Facebook fans to pick a number for me.



Brandy chose number 3, and since Katie was the third person to pay her deposit, she is the lucky winner!



Katie, you will be receiving a refund for your deposit soon! Thanks to all of you who ordered a custom design. I am having such a fun time with them! For the rest of you, be sure to check out my pre-designed card designs HERE. I will be accepting orders for those right up until Christmas!

Monday, November 16, 2009

5x7 print and envelope tips

Most of my designs that are for invitations, birth announcements, or Christmas cards end up being printed as a 5x7 photo. Sending the design file to a digital photo lab is always easy, and a 5x7 card, in my opinion, looks best. If you will be printing a Redbud Christmas card or another design in the future, here are a few price comparisons for 5x7 prints:

  • Sam's Club - 38 cents each for one hour / 34 cents each for multi-day
  • Costco - 39 cents each
  • Shutterfly - on sale now for 50 cents each, normally 99 cents each
  • Walmart - 58 cents each
  • Snapfish - as low as 59 cents each for 50+ prints
  • Walgreens - $1.59 each (although I think they go down to $1.00 if you order a certain amount)
5x7's are a bit high maintenance when it comes to finding envelopes, but there are several options. Envelopes that fit a 5x7 perfectly are called A7, but they are hard to find in stores. Something I have done in the past is buy a cheap box of generic Christmas or greeting cards and use the envelopes from that box, as they usually fit a 5x7 perfectly. I have also bought "invitation" envelopes from an office store. They are a bit bigger than a 5x7 print (5-3/4" x 8-3/4"), but they work just fine, and are relatively easy to find. My friend Annalee just happened to ask the salesperson at Walgreens about getting 5x7 envelopes with her prints, and he told her that he would give them to her for free as long as she printed her cards there. (As Annalee told me, it never hurts to ask!) Just in case your Walgreens worker isn't as friendly, here are some options and price comparisons for invitation envelopes:
My goal is to eventually provide printing services (complete with free envelopes with your order!), but until then, I hope this is helpful! Feel free to leave a comment if you have any other helpful tips or suggestions. As always, thanks for your support of Redbud Designs!

Monday, November 9, 2009

winner!!

Merit chose...

Here's how it all went down...

video

Congrats, Chelsea! Email me at sharon.redbud@gmail.com, and we'll get the process started!

Thanks to all of you who entered and helped spread the word about Redbud's card designs. And don't worry if you didn't win! You can still get your hands on a Redbud Christmas card
HERE!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

working on it...

That may just have to be my motto for the time being. I am thankful to be crazy busy with designs at the moment. I have just begun designs for custom Christmas cards, and oh, is it fun!! Thanks so much to everyone who entered my recent Christmas card design giveaway! I am "working on" getting my little assistant to draw a name and will announce the winner tomorrow. While you wait, here are some samples from the many projects I have been working on lately for friends, family, and strangers alike...

blogs...



 

business cards...



 

t-shirts...



 

cutie baby announcements...





...and invites.



 
(Zoey is my sweet little niece whose birthday is TODAY! Happy Birthday, ZoZo!)

Check back tomorrow for the giveaway winner!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

pre-designed christmas card GIVEAWAY

I finally have a few pre-designed cards ready to go! You can view the details and designs by going HERE and clicking on the Horizontal and Vertical links at the bottom of the page. I will be adding a few more designs in the next week or two, so check back often by clicking on the Christmas Card button in my sidebar!

a couple of my faves


 

I think it is only fitting to announce their arrival with a GIVEAWAY, don't you? Here is how to enter:
  • For one entry, simply view all of my pre-designed cards and let me know in a comment which is your favorite.
  • If you are a follower of this blog, you get an extra entry.
  • And another if you are a Facebook fan.
  • And ANOTHER if you mention this giveaway on your blog.
  • Oh, and yet another if you link to it on Facebook.
  • Want one more entry? Grab my Christmas card button over there in my sidebar and place it in your sidebar.
The giveaway will end Friday, November 6th at midnight central time.

I appreciate all of your support of Redbud Designs. Christmas card designs are some of my FAVORITE things to do. I would be honored to do one for YOU!

Monday, October 5, 2009

because sometimes words are not enough

I like being creative. In fact, I love it. It is a part of who I am, so when I started Redbud, I don't think I really thought about how difficult it might be to be creative for a living. I'm not gonna lie, it carries a little bit of pressure! Most of my designs are for people I don't know personally, yet each design must reflect each client's personality, and, especially in the case of a blog design, their life. I sometimes find myself lacking inspiration, and it is in these moments that I turn to music (my favorite Pandora stations to design to being Beyonce, the Weepies, Meiko, Patsy Cline...), a favorite site, or in the following cases, a clients' inspiration or mood board.

Jamie was one of my first blog design clients, and she was the first to make a mood board for me. She gathered images that captured not only her, but also the colors and overall feel that she had in mind for her blog design.

Jamie's board

and her design


Jamie has sent many of her friends my way, and a couple of them have followed her lead and created a mood board of their own. Amy felt the first design I presented to her didn't quite fit, so I suggested she create a mood board. She ended up having a lot of fun with it, and, in the end, we ended up with a design she loved. Success!

Amy's board

and her final design


Lindsay Ann sent her board first thing. It was extremely helpful to have from the get-go, and helped me capture her personality although we have never met in person.

Lindsay Ann's board

and her blog design


Kate didn't create a mood board for me, but she did decide to show me what she wanted for her sweet baby's announcements, instead of just tell me. She liked the feel of Amy Butler's Faded China line of fabric, specifically, Grey Lacework.

(photo via amybutlerdesign.com)

And here is baby Eydie's announcement (is she not SOOO cute?!!)


 Mood boards can come in handy for many occasions, whether you are planning a party, designing a room in your home, or putting together an outfit for a special occasion. To put a mood board together, you could use a website like Scrapblog, or, especially if you are into fashion, you could check out Polyvore.

This is, of course, not something that I expect from all of my clients, but it is something to think about if you are thinking of getting your hands on a Redbud design. Speaking of, I'm off to create another. Thanks for checking in with what is going on at Redbud!


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

wait list update


So that I can get caught up before Christmas card season, I will not be taking any new orders until further notice. I will continue to accept Christmas card orders and will let you know when the wait list is open for all other design services. Thanks for keeping me busy!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

winner!



 

 

 

 

 

 

Congrats, Krull Family! Email me at sharon.redbud@gmail.com, and we can get the design process started! Don't forget to include your t-shirt size and shipping address for your super cool Dry Bones t-shirt.

Thanks again to all who entered and donated to Dry Bones. Next month is Redbud's first birthday and a week full of giveaways is in the making...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

the giveaway has ended...

...but, of course, the donating can continue. :) Thank you to all who entered, and especially to those of you who donated to Dry Bones. I will announce the winner sometime tomorrow, right after my little assistant picks a name. If you're lucky, she just may pick you...


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

giveaway for a good cause



WHAT: 
A giveaway and donation drive, benefiting Dry Bones Denver
The winner will receive a complete blog makeover for you or a friend ($60 value!), as well as a Dry Bones t-shirt

WHO: 
Dry Bones is a ministry that is run, in part, by my brother and sister-in-law, Matt and Nikki Wallace, but that is not the only reason that it is near and dear to my heart. Dry Bones exists purely to facilitate relationships with and provide resources and nutrition to homeless teens on the streets of Denver, Colorado. Through these gestures, they show the love of Christ. The ministry is operated solely on the generous donations of others, so through this giveaway, you will have a chance to help their efforts in Denver. If you have a chance, be sure to take a look around their website. You are sure to be encouraged.

WHEN:
Wednesday, September 16th - Tuesday, September 22nd, midnight central time

HOW:
To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment letting me know that you are either a FOLLOWER of this blog, and/or a FACEBOOK FAN. (If you are both, you will begin with 2 entries!)
As always, you can earn extra entries by:
  • Mentioning the giveaway on your blog
  • Grabbing the Giveaway button to the right ----> and placing it in your sidebar
  • Linking to the giveaway on facebook
Here is how you can help Dry Bones...
If you would like to donate at least $1 to Dry Bones, I will DOUBLE your total amount of entries. (That means that you could have your name entered up to 10 times in the drawing!)
To donate to Dry Bones, just click on the Paypal button below, and then let me know either in your comment, or through email that you have donated to Dry Bones (the amount donated does not need to be disclosed).


I am so thankful for your support of Redbud, and I especially appreciate your interest and support of Dry Bones.

Now get to entering! (and donating!) :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

countdown to giveaway: one day!

Tomorrow I will be announcing Redbud's newest GIVEAWAY! The winner will receive a complete blog makeover, and you will even have a chance to help one of my favorite organizations. Check back tomorrow for details. Here are the designs from my last two giveaway winners...



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