welcome to in a card's blog...

i know that "cute" is not a word typically used to describe good design, but in my world, it is. if it's your first reaction to say, "aww... how cute!" then it must be just that! "C-U-T-E." and i'm talking about so incredibly, ridiculously cute that the most masculine of men will even say those three words without thinking twice about it.

and so that is what i hope to share with you on my blog...

a combination of really unique ideas, simple thoughts that come randomly into my mind, along with "cute" designs that i've designed or come across.

Friday, May 28, 2010

boys are like stars

came across this quote today and thought it was too cute!  so i had to share...

a quote by Courtney Conner:

"Boys are like stars, there are millions of them out there, but only one can make your dreams come true."

announcing the great moments of life

it truly is an honor to be a part of announcing such great moments in other people's lives. especially when you've never even met them! but somehow through email correspondences and sometimes phone calls, you connect and when you get the opportunity to meet them for the first time in person, a big hug takes place of the professional handshake.

jean contacted me via email while she was still pregnant and we discussed birth announcements for her soon to be baby girl. talk about well organized and prepared! i love it!!! well a month later her precious rebekah was born and we were all set to begin the design process. jean loved the announcements i had previously done for landon and the sukharev twins, so we kept that similar layout and feel. she even hired jovana, of j luna photography, to take rebekah's pictures.

here's how they turned out...

this announcement style and size has become quite the popular one!  i may have to start making it available for purchase on my in a card Etsy shop.  in the meantime, if you are interested in these birth announcements or custom invitations and announcements to any other great moments in life, feel free to contact me for more info.

a simplewear design fit for a designer

a teacher, a work colleague and a friend.

that is what jess, of tamayo+kubota design, has been to me for the last 10 years. i was lucky enough to have jess as one of my design professors at cal state long beach and even more fortunate to have stayed in touch with her and become work colleagues and great friends over the years since i graduated back in 2002.

as a fellow graphic designer, i wanted to create a custom simplewear onesie for her soon-to-be little girl that is as simple and clever as her mommy's design style. here is what i came up with...

"copyright" by simplewear on Etsy

now this little one can let the whole world know that she is a true original tamayo + kubota design.

like this design or know a designer or artist this would be perfect for?  contact me or visit my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

a rose is a rose is a rose

here are some new rose inspired note cards i just listed on my Etsy shop.

these elegant note cards make a great little gift for others as well as yourself. what better way to say thank you or a simple hello then with a handwritten note.

"smells like roses" by in a card on Etsy

"a rose is a rose" by in a card on Etsy

Thursday, May 13, 2010

i ♥ custom simplewear requests!

i think it's great when people contact me requesting a simplewear design to use as a part of their baby's birth announcement or even a fun way to tell your family that you are expecting. it's nice to be a small part of such a great moment in someone else's life.

here's another custom design request from my simplewear Etsy shop this week.

want something more specific or personalized put on a baby onesie or kid t-shirt? email me or convo me through Etsy.

reuse, recycle

when i designed my 30th birthday invitations last year, i knew i wanted to turn the same design into milestone greeting cards. and so i've finally gotten around to reusing and recycling the art deco inspired design into 30th, 40th and 50th birthday specific greeting cards now available for purchase at my Etsy shop.

"thirty" by inacard on Etsy

"forty" by in a card on Etsy

"fifty" by in a card on Etsy

Monday, May 10, 2010

some new words to live by

a quote by Theodore Roosevelt:

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

monkeying around

i recently had a request for a custom lil' monkey simplewear baby onesie design with the personalization of the parent's names.  here is how it turned out...

this design inspired a new set of twin onesies, "monkey see, monkey do," now available for purchase at my etsy shop, simplewear.etsy.com

"monkey see, monkey do" by simplewear on Etsy

this design is also available in toddler size t-shirts, which also make for a great gift to give a newborn baby and their older sibling.  'cause when one monkey sees, the other monkey does.


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