Thursday, January 15, 2015

Free 2015 Printable Calendar

Happy New Year Friends! 
It's never too late to get organized right?  If you are like me, you still have some holiday decorations lingering around the house waiting to be packed away for next year.  As of this morning, we still had a Christmas tree up.  The next step is to start getting organized for 2015.  And with that comes a new calendar for the year.  This year I wanted to keep the color palette simple using a monochromatic color scheme adding tiny pops of fresh color.  I included lots of fun patterns for this year's look.  And the exciting news is that the calendar is being offered as a FREE PRINTABLE for our readers.  Yay!  I would love for you to share a picture of your new calendar tagging us at #annaandblue


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DIY Tutorial for Evite: Tiered Stand

Hello Friends!
I am sharing my newest post that is featured on Evite Gatherings today.  I created a DIY Tiered Stand that can not only hold desserts and holiday decor, but can also act as an organizational station for all of the little things that might be cluttering your office desk or craft room.  With just a few inexpensive materials, you will have a designer-quality tiered stand in no time at all.

Click HERE for the easy tutorial.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

10 Best Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

Who has their Christmas Tree decorated already?  I pulled out all of our holiday decorations yesterday from the attic and hope to have our house decorated in the next day or two.  For some reason, it seems like each year it takes me longer and longer to do.  I wonder if that is because I wind up with more items I have accumulated during the year.  It's always fun looking for new and creative ways to decorate your home so that your look is a little different each year.  I have found some amazing Christmas Tree decorating ideas that are so creative and unique that are sure to give you inspiration when decorating your tree.  Do you have a theme for your tree or a favorite color palette when decorating for the holidays?  We would love to know.  Please share in the comments below.

Monday, November 24, 2014

DIY Tutorial: Glitter Hearts Wrapping Paper

I love glitter.  Who doesn't right?  However, I don't like the mess that comes with working with glitter.  I found a fun way to wrap a gift using some sparkle without the mess.  I recently created Happy Birthday gift tags as a free printable which you can download HERE.  I wanted to add a little creative touch to the gift wrap by adding a hint of glitter.  Creating this look is super simple and can easily be changed up by using different colors and different shaped hole punches.  Imagine all the fun you could have wrapping holiday presents.

What You'll Need:
Wrapping Paper
Gift Box
Heart Shaped Whole Punch
Glitter on a Roll Tape

Step One:
After you wrap your gift box, take your glitter on a roll and cut a piece that is about 8-10 inches long.  I chose to remove the backing from the glitter roll before using the whole punch.  Removing the backing from the tiny shapes can be time consuming.  

Step 2:
Using your hole punch, begin punching the desired number of shapes for your gift wrap.  

Step 3:
After you have punched out your glitter shapes, simply add them to your gift box sparingly.
Add a ribbon and tie into a bow.
You are done!  Wasn't that easy?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Free Printable Happy Birthday Gift Tags in 5 Colors

Happy Friday friends!  
I had an amazing birthday and feel so blessed with all of the birthday wishes that I received.  My hubby and sweet girls definitely made me feel spoiled and incredibly loved.  Today, I am sharing the love with our newest free printable.  I created simple Happy Birthday gift tags in five different colors that will add the perfect touch for a birthday gift.  I hope you like them.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Surprise Birthday Sale!

We celebrated my birthday yesterday and today we are celebrating with you by having a Surprise Birthday Sale!

Enjoy 40% off all orders.
Use code BDAYGIRL at checkout.

Ends 11.4.14

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Spooktacular SALE | $1 Halloween Designs

Are you ready for a Spooktacular Sale?  
Today only, all single Halloween designs are only $1.
 Say what?
All Halloween Party collections are only $5.  You heard that right.
Head on over to the shop and stock up.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

10 Best DIY Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Have you carved your pumpkins yet?  We have four pumpkins waiting to get carved and decorated and the clock is ticking until Halloween is here. I have found some amazing DIY Pumpkin decorating ideas that are so creative and unique. You will find decorating ideas from painting your pumpkin to adding embellishments to your pumpkin that will amaze anyone who sees them. Take a peek and let me know which one you like best.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Exciting News! Contributor for Evite

Evite recently launched a new and amazing party and ideas website called Evite Gatherings and they asked me to be one of their contributors.  I am very excited to say the least especially to be in a line up of contributors including Sandra Lee, Poppy & Blush, Jessica Carroll of DressJessXo, Eden Passante of Sugar and Charm to name just a few. Evite Gatherings is an editorial section dedicated to giving users tips and inspiration beyond an invitation. You will find a total social experience at Gatherings where you can submit images and overviews from your own parties that can be featured on the site. How cool is that?  I am looking forward to creating posts that will give readers tools to be the bests hosts possible.

Check out my first post HERE featuring our Modern Chevron Halloween Party

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

We're Back! Free Printable Enjoy Today Art Print

Hello friends! 
It seems like forever since my last post.  A lot has happened.  Long story short, my mom became ill in January of this year and was hospitalized.  She was doing better but then had to be readmitted in June and spent over three months in the hospital.  I am thankful that I was able to make trips home to Houston every week with my girls over the summer since they were out of school for summer break.  Having them home with me was much needed as they were a good distraction with everything that was going on.  Now, that we are in full swing with the new school year, getting home to Houston is not as easy. When the girls are at school, thinking about my mom consumes my day.  I think getting back to blogging will be good for me as it will keep me busy.  Thank you to everyone who checked in to see if everything is alright.  Your sweet words mean more than you know.  I look forward to slowly start blogging again bringing new designs, tutorials and inspiration you way.
Starting our first post off with a new free printable. I hope you like it, hang it up and remember to enjoy every day!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Last Day of School Photo Op - Free Printables

In less than 2 weeks my little girls will be celebrating their last day of Kindergarten and Second Grade.  Where did the school year go? Remember the free printable signs we created for the first day of school?  We received so many requests to create a design for the last day of school. I thought it was a great idea and would make a wonderful memento.  Every year we will take a photo on the first day of school and on the last day of school and see how much they have grown in one school year.  I created signs from Preschool through 12th grade.  Please share pictures of your kiddos holding their sign!  Tag us at #annaandblue

Download your FREE PRINTABLE Last Day of School Sign HERE.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Four Ways to Frost a Cupcake Using One Tip

I am always looking for easy and creative ways to decorate cupcakes.  I recently found a great tutorial from i am baker using any open star tip.  Who would have thought that you can create four completely different looks with only one tip?

Learn the basic techniques for creating a rosette, fluff, mini flower and tall ruffle HERE.

Friday, May 16, 2014

"The World is Your Market" Graduation Party

Today I am sharing a beautiful farmer's market themed graduation party styled by Evite that celebrates the graduate and will send them off with a fresh start.  You too can put together this stunning hassle-free event catered by your local Panera Bread which includes a delicious menu that compliments the fresh decor. Take a look at all the inspiration below.  You too can put together your own class-act graduation party!

Create a quick and easy DIY menu board using an inexpensive picture frame and chalkboard spray paint.

Use chalkboards to create decorative signs with fun wording for the graduation such as this "you're one smart cookie" sign displayed next to an assortment of fresh baked cookies.

Create a personalized touch by adding DIY place card holders with the names of your guests using Panera Bread's French Baguettes.

An easy way to display menu items such as chips, baguettes and fruit is by using inexpensive wooden crates. The crates can also be used to place any pieces of your party's decor such as flowers, candy and party favors.

I love this idea of creating a table to honor your Graduate with "Guest Notes" where family and friends can write words of wisdom that will become great mementos for a lifetime.

Visit your local grocery store or flower market as a creative way to add pops of color to your decor.  The flowers can also make for a great party favor for your guests.

Visit Evite Gatherings to view more pictures and find lots of graduation ideas.  Make your next event stress-free with Panera Catering!

As always, we would love to hear your comments.

This is a sponsored post from Evite.
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