Custom Wax Seal Graduation Invitation

Custom graduation invitation with wax seal and tea stained paper [pinit]


Just sharing an invitation we made for a law school grad this past month! As inspiration, the client provided an image of medieval scroll paper and a red wax seal, so to create a unique and authentic look we used hand-tea-stained sheets of paper and printed in all black. Each envelope was sealed with a mixed black-and-bronze wax seal to coordinate with the masculine theme.

This is where we found our supplies ::

Tea-Stained Paper // Tia Zoey

Wax Seal, Glue Gun, and Wax Sticks // Nostalgic Impressions

Envelopes // Paper Source

Fairytale Fashionista | gift certificate for an Enchanted Princess Party

Custom Gift Card Design Just sharing a fun gift certificate we made for the Fairytale Fashionista last night...

Luxury Gift Certificate Design

Luxury Gift Card Design

The gift certificate has been photo printed on cotton paper and mounted on brocade-patterned card stock that has a lovely, raised, fuzzy texture to it.

This particular Enchanted Princess Party is being donated to a local event, but if you're interested in your own fabulous fête, visit the FF online :: !

DIY halloween décor | pumpkin painting, socal style

DIY Halloween decor, pumpkin painting, chevron [pinit]


This is how we celebrate fall in the west. :)

We jumped on the pumpkin-painting bandwagon this year, and went to town with the spray paint. Meet Matte Black, Metallic Chrome, and Charlie Brown Chevron:

DIY Halloween decor, pumpkin painting, chevron

Painting pumpkins is waaaay easier than carving them. Even the asymmetrical chevron/zig-zag pattern wasn't too bad. I just used blue tape to cover the parts I didn't want painted, then sprayed away.






DIY Ribbon Wand

DIY Ribbon Wand [pinit]


In this post, I'll show you how to make a Fairytale Fashionista ribbon wand...perfect for girly-girls young and old.


Fairytale Fashionista

logo and branding by our sister company, Akula Kreative

If you want to see the ribbon wands in action, check out the Fairytale Fashionista tent at San Diego KidsFest this weekend!


DIY Ribbon Wand | Supplies

Supplies (for 10 ribbon wands):

  • a pack of 10 wooden dowels (available at Michaels and other craft stores)
  • 10 screw eyes (I used a 14-piece pack of 7/8" Ace Hardware brand medium screw eyes)
  • a can of silver spray paint (I used Ace Hardware brand chrome aluminum Premium Enamel)
  • lots and lots of ribbon (I used 7 yards total of 6 types of ribbon per wand) Tip 1: Use a variety of widths, textures, and colors of ribbon, but don't get any more than 7/8" wide. Tip 2: The longest strand in this wand is 1 yard; you can make yours shorter if it's for a small child, or up to 5' if it's for an adult.
  • a small bottle of fray check (optional)
  • 2 reused paper bags from the grocery store and a pair of scissors (optional)
  • a roll of blue tape (optional)
  • a brick of floral foam (optional)
  • a small container (optional)


Cost: I used a lot of high quality ribbon for these wands, so the unit cost came out to a little over $4 each (not including sales tax). (I also bought the ribbon at a wholesale warehouse, so $20 is on the cheap side for 70+ yards of double-faced satin and other specialty types.) If you need to bring the cost down, I recommend using only 2 or 3 1-yard strands of ribbon per wand.



1. PREP: Before painting, I cut up 2 paper bags to use them as a spraying surface in the backyard. Once flattened, I taped them to the ground with strips of blue tape to prevent them from blowing away.

DIY Ribbon Wand

2. To hold the dowels up, I prepared a container using an old glass vase (something heavy like this works best) and a brick of floral foam. I trimmed the foam so that it would fit snugly in the vase, then I stuck the dowels in (see above).

DIY Ribbon Wand

3. Follow the directions on your can of spray paint. In my case, I had to spray 6-8 inches from the dowels and let them dry at least 25 minutes before flipping them over to paint the other ends. I let them dry for over an hour before handling them.

DIY Ribbon Wand

4. While you're waiting, cut the strands of ribbon. I used 7 strands of ribbon per wand, each 1 yard in length.

DIY Ribbon Wand

5. Once the dowels are dry, it's time to put the screw eyes in. You can do this by simply twisting them into the ends of your dowels. I twisted until I couldn't go in any further; as long as it feels secure and you can tug on the screw without it moving, it should be good to go. If you want to make them super secure, you can apply a dab of craft glue on to the tip of the screw.

Optional step: apply fray check to the ends of the ribbon. (I happened to skip this step because I didn't find it necessary.)

DIY Ribbon Wand

6. Last step: Tie the ribbons on! I created a variety of lengths by tying the strands at different points, but you can do whatever you want. If you want the wand to flow like that of a rhythmic gymnast, keep them long. If you want a pom-pom, keep them short. Or, do a variety!

DIY Ribbon Wand