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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Garden Numbers

One of the projects STDO works on every year is not pretty!  No colors.  No decoration.

But it is useful.

There is a community garden project in Milwaukee that is pretty darn cool;  Every spring, people can sign up for a little garden plot.

Those plots need to be numbered.  Not something too permanent, but it has to be durable.  It needs to handle the weather outside for the spring and summer.

I make laminated cards for this.  But it's not quite as easy as it sounds- if you just laminate a page and cut out the numbers, water can get right in through the sides of the laminated card.  The trick is to have a laminate border around the card.

Then we use a good thick outdoor double sided tape.

If you live in downtown MKE, you might have seen these garden plots around local parks.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Castle save the date magnet

Since launching the heart shaped magnet section this past February, there have been a few new custom designs, but this one is probably my favorite.

The couple is getting married at a castle, and didn't have specific colors to include, so I thought that I would see how a castle silhouette + a dawn sky would look.

Turns out, it looks beautiful:

No doubt this would work well for many a wedding, just for a romantic theme, if not more specifically those Disney and castle weddings.

This magnet is about 4x3.5 inches.  Check out pricing for the heart shaped magnets here:

Mention this post in an email to during 2015 and she will mail you a free heart shaped sample magnet.  Random design though.  And only to USA + Canada addresses.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Wedding Program for Baseball themed weddings

As usual, a lot of the people who ordered sports themed save the dates or invitations have me working on yet more awesome sports themed things for their weddings.  Today, I have a baseball themed wedding program to show you.

It is not complicated - it is a folded card printed inside and out.  What makes it cool is the red baseball stitches along the outside (wraps around front and back).

Even for simple programs, I like to go with 70lb card stock instead of a thinner paper.   50 of these folded programs would cost about $100.00 plus $9.00 shipping(USA) as of 2015.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Busy Winter!

After launching the circle shaped magnets, and then the heart shaped magnets, the next big project is something most of you probably won't even notice- making the website more mobile friendly!  Work is well under way on that front.

Just so as not to neglect the blog, here is a pretty picture for you:

It's a 5x7 inch wedding invitation based on one of the designs in the invitation section, but with an added gold layer.  Both the creamy color and gold color card stocks are metallic, though it's hard to see that in the photo.  The printed chandelier color is a light dusty pink.  With metallic card stock, you really have to go with dark colors for wording, but for some design elements, you can get lighter shades.

Instagram users can find more random photographs:

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Heart Shaped Save the Date Magnets!

Available after February first are 4x3.5 inch heart shaped magnets.  And for the first month, February 2015, they are on sale for 20%

These will have all the same features as the other fridge magnets, such as the glossy laminate finish.  Yes, the entire backside is magnetic!  Get a design with photographs or without.

Check out pricing here:

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Elegant design for round magnets

This blog post is mainly just to show off this photograph of one round magnet design in multiple colors:

It is a wedding save the date magnet, as usual, but also as usual, the wording can be changed.

Also check out this round magnet size holding up multiple sheets of paper:

This magnet size is on sale for a few more days- till the end of November 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Holiday cards 2014

Yep, it's that time of the year!  Early birds are already looking for holiday cards.

At STDO you can get a custom holiday card designed.  With photographs, without photographs.  Any colors.  Go with a typical matte card stock, a glossy card stock, a linen texture card stock, or maybe even card stock with a pearly shine.  You could even get color envelopes!

If someone adds an order of custom printed fridge magnets to an order of holiday cards (be it a wedding save the date or a photo favor), they will get free shipping.