Lawnmower Birthday Party Pics!

I was so excited to hear from a favorite client, A from Canada, when she initially contacted me about her ideas for her son’s upcoming birthday party a few months ago.  The title of her email to me was “Funny Request” and I just knew before I even opened up the email that this would be a fun, challenging, and special project.

A’s son is obsessed with all things Lawnmower.  Not ride-on mowers, not John Deere, but push mowers and all things lawn care.  So we collaborated to create the perfect custom invitation for this Lawnmower themed birthday party:

Lawnmower Birthday Photo Invitation

From there, I created a custom party package for Angela that she printed and assembled on her own, including a banner, stickers, favor tags, signage, and lots more.  Here are the pics she shared with me of her handiwork:

custom favor tags

Favor bag tags and custom stickers for the Seed packets

birthday favor stickers

Look at all those party favor bags with the Lawnmower motif!

custom printable party package

And the best part of all….check out this gorgeous cake!

Lawnmower birthday party cakeCake Design by Slice Cake Design

Completely Custom Printable Holiday Photo Cards – FAQ

custom holiday photo cards by sweet cricket designIn the market for the perfect holiday photo card but can’t find exactly what you are looking for?  Maybe you have a ton of photos, a specific font request, or want a personalized photo card that truly reflects your families interests and hobbies (Rennaissance Faire Holiday Photo Card, anyone?).

You’ve searched my Etsy photo card shop and like the general style of the premade designs, but there’s not one that’s really perfect or winking at you through your computer screen saying, “buy me!  buy me!”

Or, you just enjoy the creative process and look forward to letting an artist bring to life your ideas and vision for the perfect holiday photo card.

Well, you’ve come to the right place.  Sweet Cricket Design offers completely made-from-scratch, custom photo cards, invitations, and stationery design.  The process is quick, fun and most of all affordable.  Here are some of the questions my clients have about what a From Scratch Custom Design entails:


What is the cost for a completely custom photo card design?

The cost for custom card design for 2011 is $14, same as the other cards in my shop.  I’m able to offer low prices because the designs that I create for you during the process will ultimately also be added to my premade card selection.  If you would prefer your custom, from scratch card design to be one-of-a-kind (ie, I will not use the design again), the cost is $30.

How long does it take?

Typically, once I have received all the information from you including photos, text, and design ideas, you will receive the first round of proofs to review within 2-3 business days. Once the first round of proofs have been created, the rest of the process moves very quickly.  Depending on how many revisions /changes you need, you could have the final jpeg, ready for printing  as early as 1 business day later.  The more revisions, the longer the process.  The most revisions I’ve had on a custom card was 10 and the entire process took about a week.

Once the design is finalized, you can print on your own – click HERE for a tutorial or I can print for you.  If you choose to have me print them, you can expect to receive your cards within  5-7 business days.

What does the first set of proofs entail?

The first set of proofs that I email you usually contain 3 different photo card options, incorporating your requests in different ways, playing with different fonts and colors, etc. 

How many proofs will I receive?

You will receive unlimited proofs/revisions of your photo card until it is exactly the way you like it.  Once the initial round of proofs go out for your review, we usually mix and match ideas between those proofs to come up with what I call a Hybrid Proof – a 4th proof that mixes together all the ideas you liked from the first 3 proofs into 1 card.  If you need more after that, we tweak until it’s just right.

What is the cutoff date for Custom Holiday Photo Cards for 2011?

The cutoff date to order a completely from scratch, custom holiday photo card for the 2011 season is November 6th.  You do not have to have photos ready by that date, but an order must be placed by then to ensure you have a slot on my custom design calendar.

How do I get started?

Shoot me an email at and I will set up a custom listing for you via my Etsy shop !

Custom Moving Announcements with a Fun Twist

custom printable moving announcements by sweet cricket design

Ok, so projects like these are my absolute favorite – I loved creating these custom, totally from scratch moving announcement / housewarming invitations for this fun client! TC got in touch with me via my Etsy shop asking if I could create a custom combo change of address / housewarming party invitation for her. Of [...]

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Print Your Own Holiday Cards and Photo Birth Announcements

printable photo cards

When new clients check out my Etsy shop, they get so excited about the printable baby announcements, printable invitations, and photo cards they see and love the idea that they can work one-on-one with me to tweak the colors, fonts, and really customize each design to make it their own unique card. While I do [...]

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BIG Photo Card Sales for’s 11th Birthday

snapfish photo cards

This month marks’s 11th birthday, and I feel honored to play a part in that as one of their stationery designers – what a great experience it has been so far. To mark the occasion, Snapfish is offering all kinds of discounts and sales for their customers on a whole variety of their products. [...]

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Thursday is Absolutely Incredible Kid Day!

  I can TOTALLY remember, as a kid, saying to my mom “There’s Father’s Day and Mother’s Day, when is Kid’s Day?”  to which she quickly answered, “Every Day is Kid’s Day”, much to my chagrin (although I clearly understand that sentiment now!) Well now, there actually is a day that honors kids around the [...]

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