Sunday, June 24, 2012

Etsy Feedback

Feedback is important. We all look to it in hopes of making the right decision in regard to big and small purchases. Have you looked at my feedback lately? I have some really fabulous clients and I appreciate their positive feedback. Here is my most recent from Amy of Kennesaw, Georgia,

"I am beyond happy with the invites I purchased! The turnaround time was so quick, the quality is great, and Liv was so friendly and helpful - even adding customizations to my order, and still shipping it out the same day. I'd highly recommend purchasing from Belle Announcements! Thanks again."

And you can read more here "Etsy Feedback"

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Help me win a $250K small business grant!

Help me win a $250K grant

I need 250 votes

Here is how to vote:

Step One: Go to and log in on the bottom right (it’s easy…you can just use Facebook)
Step Two: Search Belle Announcements and vote for me
Step Three: Share your vote on your facebook page and ask your friends and family to vote too!

Thank you so much for helping me get through the first step by voting!! Mission Small Business will give 12 US small businesses grants of $250K each. This could be huge for my small business and I truly appreciate you taking the time to vote!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Auburn Photo Party Invitation

Tailgate party time!  I will offer this card in all the SEC team colors. If you need a team not shown in my Etsy Store, let me know and I will post a new listing for you.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tell Your Story!

Old letters are important, they tell a story of family, religion, education and yes, even romance.

Summer Activities with the Family

My parents will tell you that my favorite part of school is the supply shopping. I absolutely love all things school supplies. Office supply stores are seriously like Toys R Us to me. If you are in need of a gift for me, buy me a gift card to Staples. It's like handing me the last piece of Birthday Cake. From Sharpies to notebooks, I am in absolute heaven when I go to Office stores. And as luck would have it, so are my girls.  Staples is their favorite of all the office stores because it has... The Easy Button!

Now the reason for my blog post....this morning my oldest daughter asked me to print her some Bubble Guppies coloring pages. We are big fans of the nickjr website. While I was on there I found a Restaurant Activity pack that included a menu, foods, order slips and money.

Both girls have been having a lot of fun playing restaurant lately so I thought this would be a perfect way to spend the day. Here is where my love of all things office supplies comes into play. I am not one to do things half way. After pushing print (twice, because of course each kid needs their own pack), I turned on my industrial size laminator to begin warming then pulled out my guillotine paper cutter. All I needed was velcro which required a trip to Staples.

An hour later, I have cut out the money sheet, menus, order slips and little food rectangles. 
 After everything is cut, I put them in laminating sheets, laminate and then cut again.

After everything is laminated, I attached velcro square to each piece so that everything can be reused. The activity pack included little squares of food. It wouldn't be fun to glue them on once so I put velcro on all of it and wala! Now the menu's can be changed and best of all, no messy glue!

The girls are using erasable crayons to put prices next to each menu item. 3 hours later, I am still playing restaurant!!

Moral of the story, everyone should have a laminator, massive paper cutter, and velcro!! :)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Beach Inspired Personalized Stationery

I designed these for an amazing friend who recently celebrated her retirement! She loves the beach, specifically Key West so I designed this set of Watercolor Beach Cards to give her as a gift. She loved them and I hope you will too!

Purchase a set of 10 for $14 in my Etsy Store

Friday, June 8, 2012

It's all in the details

I really am very lucky. I truly love what I do. Being a graphic artist has allowed me to combine my love for snail mail, photography and art. I am also a control freak! So I love being able to add little details to every design I do. The back of this Mermaid invitation is an excellent example. I could just leave it a blank white or the water but that wouldn't be nearly as fun as pail of beach must-haves and a cute little fish going about his business.  My children were born in the colder months but they may have to have a summer pool party just so I can use this design myself! And my brain is already going to all the possibilities, matching thank you notes, candy bar wrappers, cupcake toppers... I am rubbing my hands together as I type!! This is going to be fun summer!

And don't you love Instagram!?! Best App ever!! I love taking quick photos for the blog and facebook page with it! 

Happy Summer!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Perfect for Everyday Stationery

Everyday Stationery is the perfect set for your busy life. This set includes Congrats, Thank You, Happy Birthday and Thinking of you with a watercolor butterfly accent. Cards are folded with a blank interior.

Shop my Etsy store for this and more great designs.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Butterfly Inspired Stationery Set

Make a fluttery statement when you say thank you with these personalized Stationery Cards. This stationery set is customized with your name with a watercolor butterfly accent.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Waterproof Birthday Parties

I was thrilled to be included in this recent Time Out Chicago Kids article. Click here to read the article!

Sidestep sugary sports drinks and soda with these personalized water bottles, which make wholesome H2O seem special ($24 for 30 labels at Belle Announcements,"

New Advertisement on Our Valley Events

Here is my brand new advertisement featured on Our Valley Events. If you haven't been to this website and you're a Huntsville local, you need to visit asap! They have just unveiled their new design and it's amazing!! You can view all the events happening in the Valley with just one click! Go on, click!!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Half Marathon Medal

Big thank you to Redstone Recognitions for turning my Scenic City Trail Half Marathon Design into a Stunning Finisher's Medal! I think you'll agree, they did a fantastic job!



Red Haired Mermaids have arrived!!

Having a pool party? Mermaid themed party? Is your little girl an Ariel fan or just have beautiful red hair?! Look no further, I have just introduced some adorable Mermaid themed party invitations!