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I know that I have been MIA for some time (and quite honestly will continue to be for the most part!!)  To catch my new subscribers up, I am a stay-at-home mom to two VERY active boys and over the past year and a half our family has begun the process of fostering to adopt.  It has been an amazing experience, and we are blessed, blessed, blessed!  About 9 months ago we received the joy of caring for a precious baby girl in our home.  Every day we get to spend with her is the sweetest gift!

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Today we’re celebrating her FIRST birthday and I thought I’d share a little present with you!  This past weekend was my husband’s annual family reunion and I thought it was the perfect place to share her milestone with {most of} those whom we love most.  We kept things sweet and simple with some cupcakes and pink lemonade at our family’s potluck dinner.  Don’t get me wrong, I love an all-out birthday bash, but sometimes less really is more…  😉

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The patterns for these papers were inspired by the cutest bib ever that my mom purchased from a local boutique.  The designer was Room Seven and when I went to their website, I fell IN LOVE!  Inspiration struck!

To create the pinwheels, download my Vintage Garden Pinwheel PDF.  Print front and back on medium weight 8.5×11″ bright white paper.

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Other supplies you will need are scissors, adhesive, small scrapbooking brads, and toothpicks.

1.  Cut out the squares between the patterns.

2.  Cut from the corner of each square diagonally inward, stopping mid-way to the center (follow the dashed line).

3.  Apply a small amount of the adhesive to the middle of the square.

4.  Fold every other corner up to the center, applying more adhesive when necessary.

5.  Poke a decorative brad through the center of your pinwheel and attach to a toothpick using glue or a small strip of tape.  These  pinwheels DO NOT spin, but are for display purposes only.  😉

Hope you enjoy!  Make every day a reason to celebrate!

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Who doesn’t love a cheesy mustache??

And who doesn’t really love an even cheesier play on words?  My son is thrilled with the new Valentines I designed for him to hand out this year.  We added a photo taken by my talented friend Sally Davidson, and his cards are now perfect for sharing with his third-grade classmates!

Need a last-minute laugh to give to your friends?  You’re in luck!  We’ll share our printable as our latest freebie.  You can download the file here.   Print double-sided, cut and fold!  As always, please do not redistribute or sell my designs!  Enjoy!!

I had the best time yesterday at a photoshoot for two new Valentine collections I created for Viridian Design Studio!  Add Tricia’s beautiful tablescapes and arrangements to Jen the Cookie Chick‘s yummy goodies and Sally Davidson‘s gorgeous images and you couldn’t have asked for a more perfect combination!  These ladies are super talented and a joy to work with!  I look forward to many future collaborations!

Check back next week for a full feature and some free party downloads from my new I LOVE YOU (a Bushel and a Peck) Valentine Party Collection!  My mother-in-law always sang the song to E and e when they were babies; I wanted to make something that was sweet-but-not-so-pink (since I’m the mom of two boys!) and Nana’s tune inspired . . .

This poor blog! It barely has a heartbeat! I have been really busy this month–not with Christmas cards, but designing birthday parties!  Crazy, huh?  It’s a blessing to get to work on these fun projects!  Still, I feel awful about not keeping the blog up to date!  There’s so many new designs, party photos, and shower storyboards I have to share with you!  Hopefully I can get a chance to update the site and revive this little blog soon!

Meanwhile, I’ve squeezed in a few holiday designs here and there (per request) but I never had the chance to create a 2010 line of Christmas cards. (Note to self: design for 2011 in the summer!!) Still, several ADORABLE families have ordered existing templates for their cards, and those were super fun to throw together!  Can’t wait to post proofs!  Maybe next week??  LOL!

After the craziness of the last week of school for my boys calms down, I am going to start work on a big project with Nathan Russell Photography!  But first, I have created a little something for YOU!

I’m up late tonight throwing together a SANTA Bingo game for my son’s class party on Friday. I kinda love the way it’s coming together.  So I used the theme to throw together a Letter to Santa printable for you and your kiddo!  Download it here.  Then print the cardvelope front and back on a sheet of paper, fill it out, stamp it, and stick it in the mail.  This is the “official” address where letters to Santa are shipped!

Merry Christmas! Hope you enjoy!  🙂

Been super busy, but I thought I would take a little break to wish you a safe and a happy time with your little ones today!! I also thought I’d try to make up for my blogging absence through offering a fun FREEBIE! 🙂

Here are two digital frames to use for your Halloween photos of your cutie-patooties!

You can download my frames here!  Hope you enjoy!

Last night, we took my oldest son to Meet the Teacher.  Summer flew by, and we are feeling a bit nostalgic about how quickly our not-so-little boy is growing!  This year, he not only moves up a grade-level, but on to a whole other wing on his campus!  It’s a weird feeling to see less of my baby and more of the young-man he will become in that face that looks back at me.

Our guy experienced a little anxiety about his new classroom when he realized that he’d be without a few of his close buddies for the first time this year.  Meanwhile, we know he’ll make new friendships in his class and he can still see his old pals throughout other parts of the day.  It’s a tough lesson for our boy, but we are very excited to see what the year has in store for him!  He’s slowly getting a little more comfortable with the idea of spreading his wings after some TLC from his family.. I think by Monday he’ll be truly excited to head back to school!

Fortunately, we are part of a great district, with an amazing staff and full of wonderful families. Still, even under the best circumstances many kids experience Back to School Blues for one reason or another.  So I decided to add a few extra items to my freebie in hopes of blessing my special guy with a few Mom-ents on his first day back.  Earlier this week, I created bright note paper to jot down some I Love You’s for packing in his lunchbox throughout the week.  Today I also designed a few bookmarks for his school box as we finish rounding up those last-minute additions to the supply list!  After that, my son and I had fun creating a mini-joke book for his backpack.   Nothing gets things going well like a little laugh, right?!

Download my School is a Hoot collection free today!  Prayers for a smooth start for our family and your’s as we begin another academic year!

For the Mini-Book, simply follow these directions:

1.  Cut off excess paper, leaving the 8 pages of the book as one large rectangle.

2.  Fold the Mini-Book vertically down the middle. (hot-dog style)

3.  Open the book and fold horizontally down the middle. (hamburger style)

4.  Cut one line between the title page and the page above it. Stop when you get to the line between the two outer rectangles.  As you open your paper, the slit should only be between the four middle sections.

5.  Fold on the extra page divisions and then open the paper back up; re-fold along the original vertical crease.

6.  Take opposite ends of the book and squish them together creating a diamond shape in the center.

7.  Continue pushing the ends together to form the book.   Crease along the edges you’re ready for some cheesy back-to-school fun!

UPDATE!!  For those that wish to avoid the Scribd subscription fee, you can now download my freebie from 4Shared.  Thank you for the continued love and positive feedback on these designs!  🙂

I am blessed to be married to a true SUPER DAD.  He’s very involved in the lives of our two sons and constantly puts the needs of everyone else before himself.  I can’t begin to describe how great he really is; if our boys develop half their father’s faithfulness, compassion, and integrity, they’ll be fine men someday.  The kids love super heroes, but none can compare to their wonferful dad.  So I designed a shirt for our everyday hero and am sharing the file (and a few other treats!) for your personal use!

Celebrate your Super Dad this Father’s Day with some FREE printables from Delightful Designs!!  Click HERE and follow the link to download the following projects so you can treat your guy like the hero we know he is!

These are for personal use.  Please do not redistribute or sell my images.

Directions for the Banner:  Print the pages on cardstock and cut each circle out.  Punch holes about 1/2 inch from the top edges on the left and right sides of your cut-outs.  String the letters together to create your banner.  Hang them in one long banner or create two smaller banners to display one above the other.  (Hint:  Sometimes the shorter version is better for pictures!)

There’s also a Super Dad logo you can print onto iron-on paper and create a custom T-shirt.  I provided both a regular and flipped version of the image so you can be sure to meet your product’s requirements for best transfer.

The last file is a small bi-fold card.  Print, cut out, and fold horizontally.  The inside is blank so you or your children can create a personalized message to tell Dad what a SUPER guy he is!!

Hope you enjoy!  Feel free to share any comments or images of how you used this freebie!

My site is up and running!  Whew!  What a relief to see everything finally come together!

Come visit me at mydelightfuldesigns.com!

Eventually, I hope to make things where you can order items online; for now, you can view my portfolio (and send your friends to check it out as well!) If you see an idea you like, you can contact me through the site and I’ll be happy to start creating exactly what you’ve been looking for!

I divided my collections into 4 categories. Celebrating Life contains various birthday party invitations I have designed throughout the past few years.  Creating Memories displays my cards for announcing all of life’s other highlights: showers, births announcements, religious milestones, graduations, weddings, anniversaries.  You name the occasion, and I will make an announcement to help you celebrate!  Next, you can find my holiday photo-cards and templates in Sharing the Joy.  And soon, I will open the gallery Making Connections with vector-based artwork I have drawn in Adobe Illustrator specifically for logos, signs, and website icons.  Vector graphics can be resized by any scale without distortion, creating crisp, clean art with vivid noise-free colors; these images are perfect for helping you market your organization or special event in an eye-catching and memorable manner.

I hope that this website inspires you to celebrate the blessings in your life in a style that is all your own.  I love interacting with others through the design process and am soooo blessed by the number of clients that have already contacted me through referrals.  As I eagerly expand my little project, I want to give you a freebie to show my appreciation for all your love and support while I continue to grow as a graphic artist.  Click here to find the 4shared link and download this fun cardvelope (It’s a card and an envelope all in one!!  Umm, how cool is that??)   Seriously, in the day and age of emails and text messages, isn’t it great to receive a hand-written note from a loved one?  Just save and print this PDF, then jot down a quick thought and make someone smile today!

And how about this new pattern?  Daisies and snap-dragons are my favorites, but there’s something about the fullness of zinnias that just make me smile.  This shape was time-consuming to create, but sooo worth it; wish I could turn the print into a fabric!  I love spring-time!  There are flowers everywhere, it’s sunny but not-too-hot yet; time for flip-flops, whirly skirts, bold patterns, and pops of color!

* “thank you” on preview only.  Actual template is just the template and pattern so you can use as you desire!

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