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The joys of Wedding Planning!

Names: Meghann and Shaun

How long you have been married?  5 years

Tip: Talk to each other about everything; plans, dreams, hopes, feelings. My husband and I always try to take some time during the day to talk no matter how busy we are.

(Meghann is a senior designer at KDS)

This month’s style guide, “Classic Getaway,” is inspired by Kathy’s Poppy collection, as well as one of my favorite ways to experience joy…through travel! First and foremost, what I love about these prints is that they’re bold and stunning in a classic way. The red and black florals are so timeless that they really could work on designs that span generations.

When I look at them, I dream about going back to a time when travel was a stylish affair. If I could, I would pack my red suitcase, head south and emerge someplace warm wearing an awesome sundress in one of these fantastic prints.


Image Sources:Airplane Suitcase Sunglasses Travel Wallet Vintage Airline Ad Striped Dress & Camera: found via


 So, I’ve finally designed my wedding invitation! I will wait to share my personal wedding details until after the big day, but I wanted to share some inspiration for what seems to be a huge trend in stationery these days. Lined envelopes! They really boost the visual impact of the package and are an inexpensive detail that packs a big punch. I’m working on my own unique way to incorporate this trend in my own invitation 🙂 Check these out!  Which is your favorite?

 Image credit:a. Martha Stewart Weddingsb. Unknownc. Etsyd. Oh So Beautiful Papere. Etsyf. Etsy

Once a month, one of our “crew” here at Kathy Davis Studios is assigned to present an inspiration board to our designers to inspire them as they create new rounds of greeting cards and product designs. This month it was my turn!

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I was inspired by all things heart-shaped, because hearts are such a powerful symbol of love and beauty, and they so frequently make their way into Kathy Davis designs.

Here is my favorite selection of beautifully formed hearts, whether stitched, painted, drawn, sculpted or patterned! Enjoy and be inspired as you create your own Valentines!

Greetings from,Monika

*All images taken from Pinterest

A Kathy Davis take on the trends of the moment.By Valerie

Lately, I’ve been noticing lots of little houses popping up all over the home décor world. It’s perfect timing, really- especially as the winter chill and occasional cold can keep all of us at home for a spell. This pillow by Donna Wilson is my latest homey find.

I think it would be the perfect way to brighten up your winter blues – just like any of the patterns from Kathy’s adorable Houses collection!

Married for 15 wonderful years (and together for 22)

Names: Kimberly & John

Tip: If at all possible keep separate bathrooms, it saves all arguments about how you squeeze the toothpaste in the middle and he squeezes the toothpaste from the bottom….

Seriously though, never get too upset at those little things – learn to laugh at them, learn to laugh at each other and especially try to laugh at this crazy hectic wonderful life that you are making TOGETHER!!

Besides the fact that it comes in my absolute favorite color, there’s a lot I love about this funky little timepiece by Sprout Watches. The sweet orange flowers are so fun, and remind me of “Pocket Full of Poppies,” one of my favorite collections by Kathy. For an added bonus, each watch made by Sprout is eco-friendly and packaged using recycled materials. How earth-consciously cute!

January means holiday clean-up…taking down the tree, packing up the decorations and taking one last look at the cards you enjoyed receiving throughout the season. While these are not my favorite chores, there is something nice about a fresh, clean beginning to the new year.

One post-Christmas tradition that we enjoy at KDS… is rounding up and voting for our favorite holiday cards. After all, designing cards is one of our specialties, so we enjoy seeing what is being done in our industry. We hope you find these picks as inspiring as we do!

Overall Favorite Card:A Tie!



Cutest Card:


Best Illustrated Card:

(Monika Hinterwaldner from KDS)

Best Use of Special Process:


Best Mass Produced Card:A Tie!

(Gift Wrap Co.)

(Mara Mi)

Best Handmade Card:

(Handmade – Printed at Lead Graffiti)

Best Photo Card:

(Pear Tree Greetings)

Best Decorated Envelope:

(Ashley McDevitt from KDS)

Best “non-Christmas Specific” Design:A Tie!

(Punch Studio)

(George Stanley)

Keep sending those Christmas cards! We happen to think it’s a wonderful way to stay in touch and Scatter Joy!

Speaking of Scattering Joy… we found some organizations that take used greeting card contributions. Not only is this a great way to recycle, it helps to make a difference! You can send your card donations to the organizations, below.

St. Jude’s:They seem to be currently accepting cards of all occasions year round, with an increased need for both Birthday and Thank You cards.

Treasures 4 Teachers:Provides free and low cost supplies to teachers from community reusable resources. Accepts donations of new or used greeting cards.

RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching):RAFT’s main focus is to inspire, engage and educate children through the power of hands-on teaching. They support hands-on education efforts in California and Colorado.

We also found this article to have good suggestions about national AND local organizations.

We are excited to have the youngest member of our family, Ryan’s niece, Ramona, as our flower girl for our upcoming May wedding! She’s 2 1/2 , cute as can be and is excited for her moment in the spotlight! 🙂 Since our backyard fete is going to be relaxed, homey and somewhat vintage inspired, I thought something sweet with lace or eyelet fabric would be very fitting. Here are a few dresses I’ve found that could fit the bill. Which is your favorite?



This New Year one of my simpler resolutions is to be more organized, especially when it comes to the loose change, coupons and gift cards that often work their way to the bottom of my handbag. With lots of inside pockets and a charming butterfly clasp, this adorable wallet looks like the perfect fix. I can’t decide if I like the pink or mint version better… though either would pair so nicely with patterns from Kathy’s Butterfly’s Promise collection.

Names: Katie & Carl

We’ve been married almost 25 years (Aug 20, 1988) – just celebrated our 24th. Unbelievable.

Tip: A new day always offers an opportunity for a fresh start. It’s a great thing that new days keep on showing up.

Continue to seek out fun and silliness together as the years go by. Relationships will inevitably require some hard work, so keeping the fun stuff in place provides the balance you need to make it last.

Happy New Years!