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New Simon+Kabuki Back to School Props

New Simon+Kabuki Back to School Props

Summer came and went so quickly, I barely had time to do anything! I think I need to keep a list of summer to do’s like I do for everything else, then maybe I’d do more of the fun things I say I want to do every year. I didn’t really go to the beach or take much of a vacation, just a few long weekends. I always loved taking pics of my kids for the first day of school. I’d do videos also if they cooperated 🙂 Now that they are older I sure do miss those days (I don’t miss all of the paperwork, homework and driving constantly). Check out our Back to School photo props for your little cuties along with the rest of our art prints, thank you notes and mugs in our Etsy...
New Tech Cases

New Tech Cases

Check out our new tech cases from Caseable. Just pick a design and then choose your device. Lots of great options. These would make a perfect graduation gift! Here are a few...
Summer Parties

Summer Parties

Summer parties are here. I can’t believe I just typed that! It seems like a month ago that school started. Time flies by so quickly. We always spend summers in the pool with easy bar-b-ques and lazy days. Our meal planning usually consists of bbq hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken. We always have a fruit salad that gets devoured fast and usually some corn on the cob. Ice cream and popsicles always round out the day. Here are a few of our newest party invitations to get your shindig started on the right foot. You can find these at FineStationery.com. Need some party inspiration? Check out our Pinterest...
New Simon+Kabuki Note Pads

New Simon+Kabuki Note Pads

We have some new notepads on Finestationery.com that we are excited to show you. There are the longer note pads perfect for to-do lists and grocery lists or the rectangle note pads which would be great for thank you notes. Coming soon matching journals and notebooks. We hope you can stop by and visit our agent, Jewel Branding, at Surtex, May 17-19. She will be at booth 417. We have some cute S+K note pads that you can pick up while you are there looking at some of our new...
Celebrate National Letter Writing Month!

Celebrate National Letter Writing Month!

Did you know there was an entire month devoted to letter writing? Me neither! It’s an annual effort to promote literacy and celebrate the art of letter writing. Letter writing is a way of preserving history. We all know that everyone has a stash of special letters saved. I still look at all of my notes/letters passed during high school and college. I love getting letters and packages from people it is so fun. I know we can all send email thank yous and party invites but isn’t getting something in the mail so much more meaningful? I always have my kids send thank yous after Christmas or their birthdays. It’s fun to add in pictures or drawings as well. I know my parents love getting hand written notes from their grandkids, they keep them on the frig for all to see. Here are some links to note cards we’ve designed: SimplytoImpress.com Tinyprints.com Invitationbox.com...

S+K Floral Monogram Collection on Frecklebox

Check out our new collection of products on Frecklebox.com! This is using our Bright Bouquet design collection. There’s wall art, journals, binders, bookmarks and lots of other fun stuff. I might need a cool new journal with a lower case i! Curious how the original collection looked? Check out some of the swatches below....

New Simon+Kabuki Products

We have a bunch of fun new products that are just hitting stores and a few that are still in production. We have rugs and mats with Bungalow Flooring, drink coasters with ThirstyStone and kitchen cutting boards with Magic Slice. We also will be launching our new Floral Monogram collection on Frecklebox.com soon. Here are a few of our newest...

What’s New Wednesday – Bright Bouquet

We are working on some fun new design collections. Here’s a sneak peek of Bright Bouquet. We are working on applying them to school supplies and other fun kids stuff. Check back next week to see journals, binders, notebooks, stickers, personalized cards and...

Sip and See Party Inspiration

Not interested in a traditional baby shower? Why not try a “sip and see” shower. Guests can meet the new baby and celebrate with mommy and daddy in a more relaxed setting. You can do a cocktail party or keep it sweet with a tea party menu. This sweet invitation combines soft pink stripes and sassy glitter, great inspiration for your shin dig! Invitation Cake Tableware Pom Poms Mercury Glass Glitter...

Graduation Season is right around the corner

Graduation Season is sneaking up on us. Is it me or is time moving at warp speed?! We just finished designing a bunch of new cards that will be ready online any day now. Here’s a sneak peek of some of them. I’ll be posting links as soon as they are up. As scary as this may sound, next up are new holiday card designs! I sometimes feel like I live in another dimension, where Christmas is really in April and May...

Happy Valentine’s Day

Need some quick Valentine ideas? Here are a few easy gifts and most can be done with items you probably have on hand. 1. Fill a mason jar with candy and sweet notes. 2. Breakfast in bed. Make heart shaped pink pancakes with raspberries. 3. 52 reasons I love you. Take a pack of playing cards and write a different reason on each card. 4. A booklet of certificates for some of their favorite things. 5. A personalized mug. Just use sharpies and decorate a cute mug for their morning coffee or tea. 6. Hide and Seek. Place notes and cards in places you know they will find throughout the day. 7. Make them King/Queen, Prince/Princess for the day. Anything they want goes. 8. Give them a jar with 365 lucky pennies, one for each day. 9. Got a tree or picnic table in your yard? How about carve your initials into it. If no tree you can get something at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. 10. Make them a music CD of all of your favorite tunes. Have fun planning your Valentine’s...

Sip and See and Gender Reveal Showers

Have you ever heard of a Sip and See Baby Shower? I had never heard of one before being asked for designs by one of our online retailers. A Sip and See is a party mom and dad throw after the baby’s birth. Friends can come and meet the new baby, eat snacks and hang out. Kind of like an open house. Another shower card we’ve been asked to design is the Gender Reveal. With a Gender Reveal shower, the guests and sometimes the host learn at the party what the sex of the baby will be. It’s a fun theme to decorate and plan games around. Check out some of these fun ideas for Gender Reveal Showers on Pinterest. Check out some of our cards below on...

Your New Bundle of Joy!

Getting ready to announce your new bundle of joy? We are thrilled to have partnered with FineStationery.com to offer the Simon+Kabuki line of stationery, including some new birth announcements. I love the different paper and envelope choices they offer and adding an envelope liner adds a sweet pop of color. Do you have a favorite announcement for your new...

Simon+Kabuki now on FineStationery.com

We are super excited to announce our newest online retailer, FineStationery.com. We designed Baby Announcements, Valentine’s and Save the Date cards. We will continue to add new cards throughout the year and some fun gift items. Just in time for Valentine’s Day are our cute classroom personalized Valentine’s. Perfect for your little cuties. Hope you like them! If you are looking for the perfect gift for your little cutie, check out our large selection of gifts at...

Imagine – New Year, New Outlook

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? I usually don’t make any except maybe a couple of silly ones, like always buy the correct sized clothes – I sometimes grab things just because they are on sale 🙂 I make a lot of lists so I feel like I cover most things in my lists. I have a house list, a garden list, a books I want to read list, movies I want to see list, places to visit list and of course a work list. One of the things we are trying to figure out at work is if we want to manufacture and sell our designs on our own as well as license. It seems like these days you have to try a little bit of everything. If you have any thoughts to share we are all ears. I’ve read a lot about picking a word for the year, to live by. I’ve decided that my word will be Imagine! Isn’t that an awesome word?! It holds so many possibilities and it can mean so many things big and small. What about you, have you picked a word? We didn’t go out of town over the break, just stayed local, but looking at my camera roll, it feels like we did. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world. Here are some pictures – from a crazy, huge, amazing rainbow (we finally got some rain here in California), to hiking in the mountains, to days at the beach. It was a great break. I can only IMAGINE what 2015 will...

Happy Holidays + Free Gift Tags

Hope your Holidays are wonderful – filled with love, laughter and only a few dysfunctional family members 😉 Simon+Kabuki will be back in the New Year, see you then! I’ve been meaning to get these gift tags up for a while now. I hope they help with your wrapping. You can print them on cover stock. Try cutting them out with pinking shears for a fun addition. Make sure to crank the xmas tunes while wrapping. Have fun! Click here for...

Last Minute Gift Ideas

  8 more days until Christmas!! Yikes! Sadly I have not done our family Christmas Card yet. With one kid in college the photo opportunities happen less frequently. For some reason we could not find the time at Thanksgiving. So if I do a card this year it will have to be a New Years card, we’ll see how motivated I am after the holidays to get that done! 😉 I usually buy a couple of extra gifts to have on hand in case I’m invited to a party or one of my kids are invited to something. There are a lot of super easy gifts that can be had either by baking or just running to the grocery store. Here are a few of my favorite: 10 Last Minute Gift Ideas 1. Magazine subscription – This one is so easy. Just grab their favorite magazine at the supermarket  and wrap it with a note saying it includes a year long subscription. 2. Food Basket – Got a foodie on your list? Head to World Market or Whole Foods. Buy flavored oils, salts a nice balsamic vinegar and toss in some crackers or bread. 3. Food Basket 2 – Got a sweet tooth? Gourmet chocolates from Whole Foods, yum! 4. Coffee or Travel Mug – You can fill it with hot chocolate mix or Starbucks gift card. 5. Fun Socks – Perfect for kids. There are tons of fun patterns, you can’t go wrong. 6. Office Supplies – Head to your local office supply store and pick up some fun note pads, quirky paper clips and writing utensils. 7. Baked Goods – Everyone loves home made cookies, candy...

FREE Thanksgiving Printables

Set your Thanksgiving table in style with our FREE S+K place cards; click here to download turkey and leaves. Just print on cover stock, trim and fill in the name and you are good to go. They’d look super cute placed in pine cones on dinner plates! You can also print out our free Turkey Coloring page, click here to download and print. Perfect to keep the kids busy, enjoy!...

What are you Thankful for?

We are heading into the homestretch of holidays. Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I love getting together with family and sharing great food and great company. We usually do 2 Thanksgivings, one with my side of the family and the next day with my husband’s side of the family. Double doses of turkey, cranberry and yummy sweet potatoes. My mom keeps the menu the same every year and we grumble if she changes anything. 🙂 We only get cranberry mold and candied sweet potatoes once a year, you can experiment with other dishes 364 other days! We start off with cream of mushroom soup and then head into a food overdose with; turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, candied yams, rolls, stuffing, etc. We also usually try to take holiday pictures that day while we are on a walk. What are some of your traditions and what are you thankful for? For me having family so close is great! Check out our cute placemats from Frecklebox.com, perfect for setting your table. You can also download these FREE S+K placecards here; turkey and leaves. Just print on cover stock, trim and fill in the name and you are good to go. They’d look super cute placed in pinecones on dinner plates!...

Simon+Kabuki Back to School Concepts

A few weeks ago I showed you a little peek at our new Back to School concepts. Today I thought I’d show you the whole set of a couple of our designs. The concepts have not been picked up yet, we are waiting to hear back. It’s been a busy couple of months around here. We also recently signed on with a new stationery site and will be debuting a new line soon! We also have holiday cards launching on Frecklebox.com this...

Holiday Cheer! New S+K Holiday Cards

It’s time to start thinking about holiday cards. I know we haven’t even hit Halloween yet, but maybe start thinking about family pictures. Did you take some great photos this summer that would be perfect for holiday cards? If not you still have time to capture those smiles! Here are some tips for taking the perfect picture. I usually take mine at Thanksgiving, which is a little late but with one son in college it’s when we are all together. I just make sure to have my card picked out and ready to go. Here are a few of our holiday cards that are up now, more to come. A lot of sites are doing early sales so make sure to check before buying. I will follow up with a full list of our cards and where to purchase once they all launch. Festive Snow Ruby Nights Holiday Bright Ornaments Merry and Bright Modern Festivities Frosted Frame Chevron...

Disneyland Tricks and Treats

Last week my kids had the week off from school and we decided to head to Disneyland for a super fun vacation. My son who is at SDSU and his girlfriend at UCSB met us for a couple of days also. It was an awesome trip and I wish we had even more time at the parks. I felt like we didn’t get to do everything. We got City Passes which include a 3 day hopper pass, a Universal Studios pass and a Seaworld pass. We used everything but Seaworld. We also bought tickets to the Halloween Party which was our first time doing that. If I could live in Disneyland I would, maybe without the crowds 🙂 Here are my top 10 tricks and treats. 1. Disneyland Silhouette Studio – Every time we go we get silhouettes (real cut paper silhouettes) done from the silhouette shop on Main Street. They are inexpensive ($10) and a great souvenir. Bonnie has been cutting the silhouettes at Disneyland for the last 40 years!! 2. Download the Disneyland Wait Time app. This saved us a lot of time running around. 3. Long lines? Choose the single rider line. The Cars ride which is amazing never had less than a 60 minute wait but the single rider line was always around 10-15 minutes. We often got into the same car or at least raced against each other. This may not work if you have little kids though. 4. Get in line for Peter Pan as soon as the park opens. In general try to do Fantasyland first. These rides do not have fast...

A Few of my Favorite Things

I love discovering new stuff. These are a few of my new favorites. Have you heard of or tried the app Waterlogue? It’s not a free app, it’s $2.99, but so worth it. It turns your ordinary photos into beautiful watercolors. I love the results and these would look beautiful printed on watercolor paper and framed. Here are a few examples from my photo library (before and afters), aren’t they dreamy? I also just discovered a super cool new font collection, Harman. The collection can be bought from Creative Market, which in itself is a super cool site. The collection comes with several fonts in script, inline, regular and some fun extras. Great fonts for all of our stationery designing! Last, but certainly not least and certainly not a new discovery, DISNEYLAND! Yep, I’m going in a couple of weeks. Can’t wait. It’s my favorite place on earth! What will be new for me is that I am going to go to Disney’s Halloween Party and also taking a day to go to Universal Studios. Plus I have not been to Disney since they opened Cars. Super Excited! Have you been to the party before, any advice? Oh and if my kids are good I might bring them with me....

What’s new Wednesday – Christmas Dishes

it’s all good… After our Eat at Mom’s dishes came out, we were asked to do a set for the holidays. They really liked the retro look and typography of Eat at Mom’s so we followed along those same lines with this new collection. Take a look at some of our designs. I think these would make for a festive holiday table! What do you...

Simon+Kabuki Gift Collections

I thought I would share some of our gift collections with you today. We’ve designed lots of fun stuff using some of our favorite S+K patterns. I wish it would rain around here so I could get a pair of cool rain boots or a fun umbrella. Next up some of our kids collections. To see our full gift catalogs for both adult and kids please contact our agent Julie Newman of Jewel Branding.      ...