It is DimplePrints Etsy shops 1st Birthday. Thank you for a wonderful year. I have enjoyed working with everyone on their invites, announcement, party decor, Christmas cards & more. Looking forward to many years to come! A thank you to my customers, family & friends for their support & referrals.
I have 4 giveaways going on now! Multiple ways to enter and multiple chances to win!

Thank you! Carli


DimplePrints Black Friday Giveaway

As a thank you to my customers, I have another giveaway! DimplePrints Black Friday giveaway.
3 prizes to win and 3 chances to enter.

Enter Here:

Stay a while and check out Polka Dot Birthday for party ideas, decorations, clothing & more.

Happy Thanksgiving, Carli


Giving Thanks

As I reflect on this year, I am thankful for so many things. To name only a few; my family, friends and of course my wonderful customers! Thank you for a wonderful and successful first year! I greatly appreciate your business, referrals and support. Best wishes you to and your family this holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving, Carli



DimplePrints $40 Giveaway!

I am offering a $40 DimplePrints gift certificate, check out this Design Dazzle Blog Birthday (great giveaways, party ideas, decorating ideas & more!).

Design Dazzle Blog Birthday


Sneak Peek: Abby's Sweet Shoppe

Here is a sneak peek of my daughter's 6th birthday party currently in the works. So I tried last year to have a candy themed party (for the 2nd time, she had one when she was 2 and LOVED it!), but she was way into Tinkerbell last year so went that route (much to my dismay, but it is her birthday not mine!). I know there are a ton of darling sweet treats/candy themed parties out there and after seeing all of them Abby decided she DID want one. So I got my creative juices flowing (okay they are always flowing often too much, hence a craft room full of half finished products, so many ideas, so little time!) to come up with something different. I don't like doing what everyone else is doing, so I can headed a direction I don't usually go for kids parties. If you can't tell by my designs, I usually go for big, fun, bright & busy. This time, I decided to go for a more vintage feel & look; Abby's Sweet Shoppe was born. I am going for a pink, red (her 2 favorite colors) and aqua/turqoise-ish blue color. I know it is not what most would expect from my designs, but I love it, I think it is going to be darling! Your thoughts? Any creative ideas out there? Please share.

More to come, when I return from vacation.



Resources: I have no idea where most of these photos came from, I have been gathering them for about 10 months, long before I had a blog (okay I am a little crazy and start planning a wee bit early!).

Vacation, here we come!!

We are off for a much needed vacation, it has been far too long (2.5 years!). We are so excited and although it is a busy time for my shop it was a great time for my husband's work schedule, school, sports, etc. My shop is open, you can still place your orders and all proofs will be completed upon my return, starting on Tuesday, November 24th. I will check email 1-2 per day, so feel free to contact me with questions, custom orders, etc. (you won't be bothering me--I work late, after everyone is sleeping most of the time anyways-I like being busy!).

Can you guess where we are going from the cute bags pictured above? We are headed the happpiest place on earth! PS-Aren't these bags darling! I wish I had cute luggage, well I did love my luggage, but note to self, don't ever (EVER) buy luggage again with a white design, after 1 trip, it was trashed, okay I am rambling off the topic!

I will be back soon but have a sneak peak coming in my next post of my daughter's 6th birthday in the works!

Thanks, Carli

Picture source: Unknown? I found it all over the internet but couldn't locate who made them! Cute though.


Customer Party:Dump Everything-- M's Construction Party

Mason's mommy contacted me after seeing my construction themed invite in hopes that I could make a construction themed party package. It was one of the next ones on my list and I was able to finish it in time for Mason's 1st birthday. Mom used some of the printables in a creative way to customize her party even further. She utilized the printable pennant banner as a darling picture banner featuring monthly photos of Mason's 1st year. I love the use of a dump truck to house a dessert or cake, so cute! Happy 1st Birthday Mason.











Thanks to Mason's mom for sharing

Happy Celebrating, Carli

My construction themed invite and printable party can be found in my Etsy shop



I reached 500 sales in my Etsy shop! Thank You to all of my wonderful customers, it has been a pleasure working with you!

As a thank you, I have created a free thank you card download. In a world of emails & texts a hand written note is a great way to show your gratitude this Thanksgiving season. 2 folded cards per letter sheet.


Download Thank You Cards Here

Thank you, Carli

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?

Okay, so I have to admit, I am not the biggest fan of character birthdays but when your toddler LOVES Elmo (or other furry character), not much to do but go along with it! I didn't want to do your standard party store Elmo party, so I opted for a bit more of a graphic version, utilizing red, orange and white & polka dots as my inspiration (along with Elmo of course!).


Elmo Cupcakes: Lots of variations available on the web. I went the easy route (cake decorating not my strong suit!). Note to get the red frosting, use gel concentrated food coloring (usually available in the candy making section of craft stores), not the typical liquid (as your frosting will be a thin gooey pink mess!!). They are really easy:
1. Frost your cupcakes in red frosting (or pipe them, but I just did a messy frosting job to look like his fur)
2. Eyes: I cut a large marshmallow in half and stuck them into the frosting. I used black frosting or gel for the pupils (NOT suggested), but it bled into the marshmallows overnight. I would opt for attaching a small black candy (junior mints, m&m, chocolate chip, etc.-none of those were options for me, due to my kiddos allergies!).
3. Nose: I used orange large gumdrops. You could also use orange gum balls.

That's about it! I only made a mouth on 1 (for the birthday boy), the red frosting was enough for me! I didn't want red and black stains all over my house after a party full of 2 year olds had their way with the cupcakes.

Elmo Pizzas: This is a fun and easy kid project. I used english muffins as the crust, topped with pizza sauce and used white and orange cheese circles for the eyes and nose (yes, those odd pre wrapped cheeses work great for these. Mine were soy, looked cute, not so yummy-sorry to all you vegans soy cheese is just not the same!). I imagine rounds of mozzarella (or other white cheese) and cheddar would work as well. For the pupil I used olives. You could add pepperoni bits/slices for the fur. Bake for a few minutes and they are done! Really super easy, cute and fun for the kids!

Decor: I went with simple decor in bright red & orange. I added the Elmo face to numerous things throughout the party to carry our theme, cups, food containers, etc. I used dollar store sand pails and shovels to serve the food. It was fun for the kids and the buckets went to good use throughout the summer!

Outfit: There are lots of cute homemade Elmo hats, shirts & outfits available on Etsy. Instead of a party hat for the birthday boy or girl, how about this cute Elmo beanie by TizzyDee, at least they could get some good use of it after the party. I am kind of a do-it-yourselfer, so at the last minute I decided to make the whole family Sesame inspired shirts, not my be work by any means but at 2am the night before the party, what can you expect!

WARNING: You may receive EVERY Elmo toy available (we did and then my son one day about 1.5 months later decided he wasn't into Elmo any more!).


Invite & Thank you design by DimplePrints

Hat by TizzyDee

Elmo shirt Amazon