Jog Your Memory Monday

Happy Holidays Greeting

Happy Holidays Greeting

Well let’s see we have

6 days till Hanukkah
11 days till Christmas
12 days till Kwanzaa

Have you purchased all of your special cards? Or gifts? If not that is okay for you can still purchase items at our Etsy shop or you can settle on sending New Year’s cards instead — try something new.

Ask yourself — do I have any non-holiday events coming up? If the answer is yes you better verify the address, pick a handmade greeting for that special person in your life, and put it in the mail or hand deliver!

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!



Inspire Me Tuesday

First I want to say thanks for dealing with my absence!  Can you believe it’s been like three weeks since I’ve written — with the new job and trying to get in a routine I’d always forget to blog… Well I’m finally in a semi-routine and I’m on a major to-do list/organize thyself Goal!

What better way to start back than with this Inspire Me Card:


HOPE is the dream of every walking man — Aristotle

Please take time to let this quote marinate in your soul and inspire you!  I know it is really marinating in my soul — We always hope for specific things but they won’t come true unless if we work for them (make the steps to achieve them).  The card will be posted to our ETSY site no later than Wednesday so keep an eye out for it!

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!


Jog Your Memory Monday (Happy Cinco De Mayo)

Hello All

I apologize for posting this late — today was the first day of our new session of teaching.  Where I teach we are session based so it is always busy on the first day and I forgot to write my post when I woke up this morning.

First — Happy Cinco De Mayo!  I hope you aren’t partying to much at one in the afternoon!  Later this evening I will post about Cinco De Mayo and why it’s an important date.

Monday’s theme posts will be jogging your memory on what cards you need to send this week.  Since we are in a new month of May I first wanted to start off informing you of dates to send cards in the month:

Dates To Send Cards in May

May- Emerald – Lilly of the Valley

  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Teacher Appreciation Month
  • May 1 – National Day of Prayer
  • May 3 – Kentucky Derby
  • May 5 – Cinco De Mayo
  • May 6 – Teacher Day
  • May 11 – Mother’s Day
  • May 17 – Armed Forces Day
  • May 26 – Memorial Day

Filegre Thanks     Teacher Appreciation Card

The focus related cards for this week are around your Teacher Appreciation — throughout the week if you are a student or a parent please don’t forget to let the Teacher in your life know how important they are to you.  You can do this with a simple Thank you card (remember last Thursday had a tutorial on how to make your own Thank You card with scraps!) 

The two cards above are on our Etsy Site and would be great for giving your teacher as a form of thanks!

Now ask yourself — do I need to send some cards out this week?  If the answer is yes you better verify the address, pick a handmade greeting for that special person in your life, and put it in the mail or hand deliver!

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!



Countdown to Hanukkah- 7 days away

Can you believe the holidays are approaching so quick?  Well the first of the winter holidays is Hanukkah which runs from the evening of December 4th – December 12th.

The plan is for the next 2 weeks I’m going to post various articles related to Haunkkah – describe the holiday and traditions, give some quick tidbits that I’ve come across, and inspire you to wish someone a Hanukkah blessing via a card. 

Back in the summer I did a short post on Hanukkah where I mentioned some key things to consider when selecting a Hanukkah card.  I just wanted to list them again:

  1. Traditional colors – Blue and Silver.
  2. Traditional symbols –  Dreidel and Menorah

Now that we are retailing our cards with a local synagogue I’ve since learned that you don’t always have to stay with the traditional colors nor symbols.  So we’ve designed traditional cards and then some non-traditional cards.  As a person that likes to come up with her own designs the non-traditional has been interesting as it relates to embellishments.  The key providers of embellishments (particularly scrapbooking) have the traditional focus so you see tons of blue’s and silver’s… which inspired me to design some of my own embellishments for a couple of the cards I’m making.  Up till yesterday we had sold just about all of our Hanukkah cards so I’m working on a new batch with the goal of having them done tonight so they ship in time.

Here is a sneak peak of what I’ll be posting on ZeVin’s website tonight(Mind you these are the snapshots I have to enhance and crop them for the site).

Hanukkah Set

This will be a 4 card set of Hanukkah cards which uses metallic papers(blues), two types of ribbon, and wooden dreidels displaying two symbols.  I’m going to discuss dreidels in an upcoming post.  I did two of the same dreidel just alternated the color of the papers.

Here are some closeups:

Closeup of Hanukkah set Closeup of Hanukkah Set


Happy Hanukkah yellow and blue I love this card!  I wanted to make the yellows in the candles stand out so I took yellow and blue as the background and some scrap patterned paper with all the key colors as vertical bars… and then this glittery menorah sticker I came across as the focus for the card.

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!


COMING SOON: Tips on sending Thank You Notes, Story of Hanukkah

Cards from Year 3

Here is a brief view of the cards we designed during our 3rd year… as I look at the past albums from year 1 – year 3 WOW how we’ve honed into our skills…. how we’ve slowly found our niche… which is going to be our focus for year 4….

 Coming Soon: Goals For Year 4

National Recognition – November 2006

As you know these past couple of posts are to honor ZeVin Creations reaching their 300th post and the ending of our 3rd year… Well this post is to recap year 3 which is when we got some national recognition.

October 2006 we had gotten an email about HGTV “That’s Clever” coming to the Kentuckiana region and would love for us to apply — thinking man this is a mass marketed email NO WAY… but then days later ZeVin Creations gets a personal email from an agent for the producers of the show citing specific cards they had seen on the website and would like us to apply…. So I take it in and watch the show and finally while vending at the St. James Court Art Show with our fellow Louisville Craft Mafia family I designed a couple of cards related to Kwanzaa… I knew for sure I wanted to stand out back then….

To make a long story short — Maranda’s designs were selected and the filming logistics were in process… We were in total state of shock… how exciting to know that we were blessed with this form of recognition… Maranda got tons of advice from her favorite forum The Switchboards on how to use this recognition to ZeVin’s advantage especially with the local media and put together her first press release… which lead to some great local exposure…we were like little celebrities…. (You can read the story on our HGTV Feature page on the site).

We spent majority of the 3rd year as a way to market the recognition our designs got and a mini-promotion of the company.  In every show application we provided one of the articles about the cards as well a slide of those designs… Then at every show we took a framed version of the local paper cover feature on ZeVin Creations!  The framed version added the talking piece for our booth for visitors would ask questions or want to mention how they read it….

The 3rd year also embarked us doing our first National and out-of-state show.  During one of my late night web surfing activities I came across a site for the National Black Arts Festival… well after a convincing discussion we applied… full of nerves right before mailing it off…. Well we got into their International Vendor Marketplace… What an experience!  Participating in this venue made ZeVin Creations Step up and Come out of our shells… we were finally becoming a real business… we got marketing promos(pencils), we invested in our booth, put together a business plan so that we could get investors from our family and friends… this was a big experience and we were very grateful for it!

In the realm of shows — the NBAF let us know it was time to branch out and try to do some more out of state shows… so I traveled to O’Fallon, IL and DC … had plans for another show but got sick so couldn’t make it.

Now in terms of this lovely blog — man year 3 is when the blog got taken seriously… we realized that in order to get online exposure we needed to do stuff online so I made it a habit to blog often which has turned into a daily venture.  The blog has hosted a few different contests/giveaways, provided tips as they relate to card-giving and being Green, informed our readers on key days/months in the year that associated with other cultures, and given our readers a up-close and personal view of who ZeVin Creations is.  From another online presence perspective — we changed our site tremendously by grouping our cards into collections and making a design that reflects ZeVin.

I personally have to say that year 3 has been full of milestones for ZeVin Creations and taught us many lessons for year 4.

Coming Soon: Cards from year 3, Goals for year 4

Second Year Cards

Here are a couple of the cards we made in the second year — by the second year we were taking pictures of every card so I thought it would be better to display them via a slide album just for my sanity. Enjoy the show!

Coming Soon: National Recognition – November 2006 (begin of year 3), Third Year Cards, Goals for Year 4