Archive for “January, 2012”

little girls vintage tea birthday party

My daughter, Charlotte, is 4 today! To celebrate we decided to do a tea party with a few of her friends. For Christmas, she got a mini tea party set and has just loved it. So I decided why not? The theme was set now all I had to do was put it all together. I took the pendant from her room (that I made her a while ago) and all of the papers I got on super clearance at a local craft store (that went out of business).

I got my inspiration for the cake here. Mine doesn’t look half as good, but hey, I still think it turned out ok. Tissue pom-poms are super easy to make. Find the tutorial here. I didn’t want the TV as the center of attention, so I covered it up with a large format print. It cost me only $6 to get it printed.

Here’s my princess! Isn’t she sweet!

Super simple menu. It included: strawberries, raspberries, pb & jelly sandwiches cut in circles, cupcakes, animal crackers, crystal light (that was the tea) and marshmallows on a stick. Lots of sugar, sorry moms….

The cake! Doesn’t it look delicious! The center is just the buttercream frosting with coolwhip mixed in. Yum!

This is one of the patterns I designed for the invitation. My dream would have been to get them printed on paper and fabric for the party, but that took time and money, which I didn’t have a lot of right now. I had just got home from ALT in SLC. I’ll tell you more about that later…..

Detail on the napkin rings. I designed them and had them printed on sticker labels. Super easy. Same as the thank you treats, I just used some of the graphics from Char’s birthday invitation and put them on the labels.

I made each of the girls these headbands.

Gift buckets were only $3 a piece and are filled with headbands, candy, bracelet, socks, hair tie, and more candy. Thank you Target dollar section on CLEARANCE!!!! (50% off!)

Marshmallows dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles. Super easy. The girls loved them!

about me


Hi! My name is Muffin. Ok, that’s not my real name, but that’s what everyone calls me. My real name is Pauline Grayson. Here are a few facts you might like to know about me.

• I’m  6’1″ and played basketball at Ricks College, back in the day…

• I turn 30 this year. Wow! I’m getting old!

• I grew up on a dairy farm in a tiny little town in southwestern Idaho. Don’t ask where it is because I’m sure none of you have heard of it. But if you wanted to know, it’s called Bruneau.

• I’ve know I’ve wanted to be a graphic designer since I was a sophomore in High School.

• I graduated from BYU-Idaho in 2006 with my Bachelors in Graphic Design.

• I married my husband, Chris, after only knowing him for 3 months. We’ve now been married 6 years and I couldn’t be happier.

• I have a 4 year old daughter, named Charlotte. I love that girl!

• I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as a Mormon. If you’d like to learn more visit this site.

• I love designing and illustrating patterns and really want to get into textile design! I hope this blog will take me there.


Headshot was taken by my amazing friend, Darby Simon.

GiftCard Bäks & a Giveaway *CLOSED*

I had the opportunity to work with GiftCard Bäks this past year to create some stunning Gift Card Packaging for Walmart. Designs rolled into 500 Walmart stores in 41 states on Black Friday. I love that these designs can be used year round and make great boxes for everyday use as well.

I also think that the innovative design exceeds what competitors are doing as well. I mean, come on…. a flat box that folds up into this cute little box, and has a magnet closure. It saves on shipping too! How cool is that!

How many of us either receive or giveaway at least one gift card every year? I’d have to say almost everyone! Gift Cards are huge, so why not create some stellar packaging to go with it! I really feel that  GiftCard Bäks has done that! Don’t you? 

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birth announcements for Shutterfly

I had so much fun designing these cards. I really wanted to play around with texture. I made some watercolor/acrylic looking textures using original watercolor textures that I painted first, and then using photoshop brushes I finished it. I think they all turned out so cute. And they feel so FRESH compared to what was on Shutterfly’s website previously. Way to go Petite Lemon!

The inspiration for this one was found on a felt baby shoe. Too cute huh? I wish I could cross-stitch as well as I can design.

This one took the longest. Do you know how hard it is to recreate lace! Whowza! I made each layer of the lace a separate pattern and then layered them on top of each other. And I also had to make a few different Illustrator brushes to make the lace as well. So difficult!

This one has a linen texture on it too. I found this awesome tutorial on how to make your own linen texture in photoshop.

And here are the baby boy announcements. Tapes are so in right now! Japanese Masking Tape is so fun. You can make so many projects using them too!

I love these next two because it feels so fresh and modern. Don’t you agree?

Happy New Year

Happy New Year Everyone!

I am so excited for this year and am so glad that last year is over. Is that horrible to say? It was a rough year for me. But putting all of that behind me, I’m ready for a fresh start. It’s time to see some major changes in my design career and I’m so thrilled for all that is to come.

May your year be filled with happy memories and exciting moments.