Friday, October 21, 2011

Cheerful Ornaments Party Invitation by Star Stream Design

Make your next holiday party twinkle with this cheerful holiday party invitation. Three patterned Christmas ornaments are highlighted in the lower right corner against a crimson background scattered with stars and snowflakes. Customized party invitation goes to the left with optional extra information printing on the reverse against the same festive background.

I don't have many Christmas party invitations in my shop so I've been on a Christmas designing spree this last week or so. This one's really festive and it would also work well for a corporate holiday party.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Christmas Tree Lights Party Invitation by Star Stream Design

Here's a new Christmas party invitation I just designed. I had a lot of fun making this invitation even though it took me AGES! I'm very particular about having the lights stringing EXACTLY the right way, not overlapping too much and framing the text in a pleasing way. Matching products on their way. :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Cupcake Shop Business Card by Star Stream Business

This bright and whimsical cupcake business card is sure to get attention. The cream colored frame holds the chocolate cherry-topped cupcake with pink and white frosting and a business name and description. It sits against a colorful pink chevron and purple polka dot background. The reverse reveals the cupcake close up next to a cream panel containing the business information. This is a fun business card for a cupcake shop, a bakery or anyone who makes sweet treats.

Yes, I've gone to the dark side and succumbed to making a cupcake business card. Yes, there are literally tons of them on Zazzle, but I thought I'd jump in with both feet and see what comes of it. There are matching products to this and I just have to say I love the bright, juicy colors

Monday, September 5, 2011

Chevron Pattern Rosh Hashanah Sticker by Star Stream Design

Finally had the chance this year to add some Rosh Hashanah cards to my main shop. People often send New Year's greetings but I'm seeing more photocards sent for the High Holidays. This photocard has a modern chevron pattern in cobalt blue tones that makes the Rosh Hashanah message pop. A photo and customized information are easily added. Hmmm, that girl looks vaguely familiar....

Friday, August 19, 2011

Teal Pinstripe Banner Memorial Notice by Star Stream Design

Remember your loved one with this classic teal pinstripe memorial card. Add their photo and name in the light turquoise banner with all pertinent information along the side. The back is appropriate for a poem, quote or any other message.

I am part of a wonderful group of Zazzle women who help and inspire each other daily. Something that we do are "design challenges". Someone posts an idea for a product concept and those who wish, design something along those lines. A recent challenge was a memorial notice. I have not seen anything like this used but I can see the usefulness of it. It's a beautiful way to remember those we've lost and it would be something to keep in order to remember.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

10 Years after: 9/11

10 years ago, September 11th, 2001. Seems like a dream that was all too real. The following is my own personal experience of that day and the days that followed. I'm not claiming to have a unique experience, however these are my own personal experiences and memories of that day and the days and months that followed as a resident of Manhattan.

I lived on the (way) Upper East Side of Manhattan (York Avenue). I had been laid off from my Senior Designer position in a small graphic design firm in July of that year: a casualty of the dot-com bust. I had decided to take it easy the rest of that summer and once September hit, really push to find a job. I recently returned from a trip to Las Vegas and Southern Utah with my boyfriend (now-husband) John and was ready to hit the streets.

I had been in touch with various recruiters and spoke with one about arranging an interview at the Aon Corporation. Aon was at 2 World Trade Center (the 98th to 105th floors) and I immediately got a funny feeling about it, and although I really didn't want to work in the World Trade Center, beggars couldn't be choosers so I agreed. The recruiter said she'd get back to me. This was the Friday before September 11th.

Something else that sticks in my mind about the days leading up to the attacks was a small fire on September 9th in the trash area of my building. My balcony looked out onto the back of the building and there was smoke and flames shooting out of the dumpsters and the smell of burning trash and rubber. We phoned downstairs to tell our doorman and the maintenance people, then watched as firefighters easily put out the flames. We even spoke with them to find out how the fire started and they seemed rather lighthearted about it, just a simple trash fire started by a stray cigarette butt. Only days later, these firefighters would be called in the line of duty to do the unimaginable.

The morning of Tuesday, September 11th, as many have said, was probably one of the most gorgeous days in New York. Comfortable, warm temperatures and not a cloud in a bright clear blue sky. I spent the morning, as usual, online (using a dial-up connection back then) looking for jobs and reading various websites. Approximately 9am, I get a call from my youngest brother who asked me if I was watching the TV. I asked him, jokingly, "Why? Who died?" His sobering response, "A lot of people". I turned on the TV with dread to one of the most surreal images I have ever seen, flames and smoke shooting from the North Tower. I ran out onto my balcony and I could just see trails of smoke in the south sky even though I was a few miles north. Ran back to the TV just in time to watch the second plane crash into the South Tower. I remember screaming "Oh my G-d!" over and over and then going over who I knew in those buildings. I started calling my family to make sure they were safe. My oldest brother was on vacation. My second brother was at his lower midtown office, and my youngest brother was at his office in Edison, NJ.  My parents were home in NJ and were fine. John was working as a disaster recovery specialist in midtown so he was full on in disaster mode and advised me to get money from the ATM as well as food and other provisions. At this point, we didn't know what exactly was going on and what ramifications this would have so it was a good idea to get money and have a fully stocked pantry/fridge. As it was, some banks ATM networks were damaged and ended up being non-operational. I stayed at the television until both towers fell.

The hours passed and I ran around my neighborhood of First & York Avenues and 74th Street, collecting emergency provisions and running into strangers who all had the same stunned look on their face. We all talked to one another about the incredulity of what had happened, who might have been behind it and what would result from it. The subways were stopped and the waves of people walking home from downtown had begun. Some were covered in ash after being caught in the  collapse and there was a steady stream of emergency vehicles rushing downtown. I returned home and spoke to my brother Stu. Trains to NJ were stopped so I told him to come up to my apartment and wait it out. He walked about 50 blocks north, stayed for a while and had lunch, but he wanted to try to get home to his family in Central Jersey. My building had about 30 odd floors and when I went up to the roof to look downtown, I could see smoke on the horizon. At this point, the wind was blowing southward and the smoke was going towards Brooklyn. Returning to my apartment, I stayed glued to the TV and watched as 7 World Trade Center fell around 4:00pm in the afternoon.

The next morning, the wind shifted and the smoke started blowing uptown. There was an acrid burning smell in the air. A friend and I walked over to Lenox Hill Hospital and inquired about donating blood. We were sent to another building, but were asked us to come back another week as they had enough at the time. So many people were willing to donate blood, but because so few survivors were being found, blood was not urgently needed. Due to a blood disorder that I have, I wouldn't have been  able to donate anyway.

The week went on and much of it was spent in front of the television watching the 24/7 coverage. Business stopped, people walked around with a dazed look in their faces. The one thing that stands out from the aftermath is the camaraderie you felt with your fellow New Yorkers. Strangers talked to one another to share their stories. It was unlike any time I have ever had in my years in the city.

That Saturday, September 16th, John and I took our usual bike ride across Central Park and downtown along the West Side Highway. We were stopped before we reached the Village. There was a wall of news people, vans and equipment from all the major networks around the world and a steady flow of emergency responders heading south. Groups of people congregated along the road to cheer on the firemen, EMTs, police, doctors and other emergency personnel. Signs thanking them were everywhere and there was a steady stream of applause as they passed by. The following photos show the view south towards where the Towers were and the smoke rising above Ground Zero. These were taken before I had access to a digital camera so the prints have faded in just 10 short years. 

News vans lining the West Side Highway next to the bike path looking north

People adding yellow ribbons to a fence to remember those missing. Signs hang thanking emergency workers for their Herculean efforts.

Downtown and the Wall Street area was closed off for weeks. As the streets were cleaned of debris and ash, areas opened up. Towards the end of September, I was at Pearl Paint in the Chinatown area and walked down to see the devastation for myself. The remainder of these photos show the area looking towards Broadway. The pile is clearly visible as are the skeletal remains of the towers. The pile was still smoking weeks later and continued to do so for some time.

Like many people around the world, and especially being a New Yorker, I will never forget that day. The word that so many people used to describe it was "surreal". Incredibly, I didn't lose any relations or friends that day, however, there were many cases where a friend of a friend was lost, or the husband of someone I knew. Stories came out about close calls and how one person escaped the collapse of the towers, or spent hours trying to walk home across the Brooklyn Bridge. Looking back, it's hard to believe what happened that day. It was unimaginable and we will never forget.

The products shown above commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. They are for sale in my Zazzle shop with the bulk of royalties earned going to a 9/11 charitable foundation.

Script Diagonals in Cyan Baby Shower Invitation by Star Stream Design

Bright blue diagonal stripes are not to be missed on this baby shower invitation that mixes a contemporary pattern with classic calligraphic typography. The words "Oh Baby' stands out in an ornate script with customized invitation text below. Add extra text on the reverse or just delete it to leave the back blank.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Red, White and Blue July 4th Party Invitation by Star Stream Design

A field of random white stars against rich blue makes a fun background for this Independence Day party invitation. Customized text prints against a crimson red background with a slight diagonal pattern.

It's nearly Independence Day and this is a recent addition to my July 4th products. I love fireworks, however, we will most likely be watching the fireworks from (very) afar as my daughter tends to freak out at fireworks displays, even with earplugs. Its also going to be an interesting 4th of July as we have added a puppy to our household. Said puppy is frightened of thunder so its going to be interesting how he reacts to the constant boom of bottle rockets and the like. Keeping my fingers crossed...

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hot BBQ Party Invitation by Star Stream Design

Now that summertime is (un)officially here, it's time to plan those barbecues for family and friends.
Set the mood for a backyard BBQ with this invitation featuring a smoking red hot grill. Get ready for summer nights and fire up for a great time!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Theatre Marquee Sweet 16 Birthday Invitation by Star Stream Design

If your Sweet 16 is all about Hollywood glam, let her name light up the night on this theatre marquee invitation. The marquee image is used on both sides of the invitation to let the customized party invitation text shine on.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Silver Anniversary Medallion Party Invitation by Star Stream Design

Silver Anniversary Medallion Party Invitation invitation
Silver Anniversary Medallion Party Invitation by starstreamdesign

Celebrate the silver anniversary couple with complete elegance. A silver-toned background highlights customized text with the number of years of marriage highlighted in an intricate ornament. A classic look for that special couple.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Graddy Awards(?)

Call me shocked! Just checked the email and saw that my shop was awarded  two "Graddy" Awards from Zazzle. What's a Graddy Award you ask ('cause I didn't know either)? Well, just read below:

Your products have been hand-picked as an example of creativity of graduation design at its finest. Out of thousands of creative graduation invitations on Zazzle, your design was chosen for being one of the best!

A great display of artistic vision, your design is currently featured on our graduation invitations page. This means that you, your product, and your store are on center stage, so you should be proud!

You're part of a talented group of artists on Zazzle, so be sure to share your success and spread the good news!

These are the two graduation invitations that got me the award.
As far as I can tell, I don't get any ribbon on the product page or a big honking blue ribbon or trophy to hang on my mantelpiece, but my invites are featured on Zazzle's Graduation Invitation landing page. I don't get recognized that much by Zazzle so I'll just have to eat this up for a while. Congratulations also go out to all my Zazzle friends who received this award as well. Make sure you check out the great designs, graduation time is upon us. And here's sending a big thank you to Zazzle!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Fluctuating Type Sweet 16 Shirt


This is a cute shirt for a Sweet 16 who appreciates a graphic look. Bold type in shades of gray and blue arrange together in fluctuating baselines. This can be customized further by adding a name or any message and would be a great favor to give out.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Scalloped Frame Graduation Invitation

So graduation time is quickly coming up so I've been adding lots of graduation announcements, photocards, etc. to my store. This is one where I wanted to focus primarily on typography. The photo frame is accented by small scallops with the typography centering underneath. This can be used as a general announcement or graduation party invitation. There are eight color options and it can be matched to school colors. As for MY high school graduation, it pretty much came and go without any fanfare. I do remember our high school colors were red and white, not much else I can (or WANT) to remember about high school  ;)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Wedding Vines Invitation

Floral vines frame the text on this wedding invitation. I like how the vines and leaves give the invitation a very organic feel. This would fit a garden wedding or one in a botanical gardens.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Walking the Aisle Bridal Shower Invitation

This is a sample of some bridal shower invitations I've been doing today. I wanted to make the illusion that the bride is walking down the aisle. She starts off on the right on the front and moves across to the left on the back. The background is a pretty damask green pattern overlaid with swirly floral vines, while the bride's bouquet and earrings match the green. Whenever I make any product using any image of a person, I'm always mindful to make options for different ethnicities. I'm not blonde-haired or blue-eyed and I don't expect everyone else to be either, nor feel comfortable sending out an invitation with a bride that doesn't look like them, even if its supposed to be a graphic representation.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Wooden Flourish Horse Promotion Sticker by Star Stream Business

This is a versatile sticker that will work for a stable, breeder, farrier, riding academy, blacksmith or any equestrian-centered business. I have recently become more familiar with the world of horseback riding as my daughter has started to ride. I rode casually as a young girl, mostly through various camps I attended, always Western style. I see these young girls now at the stables I go to and I really admire their determination. I don't know if my daughter will stick with it but for now she loves it and that's all that matters.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Eastern Embellished Business Card by Star Stream Business

A bright versatile business card that will not be lost in the mix. A large circular southeast Asian-style ornament surrounds a bright yellow graphic. The graphic is repeated on the reverse to surround your web information or other customized text. The rich brown background has a slight radial gradient with a watermarked pattern. Great contemporary look for a retail shop, gift shop, restaurant or cafe, or for personal use.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fleur de Lys Personal Profile business card by Star Stream Business

This skinny business card with a distressed fleur de lys pattern is one of a series of bright colored, introduction cards. These are a great size for networking or leaving as a modern-day calling card. They come with their own fancy-schmancy little card ejector case as well. Worth the price of admission!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Door Plaque Moving Announcement Postcard

This postcard is a great way to announce a recent move. It can also be customized for a housewarming party and has other products to match. I wanted to graphically portray one of those fancy schmancy door plaques but wanted to keep a graphic/vector look. There's plenty of digital artists who can make it way more realistic than I can ever do, nevermind photographers. Needless to say I, myself, would love to move but will be staying put for the near future.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bold Commercial Real Estate Business Card

An image of a skyline is the graphic treatment for this business card geared toward urban or commercial real estate brokers. It can also be modified for construction, building management or urban maintenance companies.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Geometric Medallion Graduation Invitation

Make the grad the star of the show with this classic graduation invitation. Great to announce a special luncheon in their honor or just update people on the graduate's future plans. Their name and graduation year stands out in an unusual frame against a light slate blue colored geometric link pattern. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Papillon Words Necklace from

This necklace featuring a monarch butterfly, has an antique feel due to the faded parchment background. The word "butterfly" is written in a variety of languages. (eg: French, Spanish, German). This is a beautiful necklace for the butterfly lover or anyone who finds true beauty in the wild.
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Leafy Damask Pinstripe Personalized Card from

A pretty way to stay in touch whether its a quick note or a well-deserved thank you. White leafy vines make a pattern against light gray background with your name or any other message printing below against a pinstriped blue background. Add your optional message inside or just delete it to leave it blank.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Modern Type Save the Date Photo Card given a Zazzle Artist Award

Well, I was quite pleased to receive an email from Zazzle notifying me that this Save the Date photo card was given a Zazzle Artist Award. What that means is basically they chose this design from the gazillions of products on Zazzle to appear along with a few others at the top of the landing page for Save The Date Photo Cards for 2 weeks. (see this page: I've gotten this award before but it's been a looonnng time. Mind you, its only one of my products, in contrast to other Zazzle shopkeepers who received up to 27 products given this award. I'm not complaining, it's something, it's a little recognition, I'll take it.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Single Blossom in Pink by Star Stream Design

A single blossom in bright magenta calls attention to this skinny business card. A great way to introduce yourself and easy to carry around. Add whatever contact information you please.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Simcha Bar Mitzvah Invitation

I've been on a Bar/Bat Mitzvah invitation kick lately. Here's another series showcasing a graphic Star of David in sage green against a rich black bar with complementary rules in green. The word "Bar Mitzvah" knocks out vertically to make the celebration clear to all.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Coffee Bar Promotional Sticker

A great sticker for any coffee house to use in dozens of ways. A cup of steaming coffee is encircled by a burst in cafe colors. The burst is repeated as a watermark while your website, phone or other info stands out against the coffee bean background panel on the bottom. Personally I like the name of my pretend coffee house however I'm more of a frappuccino kind of gal.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Les Papillons Thank You Postcard

Three butterflies adorn this postcard to send your thanks. They sit against a weathered background on the front, with a stray butterfly appearing on the back. If anyone hasn't guessed, I absolutely adore old fashioned woodcuts & illustrations. In fact, my father who was in advertising for many years gave me all his old woodcut reference books which I love looking through and undoubtedly, they have influenced my designs over the years. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tonal Stripes Business Card

Tonal blue stripes with your company name printed between makes a striking look for a unique business card. The blue stripes are repeated on the back to offset your business information. A versatile card that can work for business services, information technology companies, marketing and communications firms, advertising agencies... the list is endless.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Shamrock Garden St Patricks Party Invitation

A row of shamrocks knock out against a bright green field to make a unique St. Patrick's Day party invitation. This can be used for any Irish-themed party or even a St. Patrick's Day greeting. I really have gotten into the spirit of making St. Patrick's Day products. I do not have a drop of Irish blood in me at all, but I do envy the camaraderie on St. Patty's Day. As a long-time resident of NYC, I've seen it at its best and worst during the HUGE St. Patrick's Day parade. It's one of the most fun and crazy days in and around my old (way) Upper East Side neighborhood. And, my favorite color is green, so there you go. :)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Buzzworthy Business Card

A bee is an effective communicator as well as an extremely hard worker. Portray that concept with this card showing a classic illustration of a bee within a scotch ruled frame. Great for communications or marketing companies, PR firms, retailers or even a restaurant or cafe. If anyone knows anything about me, then they might know how much I love vintage illustrations, which is why I used this image.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Stick A Fork In My Valentine Invitation by Star Stream Design

Stick a fork in my heart and call me done. This is the absolute perfect invitation for your Valentine's day celebration or dinner party. This can also work as a great rehearsal dinner invitation or for another special dinner party.

Monday, January 10, 2011

No Chocolate Resolution Bumper Sticker from

No Chocolate Resolution Bumper Sticker by Star Stream Design

New Year's resolutions. Who can keep them? Especially when it comes to chocolate! This is a great bumper sticker for the chocoholic or confectioner. This also is my entry into the Zazzle New Year's Resolution bumper sticker contest on FB.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Triad Medallion Graduation Photo Card

Make the graduate the star of the show for all the work they've accomplished. Their photo sits between two panels, the first against slate blue gives all the graduation information. The gray panel with a subtle pinstripe contains a "class of 2011" medallion with any extra information underneath. A great all-in-one photo card.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Word is Love Photo Mousepad by Star Stream Design

The Word is Love Photo Mousepad from

So in the same vein as some other Valentine's Day themed products I've been making, I made this mousepad. This has the option where you add your photo so it sits inside the "O" in "LOVE". It can be used for an anniversary celebration, Valentine's Day or any other occasion to share your love. Now, I haven't designed too many mousepads, because frankly, I haven't used a mousepad in years. I've wondered how popular they are as once upon a time they were a great promotional piece. As much as I think this mousepad is perfect for a couple in love celebrating a special occasion, I'll never go back to using a mousepad. :)