Oh, and did I mention a 15% “Smarty” discount?!
Charlotte does it up right for Christmas. From skating in Uptown to sledding in SouthPark, the Holidays in The Queen City are magical. Local restaurants and vendors offer exciting menus and events making celebrating simple. But, why stop at local fare? Why not spread “yuletide” by sending locally-designed Christmas cards & gifts created by some super Smarty moms?
Below are some of our favorite Holiday designs and the local places to nab them! All featured designers are offering a CSP 15% discount on holiday merchandise if you order by 12/1. Merry Christmas, Smarties! Now go and get your Holiday on!
Kate Sumner Designs
When Ashley Higson started designing, inspiration took her in a new direction and ultimately a new company called Kate Sumner Designs, named in honor of her daughters. Kate Sumner Designs contains design elements in crisp, fantastic colors, with high style tempered with fresh simplicity. The company offers beautiful paper products from baby announcements, social stationery for children and adults, Holiday photo cards, and accessories for the most stylish desks! They also feature fabulous photo cards to show off your Smarty family.
Tagums is owned and operated by Trish Neman. After much encouragement from friends and family, she started Tagums in late 2004. Her children’s stationery goes beyond name personalization by offering a choice of over 300 heads that match your child’s likeness. All heads are hand-drawn by Trish in a whimsical style. Trish is a local gal and mom to two children who have inspired the ideas for many of her products. We think Tagums make the BEST holiday gifts for neighbors and teachers!
For Caroline Simas, creativity has been a life long passion. After teaching elementary school, she began painting everything from children’s furniture to baby linens and lamps. About this same time, she was struggling to find a unique birth announcement for her soon-to-be-born twin girls. She knew if she could hand-paint murals and custom gifts, she could create exactly what she wanted, so Caroline took the same painted designs she created for clients and produced a collection of inspirational greeting cards. Today her art and patterns make the perfect Christmas cards and holiday gifts! We love the faithful messages and precious words featured in her work.
Find these “Fab” designers above at Lollipop Papers.
Invitations, stationery and perfectly personalized gifts! To get a personal shopping experience, pop into their store located in The Arboretum. Lollipop Papers has been in business for nine years and is locally-owned by an incredible mom of three named Amanda Britt. Receive 15% off these local lines at Lollipop Papers by mentioning Smarty Pants! Offer good for Holiday items only and expires December 1st.
Simply Ooh La La Designs by Jessica Mullen
(Website Coming soon!)
Jessica Mullen started Simply Ooh La La Designs as a way to raise money to help pay for adoption expenses (such a Smarty mom)! She is a self-taught designer and loves every second of the design process from start to finish. Simply Ooh La La Designs offers custom Christmas card designs, birth announcements, stationery, and logo design. My heart goes out to this Designer for creating my incredible baby announcements. Kudos, Jessica! Top quality paper and creative designs make us say “Ooh La La”! To see her work, contact Jessica via email…you won’t be sorry!!!!
Courtney Clark Design
In Fall 2003, after working in the print and design industry for 12 years, Courtney Clark began creating personalized Christmas tags. Party invitations, Holiday items, and birth announcements soon followed and her collection became known as “a courtney clark design”. Designing gives Courtney complete flexibility. “If someone needs a purple monkey playing soccer on an invitation, we can do it,” says Courtney. Her business has streamlined to include a selection of personalized stationery items, such as notepads (Jen P’s fave for 5 years and running!), calling cards, invitations and note cards. We love the gorgeous patterns and creative colors! Her notepads make the perfect Hostess gift!
Dizzy Daisy Designs is based on the original designs and artwork of Kamie Rudisill. Kamie is a local Charlotte gal with an outgoing personality and creative spirit. I spent three minutes on the phone with her and wanted to invite her over for coffee! Kamie is the mom of three lovely little girls. Her line includes calling cards, invitations, birth announcements, stickers, and so much more. This line is over-the-top cute and one of our personal favorites!
Find These “Uber” amazing designers at Southern Stationers, located in Providence Plaza in Cotswold. Southern Stationers’ wide variety of stationery and gifts includes well-known companies; casual, classic or trendy papers engraved, letter-pressed, thermographed or printed; a large variety of personalized gifts. They continuously update their products and offer quantity discounts. They specialize in offering local vendors as well as regional products. Many of their lines offer customers exclusive and personalized papers fast – sometimes overnight if necessary! Southern Stationers is run by three creatively Smarty moms!!! Receive 15% off your purchase of these local lines. Offer good on Holiday items only and expires December 1st.
Anders Ruff Custom Designs
Anders Ruff Custom Designs is the brainchild of two local Smarty moms, Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff. They design complete printable graphic design collections that are versatile and affordable. Whether you want to accessorize a full-styled party or simply make a gift or treat bag more personalized and special. The printable design collections are sent via email and formatted in a print-ready digital PDF file with easy to follow instructions. They style photo shoots for each collection to share creative ways to use our printable designs while offering easy tips for entertaining.
The “Vintage Holiday” Graphic Design Collection featured here is a printable design collection that will offer any host or baker the ability to personalize lots of items used and presented during the Holiday Season. They wanted vintage themed designs with some modern elements to bring back your favorite childhood memories along with creating new ones! We love the festive pink & blue colors that were so loved years ago.
The “Classic Holiday” Graphic Design Collection is a printable design collection that will offer any host or baker the ability to personalize lots of items used and presented during the Holiday Season. They wanted a classic but chic design collection – something that has a lot of versatility.
Anders Ruff is offering a 50% off discount on their classic & vintage holiday collections through November 15th, and will honor the CSP 15% discount through December 1st.
Are you a local mompreneur selling your own line of holiday cards? Include your info in the comments below and we’ll pull it into the main blog. Make sure you email your jpg images to us so we can show off your stuff! You must offer the 15% CSP discount to be included. Happy holiday card shopping, Smarties!