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Angelique Ink Custom Calligraphy Stamps [Giveaway + Coupon Code!]

I met Angi of Angelique Ink years ago when she came to work with me when I was a wedding coordinator and we became fast friends.

I remember getting her Christmas card that year and almost falling over. The outside was hand addressed to me in the most beautiful, unique calligraphy and her card, which she designed herself, was written in the same lovely script.

But it wasn’t just any calligraphy, it was definitely calligraphy with a little flare. Classically beautiful,with a touch of whimsy. I look forward to receiving Angi’s card every year just so I can oohhh and ahhhh over the envelope before I even open it!

Fast forward several years later and Angi contacted me to tell me she had launched her own paperie and calligraphy studio called Angelique Ink.  It made my heart soar knowing that others would now get to enjoy her special gift and talent.

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Chic Mama Diaper Cakes Giveaway

I know we have all probably seen a diaper cake in our time, but I can guarantee you have NEVER seen a diaper cake like  Chic Mama Diaper Cakes!   When Adriana the owner contacted me about sponsorship, I clicked on over to her site to check it out. Her diaper cakes were SO CUTE, STYLISH, HIP, TASTEFUL and UNIQUE that I immediately racked my brain on who I knew having a baby so I would have the opportunity to order one for someone!  And, now one lucky winner with have the opportunity to WIN one for someone with a fun Chic Mama Diaper Cakes giveaway…details below!

A diaper cake is not only a fun conversation point and beautiful display, but also a great practical gift as what new mom doesn’t go through a gazillion diapers?!?  And, the Chic Mama cakes are made with Pampers Swaddlers (my personal fave!) They use diapers to fit an average-sized newborn (8-14 lbs), however you may choose a different size to fit your needs.

I am crazy over this Gabriella one for girls and this Anthony one for boys and many of her designs also include useful items like receiving blankets, towels & stuffed animals. The cakes over $55+  also include a 5-pack of little J&J products like this GORGEOUS one. Loving that monogram!

If you do not see a design that catches your eye, they can put a Chic Mama touch on a customized cake.  Let her help you coordinate a design to match a new nursery, a parent’s hobby, a favorite place… the possibilities are unlimited!  Whether or not you have a particular theme in mind, or simply want pink, blue or “team green”, they can create the perfect cake that’s right for you.

You can also browse their line of chic, totally hip diaper bags and accessories!

Okay readers, I have two exciting things to  mention.  First, Chic Mama Diaper Cakes has extended a special coupon code for Tiny Oranges readers! Enter in “CMTO002″ in the section where it says “Voucher” on checkout and receive 10% off your order between now and 08/31/10!

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

Chic Mama Diaper Cakes is giving one lucky winner their choice of any of her $49 diaper cakes + free shipping!  WOO HOO!  Got a baby shower coming up??  New baby gift to send??  PERFECT!

Here are the entry options, please leave a separate comment for each entry!

1. Simply comment below and let me know YOUR favorite design!  Click HERE to browse her cakes!  Search by boy, girl, surprise or twins! – 1 Entry

2. {Like} Chic Mama Diaper Cakes on Facebook – 1 Entry

3. {Like} Tiny Oranges on Facebook – 1 Entry

4. Sign up to receive Tiny Oranges email updates – top right column “subscribe” – 1 Entry

5. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter!

Contest runs through Sunday, June 13th, 2010 at 5PM PST.  Good luck!

{Disclosure: Chic Mama Diaper Cakes is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor}

The Lil Artist Giveaway!

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The Lil Artist is an exciting new company founded by Amy, owner of the fabulous custom stationery design studio Lil Bean Sprout. Make sure to read the instructions below on how you can win $50 off a party package OR a private in-home collage workshop for you and two friends!

Are you ready to get creative?  The Lil Artist offers Art Parties and Creative Art Workshops for adults and kids alike.  Here are some descriptions on how YOU can unleash your creativity with The Lil Artist!

Art Birthday Parties

Looking for a fun new activity for your child’s next birthday party? Excite your guests with custom party packages and various art themed parties.  All of your participating guests will join Amy and an assistant in a 1 to 1.5 hour lesson and go home with a 67 piece art set, a drawing notebook and all the artwork created during the lesson!    Click HERE to see some of the super fun themes!

Celebrate Your Creativity with Group Paintings!

Are you hosting a party? Maybe a housewarming, dinner party, bridal or baby shower, wedding, community event or basically any kind of get together with your friends?

Amy will set up an easel at your party and all your guests will have the opportunity to paint something on the canvas.  She be onsite to help guide your guests and encourage them.  Throughout the party she will begin to tie all the elements together to create a one spectacular painting that you will forever cherish.

Isn’t this a fun idea for a baby shower?  The mommy-t0-be could take the masterpiece home and hang in the baby’s nursery. Such a special keepsake!

Collage Workshop (GIRLS NIGHT OUT)

This is such a fun and unique thing for you and your girlfriends to do together.  Amy will walk you and your friends through a fun and stress free collage workshop. You do not need to be an artist to do this type of artwork.  She will teach you some fun techniques of collage and together you will layer various materials on canvas to create a beautiful piece of artwork.

Workshops

Amy also offers Workshops at her home.   The next one called “Abstract Floral” will be held on Friday, Jan. 22nd from 7pm – 9pm.  Click HERE for details and registration!  Only 10 spots available, so reserve your spot ASAP!

Hooray!  It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner (contest limited to Orange County residents only) will receive their choice of either $50 off a party package OR a private in-home collage workshop for you and two friends.  To enter, simply leave a comment below.  Tell me, which of her party themes sounds most fun to you?  Click HERE to see all the themes.  Comments must be in by 12pm PST on Sun, 1/17/10. Good luck!

{The Lil Artist & Lil Bean Sprout are Tiny Oranges sponsors}

Pretty Dreams

When Emma was born, a family friend made us a rag quilt, which I adored.  It was perfect for the newborn days when they spend so much time lying on the living room floor. When I found Pretty Dreams online, I was so excited because it really was one of our most used gifts and now I have a place to order them!

Pretty Dreams is a company that allows you to create your own rag quilted gifts like blankets, burp cloths, diaper cakes, rag quilts and more.

What is a rag quilt you ask? A rag quilt is a quilt that is put together with a front piece of material, a middle piece called “batting” and another back piece of material. The sandwich like squares are then sewn with an “X” in the middle to hold the batting in place. The batting helps keep your quilt really warm, soft and cozy and it helps your quiltlast a very long time.

They also make the CUTEST diaper cakes, which include a rag quilt gift(s), diapers (of course!) and the option to do a beautiful floral arrangement at the top. I think this is a fantastic shower gift, hospital gift, or new baby gift! They even offer delivery. Here is one of their diaper cakes with a floral arrangement:


And, if you choose any quilt with the Breast Cancer Awareness pattern, Pretty Dreams will donate 10% to the Hoag Hospital Breast Care Center.  Don’t you just love a company with a heart?

www.prettydreamsshop.com
714.235.5162

Baby’s First Library

The last two baby showers I have been to recently, including my own *baby* sister’s this weekend, the hosts did a really special, thoughtful thing for the mom to be.  In the invitation, there was a little note that said something to the effect of:  “In lieu of a traditional card, please bring one of your favorite children’s books.   On the inside cover, please write a little note for mom and baby.  This way we can help start baby’s first library!”

My sister got soooo many fun books, enough to fill a whole bottom shelf in her nursery.   Even more special were the notes people wrote inside.   
 
So, if you happen to be throwing a baby shower for anyone in the near future, I had to share this idea because I know firsthand how much the mom-to-be will treasure these books!