Kat (Kat Kadoodle) always thought she would go to art school, but after encouragement to enter a more “streamlined and stable” field, she found herself in information technology for over thirty years. But she always painted and drew on the side, and looked for ways to express her artistic creativity. One day she sat herself down and learned how to use illustrator and different graphic design software. As more and more friends requested invites, she looked around for ways to share and sell her work, and found Zazzle.
I’ve always loved to entertain, which is probably why I love designing invitations. I love in all kinds of different things – iPhone cases, bags, but I always seem to go back to invites. They are my first love and what I truly enjoy creating the most. I love designing for baby showers, graduations, holiday parties and yes – cocktail parties.
You have to celebrate, you know? My family always made a huge deal about celebrations. I feel like I’m passionate about fun and that translates to the designs I create. Life is full of too much drudgery.
My artistic style is pretty playful. I like to use a varied colored palette and mix things up with varied brights and retro colors. I love to play teal, limes and oranges off of each other. I love to design for babies, too – I try to use a lot of pinks and blues and find new ways to integrate them.
A lot of my products have drink designs on them. I work drink elements into a lot of my invites – and no, I don’t put drink images on baby shower invites.
I really do believe just about any celebration is more fun with cocktails; hence the many cocktail-inspired invitations found in my shop:
An afternoon at a local winery inspired me to create a whole series of wine-themed invitations, including this fun favorite for a wine-loving bride-to-be:
Probably my favorite baby girl design: I love the way this one turned out with the antique texture, stitching and shadow effects:
A popular baby shower design: I thought the little tag was a great way to represent the idea of the shower of gifts to come for the mommy-to-be:
Coming up with new, modern approaches to traditional themes is something I really enjoy. I think this design really brings that together with the fun color combinations and overall contemporary theme:
Zazzle’s new design tool’s rotation feature inspired me to play with the angled photo placement in this new design for this year’s graduation season – I’m hoping it does well!