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Seller Spotlight: Kat_Parrella

January 31, 2013

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:

Valentine Party Heart Love Cocktail Invitation
Valentine Party Heart Love Cocktail Invitation by kat_parrella
Wine tasting parties are one of my favorite parties to host and I have several different designs in this theme – but this is my most loved one:
Wineglass & Grapes Wine Tasting Party Invitation
Wineglass & Grapes Wine Tasting Party Invitation by kat_parrella

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:

Modern Bride Wine Theme Bridal Shower Invitation
Modern Bride Wine Theme Bridal Shower Invitation by kat_parrella

Probably my favorite baby girl design: I love the way this one turned out with the antique texture, stitching and shadow effects:

Sweet Birdie It's a Girl Baby Shower Invitation
Sweet Birdie It’s a Girl Baby Shower Invitation by kat_parrella

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:

Happy Blue Dots Boy Baby Shower Invitation
Happy Blue Dots Boy Baby Shower Invitation by kat_parrella

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:

Lots of Hearts Couples Wedding Shower Invitation
Lots of Hearts Couples Wedding Shower Invitation by kat_parrella

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!

Sporty 3 Photo Graduation Announcement Black Blue
Sporty 3 Photo Graduation Announcement Black Blue by kat_parrella

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