Surprise Your Friends With a Video Greeting Card

Who are they? is based in Sausalito, CA and founded by Kevin Sherman in 2007. KShermanStudios  is a privately owned design and development group  that develops unique advertising, e-learning, and viral games for first-person video interaction as well as creating self-publishing video services.

About the product: This service enables anyone with a webcam to create quick and fun interactive video greeting cards for their family, friends, and now includes a direct tie-in for Twitter members as well. It basically looks like a talking image postcard and the tweets look and ‘pop’ like a bubble, hence the name – bubble of joy.

More details: These bubbles are free to tweet and send as a greeting card, you can choose your layout/skin, and are fun to make!

See an example by clicking here


Books, Books, Books

From time to time I find a craft photo book that I really like. One that makes me feel like actually trying things, is esthetically pleasing and has simple yet thorough explanations.

Who? The author of the book is Livia McRee. Based on the back cover of her book, she is a craft designer, writer, and a former editor of handcraft Illustrated magazine. Her work has been published online and she contributed to several how-to craft books. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

About the book: Easy transfer to any surface concentrates on the photo transfer technique and how it can be applied to different surfaces, creating unique and different pieces. The author gives specific examples and designs that can be reproduced but it also creates a good base and inspiration to creating ones own pieces. 

More  details: You can purchase the soft cover book online. On Amazon, Barnes and Noble. Price varies ($4 – $10).

Wooden name photo blocks

Who is she? mleefipps is an Etsy seller who does creative construction jobs (count on Etsy to have all of these creative people with unusual jobs). She lives in upstate New York and creates these cute name photo blocks there. 

About the product: Photo Letter Blocks are a neat way to spell your child’s name with their pictures or family photos to decorate their room. These hand painted and artistically designed wooden blocks are offered in black, white and red (other colors available upon request at an additional charge)
and are done in a distressed finish. This finish brings out the individual beauty of the wood and your photos in each piece. Each block is paid for separately, so you can spell any name. 

More details: The size of each block is: 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ and you’ll need to choose between color, sepia or black & white photos. 

name photo blocks

name photo blocks

Oh, but you can do it yourself…

Who are they? Tilano Decorative Products is based in Vancouver Canada and founded by Randy Orr . In 2001, he developed the first Tilano kit – everything for the do-it-yourselfer to make beautiful photo transfers at home. Since then, the Tilano team has developed 11 other Tilano kits. Each one providing a unique way to display your photos.

About the product: Creating these Fresco tiles with your photographs is a great way to step outside of the picture frame. Developed by a professional decorator, the Tilano Fresco kit brings the secret of Old World art into your home. This fun and easy-to-use kit includes everything you need to turn any photo or image into a truly unique work of art. Photos and images can easily be transferred without harming the original print. The Tilano process uses a laser photocopy of your image or a printout from a laser printer to transfer onto each tile. Detailed instructions are included in each kit. Plus, there are helpful instructional videos on the company’s web site. A creative alternative to framing, the Tilano Fresco kit makes an ideal gift either as is or as finished tile.


More details: The Fresco Tile Kit is $48.99 and includes: Two 8 by 8 inch wood tiles, Tilano Antiquing Glaze, Fresco Mud, Foam brush, Sandpaper, Easy-to-follow instructions, Tilano Imaging Paper (3 sheets), Tilano Crackle, Tilano  medium, Spreader, Cheesecloth.


Framed in Tin

Who are they? Uncommon Goods is an online marketplace offering creatively designed, high-quality merchandise at affordable prices. Founded in August 1999, UncommonGoods is privately held and headquartered in New York City.

About the product: These wonderful Tin frames are made of reclaimed ceiling tin tiles turned into frames. Antique ceiling tins add a rustic touch to the photos, creating an instant heirloom. Handmade by artist Margaret Taylor in Georgia.

More details: The size of each frame is: 10″ L x 12″ W; The frames hold 4 x 6 photos. Frame colors available are: Green, Tan and Blue. Since these are handmade, frames will vary. Each frame is $45.


Personalized photo gifts for Mother’s day

Mmmm… mother’s. I am one and I have one (obviously). It is one of the mot unique titles to have. It comes with all the emotions in the world (good and bad) so what kind of a gift can you give that really shows the appreciation to this “title owner”? Personalized photo gifts are the ones. They are thoughtful, unique and obviously personal.

Here are a few to keep in mind:

1.  Light Affection’s photo gifts: From your favorite photo to an illuminated piece of art. Night Lights start at $44.95


2. Pop art on canvas: Send a photo and they will create a pop art piece printed on Canvas.

3. Photo Jewelry: They will create various jewelry pieces (charmed bracelets are our favorites) from your photo/s.kimbra-bracelet

Have a wonderful mother’s day all you mothers out there!!!

Not exactly your ordinary business card

Who are they?
MOO was created to bridge the virtual content and identity of people into the actual world through a new spin on business cards in the form of their mini cards. The company is based in London, UK and started in 2006.

About the product:
The Mini Cards are exactly that, Mini Cards. They are roughly half the size of a normal, business card. The cards will come with your photos or designs on one side, and your details on the other. The image side of each card can be different, or the same. Some people use them as little calling cards, or a simple way to hand out blog urls or contact details. We love them as a unique idea for photo gifts.They have also been used to make Magnets, tags, invitations, flyers, keyrings, decorations, jewellery, mini portfolio pieces, moving house cards, new baby announcements, save-the-date cards, wedding favors, treasure hunts, trading cards, memory games.
We love the contemporary look of the Mosaic Frame. The frame hold 20 cards that are individually framed and can be easily positioned as Landscape or Portrait.

More details:
The Mini cards come in a pack of 100 packaged in a sturdy box. Each card has an image on one side and up to 6 lines of text on the reverse of the card. Card size is : 28mm x 70mm (~1.1″ x 2.75″). Pack of 100 is $19.99
Mosaic Frame is 420mm x 270mm. The Frame is $39.99


Tile your neckline

Who are they?
Elemental Memories photo tile jewelry is the brain child of Lisa. Lisa has a BFA in Art Education and has been involved with art and design for as long as she can remember. Her love for fashion and style is what brought her to create these wonderful photo tile jewelry pieces.

About the product:
The photo tile minis are perfect photo gifts. They are contemporary and personal. The photo tile is created by “baking” the ink of the B/W version of your photo into a low fire clay. The photo tile is waterproof and lightweight. It comes with a leather necklace color and length of your choice.

More details:
Each mini tile is approximately .5 inches x .5 inches square. It is hand drilled at the top to fit a .925 sterling silver loop. The leather necklace come in your choice of black or natural Greek Leather and light weight .925 Sterling Silver or 14k gold filled. Necklace length available are: 15″, 16″, 18″, and 20″. The mini photo tiles retails for $95.


Sweet little photo candy?

Who are they?
Mars. Yes, the makers of M&M offer these directly.

About the product:
M&M with your photo on them? It sounds crazy but that is what it is. The photo is printed on each M&M using black food coloring for an ink. You select the colors for your candy and the packaging. You may also print personalized text instead of a photo and have a batch combining both.

More details:
Prices vary by size of packaging / amount of candy. A 7oz bag containing your candy is $11.99. The company ships using 2nd day air to make sure you get it as fresh as possible. Turn around time is around 10 days.


Leather, Silver and your photo on hand

Who are they?
tj&cocustom photo jewelry began in 2004 by a mother to two twin girls. Her pieces are hand mad in the US and she works with both Sterling silver and 14k Gold.

About the product:
Leather Bracelet : The bracelet is made of multi-strand leather with one double-sided sterling silver photo charm (2 photos). With a clean and cool design and your photo charm to top it, this bracelet will be a staple in your jewelry box.

More details:
Bracelet retails for $120. Photo size is approx. 3/8″ x 3/8″ Additional double sided sterling silver charms available for $95 each. The best photos are sharp, focused and have nothing in the way of the face. Color photos will be converted to black & white. Production time is typically 2-3 weeks