Thursday, August 30, 2018

New 2019 Personalized Calendar Magnets, Mousepads, Posters and More

Custom calendars for the year of 2019 are now available in my FancyCelebration Zazzle store. Check out all the magnets, mousepads, posters, and more here:


Also, new this year: I'm adding planners! You can also see them at the link above.

Enjoy the 2019 New Year!


All designs © MK Hess Creative

Monday, December 11, 2017

2018 Calendars Personalized with Your Photos and Text


Now is the perfect time to get a 2018 calendar so you can stay organized in the new year. Every fall, I update the calendar selection in my FancyCelebration store on Zazzle. This year, I've organized all the calendars into a collection so you can see them all more easily in one place.

THE 2018 CALENDAR COLLECTION contains traditional wall calendars with easy templates for your photos, along with fridge magnets, posters, mousepads, and a few other product types. The designs range from simple (think: plain, bold white calendar numbers on a black background) to ornate (such as the new Victorian-inspired design shown below).

Some work great for businesses. You can even add your business name and website to them. Others are perfect for your fridge at home, with room for a collage of family pictures.

What's more, this time of year, you can probably get them on sale. Under each product in the collection, it will show you what % off they are and what promo code to use.


1. This design is brand-new this year, and I had the most fun making it! I love the new PBS show Victoria, and thought I'd make a calendar fit for a queen. Here it is on a refrigerator magnet, with all its flowers and flourishes. You can even add your name and more text to personalize it:

2. This classic mousepad has easy-to-read calendar numbers and room for three of your pictures at the top. (The little doggie in the sample photo in the top left is named Booger, by the way). The templates make it easy for you to add your photos:

3. Here is one of the photo collage wall posters. This one has room for your text along the bottom, too, and then numbers are in red and white.

4. This wall calendar makes it easy for you to add your family pictures in front of festive background patterns. Each month has a different border behind your photo.

5. New to the collection this year are acrylic blocks you can display on your desk. This striped floral one is very elegant-looking (and easily personalized with your name and business title):

Find all these beautiful calendars and 100 total selections in the 2018 CALENDAR COLLECTION HERE. 

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you find the right calendar for your needs. If not, leave me a message and I'll make one for you.


All designs © MK Hess Creative

Monday, November 27, 2017

Christmas Gift Ideas Under $20


These fun and personalized tote bags, coasters, mugs, t-shirts, card decks, and more make great Christmas gifts - and they're all under $20.

Some highlights from the list:

These playing cards have a classy look with a card suit pattern and your personalized monogram on a gold-colored clover:

See even more cool playing card decks here.

Check out these funny tote bags for grammar snobs. Poor Timmy!

And personalized stone coasters for the wine connoisseur:


Thanks for stopping by!


All designs © MK Hess Creative

Christmas Gift Ideas Under $10 : White Elephant, Secret Santa and Stocking Stuffers

 Christmas Gift Ideas Under $10 : White Elephant, Secret Santa and Stocking Stuffers

Happy Cyber Monday! I haven't updated the blog for awhile. I've been so busy making new designs and promoting on Pinterest. Since we're getting close to Christmas, I thought it was time to share some gift idea lists here. I've been building Pinterest lists of Christmas gift ideas by price point, interest and person.

The $10 and under list is the most complete, so I'll share it first. So far, the list contains 217 Christmas gift ideas, all under $10. There's a wide selection of products with themes ranging from personalized to funny to practical.

For instance, I'm sure any dad or beer fan would love to rest his drink on these personalized brewery drink coasters:

And these custom post-it notes make a great gift for a bookworm or a teacher:

These funny air fresheners are perfect for any art (or van) lover:

And any animal lover will love these silly pun can koozies:

On the more practical side, the list includes plenty of 2018 calendar magnets (and you can find MORE CUSTOM CALENDARS HERE, too).

This pretty pink custom photo fridge magnet would be cute for mom or grandma:

The list also includes non-personalized calendar magnets, such as this simply classic design:


I hope you find something that makes the perfect stocking stuffer!

Next up: Gift Ideas Under $20.


All designs © MK Hess Creative

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Funny Cat and Goldfish Bowl Clocks

I haven't posted here for awhile. I'm stopping in to show off this clock I made on Zazzle. It's my favorite design so far, of a mischievous cat looking into a goldfish bowl:

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to post more leading up to the Christmas season.


All designs © MK Hess Creative

Monday, June 19, 2017

Funny 4th of July T-Shirts on Amazon and Zazzle


4th of July is coming up in a couple of weeks! I can't wait for fireworks, watermelon, drinks and relaxing with family and friends. It's my 2nd favorite holiday - because it happens in the summer and you're under no obligation to buy gifts, so it's not as stressful as Christmas. The only holiday I like better is Halloween because of all the candy and creative costumes. 

I decided it was about time I showed off some of my 4th of July work here - particularly t-shirts. I've already shown off the party invitations in a post here.

If you're looking for some party shirts, koozies, buttons and more things, check out this collection I made on Zazzle:

I've also expanded to Amazon this year! Don't forget to check out these 4th of July shirts I have for sale there. Here's the latest one - I think it turned out pretty well!

Fireworks Expert Drink Booze Light Fuse Funny July 4 Beer T-Shirt

 And here are a couple more different versions of this design (that are also available in the Zazzle collection above with your personalized name):

Fireworks Expert on Light Shirts
Fireworks Expert on Dark Shirts

Thanks for stopping in for a look. Have a happy Independence Day!


All designs © MK Hess Creative

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Great American Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party Supplies


In case you didn't know yet, most of the United States is in for a treat on August 21st when a total solar eclipse is visible across America. It's being called the "Great American Eclipse" and everyone is eager to travel to a good viewing spot. I can't imagine a more fun time to gather your friends and family together for a party. I usually try to steer clear of designing for occasions that will quickly pass; I prefer designs with more staying power. But I simply couldn't resist making a party collection for the eclipse because it's too exciting. Besides, another eclipse is right around the corner in 2024. So, this set will be relevant again in 7 short years. :)  

Without further adieu, here is the collection. It was inspired by pop music. The woman in the design rides the moon as if it's a wrecking ball, as it blocks the Sun from Earth's view. The text says, "It came in like a blocking ball. We couldn't see the Sun at all." I've been obsessed with mid-century modern design lately - particularly Saul Bass's Hitchcock movie posters - so I gave it a fun retro look.

Here is the invitation. It has easy templates for all your party details: 

Here are a few more highlights:

Everyone needs a souvenir t-shirt and button

How about a fun poster or banner to welcome your guests

The collection also contains matching products with the retro star pattern, such as leggings and neckties, so you can look spiffy at your party:

There's plenty more! I made paper napkins, plates, cups, hats, magnets, and even a sheet of temporary tattoos. See the whole solar eclipse party collection here.

And if there's a product type you want designed for your party that you don't see in the collection, let me know so I can make it for you. In addition to Zazzle, I can also do custom work for you on Redbubble, Society6 and CafePress.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have fun seeing the eclipse.


All designs © MK Hess Creative

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Cool, Creative Father's Day Gift Ideas 2017


Father's Day is coming up fast - on June 18th. I realized I hadn't put together a list of products from my Zazzle stores that make great gifts for dads. So, I organized this collection of 58 ideas:

As it says on the collection page, this list includes unique gifts for all kinds of dads. Themes include sailing, beer, classy monograms, travel, history, fishing, outer space, man caves, photo templates, and a variety of cool phone cases.

These designs are offered on a wider selection of products than the collection shows, too. If you see something you like but want it on a different product or need help customizing, "contact the designer" on one of the product pages - or let me know here - and I'd be happy to help.

You can also check out this list I made last year.
Or this list of gift ideas for men.

Don't forget to check out these Father's Day cards, too.

Have a happy Father's Day!


All designs © MK Hess Creative

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

4th of July Party Invitations with Easy Templates


I don't know about you, but I had a fun Memorial Day weekend full of family time, grilled food and sunshine. I was thinking, "How could this be any better?" And the answer was, "It could include fireworks and watermelon." Which is why I'm so excited that the 4th of July is right around the corner. Last year, I made my very first party invitations for Independence Day. Since I had a long list of ideas, I decided to design more this year.

And since you can get these 50% off through Friday, June 2nd 2017 with coupon code ZAZZLEGIFT50 , I thought now was the perfect time to show them here:

These are the ones that I made last year. I did a funny typography design and made it available in a template for a general party and a BBQ:


There are easy templates to help you add all your party details to the back.

2. Here is the other version:

3. This year, I decided to add more humor, since the Fourth of July is a happy holiday. I knew I wanted to make an invite with an eagle. I decided to go kitschy with this one and overdo all the stereotypes about the holiday. So, here you have a bald eagle holding a beer and a sparkler while riding a bottle rocket and wearing a patriotic headband and legwarmers with a matching "USA" tank top. This eagle is ready to celebrate!

4. I decided to have some fun with George Washington, too. Some George Washing-FUN:

Here is the bash version of this one:

5. Don't Knock It 'Til You Rocket! This one is colorful with lots of fireworks:

6. I knew I wanted to make a retro invitation. It's fun to imagine going to a party during the Mad Men era. I designed this one to look like an invite you might receive in the 50s or early 60s. And yes, the guy is smiling while he holds a lit firework in his hand. People just didn't know the danger back then!

7. Finally, since I love anything associated with the beach, I made this pretty one for a seaside 4th of July party. It can also be for a pool party (you can change the words). I love how the colors turned out on this:

I'm also adding matching party decor, such as paper plates, napkins, cups, coasters and more. You can find those in the "collections" section on the invite product pages. If you still can't find what you're looking for, you can either "contact the designer" on the product pages and let me know what you need or contact me here.

See all my 4th of July and summer party invitations here.

And don't forget to use code ZAZZLEGIFT50 to save 50% through Friday June 2nd 2017.

Have a happy 4th of July! 


All designs © MK Hess

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Unique Table Lamps and Shades with Beautiful Patterns


Since Zazzle is running a 40% off sale on table lamps and shades right now (through the 14th of December 2016), I decided it was the perfect time to post about them here. Of all the products an artist can design on, I find the table lamps to be one of the coolest. It's so neat to have my art printed on a lampshade, where it will glow with light.

In the past, I've bought two of these lamps - both gifts. They're very sturdy, desk-sized lamps. The printing is beautiful and crisp, showing even the smallest details in the designs. That's another reason I love these lamps; I don't think the printing could be better!

On each product page, you have your choice of table lamps, tripod lamps, just the lampshade or a pendant variety. You can also choose your own trim color.


But I want to show some of my favorites (here they're shown on tripod and table lamp styles):

1. This one is my favorite beach one. I had fun drawing this elegant, minimalist coral reef pattern. The aqua blue color can even be "customized" to any color you like. This is the tripod lamp style:

2. I think the mid-century modern look is really cool. I love the color palettes of the 1950s and 60s, and the use of geometric shapes. I have this original lamp design in three different color schemes. I picture it in Don Draper's office on Mad Men:

3. I'm really, really thinking about ordering this one. As someone who loves nothing better than spending all day exploring books, this one fits my personal taste. This intricate pattern was fun to make. It took some brainstorming to come up with all the titles on the books' spines.

4. Here's one I have displayed on the table lamp style. It's an original design that also has that retro look I love, with eyeglass frames in a variety of colorful shapes:

5. I love to read interior design books and watch shows that feature beautiful home interiors, and one thing I always notice is a touch of black-and-white zebra stripe. It seems to match everything and draw in the eye.

6. Continuing with the minimalist theme, here's a pretty beach lamp I just added. This serene watercolor is definitely for a room where you plan on doing a lot of relaxing.

7. This tribal one with a country western feel is new, too. The pattern actually came from a very old book I found on It had a small, grainy black-and-white sample of this Peruvian textile design in it. It was a real challenge turning the zigzags into a repeating pattern. But it ended up looking pretty cool in shades of brown and turquoise:

8. Here's another that started out as an old pattern. This one came from Victorian-era stained glass, and the original was much different from my final result. I loved the basic knotwork, but I gave it more of a modern Celtic look. I just bought this design on a bathmat for a relative, and it looks intricate yet subtle at the same time. There are a few color variations in the lamp collection.

9. This flamingo design is one of my favorites. I just bought it for a relative in black on a tote and pillow. Here it is with a light tropical green color scheme, but I also have the black version and a blue version on lamps. This design is my original work, but I made it to have an Art Deco look with geometric shapes. When I made it, I was reading a book about Art Deco textile motifs and wanted to make one of my own.

10. Last but not least: the perfect lamp for your game room. This one has an original playing card suit pattern. It's been awhile since I made this design, but I remember that it was a challenge getting the suits to fit together - like solving a puzzle. I didn't want them to go in a straight line, but look like they'd been tossed around:

Those are 10 of my favorites! Check out THE WHOLE COLLECTION to see them all. 

There's a wide variety, and I'll probably be adding more. Don't forget to use promo code ZCUSTOMGIFTS to get 40% off through December 14th.

And if you see a design you like but want a different color scheme, let me know.

Thanks for stopping by!


All designs © MK Hess