What does a summer Christmas card look like?

I have a design dilemma. I need to design holiday cards that are appropriate for the southern hemisphere, meaning that I need to get away from the traditional white Christmas and make it all about summer. How can I make it look Christmassy while it reflects the fact that it’s the middle of summer? I’ve lived my entire life in the southern hemisphere but we’ve always adopted the traditions from the northern hemisphere even though it doesn’t really make sense for us in this side of the world. So there isn’t really a “look” for a summer Christmas card… What do you think that a summer Christmas card should look like?

I don’t really know what to do right now so I’m starting by looking for images that feel summery. I created a mood board on Pinterest called Summer Christmas Card and so far the images that I’ve collected seem to have a lots of palm trees, the ocean, blue skies, pineapples, floaties and flamingos.


Moving announcements

These are some of the moving announcements that I recently designed for Greenvelope.

Moving Announcements for Greenvelope by Claudia Owen 1

Moving Announcements for Greenvelope by Claudia Owen 2

Moving Announcements for Greenvelope by Claudia Owen 4

Moving Announcements for Greenvelope by Claudia Owen City Skyline 3


You can find all these moving announcements at Greenvelope.

The colour thesaurus

I must admit I’m hopeless at describing colours. My colour description are always kept to the very basic colours, so when I saw this table of colours I knew I had to share it on my blog to keep it for future reference and learn a few other colours. Hope you find it useful too!

The color thesaurus featured on the Claudia Owen Blog 

Image via Pinterest.

The Local Look CBR

I’m currently one of three small businesses being featured on The Local Look. The Local Look is a Canberra based online publication that promotes a new ‘look’ every three weeks, ranging from women and men’s fashion and beauty, to office and home styling. The look features three local businesses, with a mix of products and services that showcase how you can buy almost anything you need from small local business. The Local Look connects readers with the services and styles it promotes including discounts and other special offers.

The current issue features Sash and Belle’s handbag collection, Pure Pod gorgeous winter coats and my work!



Each featured business has a special offer for The Local Look readers, which range from free shipping to discounts and free gift certificates. These offers are valid from 17th August to 7th September 2016 (inclusive).

Please take a look at the current edition of The Local Look for more details.

Just in case you like specials, here is mine!



Color inspiration

Flickr Fave by Torie Jayne Featured on Claudia Owen Blog

Image via Torie Jayne on Flickr