Here's a before of a site I recently completed for Ashley of Sassy Gal Glamour. She wanted something fun and bright, with a retro/vintage feel.
This is her old blog after she moved from Blogger to Wordpress.com:
We kept the cowgirl, but I added some texture and used some paper elements from Farrah's Creations (with her absolute permission, of course) for the background and then brushed and painted until I felt it had enough color and texture. A fellow designer friend helped me find the perfect font (since I couldn't locate her old one) and I put a gradient overlay on the letters to add interest. I think the letters look good enough to eat (they remind me of the Brach's candies...do you remember those? the coconut ones? yum!).
Here's the finished product:
I even gave her a cute little signature to match her header - you know I have a thing for birds, right? They pervade almost everything I do. I think it's a constant reminder for me that if God watches out for the sparrow, then I can rest assured He's watching over me.
Here's her siggie:
I thoroughly enjoyed this design from the beginning to the end. It was totally different that anything I'd done before and really stretched me.