Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Quick Update

       Here is a quick little blog showing off a few more items that I created this fall.  The first is a gorgeous baby shower invitation that I just love.  The invitation is a soft peach featuring pink, gray and dark peach flowers.  The invitations were matted on metallic charcoal gray cardstock and were acoompanied by a coordinating information card.  I also created coordinating thank you cards for this set and I was very pleased with the final set:

       I also created several fall wedding invitations this year.  This set was unique because it did not feature your typical fall color scheme.  The colors were a rich red, accompanied by silver and black.  The damask pattern was a nice addition to this color scheme: 

      Many times I create invitations and have the privelage of creating additional stationery for the event.  In this case, I was able to create bachelorette party invitations.  What was fun about this invitation was that the theme was not your typical bachelorette party theme.  The bride and groom are Green Bay Packer fans and the party was themed based on this.  I created this cute invitation for the event: 

      I am curently very busy with several projects.  There is a lot of holiday letter art being created, as well as 3 winter wedding invites and an adorable Dr. Seuss themed birthday party for my nephew.  Stay tuned, the next few blogs will be good ones!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Fall Feeling

Fall is in full swing here.  The colors are at their peak, the weather is crisp and weddings and showers are in abundance!  As you can tell by reading this blog, I have been BUSY!  On top of working full time and having a new baby, I have also had the privilege to create some gorgeous stationery for some special events.  Read on!

First on the list are these gorgeous pocket fold invitations.  The pocket fold itself is a metallic chocolate brown and it housed ivory stationery with invitations featuring warm fall colors.  Working with this bride was wonderful.  She was kind, organized and simply a sweetheart.  I truly enjoyed creating these gorgeous invitations for he and her fiance':
The items below are special because they were created for a special person.  My cousin Justine married her sweetheart, Tom.  Their wedding was an early fall event featuring warm yellow colors and sunflowers.  Justine wanted to have menu cards at each place setting and what I ended up creating was super cool.  Rather than the traditional menu card, we created these menu cuffs that wrapped around the napkin and silverware.  I have never seen anything like these before but man oh man am I in love with them!

Justine's programs were printed on ivory paper featuring a sunflower graphic and brown text to tie into the warm fall feel of her wedding:
This next invitation is special because it is a new design.  I created this design for Jessica and Paul.  They were wonderful to work with - organized, specific and fun!  I loved their idea with the pumpkin with their initials carved in.  This invitation represents their fun loving personalities in the perfect way:
This baby shower invitation was created for a special client.  I created the wedding stationery for Hali and she has been a special customer for years.  Her sister in law that ordered the invitations, Katie, was one of my very first customers and I love, love, love that she still comes to me for her events.  This shower invitation was a fall pumpkin theme without the typical fall decor.  The idea of welcoming the newest "little pumpkin" came to mind and I adapted a previous design to fit with this theme.  I thought the results turned out to be rather adorable:
The next set of stationery is very special.  It again is a new design, created for two very special people.  Chelsea and Brad have been close with my family for ages and I was honored when I was asked to create something special for their big day.  The invitations featured a fall design, printed on metallic gold card stock, matted on a deep eggplant colored card stock.  The results were rich and elegant and were the perfect introduction for the gorgeous wedding that Brad and Chelsea had:
I absolutely love it when all elements of a wedding coordinate and I was so excited to create these extra elements for Chelsea and Brad.  They have excellent taste and were a breeze to work with.  Chelsea and Brad opted to forgo the traditional bi-fold program and we came up with a 2 sided matted program that was long and narrow.  We mounted the programs on two colors of metallic card stock to match the invitations.  The final product was just gorgeous!  For their wedding I also created table numbers, printed on ivory stock, matted on the eggplant card stock. Again, stepping away from traditional goods, Chelsea and Brad opted for 2"x6" long place cards that were put into a frame.  The frame was also a favor for guests to take home with their photo booth pictures and it looked beautiful with the gold metallic place cards inside.  The photo below shows the entire wedding set all together, a true masterpiece!



Sunday, September 16, 2012

And That's What It's All About

The invitation above is a very special one.  Usually I blog about wedding invitations, shower invitations, and then sometimes as a result, baby shower invitations.  Well, this invitation tops them all, it is an invitation for a 55th wedding anniversary - how cool is that?!  To top it off, the invitation was created for my grandparents wedding anniversary and it was so special.

The invitation featured a wedding photo and the entire thing was printed on silver cardstock.  The overall invitation looked very regal.

Below is a birthday party invitation for a special little girl.  I have created her birth announcements, 1st birthday invitations and now her 2nd birthday invitations!  I love that I have clients that keep returning, it is so fun to work with someone over and over and be a part of the milestones in their lives:
Below are two recent letter art creations that I made.  This customer had me make these as wedding gifts and anniversary gifts.  What a thoughtful and special gift:

Monday, July 30, 2012

Vintage Love

Last weekend I had the honor of standing up as the matron of honor in my cousin's wedding.  What was even more special about this event was that the reception was in my yard.  For a year I worked closely with my cousin to help plan and create lots of personal and special details to make their wedding day personal, special and fabulous.

Their theme consisted of a mix of rustic elements and vintage elements combined with a lot of though.  Below are some photos of the stationery for this fabulous event:

For the bachelorette party, we wanted to do something different.  We were tired of the same old bachelorette trip to the bar and wanted to do something a little more mature and personal.  We came up with the idea of a "cork and canvas" night - basically a wine night featuring some art projects!  We started our evening at a local winery and had a wine tasting, then went back and drank more wine and painted a large canvas for the bride and groom.  It was tons of fun, personal, unique, and now they have a cool piece of artwork to hang in their house.

When designing the invitations for her party, I wanted to stick with the wedding theme and give them a vintage feel.  And of course, because the party was going to be so cool, the invitations had to be rather fab!  I designed the invitations using a light silver metallic stock and mounted them on ivory stock.  The overall design featured a text heavy design with just a few framing elements to enhance the design.  I was so very happy with the final product and I loved how the coordinated so nicely with the wedding invitations and overall theme.

The invitations for the wedding were not just invitations - they were a work of art!  The invitations were printed on gray cardstock, with gray text and the names of the bride and groom printed in a bluish gray color.  Wrapped around the gray stock was a piece of lace.  The RSVP cards mirrored this look with the ivory stock on top and gray on the bottom.  The overall package was wrapped with rafia and man oh man did it look nice.  As a finishing touch, A personalized return address stamp was used on the envelope and guest addresses were printed on the envelopes:

For the wedding day I created lots of items including programs, menu cards, favor tags, signage and more:

Programs were printed on ivory paper with dark gray ink.  A vintage frame outlined the names of the bridge and groom and I used the same font for their names on the program that I used on the invitations.

The menu cards featured the same vintage frame and gray and blue text.  They were tied with rafia to mimic the invitations.  The invitatins were tucked into the napkins and were placed at each place setting.

The wedding decor was so cool.  Our grandmother had tons of old blue ball mason jars that were used as flower vases.  The vases sat on top of a slice of a walnut log.  The flowers were GORGEOUS.  Emily Ryers of Ryers flowers always does such nice work and this event was no exception.

Ryers flowers created this gorgeous floral arrangement that sat in front of the mailbox that doubled as a card box.  On each side of the mailbox featured a sign with the new address of the bride and groom:

The wedding favors were a DIY project made by the bride.  They were birdseed ornaments that each guest was to take home.  I created the sign that sat just above the favors:

The favors sat in front of a gorgeous vintage trunk and sat in a delicate bird bath - it was such a great way to display them!

Favor tags were created and strung to each favor:

In lieu of a guest book, the bride had small wooden discs that mimiced the look of the stumps that the flowers sat on.  Guests were encouraged to write words of wisdom to the bride and groom.    They then kept these in a basket and plan to display them in their home.  I created the bunting strung to the front of the basket, tied with rafia.

What I loved most was this personal display of family wedding photos.  The table featured photos of parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, all in a variety of vintage frames.  I have seen this at several weddings and it is such a nice touch.  Plus, the display adds something personal and beautiful to the wedding decor.

And here is one last photo of the menu cards, I loved them so much!

Overall the wedding was gorgeous.  Guests drank out of mason jars, paper lanterns hung from the trees and twinkled at night.  The weather was perfect, the bride was beautiful, the groom handsome.  All in all it was a perfect day and a perfect memory.  Cheers to Ryan and Trish!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


I am so excited to finally create this post.  6 weeks ago my husband and I were blessed with our son, Eli.  He is the sweetest little thing and we are so grateful to have this healthy, loving and wonderful baby boy.

I am so excited to share his birth announcements with the world.  Elizabeth K Photography took his newborn photos and man oh man did we end up with a lot to choose from!  In the end, I chose 3 images to use on his birth announcement.  I ended up creating 4x6 glossy announcements with his photos on the front and stats on the back.  I thought the final product was so perfect, but then again, I am rather biased :)

When we got his newborn photos taken, I ordered a book with all of his photos.  I knew there would be too many to choose from to print, and I was right.  Libby created this awesome, awesome, awesome hardcover book - one of the best purchases I have made!

And here is a sneek peak of the inside of the book:

Isn't he just precious?!

Well, that is all of the blogging I have time for today, duty calls!  Stay tuned to my next post featuring a rustic vintage DIY wedding - you will love it!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Summer is Around the Corner

One of the things that I love most about creating stationery for summer events are the colors.  I love color - I love fun color combinations, bright and cheery hues and love to experiment.  The next few items all fit perfectly into that category and I am very excited to share them:

This first wedding set I just love.  The first photo shows the whole package - the invitation and RSVP card are wrapped up with a paper wrap, showcasing the wedding date.  This invitation is bold and graphic yet still made elegant with small touches such as metallic paper and subtle watermarks. This invitation set was designed for a very special friend and I am so happy that it turned out as fun as it did.  The bold teal matting and fonts are a great match for the metallic ivory stock that the invitations were printed on.  Another thing I loved so much about this invitation set was the RSVP card - if you know anything about the bride you know that she is all about having a fun time.  The RSVP card reflected this completely by forgoing the traditional RSVP wording and adding some spice with options like "Wouldn't miss it for the world" and "Will be there in spirit".  Then, at the bottom, guests have the opportunity to send in a song request for the reception.  How cool is that?!

All in all, these turned out great - I am very happy for this special bride and groom and I look forward to celebrating with them!

I have blogged a few times about Erica's wedding elements - I have shared her save the date cards and shower invites and now it's time to share the real deal, the wedding invitations!  I love, love, love the colors of Erica's summer wedding invitations.  The navy blue, fuschia and lime green are such a great color combination, nothing says summer better than a color scheme like that.  This design was also created just for this bride and I really am loving the final product.  I feel like the design is delicate, yet graphic and bold at the same time.  This design has been done for quite some time because the bride is just about the most organized person, ever.  She is so on the ball, if I had an ounce of her organization I would be doing well!

I am still trying to name this new design, so check it out and send me your suggestions:

This wedding set used the design, Delicate Floral, but changed the colors to a very fun light pink and celery green color scheme.  Again, loving the summer colors!  This bride and groom had two RSVP card options and they were both hilarious and fun.  I love the fact that people are putting some creative and personal ideas into their invitation wording and foregoing traditional ettiquette. 

What I love about this invitation is the choice of font that the bride made.  This wedding is small and casual and I think the informal, handwritten look of the font, coupled with the color scheme, perfectly portray that.  The design that we started with was "Sour Apple" and their colors and font choice certainly added a personal touch to this invitation:

Next up is a unique and fun bridal shower invitation.  I love the contrast of the yellow trees in the photo with the pool blue text.  Subtle yet effective.  This invitation is great because it showcases the couples adorable engagement photo, which I think is a great idea!

And finally, I get to share something that I have been so excited to blog about.  The bride and groom recently tied the knot on Anna Maria Island in Florida (Congrats Mandy & Duane!).  The wedding colors were shades of teal and blue (again, LOVE the rich, bright colors).  The bride had found a thank you card on pinterest and we used that for inspiration.  They wrote a personal thank you note to their guests and I printed these 5x7 cards that were placed at each place setting.  I used 4 different fonts and am head over heels in love with the final product!  From the colors to the composition, this item is one of my new favorites :)

Now my hope is that my next blog will be featuring the birth announcements of my baby boy, who is due in 4 days.  I am very impatiently awaiting his arrival, and cannot wait to meet him very soon!!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Showers, Showers, and more Showers!

As we know, wedding season is in full swing - and so is shower season!  These days it seems that themed and unique showers are all the rage, which as a guest and as a host, I feel makes them a lot more fun to attend and plan.

This next invitation was for a colorful spring shower - you can get the bright and cheery feel of the shower right away from this vibrant invitation:

The next shower I was a co-host of, so I have a lot of fun details to share.  This was a Kentucky Derby themed family party that was held in lieu of a traditional shower.  The invitations were printed on white metallic paper, mounted on lapis metallic stock and featured a muted photo of the famed Twin Spires of Churchill Downs.

Held on the day of the Kentucky Derby, I completely went all out to theme the event accordingly.  Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, I was able to find loads and loads of KY Derby paraphernalia ranging from balloons:

to horse wall clings:

Logo napkins featuring the Derby 138 logo:

This was a gift that was just too cute - it was a Kentucky Derby package featuring bluegrass seeds, Derby pie, Makers Mark and more - it was so fitting!

A pair of Derby 138 glasses for the bride and groom to keep:

Disposable 138 glasses:

And what is a Kentucky Derby party without horses or betting?!  We set up bags for each contending horse and guests could "place their bets":

 We had "official" betting slips:

And the winner won this Derby movie night basket featuring popcorn, movie candy, the movie Secretariat and a set of 138 Derby glasses:

And, since the race is called the "Race for the Roses", these adorable cupcakes were made (not by me of course!):

The same baker also made these horse cupcakes - trust me when I say that the photo does these cute little things no justice at all:

And to top it off, my uber-creative Aunt, the one that made me the cement truck diaper cake in my previous post, made this little number for the bride and groom.   How cute is that?!