Kimberly and Todd: Wedding Invitations

Kimberly's colors were green and a plumy magenta color. She wanted an elegant, somewhat modern, unique design. The china Kimberly registered for, that she absolutely loved, was the inspiration for the design of the Q. I custom designed this gatefold invitation with a ribbon sash wrap around closed by a personalized tag with each guests name. This tri-fold program was designed in such a way that the back extended beyond the fold and displayed the bride and grooms name. The Q from the invitation was repeated on the front of the program. The leaves that create the cross of the Q are copied and rotated throughout the program to create a fun intriguing design. The menu was designed to coordinate with the program. The napkins were folded so that the long edge with the bride and grooms name was peeking out beyond the fold. A candy buffet was provided for the favors. These favor boxes were filled up with candy by the guests as they left the reception.

kimberly and todd's rehearsal dinner

Kimberly really wanted a chandelier with some bling on her rehearsal dinner invitation. We accomplished and got across the oceany/luau theme with a tablescape of seashells and coral on a seagreen linen and the bamboo "wedding" chairs. I added the bling with rhinestones on the five large dangling crystals of the chandelier. And to tie it all together I put a chandelier on the envelope with the return address running along the chain. One candle is lit to signify one day until the wedding (kind of like a reverse advent candle wreath).

intricate dahlia detail

I am really excited that I finally used my digital cutter. I needed something on top of this cake but nothing I drew seemed to work. Finally it dawned on me that a three dimensional flower with a rhinestone in the center would be just the thing to really set this invitation apart.

ella and her american doll kaya

These native American doll dress invitations were modeled after the American Doll Kaya. Kaya was the theme of the party and Ella's surprise birthday present. The necklace on the invitation is on wire which can easily be removed and turned into a bracelet for your favorite doll.

tammy and greg: fall wedding

Tammy and Greg are having a small casual family ceremony, but still wanted elegant invitations to commemorate the event. I just love the uniqueness of the envelope, you get excited to open it to see what is inside but use great care not to rip it. The ribbon wrapped around the invitation to symbolize the intertwining of their two families. And the back of the envelope displays the T and G monogram, with a little bird perched on the ampersand. And the orange and brown colors worked beautifully to create a autumn look with this delicate tree branch. I also created coordinating stationery and menus.

waite turns one

Waite's birthday was took place at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum. I took the location and ran with the airplane theme. My first task was to design the logo for Waite Airlines. The invitation was designed to look like a airline ticket with rounded corners, bar code, a logo and every other detail I could think of. And of course the ticket had to go in a folder just like the real thing. So I designed the front of the folder with a cute rhyme "fly on over for some fun, our little boy is turning one." The inside of the folder is cut at an angle with website information list for details including directions and a map. And then it was time to go overboard with the use of the logo on the favors. First a sticker for the box. And then individualized luggage tags with each kids name on it. A passport airplane coloring book, candy airplanes and pretzels rounded out the logo usage.

Since the party was at a museum which the birthday party attendees could tour, stickers were needed to designate who was with the group. Family all add official names tags - mommy and daddy were pilot and co-pilot, the birthday boy was first class passenger, others were flight attendants, air traffic controllers and the list goes on. I also created matching thank you notes, address labels, a baggage claim sign for the favor table and a curbside check-in sign for the gift table.
The family was going to have a party on the actual birthday with a theme of "flight crew training". The invitation was very simple but coordinated none the less. Of course, no birthday party is complete without a hand painted banner to say "happy birthday". And while I had the paint out I figured I might as well paint a "tablecloth" for the food table. And a runway for decorations and to color on.

isley's flowers

Before she arrived, Isley's mommy picked out this adorable floral bedding for the nursery. She and her mother in law painted the flowers on the wall, pretty impressive. I designed these burp clothes, inspired by the flowers and colors in her nursery. I took them to her as a gift in the hospital, since she had kept the name a secret until the baby was born it was fun to know this was probably one of the first thing she had with Isley's name on it. Again, we use the flowers from the nursery in the birth announcement. It is so fun to have a theme and everything coordinates.

blythe's wedding

When my friend Blythe got married a few years ago, my mom and I helped her with some of the wedding decorations. I designed a monogram similar to something on their wedding invitations. We used it in many ways throughout the ceremony and reception decor. Paper items I designed included the menu and table numbers. Her colors were black, white and a touch of cranberry.

julianna's baby shower invitation

Julianna selected primary colors for her baby boy's nursery. The quilt includes stripes of various fabrics, including solids and gingham. When I was contacted by one of the baby shower hostesses, she included a link the pottery barn website to see the quilt. I used it as inspiration to design the invitation, hanging over the edge of the crib would work out perfectly to include a monogram (last name initial only as the mommy to be is not divulging the name until he arrives). And these mommies/hostesses love monograms. The cake was designed to coordinate with the invitations. And of course, included a monogram. On the tags the quilt is raised off the tag to further the look of it actually hanging over the crib.

green themed bridal shower

Recently, I was asked to design a invitation for a "green" themed shower. I researched ideas online for green invitations and everyone suggested an emailed invitation or an evite, but since these invitations were going to my mom's generation, that is not exactly kosher and every bride like to have something for their scrapbook anyway. So the obvious choice was something natural looking in green and brown hues. Both the paper and envelope that I selected where made partially from post consumer recycled material, it is hard to find quality paper that will run through a printer that is 100% recycled. While working on the invitations, I was brainstorming about some ideas for decorations - green, of course. For favors, you could have a bowl of seed packet and print the branch - CR/CF logo on a sticker to place on each packet. And for centerpieces, either lay branches on the table and fill in with soy candles or place some attractive branches in a glass vase, and top it off with a bird from your bookcase. Or use bamboo. If colorful flowers are desired for the centerpieces, create a ... of colorful potted flowers and then let guests take one home as their favor. And definitely use china and linens rather than disposable plates and napkins. Serve organic, local and seasonal foods. Oh, and when guests RSVP you can suggest carpooling in order to be more eco-friendly. Of course the guests were asked to bring their gifts wrapped eco-friendly, but for those who just could not help it, I have another suggestion. While one bridesmaid is saving the ribbons and bows to create the traditional ribbon bouquet for the rehearsal, another can fold up the wrapping paper and set aside the gift bags for future use. This could eliminate a whole garbage bag full of trash. When cleaning up, set out your recycling bins so that all the hostesses can help to minimize the amount of garbage.

waite's baptism

I embellished these die cut invitations with a blue ribbon on the gown and the bwc monogram on the chest. The BWC logo on the little flags in the cupcakes was incorporated throughout. The favors were little pacifer candies in miniature tin containers with a picture of Waite on top and again the logo on the side.