flamenco bride

This shower invitation was created for a mexican themed bridal shower. But they did not want to do a completely mexican looking invitation, something still weddingish. So I decided we could do a bride in a flamenco style dress. Once I found the perfect dress, I was off to try to recreate it digitally. And then one final touch a flower in her hair and a bit of glitter.

Monogram Stationery

I am really into designing monograms for stationery currently. Here are a few designs I have done for friends and family so far. All designs have coordinating return address labels too.

personal shower invitations

These personal shower invitations are just darling. I love everything about them down to the last detail, which is the tag hanging off the nightie with the brides to be's sizes on it. And of course little rhinestones on the chandelier added just the right touch.

tutus and toe shoes

Some little ballerinas will soon receive their invitations via mail to a super fun birthday party. Caroline is turning 5. It does not seem possible, time flies by so quickly. I remember when she was the age my son is now and learning to spell her name. Anyway, these little ladies will don their dance clothes and enjoy all things ballet at Center Stage Performing Arts in Jenks. Of course, a petite ballerina in a tutu and toe shoes was most appropriate for this invitation. And toe shoes on the envelope with the return address following the curve of the ribbon pulled everything together perfectly. The favor tags were personalized with each girls name on her tutu.

Culver Holiday Card 2009

Of course, professional pictures always are your best option for holiday cards. But it is possible for YOU to get great pictures for your christmas cards if you just do a few things. Go outside, like to the park or just some place with lots of grass (even if it is dead) and trees. Consider the time of day, best if the sun is not over head. Take a friend or sister, in my case, if you can. Borrow a digital SLR camera if you do not have one, SO much better than digital point and shoots. And then remember you are not using film, all the pictures are digital so take a million!! Think photojournalistic, not perfectly posed, with a toddler and a dog that is impossible.

That is what I did, all except for minding the sun, we went at noon, worked best around nap time. And I was pretty happy with how they turned out.

I created envelopes to match, with an ornament hanging down and our return address written vertically up the string.

Holiday Cards 2009

Some of my favorite holiday card designs this year.

The Martens Family

Another Martens Family

The Jones Family

The Phillips Family vintage postcard

The Scott Family

The Philpott Family

The Moore Family postcard, with names and addresses merged directly onto cards.

The Qualls

tiffany invitation

How fun for me! I just got to design a Tiffany themed invitation. I have always loved Tiffany everything since it is my namesake. And these invitations are no different. The monogram is so elegant. And the use of Regan & Co. for her bridesmaids luncheon is just perfect since bridesmaids luncheons are meant to honor both the bride and her "company" or attendants rather. Thanks Kendra for letting me design these invitations.

mardi gras ideas

A few years ago, I was the chairman my sorority' alumnae association's fundraiser. We selected a Mardi Gras theme. Since Mardi Gras is upon us soon, I thought I would share some pictures and ideas with you. The invitation had the logo on it that I designed for the event. And I recreated the logo with wood and other materials to be part of the flower arrangement on the entry table.

We filled lucite tubes with mardi gras colored confetti and placed an arrangement on top of the tubes. The flowers we used included purple astromeria, yellow roses, bells of ireland, yellow lilies, and purple carnations. Masks and beads hung down from the arrangements. At the base, we filled small vases with black beans and placed one lily in each vase.

Peacock feathers coordinate perfectly with mardi gras colors. We incorporated the peacock feathers into the low arrangements and green spider mums, green carnations as well as the others flowers we used in the tall arrangements. This small arrangement was placed on a frame, in two of the picture areas we placed a row of 3 votives and surrounded them with beads, the other two were filled with black beans with a mask laying across. Each table was sprinkled with mardi coins. Many of the supplies such as beads, coins and masks came from Oriental Trading Co. The napkins were folded with the evening's program placed inside.

As with any fundraiser donations were requested at the event and there were many creative ways to donate. One was "The French Quarter", were you placed your quarters or change you had been saving up in jars. Another was purchasing a reserved table on "Bourbon Street". If you were unable to attend, you could also do "The Big Easy" and just send in a donation. Or playing at "Harrah's Casino on Canal Street" was a fun way to make a donation. And finally there was "The Garden District" were we had wishing trees with envelopes showing different children's wishes that were in the program.

baby in the bump

Jennifer's nursery was a Dr. Seuss theme, so of course the invitation was too. Adapted from the "Cat and the Hat" we did the "Baby in the Bump". This was a super fun theme. And there are lots of darling decoration ideas out there for Dr. Seuss themed baby showers. One really cute idea was "Cat and the Hat" parfaits with red and white layers. Or for twins, thing one and thing two.

pram invitation

I had been wanting to design a pram (old time buggy) and I finally got my chance for Stacey's baby shower.

claire's baby bump

Claire's invitation was the much loved baby bump silhouette.