Monday • February 4 • 2013
Could there be a more perfect way to kick off a rosy marriage than by showering the bride with a Kentucky Derby themed party? The whole event oozes class and allows for the just right touch of girliness. Plus the fun, coordinating party ideas are basically endless! Mint juleps, fabulous hats, fancy dresses…. can I come, too?
Courtney approached me to put together this design for her southern belle centered fete, and I am quite pleased with result (if I do say so myself…)! I actually was not terribly familiar with all the traditions that surround the Derby, so it gave me a perfect opportunity to read up on it. Aside from getting a mean case of spring fever, I quickly discovered that roses play a starring role in the race, and garden parties to celebrate the event abound, so some lush flowers were definitely in order for the design.
We stuck with a sophisticated and feminine palette of pink and green, and added in ribbons and stripes for a preppy touch. Courtney supplied the clever wording, which I dressed up with some bold typography. For the finish, we paired the cards with a shimmery light pink envelope.
Thank you, Courtney, for the chance to design this super fun card. I hope your party is a smash hit!
Paper: 130lb uncoated
Envelope: cotton candy metallic
Fonts: Abraham Lincoln | CAC Lasko Even Weight
Wednesday • January 30 • 2013
I used my new workbench this week to trim out a whole slew of these lovelies. A lot of us in the ‘biz refer to these slim strips that bind up an invitation suite as “belly bands.” But after this bride requested that we find something else to call them because “belly band just sounds too pregnant,” we decided that “garter” was much sexier. So henceforth, you will no longer find belly bands as an optional upgrade to your paper. You will find Garters. (Okay, give me a few days to update the website… but if you call, I promise not to say “belly band”!)
Now aren’t you excited to see how the whole kit ‘n’ caboodle came together? Stay tuuuuuned… I’ll let Sarah get these beauties out to her guests before I spoil the surprise!
Monday • January 28 • 2013
Phew, I’m sore! Finally got to work on this closet space in the studio that I’ve been itching to redo for a while now. Trying to find studs in plaster is… not easy and very frustrating. So I might be just as sore from sawing and lifting lumber as I am from pounding my head against the wall.
Don’t pass judgement yet! I still have to paint everything and call the electrician to run some wiring for real lighting.
I got inspired by the awesome entryway closet makeover by Shelley on The House of Smiths. (Her project was a bench instead of a worktop, which is basically the same thing, just lower down.) With more custom projects coming in, I’ve been needing a bigger space for trimming and assembling, and this former closet was just begging to be put to use. Shelley has a really helpful step-by-step post on how to complete this project. Alright, back to work!
Friday • January 18 • 2013
When I received an Etsy conversation from Randi last summer, I could not have predicted what a wonderful creative friendship we would form! Randi, a Los Angeles based photographer, found Mountain Paper while searching for wedding invitations for her and her partner, and she approached me to design a custom suite for them. After checking out Randi’s work and reading her adorable message (which she signed the same as she signs all of her emails, with an “xo”) I knew we were a match made in creative heaven.
The first item on her to-design list was this invitation to their shower at the ridiculously cool Inn of the Seventh Ray (also maybe the coolest venue name I’ve ever heard). Randi’s style is like her personality, vibrant and sweet, which showed through her stylish ideas for the wedding and surrounding events. She was going for a look I would describe as luxe vintage – less on the distressed antique side, more on the swanky classical side.
Knowing that their wedding was also going to be in a greenhouse, I started hunting down old botanical illustrations and managed to find a 100-year-old German plant encyclopedia. (Well, I’m pretty sure that’s what it was… I can’t read German.) The diagrams and sketches I found there, including one really interesting cacti specimen, ended up playing a starring role throughout all of her paper.
Combining the floral graphics with the coral shade from Randi’s color palette gave us a unique screened look. I chose the strong Dalle and sweet Carolyna fonts, which both have a nostalgic feel to them, to play off each other.
We paired the cards with kraft envelopes, which I printed for Randi to save her some time with addressing.
Paper: 130lb eco-friendly
Fonts: Carolyna Pro Black | Dalle
Monday • January 7 • 2013
Noticed how popular the tea party theme has become for showers lately? Pinterest boards, wedding blogs and magazine features abound with modern revisions on this classic motif. Whether you’re inclined towards a classy Downton Abbey feel or a nuttier Alice in Wonderland affair, a tea party makes perfect sense for a sophisticated bridal or baby shower. My Mad Hatter invitation has been the most popular card in the store since its release, but when Kindle approached me to create a card for a friend’s tea-themed baby shower, a new look was definitely in order. Kindle, after all, was the inspiration for the original Mad Hatter, so there was no reusing that design!
Deciding on the color scheme was easy. The gender of Julie’s pea in the pod is still a mystery, so rather than going with a pink or blue dominated palette, I used the whole spectrum. Using a full spread of bright colors went over well, because (as I have learned ever since Kindle moved to Orlando) if there is one thing Floridians love, it’s color!
The initial style of the Tea for Two card was inspired by this lovely cocktail recipe card illustrated by Rebekkah Seale, which has been living on my Inspiration board on Pinterest for a couple months now. I just adore the painterly texture combined with the ink lines.
The graphic elements here are decidedly more mature and feminine than Mad Hatter, but the type is still just as fun and whimsical. Matching the curving lines of the script font (Carolyna) to the tea cup, herbs and flower illustrations pulls it all together.
Thank you, Kindle, for another chance to design something unique!
Love Tea for Two? Customize it for your event!
PS Check out my favorite tea-themed Pinterest boards for great party planning ideas:
- Tea Party by Paula Schilling-Miller (whimsical and fun for a girl’s birthday party)
- tea parties by Denise Derbyshire (modern vintage ideas for a wedding or adult event)
- Tea Parties by Sue Mings (lots of yummy recipes for scones and the like)
- Tea Party by Danielle Swopes (major teacup and teapot eye candy here)
Paper: 130lb eco-friendly
Fonts: Carolyna Pro Black | Azola