pretty poppy

I have a 12-15 new design goal for my semi-hiatus during 2013.  I have completed 2 with one in the works… a tad behind schedule, but let us focus on what we have completed!  Here is one design and the second will be along soon.  My favorite, favorite thing about this invitation?  Hands down… the stitched envelope liner.

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This idea is one of 3 designs, inspired by a modern color block style.  I added some stamping and hand stitching and I love the bit of whimsy juxtaposed with a classic modern style.DSCN1269

Think of the color possibilities.  I love the bold contrast of the bright poppy with the white.DSCN1268

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And the star…  She could use a little perfecting and neatening up… but I love her still.

modern wedding invitation poppy hand stitching

makeover monday

I am in need of a nap today.  A cold has hit our house.  {boo, hiss}

But before I run off to dream land, I had to post the first result from my challenge.

I started with my favorite card first, mostly because I had a vision for it already.

And surprisingly, the vision I had change a bit before making it’s way to paper.

So here is how it came together.  I am pretty happy with the results. There are a few necessary changes before this would be ready for the masses… but I think it would make a lovely wedding suite.  It remindes me of a different take on the paper lantern or pom pom decoration look that we all love for any type of fiesta!

I love how customizable it is, by changing the colors, or patterned paper, the invitation could take on a whole new look!  And I can’t help but think of how great these would look with envelope liners in the same matching patterned paper!

Ok, time for me to get some rest before the little miss is ready to play again!  –happy monday!

 

layered lace and slippery ink

Remember when I said that this little lady was my favorite?

Well, she is quickly becoming a favorite in my shop!  I recently did a redesign for a baptism.  This time, instead of a tea length invite, the proud mama wanted a 5×7 for her daughters big day.  We added some pink text and a simple cross stamp to make this design unique.  By taking out a few of the layers of lace and using some papers already in stock, I was able to bring the cost down a bit.  I  love being able to provide a unique design at an affordable cost and I am happy to work with clients to achieve what they are looking for at a price that works for them.  It was a pleasure working on these again with a new twist.

BONUS TRACK — An inside look into stressful times when things don’t work out the way you hoped… at first!  Also, a helpful note on stamping on metallic and pearlescent paper

Full disclosure: most of the time, when working on designs, hiccups arise.  This time, it was with the stamping of the cross.  I was already working with a limited supply of paper, trying to give this client an invite she adored while staying within her budget.  To do this, we decided to use the supplies I had in stock.

Working away, I was feeling good, everything had come together very well so far, I had printed and cut all the invitations and was ready to start stamping and assembling.  I stamped 50 silver crosses and headed off to prenatal yoga.

And as I drove, the nastiest little thought popped into my head.  “Oh please oh please, let that ink dry properly on the metallic paper.  The first set hadn’t dried by the time I left, and that is not usual.  Ok, out of your mind, time to focus on Yoga.”

Return home.  eeekkkkk eeeekkkk.  Still not dry?!?

Tomorrow.  Still not dry, ink will smudge if touched.

Stress about this all day.

Conference with my VP (Ben) after we put Saida to bed.  I love his optimism, “we will fix it, there has to be a way.”  and he is right, there always is.  However, my pessimism spent the last 48 hours thinking “I’m doomed!”

After a few ideas and some internet research… we discovered that we could simply dust the existing stamped image with clear embossing powder, and emboss using a heat tool.  Amazing news!  I don’t have to rush order fresh paper, stay up all night once it arrives to finish order and then ship them overnight to client.  This will save me buckets of time and money.  So we tried it and it worked amazingly!  The finished effect was even preferable to the plain stamping.  It matched the metallic look of that papers used in the design very well.

Like I said, “It always works out in the end.”  …or something like that!

Another Note:

I hope that my transparency here will not leave you thinking that your invitations will not be handled and cared for with the utmost importance.  Really, it’s just the opposite.  Though these hiccups do arise,  when creating a customized, handmade product, you can rest assured that when you hire me to create invitations and paper goods for your special event, it will arrive to you, within the deadline discussed, for the price agreed upon and meeting all your specifications.   You will get someone who will bend over backwards for you and give you 100% personal attention.

You know I am a huge advocate for small business and the handmade market.  Our budgets may not be huge and we may be figuring out a few things as we go, but you get something that you just can’t get with mass production.   And it is that little something extra that will make sure you get what you are looking for, because we care, we really do.  We care about you, even though we never met you.  Most of us are in business because we want to share something with people.  In my case, I want to provide a personal experience, a unique paper good and an affordable price.  I want brides and clients to be able to get what they are looking for, unique and individualized attention, without spending a fortune to get it.  This is why I am in business.  Now… if I am going to stay in business depends on whether or not I can do this while making a profit… but that is a story for another day.

calligraphy, letterpress and ombre

I couldn’t resist reposting these invitations.

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Aren’t they gorgeous?

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The bride and groom added the ombre coloring to these invitations using watercolor paints!  They are just perfect if you ask me!

See full post, more photos and all the glorious details that went into creating this wonderful suite over at Oh So Beautiful Paper.

 

 

a month of makeover monday’s

I have been…or was supposed to be taking these last few months to focus on getting invitation designs together.  I swore off craft shows for the year (Nothing personal, they just take most of the limited time that I have to work on SLD related projects), with the hopes of creating some new invitation designs.  After all, it was always my primary desire to design unique, affordable invitations.

Of course, the best laid plans… well, let’s just say that orders have been steady(!!!), and I have yet again, pushed the invite design, (except those attached to paying clients) to the back burner.  As I see the months of pregnancy closing in on me, and baby #2 getting ready to make an appearance, I know this is my last chance to get some designing in before I close down shop for a nice loooong maternity leave.

So… a challenge!!   To complete 4 design conversions over the next month.  I am going to take the 4 new designs I posted about here  and create a birthday invite, 2 wedding invite suites, and a baby announcements.  The next 4 Mondays I will post how each of these card designs becomes an invitation!  The rules won’t be too strict, I can mimic the layout, or the paper, just the general theme from each design.  Excited to see how this turns out!!