Monday, December 8, 2008

Hayden the Red-Nosed Reindeer Cards

Lauren wanted to send something special this holiday season. She mentioned that she and her husband traditionally incorporate a photo of their dog Hayden with their Christmas cards, but they also wanted to announce the upcoming arrival of their baby.

I shared an Envelopments® Christmas card sample with Lauren, and she loved everything about it. I created a similar version...switching up the fonts and adding a pop-mounting to enhance the photo of their ADORABLE dog. I love the chartreuse and antique gold colors, and I couldn't stop grinning as I assembled the cards...staring at Hayden's smile and bright red nose!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Amy's Save The Dates

Amy emailed me a couple weeks ago to see if I could create a Save The Date insert that would be included with her Christmas cards and hold her Save The Date magnet.

She's having her wedding ceremony and reception in Downtown Detroit, and for her wedding invitations we're incorporating vibrant fuchsia, orange and green wedding colors with a Detroit skyline. The Save The Date insert was designed to provide guests with a first glimpse of the look, in addition to the basic wedding details and address for their wedding website. The magnet will be temporarily affixed over the information on the left. When the magnet's removed, the insert will function as a Save The Date card.

UPDATE: Here is the save the date card and magnet, shown as it would look with and without the magnet. Thanks to Amy for supplying the images!

Jill's Holiday Invitations

Jill was interested in sending something special for her annual holiday party. She wanted to incorporate red, black and white as well as a damask pattern. I found this swirling damask pattern, and used it to frame a modern elegant mix of lowercase serif and script invitation fonts. The metallic white panel invitation was layered with black and metallic red cardstocks and envelopes were printed with guest and return addresses to complete the invitation set.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Josh & Birta : Wedding Day Accents

I recently designed Josh and Birta's wedding invitation envelopes to match their modern white, silver and charcoal invitations. Carrying the same color scheme and look, I created square table number cards and a seating chart poster to be displayed at their wedding reception. They both feature a simple monogram with overlapping circles graphic.

Christmas Z-Cards

This is the Christmas card I created for my husband and I to send this holiday season. The aqua, olive and red snowflakes and holiday well wishes have a vintage look, and I chose to print across a modern z-card in metallic ecru. Addresses are printed in a coordinated font on the olive envelopes. Now I just need to purchase the Bette Davis/Legends of Hollywood stamps to complete the look!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Lavender & Chocolate

Cathleen contacted me just a week before her wedding to see if I could create her table numbers. She was planning to create herself, but her DIY project turned into a "last minute nightmare". I designed her layered flat table number cards to enhance her theme of "rustic elegance", incorporating papers to match her yummy color palette of lavender and chocolate brown.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Baby Shower Invitations

When Amy emailed me about creating her brother and sister-in-law's baby shower invitations, she told me that she wanted to use non-traditional (non-pastel) colors and wanted the invitations to have a modern look. I shared this idea for a panel invitation with a ribbon / baby icon on top, and she loved it...the fun circle pattern on the bottom of the invitation added some extra interest and color.

The envelopes will be printed as soon as the couple finds out whether they are having a boy or girl*, which is just before the invitations will be sent. They will reveal the news within a pattern that carries the circle theme. I just love how these turned out!

*Update: It's a boy! :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

50th Birthday Invitation

This is a sample 50th Birthday invitation that I created with an aquamarine patterned pocketfold, directions insert and envelope printing.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Movie Poster Invitations

Wow...I've received A LOT of search traffic to my blog for "movie poster invitations", from visitors from all over the world! If you are interested, I do offer custom movie poster invitation designs as well as RSVP "ticket" postcard designs.

Please feel free to email me with any questions you have.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Cindy & Patrick : Save The Dates

Cindy and
Patrick contacted me about designing their wedding Save The Date cards, magnets and return address labels, which they were planning to print through VistaPrint. Inspired by an award winning ad campaign for Loyola University Chicago, they wanted to incorporate a similar format on their Save The Dates. However, they wanted to be sure everything would still look wedding-esque.

We utilized the phrase They Will Say, "I Do" on the front of the black STD cards and the phrase Say You Will on the white magnets. They also asked to have a wedding monogram created for the back of the cards and for their address labels. The resulting Save The Dates are bold, witty and intriguing, yet still have the formal elegant look that they wanted.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Kristin's Wedding Day Accents

Kristin and her fiancé Tyson needed a variety of paper accents for her wedding reception. My goal was to make sure that some of the design elements from her unique movie poster invitation carried through to her extras in order to achieve one cohesive look.

They wanted to create LOVE-themed CDs for their guests to enjoy while making their way from the ceremony to the reception. Using more of their ultra-fab engagement photos by Anne Ruthmann, I designed CD inserts and labels in rich shades of blue/green and chocolate brown, and also created a married monogram for them that appears on the front cover and CD label.

Kristin and Tyson took on an ambitious task of building a 6-foot tall paper maché tree that would serve as their card box, and no doubt make a fantastic statement. They found a poem online that they wanted to display with the tree they were building.

I printed the poem using a script font that was used throughout their stationery, added a graphic of two kissing birds in a tree and left room at the top so Kristin could add ribbon and hang from one of the tree's branches. I can't wait to see pictures of the finished tree!

Kristin's reception venue required placecards as a way to indicate meal choice. Kristin had a vision of how she wanted her placecards to look - with guest names wrapping around a "W" - the first initial of Tyson's last/Kristin's future last name. As a way to differentiate, I changed the color of the "W" initial to display each guest's choice of meal.

Custom mad-lib and movie love quotes crossword cards will provide some fun and entertainment as guests first arrive to the reception.

Post-Wedding Party Invitations

Kristin and Tyson's wedding day is going to be fairly small and intimate, spent with just their immediate families. They are going to have a post-wedding celebration after their honeymoon that will be spent with a more extended group of family and friends. Kristin asked if I would be up for designing invitations that featured a photo from their engagement shoot (photography by Anne Ruthmann Photography). Of course I said yes!

I came up with this card design with their fun celebration at Dave & Buster's in mind, and Kristin loved the stripes and funky typewriter font. We incorporated a line on the front of the card that tied the story of how they first met to the photo shown. In addition to the card creation, white envelopes with blue/green stripe accents were printed with the return/guest addresses. Kristin also added a custom photo stamp.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Kristin's Movie Poster Invitations

Photo by Anne Ruthmann Photography

Kristin was referred to me through Anne Ruthmann of Anne Ruthmann Photography, and she was in touch to inquire about my design services for her wedding invitations. Kristin and her fiancé Tyson were interested in having their wedding invitations look like a movie poster, and mailing to their guests within a poster tube - how cool! They had this movie theme idea in mind when Anne did their engagement photo shoot, and the two pictures that Kristin was thinking of incorporating were absolutely stunning.

I came up with several options incorporating both of her photos and pairing with various movie titles, and Kristin and Tyson selected one that featured their wedding colors and the title "K-I-S-S-I-N-G" - very fitting for the photo :) I printed the final movie poster invitation design on 11x14" paper, and created several inserts that tied to the movie theme. Kristin's RSVP postcard was made to look like an event ticket, and before guests could return the card, they would have to cut along the dotted line to hold onto their "ticket stub" with basic wedding details. Her wedding day timeline was created to look like a movie filmstrip of images that represented the day's main events, and the invitation set was complete with custom mailing labels that were used to dress up the white mailing tubes.