Greetings from the Philadelphia International Airport where I am about to board a plane (with Mom of course too) headed for Las Vegas. This trip has been a long time coming as our renewal plans have been in the works since Christmas of 08. It is hard ot believe the hubby and I are finally headed to Springdale, UT to finalize plans for our renewal celebration this coming May 15th! There is tons to do, of course, and we are ready to go! We just booked our photographer and of course now need to finalize the ceremony locale, celebration menu, flowers and a number of other tiny but important details.
The save the dates went out just before Christmas and we are thrilled to be hearing from family and friends nearly everyday who are hoping to make the trip with us. If you would like to follow along with my adventures over the next 6 days search twitter using the hashtag #renewalinzion or just check in here for some posts from the road.
Zion here I come!
January 29, 2010
Think this may be a happy medium!
To be more budget friendly I omitted the pattern border, made the invite smaller overall, which will help with mailing costs too! 3 rhinestones are still included and emerald green and gold hand painted details!
I created a new masquerade illustration featuring emerald green and gold tones. Creamy ivory hand-painted details really pop against the champagne top layer. I added rhinestones throughout and utilized a lovely gold paisley border to frame the lush artwork.
January 29, 2010
Flowers are blooming like mad here at the studio. From bold, graphic patterns to lush romantic bouquet style illustrations, we cannot get enough of this garden inspired subject matter! Two projects in particular were the talk of the studio this week. Kate’s Vintage Petal Pattern in shades of aqua, fuchsia and pale yellow were a blast to hand paint. The graceful swoosh of each petal accented by lively yellow dots are just perfect to welcome Kate’s spring wedding. Kate’s design really transformed from her original concept begun last summer, have a peek!
Melanie’s intricate, custom illustrated peony pattern is a long time coming to the production room and was highly anticipated by all. Melanie first contacted me with a photo of her beloved china pattern, hoping to inspire her wedding stationery. The result was a detailed watercolor painting, rich in color and filled with meticulous hand painted strokes on nearly every inch of the design. Take a look here to see the progression of her design over the last few months.
So what am I up to?
Packing for my trip to Utah with a stop first in Vegas tomorrow. Excited to stay again at the luxurious Venetian. I am positive a new Inspired Ink invitation design will be in the works upon my return, much like what I created after staying at The Encore Las Vegas.
Enjoyed chatting with Anne-Marie, editor of Perfect Bound this week. We have an exciting project in the works along with the incredibly exciting photographer Daniel Lanton. I cannot wait to share more soon! By the way, have you seen Daniel’s recent Yosemite National Park photographs? You must take a moment to have a look, truly captivating shots!
January 28, 2010
January 27, 2010
Your cat in the tree and sweet little pup is so cute and the touch of shimmer in the middle border is just what the look needs!
January 27, 2010
In honor of my quick stop in Vegas this week I thought sharing this fun design created just after my trip to Vegas last October.
After spending several days at The Encore, Las Vegas last October, it was difficult not to come home with a head full of inspirations and ideas. I spent one afternoon slowly walking around the casino, sketching and snapping pictures. What is most striking is the manner in which the design evolves as you experience the space. Check in is alive with massive red flowers and natural light, while the casino space is darker and dramatic with its heavy light cast by red shaded chandeliers. Intense color everywhere was balanced by opulent golds.
Most inspired by the massive blooms at check-in, I envisioned an invitation just laden with rich red blossoms. The gate-fold design opens to reveal a layout featuring strong strokes of shimmering red inks and gold painted stems. A stunning gold paisley cardstock adds to the opulent feel overall.
The red poppies here are completely hand painted with rich, juicy red, raspberry and gold shimmer inks. Perhaps what is most unexpected about this design is the level of sophistication that can be achieved regardless of bold, bright color. The mindset has changed and this colorist is thankful. No longer is elegance only equated with stark white or ivory palettes – thank heavens
Among the several kinds of beauty the eye takes most delight in colors. ~ Joseph Addison
Are you using color freely in planning?
January 27, 2010
The drama of color here really works well and we are so excited about the new illustration. The sun peeking from behind the live oak is just perfect!
I experimented with a tree illustration inside a round sun-like shape to reference the sun locket. The tiny illustration on the presentation wrap is quite similar to the original locket but I am not sure it is necessary since the reference is made with the main invitation illustration. Thoughts?