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Remember our very well spoken romantic groom who so eloquently described a vision for his wedding day?  Gordon’s heartfelt words were featured on RiceInk months ago, just after the invitation design for his and Monika’s stylish, Swedish wedding was complete.  Here are those inspiring words again:

“We want to express to you the feeling of a late summer’s afternoon with golden sunlight trickling through the trees. Baskets of apples and pears. Relaxed smiles after happy vacations. Boisterous conversation and laughter over glasses of champagne and bottles of beer. Creamy cake with berries. Kind of a garden party/barbeque equals good wedding party! Not to forget: the two of us, of course. Have a look at the splendour of Monika’s lovely bouquet! I’m getting all carried away now, so I’d better stop.

Monika recently emailed photos of her day and let’s just say Gordon’s description was spot on!


Style seems to come naturally to this gorgeous couple…they mastered the art of restraint in detailing their day,  allowing the magical light and natural surroundings to create a blissful environment for the celebration.   Monika Manowska, their talented photographer captured every emotion, every color as if she were painting a magnificent canvas.



My favorite shot.  The composition is exquisite and Monika’s joy is so obvious here.  How about that green wrap she is wearing, such a brave choice yet it suits so perfectly.


Months ago, Gordon sent mock-up photos of the bouquet to aid in the invitation design.   It is exciting to see the finished look!  The unripe raspberries provide stunning color range and texture in Monika’s bouquet.


A few words from Monika:

“Again we would like to thank you so much for the beautiful invitations you created for our wedding in September!! Everyone loved them, they really made a huge success and really set the tone for our wedding!

We got just the wedding day we had wished for. The weather was beautiful and the ceremony was held outside under a big tree with the sun trickling through the leaves, just like in the invitations!”


We so enjoyed creating this invitation.  It was extremely important to Monika and Gordan that the invite reflect their fun personalities, sense of style and excite guests about the gorgeous wedding location.


The red hand painted heart on both the invite and Ensemble folder were my favorite details as they added an unexpected pop of color!

Thank you Gordon and Monika for trusting us to create art for your day.  It was a treasure to work with and know you!

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Tania D.

February 24, 2010

We had such fun with your sample and that little bird is just precious!  The gold and coral palette inspired by Shannon’s pieces is a favorite here at the studio!


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Amanda P.

February 24, 2010

We experimented a bit with borders.   Take a look at some of the newest black and white patterns available, any of these could be gorgeous!


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This week’s Inspired Ink post evolved out of a simple Twitter conversation that transpired a while back.  Annemarie from Perfect Bound “tweeted” this colorful headboard project courtesy of Design Sponge.

Here is what she said:

and then me….


and so the challenge was born…



The simple pattern instantly reminded me of Matisse’s later cutout pieces with its dynamic shapes and bold contrast of color and space.  I love how the  pattern instantly enlivens the space and am fascinated by how a simplistic silhouette can communicate such elegance.  Surprisingly this is what I am most drawn to and the color specifically is secondary.


I used a very rudimentary technique for this design, perhaps one that would remind you of a grade school art project – I’ll let you guess.  A basic bloom sketch was paired down to a simple silhouette.  Reproduced in a creamy ivory acrylic ink, each flower was hand-painted  with tiny dots in a persimmon red.

Thanks Anne-Marie for inspiring the idea!

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Christina N.

February 24, 2010

The addition of turquoise is quite enchanting – vibrant but not over the top.


I hope you don’t mind but I had one look at your inspiration photos and this concept came right to mind!  The look is a combination of an dusty orange peony and our lacy leaves pattern.  The gold and brown paisley cardstock really adds to the vintage feel.


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Claire M.

February 24, 2010

I love how your look is coming together!


Oh I love your color palette and the pup is too cute!


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Dawn H.

February 24, 2010

This is coming together beautifully!


I had such a blast with your samples.  A new peony watercolor illustration was in order for sure!  Here is a look at your original painting  fresh off the painting table!



I layered together burgundy, a touch of fuchsia and gold paisley for a rich, sumptuous look!  The Pocketfold is completely hand painted with stylized strokes reminiscent of the peony.  I simple satin ribbon is thread through the flap for a highly custom look.momental_designs244

Gold hand painted details to include dots and freehand strokes,  ah I love it!

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