Handmade custom invitations & stationery
by Kristy Rice






In October of last year I met Daniela at Engage o9!: The Encore in Las Vegas.  After a fun dinner and some time to chat an idea was born!  Daniela from Bella Signature Design emailed me after returning from the conference with the New Year’s Brunch tabletop shoot concept.  A few words from Daniela like, understated, elegant, gold and pink were all I needed to vision the stationery pieces.  The shoot took place on the Seattle coastline, complete with gourmet goodness from Carla at Bainbridge Style, all captured by talented UK photographer  Philip Meadows.  One of my favorite people Caroline from Paloma’s Nest created custom bowls for each place setting!

Daniela dipped the orchid brances above in gold – stunning!

I captured a few shots of my own before sending the pieces off to Daniela.  Camellia’s were the flower of choice for this collection accented with creamy white hand-painted details and soft shimmering pink inks throughout. My sketchy illustration seemed the perfect contrast to the regal paisley patterned paper from Envelopments used for liners and borders.  The contrast painting technique is one of my favorites as the creamy ivory ink seems to literally pop off the gold shimmering cardstock.

This flower shot is nothing short of WOW!  So loving the barely ripe raspberries Daniella incorporated.

Place cards per place setting were adorned with my white camellia sketch and
poignant quotes appropriate for New Year’s Resolution making.    One of my favorite quotes from the place cards:

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”   – Soren Kierkegaard

For more on this shoot visit Daniela’s site here and Carla’s site here!

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  1. True Blind Faith

    The 2010 bowls are darling. Love the place cards and raspberries. Great job!

  2. Rosanna

    The tablescape is awesome!!! And your stationery is even better than usual, in case it were possible… you always surpass yourself Kristy… really inspirational!!! Oh those camellias….

  3. April

    Such a talented group of ladies! I love the non traditional place markers! The ivory on gold for the flowers was FANTASTIC!

  4. kristy

    Thanks so much everyone!!! Daniela at Bella Signature Design is amazing. She coordinated the whole look and executed the floral design. Honored to be a part – thanks for reading!

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