Fiesta Floral Invitation: Behind the Scenes

Fiesta Floral Invitation: Behind the Scenes

We create a LOT of custom invitations, but this spring I designed one of my favorites thus far – a festive Mexican floral with stripes.  In my head, I envisioned the flowers on a Mexican embroidered shirt – so that’s where I started for inspiration.  As you can see in the screenshot below, I found several photos of Mexican embroidered shirts for ideas.  Then I created a few flowers to start playing around with.  Slowly, with lots of moving and rearranging, the floral design started to come together.  The final part of the process is where it REALLY starts to firm up – selecting the final colors for the design.

fiesta floral screenshot

I love how this invitation turned out – it’s fun and cheerful and makes me all kinds of happy!

(And for those of you who have wondered “how it’s done”, now you know. )

Patriotic Lockers

Patriotic Lockers

Just before Memorial Day, we gave our lockers a little Red, White and Blue treatment.  All of the fun paper fans, tissue tassel garland and strings of stars really make a fun backdrop, don’t they?  You could re-create this look behind a bar cart or dessert bar for your next holiday weekend get-together and it would be a BIG hit!

party-fans{paper fan kit $24.99, red/white/blue tissue tassel garland $21.99, glittery red stars $11.99, hey y’all gold foil print 22.99$, flag pillow $49.99, ‘merica pillow $32.99 – call the store for availability or to order over the phone:  806-785-1195}

Mexican Blanket Invitation:  Behind the Scenes

Mexican Blanket Invitation: Behind the Scenes

A few years ago, I was walking into the grocery store behind a gentleman wearing this shirt. (Sorry it’s a terrible photo, but I was on the move.)

IMG_8024I loved the bright colors and how it reminded me of a Mexican blanket, and I immediately thought it would make a great invitation.  I re-created the look by using various widths of stripes and bright colors – adding a few “stitching” details to make the design look more like a textile.  While it’s a simple design, t’s the look I was going for – and it’s been a popular option at the store.  This “Mexican Blanket” design is available in two sizes – 6×9 and 5×7 – some are pre-packaged on our shelves (for customers who want to print their own), but  we can also print these as a custom job and change up the colors.

IMG_9144smWhat do you think?  Inspiration really is everywhere, friends.  Keep your eyes open!

No Spring Chicken Custom Invitation

No Spring Chicken Custom Invitation

This year I had the pleasure of designing the 50th birthday invitation for my friend Tony.  He’s been one of my favorite people for over a decade, and I wanted his invitation to reflect his fun personality!  Normally, when I think of Tony, I imagine all things green and shamrock-covered (he was born on St.Patty’s Day), but the inspiration for this event came from his love of chickens, the South, and all things vintage paper (we both collect antique paper decorations).

Tony’s party featured Southern comfort food and was hosted at a favorite local restaurants in Greensboro – Scrambled – so I thought these coordinating cocktail napkins would be the perfect addition. (PARTY IN THE HEN HOUSE!)

Sadly, I wasn’t unable to attend the festivities in person, but I’m honored to have played a small part in the fun.  It’s always feels good to celebrate loved ones by highlighting their style and letting it shine!

Congratulations on living half a century, Tony!

[ Design details:  This invitation incorporates bright, cheerful color like red, turquoise and yellow, but the fonts are eroded to give it a “vintage postcard” feel.  The chicken, of course, is a focal point, but the wording plays on it nicely – “He’s no spring chicken, but he’s still mighty fine!”… and even though you can’t tell in this photo, the back is a turquoise and white gingham pattern, keeping in the “Southern” theme.  The cocktail napkins are a natural color with red ink to match.]

 

Holiday Photo Cards:  Behind the Scenes

Holiday Photo Cards: Behind the Scenes

A few weeks ago, I sat down to sketch new holiday photo card ideas (hard to believe it’s already time for that again, isn’t it?).

Sometimes the end result is quite different than the original sketch, and sometimes they’re almost exactly alike.  This year, several designs ended up close to the original, so I thought it might be fun to share. It’s pretty interesting to see how an idea comes to life, don’t you think?  Can you spy the original sketch for each of these?

holidaycards

You can see all of our holiday photo card options HERE (use the code: EARLYBIRD to save 25% – sale ends November 14, 2015).

One of my favorite new cards this year is this one, simply because of the clever verse that @kelseylainee came up with:

selfies holiday cardFunny, right?  Everyone can appreciate a little pop culture humor during the holidays.

Happy holiday card season, friends!

 

New Fall Stationery?  Check.

New Fall Stationery? Check.

buffalo check stationery

Buffalo check, in fact.

This summer we basked in the glory of cabana stripes, but as we transition into fall – we knew it was time to switch things up a bit.  The design inspiration for this collection came from a few different sources.  First, the current series of Target commercials.  They’re just so… PLAID (and fun)!  In fact, once we noticed their commercials, we started seeing plaids/checks everywhere (including Glamour magazine and this great calendar from 1 Canoe 2).

1Canoe2 Calendar

A simple plaid or check pattern is perfect for fall.  It reminds us of flannel shirts, cozy wool blankets by a bonfire, or a stunning statement jacket.

Can you dig it?  If so, pick up your initial for just $12 (10 cards and envelopes), and if you need a quick gift – add a matching Le Pen for just $1.99!

buffalo check stationery

Want to see the Target commercials that got our creative juices flowing?

this http://ispot.tv/a/AY7Q

and this http://ispot.tv/a/ALWd

and this http://ispot.tv/a/ALOz