Mae’s Wedding Invitations

When my girlfriend Mae and I started discussing design ideas for her wedding invitations, we both fell in love with the idea of a die-cut single paged invitation. Her invitations would be completely custom so we got to work on deciding a shape for the die-cut, patterns, monograms, font, ribbon colours and cardstock.

Mae and Tim (her fiancé) chose charcoal grey metallic card-stock for the base of the invitation and gold metallic card-stock for the die-cut shape. They chose a simple quatre foil pattern in eggplant and it was all topped off with matching grosgrain ribbon with a diamond buckle slider.

Any custom work is a bit of a process for both parties, I value my customers input and ask for their opinion right down to the size of the font. Simple details like matte vs. metallic cardstock and satin vs. grosgrain ribbon make a huge difference. One of  my favourite aspects of graphic design is comparing the first mockup to the final assembled design and Mae’s finished invitation exceeded my expectations by far! The bride-to-be loved the invitations and I am so happy to be able to help in any way to make her big day special!!

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Floral Bridal Shower Invitations

My girlfriend Mae is getting married in July and I have been having so much fun helping her with the upcoming festivities. The first thing I made were her bridal shower invitations. I designed the invitation with teal watercolour flowers, gilver and teal text. I printed it on white linen card stock and used matching teal envelopes. I love, love the teal and how it all turned out!

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Greeting card

I just wanted to write up a quick post about a greeting card I made for a girlfriends bridal shower. I’ve been ordering some cardstock samples for invitations and I thought this would be the perfect chance to test out this beautiful metallic ivory paper.

I printed this grey vintage rose pattern on the entire card, topped it off with a coral band and bracket shaped sentiment with a little flower shaped jewel.

The paper printed out beautifully and I am so happy with the way it turned out!

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Baby Shower

Sandie contacted me a few months ago for some decor for a baby shower she was throwing for a friend. The gender was to remain a surprise so she chose neutral colours of grey, black and white for the colour scheme. I made a custom banner with scalloped circles and squares, black tulle to tie the pieces together and used glittered damask cardstock for the ends.

She also ordered black, grey and white tissue paper pom poms and tissue flower poms on stems to place in vases. The photos I added on the end of this post are from the baby shower. She did such a great job putting it all together, it looked amazing!

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Destination Wedding Invitations

My girlfriend contacted me about making invitations for her co-workers destination wedding in Hawaii. The bride-to-be wanted the invitations to look like boarding passes in fuchsia and silver. To give the boarding passes an authentic look, I used glossy cardstock and both of the ends are perforated. The back was printed with a pattern of fuchsia hibiscus flowers and the boarding pass sleeve was made with silver metallic cardstock. The couple was very pleased with them and I hope their destination wedding is amazing!

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Bumble Bee 1st Birthday

So it has been a while since my last post, i’ve been super busy with the web & graphic design aspect of my business but now I have a little time to catch up and blog some decorations I have made over the past few months!

One of my favourite customers, Kat contacted me for her youngest daughters first birthday party. She decided to go with a bumble bee theme with favour labels, cupcake toppers, a banner and tissue paper flowers. The venue she had booked didn’t allow any thing taped on the walls etc. so we decided to go for tissue paper flowers on each table in a mix of milk glass and clear vintage vases. I made two large paper flower arrangements for the dessert and gift table.

I had so much fun making this party package, I think it all turned out so great and looked fantastic! She really is one of the best customers a gal can have, she is so supportive and I am always so thankful that she gives me her trust for such momentous occasions in her children’s lives!

 

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Moroccan Theme Birthday Party

It was my sister’s birthday a couple of weeks ago and we had a small family BBQ to celebrate. I was only going to make a couple of pom poms and a cake banner for her but I changed my mind of course two days before to make it a tad more elaborate! It was a lot of work to pull off in a day but she is worth it 😉

My sister loves bold bright colors, so I decided to go with a Moroccan theme with a lot of fuschia, orange and some pops of purple and gold. I hung tissue paper pom poms in Cerise, Tangerine and Purple, the tulle pom poms were in Hot Pink and the garlands were made from gold cardstock.


For the centerpiece on the table I made matching tissue paper flowers and cut out  a Moroccan pattern with my Silhouette Cameo out of glitter gold cardstock to wrap around the vase. I also made custom cardstock with a metallic gold moroccan pattern  for the mason jar lids and name tags for the mason jar cups.


Since we were kids it has been tradition for our birthdays to have ice-cream cake from Dairy Queen. I bought a plain log cake and decorated it with small tissue paper flowers and made the cake pennant banner from the same custom cardstock.

It was such a fun way to end the summer and to celebrate my sister’s birthday, and most importantly the birthday girl was surprised and enjoyed herself!

Backyard BBQ Party

Besides my office the favorite thing about my new home has to be the backyard. It is perfect for backyard entertaining and when my brother asked if he could celebrate his 23rd birthday here I jumped at the chance to plan and decorate it.


I made the tissue paper pom poms in grey, aqua and orange. I designed and printed the patterned cardstock myself and used it for the paper medallions, the birthday banner and flags. To keep the decorations a little more rustic and masculine I decided to use kraft paper cardstock for some of the decor and used natural twine for the banner instead of ribbon. For the ice-cream cake I made a banner with kraft paper and I packaged the s’mores in chevron patterned kraft paper bags with custom sticker labels.

The hardest part of planning and making the decorations was to refrain from making it too girly but even without the tulle and glitter everything turned out beautifully! Thanks to my brother in-law for manning the grill, my sister for all her help , my brother for the amazing photos and my boyfriend for making the delicious but funny shaped cucumber sandwiches . With all their help, the party was amazing and the birthday boy had a blast!

Picture frame earring holder

As I mentioned last week I’ve been trying to fix up my new office space and I found some furniture from craigslist that needed to be painted. Mistakenly I bought latex primer, which needed 7 days to fully cure, so while I waited I started on a project for my new dressing room.

I already have a great piece of furniture from Ikea to store my jewelry but it wasn’t working so well for my super long earrings. I found this diy earring frame on pinterest that I just adore but I could not find the radiator grates at the Home Depot here in Canada.

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There are a lot of other options that I could have used but I really didn’t want to use mesh or lace so I scoured the Dollarama for some ideas. Here’s what I came up with!

 

I made two frames for $12 and all the items I used were from EFADS and Dollarama. Here’s how I made them!

These frames are from EFADS and cost $ 1.75 each. They are made from plastic but you can hardly tell!

I bought these cork tiles that came in a package of two and a roll of this silver filigree contact paper from Dollarama (both $2).

I removed the glass from the frames and cut the cork and contact paper to the same size as the glass. I peeled the backing off the contact paper, smoothed it onto the cork and popped the covered cork back into the frame (without the glass).

While I was in the dollar store there were these fantastic rhinestone pushpins but they were quite large. So I decided to make my own with clear pushpins and a package of self-adhesive rhinestones (both $2). I just took a rhinestone and stuck it on the head of the pushpin.

I pushed the pins onto the covered cork and hung the frames on the wall. It took me ten minutes to make each one and it was super easy! I have some empty wall space left so I’m thinking of making a couple more in the future. Here are some pics of it in my dressing room.

 

Flowers for Mae

A couple of months ago I was bouncing around ideas with my sister for a birthday gift for a girlfriend, Mae. My sister said that Mae mentioned how she would like some of the billy balls and yarn poms for her office a while back and I thought I would make her a bouquet. She is the sweetest and kindest woman I know so I wanted to make them extra special for her. She loves damask and purple so I definitely wanted to incorporate all of it in the bouquet.

This one is made from silver damask print napkins from the dollar store and I glued a wool billy ball in the center.

The flower on the left is made from felt and I added a pearl bead to the center. I made the yarn pom poms on the right in purple and grey yarn and added some wool billy balls to complete the bouquet.

Here’s the final result before I wrapped it up and gave them to her when we went out for dinner at Guu. It was a wonderful night with great food and people to celebrate such a special day for a special lady!