The big event is finally here! Tomorrow The Chocolate Extravaganza will be held at The Barn at Bay Horse Inn, Greenwood, Indiana. The doors will open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 3:00 p.m. There will be 38 vendors of various kinds and also a raffle that will include gift items from each vendor!
Here are a few of the items that I’ve been working on recently:
Sorry that my pics are blurry! I am packed up and hope to see you tomorrow!
Have you begun your Christmas shopping or are you all finished? If you had to choose one gift, that you are most excited about giving, what would that gift be?
I bet you thought I forgot to use my spell check based on the title! Actually, this is the way skool is spelled in the UK where my online class is based. My drawing class was so much fun and tomorrow is the last day (insert sad face). Here are a few of the exercises we practiced:
This one would be cute to incorporate into a teen girl or boys birthday or graduation invitation!
I think this would make adorable note cards!
This one would be good to use for Father’s Day or guys’ birthday party invitations!
This one actually made it into the online student union weekly newsletter!
I’d love to do this one for a baby girl birth announcement or even make some wall art in a girl’s bedroom, spelling out her name.
I’m ready to begin putting some of these techniques into practice! Do you have any upcoming events that you need invitations made to suit your special day? Please leave a comment and give me your ideas and feedback!
Happy Labor Day!
This sweet, vintage style invitation was so much fun to create! The banner with birds and flowers was found at The Graphics Fairy http://thegraphicsfairy.com. I love the grass green accent color mixed with black. It’s interesting to see what colors are trending. It’s also nice to work in colors that are not often used together.
I have to chuckle when I think back to what was popular when I got married. My wedding colors were baby blue and white. Even my groom was dressed in baby blue! Wide brimmed garden hats were all the rage and I carried a boquet of daisys! The church was beautiful but it was a hot August day and the church wasn’t air-conditioned. The best part is that I’m still married to the great guy who met me at the altar!
Sometimes I wonder what style and colors I would choose if I were a blushing bride today. Would I go with the current trend or choose something completely different than most? I honestly don’t know!
What style and colors would you like in your dream wedding? What kind of venue would you choose?
THE DESIGN PROCESS
The mother of the bride contacted me last Fall and asked if I would like to design Lesley and Patrick’s wedding invitation. She said the ceremony would take place in Lexington, Kentucky and that it was to be an equestrian themed event. I was thrilled because this was a unique design challenge for me.
After the first of the year, I was contacted with more specifics. The bride and her mother spent countless hours scouring the internet. That was a huge help for me because I had a much better idea of the direction they were most interested in. I knew Lesley envisioned a pretty horseshoe surrounded by a lot of pattern, and with little negative space in the design. I suggested that we incorporate some of her wedding flowers in the design, whether using royalty free clip art or I hand illustrated them.
I was elated to find a beautiful Spencerian horseshoe on The Graphics Fairy website http://thegraphicsfairy.com. Karen has a lovely site full of vintage royalty free clip art. After finding the horseshoe, which is the background of the design, I began working in Photoshop to remove the birds.
Next I decided on the fonts I would use. I love to use Edwardian Script for formal invitations, which is a beautiful, delicate script. I chose to mix it with Engravers MT, which has a more masculine Serif style with all caps. I began placing the text and varying the font sizes until I liked the feel of the design.
I added a banner which was pretty decorative and later changed it to a more simple banner style. The wedding date was placed inside the banner and curved slightly.
Back at The Graphics Fairy I searched for something to enhance the horseshoe. I found a beautiful antique print ornament. I cropped portions of it and added the remainder to the top of the horseshoe.
Lesley and I discussed specific flowers that she would be using in her wedding. They consisted of hydrangea, roses and ranunculus. I found beautiful images for the hydrangea and roses but was unable to find the ranunculus that worked. I wanted to add some flower buds so I drew some ranunculus buds. I added the flower buds inside the antique ornament and finished it off with some feminine flourishes.
Lesley and her mother, Janice, had a specific gold that they loved. We tried several hues and decided to color match another invitation. We found the perfect gold and I made everything match the gold that they loved. We were all pleased with the final look!
Would any of you like to see the rest of the wedding suite? There are four other pieces that coordinate. Please leave a comment and let me know if you have any questions and are interested in seeing the complete wedding suite!