Tuesday, April 8, 2014

My gold foil and calligraphy invitation featured in New York Magazine, Wedding Issue!


Well, it is very exciting that my gold foil and calligraphy invitation created for now newlywed featured in New York Magazine, Wedding Issue! I don't have the issue in my hands yet, but the bride and I conspired to get her brother from New Jersey to get the copy and send a photo of the spread. Again, one of my all time favorite invitations gives me more joy! Brilliant work by calligrapher Jenna Blazevich and beautiful, bold style by newlywed Jen Trokhan Patterson. Woohoo!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Using Creative Printing Techniques for a Mission Impossible Themed Invitation


One of my favorite clients I work with is the Southwest Ohio Chapter of JDRF. The JDRF Gala is the number one gala in Cincinnati and it is orchestrated and organized by the most incredible group of volunteers I have ever seen. I truly feel honored to be a part of such a great group of people and to be working for such an important issue as Type 1 Diabetes.

This year's gala theme is full of excitement and intrigue with the Mission Impossible concept turned "Mission Possible". High tech gadgets, secret codes and explosive entertainment will be a part of the evening. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try out lenticular prints for part of the invitation. Lenticular printing allows for 2 or 3 changes in image on one surface. I played up the code breaking idea with the invitation to the after party.

I've never used lenticular printing before so after sweating bullets before opening the box of invitations, I was very happy to see the results. And I was even more impressed that I was able to capture the video and load it onto my blog. Will wonders never cease? ;o)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Travel Themed Wedding Invitation


Are you considering a travel theme for your party or wedding? Travelling is what brought my client Jeanette closer to her fiancé and so the theme was close to her heart when planning her wedding. I hand-illustrated the quote "Love is the Greatest Adventure" on the top of the watercolor painted invitation background. Jeanette loved the idea of a touch of gold, so we highlighted the names and the airplane with a sparkly gold foil. The invitation is now available in my etsy store here.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Obscura Invitation


A few weeks ago, I was contacted by the stylist from Cincinnati Magazine to design an invitation suite for a photo shoot taking place at Obscura in downtown Cincinnati. Being the homebody I am, once I realized what Obscura was, a super chic bar for people who do not wear yoga pants and oversized sweaters, I delighted in the design challenge.

Megan gave me some great imagery for inspiration, including Pantone's Spring 2014 color palette, which I incorporated into the modern vintage invitation suite.
Obscura is right on trend with the vintage modern decor.

Look at all the gorgeous color in that furniture!


I stopped by the photo shoot for a sneak peek and about dropped dead from the gorgeous stuff I saw. I just discovered that the artists behind the styling are from Haven. Such a beautiful aesthetic. It makes me so proud to be a part of the Cincinnati artistic scene. So much talent is in this city!


And this is only crappy iPhone photos of their pre-shoot stuff! I can't wait to see what the final shots look like!!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Amy Butler: Blossom Magazine, Issue 2


If I had to describe what I love most about graphic design, it would be the pattern and color. I am drawn to bold and bright, multicolored and graphic patterns every time, whether they are Mexican, Indian, Middle Eastern, Swedish or Dutch. This love of pattern has me swooning over pretty much anything Amy Butler designs. Amy has been sharing her inspirations about her art and her personal life in her online magazine Blossom. I spent some time last night looking at all the beautiful pages in the magazine. Really, it's not going to be enough time for me. Amy can fill a page with so much color and pattern that it boggles my mind and I'm left craving a hold-in-my-hand copy of the magazine so that I can really look inside and see all that there is. I'm left sighing a silent, "Wow".

Here are two of my favorite spreads. Here is the link to look at the mag on your own time.
I want my hall way to look like this.

I stared at this spread a good long time.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

"Farm To Table" Rehearsal Dinner


Know an engaged couple who loves good food, good beer and a good gathering of family and friends? This rehearsal dinner was created for a couple just like that. I set about capturing the butchering history of Cincinnati (we aren't called 'Porkopolis' for nothing!) with a pig silhouette and chalkboard style text for the details of the rehearsal dinner invitation. Those same red pops of color and pattern were echoed in the event design with red checked linens and khaki colored burlap as you'll see.

Thanks to Christy for being the easiest and sweetest client ever, to Jeff Thomas Catering for their edible tablescape genius and Gina Weathersby for sharing some of her amazing-as-always photos from the event, and The Taft Museum for having such a wonderful space for outdoor dinner parties!
A burlap covered pin board was placed in front of the entrance for host card pins. Guests wore the pins to help meet all the new family and friends.

Edible centerpieces and chalkboard style signage for placecards and table numbers. Photo by Gina Weathersby.
Chalboard style menus were created with black construction paper and chalk pens.
A bar with beers especially chosen by the groom. Photo by Gina Weathersby.
I used old church slate roofing tiles to make this signage, adding the lettering with chalk pens.
I think the happy couple looks like they had a great time, don't you?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Surprise Party Invitations for Men



I've been doing some fun surprise birthday party invitations lately. Of course, I can't share some invitations until the actual event happens but this one is safely behind us. It is always entertaining to use an old photo of the birthday boy. Happy Birthday Bob!

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