Thursday, October 27, 2016

Marie Antoinette, Queen of France

Just received my new book Marie Antoinette.  I found it while touring France and visiting the Palace of Versailles.
This is a beautifully designed book and covers the life of the ill-fated queen, her husband, and children.  It begins with her life at the Viennese Court, then marriage to the King, court life at Versailles including Petit Trianon.
 The book finishes with her down-fall, the revolution, and tragic end.

Petit Trianon-The Queen's Refuge is also covered very well, showing the buildings, clothing and lifestyle while the queen was there.
Sincerely appreciate the level of details the book offers regarding Dressing The Queen as well as her furnishings and room décor at the palace.
The photography and details are gorgeous throughout and is a must-have for those interested in life and times of Marie Antoinette.

With love,


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Declaration of Love

I was asked to design a Civil War North & South themed
wedding invitation set for a couple that participates in historical re-enactment
and they wanted a blue and grey themed set. 
The Declaration of Love tri-fold invitation set looks like
an official proclamation document from the desk of either Grant or Lee!
The red satin ribbon and rhinestone heart appears to have a official proclamation to the main invitation.  Metallic silver cardstock base, with navy blue second sheets present the white top sheets.  Elegant fonts are used to provide a vintage feel overall.
Metallic gold hand-stamped images are an elegant touch to this official proclamation of Love.
Oversized RSVP card is accompanied by an Monarch size envelope making a statement to your guest. And an oversized Accommodations insert card finished out the package.
A beautiful North & South Civil War themed wedding invitation suite arrives to the guest neatly wrapped in a red satin bow and tails. 
This was one of two designs submitted for this client.  Design Two will be shown next week. 
All my best,


P.S.  Scripture panel on the back of the invitation is 1 Corinthians 13:13, And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is LOVE.

Friday, August 26, 2016

TEA TIME Paper Tea Cups

New to the shop are these adorable TEA TIME paper tea cups. Beautiful patterned cardstock is used to create these lovely 3D tea cups ready to fill with goodies.
Great for tea parties, bridal showers, wedding favors, baby showers, guest can have a lovely take-home gift!
Measuring 2 3/4" height x 3 3/4" wide at the top of the cup, these favor containers can hold candy, tea packs, a cup cake, and are adorned with satin ribbon and mulberry paper flower.  Glitter monogram tea tag is tent-style and has Bible scripture inside. 
Many patterns from vintage to modern available with coordinating twine, glitter monogram, flower, and ribbon.
Looking forward to seeing what folks do with these little cuties at their next event.



Sunday, March 20, 2016

Jumping The Broom Vintage Southern Charm Wedding Program

Capturing the look and feel of the Old South was a lot of fun when creating this custom wedding program for my client.  This one has a vintage Southern Plantation style charm throughout the book.

Vintage ivory lace, satin ribbon, and embossed damask panel are featured on the cover.  Sepia ink is hand-rubbed on the edges of the book and panel for an aged appearance.

Die cut raised panel with vintage hand-stamped image finishes off the cover detail.  The vintage hand-stamped images carry the old plantation Southern charm theme to the inside and back panel as well.

This customer wanted to have on the back the history of Jumping The Broom as it was the finale of their wedding ceremony.  Scripture included on this program is from 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is Love.

I kept thinking about all the historical home tours I have taken over the years with their restored interiors, old wall papers, and even the vintage clothing that is an obsession of mine and tried to create the look and feel of the Old South.  By combining the vintage lace, satin ribbon, embossed damask pattern, and vintage hand-stamped images, I was able to create this truly Old Southern Plantation style program book.



Monday, May 25, 2015

Mixing Shabby Chic and Rustic Style

Mixing a little shabby chic style with some rustic cardstock, created this sweet Save The Date card.
We're Tying The Knot along with monogram cover is embellished with hand-stamped petite French image of floral spray and ivory seam binding knotted with tails.
The gate fold card opens to pull the seam binding knot together in the center.  Lovely images of ribbon tied flowers and a delicate wedding ring with bowed ribbon continue the petite vintage images inside.
The location of the event is on the left side panel and scripture from Ephesians 5:31 ...And the two shall become one graces the far right panel.
The rustic Kraft cardstock combined with the delicate seam binding added just the right touch to this cute Save The Date card.

God bless,


Monday, May 18, 2015

Design Studio Sneek Peek

I've been renovating my design studio and am still in the process of painting, moving furniture, and re-organizing everything.  Thought I would share a little sneek peek into my design studio.
This is a painted cabinet that holds my cardstock, lace, trims, and product samples.  The cardstock sheet are in plastic expandable sleeves that have an opening at the top that snaps close.  I am able to keep all my scraps together with full sheets.
I am not fond of plastic storage, so I dressed up the front panels of these stacking drawers.  The unit is 15 drawers high and contains all my inks, tools, paints, rhinestone/pearl embellishments, glitter/embossing powders, punches, and swatch books.  I used Prima Marketing cardstock cut into strips, and then created a label to mark the drawers.  It really came out pretty!
I use glass Mason jars to organize many of my loose desk top supplies.
This old distress painted metal tin container holds all my art journaling supplies.
This is a little painted shelf unit that holds some of my favorite inspiration pieces from my travels.  Still painting the plaster wall behind the unit.  Going with Antique White walls.
Some of my bulk vintage lace stored in a large French metal container. 
This is one of my storage containers for my smaller trims and lace.
I have a lot of rare wood block mounted rubber stamps and use a wire rack system that goes from floor to ceiling to organize all of them.  Most are organized by subject matter: flowers, religious, animals, backgrounds, frames, toile, etc.
I know viewers like to see the complete studio tour, so I was thinking when my studio is finished, of producing a design studio tour video for YouTube. 
My clear stamps are organized using Avery Elle plastic sleeves, and Jennifer McQuire Ink YouTube video has the tutorial on how to set this up.  It does work amazingly!
My ribbons are stored by size and color in a drawer system.
I hope this sneek peek was a little interesting to those of you that craft.
If you have questions on how I store items, or you would like to see more studio tour info, please write me below.

Many thanks for stopping by.

God bless,


Monday, May 11, 2015

A Beautiful Wedding In Croatia

I don't often get to see a finished product, in this case, a wedding program books we designed, at the event.  The wedding of Rebecca and James was featured in August 2014 Croatia edition of Nova, The Modern Magazine for the Bride and "low and behold" there was our wedding ceremony program!
Her wedding was spectacular as you can see by all the photography.
Our program was listed under wedding stationery and is in the center of the montage of pictures below.

An elegant and classic design was used to create this tri-fold ceremony program.  Textured heavy-weight cardstock, with top sheets of Classic Crest Natural White cardstock was used.  A soft pale pink 5/8" double sided satin ribbon wrapped around the program as was tied with a bow and tails.   The text was printed is grey inks.
The event was held in Dubrovnik, Croatia a town my husband and I visited a few years ago. 
I continue to pray for Rebecca and James as they share their life together as husband and wife, and am very grateful that they were so kind to include the ceremony program as part of their wedding photography.

God bless,