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Save the Dates staged with WATERMARK 26

Another custom project landed at my finger-tips by way of an old childhood friend!  Now a Bride, she chose the artistry of My Lady Dye for her custom save the dates and wedding stationery needs!  She did not know exactly what she wanted and being a carefree Bride, she allowed me to have creative freedom and was open to any and all my ideas and suggestions. When she informed me on their unique and historic venue, I immediately suggested we reflect the charm of that venue and proposed a Colonial themed Save The Date.

The venue, Joseph Ambler Inn, has colonial history dating back to 1682 with William Penn as the owner of the land on which the Inn now stands.   It has much to offer from unique architectural character to a vast landscape of natural, as well as amazingly kept/manicured grounds and gardens.   It has many fabulous features and details such as wood, stonework, masonry, pavers, and a unique color palette of browns, cream, light yellow, black, rusty orange, deep red, and greys, all of which caught my “design eye”.  Especially, the venue’s logo of a carriage. A historic property that is formal yet whimsical with all it has to offer and having been renovated over the years with many new additions and amenities, the venue is a prime location for any fabulous wedding event!

Now, enough about the venue!   With a complete vision of the venue, their custom save the date evolved into a formal yet fun design.  Their Colonial themed Save The Date features a back-splash of vintage filigree (reminiscent of vintage wallpaper), the use of a nature-based and earthy color palette, and the all-important symbolic graphic of the carriage, all of which was combined with ornate graphics and matching font types, to truly reflect the character of Joseph Ambler Inn.

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Wedding Invitations staged with WATERMARK 101

This Vintage Modern Wedding Invitation suite was custom designed for a local Nashville Bride & Groom!   Their color palette is dark charcoal grey, “azalea” (a deep pink/fuchsia color), and ivory.  Both the Bride and Groom are very fond of Hatch Print and wanted a nice mix of fun vintage fonts, with great attention to the overall color mixing/matching, spacing, and layout.  This invitation is part of our Elizabeth Collection.

 

This couple knew exactly what they liked and did not like, which is always helpful to know when doing a custom design. They sent me CMYK color codes so I could design the invitation suite to their specific wedding colors.  All the enclosure cards were designed in a stagger to fit perfectly inside the “pocket”.  The stagger adds a nice touch as the guests can easily view each of the card “titles”.   This makes the invitation very functional as the guest can easily find each card and can easily access each card.

The client also emailed some inspirational images to ignite my creative juices.  So, with all this great info, their design came to fruition as Vintage Modern, with a touch of “whimsy”!  To satisfy both male and female tastes, the vintage and abstract florets in the graphic scroll work added that touch of whimsy without being too “girly”.

This Vintage Modern Wedding Invitation was an exciting project, as it allowed me to play with many font types, font sizes, spacing, color placement, and overall layout.  This 5 card invitation suite is a square pocket-fold and includes invitation, RSVP, Reception, Accommodations, and Directions cards.  The flap of the pocket features a personalized monogram detail and the addressing was designed to match as well. The invite envelope uniquely features both the delivery and return addresses (front and back envelope printing) and the RSVP envelope uniquely features the delivery address.  The Vintage modern Wedding Invitation features both matte and metallic finishes, with the envelopes and cardstock layered behind the invitation card being the only metallic details in the invitation suite.

The Directions card is a Map card that features a digitally enhance map showing the wedding ceremony, hotel, parking, and reception locations, to help guests visually learn the area and so they can accurately reference the different points of location.  It’s also a nice touch to the invitation suite, as it adds that extra artistic flare and detailing, that can be as playful as you want it by adding fun color(s), symbols, graphics, and fonts.  Likewise, you can never have too much information in your wedding invitation set!   I say, “The more, the merrier!”.

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When I think of a Vintage Winter Wonderland Wedding Invitation, I think of white/ivory, silver, ornate, and whimsical. Our Shelley Wedding Invitation is a great fit for this type of wedding invitation. It has a vintage feel with a nice mix of “hard” and “soft design elements. The bold border mixed with some floral touches and fun font types all work nicely together to create a whimsical vintage winter wonderland wedding invitation. View the entire Shelley Collection for more inspiration!

This couple really went all out with their wedding invitation suite! They wanted to be very detailed and so they included a matching directions, accommodations, and information card in their suite. They also ordered our Addressing Service which really completed the suite! Addressing the envelopes is a detail that can really tie together your wedding invitation. With Digital Calligraphy we use matching font types, possible graphics, and color to unify your invitation suite. This service also makes it easier on the Bride and Groom, as they can sit back and relax instead of having the tedious task of handwriting each address! When it comes to a wedding, you can never be too detailed…especially, when it comes to your invitations!

This fun couple planned their winter wonderland destination wedding in the snowy mountains of Vermont at Lake Morey Resort. After the wedding ceremony, the couple organized a bunch of fun snow bound activities for their guests including a pond ice hockey game, ice skating, and cross-country skiing! Their featured color palette is silver, pink, ivory, and black.

Other Invites staged with WATERMARK 51

As any first time Mom-To-Be, excitement and anxiety comes with the territory! Knowing there’s a little baby girl or boy growing inside your belly, just glues a smile onto your face everywhere you go! Personally, I love every part of my pregnancy and only have 9 more weeks to go! It has been so great, easy, happy, and enjoyable 🙂 for both me and my awesome husband! This is the best experience I have ever had and will never forget! So, with all the excitement in the air, it’s not that hard to go crazy on my own baby shower! Ha! And it all starts with a fun and cute Giraffe Baby Shower Invitation!  I love the baby giraffe theme, so I just let my creative juices flow and out came this abstract yet modern and whimsical design.

It features a hand drawn baby giraffe (by moi) which I digitally enhanced and then incorporated abstract flowers, hearts, and butterflies. Next, a happy, fresh, spring color palette of light pink, lavender, peach, white, and chocolate brown.  Then to add dimension, I designed an argyle pattern featuring abstract florals which adds a modern touch to the set.  This Giraffe Baby Shower Invitation suite comprises of a layered invitation, custom printed envelope (with both return and delivery addresses and fun graphics), and custom envelope liner.

 

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Unique Decor Items, a set on Flickr.

This is new for My Lady Dye! I am now getting into decor items! With an endless passion for graphic design and a new crave for crafty sophistication, I have now dipped my feet into the world of styling via vintage inspired decor!

In my free time, if any, I will ramble around my local areas in search for fun, vintage, modern, and unique decor items and add my handcrafted touches to them to make them elegant and spectacular! All of my decor items are great props for theme displays (weddings, birthdays, showers, parties, sweet sixteens, all events!), table settings, candy stations, guest book stations, accent areas, boutique shops, office spaces, and more!

I “dress up”, texturize, and stylize each piece I find to accomplish a specific look of elegance and vintage whimsy! All the pieces you see can be slightly modified via the ribbon color used. All other details are set in stone – embellishment, etc. Also, all items are unique accent pieces and only available as 1 item, unless otherwise specified. I always look for sets, so keep an eye out for all my new decor I post OR if you have a specific need/color, please contact me so I can ramble around for your special item(s)!

All these unique embellished glassware items are for sale, if still available!  Please contact me for pricing.

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Featuring, one of my personal favorites! This is our Shabby Chic Wedding Invitation and it’s “Fun, Modern, Shabby & Chic”!  It embodies elegance, whimsy, and modern details all in-one! It has a fun and fresh personality with a whimsical and vintage feel which is reflected in the color palette, scroll graphics, and font styles.  Topped off with a little touch of satin ribbon to add texture and visual interest and a king’s crown to add some spice and regal flare!  And its elegance is enhanced by the shimmer of the metallic finished cardstocks. This new re-vamped invitation set is truly one to make your guests say “Wow!”

One of my favorite details is the custom envelope liner which is a great place to add a special poem, quote, iconic graphic, landmark, personal monogram, or message to your guests! Even the paper finish, paper choice, and graphic pattern can be customized, as I custom design and mount each by hand!

***A little insight on my original design: it was a “booklet” style invite where you page through the different cards in the set. It also had a cut-out RSVP postcard and a satin ribbon bow which tied the book closed.  It was a great set but I needed to re-vamp it to make it more user friendly. And like they say, “Change is always for the better!” And I am a true believer in this!

This new style is an open-fold book which features the enclosure cards layered onto the actual “book cover” and “body”, allowing clients the ability to take out cards from the set without sacrificing the invite’s creative and artistic qualities.  The featured suite displays invitation card, RSVP card, reception card, directions card, and 2 envelopes in any colors of your choice.  Featuring, a thin satin ribbon bow tie detail, custom envelope liner, matching typical sized return address label (for RSVP envelope), printed invite envelope, and an enticing, eye-catching monogrammed “front cover”.  The front flap of the invite envelope is personalized with the bride & groom’s names and address and the backside has each guest name and address.  This service is included in this set.  Now, are you ready to show-off your fun, modern, shabby, and chic style with these awesome wedding invitations! Order your customized Shabby Chic Wedding Invitation!

As you can see, this set features all the upgrades but we can modify to fit your budget, no prob! For example, we can use matching enlarged mailing label wraps instead of printing directly onto the invite envelopes. I insert each guest name and address on these too! Pre-cut and ready for you to stick! These labels are another one of my favorite details!

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Other Invites staged with WATERMARK 34 Before I introduce our new casino themed Las Vegas Elopement Announcement, I’d like to announce the 2 winners of my Giveaway: Charlotte B., winner of one $20 site certificate AND Bianca Romano Cirillo, winner of one $15 site certificate! Congrats! Please contact me to get your gift card codes so you can shop for your My Lady Dye stationery!  Thank you everyone who participated! It was fun and I look forward to our next Giveaway! So, here it is!  Our casino themed Las Vegas Elopement Announcement!  This was a custom design for a couple that wanted something fun and festive! It even has an “I Love Lucy” feel to it. Many Vegas inspired graphics were incorporated such as casino chips, dice, red, white, black, diamonds, hearts, spades, and clubs. This design is an artistic collage of graphics reflecting the fast paced night life of Vegas and the vibrant fun casino atmosphere.  I designed the set with a matching sticker envelope seal which mimics a casino chip.  This card can be fully customized – colors, text, and all!  We can modify text to fit a wedding invitation, birthday invitation, bachelor party invitation, or whatever! Pretty much, when you come to me for a custom design, I can do anything you want.  Just message me and we’ll figure it out.

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Last month, My Lady Dye was happy to make a generous donation to Silver Sage Corral towards their annual Valentine’s Day event, The Black & Red Ball, which was held at The Farm Country Club, on February 12th, 2011, in Bandera, Texas.  Thanks to Melissa Benge this fabulous event as well as many others are organized and celebrated annually! Below is alittle insight into the woman herself, the event, and the organization.  As well as some great photos from the Black & Red Ball which features the My Lady Dye tented table cards that were donated. 25 of these handcrafted red, black, and white themed tent cards were donated to the event.  There was a fun mix of colors, cardstock layering, varied graphics, scalloped edges, and a cowboy themed font style. An elegant and festive touch to their elegant table settings and festive atmosphere!

Silver Sage Corral feeds about 26,000 meals to seniors in Bandera, Texas each year. This small city has a population of 957 within the actual city limits, which is a big number for a “small” town and county!  $5 takes care of one meal and $100 takes care of a senior for a month.  “We have such a darling community center with a community garden in the center of it, a cafeteria where seniors or town people can show up and eat daily, art and yoga classes to keep them healthy and entertained, and an event room for dancing and the monthly opry,” states Melissa.

Melissa is the owner of Gunslinger and is on the Board of Directors at Silver Sage Corral.  “I chair this annual fundraiser event each year along with Art Crawford, a local musician and our board president.  We added ten extra tables and sold out!” stated Melissa.  The room was filled with supporters donning their black and red duds and dancing to the tunes of The Almost Patsy Cline Band.  Food was catered by Clay Conoly of the famous The Dixie Dude Ranch, in Bandera, Texas. Gunslinger has about 5,000 square feet of the coolest cowboy boots, hats, clothing, furniture, and accessories for both women and men.  Graceful is across the street offering a little more feminine clothing in monochromatic colors of pearls, sterling, and neutral home accessories with a vintage flair!  Gunslinger runs a full page ad in Cowboys and Indians Magazine each month.  Please check out this great cowboy loving store and feel free to contact Silver Sage Corral at 830-796-4969, if you’d like to make a donation. Here are some great photos from the Black & Red Ball. Photos provided by Melissa Benge. Shop for My Lady Dye handcrafted stationery and paper goods at www.MyLadyDye.com View tons of photos of my work at my Flickr Photostream.
Wedding Invitations staged with WATERMARK 68

Introducing my newest custom wedding invitation, The Miriam Collection! This Atlas Map Wedding Invitation is  SUPER cute, Vintage, Modern and Rustic all-in-one!  Client statement: “As for graphics, the scrolls are pretty as well as lace or anything a little vintage, southern, or feminine.  I’m not a girly-girl by any stretch but for some reason, planning this wedding has brought out insane levels of repressed feminism in me that apparently hasn’t been unearthed since I was a child wearing pink rompers!”.

{How the design process started} My client provided me with her inspiration board and possible color choices and pretty much told me to “go for it”!  Music to my ears of course! She also loved my sense of color and said to use whatever colors I wanted.   So, with the inspiration board at hand, some research on her venue, and some insight on her personality, it all started to come together and the design went in the direction of whimsy and rustic, with touches of “girl” (Does that make any sense…?  Who knows, but that’s what I call it!).

The rustic touches play into part with their wedding and reception being held outdoors in the meadows of the T-Lazy-7 Ranch in Aspen, Colorado.  Don’t want to get you too excited but check out this amazing photo of the place! Photo by Rebecca Driscoll, 2008.

Working off an Atlas theme with vintage feel, I was dying to add fun little “accents” specific to this couple and their wedding location!  So, I artistically incorporated airplanes, birds, and a map overlay to this Atlas Map Wedding Invitation.  All these elements are symbolic to the couple and to their actual wedding location. For graphics, I digitally manipulated a county map of Colorado and artistically located the venue’s location on the map with an airplane flying into Pitkin County! A stylish font type to match the venue, the Colorado state bird (the Lark Bunting) to symbolize the “love birds” and to reflect the CO wedding locale, a directional compass to highlight the Atlas theme, airplanes to reflect the couples world travel, and hearts to symbolize their LOVE!  FUN FUN FUN!

This Atlas Map Wedding Invitation suite is a pocket-fold with 3 total cards and 2 envelopes in the set – Invite, RSVP, and a Directions card. It comes with a custom mailing address label wrap, custom envelope liner, custom matching address label for RSVP envelope, and a custom personalized monogram detail. The entire set is a matte finish product but can be upgraded to a metallic finish for additional charge. More enclosure cards can be added to the set as well for additional charge – Reception card, Transportation card, Information card, etc.

If you’re a bride who wants to “theme” your wedding but do not know how to go about it, I recommend to think about your “likes” and reflect on your personality and your fiance’s personality. This way, you can’t go wrong and it all totally makes sense! As for my client, she and the fiance are avid world travelers, so the Atlas Map theme makes sense.

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Yea!!!   I am E X T R A excited to introduce everyone to my fiance & I’s personal Save The Date Card! Mark and I designed this modern save the date card together.  So, it was truly custom designed by the both of us! It was designed with love and excitement for sure! For this card, we had no idea what we wanted but we both decided it had to be “hip”, bold, modern, festive, and fun, with a touch of vintage!  So with this in mind, the design all started at my fingertips! With our wedding colors already finalized, I sat at my laptop and started designing and playing with graphics and layout.  And as usual, the design evolved and came to fruition! This is typically how all my fun and custom projects start out.  It’s always best to give the Designer “artistic freedom”!

And even better, with our wedding colors of black, white, and yellow, with accents in turquoise, we totally nailed the design, creating a totally “hip”, bold, and modern Save The Date!  With the scrolls and banner graphic our card has a touch of vintage, as it plays into our venue and fits our Nash Vegas locale as well!

We mailed these out just before the Christmas holidays, so we could hit two birds with one stone!  It worked out great, as we stuffed the envelopes with our modern save the date card and a personal photo Christmas card! We also decided to add an insert card to get our guests E X T R A excited for our big day! We listed our “Franklin Favorites” and “Sites to See” in the Franklin area.  I think for sure, we got all our guest’s drooling over all the great food and drink spots!

The brilliant turquoise accent color was incorporated into the design with the envelope and a graphic border on the card. All other details were in our main colors of black, white, and yellow. We used “rays” of dots and a double-lined diamond shaped checker board grid as a backdrop.  The set is designed with a mix of matte and metallic finished cardstocks.  As Frances Chamberlain (my Landscape Architecture studio professor at Clemson University) would say, “All great designs should be a “welcoming” design”.  And such is this one, as the bold black graphics “open their arms”.  As Emeril Lagasse would say, “BAM”!  That is the effect you get when you open and reveal this card! And that is exactly what Mark and I wanted!  It’s definitely over-the-top but that is exactly what Save The Dates are for! Make that first great impression!

The modern save the date is full of movement and detail!  We topped it off with a festive matching mailing wrap address label and envelope liner!  For our very close friends and family, we addressed the labels with their fun nicknames!

 

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