Events

“Laissez le bons temps rouler”

…and they did on Saturday evening at the Dallas Country Club, as parents, grandparents, faculty, staff and sponsors of The da Vinci School celebrated at the 2018 Mardi Gras Masquerade Gala.  Designing these glamorous invitations for this years event was so much fun.  Can you just imagine opening the metallic snow envelope and having that big beautiful peacock eye starring back at you?  What a great time I had this year designing the logo, invitations, programs and signage for the schools yearly gala, which uses all the donations raised, to further their mission of making a positive difference in the lives of their students and by developing a lifelong love of learning and making a positive impact on their community.

In Support of our United States Military

When I was contacted by the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (Air Force and Army) in Washington State with a request to provide invitations for the Sponsorship and Advertising Office’s Annual Appreciation Event, I was absolutely honored.  The event is a way for JBLM to show their appreciation to all of their sponsors, who through their partnerships in advertising, provide Service Members, Families, Retirees and Civilians, with support and leisure services.  Their mission statement:

“Today’s Family and MWR mission is to honor the Soldiers and Airmen who protect our freedom by providing them and their families with the same quality of life given to the society they are pledged to defend. The Family and MWR employees at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are dedicated to providing support and leisure services as outstanding as the people they serve. In striving to deliver the highest quality programs and services – from sports, recreation and entertainment to child and youth programs – Family and MWR partners with community sponsors. The generous support of our sponsors gives Soldiers, Airmen and families a much-needed balance of work and play.”
They chose my casino invitations for the event.  One month later, they contacted me again to design a special “Thank You” note for their corporate sponsors.  I look forward to serving the needs of JBLM in the future.

In 25 Years of Service

 

I was completely honored, when I was approached by Family Compass in Dallas to create the invitations for their 25th Anniversary year Legends and Lights event that also coincided with National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  The event was held at  Altitude | W Dallas and was emceed by local WFAA television personality Colleen Coyle.  The evening was a chance to mingle with local legends and celebrities and bring awareness to children in need and the services available to them through Family Compass.  Included in the evening: hor d’oeuvres, cocktails, silent and live auctions, followed by dancing and entertainment.

Continued success to Family Compass as they continue their mission to build healthy families across North Texas, by preventing child abuse and neglect.  Please visit Family Compass  and consider making them part of your personal mission.

 

These Hands

These Hands

Jenny, these are the hands of your best friend,
young and strong, vibrant with love.
Hands that are holding your hands on your wedding day,
as he promises to love you all the days of his life.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours,
as you build your life together, as you laugh and cry,
as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.
These are the hands that look so large and strong
yet will be so gentle as he tenderly holds your children.

Jacob, these are the hands of your best friend,
the hands that will love and cherish you through the years
and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.
Most importantly, these are the hands, that even when wrinkled with age,
will still be reaching for yours, giving you the same unspoken tenderness,
with just a touch.

On a beautiful, chilly, Dallas December evening, joined by their friends and family, Jenny and Jacob said their “I do’s”

Everything about this ceremony and reception spoke to their love of family and their love of outdoors.  On this chilly evening, their guests were welcomed to their lakeside seats with hot cider and hand tied blankets (which the couple donated to Family Gateway, a Homeless Shelter for Children and Families in Dallas, after the reception).  The Bride wore a beautiful lace illusion, long sleeved wedding gown with a full veil attached to a crown of miniature white roses and baby’s breath that had been worn by her mother on her wedding day. The Bridesmaids were in pink with grey pashmina wraps.  The Groom wore a vintage slim-fit blue sharkskin suit and his Groomsmen were in grey sharkskin suits.  The Groom and Groomsmen wore green with blue stripe silk ties, complete with recycled skateboard tie clasps (which were a gift from the Groom) The evening was full of surprises, laughter, tears and dancing.  Everything at the reception spoke to their love of the outdoors.  The Wedding Cake was a three tiered Aspen tree cake with their initials J+J carved in a heart, while the Groom’s cake was a skateboard.  The Wedding Favors were a collection of their favorite songs from The Guardians of the Galaxy on a custom wooden USB card complete with their wedding logo and picture.  After all the guests had left the reception to take their places outside for a sparkler send off, the Bride and Groom stayed behind as they were turning down the lights and shared one last dance to music only they could hear, to take a moment to remember such a special day.  The lovely couple Honeymooned, where else…In Colorado!

This Wedding Invitation Suite was one of my most challenging projects to date.  The Bride chose pink peonies, complimented with natural wood and Kraft as her color theme for the invitations.  The invitation was printed in white ink, with the couples wedding logo, on real wood veneer.  The RSVP, Details and Envelope Liners were printed in pink with peonies, and their envelopes in Kraft with White ink.

 

 

He Said, She Said…

 

Save the Date

“We love simple things:  outdoor adventures, skateboarding, the city, finding new restaurants, people watching and Call of Duty Zombies (which actually strengthens our team work and communications skills)”

This is one project that is very personal as the groom to be is our son.  Jenny and Jacob met in College Station, TX  where Jenny was attending Texas A&M.  Upon first meeting, Jacob said he knew immediately that this beautiful girl would be his wife.  They are both amazing people with a strong love for their families and their community.  Since all of our families live outside of Dallas, this Save the Date was their introduction to their extended families of the person they intended to marry, so it was important to share a little insight into how they met and feel about one another.  The Save the Date was a tri-fold 5 1/2″ square card on Neenah White Pearl.

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Bosworth_E_0514Their engagement photos were taken by Absolute Photography of Dallas http://www.absolutephoto.biz in some of their favorite locations:  Deep Ellum and the Dallas Arts District.  

70 and Sensational

 

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Recently, one of my clients in New York asked me to design an invitation for her mother-in-laws 70th Birthday Party.  During our consultation she expressed that she would like to have something with a floral border.  While designing the original invitation, my client found a picture on Pinterest of an invitation that she liked and asked if I could design something similar, so I went about hand drawing a similar border then uploading it into my design software to color.  Foiling is normally done on a printing press with plates made similar to letterpress and actually stamped under high heat and is extremely expensive, especially for a small run.  I had recently came across a DIY foiling technique that I thought that I would try for this project.  It turned out beautifully!  Time intensive, but beautiful!! It is always a pleasure to work with repeat clients to share in a small way the milestones, weddings, births, birthdays and events that are celebrated throughout their lives.  

I chose to print on stock and envelopes from my Envelopments line called PC 100 Kraft.  It was a perfect match. I will also share with you the original design that I created before this final design was chosen.  The “seventy” cake topper, which was a first for me, challenging, but thrilled with how it turned out.  

The original design:

Ruth's 70th Birthday Storyboard copy

G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S, yeah G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S

 

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“We flying the first class
Up in the sky
Poppin’ champagne
Livin’ my life
In the fast lane
And I won’t change
For the glamorous, oh the flossy flossy…

One party that I was truly jelly of!  These girls enjoyed a truly glamorous weekend at the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas;  dinners at Katsuya, spa at the Encore Hotel, luncheon at Giada, a beautiful champagne lingerie shower, dinner at STK and an evening of gambling, drinks and shenanigans!  WOW!!!

Hello Monday!! Much love and best wishes to the bride to be!

Spread Your Wings

 

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and prepare to fly, for you have become a butterfly – I have been fortunate enough to create the Birthday invitations for this special little girl since she was two years old.  I have watched her entertain at her Minnie Mouse Clubhouse, explore the wonders of the Perot Museum‘s dinosaur collection in her finest Princess gown, to floating with butterflies at the Texas Discovery Gardens Butterfly House.

It is always a delight and wonder to see the excitement and sense of adventure this little one’s mom creates for her to share with their family and friends.

Invitation Photography:  Artistically Yours®  Location:  White Sparrow Barn   Photography: Ochoa Photography

A Lifetime of Adventure

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When I was approached by The da Vinci School in Dallas, Texas to design the invitations to their 2016 Wonderland Gala, I was very honored by the trust placed in me.  The da Vinci School is a non-profit organization with a well rounded learning oriented program with emphasis on science that was founded in 1987.  The Gala is one of their largest fund raising events that is held every year to provide for various school improvements, equipment, learning materials and to increase the general fund.  The theme for the 2016 Gala is “da Vinci in Wonderland”.  

With a theme in hand, the design process began.  The final invitation is one of my most favorite designs to date.  I wish the school well and look forward to a continued relationship in the future.

“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures…”  Lewis Carroll – Alice in Wonderland  

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Love Bugs Birthday Bash

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It is always an honor when asked to design something special for a child’s birthday party and this one had me bugging out!!  Creepy crawlies everywhere for this brother and sister sharing their special days.  Who doesn’t remember taking their box or jar outside as  a kid and collecting butterflies, bees, caterpillars, ladybugs and the all time favorite lightning bugs.  Oh, to be little and carefree!!  Enjoy Cooper and Addy, Happy Birthday!!

Invitations and Design by Artistically Yours© https://www.aycustominvites.com Girl with butterfly in a jar photographed by  Margo Sokolovskaya© Children with Bugs and Bugs in a Jar styled and photographed by Frances Janisch© http://www.francesjanisch.wordpress.com Bug Cupcakes by Pink Cake Box http://www.pinkcakebox.com