Monday, September 13, 2010

Red rose design jacket and wedding invitation

Simple elegance best describes this wedding invitation.
A red rose swirl design Indian paper created the jacket
for this invite. The invite was printed on one of
envelopments paper, ecru linen.
The combination of these two papers and the simple
design lend for a very elegant look.
The jacket was double wrapped with a
dark brown silk rope completing the look.
Brown and red inks were used for the
invitation wording.

We also created a custom save-the-date card
using the ecru linen from envelopments.
A brown swirl design was the main focal point
of this card. A matching ecru linen envelope
with a dark brown lining complimented
this invitation.

The slimline program was also printed on
the ecru linen from envelopments.
Again, simple but elegant.

The use of brown and red inks
were just the right combination to
give the inside of the program
added detail.

Custom styrofoam logo centerpiece

This centerpiece is another sample of
what we can create using Styrofoam,
Mylar tissue, ting and glitter sprays.
We can custom cut out just about any
design, paint it, glitter it or leave it plain
whatever the look you want.
These centerpieces are great for:
 sports banquets,
golf events
and so many more.

Custom styrofoam lighted Chicago skyline centerpiece

We created this Chicago Skyline centerpiece
to showcase all the pieces in the wedding ensemble
we did using the Chicago Skyline as the theme.
All the pieces for this centerpiece were
custom cut out of Styrofoam, painted and then glittered.
For extra effect we added battery operated lights
to the skyline giving the feeling of stars in the sky.
The names Sylvia and Andrew were also
custom cut and arranged atop of the skyline.
Some onion grass and Mylar tissue were added
for extra pizazz.

Above a view of the centerpiece without
the custom products that we created.

We can customize a centerpiece for any event.
Give us your theme and let our creative juice
start working and create something fantastic for you!

For those living in the Michiana area
you can see this centerpiece in person at
Brides ala Mode
University Drive
Mishawaka, Indiana
and all the printed pieces
displayed in the photo above.

Custom cut Chicago Skyline pocket and wedding invitation ensemble

A New Leaf, event venue was the setting
for this Chicago destination wedding
that we created everything from
the Save the Date postcards
to the final Thank You cards.
The Chicago Skyline was the theme throughout.

The save the date cards were printed
on a heavy creme color card stock.
The address side of the card featured
an outline of the Chicago skyline
while the front of the card featured
a picture of the newly engaged couple
framed within the Chicago skyline,
starting the theme for this destination wedding.

The formal invitation was created using several layers of card stock,
alternating a shinny black lacquer card stock with one of
envelopments papers called Dove.
The layering created a very formal look.
The contrast of the shinny black and creme made
for a grand appeal.

The invitation was placed into a custom cut pocket.
The pocket was created using a shinny black lacquer card stock.
The edge of the pocket was custom cut to the shape
of the Chicago skyline for a very unique,
one-of-a-kind invitation pocket.

The back of the black pocket held
the other wedding cards:
response card
transportation  and accommodations card
welcome party invite
brunch invite

This classy slimline program was printed
on envelopments dove card stock
keeping in the same theme as the invitation.
A black velvet ribbon was tied around this
slimline program that was folded into
a tri-fold for a very rich look.

below a view of the program partially open

a view of the program fully open

The thank you cards featured the Chicago skyline
and we also printed them on
the envelopment dove card stock.

We even created custom labels.
One label was used on coffee packs that were placed
into mugs as wedding favors.

The other label was place on water bottles and
included in their welcome baskets for their
out of town guests.

Let us create a
one-of-a-kind invitation ensemble
for you!

Polka dots and stripes baby shower invite

This really cute invite was custom created for a baby shower
using black and white polka dots and green stripes.
A cute baby dress tops the invite.
A letter O is placed on the dress
and a little verse adds extra character.
The invitation is printed on a crystal metallic paper
with a coordinating envelope
creating a baby soft and shimmery effect.
On the envelope we added an umbrella
customized with the black & white polka dots
and a pink handle.
Custom addressing added to the total look
for a super looking baby shower invitation.

Let us create something special for 
your next shower whether it be a
baby or bridal shower.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Proofing, proofing, proofing, so critical for invitations & programs

We can't stress enough how important it is to proof
your invitation and program wording.
It is so easy to miss mistakes.
At Designs by Ginny we give you plenty of
opportunities to proof your wording and
we also do our best to catch mistakes
and even with a critical eye mistakes
can be missed. The following email I received
helps to explain why it is so easy to miss

You may find this is weird, but interesting!

If you can raed this,
you have a sgtrane mnid too

Can you raed this?
Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

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So, if you can read the above with no problem
you will understand why it is so important to proof.

Happy Proofing!
or should we write

Papyh Oprofing!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Black & Aqua custom pocketfold with monogram

The main colors for this wedding were black & aqua.
We custom created this pocket fold using a black linen card stock.
Attached to the cover flap a custom monogram featuring
the couples first names in black and
the initial in the aqua blue ink matching the color of the belize paper.
For the aqua accents were used the belize paper from envelopments.
We used this paper for the custom envelope lining.

The response card was done as a postcard style card.
The invitees name is included on the response card making
it super easy for the invited guests as all they have to do
is check whether or not they are coming.
This is also nice as it makes it clear who is invited in cases
where the guests might invite someone along who is not.
A separate reception and accommodations card were
included in the pocketfold.
The back side of the accommodations card had a map
and directions.

If you like this style of invitation but it's just not your colors
no problem, we can customize to fit your color scheme.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Promotional bookmarks with tassel for the Real Ghost Whisperer!

We had the pleasure of creating some bookmarks for
the real ghost whisperer, MaryAnn Winkowski.
Some of you might be familiar with the show
the Ghost Whisper
starring Jennifer Love Hewitt
which MaryAnn is a contributing writer.
It was even more of a pleasure to get to meet
MaryAnn in person, she is such a delight.

She just published a third book
The Ice Cradle

You can learn more about this fascinating woman at:

Have something you want to promote,
let us create just the right promotional piece

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

90th photo birthday invite

Wow, to turn 90 years old, what a celebration!
To make this moment even more special we created
this tri-fold invite full of photos of the birthday boy.
The young boy and the young man by the plane are both
pictures of Dick but the way the little boy  is placed in the
photo it looks he was a part of the original photo.
We created a fun envelope for this invite with
birthday balloons and a fun frame around the
guest's address.

The above picture shows the card as you first open it with
more fun photos from the past.

This picture shows the card fully opened and the actual invitation
to the party. Each page of this invite had some picture from
Dick's past creating a little memoir of Dick
and making for an interesting invitation.

Have a special birthday person you need an extra
special invitation for, let us know and we will create
just the right one for your celebration.

Tiffany blue and black booklet style wedding program

Black linen cardstock was used for this striking wedding program.
A Tiffany blue color satin ribbon added a classy touch.
A picture of the happy couple,
custom framed with a swirl design in the Tiffany blue, 
and their last name initial along with
their first names, printed on photo paper
was mounted to the black linen,
creating this exceptional looking cover.

Inside view of the first page.
Black and Tiffany blue ink made for a beautiful contrast
for the inside of the program. The inside pages were
mounted to the inside cover for a clean finish.
The Tiffany blue ribbon wrapped inside the cover.

We also created a coordinating event schedule
using the black linen as the backer to a white
linen cardstock. A border in the black and Tiffany blue
surrounded the event word which was placed over
a watermark of a single element from the design
we used to frame the cover photo on the program.

We can coordinate to any look to help you
complete your wedding decor.

Custom royal blue metallic pocketfold wedding invitation

This custom pocketfold invite was created using a soft white
metallic cardstock and royal blue shinny metallic cardstock.
The letter L was custom cut and was mounted on top of
the soft white, which was mounted onto the royal blue.
Alternating colors of the white and blue were cut to
create the stripe across the front of the cover.

Inside a custom pocket was attached to the left inside &
on the right the invitation was mounted to the royal blue
then to the white. Royal blue swirls were added to the
design of the invite as well as on the response card
and additional info card.
Across the pocket we continue the stripe effect and
added the date of the wedding on the white band.

We carried the swirl design on the envelope.
A custom lining with the couples names complimented
the inside of the envelope.

Coordinating thank you notes completed the
wedding ensemble.

Inside the thank you card a custom verse was added
as well as a watermark of the swirl design in a soft gray color.

Let us create something unique and special to you!

Custom Starfish pocketfold wedding invitation, menu card, program. placecard, favor tag, signage and rehearsal dinner invite

The Jersey Shores was the setting for this summer beach wedding.
 Starfish was the main theme.
We created a beautiful custom aqua metallic pocketfold.
Raffia was wrapped around the pocketfold holding it closed.
A custom cut starfish adorned the outside of the pocketfold
and the raffia was looped through a hole in the starfish
creating a very custom look.

A darker color metallic envelope created a nice contrast for
the custom lining of the same color as the invite.
 A watermark of the couples names and the date of their wedding
was printed using the same color as the envelope.

full view of the pocketfold inside
Each piece of this invitation ensemble was custom designed
to carry the theme of the starfish and swirls.
Each piece had it's own look.
The response card was a postcard style card.
We printed the guests names on the card
so all the guest had to do was check the box
whether or not they were attending.
This is a great feature as sometimes the guests
forget to fill in their names and you are left
trying to guess who the card came from.
By using a postcard style response you not only save
on the return postage you save in the cost
of not having to buy the response envelope.

The bride was her guest to be informed of
the events of the evening so we custom
created a menu card that flipped up so
we had an area for the menu
and an area for the events,
again carry her starfish theme.

inside view of the menu card

For the table numbers, the bride wanted to feature pictures
of her and the groom at their favorite place. We created a
custom frame with the starfish theme for the photos and each
card was then named by the place it represented.
For the matching place card, we created a two part card.
One card had the guests name and the other card had
the picture of the table they would be seated at. This worked
perfect for the bride as then she could match tables with the
guests at the last minute taking the pressure off trying to
give us a final layout for printing. Doing it this way gives you
the option to change your seating chart should you need to
at the last minute. The two cards were then tied to a starfish
that the couple gave to their guests.

close-up view of the place card with the name card on
top, the picture card is not showing.

Above is a custom cut favor tag we also created
that was tied to a favor box.

Here is just one of the custom signs we created.
This one featured the couples signature drink specials.

We had fun with the wedding program and
sprinkled some sand on the cover
printing their names underneath,
and mounting a custom cut starfish.
The pages were held together with raffia.

Close-up views of the inside of this slimline program.

For the rehearsal dinner we used a picture of the beach as
our main design, writing the couples names in the sand.
A custom addressed envelope completed the look.

We can create something unique for you to at: