Monday, November 30, 2009

Pinks & Oranges in Mexico

Corina and Stephen will wed in the Riviera Maya, Mexico next summer and thought that the mixes of pinks and oranges would complement their wedding perfectly. She found the passport invite that I did and loved the design. It holds all the information for her guests and was able to let them know how to make travel arrangements and added a thank you on the last page. The passport invitation can be customized to any type of destination wedding. It's a great way to let your guests' know as soon as they open the envelope that they'll be needing a passport for an amazing wedding venture.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

First comes Wedding...then comes Reception

Last year, Gretchen and Mary met with me to design an invite for their wedding in Canada. The 7x7 pocketfold was what we came up with and now we met again to design an invite for all their friends and family that couldn't join them for a reception. The pocket invite was the perfect choice to hold the additional info for their guests. We tied bronze with the turquoise together through all their stationery. Congratulations to Gretchen and Mary on their one year anniversary.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

An Italian Wedding

Suzanne and I met shortly after she went to Houston Wedding Showcase and saw my work. She loved it. It took some time before we were able to create a design that had the simplistic and vineyard feel of the winery where Suzanne and Siggy would wed. After they came back from visiting Castello Banfi, she knew exactly what her color theme would be. The castle on the front tag gave the whole look it's final touch.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Jungle Diaper Cake

My friend Sara is due next month and a couple of weeks ago, she had her baby shower. I thought it would be more personal to make her a diaper cake with some onesies included. I thought that a jungle themed cake would be cute. Little did I know that Baby Boy Parsa's bedroom theme was a jungle. Sara and many other loved it.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Garden Wedding

Kayla and Juan Pablo knew that they wanted a garden themed wedding next March. I created a mix of greens and purples with a touch of butterflies. Beginning with the Save the Date, they loved the one that I did for Meladie and Scott a while back. I used the same format and changed it to their colors and then we did a magnet instead of a flat card.

For the invitations, they wanted to include as much info as possible for the guests from the accommodations to the map and directions card. Their guests will be thoroughly prepared. I used a green patterned metallic paper to add a little flair to the invites.

The garden theme will be carried all the way through their wedding with their wedding program, table number and menu trifold, escort cards and ending with their thank you cards. What a pretty wedding this will be!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Handmade Papers

Lauren and Kevin
met with me a few months ago and first choose a modern invite with a pocket fold out. Over time, Lauren found this handmade paper and decided to go with an invitation that integrates a love letter style. She emailed me her ideas and instantly I fell in love with the concept. When I received her sample paper in the mail, right away I went to the printer to see if it would feed through. After printing her invite, I had to email her even though it was midnight. Lauren said she "got teary eyed" just looking at it. Here is her finished wedding invitation. I love it!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Square Invite

Jennifer and Jason decided on something different and unique. Going with a contemporary square invite, they didn't want all their inserts to just fall out of the envelope when their guests received it in the mail. I designed an invitation that solved just that. On the front of the invitation is their regular invite, but when flipped over, there's a pocket that holds everything in place. Brown and different shades of green are their wedding colors. Jennifer loved the completed look of the ribbons.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Passport Invitation

Amy and Jeff wanted to keep in theme of their destination wedding and I did a boarding pass save the date for them. For their wedding invitation, they decided on doing a passport. The design includes a twist of a starfish and seashells on a lagoon metallic cardstock and the inside pages resemble the real passport with their wedding info. There can be mulitple pages including accommodations, activites, travel agent or wedding coordinator info. The options are endless. This invitation completes the look for their Mexico destination wedding.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Kelley & Brian

This save the date is one of my favorites. Kelley and Brian love the simplicity of the blue and green stripes and seashell that remind them of the ocean. How could any of their guests' forget their wedding date with such a pretty save the date.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Kian's 2nd Birthday

Laylee and David's son is turning 2 soon. How time really flies. The theme she choose to have is Disney's Cars. Laylee picked this because Kian loves to play with little toy cars and he puts them in his pocket when they go anywhere. How cute.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

50th Anniversary

When I was at the Houston Wedding Showcase, I met Joyce and she was interested in doing invitations for her parents' 50th anniversary celebration. I was definitely honored that she choose me to do the stationary. Usually I am doing wedding invitations and to think, 50 years later, they are celebrating the vows they shared with one another the day they got married. Happy 50th Anniversary to James and Sylvesta.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Silver & Red Pocket

My friend Shehanie that I've known since I was 15 called me a couple of weeks ago (and I haven't talked to her in over a year) and said her sister was getting married. They wanted to come over as soon as possible to do Rae and Jeffrey's invites since it was a quick engagement. Rae found a design she liked and went with a silver, white and cranberry. She loved the soft touch the cranberry ribbon gave to the sleek silver and white pocket invite. The back of the invitation is a pocket which hold the response and accommodation cards.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Tropical Boarding Pass

Amy and Jeff are having a destination wedding next June in Mexico. Instead of send a regular 'ol save the date, what better way to announce their wedding than to send a save the date that replicates a boarding pass. Amy's custom design was integrated with seashells in mixes of blues and bright pinks. How tropical! Her wedding invitation is going to look like a passport. I can't wait to get started!!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Beach Magnet

I met Debra with Designer Destination Weddings at the Houston Wedding Showcase. Within the last week of meeting with her, she has sent many brides my way. They all want save the date magnets. Since I've never done them before, it's been quite the experiment. Although my first one turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. Erin McClure LOVED her magnet and I definitely am excited about doing more.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Diaper Cakes

So here's how the story goes. My friend Angie tells everyone that I can do anything. And I mean anything! Angie had a baby shower last February and I made her a diaper cake. Her friend Buddie asked if I could make her a couple of diaper cakes. Of course, Angie says, "Yes, Thao can make it!" Buddie emails me and asks for a football and baseball themed diaper cake and a tiki/hawaiian themed diaper cake for a boy. How cute! I had a lot of fun making them and it was different since it didn't have anything to do with paper. I hope the soon-to-be-moms enjoy them as well.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bridal Shower

Michelle called me last week and ask if I could whip up a quick bridal shower invitation that she would be hosting with family and friends. Of course I was happy to! Gen's colors were cherry red and silver and I quickly came up with this invite.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Paisley Invitation

Heena and Zul were referred to us by a good friend of mine and Ben's. I met with them a couple of weeks ago and learned that they would be having a traditional Indian wedding lasting 2 days. Heena picked out the one she wanted right away and we played with the colors of antique gold, dark pink and orange incorporated with a touch of paisley. She said that it would tie in with the Indian theme and the henna drawings that she would have on her wedding day. How awesome is that?

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Houston Wedding Showcase

Yesterday, I had a wedding stationary booth set up at the Houston Wedding Showcase. I got a lot of amazing feedback on my work and I'd like to thank all the bride and grooms who were able to make it.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Hearts and Hearts

Meeting Benniesha and Tony a couple of weeks ago was awesome. Though I had never done a collection like hers, I was excited to get started with her unique design. When I asked what she had in mind, she said to me, "I want an invite that opens up like doors and when you look in side, there will be a vellum page with all the wording and hearts underneath. All of it will be tied together with a bow." I was amazed that Benneisha knew exactly what she wanted. So I went to the drawing board. It took me a few days to get the right image for the hearts she requested, but when I finally put it all together, here's what I came up with.

A week later, Benniesha came back to meet with my husband, Ben with Sassani Photography, and I was able to show her the sample set. Most of the time, I send out the samples to the couples and I don't actually get to see their reactions. She couldn't help smiling and telling me how much she loved it. It feels great when a bride is in love with her stationary.

Included in Benniesha and Tony's collection besides the invitation are the Save the Dates, Programs and Menu stands. Also, Benniesha wanted to be different and instead of sending out the invitations in a white envelope, she wanted a matching sapphire blue envelope. Of course, it's difficult to print on, so I created a label that goes from the back flap all the way to front. On the back is the printed return address and on the front, all the guests names will be printed. When sent out, no guest will be able to forget what that envelope and invite looked like nor will they forget that sleek and clean finished look.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Initial Notepads

Part of my personalized stationary includes notepads that may be personalized with a name, saying or initial. The notepads can be printed on white paper or metallic paper and are perforated, hole punched and tied together with a matching ribbon. My friend Angie gave me the idea of making notepads without perforating or hole punching and tying them together. I didn't know how to "glue" the top of the pad of paper together and she found that there was something called "padding compound" and holds all the loose paper together. Of course the next day I went all over looking for padding compound and found no such thing. I suppose you can only purchase it online. So I bought a product called Paper Cement...similar to Rubber Cement. It works miraculously. Thanks Angie for the great idea!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Butterfly Save the Date

What a shock it was to me that Meladie found this blog just by "accident" when she was looking for wedding stationary. She loved the samples that I have posted over the last few weeks and we've been emailing and talking about her June 2010 wedding colors and design. I am excited to share Meladie and Scott's concept of reds, oranges and light blues, not to mention adding butterflies to her stationary. I have finished her Save the Date cards and there'll be more to come. I can't wait to get started on her invite!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Personalized Thank You Cards

I have been working on new designs for thank you cards. They are 3.5 x 5 and come with white envelopes. I absolutely love them and think they are so cute. Give them as Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, or just because. These unique gifts can be customized with or without personalization. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Beach Themed Invitations

I had the pleasure of meeting Cathy and Eric a few weeks ago. They are having a destination wedding in Key West, Florida. Of course their stationary was beach themed as I incorporated bamboo paper in their mix of pinks and orange and little bit of green. One of my favorite pieces of this set is the M&M pillow box favor. M&M's are Eric's favorite candy so of course we had to include those in there somewhere! Those can be customized to match your color scheme.

This set included the invite, program fans, place cards or escort cards, M&M pillow box favor and thank you card.

Front and back of the invite. The accommodations and RSVP card are held together by a coordinating band and then attached to the back of the invite. This makes it easier for the guests and when taking the invitation set out of the envelope, the inserts don't fall out. Plus when the bride and groom are stuffing the envelopes to send out to their guests, it's one less step they have to do.

Christian's 1st Birthday Invitations

My nephew Christian is turning 1 on August 24. How time flies! His mom, Sylvia, decided that the theme of the party would be Cat in the Hat. How cute! Here's his invite...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Samantha's 10th Birthday

As you can see, Samantha is having a pool party and requested lime green and pink. I emailed her mom the proof and their response was that they "LOVED" it.

Jordan's 12th Birthday

A neighbor of a great friend of mine asked if I could make both her daughters' birthday invitations. How could I say no? Jordan loves blues and here's what I came up with. She loved it.