Birds on a Wire – Vintage Modern Wedding Invitation Theme

Every so often I find a piece of Vintage ephemera that captures my imagination – this wedding invitation set was created with such a piece.  Actually not even from a complete element, but a snippet from a corner of an antique French Market fruit label!  Mixed together with original watercolor backgrounds, branch twigs and silhouette birds made out of the same pattern, the end result has a modern design feel to it.  The invitations are available in my Vintage Weddings Zazzle invitation store AT THIS LINK

AJ-Fruit-n-Floral-Vintage-Birds-1I am also in the process of creating matching DIY Wedding Decor printables that can make carrying this birds on a wire, bird cage wedding theme simple and inexpensive.

AJR-E357Q3-img1You can find this set AT THIS LINK

AJR-E357R-img1You can find this set AT THIS LINK.  Add your own names and table assignments to these cards and you have an elegant and simple DIY place card design.  Find a matching ribbon, punch a hole in the top and tie onto a branch, a small twig tree or for fun use an antique (or antique looking modern) curtain rod as shown.

AJR-E357N-img1You can find there AT THIS LINK.  These little silhouette birds would be delightful used as Bridal Shower or Wedding Reception decor.  Tie them onto wine goblets or napkins.  use them as place cards by writing the name and table number of your guests on the reverse side.  Your imagination is the only limitation as you can print as many as you like for only $4.95 for the kit.

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Downton Abbey Style Vintage Weddings

Hoping we’ll see another incredibly lavish, elegant, vintage style wedding this season set in Downton Abbey?  We sure are.  What a setting for two hearts to unite in love.  If this era is your dream wedding theme, we have a new wedding invitation set that is perfect for the setting.

Downton Abbey style, Vintage English Roses Wedding Invitation Set.

Downton Abbey style, Vintage English Roses Wedding Invitation Set.

This is a mix of original watercolor artwork by Audrey Jeanne Roberts, a graphic remix of vintage rose bouquets, modern swirl flourishes and some beautiful hand lettered style calligraphy fonts. A contemporary new work in a timeless, classic, lavish style perfect for recreating the era in your wedding theme.

Offered in more than a dozen color ways, we can tailor this design for your own color palette, just ask!  To go to the blush pink and gold color way, just click on the image and it will take you there.

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FREE Wedding Stuff – Printable Cards

One of my goals for the New Year is to have one or two FREE printable digital downloads to match my wedding sets each month. If you enjoy this downloadable file and are looking for wedding invitation sets to match, the complete matching Wedding Invitation Ensemble can be found at: http://bit.ly/leE1fKF

Fold Over Place Card, favor gift tags or Buffet Table Title Cards – To download the jpeg image for printing, simply click on the picture below and it will take you to Hightail download service.Audrey-Jeanne-Art-Deco-Typography-wedding-invitation-suite2

You will need to add your own text if you wish to use your printer to personalized them, or you can hand letter your guest names.

Enjoy!  Audrey Jeanne

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Our Newest Art Deco Wedding Invitations

The 1920s produced some amazingly lasting and elegant design styles.  With the ascension of Hollywood movies and Television drama stories set in that period such as Downton Abbey and The Great Gatsby, there is a growing love and appreciation for the era.

My husband and I were late to watching Downton Abbey, but once we did, like so many others – we just couldn’t stop watching until we were completely caught up!  So how did my creative side respond…

1920s Designer Style Weddings

Art Deco Typography Wedding Invitation Suite

I immediately thought of ways to incorporate this stylish period into the most romantic of days – your wedding.  If you’re looking for inspiration, here’s one of my Pinterest boards that celebrates this theme: http://www.pinterest.com/audreyjeanner/great-gatsby-art-deco-wedding/

This invitation set is the first of many that were created to capture the glamor, elegance, ambiance, sophisticated beauty of the period but with a modern designer flair.  The background can be done in absolutely any color to match your wedding color palette!  If you desire some assistance with this set, click on the image and find the item you’re interested in our Modern Style Paperie store at Zazzle and message us.  We’re happy to help!

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BOHO – Bohemian Style Burlap and Lace Weddings

One of the strongest new trends in Modern Wedding Styles is the BOHO or Bohemian Gypsy style.  Simple, loose, fun, with a strong element of DIY and touches of burlap and lace.  I think it’s the juxtaposition of burlap’s rough, simple earthy texture and lace’s elegance, refinement and romance that sums this trend up best. BOHO Bohemian Trendy Stylish Chic Burlap and Lace Wedding Invitations Set Vintage lace bits and pieces tied around romantic gathered bouquets.  Escort seating cards clipped onto lace strung from trees and mix n match patterns, old lace table cloths and anything else that warms your heart – make for a warm and welcoming wedding celebration. This design collection can be found in our “Modern Style Paperie” Store at Zazzle:  LINK TO COLLECTION HERE


I have personally have had an addiction to gathering beautiful antique laces.  One of my favorite things to do each summer when we lived in San Diego was to visit the Hand Made lace exhibits at the Del Mar Fair.  The incredible arts of tatting, bobbin lace and other timeless, beautiful crafts are being kept alive for generations yet to come.  Being able to design something that will help keep that love alive is a special joy for me! If there is an item you would like to have made to match for your own wedding, Quinceanera, Bat Mitzvah or engagement party needs, just contact me by leaving a comment here or at our FaceBook page.

Bohemian Style Chic Dinner Menu Cards to use with formal dinner settings such as Receptions.

Formal Dinner Menus for Wedding Receptions, Bridal Showers, Couple’s Showers, Rehearsal Dinners and formal corporate events.

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Vintage Typography & Graphic Design

My start in the art world was first as a stained glass artist and then I spent a dozen years as a calligrapher.  To say that I absolutely adore typography, calligraphy fonts, and all things text would be a gross understatement!  I LOVE the growing trend in wedding invitations and the stationery field as a whole, of exploring text in design.  

Vintage typography with apple blossoms and tree branch

Last night – about the time I SHOULD have been winding down – I stumbled upon a piece of Vintage art I had on my computer.  It spoke to me.  In fact it called my name loudly and begged me to breath life into it and transform it into a fresh new vision.

The color palette of soft, meadow mossy, greyed green and blush pinks along with the gentle gold metallic highlights makes this set so current for the wonderful new “Old Hollywood” or “Classic Elegance” trends for weddings, bridal showers and more.

THE COMPLETE SET IS HERE: http://www.zazzle.com/vintageweddings/gifts?cg=196248147153481621


Beautiful detailed typographic style modern vintage gold metallic look with printer's ornament etchings.

Now… it’s time for me to get back on track and back to painting new art!!!  Stay tuned!

 

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Chalkboard Typography Style is Such FUN!

This week’s featured design got its start one evening this week.  I was watching Hallmark Channel Christmas movies with my beloved husband (tissue box close at hand, LOL!)

An Chalkboard Typographic Style Wedding Invitation Set, with Calligraphy Flourish Swirls and leaves.idea popped into my mind.  I grabbed my sketch pad, pencils and other goodies and began to play with creating a chalkboard, cafe’ sign style wedding or invitation set.

After tucking my hubby into bed, about two o’clock in the morning I had finished much of the design work!  Inspiration has a mind of her own and when she desires to play with me,  I’ve learned to run with her  :-)

The result was this Leaf Swirl, French Cafe Sign style Chalkboard Typographic Calligraphy Flourish wedding invitation set.   I began my career as a calligrapher, to hand lettering has always been a love of my heart and I hope it shows in this collection.

In this set you’ll find Wedding, Bridal Shower, Couple’s Shower, Rehearsal Dinner, and Reception Invitations as well as a wide range of coordinating products for every need.

If there is an item you would like to have that hasn’t been created just let me know – I’ll be happy to do so.  This will also eventually be available for Quinceanera and Bat Mitzvah Parties as well.

 

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‘Tis the Season for Engagements!

Vintage Tea Stained Wedding Collections 1 & 2There’s no more romantic time than the holidays for getting engaged – and many do!  As you turn your attention toward the many details that will suddenly become very important to you, take time to enjoy the process of defining what YOU and your intended want your wedding to represent to your family and friends.  Fashions come and go, but your wedding should reflect both who you two are and who you hope to become.

Be inspired by fashion and color trends, but don’t be a slave to them!  What have you always loved?  What will you likely still love 25 or 50 years from now when you look back at the pictures of the happiest day of your life?

Timeless elegance is just that!  Vintage modern strikes a lovely balance between the timeless values that make for a great marriage (after all that is the point of all of these festivities) and a new world that continues to rapidly grow and evolve.

Through the generosity of Karen at The Graphics Fairy: http://www.graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/, I have been able to combine several of her antique images with antique inspired fonts and new watercolor teastained backgrounds  and create the lovely wedding sets above.  With the magic of Photoshop and the ability to blend modern watercolor artwork and vintage elements these sets came to life.

There are two distinct sets that are completely mix and match-able.   The first set (shown above) was introduced this time last year.  If you click on the image it will take you to that product in my store.  There are also: Rehearsal Dinner Invites, Save the Date Announcements, Bridal Shower & Couple’s Shower Invitations as well as mailing labels, envelopes and reception decor items.

Tea Stained Vintage Antique Printer's Ornament Decorative Etchings Wedding Invitation

This second set is new this year and was designed to coordinate perfectly with Set #1.  We’ll be adding additional items as the season goes along, but don’t hesitate to ask us for anything you don’t see.  Please use my Zazzle Store contact email as the one attached to this blog does not function correctly and I won’t get your email :-(

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New Color Way for Les Fleur Pavoine

By request, I’ve created a new colorway for this very popular collection.  In the near future there will be additional color ways available including: Grey, Rose Pink, Light Blue, and Teal.

This is hand painted, watercolor artwork of flowers I painted from life.  I’ve worked it into a “French Antique Wallpaper” feel so that while it is new art it has the feel of vintage antiquity.   Some of the elements included are antique handwriting, hand painted leaf swirl border with an interior that has a velum look.  I’ve also included botanical butterflies, printer’s ornament decorative etchings and other vintage elements.

These are set up for weddings, but you can change the text to use them for any party, celebration or business corporate event.

Peony Floral in Lavender with Butterflies, Roses, Tulips & Poppies

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Peacock Wedding Invitations and Products

I’m getting prepared for the season… Yes, for the Christmas season, but business-wise for the upcoming Wedding season.  It kicks into gear just about as soon as Christmas passes us by.  I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown by!  I have so much that is new, I thought I would do some feature boards to tie in with my new Pinterest account where I’m showing complete theme ideas to coordinate with my invitation designs.  If you’re “creatively challenged” and have a hard time envisioning how things would work together, I hope they’ll be of help!

If any of you are looking for a specific design motif or color I don’t have, I’d love to hear from you.  I’m always looking for upcoming trends.  If there’s one you’ve been noticing, I’d love to have you comment and fill me in on the details!

These Peacock Feathers Wedding Invitation Ensemble or Suites are available in a wide variety of color combinations including: Black, Royal Blue, Teal, Medium Aqua, Light Aqua, Purple, and Green.

If you don’t see the color you would like to use for your wedding, I can create an entire collection to your specifications.  Just go to my Zazzle store and you’ll find a “contact” email button.  I’m happy to help out.

Any invitation set can also be converted for parties or other occasions such as Mardis Gras.  You can do that when you add your personalization or I can help.

Here’s the link to my Pinterest Board on Blue Peacock Wedding Inspiration: http://pinterest.com/audreyjeanner/peacock-inspired-wedding-blues/ Come take a peek!

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Vintage Art Microscope Slide Christmas Ornaments

I had a wonderful customer from my Etsy store make these lovely Christmas ornaments using my vintage collage designs.  I’m in LOVE with these!Vintage Christmas Microscope Slide Ornament 1 She graciously offered to share her ideas and instructions for others to enjoy.  My thanks to Patti at ETSY DEARSHABBY SHOP (click on name for link) who developed these very thorough and easy to follow directions.  Her photos are outstanding, but I bet they can’t even begin to show the elegance of the diamond glitter encrusted beauties :-)
Here’s what you’ll need:

Microscope slides (buy on line for a very reasonable price)
Digital Download images available on Etsy from AudreyJeanneRoberts (or other wonderful Etsy artists as well )
Decoupage Glue
Detail Paint brush (to apply the decoupage glue to slides)
A pop-sickle stick if you don’t have a decent thumb nail
Glitter in assorted colors and sizes
Diamond Dust ( Large container ) of glitter
High Gloss top coat spray
Rainbow Gallery Plastic Canvas 10 (this is in the jewelry making department of your favorite craft store.
Preserve It spray (a strong hairspray will also work )

Vintage Santa OrnamentI’ve found that the most efficient way to do this project is to do each of the steps all at once. Meaning that instead of completing one piece at a time, do step one to all of your pieces, then step two, step three and so on. It works out much better for you if you do it this way.
Here’s our first step.
1. Decide first how many pieces you’ll want to make. Do you want to just experiment for now? Or would you like to create about 25 of these to hang on your tree?

2. You’ll want to go to AUDREY JEANNE’S ETSY SHOP. (This set used is found here: VINTAGE ANGEL)
You will see ALL of the beautiful digital downloads in her store but I was looking for Christmas items so I searched Christmas once I was in her store.

3. Once you have printed out your images you will want to protect them from running which can happen with ink jet printers. If you happen to have a laser printer~ you can skip this step. You can either use “Preserve It” spray, available from your craft store, (look in the art section or the scrap booking section) or a very strong hairspray. . Spray a very fine mist over the whole page. You don’t have to soak it, better not to. It will dry within 15 minutes
Vintage Ornament Craft Instructions4. If you have a “Cutterbee Cutterpeed” Cutter or any paper cutter like we used in grade school, that’s the best way to cut these out. Cut out strips first then with your scissors you can cut the individual clips out. They come in sizes of 2 inches long. You want them to be able to fit on the microscope slide so you’ll want to cut them into strips.

5. Once you have all of your pieces cut out, dip your detailed paint brush in the decoupage glue and apply a small amount of the glue on just one side of the slide. Don’t cover the whole slide only because you don’t need to. Just put a thin layer where you will be applying your image.

6. Center the image face down so that the picture will be showing through the front of the clear glass. Use your thumbnail or your popsicle stick to remove any air bubbles and excess glue. Please don’t skip this step, there will be air bubbles and excess glue. Just make sure you don’t rub too hard.
7. Put the pieces aside to dry. If you can place them in sunlight (indoors) or near a heat vent, all the better.
8.Once they are dry, grab your glitter glue. . I am using different colors of glitter on each one . Place the glitter glue on the same side of the glass as your image. So the glitter will be behind the glass. It is just as brilliant and the glue dries clear.
9. Once the glue is dry, (place them in the sunlight or near a heat vent. If you have a small bathroom where you could shut the door and let the heat turn the room into an arid environment, all the better). 15 minutes if you have them in the bathroom and 25 if the conditions aren’t so dry. Take them outside or in a well ventilated room and spray the high gloss top coat on the back where you’ve done all the work. This way you won’t have glitter falling off whenever you handle the pieces.
10. Next, let’s take a hot glue gun or if you don’t want to work with that kind of heat, a jewelers glue that works on glass would be fine, and in small sections, add it to the edge of the slide. Then quickly take your ” Rainbow Gallery Plastic Canvas 10″ and line the edge. Do this all around the edges. When you’re done, add glue all around the edges again and only working in small sections, dip the glued piece into the large container of Diamond Dust. Tap the excess off each time you bring the slide out of the diamond dust. Now turn the piece over and using your same glue attach the Rainbow Gallery string in a U shaped pattern on the back so that you are now able to hang your pieces.
The other great thing about this project is you can follow these instructions for all different holidays and just hang the slides in sunny windows.

If you are going to have a Christmas cookie exchange or a party, these would make a fabulous favor gift tag on your packages.  Just add a beautiful ribbon and use to tie on a package or bag.  Is it Christmas yet?!

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Diamonds & Lace Wedding Collection Debuts!

complete wedding collection available

wedding+invitations+cards diamonds and lace blue cream silver

One of the most delightful parts of my job is looking at weddings – lots, and lots of weddings!   I study color, design,and especially the “feel” of where the style is going.  One of the fun directions is towards elegance with a touch of bling.

Shown are Just a Few of the Colors Available

This new “Diamonds & Lace” Collection is available in a wide range of color selections, including Black & White, pinks, purples, and several colorways of blues.  Blue is the big color story looking ahead to 2012.  Everything from a rich navy to soft baby blues and especially mixed together in unexpected ways.

There is also an option to custom color the front and reverse in two different colors – simply email me and I’ll walk you through the process.  Is your wedding hot pink & black – blue & green – golden yellow & grey?  We can do it for you!

All invitations can also be customized for any other occasion such as Quinceanera, Sweet 16, Graduation, Anniversary parties or any occasion you require.

 

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To Build a Lasting Love – Framed Print

For those looking for our Framed Print Line, “Audrey Jeanne’s Expressions,” we have discontinued our website and are basically only doing matted prints from this point onward.  We have had a very difficult time securing frames since our custom framer left the business.

I am beginning to develop the best selling items at my Zazzle store in other formats, including our best selling “To Build a Lasting Love” in a new 12″ x 36″ poster.  Zazzle also offers a reasonable framing service.

Perfect for a Wedding or Anniversary gift, it is set up to be personalized with the names and wedding date of the couple.  Virtually any color background can be created.  If there is a color you would like, just email me.

The options that Zazzle allows me to include are things we have wanted to do for years.  You can create a wedding print with the couple’s wedding or engagement photo included along with the custom personalization.

The printing on these is fabulous.  The print stock is thick and has a soft matte glow to it.  Photographs reproduce perfectly.

Another fun item is my wedding sign posters.  A beautiful way to dress up your wedding decor and direct your guests to your various venues at your wedding.  Directional signs, reception, dancing, guest book and hand calligraphy font illustrations, customizable with your last names in any colormuch more will be available.  I can custom create signs to match your wedding for an additional design fee, or design them to match any of my wedding invitation designs for no additional charge.

If you’re looking for something really unique and beautiful in wedding invitations and can’t find it… send me a note with your ideas and I will be glad to see if I have any art that could work for you.  I am not always able to do custom design work due to my design load with licensing, but if I have time I enjoy the challenge!

 

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The Fun is in Repurposing!

When designing my studio, I could have simply purchased all new items, but instead found great joy in re-purposing and doing a complete redesign using things that I have already enjoyed for years.  For me, designing a work space is first about efficient function and then all about what makes me feel good.  I spend long hours working in my art studio.  To make that time a delight rather than a drudge, I love to be surrounded by things that inspire me, by some of my favorite items I’ve created in the past and by colors that will cheer me up on a grey day.

My inspiration for this color palette came from a beautiful, one yard piece of chintz that is a raw silk look.  I bought it 5 or 6 years ago as a remnant just because… I tucked it away and found it when we were preparing to move.  Unfortunately, I was unable to find any more of the fabric, so I used it as a spring board for the over all design by making three pillows for the daybed/guest bed that is in my room.  Like many of you, I love the put together over a long period of time look of mix and match almost “mismatch” elegance.  It’s hard work getting to that, LOL!  Matchy-matchy is so much easier, but much less fun.

I’m looking for a great source to buy antique glass door knobs or door pulls if you know of one.   I want to replace the pegs on a small wall shelf I have with the door knobs for character and bling.  My curtain rod has a set of beautiful crystal finials, and I would like to find some crystal bling odds n ends to make tacks for my fabric covered memo board on the closet door.  Ideas anyone?

I found the beautifully simple quilt set at overstock.com.  (SEE IT HERE) It’s all cotton and linen and has a lovely scalloped edge on both the shams and the edge of the quilt.  It’s washable (which is great since my all black cat, Shadow, loves to sneak in and nap on it!)  I’ve been puzzling out what I should use for the dust ruffle for the bed and realized just yesterday that our previous home’s living room drapes were perfect to reuse for this purpose.  I’ll be breaking out my sewing machine soon to transform them into their new function.

I’ve had white counter tops for the past 20+ years – what was I thinking?!!!  Every one has gotten stained with paint and though it started out lovely, became dingy and worn (and not in a lovely cottage way).  My sweet husband suggested a granite look formica for this purpose.  It’s already spotted and if it gets scratched, chunked or otherwise stained it just blends right in.  We have 3 short 1 foot wide bookcases that we found in the barn of a previous home and have housed my magazines in every studio since, they’re being reused and mismatched with a white kitchen cabinet.  I’ll tie it all together with fabric under the counter curtains in an old-world european style.   Here’s the curtains I bought to use for fabric and the valance (SEE IT HERE)  The fabric is a wonderful aged butter yellow that leans almost to tan.

Thanks for peeking in.  Hopefully I’ll be able to show you soon how it all goes together.  I’m just going to have to paint some new art to go with the new room… hmmm… perhaps my new peony photos might come into play on that?!

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