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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. 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.
Formal Dinner Menus for Wedding Receptions, Bridal Showers, Couple’s Showers, Rehearsal Dinners and formal corporate events.
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.
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
Now… it’s time for me to get back on track and back to painting new art!!! Stay tuned!
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!)
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.
There’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.
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
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.
I’ve been so sporadic posting this year, especially this fall that I thought I would post a little Christmas tag freebie that you can print, cut and assemble for layered Christmas tags.
Here’s the link and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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!
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!
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! 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 )
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 )
I’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
4. 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?!
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.
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.
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.
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 much 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!
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?!
I thought I would share a little since it’s been so ridiculously long since I posted here. I do have a good excuse – we have moved! I thought I would also share bits and pieces of my new studio as it’s coming together. I always enjoy seeing where my artist friends work and thought you might enjoy a sneak peek as well. My color palette in the studio is a little retro. The wall color is from Martha Stewart’s paints “Smokey Aqua” it’s an aqua that pushes almost to the green. It’s sunny and bright and goes really well with my totally fun red glitter vinyl 50′s stool we got from Target about 10 years ago. I have a mix of some great chintz fabrics, the window chintz is butter yellow with tan, pink, burgundy and a touch of red. I’ll show more of that later when we get the tools out of the way so I can do the important stuff – ie DECORATE!
As we are nearing the end of our family’s move I realize, I hate moving, but am loving it now that we’re almost done. We moved half an hour closer to town though still very much in the country. We have another fabulous (though different) view, are near friends and church and enjoy an almost non-stop summer breeze. There are still boxes in the corners of several rooms, but almost everything now has a place and I’m actually starting to REMEMBER where that place is, LOL!
My sweet husband worked until 1 o’clock this morning getting my art studio nearer to completion. He has created a corner work space repurposing items that have been in almost every art studio I’ve used for the past 30 years and yet he’s making them new and wonderful. You would have loved watching him carefully “distressing” my newly painted but repurposed shelves. He’s mister anal-retentive and he actually very carefully “randomly” distressed them while I just grab a piece of sand paper and go at it. It made us laugh so much looking at how different we are from each other and yet how well we work together. I have a couple of in process pictures today and I’ll post things as they get set up and finished. Any suggestions you might have are greatly welcomed!
It’s been fun rethinking how I do my work and getting a chance to reorganize my work areas. I’ve thrown and thrown and thrown away some more. I’ve donated things I realize I’ll never use (like my wooden mannequins for drawing) since I just don’t paint people!
My computer/office work area is public as part of the great central area of the house. No chance to hide my mess any more so I’ve actually been doing better at keeping it organized. Wonder how long that will last, LOL!?
I’ve discovered new ways to organize that are working really well with my own natural bent. Costco has great plastic “shoe box’ sized stacking boxes that are 100% transparent so you can see what’s in them. I was able to condense all of my crafting supplies into a single shelf in my studio closet and will only need to bring out the box when I’m working on a project. Soooo easy! I was amazed at just how much fits into one of those boxes and how sturdy they are when stacked. Living in the country, lids are VERY necessary as dust is everywhere at all times. My tools got dirty and dusty in the open drawer system I had before.
The view out my window goes all the way to the high sierra, snow-capped peaks which you can’t see here. I have a beautiful pastoral view close in and my beloved mountains as well. The flowers in the window are my window boxes that line the front of the house and patio. I loved where we were before and I love where I am now. I am learning with the Apostle Paul -to be content in any state that I find myself.
All of this brings me to today’s devotional thought – sometimes God wants to move us whether we like it or not! Being comfortable isn’t very high on His list of priorities for us. In fact, in my experience He’s pretty happy when I’m UNCOMFORTABLE enough to let Him change what He needs to in my heart. Has that been your experience as well?
I’ve also learned that “Father truly always does know best!” His plans for me are always for my good and he imagines so much more for me than I would have ever thought for myself. I’m learning every day to trust him more and to delight more in His surprises. One of my favorite things about our new location is that I get drop-in guests now. We were soooooo far up in the mountains that nobody came by unless they had really good reason or time to waste, LOL! Now friends pop in on a whim and we love it.
3 He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be astounded.
They will put their trust in the LORD.
4 Oh, the joys of those who trust the LORD,
who have no confidence in the proud,
or in those who worship idols.
5 O LORD my God, you have done many miracles for us.
Your plans for us are too numerous to list.
If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds,
I would never come to the end of them.
Some of us have heard rumors that it’s Spring, others are deeply enjoying the warmth of the sun and the most welcomed harbinger of spring – Tulips and other bulbs. To celebrate spring I’ve created a FREE tag set that you can pick up on my Facebook page
You can also click on the picture to go to my Facebook page, you’ll go to a “Welcome” page first, where you’ll have an opportunity to sign up for my newsletter that I’ll be producing soon on a somewhat monthly basis You’ll also have a chance to “like” my page which will give you access to special coupon codes listed on a separate page under “For Fans Only”
There are several digital clip art kits available in this design in my Etsy store. The complete art kit runs $7.95 and has 27 pieces in the kit. 3, 12″ square papers, 2, shaped tags, 14 art pieces, 1 word art, 2 intricate borders, 4 frames and 1 card front. Created from vintage botanical illustrations and highly designed, layered and textured, then mixed with original watercolor art by Audrey Jeanne.
You can click on the picture to go to the kit at Etsy or use this link: ANTIQUE TULIPS ART KIT There will be several more kits coming over the next few weeks, including jewelry making collages, compact mirrors, coasters and more.
After having a foot of snow two weeks ago we finally had a marvelous weekend – just in time for the outdoor wedding of a very special young couple that are dear friends from our church. It was a magnificent day for them and we were so excited to be a part of their lives and to be a part of helping them as a married couple in the years ahead. Congratulations Andrew and Monica!
“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!” One of my favorite verses and one I try to meditate on frequently – whether the day is beautiful like today, or stormy, it’s a day that God has given me to rejoice and delight in. When I greet the storms with rejoicing in the Lord they pass more easily and disturb me less. When I greet the beautiful days with gratitude in my heart they are all the more enhanced! Everything goes better in my life when I rejoice in my Lord! Have a great Spring day.
Just for fun today, I created this Vintage Peacock punchable gift tag. He’s a free download. All you have to do to claim him is go to my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/audrey.jeannes.expressions (or click on the image and it will take you there). You may have to scroll through posts to find him or you can go to my albums and look for “Freebie” as the title.
While you’re there would you please consider “liking” my page? We’re working toward reaching 500 “likes” and then there will be a link to a $4.95 digital clip art Easter kit for FREE! If you have a friend that would enjoy the freebie too, would you consider letting them know about it for me as well. It’s all about connecting!
To use these as Favor tags for a wedding reception or bridal shower, you can either hand write on them after printing, or typeset your names on them before printing. This requires some graphic program or Microsoft Word knowledge. Make sure you use as heavy a card stock as your printer can manage, it makes a difference in the finished product. To create the tags, simply either cut them out on a paper trimmer, or use a square or round punch. I left lots of background to give you more options. Punch a hole in the top and use a lovely ribbon to affix them to your favors and you have a beautifully elegant touch for your wedding reception tables, bridal shower decor or other party event.
There are invitations, RSVPs and other stationery goods in a wide variety of background colors, that have been designed to match this collection. I’ve linked just a couple here in this post, but you can find a wide selection of peacock designs – from vintage to contemporary and in many different colorways in my store.
A CONTEST EVERYONE CAN WIN: I want to build my Facebook page up from 204 likes to 500 as my first goal. Will you help me do it? If you do, you can win the kit I’m showing in this post. The minute we reach that goal I will post a link to the kit on my page as a thank you to everyone that helped as well as to be enjoyed by everyone who joined! So if you have friends that enjoy digital art, please invite them so I can give away at least 500 kits!
I took a great class yesterday from Constant Contact (the people I’ve been paying to host my 5,000+ name mailing list for 3 months, but have never sent out an email to yet!!!) Am I lame or what?! I’m not sure what the hold up has been, but I’m determined to get past it. My darling friend, Karla Dornacher has even agreed to hold my hand through the process so I’m going to take the plunge… very soon…
The conference was actually 2 classes, Social Marketing was the morning topic and Email Marketing the second. Does the word “marketing” scare you? It isn’t my favorite word either, but I realized that if you take the word “marketing” out – it’s really about connecting, I hate to “market” but I LOVE to connect. What’s not to love about connecting with people who share your likes and passions. Connecting with people that enjoy what you do and vice-versa. When I started to think of it in those terms it immediately became much less scary to me.
After listening to Kelly Flint – Constant Contact’s LA Regional Development Director give the presentation, I did a lot of thinking about what I have and haven’t done in the past. She is delightfully hilarious by the way, if you get a chance to go to any seminar she’s teaching do it. You can find her Facebook page by clicking on her name, it’s a live link. Kelly is a wealth of ideas and information and I’ll share bits and pieces of her tips via my twitter feed in the next few weeks. If you haven’t connected with me there it’s TWITTER @audreyjeanne.
Kelly shared a lot of real life stories. While listening to them, it dawned on me, I don’t believe I have ever told anyone that reads my blog that I HAVE a Facebook Page, much less invited you to come visit. I did say I’m at the 101 course level. You can find it here: facebook.com/audrey.jeannes.expressions
I enjoy Facebook because it’s so interactive – much more so than a blog. I would love to dialog with you. I would LOVE to hear about your passions. What arts and crafts are you into? What do you want to learn more about? What are you making and selling or just making to give away?
Do you have friends that love to create with digital art? Are they professional crafters that love to find new things to make, new art that they can use for selling at craft shows? Do you have friends that scour the net for the next hot craft and would love to share what they find? I’d love for you to invite them to come connect with us. I’d love to see what people are doing in their creative spaces and try to encourage you to bring more creativity and beauty into your life. AND I’d love to have you come and post those kinds of things on my Facebook page so we can all go check them out.
Now, if I can figure out how to post a “find me on facebook and twitter button”, I’m in business… Oh Cheryl, are you out there?! (she’s my favorite geek helper!)