Thursday, October 20, 2011

Cobalt Blue and Yellow

I'm in the process of making paper flowers for a very special June wedding.

The palette is cobalt blue and yellow.

The vision: a book lovers' wedding with thoughtful vintage touches.

The flowers for the bridal bouquet, as well as for the other pieces, like bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages, are still in the early stages, so in the next couple of months I'll post updates about my progress, as well as show the finished pieces.

For now, I'll just enjoy in the inspiration that this fresh color palette brings to mind: crisp skies, warm sunshine, well-loved vintage touches, pearly sophistication, afternoons with books, and a happy wedding on a clear summer's day.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Zoe Bradley's Awesome Work

I adore Zoe Bradley's work. She does amazing window installations, some of which feature beautiful paper flowers, like this awesome New Town Plaza installation.

Or these flowers for Kate's Paperie.
What an inspiration!!!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ivory Gold Pomanders for Anna's Wedding

I just received this happy photo from one of my favorite Etsy clients, Anna, who had her wedding this summer.

She wanted paper flower spheres for her five flower girls in an ivory gold palette, and she wanted each pomander personalized with the girl's name. It was such a sweet idea, I couldn't resist it :)

So, for Emma, Mya, Lexi, Kiki and Hanne I made paper butterflies to carry their names in gold ink, and attached them to the paper roses in colors ranging from soft white to gold and polka-dot yellow.

I'm so happy these paper flowers made it to such a nice wedding and that Anna and the girls were happy with them.

For a person who likes to play with paper, there is nothing so rewarding as knowing that your paper creations have found a good home with people who will appreciate them.

So, Anna, thanks so much for sending the photo!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Autumn Sun Through Vellum

Want simple lighting decorations for a casual party?

You'll need about 4 things:

  1. vellum paper
  2. a few glass jars lids
  3. double sided tape
  4. battery-operated LED tea lights

Cut out the paper as needed to wrap it around the lid, then use double sided tape to secure it and drop one LED tea light in each lamp.

These look lovely when lit up, and especially lovely on a sunny afternoon.

You can see more of my vellum light decorations here and here.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Vanilla Cream and Turquoise FLEUR DE LIS

Sometimes a paper is so gorgeous that you don't want to cut it or mess with it in any way, always keeping it for something more special along the way.

My vanilla-colored fleur-de-lis-patterned paper fits in this category.

I enjoyed it too much to ever want to do anything with it. So it stayed untouched for a long time. And then, in one afternoon, I decided to finally use it for something pretty and meaningful and made these 3 paper flowers.

What makes these flowers so special?

  • Hand-cut petals, folded and inked, then glued into place to form the flowers;
  • Lovely silverish pearly beads for the centers;
  • Wired stems which can be twisted in any direction or form, or kept straight for easy displaying in a simple vase;
  • Most of all - this lovely lovely designer paper, evocative of rustic elegance and shabby chic awesomeness.

Check out the pics for details...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Colors of the Day - GRAY and YELLOW

Today is colored in gray and yellow - golden sunshine and silver clouds.

Two paper flowers to match the mood and the light.