Saturday, May 14, 2011

Custom Quilled Wedding Invitation Keepsakes

The spring season has arrived and with it have arrived a few wedding invitations for me to turn into wonderful wedding keepsakes. The very first quilling I did was for my girlfriend -- I quilled many tiny little flowers and place them around her wedding invitation. It did not have glass because I did not know enough at the time to do so. Now the invitations and all my work is under glass.

The first invitation that I sent out this week was one with seashells and starfish. I quilled jamaican blue flowers and placed them on opposite corners of the invitation adding to the shells. I then used a satin silver frame. It is a very pretty invitation and I particularly like the square invitation.

The second invitation is a pretty white invitation with green accents. I was asked to do a chickadee design around the corner of the invitation -- actually we started with a lilacs and hummingbirds design, moved to just hummingbirds, and then to chickadees, since the wedding had chickadees motif for decorations. Anyways, I love the chickadees on the branches and the flow that goes with the invitation. I triple matted the design and again double matted the invitation. The matting was a project in itself. I finished the keepsake with a 12 x 16 black oak wood frame, which really brought out the narrow black mats and the writing on the invitation. Beautiful finished keepsake, really one of my favorites.

As you can see from these two invitations, all of my creations are different. And each invitation is created with all the ideas that you want to incorporate. The first invitation was a client who said "do it your way, I trust your judgement, I have always liked your work," and the second had many ideas and suggestions to add to mine. All of them are fun, and, even after 35 plus years, and 2600 keepsakes later, I still enjoy them. Perhaps the best thing is being part of so many weddings.......

Take Time to Enjoy the Little Things.

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