Friday, 28 August 2009

Fairies, Brides And The Usual Madness....

Well that's officially summer over, what a depressing thought!

Anyway onto brighter and cheerier things. Things at LTC have been busy behind the scenes with quotes and projects that can't be shown off....yet!

I've been incredibly busy with thank you cards for the wedding parties of my brides. I love personalised cards for these people, they are incredibly important in your big day and I think a special one off card shows that you recognise this fact. Plus it's great for the recipient to show off!

Here's one for the parents of the groom.

Now for a sneeky peak! This is a little look at the detail on a wedding invitation order that I managed to get finished last night. The brides' colour scheme includes pale pink and a variety of flowers. We have made the cherry blossom the main focus of the invitation as it includes the only colours. It is an incredibly simple design but it is gorgeous to look at. It will still be a couple of months before I can show you the finished product as the bride wants to keep them under wraps as a nice surprise for her guests.

The Christening seems to be taking up a lot of my time at the moment. The fairy theme is much harder than I originally thought, a lot of the fairy products out there pass over cute and head straight for scary, not the sort of thing you want when celebrating a gorgeous baby girl. I have some great ideas for it but we are trying to do it all on a tight budget which makes things so much harder. It's like planning my wedding all over again. I can't wait to share photo's of what I come up with. Ali from Plans and Presents published a blog which helped me with a few ideas, so a big thank you to her for that! Her blog is a good read, especially if you are a bride or groom to be!

Not long now until my first wedding anniversary and the bank holiday weekend. I might even treat myself to a day off....nah!

Have a good one whatever you get upto.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

The Next Big Thing?

Kate from Scottish Brides' Guide asked us to contribute some articles to the blog, one of our most recent that she has published is on wedding logo's. You can read the original article here.

The wedding logo has been tipped as the 'next big thing' in stationery. These are simple designs which can be incorporated into all aspects of your day.

I thought I would give a little inspiration to those of you who are considering using a logo on your stationery. Remember these aren't just for weddings, logo's would also be fantastic for birthday parties and especially for Christenings.

Here's a lovely example of one for a romantic evening wedding -

I love the simplicity of this one with the silhouette couple with the midnight blue just accenting them nicely. Very romantic don't you think? A great idea for this one would be to have stickers made up and use them to seal your envelopes.

Every little girl dreams of the big fairytale party, whether it be for her birthday or for her wedding day, here's a great example of a logo which could be used for either occasion.

The simple black and white can be edited to incorporate the colours of the event, carrying on from my last blog I think it would a fantastic addition to the envelope of the invitation to hint at what the event is going to entail.

Things have been rather busy at LTC this week. When I have the time for more blogging I'll show you some sneak peeks from the orders we've been working on.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

The Little Things!

I find that it's always the little things in life that mean the most, the littlest touches that are the nicest. So on that idea I started personalising envelopes with simple little designs. A wedding invitation order we completed didn't incorporate the butterflies which the bride has included elsewhere in her theme so I thought it would be nice to pull them in somehow. This is what I came up with for the corner of her envelopes so her guests know they are getting something special.

Here's a sneak peek at the little touch I added to a thank you cards' envelope. The card is quite feminine and all different shades of purple and I wanted to carry some of that onto the envelope.

Maybe it's just me but I find the mail such a depressing thing to sort with it being mainly bills (no one writes to me anymore what with all my email addresses) so it's wonderful to get an exciting envelope which hints at the special item that is hidden away inside.

I'm thinking of adding envelope personalisation as an optional it something you would be interested in? Please leave a comment or email me at and let me know what you think.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Just When You Thought I Couldn't Get Any More Hyper...

After my rather excited blog, well I didn't think it could be possible but I think I may be even more excited. My sister and brother in law have asked me to be Godmother to their new baby daughter. I was so honoured to be to find an outfit suitable for a Godmother!

So with all my hyperness, instead of being a good bunny and going for a run like I should have... I powered through and made 40 Christening invites in one sitting so that the proud parents can start getting them delivered. Here's a little close up.

As always (it's not an excuse honest!) my camera isn't doing this justice. The backing card and little feet are actually a stunning pearlescent card in 'baby pink' and the ribbon has a fantastic sparkle through it.

Now you may remember I mentioned little thank you notes that I had designed for Kristine and Ritchie to give those that kindly gave Eva gifts. They decided that they definitely wanted a photograph included in the design so that they were something people would want to keep and display. Here's what we came up with -

Now as hard as it is for the parents to adjust to life with a new baby, it's harder for the sibling especially when they are as young as little Rocco. People are fantastic though and understood that a fuss has to be made over both children which meant Rocco got lots of presents too! So obviously he had to have little cards made up too :)

I just love that photo, he's such a wee cutie (am I biased?) We kept the same format as with a large family up to date photo's don't circulate as well as they should and it's nice to have one of each child.

I have lots of little projects on the go but none that I can share for fear of people seeing their surprises. I'm loving designing a few posters at the moment but it's never as easy as it seems, I'm really looking forward to being able to share some sneaky peeks at those.

Still waiting on the postman bringing me some ribbon so I can get started on the massive batch of wedding invitations!! Bad Royal Mail.

I hope you all had a nice weekend. Let the countdown to Friday begin.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Bouncy! Bouncy! Bouncy!

You could say that I'm sat here doing a fantastic Tigger impression at 00:38 in the morning! I am so excited about my nieces' Christening and that my sister has asked me to do ALL the stationery and venue decor for the event. We have decided on a very cute invitation design which I will be able to share with you when the postman brings me some presents in the post...that's the only thing about the internet - having to rely on the Royal Mail service. I was that excited that I had the inserts designed and printed before she left my house!

It has been an incredibly busy night with lots being sent to the printers via email. Shame they don't work at crazy hours like I do, I can't wait to see these wee thank you cards!

Now the Disney reference - well here's a wee peek at the guest book that I have personalised for my gorgeous nieces' Christening as part of our gift to her.

I couldn't help myself and decorated the box too, I just wanted it to be absolutely extra special and well this way I don't need to wrap it up because it looks so pretty!

I absolutely adore the idea of a guest book at a Christening being used for writing messages which the child can then look back on at a later age. I would love to see who all attended my Christening, what their handwriting was like and generally their thoughts on the day. I wrote a promise in my oldest nephews' Christening book and it has turned into a little tradition for me, I promise them that I will be there for them no matter what, that I will always be their mad auntie and that they are pretty much stuck with me!

If anyone knows of any suitable poems for a Christening please leave a comment with the details. I would really love to add a nice verse into the inside of the guest book but with it being incredibly late at night my brain is seriously slowing down!

Must sleep.....Good night and Disney dreams!

Monday, 10 August 2009

Pass It Forward: Reprise!

I recently wrote a blog for Scottish Brides' Guide called 'Pass it Forward' giving ideas on how you can include and raise funds for a charity which means something special to you. Whilst the blog was mainly focused around weddings, charity favours can apply to any and all events. They are becoming more common at Christenings where the baby has needed 'extra attention' and parents want to show their gratitude to the department/hospital/staff who helped. Whatever the occasion, whatever the charity, it's an amazing to do!

With things being fantastically busy with LTC it slipped my mind to post to our blog showing you some of the charitable favours that we have been creating. So here we go!

Our most popular charity favour so far has been this little gift tag designed to match in with the event colours. This is especially useful for those who are sticking to a tight budget as it doubles as a place setting, it lets your guests know where they are to be seated and what charity you have donated the money to.

Another popular style is a little card with a charity pin attached. The charity pin is a lovely reminder of your day but also something that your guest can carry with them and use to show their support for the charity.

This is another great option for personalising with your guests name to double as a place setting.

We have had a request for Christmas cards already, people you are putting me to shame - I haven't even thought about my shopping or cards list! The cards are to have a Burns and tartan theme so I'm really looking forward to seeing what designs I can come up with for them.

It's all about Christenings here at LTC this week, little Eva is being Christened mid September and it's my job to design the invitations and decorate the hall! I think we're going pink and sparkly with a fairy theme! I'm very excited about it all :)!

Thursday, 6 August 2009

So Many Birthdays, So Little Time!!

This month seems to be all about the birthdays (including my own)! Orders for birthday cards have been coming in thick and fast so I thought I would share some of my favourites.

A very organised customer has put in an order for the birthday cards that she will need for the rest of the year. I can't show you them all for fear of ruining the surprise as the recipients quite often read our blog. So here's a wee peek at a birthday card for a Mickey-mad mother in law!

I tried to keep it all about Mickey and his wonderful bright colours. I added a little glitter as every girl needs a bit of sparkle on her birthday.

The next card I'll share with you is for a Guitar Hero loving man. Men are often so difficult to make cards for but this client is fantastic and always gives me a list of hobbies and colours for inspiration.

I had great fun making this one and trying to keep it as 'rock' as possible. I love the black gems through the middle...but maybe I am just easily pleased!

The day jobs have been getting in the way of my LTC time so I'm a little behind where I would like to be. I do have some time off this weekend so I'm hoping to get caught up and get some more standard designs made up. I also wish the postman would hurry up as I'm waiting on materials for another order of wedding invitations. I'm really excited about this next design, it incorporates Cherry Blossom flowers which I think are just incredibly pretty.

Whatever you are doing this weekend - have a good one!