slow August, new designs

Well, I seem to be finally experiencing the summer slow-down I was kind of expecting a couple of months ago.  It's a mixed bag, of course, but I'm trying to keep from fretting over Etsy's recent changes to how potential clients search on the site (especially considering most of my business comes from searches within Etsy), and take advantage of this hopefully brief breather to add some of the half-dozen or so new design ideas I've had mostly ready to go over the last few weeks.

First up, another design for late fall and winter weddings, perhaps - featuring a set of oak tree silhouettes and a woodgrain patterned screenprinted paper belly band. 

This design is somewhat based on a new design I created for a repeat customer a couple of months ago, for their wedding next month.  They're getting married at a dairy farm in North Carolina so in addition to oak trees and wood grain, we also included a set of goat silhouettes, a detail I thought might be a bit too specific for a general design going in my shop!

I also simplified the palette a bit, sticking with white and "paper bag" for the main card stock, and including accents of peacock turquoise blue and chocolate brown, with a metallic shimmer bronze backing on the invite that matches the belly band paper. 

The paper used for the belly band comes in a number of different color combinations so this design is truly, as always, fully customizable to work with any wedding palette!

I have at least two more designs I should be able to post this week and next so stay tuned for those!


by the way...

Things have been super busy this summer - much busier than I anticipated for these typically slower months - so I forgot to mention here that one of my designs finally made it onto Etsy's front page!

The DIY listing of the cherry blossom wedding invitation was included in this treasury and later that day Statsy notified me that the treasury had been featured on the the front page! Unfortunately I got the email after the front page had already moved on to something else but I definitely picked up quite a few views and brand new "admirers."

more Steampunk inspiration

I recently had the opportunity to customize the Steampunk-inspired design in my Etsy shop for a client who liked everything about the design but the butterflies!  Instead, I found a set of gear stamps to stamp and emboss on the invite and response card. The couple also wanted to use this Steampunk Debutante scrapbook paper they'd used for their save-the-dates.  I liked the end result so much I decided to offer it as a second Steampunk-inspired design in my shop!  Here are a few details:

Since the paper comes in packets with several different designs, each invitation will have a slightly different belly band. Congratulations, Christine and Cory and thank you for the inspiration!