Party at Bella Carta!

Hi Everyone!

Lisa is on vacation for a couple of days and I am whooping it up here at the studio.

Actually, I'm not. I've been pretty busy and I wanted to share a couple of things I've done.

First, we did these gorgeous letterpressed invitations for one of our brides with a fall theme, as she is getting married the first weekend of October. They are VERY subtle, but totally luxurious, with this yummy thick white cotton paper that just begs to be touched.

As the date is fast approaching, I put together 115 programs for her ceremony. They simply feature their names, the date and the fall icons that were used throughout the set. They are painstakingly tied together with a elegant satin ribbon, the shine of which contrasts nicely with nubbly cotton cardstock. (Yes, pain! TINY holes, TINY ribbon, TINY knots! I have BIG fingers. Not that I'm complaining...) And I have to include a picture of the finished lot, carefully tucked into a box for now. I love the look of all the pretty ribbons.

Then, I lined envelopes for another client who has very refined taste. He wants social stationary that was functional, yet simple and masculine. Lisa is having the substantial cardstock printed with thermography as I line the matching envelopes with a subtle pinstripe, done in black and white. The lining gives the envelope an obvious heft and makes an immediate impression on any recipient. Just spectacular, but not "in your face."

Just now, I layed down a cozy oriental rug that I brought in for the workroom. The floors in here are a marble chip and are cool, literally. With the arrival of fall, cold weather is inevitable here in Rochester, NY. The rug is an attempt to keep myself warmer as I stand and assemble our beautiful items. The rubber pad that is on the rug is supposed to cushion my spine and does indeed work as I can happily stand for hours, gluing or folding (or holepunching or tying...)

It is again friday afternoon and I want to get a jump on some of the stuff that we are doing for a BIG job next week. As usual, I'll keep you posted.

The trusty assistant,

PS: Don't think it's ALL work for me while Lisa is away - I did manage to take a break from tying knots yesterday (a neccessity, finger fatigue!) and buy some new fuzzy lined Minnetonka slippers, again for the cool tile floors of my apartment. Lisa, they will probably get here monday.

PSS: Lisa did check in with this great picture from her vacation in Monteray, CA. Her message: "I took this pic from my phone today. He landed on one of those viewing binocular thingys on the observation deck about a foot away from me. I was talking on the phone at the time and had to stop to take this picture. Doesn’t he have a cute look on his face?"


The Zen of creation

Hello all!

I just wanted to update a couple of on-going projects that I've been working on here at Bella Carta Studio.

First, I finished painting the aforementioned ribbon cabinet last week and it has been moved back into place in the brown showroom and filled again with all sorts of gorgeous ribbon. It looks great, as you can see.

Lisa also wanted me to mention the custom, personalized ribbon as featured in the book perched on top of our cabinet. We order this from Midori, a manufacturer of VERY luxurious ribbon. This ribbon can come in almost any color, a variety of widths and can be personalized with the bride and groom's names, monogram or any specific message for your guests. Please feel free to contact us for more information on this service.

The other thing I JUST NOW finished were the 170 kimonos that I was about to start when I blogged about painting the cabinet. One of the great things about my job here is the joy I derive from the act of CREATION - actually hand making: cutting, folding, taping, tying 170 beautiful little items. As I often say when I describe my job, it's all VERY ZEN. You really get into a groove doing this. It's extremely peaceful and terrifically rewarding. Especially when you see the whole lot DONE!

I had the finished kimonos out on the workroom table to count them and thought they looked particularly cool, as you can see.

Well, another week of creation and fun here at Bella Carta Studio. Stay tuned, more to come....


Westchester, here we come...

This weekend Carrie and I road-tripped down to Westchester, New York to participate in the Unveiled Bridal Event by the Westchester Weddings magazine. It was at the CV Rich Mansion in White Plains and gosh, it was beautiful! What a gorgeous setting for a lovely variety of vendors. We were so pleased to be included in it.

We haven't previously participated in bridal shows for a number of reasons so there was quite a bit of preparation that we had to put into it. The results, however, were well worth it. Here area few pictures of our booth at the mansion.

And this is the gorgeous letterpress set with a subtle fall concept that we recently did. They're SO luxurious!
Also, we're now advertising in Westchester Weddings Magazine so if you're in that area, check out our ad in the Fall/Winter 2008 issue on page 103. I'm so pleased with the way the ad turned out! If you want a copy of the magazine, feel free to email me and I'll send one to you. We have a bunch at the studio and would love to share!


Wedding Stationery...it's more than the invitation!

Who knew there were so many stationery items to be had when planning a wedding? If you've spent any time on The Knot you're probably overwhelmed by all of those details. I thought it might be helpful to provide a list of the myriad items we've made or could make to help you put on the perfect day...

Oh, and if you don't see what you're looking for, just ask! WE CAN DO ANYTHING :-)

At the very beginning...
  • Save-the-Date Cards with Travel Information
  • Engagement Announcements & Party Invitations
  • Shower Invitations
  • Bachelorette and Bachelor Party Invitations
  • Bridal Party Luncheon Invitations
  • Rehearsal Dinner Invitations
Wedding Invitations and Inserts...
  • Invitation Panel
  • Reception Enclosure [can go on the invitation panel if desired]
  • Response Card with Envelope or Response Postcard
  • Map
  • Accommodations Information
  • Weekend Events
  • Custom Postage
  • Enclosure that holds it all together...perhaps a Box or an Envelopments Pocketfold
Thoughtful touches for your guests...
  • Hotel Guest Gift Bags or Boxes with Logo Tag
  • Information Inserts or Booklets
  • Water Bottles with Custom Labels
  • Delectibles (like nuts, dried fruit, etc.) with a Custom Seal
Ceremony Details...
Reception Details...
  • Escort Cards [these get the guests to their tables]...look here: http://www.bellacartastudio.com/portfolios/44?page=3
  • Place Cards [these tell guests which seat at which to sit at the table]
  • Seating Chart [in lieu of escort cards]
  • Bar Selection Menus
  • Dinner Menus
  • Buffet Dish Labels
  • Table Numbers [or Names]
  • Custom Matches for the Cigar Bar
  • Custom Napkins and Coasters
  • Custom signage
Wedding Favors & Guest Delights...
  • Favor Tags or Labels [if you're giving cookies, perhaps give Grandma's cookie recipe attached to the favor]
  • Favor Boxes or Containers
  • Candy, Cookie or Chocolate bar labeling
  • Donation in Lieu of Favor Cards
  • Candy Bar Wrappers
  • CD Packaging, Inserts, and Labels
  • Plantable Paper [oooo, ask us about this!]
After the big day...
  • Thank You Cards
  • Wedding Announcements
  • New Address Announcements


Oh, the luxury of it...

Sometimes I design something that makes me stop every time I look at it just to enjoy it. That happened last week when we produced this luxurious boxed invitation. The combinations of pattern and texture created such a wonderfully tactile experience.

This bride sent us a swatch from her burgundy bridesmaids' dresses and wanted an invitation that was elegant yet different from the norm. Based on those descriptions (and her detailed questionnaire) we sent her 6 or 7 different color combinations, and then followed it up with some custom pattern swatches once we knew what general cardstock choices she liked. The end result was this richly textured and patterned invitation box.

The burgundy stock is Envelopment's Contessa which has a fabric-like texture similar to linen but with a deeper woven pattern. Then we used our own custom pattern in burgundy printed on Envelopment's Ecru Micah stock. Finally the box was created from Waste Not Paper's Luxe Cream stock, a beautiful Italian paper that has a very high cotton content and a natural texture to it as well.

The bride was thrilled. We got several happy emails from her, but one of them is specifically noteworthy: "People think they invitations are fabulous and they love them! I love them, too! I think they are totally making a statement and setting the tone for the event." We sure loved receiving that email!

So all that description but no pictures? No way. Enjoy!