Monday 21 October 2013

Wedding Gift - Personalised Cut Outs

and anything to do with letters. Much of my work is Wedding Invitations and Stationery.... but I also offer a gift service,
for those who are looking for something that little bit different.

Here's a couples favourite quotation....
cut from paper......

Two hearts, 
that beat
as one

The couple had this printed on the front of their invites,
so it was clear they loved the quote....

So their Chief Bridesmaid 
had it commissioned for them.

The piece was sandwiched between 2 pieces of glass, creating a floating frame.
The advantage of this is that any background you put it against, with naturally show through
so there's no need to worry about what their colour scheme is.

Don't forget.....

If you need any help or advice 
regarding your Wedding Stationery
Email Us
or phone the studio on 01609 776 866
We're always happy to give advice :-)

(c) Sue Simpson x

Friday 18 October 2013

Had I the Heavens - Concertina Book


Everyday can be different and while for the most part these days my work consists of Wedding Invitations and Stationery, I occasionally get the chance to brush up on my calligraphy skills.

I don't want to go into too many details about this commission, or in fact who it was for because to whole thing was pretty personal to the caller and the reasons are pretty sensitive. 

So without much explanation... I'll just share the pictures....

It had been a while since I did a commission 
where the words had such meaning. 

The brief was Pinks..... of all shades....

For whatever reason... the words just didn't look right. They lacked flow and were all too stiff.
Perhaps it was my anxiety of having to portray someone's emotions across in a way that the recipient would understand the meaning behinds them. 

I don't think people realise the pressure
a commission of this kind can put on an artist.

On the one hand you have your won ideas,
while on the other hand you need to convey theirs.
The best ones are the ones who say

"Just do it however you want.
You'll know what to do.
I mean... that's your job!"

I tried again......But still I just wasn't happy.

I left it alone for a few days....
but I was aware of the urgency that this piece needed to be done.

A marriage could depend on it :-( 

I relaxed and ruled up once again.....
And this time chose Gold Gouache....

Much better.....

Softer, lighter,.... heaven like.....

The letters started to form and take shape....

Formal Capitals... with a twist.....

Which helped the piece loose it's stiffness...

And the tumbling squares....
which seem to be some sort of trademark with me
and have been for some years....

Here's the finished piece before folding....
(iPads take such crappy photos!)

And once folded, glued to 2 card covers... 
forming a Concertina Card/Book

And here's the finished piece.... minus the
 front plate which has the recipients name on it.

If you want to see more 
Concertina Cards/Books

Wednesday 16 October 2013

Yahoo! and Sony and World Smurf Day

I've held off posting this for a couple of months now... for reasons I best not go into.

When I first received the phone call I did want to lol. You have to understand that I get a lot of calls, companies masking themselves as clients and trying to sell advertising that you don't need at prices you can't afford and this one was no different. When the caller said "Hi, my name is ***** ***** and I work for Yahoo!"... "Ok... and?" (my usual curt reply... "Well we were wondering if you would make some tags for us, we are running a promotion to celebrate World Smurf Day and the launch of Smurfs 2"

(At this point I wanted to lol again 
and was waiting for the sales pitch to kick in).

Now, because this could so easily have been a spoof or hoax, I asked for the callers number and company address and told them I would be back in touch Shortly.

On further investigation I did indeed find out, that there IS a world Smurfs Day and more to the point, people actually dressed up like Smurfs! (Even more lol. 

Here.... see for yourself....

Here's their promo: Yahoo and Sony Pictures invite you to showcase your Smurfy antics this summer to win tickets to the London premiere of the movie Smurfs 2 

I have to say... the deadline was tight and with 
a few emails back and forth... the job was printed and cut

The ribbons tied on.....

Bundles made......

And shipped off to Yahoo! 

I still can't get my head around WHY they chose me out of the 1,000's of printers out there and I'm sure they thought I was part of some large outfit... but never-the-less, work is work. Whether I'm doing work for the Armed Forces, Royalty, Big International Corporations or Brides on a Budget.... it's all the same to me.We don't give preferential treatment and everyone is treated equally.... that's what makes us 'Us'. 

Sunday 13 October 2013

WEDDING FAIR! Romanby Golf and Country Club!

Romanby Golf and Country Club! 

This is one I wouldn't miss!
and neither should you!

Lots of local exhibitors,
all experts in their field.

Ready and waiting to answer any of your questions.
Sunday 17th November 2013

Thursday 10 October 2013

Personalised Cards - For all sorts of occasions

I know, by looking at this blog, it's hard to believe...
but I do make cards for other occasions...

Here's one for a Handfasting

"Will you be my Bridesmaid?"

Bridesmaid Card....

And here's one for Magan...

This time with a butterfly....

And one for Matthew....
Will you be my

Complete with top hats....

A retirement card for Peter.
with 8 pages inside for multiple signatures 

And 40th Birthday card for Sandy

Just some of the many cards we get asked to make.

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