Wednesday, September 5, 2012

New Wedding Design with Yummy Colours

So lov'en these new wedding designs

It has been awhile since I have posted a wedding invitation but there will be more I just don't like to reveal until the wedding happens so that it is a secret and if I am lucky along with a picture or two from the event!

I was inspired to do these after I did a design for a bride and groom from Chile, who wanted a black and yellow theme with a little twist. I will post that design in a couple of weeks and the pieces done with them. But for now let me know what you think of this one and what colour is your favourite and I will let you know what mine is!  

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Oh How I Love Birthday Parties

Ice Cream Parlour Delights

Last week I had been working on a new design for a 3 year old's birthday party using soft pinks and greys. It's amazing what you can create using MyDigital Studio from Stampin Up.

From the invitation to water bottle labels, to cake pops, signs and pin-wheels.  I even created a 36" w x 26" h backdrop that is put together with fishing line connecting them together with the picture of the birthday girl in the middle so absolutely delightful.

Pin-wheels, water bottle, cake
toppers, invite and sign.

Signs for each dish so they are well
marked for those little hands to grab.

Adorable backdrop designed to go behind table
holding all the fixings for Ice Cream Parlour.

This will be one of the projects we will be working on during my 2 day workshop in March on how to use MDS (MyDigital Studio from Stampin Up).

If you interested send me an e-mail and I will put you on the list for more info!


Have a great day!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Tivoli: Villa d'Este, Rome

Happy First Day of September Everyone! 

Today my share is from my trip to Italy last October with Ali Edwards and a group of wonderful new friends! One of my favourite things we did was the Tivoli Gardens just outside of Rome. This beautiful garden was so lush with greenery and history. A definite place to visit if you are ever in Italy.

Tivoli: Villa d'Este, Rome

In 1550 Cardinal Ippolito d'Este was appointed Governor of Tivoli. He wasted no time in taking possession of the Governor's palace, located in a former Benedictine monastery which he asked Pirro Ligorio to remodel to his taste.

The Villa d'Este's fame, however, is due more to its gardens than to the building itself. Each alley, path or avenue reveals a new mossy fountain in a carefully landscaped vista: there are supposed to be five hundred fountains altogether. This most famous of Italian-style gardens, which has been widely imitated, reverberates with the sound of so many fountains that it inspired the Romantic composer Franz Liszt to write a piano suite called "Fountains of the Villa d'Este".

The layout of the gardens

To clear space for the gardens a whole area of the town had to be demolished, many inhabitants being forced to sell or face expropriation. Due to the steepness of the terrain, enormous earth-moving works were undertaken in order to create alternating terraces and slopes. In addition, the site had an irregular shape.

The overall layout, designed to be seen from the original entrance at the foot of the hill, had to achieve two main purposes: to create the illusion that the villa was centrally placed (it is in fact slightly off-center) and to set it back by visually increasing the depth of the property.

The means chosen to achieve this were unusual for the time. A central alley prolonging the loggia, known as the Avenue of Perspectives, was made to intersect with five paths linking the monumental fountains; these were mostly positioned toward the sides to give the effect of an enclosure in relation to the surrounding landscape.

Have a great day!