Quilled Wedding Invitation and Personalized Gifts

In August I blogged about the paper-y aspects of my oldest son's wedding. After the post went live, friends asked, "But what did you quill for them?" "Ermm, I didn't," I had to admit. I wasn't sure they are all that fond of quilling, and let's face it, a marriage certificate is a rather large statement piece that needs dedicated wall space on which to hang. And so I began thinking of quilling a mat for their invitation as a Christmas gift. Once I was pretty sure they hadn't already received a framed version, I planned the design for their Monica O invitation.

Quilled Wedding Invitation - Upper Detail

The layout is a variation of my most popular design. To make it one of a kind, I repositioned the abstract flower and swirled tight coils within the bloom.
 Quilled Wedding Invitation - Lower Detail

The flower and leaves were quilled with Lake City's Touch of Gold. I love metallic edge strips and generally opt for the ultra-shiny ones, but Touch of Gold's subtle gleam goes well with the understated frame and wood grain mat. On the other hand, tiny tight coils made with Quilled Creation's gold edge strips add a shiny accent.
Quilled Wedding Invitation

I was delighted to find the two-tone gray frame at TJ Maxx and practically pranced it out of the store. Not only is there space between glass and mat to accommodate quilling, but its rustic look seems right for a farm-wed, millennial couple. The same thought goes for the Gmund wood grain card stock used in place of more typical mat board.

LCI Gmund Wood Grain Card Stock

A complete selection of eight wood grain colors was sent to me by the nice folks at LCI Paper. The tactile, textured surface reminds me of barn siding and its sturdiness makes it the perfect canvas on which to glue quilling. The gray frame and light gray card stock are a nod to the bride's pearl gray dress and groom's gray tie. I chose gold as an accent color because of the bride's golden tiara-style headband and gold heels on her sandals. (Clearly, I put wayyyy too much thought into all of this... what can I say? Details make me happy.)

But wait, there's more!
 Blossom and Shine Paper Bead Necklace in L Phillips Design Co Marbled Dish

I chose this necklace and marbled clay dish as Christmas gifts for our daughter-in-law. You might recall a previous post about the lovely metal/paper/resin jewelry made by Julie Dye of Blossom and Shine. I'd admired the double ring gold necklace she creates (the wedding was still firmly in mind) with an attached rolled paper bead, and wrote to ask if she might be able to make a gray bead even though it isn't one of her standard colors. Julie responded that she's happy to work with customers on custom pieces and happened to have a piece of Japanese chiyogami on hand that she thought would roll up beautifully.

Look! It's metallic gray and gold - perfecto.

Metallic Leaf Print Japanese Chiyogami Paper

Last but not least, the "trishdish" was made by Trish Phillips of Etsy shop L Phillips Design Co [on hiatus]. I met Trish via Instagram where I stalked her feed obsessively while deciding on a color combination.

Blossom and Shine Paper Bead Necklace in Marbled Clay L Phillips Design Co TrishDish - Detail

I think the gold, gray and aqua are beautiful together. And Julie was right, the gray bead is so pretty with its subtle flecks of gold.

Ann Martin
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  1. Everything is so thoughtfully tied in, Ann. The understated colors let the invite shine, and your quilling is complementary as ever.

  2. Details make me happy - I'm stealing that as my new mantra too! Beautiful work, Ann....

    1. Thanks Stefani! You are welcome to use it to describe yourself and your beautiful work. :)

  3. Wow! What a lucky daughter-in-law! It's all just lovely, Ann!

  4. I agree with Stefani - details make me happy, too! Great work as usual, Ann! Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

    1. Aw thanks, Karren! Here's to detail people. :) Yes, wonderful holidays here and I hope yours were too.

  5. WOW...what a delightful color combo - beautiful work too!
    Paper Hugs,

  6. Such thoughtful gifts Ann. Your quilling elegant as always adds so much to the invite. How can you not fall in love with that clay dish and necklace. Beautiful!!!

    1. Aw thanks Suganthi! Completely agree about the dish and necklace. :)


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