Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year!
I jumped with joy over Pantone’s 2014 color of the year – Radiant Orchid! Why? Because it is the perfect blend of reds and blues and is so versatile. It simply is “radiant”! And who doesn’t love orchids! They are intricate, delicate and stunning in every way.
Here is my wedding inspiration board featuring “Radiant Orchid”.
Raidant Orchid Wedding Inspriation Guide
Make a statement with Radiant Orchid! Radiant Orchid wedding invitations for the trendy bride:
Radiant Orchid Wedding Invitation Suite on Etsy
Over the moon excited was my reaction when up and coming author, J.D. Shaw contacted me about designing the book cover for his new novel, Easy Bake Coven, the first in a series of novels from the Vivienne Finch Magical Mysteries. Once I saw some samples of other covers that was in keeping with his vision, I knew it was kismet, especially when he stated he wanted the background to be a “rich deep purple”.
My enthusiasm was on overdrive and I started designing before our initial consultation. When I showed him my drafts, he was super ecstatic. With just some minor tweaks, in a matter of hours, the cover was born, Christened and ready for a tease on social media.
I am happy to present to you, Miss Vivienne Finch and her furry friend, Tommy Cat.
Cover illustration for “Easy Bake Coven”
Vivienne owns a bakery in the middle of historic Main Street in Cayuga Cove called Sweet Dreams Bakery. Shhh…don’t tell, but Vivienne is a witch. Easy Bake Coven is currently being formatted to appear on Amazon Kindle at the end of May. Do stay tuned! Read the book’s synopsis on the back cover.
Easy Bake Coven back cover featuring the novel’s synopsis
My first book illustration and I look forward to a fabulous collaboration with J.D. for his future novels. Check back for more details on the book’s launch. Happy reading!
This has to be my favorite time of the year! And I’m over the moon ecstatic that one can pretty much find every color in the rainbow at retailers for Christmas decorations. It used to be that whenever I found something in purple, I scoffed it up and stock-piled it until I had enough decor to do it up right.
Wishing you and yours a blessed and glorious holiday season filled with love and joy (and throw in a little purple too)!
Decorating with flare.
I know, I know…I’ve been neglecting my poor blog. But I am starting anew and promise to be more diligent about posting now that I am solely focused on Alli’s Studio (no more day job and burning the candle at both ends). Stay tuned for new designs, inspiration and what’s new and exciting.
New toll free #: 1-855-888-ALLi
Ever since I was a young girl, fairies and their woodland kin (sprites, devas, elves, gnomes, angels…) have delighted me. One of my goals when I started my Etsy shop was to offer clients the ability to customize a fairy for that someone special. After a few months of working on profiles, hair styles, and all the custom elements (hair color, eye color, lip color, etc.) I am ready to unveil the Personalized Fairy.
Your Personal Fairy is printed on bright white 130 pound cover with archival inks so your print will not fade. Prints are available as 5×7 inches or 8×10 inches.
Order your customized fairy print at Alli’s Studio’s Etsy shop: Alli’s Studio
Ombre can be impactful.
Ombre, French for “shaded,” is a beautiful way to convey your wedding schematic. Select the focal color and play with its varying shades to bring an elegant, romantic yet modern and fresh look to your day.
The nice thing about incorporating varietal shades of color is you don’t get hung up on matchy-matchy, and can explore a wide possibilities of color across many decorative items. It’s playful yet makes a visual impact.
Gwen Stefani wore a beautiful pink ombre Galliano gown for her wedding to Gavin Rossdale in 2002, and now that style is trending again for weddings nearly ten years later.
Ombre wedding invitation
I’m over the moon for ombre and love working with gradients when I design. Consider ombre, whether you use one focal color, or you want to go bold and transition between different shades of colors.
Whether you describe that sacred of all colors as amethyst, eggplant, indigo, lavender, lilac, mulberry, orchid, plum, pomegranate, puce, royal, thistle, violet or wine — purple is magical. The opposites of hot red and cool blue combine to create this intriguing color.
A mysterious color, purple is associated with both nobility and spirituality. Purple is considered the color of good judgment and for those seeking spiritual fulfillment (violet represents the Crown chakra). It is said if you surround yourself with purple you will have peace of mind. And peace of mind sums it up for my most magical wedding.
I have long been a fan of purple and took great pride in combining my love of purple with shades of chartreuse and apple green for my own wedding. And if I must say, it was stunning! Had lilacs been in season, I would have opted for a bouquet of such, but it was just past peak so I used a mixture of thistle, sweet pea and delphinium.
Not only did some shade of purple make it into the details, but both bride and groom were also draped in shades of purple. The groom wore a handsome vest of purple and the bride, a most nontraditional purple and green gingham that had everyone ooohing and aaahing.
If purple strikes your fancy, dare to be bold in its use. Purple pairs nicely with not only green, but with a vast array of colors, even brown!
I’m so, so excited about the developments of late…the “re”-launch of my design business, Alli’s Studio.
The design for the home page for Alli's Studio's web site.
And in this wonderful format, I would like to share with you some of my joy…the joy of creativity, the joy of inspiration, the joy of whimsy. I wholeheartedly live by my mantra “To Create Is Divine,” and I hope you will find some divine joy in the passages and images I will share with you during my creative journey.