Belluccia Cursive Font used in Jill Meyer’s Art


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I was thrilled to see my Belluccia cursive font used in this artwork on the website of artist Jill Meyer.

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Who knew fish could be this gorgeous?!

Jilll is a nationally recognized artist. Products with her licensed designs, across a wide variety of categories, have long been featured for sale worldwide.

Thanks, Jill, for using my calligraphy font, Belluccia, in such a beautiful way!

Have a Mighty Monday!

Debi

Belluccia has remained on the Best Sellers list for 19 months was named one of Myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011 and is available at myfonts.com.

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My second calligraphy font, Dom Loves Mary (a “December Rising Star” and  2012 Best Seller) is also available on myfonts.com.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s Bridal Shower Favors


Breakfast at Tiffany's, Audrey Hepburn, decorated cookies, Bridal Shower favors, edible party favorsHaving a Breakfast at Tiffany’s Bridal Shower?  You can’t get better party favors than these cookies with the classic Miss Hepburn’s face!  Throw in some chandeliers and Tiffany boxes and you are themed to the max!

But these cookies don’t only look good.  They are absolutely delish!  Mary Holmen, of It’s a Mary Cake, is the talented baker I rely on for all of my clients.  She is the best!

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They were not only given away as party favors but used as party of the table decorations. That’s double duty for a real treat.  Too bad the diamonds aren’t real:)

When I’m haven’t been on a cookie run, I’ve been working on a special set of graphics specifically created for use with my new “DomLoves Mary” font that is getting close to release.

These are being put together from a multitude of hand created flourishes designed to add a special touch to wedding invitations.  I have to say, I am really liking how they look. I’ll show you a preview soon!

Enjoy your day!

Debi

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The font family features three different versions of the alphabet, a set of “Add Ons” that will include words like “and, to, of, for, at, etc…in addition to 124 flourishes to be added to either the upper or lower case so you can create your own custom look!

It will be released on myfonts.com on my Correspondence Ink foundry page.

I’ll be sponsoring a give away of a wedding item using the DomLovesmary font on Brenda’s blog soon.  Subscribe to my blog to get the details.

In the meantime, my first cursive font, Belluccia is still available at myfonts.com and fontbros.com..

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 Belluccia was named one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011.

DIY Charm Seating Chart


I’m excited to share this DIY charm seating chart with you.  It’s such a unique idea!  I comes from the creative mind of a bride whose wedding was featured on the Wedding Chicks blog. The photos are by Daniel Kim Photography.

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This is definitely only for a very small wedding as it would be too confusing for a large group.

1. First you will need a shadow box. ( Save your coupons and get one at your local craft store for 40% off.) If you can’t find one in white, you can easily paint it.

2. Next you’ll need to purchase some old fashioned key charms or other type charm.  I’ve seen some online but you can find an assortment of metal charms at a local craft store .

You’ll need matching sets of charms equal to the number of people attending.

3. Attach a patterned or solid paper or fabric to the inside of the box. Easily done with double stick tape.

4. Attach cup hooks appropriately spaced ( remember you will have to leave room for the charms to hang).  Leave room for the sign in the middle letting them know to “Find your match, to find your seat”. Hang the charms.

(I changed the wording to better fit the option of using more than just keys. Another wording option might be “We’re charmed you’re here! Find your match to find your seat.”)

5. Attachthe “matching” charm to decorated tags with the guests name and table.

That’s it.

A simple, sweet detail to add to an intimate wedding.

If you did this for a bridal shower, you could have everyone place their charm in a bowl and use it to pic winners for the door prizes.

Send pics if you decide to create one for your event!

Best,

Debi

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And as always my calligraphy font, Belluccia, one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011 ( She stayed on the Best Seller’s list for 14 months! ) is available at : myfonts.com and fontbros.com.
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My next font, DomLovesMary, will be released ( fingers crossed!) mid to late September.
The graphic shows off some of the cool flourishes that will be available. 
The cake topper is drawn from the original one used by Dominic and Mary Sementelli on their wedding day September. 6- 1953. 
(They were my in-laws who the font was created to honor.)

DIY Decorated Mason Jars


Today I’m sharing instructions for DIY decorated mason jars. They make an easy and inexpensive party or wedding decoration.

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The bride whose outdoor wedding was featured on this Wedding Chicks blog post was smart to collect them from family and  friends.

This gave her an assortment of types and sizes.  The two seen here are decorated with lace, raffia, ribbon and a fresh flower and are used as candle holders.

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You can also paint the insides in a bold color.  This pic is from Joy’s Hope.  She lists Rustoleum Ultra Cover as her paint of choice.

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Take a look at what you already have in your scrap booking supplies.

Lace? Patterned paper? Decorative stickers? Acrylic Rhinestones and Gems ? Decorative Tapes? The options are endless!

Basically, you just need to adhere whatever material your using to the outside of the jar.

Tie it or use adhesive spray.

Add sand inside to set the candle on and you’ve got an inexpensive, unique item for your wedding.

Group them together on a dessert table, guest sign in table or use separately as part of a simple centerpiece.

I’d love to see pics of what you create!

Best,

Debi

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And as always my calligraphy font, Belluccia, one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011 ( She stayed on the Best Seller’s list for 14 months! ) is available at : myfonts.com and fontbros.com.
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My next font, DomLovesMary, will be released ( fingers crossed!) mid to late September.
The graphic shows off some of the cool flourishes that will be available. 
The cake topper is drawn from the original one used by Dominic and Mary Sementelli on their wedding day September. 6- 1953. 
(They were my in-laws who the font was created to honor.)

DIY Wedding Banner Instructions


In today’s post I’m sharing DIY wedding banner instructions.  The original post on the Wedding Chicks blog had so many darling details. These burlap banners really caught my eye.

So I thought I’d create some how to instructions for this and some other DIY items that I saw in this post. Today, I’ll start with the decorative burlap banner.

By the way all the beautiful photography is by Daniel Kim Photography.

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This couple used burlap banners in a variety of places that really added a sweet touch to the outdoor scene.

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1. Cut burlap in the triangular or square shapes in the size you want.  Make sure they are wide and long enough to accommodate the size letters you want with extra room at the top ( 2-3″) to fold over the twine rope for hanging the banner.

Burlap comes in a variety of colors so you can even coordinate with your wedding colors.

2. Purchase  stencils or create your own by printing the letters you need from a font you like at the size needed.

( The one above is a free one I found online. Feel free to download it. )

3. Print final size you want on card stock or .003 acetate. Then cut out with an x-acto knife. (Createforless.com- 26.00 for a pack of 100 sheets of .003 acetate or check your local office supply store.)

4. Once you have your stencils cut, position them on the banner flags . I would put a light coating of a removable spray adhesive on the back on the stencil so the edges stay down and you get a clean line.  You could also try a glue stick in a few strategic places. Try this out first to make sure the stencil comes off easily.

5. Cover any area you don’t want painted.  Newspaper is always handy for this.  You can either use spray paint or brush on acrylic paint. These can be purchased at any craft store.

Remember to brush from the outside of the stencil into the center so the paint doesn’t get under the stencil.

6. Once the flags are dry, space them appropriately on a piece of twine leaving 3′ on either end for hanging. You might use clothespins to temporarily pin them in place.

7. Fold the top 2-3″ of the flags over the twine and adhere or sew in either a thread color to match the burlap or a color to match the lettering. Make sure the flag hugs the twine tightly so it won’t move around.

( Some options for adhesives: “Liquid thread”fabric glue or “Aleene’s fabric bond”)

That should do it!

I’ll be trying this out myself and offering the result as a giveaway on this blog in the next few weeks.

I’m taking suggestions for the wording.  “Just Married” ,”To have and to hold”?  What word/s would you like to see?

The next post will feature DIY mason jars.

Best,

Debi

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And as always my calligraphy font, Belluccia, one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011 ( She stayed on the Best Seller’s list for 14 months! ) is available at : myfonts.com and fontbros.com.
My next font, DomLovesMary, will be released ( fingers crossed!) mid to late September.
The graphic shows off some of the cool flourishes that will be available. 
The cake topper is drawn from the original one used by Dominic and Mary Sementelli on their wedding day September. 6- 1953. 
(They were my in-laws who the font was created to honor.)

Chic Backyard Girls Gathering


I just returned from a wonderful visit to my hometown of Erie, Pa.  One of my oldest friends, Bev Verbeke, who also happens to be a fabulous graphic designer, hosted a lovely girls gathering in her charming, beautifully landscaped backyard.

Those attending were my three sisters, niece and great niece.  The “tiki hut” (minus the actual tiki torches) was the perfect setting to dine, relax and catch up.

The yummy buffet was easy peasy take out from a local grocery store.

Niece DeAnna prepares delicious “Creamsicles”.

The side garage door gets a grand entrance treatment with this metal trellis, natural wreath, deocrative terra cotta suns and stone foot path.

Even the side garage window houses a garden pot, shutters and lovely lilies below.

Flowering garden pots, another decorative sun and a watering can provide a beautiful feast for the eyes at the back door.

The other side of the back door provides a welcome place to sit and enjoy the view.  Another sun, more potted plants and watering can continue the outdoor theme. Oh and note the color of the chair pads too!

Not only is the decor fabulous but her plants and flowers provide the perfect setting. Gorgeous hydrangeas in the most delicious color!

Lush ferns.

Birdbath with succulents.

The front of the house is the perfect charming cottage look. Isn’t it so inviting? And the outside of her house isn’t the only uniquely designed space. Every where you look in her home, form, function and great design are evident.

A peek inside…through the mustard yellow back door…reveals a sweet touch…a welcome sign created with my Belluccia font!  Bev admits to seeing this idea previously on my blog and has been delighting her guests ever since:)  Love that.

Notice the colors of the couch in the sun porch match the outside and inside color scheme of the house and yard.  The girl does not miss a trick.

Another idea from my blog that Bev expanded on was using a chalkboard to let your guests know the schedule for the day.  I don’t think she planned it but her outfit even matches the clock on the wall, which is, like every functional thing in her house, also well designed.

A gift from a friend, this fab light hangs over her kitchen table.  Again the mustard yellow is used in the kitchen making everything, including this cool print, pop.

You’ll be seeing some of Bev’s graphic design work in an upcoming post.

And I’m pleased to say we are having some chats about collaborating on some projects.

In the meantime, thanks BK, for a lovely evening and letting me share your darling abode with my readers!

Once the weather cools a bit, I’ll be looking to purchase a “tiki hut” of my own for a future girls night in Dallas.

What other gatherings might fit this theme?  A bridesmaid luncheon?  Or use several tents for a bridal or baby shower?

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And as always my calligraphy font, Belluccia, one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011 ( and celebrating over one year on the Best Seller’s list), is available at : myfonts.com and fontbros.com.

Coco Chanel Wedding with Belluccia


I’m completely enamored with this Coco Chanel and floral ombre themed wedding from The Event Essentials.

Colorful flowers and delectable ruffle cakes contrast beautifully with the vintage style.

I am particularly in love with all the amazing wedding signage using my cursive font, Belluccia. Check out these great pics!Belluccia font, Calligraphy font, Coco Chanel themed  invitation, black and white invitation, wedding font, cursive font, fancy font, script font

I love the crisp black and white invitation!  The satin ribbon and rhinestone pin add a nice touch.  Love the way they created the date with my numbers and flourishes.  And I’m not quite sure what the grey metallic backing is made of but isn’t it cool looking?

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These adorable perfume bottle inspired place cards are a whimsical addition. I love how Belluccia was used for the word “Mr. or Mrs.” It’s a perfect pairing with the simpler block font.  The white Parisian inspired dresser is the perfect display piece for them.

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How amazing is this cake! The striking purple colors blend beautifully in the floral ombre design.

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Belluccia dessert table signs are a lovely compliment to the feminine sweets. Clusters of pearls and rhinestones create a unique touch.  Cake Push Pops?  Why yes, I think I will.

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For guests’ favors, an adorable box of meringue cookies was topped off with a Belluccia label,black bow and pearl and rhinestone pin.

Merci beaucoup! to The Event Essentials for so beautifully using my font throughout this wedding.

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And as always my calligraphy font, Belluccia, one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011, is available at : myfonts.com and fontbros.com.

DIY Scrapbooking Dessert Project


A long time friend is moving to one of my favorite cities… Austin, Texas!  So a fitting farewell with just the girls was in order.  The lovely Anne Holmes was hosting at her cool condo on the lake.  I offered to bring dessert to the buffet, knowing I had a simple yummy recipe from my friend Kim to try out…Key Lime Ice Cream Balls!

To create a fun fitting message, I got out my calligraphy pen and brush and turned to my scrapbook supplies. Here’s the DYI instructions and dessert recipe at the end:

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Step 1: Gather Supplies. Any colorful scraps of solid and patterned paper, circular cutting system with templates and blade cartridges ( I used Creative Memories), cutting mat, glue stick, glue gun and toothpicks.

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Step 2: Decide on a message.  Cut larger 2 1/2″ circles out of pattern or solid paper and smaller 2″ circles out of solid paper. Make sure you have enough to spell the words you need.

Step 3: Attach the smaller paper circles to the larger ones with a glue stick.

Step 4: Letter on circles to create the words needed.  I used a pointed calligraphy pen and black ink.  You can letter with a black marker in simple handwriting.  Attach toothpicks to backs of circles using a glue gun.

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For the envelope, I just happen to have a blank card with colored dots in my stationery collection. It came with a see through velum envelope.  I lettered the names and ampersand using a round lettering brush and three colors of gouache paint. Again, non-calligraphers, just use markers in different colors.

I also happened to have polka dot wrapping paper that I used to cover a cookie sheet.  I used this as the base to set the ice cream balls on.

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Before presenting the dessert to Claudia, the ice cream balls were placed on the tray, then the letters placed in the balls to spell out the message “All the best Claudia & Dan…Your FB girls”.

A list of recommended Austin restaurants was included inside the card.  As a gift, they will pick out the ones they’d like to try and a gift certificate will be sent to them in the mail.

Here’s a shout out to all the FB girls who attended this lovely send off : Shelley, Teresa, Lori, Anne ( hostess), Carolyn, Sharon and Teri.

And here’s the recipe for the Key Lime Ice Cream Balls:

-Defrost one frozen Key Lime Pie

-Add 1/2 gallon of vanilla ice cream- mix together and freeze in covered bowl

-Scoop balls of mix and dip in finely chopped macadamia nuts and toasted coconut

-Place in aluminum cupcake holders

-Refreeze, then serve.

Enjoy!

DIY Wedding Invitation

French themed Baby Shower


A little while ago I posted about the French themed baby shower invitation I had the delight to create.  This shower was special to me because the Gramma-to-be, Kim Levine, is one of my dearest friends.  Below is a picture of her with her lovely daughters, Sarah and Mom-to-be, Meredith.

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Sarah, Meredith and Kim Levine

Now that the shower has passed, I thought it would be fun to share all the pink and black French decorations!

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This pink feather poodle tree was adorned with all the guests’ name tags.  I hand lettered the ‘Bienvenue’ banner on the tree  ( in my cursive font Belluccia, of course!) that welcomed guests along with this darling Baby Eiffel Tower creation by hostess Nanci Paskell.  Note the poodles below and on top of the tree eagerly waiting for guests to arrive. :)

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Kim and Meredith were thrilled that all of the “Club Girls” were able to be there to share in the joy.  Ann, Claire, Ronnie, Kim, and myself have been friends since high school. Kim is the first to be a grandmother.

We were able to squeeze in a few other adventures while they were in town:)

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The foyer was further themed with a lighted Eiffel Tower and Pink Shower Umbrella hanging over the dining table, created by sweet friend Therese Deptula.

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The Buffet

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The pink, black and “ooh la la” decor was carried into the main party areas of the house.  Above the kitchen island large pink poms in three tones were placed in the pot holder and a strand of pearls was draped around it.  Water in Eiffel Tower shaped flower vases was dyed pink for a cute touch.  I created pink food tent cards, featuring hand drawn cut outs of the Eiffel Tower, to identify the various dishes.

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Refreshment table decor

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Pink plates and napkins with pink and black ribbon

For guests to be able to distinguish their drinks, pink bottle labels with different French themed words were available.  A topiary with pink pom-poms served as a center piece of the refreshment table.  And the pink plates were complimented by napkins, lovingly tied by hostess Mary Leeper, with pink and black ribbon and pearls, of course!

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Dessert table

The Dessert table featured cakes and cupcakes decorated with Eiffel Towers and Poodles.

One of our talented hostesses, Laura Evans, made all the items hanging from the fireplace.  She created two different sized tote bags and a garment bag containing a cute baby outfit out of the same fabric I used for the invitations.  How sweet is that!

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Rocking Pink Poodle

And what little girl can do without this adorable Rocking Pink Poodle:)  “Gramma Kimmie” scooped this up long before there was any baby, let alone a girl, in the oven!

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Favors for the guests were adorable Eiffel Tower and pink poodle cookies made by It’s a Mary Cake.  ‘Merci!’ tags and a ribbon tied them off.

I had so much fun being involved in the planning of this shower along with my fellow hostesses, Mary Leeper, Laura Evans, and Nanci Paskell. You’re the best!

Can’t wait for the arrival of Baby Budwin in June!

DIY Wedding Invitation

And as always my calligraphy font, Belluccia, one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011, is available at : myfonts.com and fontbros.com.

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