Smudge of Ink

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Dear Jane, You have officially inspired me to try red again in my hair. I hope your Valentine’s is a wonderful one, because those locks are RED HOT! Hopefully my husband thinks mine are red hot too… Your wannabe, Adrienne Dingbat Press is in no way affiliated with Pantone or with Jane, we just like their colors © 2012. To see a whole plethora of swatches click here.

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Having a mother that catered many gourmet meals and fantastic wedding cakes during my childhood, it was inevitable that an affable bond with dish ware would grow in her only daughter. When my mom would do large parties she was always on the hunt for something that had the right amount of presentation but still left the food as the central focal point. We were always hunting antique stores for the next platter or tea cup or pitcher. She was a master at food art. Her table settings at home still are nothing short of amazing. The irony of it all is that among her Spode, Lennox, Dansk, Fiestaware, and Waterford Crystal – a piece of pyrex did not exist. Even more ironic is that I’ve somehow fallen in love with the domestic staple of household casseroles – the Pyrex in all …

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Don’t these buttons look absolutely delicious? I mean, they could totally pass for candy – WAIT, they are candy!  Which is why after deliciously drooling over these, I might just have to find some button molds and make “cute as a button” Valentine’s with the kids for their Valentine’s Day class parties. What do you think? Overly ambitious? Found on: Pinterest Dingbat Press is in no way affiliated with Pantone, we just like their colors © 2012. To see a whole plethora of swatches click here.

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I love the subtlety of a matte metallic ink, it gives a perfect shimmer when caught in the right light but isn’t too blingy. While all things that glitter can be lovely, for an invitation suite, the subtle shimmer paired with a metallic envelope give a great gradation of texture and variation to a piece without having it be too matchy. I don’t even think blingy and matchy are words, my wordpress is wanting to autocorrect me.  Often when translating metallic color schemes over to letterpress you have to find a matte hue that you can mix with silver or gold ink. The other options is to order a coated metallic custom pantone can of ink, and accept that on an uncoated, highly absorbent cotton paper, you will loose most of the high-gloss. Moving on, all of the colors in this palette would …

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Not only have we gotten over 4 feet of snow in the last 3 days, but I’m finally turning the corner on what was a nasty head cold. Thank you hubby for braving the drifts in your truck to get me a zpac when all the roads were technically closed in the valley. I feel much better today, 12 hours into the meds. Now if only the plow would come! This photo on Flickr made my morning and so I thought I’d share a smudge of ink with you today, because next week is going to be awesome! Martha (my mama) is coming back to blog on Monday’s about all things delicious, followed by the launch of Tradeshow Tuesday. Have a fabulous weekend, I know I will once this cold is kicked!

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Now that halloween is out of the way, I can’t believe there is little more than two weeks left until Thanksgiving. I’ve always wanted to do these Glitter Pumpkins from Martha Stewart, maybe this is my year! I wonder if the pumpkins last longer because they aren’t carved? You better believe that even if I don’t get to glittering pumpkins, I’ll be making a lot of gluten-free pies! Wohoo! To download the swatch ASE for importing into Adobe Applications click here. To import the swatch book click your Swatches Palette > toggle More Options > Open Swatch Library > Other Library > click the .ASE that you want to import. From there the Pantone swatches will load in a new palette with the remainder of your tool bar.

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So I am in LOVE with iPad magazine subscriptions. They are not only convenient for storage (or the lack thereof), but they just work. I am happy to kiss print magazines goodbye – HAPPY! I know I’m a print designer but oh the possibilities of a digital magazine far outweigh a print one. With that said and my gushing aside, below was a screen capture from the most recent issue of Bride’s Magazine. Carrie Sellman was a great discovery  - I can’t believe I haven’t happened upon her before – if you are a bride or just plain cake lover you NEED to check her out for inspiration! While she doesn’t do cakes regularly (except for publication) her blog is a great collection of wonderful cake and dessert submissions from other bakers and the occasional cake, made by her. Don’t you just LOVE …

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All weekend I’ve been working on Evelyn’s Halloween costume. While all the girls are going to be Rapunzel this year I convinced her that we could make an incredible bird costume and she could be Jewel from the movie Rio. I’ve been pinning a lot of ideas for her costume but the big challenge was how to tackle the wings. I’ve been scouting all over flicker and pinterest for photos of angel wings, and bird wings as stage props or costumes no only to see how they are made but how the feathers are arranged. This is one of my favorite images so far, aren’t the colors awesome? I especially love that yellow lipstick. Original image blogged by McQueen’s World of Fashion. To download the swatch ASE for importing into Adobe Applications click here. To import the swatch book click your Swatches …

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Another Pinterest find, this also has a really awesome recipe for pesto on the source link below. Have you ever seen easter egg radishes? I might just have to try it out tonight! Original image from Whitney in Chicago who also has an awesome Green Garlic Pesto recipe that is to die for! To download the swatch ASE for importing into Adobe Applications click here. To import the swatch book click your Swatches Palette > toggle More Options > Open Swatch Library > Other Library > click the .ASE that you want to import. From there the Pantone swatches will load in a new palette with the remainder of your tool bar.

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As soon as I saw these baskets on Pinterest I thought how have I never thought of this before? While these baskets are ultimately hung on the wall, I want a stack of freshly painted baskets stacked like this on my kitchen table. For looks, and maybe they can hold some fruit every once in awhile! Original image from Better Life Bags. To download the swatch ASE for importing into Adobe Applications click here. To import the swatch book click your Swatches Palette > toggle More Options > Open Swatch Library > Other Library > click the .ASE that you want to import. From there the Pantone swatches will load in a new palette with the remainder of your tool bar.

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