Monday, December 28, 2015

DIY Wedding Invitations Design Your Own


You will find a variety of options here to design your own wedding invitations. You can choose from two sided (with a choice of card stock and edge trim), greeting card, and postcard styles. You'll find designing tips below the style options.

For the two sided invitations, you can choose from a variety of edge designs. The one pictured is the scalloped edge. You can also choose from normal, rounded, bracket, ticket, and tag. You can see the other edge designs by clicking on the link below, and then choosing the edge of your choice, that you'll find on the right hand side.

There is a choice of eleven finishes for a variety of looks and budgets. The Signature Semi-Gloss is the most economical. There are textured choices, shimmer choices, and also metallic.


The greeting card style comes in a choice of three sizes: note card, 5 x 7, and Big (8.5 x 11). It only comes in one finish. The outside of the card is glossy and the inside is matte for easy smudge free writing.


The postcard option is the most economical. It has a gloss finish and measures 4.25" x 5.6".


These are the basic instructions for those who are computer savvy.

With all three options, you can make personalized design changes. You can choose a different font style and/or color, choose a background color, and/or add your own image(s). To make any of these changes, click on the card option of your choice, then click on Customize It. Then click on the Add Image or Add Text Button, as needed. Click on the X button in any individual template field that you want to delete. If you want to change the font, choose the font style (f) first, then choose the appropriate size.

To choose a different background color, click on Customize It, then on Edit, then on Background. You will see a color palette. Click on a basic color that you like, then click on Advanced to view the sliding scale to choose a different shade.

You can click on the Art View button, (under where the image is shown) to see the parameter guidelines. Make sure to keep important images and text within the dotted lines.

These are more detailed instructions if you need extra help.

For ease, open this page in another window, then you can easily refer to the instructions as you create your invitations.

To begin, Click on on a link and then on the product that you want to customize. Then click on Customize It.

Each title in the Customizing Box works as a toggle switch for two different editing fields. If you don't see the options described, click on the Field Title again to see a new set of options.

Adding and Changing Images:

Add larger images first.

If the image fills the whole background, add it first so that it won't cover any text or smaller images.

To add an image, Click on Add Images.

To change an image, Click on the Title of the image and Click on Change image in the Title Field.

Once you have done either of the above, then Click on My Computer.

Click on Select Images to Upload.

Go to your picture file on your computer.

Click on the image to Upload.

Click on OK.

Adding or Changing Text:

To add Text, Click on Add Text. Type in the text, including any returns you want. Click on OK.

To change a field of text, Click on the Title of the Text and Click on "Change Text" in that Field Box.

Replace the text in the pop up window that appears.

Click on OK.

The font style and size can also change the layout of text. You'll learn how to adjust font size and style later.

Moving an image or text:

Once you click on a particular item's title, and/or the image/text on the product, you will then be able to move it, rotate it, replace it, re-size it, and/or delete it.

To move an item, you can click directly on the product image and drag it.

You can also click on the item and then on the Arrange button, and center the item horizontally or vertically.

You can also move the item by clicking on it's title field; click on the Title Box for that item, then on the arrows in the plus sign sign box, to move that item up and down, and left and right. You can also click on the center circle in the plus sign to center that object.

You can also Click on Arrange in Field 1, to center horizontally or center vertically.

Rotating an image or text:

To rotate an image or text, you will need to click on the title of that field in the Customizing Box, toggle so that you see the Curved Arrow option displayed, then click on the Curved Arrow. Clicking on the Curved Arrow will rotate that item another 90 degrees.

Deleting an image or text:

The easiest way to delete an item is to click on its Title and then on the X in its Title Box.

While in the Title Box, you can also click on Edit and then on Delete. You may need to toggle so that you see the Edit word, then click on Edit from that menu, then click on Delete.

Resizing an image:

To re-size an image, you can click on either its Title in the Field Box, or click on the image on the product display. On the product, you can either use the little re-sizing squares, while in Design mode, or you can use the magnifying glass controls in the Customizing Box to decrease or increase the size.

Choosing Font Style:

Click on the appropriate Title and toggle to see the letter f. Click on the letter f. Scroll on the drop down menu to view the font options. Click on the font of your choice. You can pick other choices to see how they look. Click on close when you're satisfied with your choice.

Resizing Text:

Once you have selected your font, then it is time to re-size it if necessary. For text resizing, one can again use the re-sizing squares on the product display, or you can re-size from its Title Field. Click on the appropriate Title, toggle so that you see the letter f option. There is a box next to the f with a number in it. You can either highlight and type over the number, click on the plus or minus sign to increase or decrease the size, or click on the arrow next to the box to select a number from the drop down menu.

Choosing Font Color:

Click on the appropriate Title Field. Toggle if need be to see the f option, then Click on the color box. Click on your color choice from the drop down menu.

Selecting Background and/or Border Color:

Background color being added will vary depending on how the design was made and also on what product is being customized. If the background color is part of the whole original image, it can't be changed this way. You would need to contact the artist to see if they can change that for you. Not all products have a border color option. If they do, the option will show up on the Colors drop down menu.

If the background and/or border color can be changed, and you would like to; Click on Edit in the large rectangle box where the letter f is. At the bottom of that drop down menu will be options related to that product of background, or background and border options. Click on the option and then click on the color of your choice.

Choosing Orientation:

Some products have two different options for how the product is made, i.e. postage stamps can be made as portrait or landscape. If the option is available for the specific product that you are customizing, their will be a button that will say either Portrait or Landscape. Just click on the arrow to the right of it to view both options. Click on the one you want.

For invitations that you can print on your computer, check out the options at Amazon:




Happy creating.

Cheryl Paton

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Shamrock Collage Wedding Invitations Set

These shamrock wedding invitations feature a painting of a collage of shamrocks that I did. The shamrock shapes are in various shades of green, on a light green background. Some items have a light green strip across the middle, to showcase your text.

You will also find save the date magnets and postcards, wedding stamps, monogrammed canvas bags, wedding favors, and more.

If there are any other products that you would like this design added to, you can let me know either through my Zazzle store(by clicking on the link below), or by sending me an email to creative-brushstrokes@comcast.net. There are no extra charges for this service, just the cost of the products.

These are the items that are ready for your personalizing.


May you have a wonderful wedding and much happiness in your marriage.

Cheryl Paton






Sunday, November 22, 2015

Black Swans Wedding Invitations Set

Birds are a lovely way to celebrate nature, and to enhance weddings. Swans are known to form monogamous pairs and some also mate for life. They make a wonderful choice to celebrate the love of two people.

Here you will find both two sided wedding invitations and greeting card style, that features a painting of two black swans, swimming together. The painting of these majestic birds was inspired by two actual swans that I saw swimming together on a lake.

These birds are graceful, have black feathers with tips of white, and their red beaks are accented in white as well.

The two sided invitation comes in a choice of various edges and also finishes. The finishes range from matte to shimmery, the cost can vary depending on your choice(s). The edge designs include normal, rounded, bracket, scalloped, and more. There are templates included for you to easily personalize the text.

The greeting card style comes in a choice of three sizes; including note card, greeting card (3 by 7 inches), and big greeting card (8.5 by 11 inches.) There is a standard glossy finish for all of the greeting cards.

The painting of these black swans can be found here on both types of invitations as well as Save the dates, postage stamps, stickers, magnets, playing cards, guitar picks as wedding favors, and more.


If you are looking for a more subtle option, you can also choose from the outline drawing of these majestic birds.



If there are any other products that you would like either of these designs added to, you can contact me through my Zazzle store, CherylsArt, or email me at creative-brushstrokes@comcast.net. There is no additional charge for this service, other than the cost of the actual products.

May you have a blessed and happy wedding, and marriage.

Cheryl Paton

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Silver Stars Wedding Invitations Templates

These silver stars wedding invitations have templates that you can easily personalize with your own text.

The two sided invitation has customizable text on both sides. You can choose from six different edges. Shown here is normal. You can also choose from rounded, scalloped, bracket, ticket, and tag shapes.

You can also further customize your choice with the card stock finish, ranging from matte to metallic silver. There are twelve finishes to choose from. The basic background color is white, which can be enhanced depending on the finish that you choose.


The greeting card style is also easily customizable with template forms. It comes in a standard gloss finish and in a choice of three sizes.


This design is also featured on other items for a matching set. You can customize postage stamps, Save the dates, personalized flameless candles, and more.


If you would like this design added to any other products, you can either contact me through my Zazzle store, CherylsArt, or email me: creative-brushstrokes@comcast.net.

If you find that the shipping costs are near $10.00 or more, you can save money by purchasing ZazzleBlack. Zazzle has two shipping plans to choose from for a one time fee that covers a whole year. Check out the details on ZazzleBlack here.

Cheryl Paton


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Candy Cane Christmas Wedding Invitations

Many people think of candy canes when they think of Christmas; the red and white ones. I made this design as a painting of two candy canes forming the shape of a heart on a frosty looking, blended pink background. It's a lovely choice for your winter wedding invitations, and also a sweet way to say thank you.

On some items you can easily change the text, on others there is an option to add a photo.


If there are any other products that you would like this design added to, just let me know. You can either contact me through my store on Zazzle: CherylsArt, or send an email to me: creative-brushstrokes@comcast.net. Be sure to include Design Request in the subject line, tell me the design (candy cane heart), and which products you would like it on. I will get back to you as soon as possible and provide you the link(s) for the new items.

If you find that the shipping costs are near $10.00 or more, you can save money by purchasing ZazzleBlack. There are two shipping plans to choose from for a one time fee that covers a whole year. Check out the details on ZazzleBlack here.

There are also other matching candy cane heart items that you might like, at Amazon.




Cheryl Paton

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Purple and White Stars Wedding Invitations Set

Purple and white go lovely together. With this wedding set, the purple and white are stars that have been painted on a blended lavender background.

You'll find a variety of items including invitations, save the dates, thank you cards, mugs, napkins, menu cards, and more. The invitations and greeting cards come with white envelopes. If you want the decorative envelope, that is ordered separately.

If you don't find what you are looking for, you can also make a request for this design to be added to any of the other products that are available at Zazzle.com.


Each of the above items can be customized online. There are choices of white text and purple text on many of them. The text color can also be customized online. If you need help, you can also let me know, either through my Zazzle store, CherylsArt, or by email to creative-brushstrokes@comcast.net.

Cheryl Paton
CherylsArt at Zazzle.com



Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bride Wedding Tote Bags

Here you will find wedding tote bags with the word Bride, already on them. You'll be able to choose your design, and then to select your bag style and color.

This first one is shown on the budget tote, with a painting of purple and white stars on blended lavender. The handles come in a choice of five colors.


This next design of two green ferns, with Bride in the middle, is shown on the Impulse Tote. It has a small pocket on the front. The base and the straps come in a choice of eight colors.


This next one is a fun choice for October and/or princess themed weddings. It features a princess wedding dress with a crown, and a pumpkin carriage awaiting in the background.


The silver stars border design is shown on the jumbo tote. It comes in a choice of four colors. The text placeholder includes space to type in the wedding date.


The three tiered cake design in pink is shown on the grocery style tote. This bag comes in a choice of four colors.


You can check out more Bride Tote Bags by CherylsArt at Zazzle.

You can also submit a design request through my CherylsArt store at Zazzle, or via email to creative-brushstrokes@comcast.net.

Cheryl Paton

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Personalized Monogram Wedding Stamps

You have found a selection of monogram wedding stamps that you can easily personalize with any letter.

Choosing monogrammed stamps for your wedding invitations is like making an affirmation of your new lives together.

For those who are having a vintage themed wedding, a scroll design displays your monogram on these postage stamps. The scroll is a blend of light brown, beige, and ivory; the letter is written in brown.


For those planning a black and white and/or star themed wedding, the kaleidoscope stars on black is an elegant choice.


Green is a great color choice for spring and summer weddings. This painted design looks like folds of light green fabric with wisps of gold blended in.


For those that like orange and/or roses, we've got one for you. Two lightly colored orange roses are to the left side with the monogram centered to the right. The background is a medium light shade of orange and the monogram is written in a darker shade.


Many wedding cakes feature a crisscross design, making this a nice choice, especially if your wedding cake is white with red and/or pink.


If purple is your wedding color, then the purple and white stars on blended lavender is a lovely choice for you.


Last but certainly not least are our selection of lively stars. They come in a choice of silver and also gold. They are both simple and elegant. These are also a great choice for your silver and golden wedding anniversaries.





You can check out more Monogram Stamps by CherylsArt at Zazzle.

Cheryl Paton

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Red Wedding Stamps Custom Postage

Here you will find a selection of red themed postage stamps for your wedding. They can also be customized with your own personal text.

This first design features I do in yellow on a red background. The border shows an intricate design that was made by selecting a decorative font and spelling the word YES multiple times.


Monogrammed postage stamps are also a popular choice for wedding invitations. This design features two red tulips, side by side, with a placeholder for your monogram to the right.


This next stamp features a heart design. The heart is white, outlined in red, on a background of wisps of red on pink. Our Wedding is written in script letters of red, centered in the middle of the heart.


This next design is a perfect choice for winter and/or Valentine Weddings. It features a snowflake made of white hearts on a red background. In the center of the snowflake is a placeholder for initials, that are written in red.


Some brides and grooms like to include an RSVP notification on their invites. This design which includes red, also features orange and silver. The reddish orange fills two diagonal corners with a spray of silver star flowers aligning a pathway down the center. A lighter orange path fills the diagonal center with RSVP written across the center, in brown. This would be a great choice for autumn weddings.


This simple design of white text on red simply says, I do. It is written in a cursive font.


And last but not least, is a pretty arrangement of red tulips with a Thank you message written in yellow across the bottom.


Remember that you can customize the text on any of these designs. If you have any questions or requests, you can contact me via email to creative-brushstrokes@comcast.net or through my Zazzle store, CherylsArt.

If you have a red image on your computer that you'd like to use, you can also create your own stamps online at Zazzle. You'll find the Customize It button to the right (after clicking on the link.) You can upload an image, type in text, pick your font and font color, and resize them and move them around. If you choose this option, happy creating to you.

Blessings to you and yours.

Cheryl Paton

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sunflowers Marriage Proposal Ideas

If you're looking for some unique ideas for your marriage proposal, and your intended likes sunflowers, then you've come to the right place. Here you'll you find a variety of proposal options that are sunflower themed.

All of the orignal designs were hand painted by me, Cheryl Paton.

This proposal is made up of a painting of a sunflower that is repeated to form the letters of, "Will you marry me?" The letters are printed on top of a painting of a patch of sunflowers. If your intended is in to puzzles and/or figuring things out, then this one can be a fun idea for you.


The inside of the card can be easily personalized with your own words, or you can go with the message that is already there: "I love you and I would love for your answer to be yes."

If you have the patience and your intended likes doing things that are intriguing, then the puzzle option may be a fun choice for you.


If you'd like one that is easier to read, then we have that covered too. The message is written in white letters on the patch of sunflowers. The cover says, I love you. Inside says, Will you marry me?


If she or he is your number one, then this one is for you.


The text on each of the cards can also be personalized with your own words.

Cheryl Paton
CherylsArt at Zazzle

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Beach Save the Date Magnets for Weddings


The beach sounds like such a nice place to hold a wedding. The sound of the waves are in the background, and you're there, part of nature.

These Save the date magnets will easily let your guests know that you're planning a beach wedding.

They can easily refer to the date that is posted on their fridge, and see your names and wedding date.

This first design features a large beach umbrella sitting in the sand. The umbrella is removable, and re-positional. It can also be resized.


This second design features two seashells in purple and blue. Save the date can easily be replaced with the bride's and groom's names.



This third design signifies that the ocean is calling. A painting of a conch seashell is front and center with the big blue ocean as the backdrop. The strips of color on the side can be customized.


The names and date on each of the magnets is easily customized on the template forms.

You can browse more beach save the date magnets for weddings at Zazzle.com.

May you have a wonderful wedding.

Cheryl Paton
CherylsArt




Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Black and White Swan Wedding Invitations

Swans are such graceful looking birds; they will be a wonderful choice for your wedding invitations.

The black swan artwork here was inspired by two black swans that I saw swimming together, while I was on vacation.


The swans themselves are mostly black with a bit of white on the tips of their feathers, and also on their red beaks.

The water of green and blue shows shadows and highlights, giving it a romantic look.


If you would prefer more white, they are also ready on these 5 by 7 inch invitations as an outline drawing. The light blue accents gives it a lighter look. You can also see Save the dates and other options on this collection:


You can view more products with both of these black swan designs, by CherylsArt, at Zazzle. If you would like either design on any additional products you can let me know either through my Zazzle store, or via email to creative-bruhstrokes@comcast.net.

May you have a wonderful wedding and marriage.

Cheryl Paton
CherylsArt

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Word Search Marriage Proposal Card for Valentines

Does your sweetheart like doing Word Search Puzzles? If so, this marriage proposal card is designed just for you, for a Valentine's Day proposal.

You can use the message already printed on the cover, or you can easily personalize the cover text with your own message.

On the inside, your true love will find the instructions, the word list, and a heart shaped word puzzle.

Once your sweetheart has finished finding the words and circling them, they'll see some unused letters. They are then instructed to write down the unused letters from top to bottom and left to right, on the provided lines, for a special message. The message will be, "Will you marry me?"


All the best to you, from a fellow word searcher.

For another game idea, this card features a scratch off game, lottery style.



Cheryl Paton
CherylsArt on Zazzle


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Purple Wedding Invitations Personalize Online

Purple is a color that is commonly associated with royalty. It is also associated with romance and confidence, making this a great color choice for your wedding.

This first design features purple and white stars on a blended lavender background. Our Wedding is printed on the front in purple letters. The details of your wedding invitation is printed on the back in purple letters on a white background, for easy reading.


The second design is perfect for couples that like flowers and being casual. It features a colored pencil drawing of two pink and purple geraniums situated in the midst of green leaves, on a lavender background. The text on both sides is written in purple, and is easy to customize.


This third design is for those who also like purple paired with yellow. A blend of purple and yellow fills the diamond shapes that make the border, around a similar butterfly design. The background is pale yellow.


All of the above designs are easy to personalize online, on the template forms provided. You can also browse some more options by clicking on the link below, which are also customizable:


You can also find many matching products to coordinate with your choice, including Save the dates, postage stamps, stickers, and more, at CherylsArt on Zazzle.

If you would like any of the designs added to any additional products, you can submit your request to me through my Zazzle store, or by sending an email to me at creative-brushstrokes@comcast.net.

May you have a wonderful and romantic wedding.

Cheryl Paton

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Green Wedding Invitations to Personalize Online

Greetings Brides and Grooms. Congratulations on your decision and for your new venture into married life. Here you will find a variety of green designs including some with a mix of other colors, such as pink and purple.

Green is a color that is associated with harmony. I think perhaps because there is so much green in nature; we find that green goes with a myriad of other colors.

Each of these invites can be easily customized online, with your own personal message and details.

This link will show you a selection.


These are two sided invitations. You can also choose your edging and the card stock type.

There are also many matching items in my CherylsArt store at Zazzle, including Save the dates, postage stamps, envelope seals, canvas bags, and more.

If there is a design that you would like me to add to any other product in my Zazzle store, you can let me know through my store, or by emailing me at creative-brushstrokes@comcast.net.

All the best to you on your wedding day and throughout your married life.

Cheryl Paton
See more green wedding invitations by CherylsArt at Zazzle.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Blue RSVP Stamps for Weddings

Here you will find a selection of blue RSVP stamps to use on your invitations and/or your response envelopes. The RSVP stamp stands out and helps as a gentle reminder to your guests that a reply is requested.

This link will take you to a page of various blue designs for your consideration. You can choose from a pretty blue rose, simple text, and star studded patterns.


May you have a wonderful wedding.

Cheryl Paton
See other Blue Wedding Stamps by CherylsArt at Zazzle.