More Love and Light! An Art Deco Jewish Wedding Invite

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In the spirit of sharing more love and light, I wanted to share one of my summer projects that I am super proud of…

Photo by Kim Johnston Photography Invite madebymamaleh

So, my dear friend Rachel got married in August, and I had the joy and privilege of playing wedding planner extraordinaire.  It’s funny what sets the stage for wedding design – sometimes it’s a special place or memory, sometimes a beloved heirloom and other times, something else that just speaks to you.  When Rachel got engaged, nothing was predetermined and so we went dress shopping with nothing other than the spirit of discovery.  But then THE DRESS revealed itself and became the inspiration for all else that followed.  Rachel’s exquisite lace gown, lined in soft blush, with a sort of art deco vibe from the shape and lovely scalloped lace really set the tone from everything from the wedding invites to flowers to cake.

Photo by Kim Johnston Photography
Photo by Kim Johnston Photography
Photo by Kim Johnston Photography;  Cakes by Deep Sea Sugar and Salt (The London Fog is ah-mazing!)

I walked into Paper Source without much of an idea other than knowing that their Luxe Blush would be the perfect color!  But then I spotted this gorgeous copper scalloped Nepalese paper and I just knew it would be just the thing to give these invites a wow factor!  The photos only do it partial justice. As I showed Rachel the pile of paper and envelopes, she just nodded, thinking I was totally crazy.

Working from an A9 (5.5″ by 8.5″ or a half sheet), I used Luxe White Cardstock for a base (and printed RSVP details on the back for single card simplicity).  Then, using my heavy duty large scale paper cutter, I was able to cut 9 A9-sized pieces from each large sheet the Nepalese paper.  I think A9 is an elegant size for wedding invites, especially where you are not including separate inserts for RSVP, etc.   Once cut, I adhered these to the front of each invite using a tape runner and then trimming as needed.

For the invite wording itself, I created a template in Microsoft Publisher that would allow for as much of the scalloped paper to show through while still providing plenty of room to write – so the printed area was 3.5×6.5 to allow a full inch all the way around.  I printed this on the 60 lb. weight of the Luxe Blush in a deep brown color (RGB = Red 93, Green 45, Blue 52) using Isabella and Core Deco fonts (I somehow managed to get Core Deco for a super reduced price so keep your eye out for a deal).  The combo worked perfectly and I used it for addressing the A9 Luxe Blush Envelopes too and then finished it all off with the perfect postage stamp (since amazingly this weighed in at just within single stamp range)!  Mamaleh tip: we were able to stick to the theme of the wedding while still adding a few Jewish touches by noting the Hebrew date in addition to the secular one, noting time for the chuppah instead of just saying ceremony and use of the yiddish word “nosh“.

Photo by Kim Johnston Photography

Finally, beyond the invites, I was able to carry the same technique forward for the wedding signage including directions for the Instax guest book!  Simple and chic and full of love and light!

Photo by Kim Johnston Photography
Photo by Kim Johnston Photography

An Invitation Fit for a Rabbi

Rabbi Invite

It has been forever since I have blogged. I’ll just blame it on the baby who isn’t even here yet – 8 weeks to go! But, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been crafting when time has allowed. I’m back today to share with you an invitation I designed recently for a special Shabbat dinner to help celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Temple Beth Am‘s religious school rabbi.

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A Harvey Wallbanger Shabbat

Harvey Wallbanger Cake Star of David Bundt

Ever heard of a Harvey Wallbanger?  I hadn’t either until I was introduced to a recipe by way of my brother’s mother-in-law (Thanks Jane!).  But apparently it was a very popular drink in the 70s which would explain why I’ve never actually imbibed one myself seeing as how I wasn’t born until 1978.  Though I won’t be ordering one at the bar anytime soon (I prefer a good Cosmo), I am here to tell you that it lends itself to the most amazing bundt cake you have ever had.

Star of David Harvey Wallbanger

It has become my go-to recipe for potlucks and celebrations.  And every time I make it, I am asked for the recipe.   The bundt cake is always so effortlessly chic, especially if you take it up a notch and use a Star-of-David Bundt pan which I like to save for special occasions like this Rosh Hashanah honey cake.  I know I’ve been a bit MIA this summer and it’s just been a busy one for us with lots going on.   I have just joined our synagogue’s Board of Trustees and will be chairing our annual Gala as well.  And in the midst of that, we just welcomed a wonderful new rabbi this past Shabbat with a Board sponsored oneg.  So, what’s a good mamaleh to do but BAKE! And what else than the deliciously moist and yummy Harvey Wallbanger cake, MOT style!  I can’t take credit for the recipe – it made its way to Jane from someone in the Macy’s kitchen department but OMG, you will love it!  It was practically gone by the time I got inside the social hall after services!  And don’t worry, the alcohol burns off  so it’s okay to share it with your kiddos (or not)!  Enjoy!



  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 3.4 oz. package vanilla instant pudding (small package)
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup cooking oil
  • ¼ cup vodka
  • ¼ cup Galliano liqueur
  • ¾ cup orange juice


  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon warm milk
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Prepare a  Bundt pan using Baker’s Joy or Pam with flour added to it (you can also grease and flour the pan but the sprays will give you the best coverage and best release from the pan)
  2. Mix all the cake ingredients together and beat for 4 minutes.  Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Let cool in pan on wire rack for 5-10 minutes before turning cake over.  Run a knife around the edges and middle before you flip it to make sure nothing sticks.
  5. As the cake begins to cool, whisk together the ingredients for the snowy glaze in a small bowl.
  6. While the cake is still slightly warm, using a pastry brush, brush the snowy glaze over the cake.  Do not let the cake cool completely or the glaze will not apply easily.
  7. I’ve also made this recipe into mini bundts but you have to do several batches and adjust the time accordingly, about 10 minutes per pan if I remember correctly.

A Bat Mitzvah Card!

If you haven’t been following on Facebook, my crafting has been on hiatus lately thanks to my craft room reno.  The reno is done and now I am slowly unpacking and organizing and getting ready for some serious holiday crafting (and some fun blog giveaways so stay tuned!)

Today I managed to squeeze in a little card since a friend was less than enthused about the bat mitzvah cards she found at the store and asked if I wanted to make one for her.  I jumped at the chance and asked her to send me the invite as inspiration for the card.  Here’s the invite:

I decided to use the glittery blue and green as a starting point but wanted something with some Jewish-ness to it too while still being youthful.  Here’s what I came up with:

I cut a tall skinny size card that is one of my favorites at the moment (3 1/4″ by 6 1/4″) out of Bazzil cardstock (can’t remember the name, sorry).  Then I stamped some Stars of David (this one is from a Jewish stamp set I bought forever ago) using VersaMagic CloudWhite.  Next I punched some lime green flowers which I glued on and accented with True Blue Stickles.  Then I cut and rounded a piece of white cardstock and stamped Mazel Tov from PTI in Grass by Fresh Ink and then gave it a little Firefly Stickles accent.  Finally I lined the inside with more of the lime green cardstock and then paired it with one of my skinny Impress envelopes.  Sorry it’s not the best pic – photographing cards is so tricky and I am still getting the hang of it  especially now that sunshine has left us but hopefully you can get a sense of it.