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Hi All! I have missed you and writing here… Honestly, the blog has been pushed to the back burner for the time being as we do lots of new and exciting things around here at Chena Design. Stay tuned for new designs, new products, and basically a whole new, revamped brand! We are growing, evolving and changing…

On to more new things that I can show you now.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is just around the corner. It is hard to believe that it is time to start thinking about holiday decorations and notes to Santa. Honestly, I get super giddy in the fall. It is my favorite time of year, but it is also so hectic with all the shopping, cooking, and travel. That is why I worked REALLY hard to release my photo card catalog on time this year. You read it right…

Chena’s 2014 photos cards are here with plenty of time to order before the holiday rush begins. There are lots of new designs and many of them incorporate new custom details, hand lettering and colors. Please remember, we can customize any little details you want (changing color, wording, orientation, etc.) or I am happy to discuss a completely custom card for your family and you!

I hope you enjoy! And please pass the catalog on to all who may be interested.

Happy Holidays! (is it too early to say that???)


I am so excited to introduce you to Sharon and George’s custom wedding suite. They were an amazing and fun couple to work with. We started the process with a tailored monogram which was drawn by hand and then digitized. With my monograms, it is so important that I capture the personality and style of the couple. George’s Russian culture doesn’t allow for the letters to be intertwined before the couple is married – so we kept the wedding monogram simple, elegant and modern – just like them. We also did a married monogram with 3 letters intertwined using their last name as the unifying letter (which I will show you a bit later). We decided to go with gray and purple digital printing. The invitation is mounted on metallic silver paper. All in all, I think the suite turned out great! Hope you enjoy.

Today’s invitation suite is one of my favorites from last year. It is classic and elegant, but has a modern twist that feels fresh and fun. Lisa and I actually grew up with each other. We were in the same Girl Scout troop in elementary school. Today we stay in touch through Facebook. As soon as she got engaged she asked me to help her with her invitations, and I was thrilled to connect with an old friend while working on her invitations. Wesley and her had a great vision of what they were looking for. Lisa wanted her custom and hand drawn monogram to be the main “hero” of her invitations, but she also wanted a little design element, and silver edge painting was a MUST. In the end, Lisa’s invitations turned out gorgeous! We did plum letterpress on luxurious cotton paper with silver edge painting. I hope you enjoy!

Last Autumn I had the pleasure of working with some of my dear friends on their destination wedding in Aspen, Colorado. Kate and Mike really wanted to highlight the special location as Kate grew up visiting the peak, and their love for each other blossomed while spending weekends on the slopes. We decided to do a large letterpress invitation suite in a deep navy with custom illustrations of Aspen Mountain and the famous Aspen Gondola. Along with the custom illustrations, Kate and Mike had a custom monogram created with their first initials. I couldn’t be happier with how the monogram and invitations turned out. It was an honor to be a part of their Big Day! Enjoy!

It is October which is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so pink is everywhere. It is always fun to witness the abundance of pink especially in a big city like Chicago. Sears Tower (aka Willis Tower, if we are being proper) is even lit up in pink for the month! It is amazing. So, to stay on theme, I thought I would show you Annie and Chris’ classic with a twist invitation.

Annie wanted a very simple and classic invitation for her formal nuptials. However, she really wanted something on the invitation to have a neon pink “pop”. A little bit of flare. Her wedding was going to be all black and white, except for her cakes which were going to be a rainbow of neon colors. Can we say AMAZING!!!

In the end we created a traditional letterpress invitation on bright white paper with black ink. And to get in the pink, we painted the edges. The edges are bright and bold, but it is a design element that doesn’t overpower the entire suite. I just LOVE the spunky twist on a classic invitation.