I am a watercolor painter and stationery designer who handcrafts art and keepsake stationery you’ll want to cherish forever.

I pour my heart into my art. I value connection, and believe that connection can be felt through the paper we mail out to the people we love most. Wedding days are some of the most important days of our lives. It is worth the effort and time involved to create stationery perfectly fit for the life-long commitment you are making.

"My belief is that each couple should send wedding invitations that are worthy of their amazing love story."

my story

the beginning 

The start of this design studio was a bit of a happy accident. I was simply a bride looking for wedding invitations that represented my fiancé and I without breaking our budget. When I couldn’t find any that spoke to me personally, I used my art and design experience to create my own. Friends saw them and asked if I would do their invitations. Seventeen years, and over three thousand weddings later, I couldn’t be happier with the work I get to do each day.

getting personal

When I’m not painting or designing, you can find me spending time with my family: a number-crunching husband (the complete opposite of artistic me!) and two curious and kind teenage kids. Most often, we’re together on the golf course, or at home with our rescue dog, Abby.

giving back

Along with volunteering our time and design skills, each year Ivory Isle Designs donates a portion of our profits to Children's Hospital Saint Paul and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. We experienced firsthand the grace of their mission as they both worked together to save our son’s life from an AVM brain mass, stroke and subsequent ruptured aneurisms in the summer of 2019.

my art history

Art has been in my family for generations. My parents are watercolor painters, my grandmother was an oil painter, and my great-aunt is a children’s book author and illustrator. My art is often inspired by the places I’ve traveled. I was born on the banks of Loch Ness, now live in the US, and have traveled to 37 countries in-between, including some college study in Inner Mongolia. (say what?!)

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One of the best parts of my job is getting to work with my favorite people! My parents started watercoloring together as an inexpensive hobby they could take up together as they lived in the highlands of Scotland shortly after their marriage when money was tight, but the views around them were stunning. Painting was never their career, but always their passion. They retired from their respective careers and realized retirement was a bit too boring for them. It was a time when Ivory Isle Designs was growing faster than I could keep up with as a single painter - so the fit was perfect!.

Terry Helmstetter

My Mother, Watercolor Artist with 45 years experience. Her talents are wide, but her favorite thing to paint is pet portraits.

Don Helmstetter

My Father, Watercolor Artist with 45 years experience. His specialty is European Castle portraits and Red Barn farm landscapes.

josie Helmstetter

And of course, me too! My favorite thing to paint is crests and florals for my wedding stationery clients.

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