12 Days of Christmas Giveaway with Belle + Union!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED – THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED!

As we enter the season of giving, I’m super excited to team up with Meg from Belle & Union for a special twelve days of Christmas giveaway! Starting today, Meg will run special deals on a different product each day, which she’ll announce on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook – and at the end of the twelve days one lucky OSBP reader will win a package featuring one of each item! I don’t want to spoil Meg’s surprises – so you’ll have to follow along to see each item as it’s revealed – but the final giveaway promises to be a really good one!

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A little background from Meg: As a little girl, my mom wrote a version of the 12 Days of Christmas song for my Dad. It was from the perspective of my sister and myself, promises that we would be making as his children to make his Christmas (and his year) that much better. Things like “(starting at number 5) one bark only, no hands on the walls, good grades at school, two clean rooms, and no running up and down the stairs.” (Sing it to the tune, it’ll get stuck in your head for days, or in my case, over fifteen years running.) I thought it would be fun to piggyback on my mom’s idea and share with my friends and followers a ”Belle & Union 12 Days of Christmas.For the next 12 days, there will be a different deal every day, with each item being available with the ones from the days before it, culminating on the 12th day with the best gift of all!

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To enter, just comment below with your favorite thing about the holidays! You can also share on 1) Instagram, 2) Facebook, 3) Pinterest, or 4) Twitter with the hashtag #BU12days for additional entries! Leave a comment below with links to your Instagram/Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest posts, and don’t forget to tag us – @BelleAndUnionCo and @beautifulpaper – in your posts! Enter and share as many times as you like during the 12 days. We’ll choose a winner at random on December 13th at noon CST. Happy holidays, friends!

Follow along with Meg @BelleAndUnionCo on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook – and Meg will announce each day’s treat at 9am CST, starting today!

Photos by Sarah Best Photography

*Sorry, limited to U.S. readers only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $225 approximate total retail value.

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Letterpress Christmas Ornaments

So this is the time of year that nearly every designer is busy cranking out their holiday collections – from holiday cards to gift wrap sets and gift tags – and this year I'm already seeing tons of amazing holiday stationery starting to make its way into the shops.  So instead of saving it all for a big mondo round-up or two, I thought this year I might collect them into groups of three or four and share them gradually over the next few weeks.  If you're browsing around, you'll be able to find them all under the holiday category from the sidebar.  Sound like a plan?

First up, some fantastic letterpress ornaments from Moontree Press, which I've been dying to share here for weeks now:

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Aren't these lovely?  The ornaments currently come in four patterns, which you can find in the Moontree Press shop right here.  More holiday goodies to come soon!

{image credits: Moontree Press}

Seasonal Stationery: 2014 Holiday Card Round Up Part 4

Today I’m wrapping up my 2014 holiday card round up with one mega post with more beautiful cards! In case you missed them – you can find the previous round up highlights right here and the full holiday card round up page right here!

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1. Detroit Card Co.

2. Four Wet Feet

3. Ladyfingers Letterpress

4. E.Frances Paper

5. An Open Sketchbook

6. Little Arrow

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7. Steel Petal Press

8. Green Tie Studio

9. Grey Moggie

10. Happy Cactus

11. Hennel Paper Co

12. Paperfelt

13. Gingiber

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14. 417 Press

15. Farewell Paperie

16. Allison Cole

17. Snow & Ivy

18. Papillon Press

19. The Great Lakes Goods

Check out the full holiday card round up – with 400+ holiday cards – right here!

Copper + Navy Holiday Table Inspiration

I’ve already professed my love for the combination of navy/indigo and copper. Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy and I played around with lots of color combinations for the DIY leather napkin ring tutorial with Sakura of America (psssst! Don’t forget to enter the Pen-touch marker giveaway right here!) last week – but the combination of the copper Pen-touch with navy leather was hands down my favorite. So today I thought I’d share some navy and copper (along with a few other metallics) dinner party inspiration and a few more DIY ideas perfect for Christmas or New Year’s Eve!

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I kept the table itself fairly simple, with one medium size floral centerpiece in a vintage copper compote, a couple of smaller arrangements in copper tumblers, taper candles in vintage brass candlesticks, and this gold foil and kraft paper table runner from Minted. Since we envisioned a fairly intimate table with 6-8 guests, we mixed up a large batch of a signature cocktail – a Persimmon Margarita (recipe coming up in just a bit!) – in our DIY color dipped swing bottles and put them on the table for people to enjoy as they please. For a larger gathering, you could have several drinks available – or mix up a bowl of punch!

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You can find the copper and navy leather napkin ring tutorial right here. Michele and I also created cocktail menus with copper ink on navy leather – Michele did a large version that could be displayed next to a bar for a larger party, while I tried my hand at a smaller menu that could be placed between guests at the table.

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For the flowers, I fell in love with pale lavender anemones at the flower market. I paired the anemones with white and blush ranunculus and seeded eucalyptus. I love the texture of seeded eucalyptus – and you can get a huge bunch without breaking the bank!

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I wanted to see what other surfaces the Pen-touch paint markers could write on. I’m pretty sure I gave Michele her biggest challenge yet when I asked her to write on thin sheets of copper! We used these copper sheets with white Pen-touch markers to create two signs: one inviting guests to take a seat and another to display next to party favors.

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Lauren and I are totally on the same page this week – I used the Pen-touch markers to customize our drinking glasses! I used gold and copper Pen-touch markers in fine weight to write out “cheers!” on some tumblers. It took a couple of coats to get a nice solid line – so if you try this at home just be sure to let each coat dry fully before putting on the second coat. You could use your handwriting (or calligraphy) but Michele was kind enough to offer a template that you can trace onto your glasses! You can download the “cheers!” template here – it comes in a couple of sizes for use on different sized glasses. Just cut out the words, tape to the inside of your glass, and trace over it with your Pen-touch markers!

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Check back soon for the Persimmon Margarita recipe!

Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy

Leather: Matine

Paint Markers: Sakura Pen-touch Paint Markers

Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper