Stationery A-Z: Will You Be My Bridesmaid Cards

Since winter is the most popular time of the year to get engaged, chances are there are a few of you getting ready to ask friends and family to be in your wedding party! If you aren’t able to ask in person, we HIGHLY recommend sending a beautifully designed card to ask that all important question. Although bridesmaid cards are the main our roundup below, we know and love that wedding parties come in all shapes, sizes, and roles. There’s pretty much every option you can think of available, but we’ve selected our favorites below:

Stationery A-Z: Will You Be My Bridesmaid Cards

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1. “Will you be my bridesmaid pretty please?” asks this rather polite pale pink and gold foil design from Sugar Paper.

2. Make a wedding party obligation cheeky, with this gold foil and hand lettered sentiment from Ashkahn.

3. Brides get a bad rap. Poke fun at stereotypical bridezilla antics while asking your BFF to be your MOH (via Ladyfingers Letterpress).

4. Archer and Olive will take your request one step further by personalizing your intended’s name right on the card.

5. Don’t forget to thank those hard working gals (and guys) for their time and unending commitment to your big day with this floral illustration from Banquet Workshop.

6. Beautifully painted flowers and elegant hand lettering from Shannon Kristen Studio.

7. Prescription drugs aside, this Emily McDowell design also features a clever use of post-its and checkboxes.

8. Surprise your bestie with this super fun scratch-off greeting from Inklings Paperie.

9. Groomsmen are people too. This handsome number comes courtesy of Paper Tie Affair.

10. Not simply a gold foil sentiment, “bride tribe” is also a temporary tattoo. Bachelorette party perhaps? Via Daydream Prints.

11. Perfect for a rustic setting, this Pen + Pillar design features a painted backdrop and elegant hand lettering.

12. Yet another beautiful hand lettered and dip dyed design (via Moglea).

Stationery A-Z: Animal-Themed Birthday Cards

From cute puppies to mythical unicorns, animals represent affection without too much specificity, which works especially well when it comes to expressing personal sentiments. Birthday cards are perhaps one of the best uses of this charming style – and it’s probably a safe bet that you know someone who has a birthday coming up. We’ve got sea-worthy bears, dancing pigs, and thrashing rabbits all banded together to showcase some of our favorite animal-themed birthday cards. Check out our round up below!

Animal-Themed Birthday Cards

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1. Land ho! Navigate the birthday seas with this sweet illustrated bear from Boyoun Kim.

2. Cats (and their owners) love birthdays too! Don’t forget your feline-loving bud with this card illustration by Alice Bowsher for Wrap Magazine.

3. Rawr! Loving the use of gold foil, script font and a beautifully illustrated scene by Dinara Mirtalipova for Red Cap Cards.

4. Happy birthday from turtle and bear (and the Everyday Balloons print shop).

5. Six little piggies from Lucky Horse Press to wish you a bacon-filled birthday.

6. Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear bear, monkey, and cat, happy birthday to you – from Fugu Fugu Press.

7. Fantastic birthday wishes from this fantastic beast as visualized by Amy Heitman.

8. LOL-ing at this bear rocking his skivvies. Sweet enough for your aunt, yet cheeky enough for your BFF. Created by the sweet ladies of E. Frances Paper.

9. Rock out with your bun(ny)s out. Send this Wolf & Wren Press design to every party animal you know.

10. This beautiful painted Persian cat is another gem for any cat lover out there, from fellow cat lady Idlewild Co.

11. The folks over at Egg Press have tons of animal-themed designs in their arsenal. But what makes them extra specials is their clever copywriting and fun concepts.

12. Love the humorous message coupled with a majestic buffalo courtesy of Wild Hart Paper

Stationery A-Z: Good Luck Cards

Good luck cards can be a sweet way to send a friend or family member an uplifting message of encouragement before a big event. Whether it’s a second interview for a new job, a meeting for a potential new home, a big date with someone exciting or an impending presentation they’ve been gearing up for months, a reminder that you are rooting for them is always appreciated. With so many fun choices out there, go forth and share that note of hopefulness!

Stationery A-Z: Good Luck Cards

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1. Send this Idlewild design to your fashionable friend who is en route to being the next Anna Wintour.

2. Really wishing this bandana design from Antiquaria was an actual textile that could be worn on days when a little extra luck is needed.

3. Live vicariously through your friend taking a year off to travel with this message-focused greeting from Ladyfingers Letterpress.

4. Lucky you who gets this ombré papercut design from Yellow Owl Workshop.

5. Big money, no whammies! Just blow on those Rifle Paper Co. dice and head straight for the craps table.

6. A horseshoe card from Zeebendry features a minimalist design and simple messaging.

7. This hand lettered design from Annie Dornan Smith is gesso printed and uses real confetti to add to its textural quality.

8. No surprise that one of our perpetual favorites, Hammerpress, created a beautifully patterned good luck greeting with a fresh color combination and geometric design.

9. Shiny and smiley! Rabbit feet, four leaf clovers, elephants, and wishbones have definitely got all elements of making someone’s lucky day. From Hello!Lucky for Paperless Post.

10. One Canoe Two wishes you the best of luck with a field full of clovers that feels likes its straight out of their Missouri farm.

11. Loving the traditional and occult symbols of luck, not to mention the silver foil, in this Banquet Workshop design.

12. A four leaf clover and hand lettered message make for a sweet sentiment from The Paper Cub.

13. Really want to hit one out of the park? Try one of these hand painted wall charms from The Great Lakes.

Seasonal Stationery: Valentine’s Day cards for friends

If you missed our first two Valentine’s Day greeting card round-ups, be sure to check out our traditional and romantic selections. It’s common to celebrate romantic love with a spouse or life partner but less so to celebrate the love between friends… so let’s change that! A good friend can be the best support system, the most fun, and a real joy to spend time with. Why not let them know how much you really do care about them? If a sentimental expression of affection isn’t your thing, what about a shared message of joint distaste for the holiday? There’s plenty of love to go around for both Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day (if that’s more your speed). Here are a few favorite Valentine’s Day cards for friends!

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1. Remember on Parks and Rec (RIP) when Leslie Knope describes her Galentine’s Day breakfast tradition as “Lilith Fair minus the angst and plus frittatas”? Yeah, this Lark + Raven card is kinda like that.

2. This People I’ve Loved design seems especially relevant in our current political climate. Let’s celebrate love people!

3. Valentine’s Day IS cheesy. Let’s just call a spade a spade, shall we? From Hello!Lucky.

4. Celebrate all your wonderful friends on this Valentine’s day with 9th Letterpress’s gold foil message and abstract design.

5. What better way to let your BFF know how much you love her than with sparkles?! From Farewell Paperie.

6. Have a “Romy and Michele” day by sharing this sentiment of friendship from Chalkscribe.

7. Valentine’s day isn’t for all people (or all cats), so share your distaste with this illustration by Anke Weckmann for Red Cap Cards.

8. So many pop culture references in here! Tell your person how important they are to you with this design from UK-based I Am Nat.

9. We tend to feature Emily McDowell a lot here, but her copywriting is a) phenomenal, and b) couldn’t be more on point. Also, kittens.

10. Let’s say Valentine’s Day really isn’t your thing. But drinking is. Phoenix Paper Co has got you covered.

11. Why fight it? Make them laugh with this red foil die cut shark card from The Social Type.

Custom Calligraphy Valentines from Betsy Dunlap

I’ll be honest: the last couple of weeks have been very difficult for me. It feels strange and trivial to share pretty pictures during such a time of upheaval. I know this site is a respite from our difficult political climate for many of you, and I’ll do my best to share things that help lift our spirits and bring a bright spot to some very dark days. But I also want you to know that I’m very much affected by these current events, and if you’re struggling these days, you’re not alone. I spent more than six years working on Somalia at the U.S. Department of State, working closely with people from Somalia, including refugees – and I have very strong feelings regarding this Executive Order. I shared a few ways to help on Instagram yesterday, and I’ll continue to share more in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, I wanted to help spread some love by sharing these beautiful custom calligraphy Valentine’s from Betsy Dunlap in her shop Litterae.

Custom Calligraphy Valentines from Litterae / Betsy Dunlap

I’ve been a fan of Betsy’s unique modern calligraphy style since I first started blogging in 2008 (!!), and I seriously cannot imagine anything more romantic than sending your love a beautiful hand calligraphed Valentine! These unique custom valentines will feature Betsy’s lettering in your choice of Sunset Gold metallic ink or jet black Sumi ink on cream Italian paper and Dutch felt paper. The folded cards include a monogram or word of choice surrounded by a calligraphed circle on the outside, and a maximum 30-word message on the inside. Each envelope will feature marbled envelope liners and vintage postage stamps – and of course hand written mailing and return addresses penned by Betsy. Valentines will ship out on February 7th, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Custom Calligraphy Valentines from Litterae / Betsy Dunlap

Custom Calligraphy Valentines from Litterae / Betsy Dunlap

Custom Calligraphy Valentines from Litterae / Betsy Dunlap

Custom Calligraphy Valentines from Litterae / Betsy Dunlap

You can order your custom calligraphy valentines from Betsy’s Litterae shop right here!

Photo Credits: Betsy Dunlap