Colorful Illustrated Custom Invitations from Stinkerpants

Happy Monday everyone!  We’re starting the week off with some happy and colorful invitations from the talented Sara at Stinkerpants!  Sara started Stinkerpants in 2007 after brides saw the drawings she did for her own wedding and asked her to create their thank you cards and Save the Dates.  Sara is known for her colorful and totally adorable illustrations, and today she’s sharing two invitation suites with us!  First up, the invitations that Sara created to help celebrate the Red Egg & Ginger party (aka 100 days of life) for her own baby girl, Charlie!

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From Sara: Charlie Sue is my little baby, and I had a great time creating these invitations for her red egg party.  Red Egg & Ginger parties are traditional Chinese “birthday” celebrations for babies.  Traditionally, they are held on the one month birthday, as a celebration that (this is kind of morbid) the baby didn’t die after birth.  Now people tend to celebrate when the baby is 100 days old, because one month is pretty young to be the guest of honor at such a big banquet.  I wanted the invitations to be informative (some of the guests are from my side of the family – Jewish – and might not understand the significance) and fun.  Typically the invitations for something like this are much more plain and traditional.  I think the vellum envelope really added to the whole suite, too: they were really cute when they were all stamped and ready to be sent out!

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So cute, right?  Next up, Sara worked on these awesome Bob Dylan-inspired wedding invitations for a couple getting married in New York…

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From Sara:  Jenny & Christian’s square invitation suite was VERY fun to do.  This couple had me design their Save the Dates as well, which were very unique.  When they emailed me a year later for their invitations, I knew they’d come up with something great.  The invitations are based on Bob Dylan’s The Freewheelin’ album cover, which has special meaning to the couple.  We also included their cats (of course), and two butterflies, which represent two close family members who recently passed away.

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Thanks Sara!  You can see more from Sara and Stinkerpants on her website – including some super cute artwork for kids, like this awesome alphabet poster and individual ABC prints, along with other artwork like the wish tree (it also comes with owls) and a Bill of Rights & Laws of the Land set (love!).

Photo Credits: Sara Olsher | Stinkerpants

p.s. Don’t forget to check back later this morning for the new installment in our Monday summer contest series with Moontree Letterpress.  This week we’re giving away a set of personalized letterpress note cards!

First Birthday Party Invitations for Baby Lucas!

Hi again everyone!  I’m back!  I’m still trying to process the last couple of weeks in my head, much less go through all of the photos from the trip, so a trip recap will have to wait a few days.  Before I get to anything else, a huge thanks to Carina and Ellie for their fabulous guest posts while I was away – not to mention all of the fantastic printers who contributed posts for the printing process series.  The printing process series isn’t quite finished, so stay tuned for future posts on a few other printing methods a bit later this summer…

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First up this week – invitations for a first birthday party!  Lisa from Good on Paper created these adorable circus-inspired invitations for her son’s first birthday celebration last month.  You can also check out Lucas’s awesome birth announcements right here.  I love the way Lisa uses different typefaces in her designs, particularly the cool ligatures on Lucas’s name and party date.  So fun!

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Thanks Lisa!

Photo Credits: Good on Paper

Tie One On Birthday Crowns

These are definitely on the quirky side, but also really funny and cute!  Birthday crowns and hats from Label Brand that can be worn by the recipient with a simple satin ribbon… how adorable is the little baby below wearing his birthday hat?

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Check out the full collection over at Label Brand!

Photo Credits: Label Brand

Modern B’nai Mitzvah Invitations

Tova from Brighten My Day Studio created these super-colorful and modern invitations last year for the B’nai Mitzvah of twins Sydney and Robert.  The family wanted to go with a slightly different approach to the design, so Tova created the entire invitation suite using a colorful orange and purple color palette, complete with pop-art inspired save the date and envelope liners!

From Tova: This family loves art.  Their home is a gorgeous canvas for the amazing, bold artwork – from life-size mosaics to the classic paintings – that hang on each wall.  Since the evening celebration was being held at their home, we wanted the invitation to reflect their home and the party to come: bold color, modern feel, some drama and a nod to art.

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The save the date was a great introduction: cherry red and beet papers featuring white engraved text and hand-illustrated Lichtenstein-inspired drawing of Sydney and Robert (which was mounted 3-dimesionally to the card).  In-town guests received a folded card, while out-of-towners received a tri-fold card which contained the weekend events.

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We wanted to keep the design of the invitation really simple and clean, to showcase a huge wow factor in the color palate and the invitation size.  The invitation was 9″ x 11″ (huge!) and tri-plexed into a heavy-weight board of tangerine on the front and beet on the back.  The accompanying enclosure cards were also duplexed – tangerine on one side, purple on the back – in the same style as the invitation, but in a variety of modern shapes.

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The typefaces were a fun mix of clean and crisp, paired with a fresh, hand-writing inspired script.  And the kicker – the envelope liner was the Lichtenstein image from the save the date, blown-up and digitally printed in colors to mesh with the new tangerine and beet color palette.  Custom stamps were created for both the invitation envelope and the response card.  And, the envelopes were addressed in white gouache calligraphy by the uber-talented Crystal Kluge.

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I LOVED creating this invitation, in huge part because the Goldstein family was so incredible and trusting.  I am still obsessed with the color palette – and just love that we were able to incorporate the “photo” of the twins into the pieces in such a funky, non-traditional way.

Beautiful work as always Tova!  Thank you so much for sharing these incredible invitations!

{image credits: brighten my day studio}

Owl Birthday Party Invitations

When it comes to party invitations, I don’t think it gets much cuter than a first birthday party invitation.  Brandi from Sweet Harvey created these invitations for the first birthday of her adorable baby niece Zoey, and the resulting owl theme strikes the perfect balance between modern and whimsical design.

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From Brandi: Jennifer wanted something cute and fun for baby Zoey.  Jennifer had decided on a giraffe for Zoey’s baby announcements a year ago and decided to keep with the animal character theme.  We choose brown for the owl and added the strawberry for a girly touch.

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So cute!  Thanks so much Brandi – and happy first birthday to Zoey!

{image credits: Sweet Harvey}

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