New Giveaway! Personalized Holiday Cards from Two Brunettes!

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve got a fun surprise for you!  Today we’re kicking off the first of two giveaways that we’ll be doing over the holiday season – a custom illustration and holiday cards from Two Brunettes!

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I’ve been fortunate to meet so many wonderful, talented, and overall amazing people through this little ol’ blog, but Carolynn from Two Brunettes definitely lands at the top of my list as one of the nicest!  Carolynn creates beautiful stationery (including wedding invitations) through Two Brunettes, but she also does amazing custom illustrations and custom blog designs.  Today she’s offering one lucky reader the chance to win a custom illustration of up to three family members (including pets), along with a set of 15 personalized holiday cards.  Yay!

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So here’s how to enter:  Head on over to Two Brunettes and browse through Carolynn’s collection of wedding invitations and stationery.  Then come back here and leave a com­ment with your favorite item from the Two Brunettes shop and what family members you would choose for the custom holiday portrait.

You’ll have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 2 to enter – bonne chance!

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2011 Calendar Round-Up, Part 5

As promised, I’ve got a few more calendars to share with you today!  First up, I’m loving the gorgeous botanical illustrations in Amy Marcella‘s 2011 calendar:

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Flora Douville‘s calendar was one of my favorites from 2010, and she has another beautiful version for 2011, as well as a pretty new photo calendar:

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Flora Douville 2011 Photo Calendar 500x500 2011 Calendar Round Up, Part 5

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If you like geometric prints, you’ll love the 2011 desk and wall calendars from Pawling Studio:

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Or, for something more nature-inspired, check out the 2011 calendar from Modern Printed Matter:

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This screen printed wall calendar from yellowlion is quite lovely – the pattern details are so interesting!

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This “funny bird” 2011 calendar from Modern Pop is totally cracking me up:

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Eleanor from EM Papers is offering printable calendars in five (!) different formats and sizes this year:

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The illustrations on Leah Duncan‘s 2011 calendar are beyond gorgeous – Leah is offering both a monthly calendar and a poster-style wall calendar:

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Food and produce are popular themes in the 2011 calendar designs, and are the primary inspiration for both Pie Bird Press and Claudia Pearson‘s 2011 calendars:

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For those of you who prefer something more on the minimalist side, you might consider one of the calendars from Adrienne Wong.  She’s offering two options this year – a maritime theme and a mountain-inspired design:

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Or this super cute and modern hanging calendar from Silhouette Blue:

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That’s probably enough calendar fabulousness for today – but don’t forget to check back a bit later for a fun giveaway!

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2011 Calendar Round-Up, Part 4

There have been a ton of amazing calendars released in the couple of weeks since my last calendar round-up, so it’s time for the next installment!  Like the other round-ups, this is going to be a long-ish post, so let’s get right to it.

Tara from Ink + Wit just released her 2011 letterpress calendar, and of course it’s absolutely beautiful!  The designs are inspired by animals at play:

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You saw the poster-style calendar from Pistachio Press in my last round-up, but Rachael also just released a monthly calendar inspired by midcentury modern design!

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The 2011 letterpress calendar from These Are Things totally brings out my inner wanderlust:

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A cool typography-inspired calendar on wood veneer from Heather Lins:

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A super-cute illustrated write-on calendar from sadlyharmless:

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This calendar from English Muffin was inspired by weekend farmer’s markets and features an original illustration for each month of the year.  And it’s available in both English and French!

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Illustrator Julianna Bright has created a beautiful screen printed calendar in both a tea towel and wall version:

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Caitlin Keegan‘s 2011 illustrated calendar features a small writing space below each month, and you can rotate the entire design through each season!

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The design geek in me totally loves these color-inspired poster-size calendars (there are four available design options) from Melissa Design

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…this awesome typography calendar from Studio Hinrichs (via Design Crush)…

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…and this simple (yet hilarious) calendar from Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar (one of my faves from 2010):

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I’ve got even more calendars to share, so check back a bit later for Part 5!  And if you missed parts 1, 2, or 3, you can find them right here.  Oh, and I have a fun little surprise for all of you this afternoon, too – but more details on that later!

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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!

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Wedding Invitations – Page Stationery

Sue from Page Stationery has a wonderful approach to design – “less is more, God is in the details, and  you can never have enough good, clean, white space.”  Sue has been obsessed with typography, letterpress printing and beautiful paper since her early days as a design student.  Prior to starting Page Stationery in 1999, she was an art director for Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, and today is based out of Richmond, VA.  She’s here today to share some of the clean and modern designs from her collection of letterpress wedding invitations – including four brand new designs!

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Thanks so much Sue!  You can find more from Page Stationery – including other wedding invitations, holiday cards, and personal stationery – right here!

Looking for a wedding invitation designer?  You can find Page Stationery and lots of other wedding invitation designers in our Designer Rolodex!

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