NSS Bound – Hello!Lucky

The incredibly talented team from Hello!Lucky put together one of my favorite booth displays at last year's NSS – so I can't wait to see what they've come up with for this year!  And while we'll have to wait a couple more days to see the actual booth, here's a quick look at a few of the new cards that Hello!Lucky (booth# 1536) will be debuting at the show:

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Once again Hello!Lucky has teamed up with illustrators Julia Rothman (the mermaid) and Esther Aarts (the beer steins) on their new line of cards.  Only a couple more days until we get to see the full collection!

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Darling Clementine

I have a huge soft spot for anything involving folk art, so this woodland card set from Darling Clementine — which celebrates Scandinavian folk style — is right up my alley:

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I love that the designs also look like they could have been made from cut paper!  Just lovely.  Check them out right here!

NSS Bound – Avie Designs

After taking a year off from the Stationery Show to get married, Avie Designs will be back at this year's show!  Avis will have imprintable party invitations, holiday cards, wrapping paper, and greeting cards, but today she's giving us a sneak peek at some of her newest wedding invitations!

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Stay tuned for more from Avie Designs from the Stationery Show next week!

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NSS Bound – Two Trick Pony

It's no secret that I love the work of Carrie and Laurie at Two Trick Pony – their retro-inspired cards and colorful screen printed designs are just kind of hard to resist.  The Ponies are making another appearance at this year's Stationery Show (Booth# 1641), here's a tiny peek at some of the new cards debuting next week:

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I'll have more from Two Trick Pony to share next week – but in the meantime, you can check out the current collection in their online shop right here!

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Cate + Jacob’s Bluegrass Silhouette Wedding Invitations

Today’s real wedding invitations come to us from Cate from Simple Matters, who designed a bluegrass-inspired wedding invitation to match her midwestern surroundings for her own wedding last September.  Cate balanced playful details – like a silhouette rubber stamp – against classic typography for an overall design that is elegant without being overly formal.

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From Cate: The inspiration behind the suite was to combine bluegrass and midwest styles using reminiscent motifs and type-setting, natural and recycled materials and a toned down red, white and blue color scheme.

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The invitation was the only piece that was letterpress printed (by Keegan Meegan) — I printed all the other invitation elements myself at home.

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The silhouette seen on the muslin bag and belly band was a rubber stamp I had made from a drawing.  I recommend this to everyone I know planning a wedding, having a custom rubber stamp made it so easy to personalize so many different aspects!

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Everything was held together with the brown band, which was everything from lunch bags and grocery bags to old wrapping paper.  I tried to be as cost-effective as possible but decided to splurge on the letterpress main invitation, the custom rubber stamp, and the muslin bags. I was so happy I did; the textures added another dimension to the suite.

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Lastly, the map was based off of our engagement photos which were taken outside in a field with a red balloon (I loved being able to tie that detail into the invitation!)

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Overall, I was very happy with how everything turned out. I felt like it embraced a relaxed midwest feel without going over the top.

Thank you so much Cate!

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