Stationery Show Sneak Peek: Studio Carta + Moontree Letterpress

It’s officially less than two weeks before the National Stationery Show!  I can’t wait to walk around Javits Center and see what many of my favorite designers have been up to over the last year.  In the meantime, over the next couple of weeks I’ll be sharing a few sneak peeks into some of the new collections making their debuts at this year’s show.  First up, the brand new line of Leaf and Straw notecards from Moontree Letterpress and Studio Carta!

The Leaf and Straw collaboration began with a 2012 calendar, expanded to a collection of hand bound notebooks, and now these beautiful notecards!  The cards are letterpress printed in two colors on cotton paper and come with a matching envelope.  Available as single cards or in a set of six packaged in a glassine envelope, the cards are available in three lovely color combinations: red and gray, chartreuse and gray, and marigold and blue.  So pretty!

You’ll see lots more in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime you can check out Studio Carta and Moontree Letterpress!

Photo Credits: Studio Carta

Ashley + Jonathan’s Seagrass-Inspired Beach Wedding Invitations

You might remember these beautiful letterpress blind impression wedding invitations from Sarah at Ten Lines Pica that I had the pleasure of featuring last summer.  Well, today Sarah is back with a sophisticated approach to beach wedding invitations.  I particularly love the subtle palm frond pattern and the way Sarah incorporated natural grass stalks in lieu of a belly band – such a great idea!

From SarahAshley and Jonathan had a laid back beach wedding.  I love using natural elements, especially for outdoor events.  An abstract blind deboss palm frond was a nice way to subtly reference the tropical location in a unique way.  I’m based in Miami and design quite a few beach wedding invitations, so it’s fun to find new ways to convey this theme.

I collected the grass stalks on a walk around the grounds of my building; it’s a really economical alternative to a wrap!  And it looks just like the beach grass that grows wild on the dunes here in southern Florida.

Thanks so much Sarah!

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Ten Lines Pica

Annette + Florian’s Illustrated Floral Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend!  We’re starting the week off with a gorgeous set of illustrated wedding invitations from German designer and illustrator Laura Rosendorfer.  Laura created these invitations for a nature-loving couple getting married a bit later this summer.  The groom hails from coastal northern Germany and the wedding will take place at a lake near the bride’s childhood home, so Laura filled the invitations with whimsical illustrations of boats, flowers, and hearts.  So sweet!

From LauraAnnette and Florian will be married at a lake, so we wanted there to be some elements of boats and water in the invitations.  Annette and Florian are very fond of nature and down to earth; they love clean lines, but also love cheerful colors.  When Annette told me she would have big arrangements of colorful fuchsia and pink peonies at the wedding, the whole invitation set came together quite easily.

Annette had set her heart on having a whimsical illustration of flowers, so I paired the peonies and snowballs with a cute boat, cheerful bunting, and of course hearts.  We chose four vibrant colors – fuchsia and pink from the peonies along with green and blue – and paired it with a lot of white space and dark brown lines to contrast the whimsical illustrations and give it some elegance and softness.

A heart is also the focal point of the invitation – I die cut a heart in every invitation using a small machine at home.  The rsvp card is visible through the heart; if you take it out, there is another little heart to be seen.

We chose mostly eco-friendly materials, like the beautiful brown recycled kraft paper for the envelopes and paper bands around the invitation set.  The invitations were printed using a combination of digital, offset, and screen printing methods.  The envelope liners and the map postcard with the detailed schedule on the back were offset printed on white paper.

I really loved all the small details, like the die cut hearts or the initials on the envelope liners – all of which makes a wedding invitation suite extra special.

Thanks Laura!

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Laura Rosendorfer

Friday Happy Hour: Strawberry Tequila Daisy

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo!  We’ve previously featured two drinks that would be great tomorrow, the Margarita and the Oaxacan Sunrise, but here’s a new drink to help you celebrate properly: the Strawberry Tequila Daisy.

Read below for the full recipe!

Strawberry Tequila Daisy

2 oz Tequila
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Soda Water
2-3 Strawberries

Rinse and hull the strawberries.  Add them to a highball glass and combine with the Triple Sec, both juices, and syrup.  Muddle well.  Add the Tequila (make sure you use 100% agave!) and add a few ice cubes.  Top with soda water and enjoy.

This is a wonderfully light, fruity drink in which the Tequila is balanced really well.  The soda water gives it a nice zing that a regular Sour or Margarita can lack.  You can leave the pulp in and get more strawberry flavor, or you can filter before adding the Tequila and get a much cleaner drink (and no pulp when you sip – but don’t forget to garnish with a strawberry).

 

Americans have been using soda water to charge up their drinks since the 1850s, but the Daisy and its close relative the Fizz became really popular after the Civil War.  The original 1870s recipe involved spirits, sugar, lemon juice, orange liqueur, and some fizz.  Forty years later, a new-fangled recipe came along with lemon and lime juice, and grenadine in place of triple sec.  As I’ve noted before, the word for “daisy” in Spanish is, conveniently enough, margarita.  This, plus the taste of today’s drink, strongly suggest the origins of the Margarita lay with the Daisy.

Last – but definitely not least – Cinco de Mayo!  150 years ago tomorrow, a French army was marching on the Mexican town of Pueblo.  Why?  Because France’s ruler at the time was Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, nephew of the Napoleon and better known to history as Napoleon III.  Napoleon III, who was not a very good emperor, had grandiose plans to build a new French Empire to rival his uncle’s and invaded Mexico in 1861.  On May 5th, 1862, Mexican soldiers defending Pueblo defeated a much larger force of crack French troops, giving a much-needed boost of morale to Mexico’s armies.  The French went on to take over the country, but, after years of struggle, Mexico won its freedom again and drove the French out in 1866.  So, tomorrow, while you’re enjoying your Tequila Daisy, raise a glass to the brave Mexicans who fought for their country’s independence that Cinco de Mayo.

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

{happy weekend!}

Ah… the first week back after vacation is always a doozy, isn’t it?  But even after racing to catch up from a week away, I’m so very glad to be back home.  This weekend we’ll be watching the Stanley Cup playoffs and starting to make plans for the future nursery room.  Yay!  But in the meantime…

Photo Credit: Scout’s Honor Co.

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

That’s it for me this week!  Cocktail Fridays will be back this afternoon – and we have a special cocktail just in time for Cinco de Mayo, so check back a bit later for the recipe!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!  xoxo