Calligraphy Address Stamps

Since we moved into our new apartment back in January, I’ve been meaning to order a new stamp with our return address to make it a bit easier to send out birthday and holiday cards to our friends and family.  I’m really loving these address stamps with beautiful calligraphy from Primele:

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Primele has also added a lovely thank you card to their shop – I love the contrast between the charcoal gray and light blue!

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{image credits: primele}

Teddy Bear Baby Announcements

I’m not sure if it’s the total cuteness factor or just the fact that I’m getting a bit older, but over the past couple of years I’ve definitely developed a fondness for baby-related stationery, particularly baby announcements.  So when Brandi tweeted about these amazing 4-color letterpress baby announcements printed by Blush Publishing, I immediately fell for the playful teddy bear and bright colorful stars:

 Teddy Bear Baby Announcements

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The design was provided by the father, Denis (congrats Dad!), and printed by Blush onto 300 gsm cotton paper.  Such a wonderful way to welcome a new little one to the world!

{image credits: blush publishing}

New Giveaway! Letterpress Wedding Invitations or Save the Dates from Hello!Lucky

Because this is an extra-special week here at Oh So Beautiful Paper, there are two extra-fabulous giveaways for you to enter!  Our second giveaway this week comes to us from the ever-fabulous team at Hello!Lucky – yay!

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The team at Hello!Lucky is generously offering one lucky reader the chance to win 100 one-color letterpress invitations or Save the Dates from their wedding collection!  And with a collection as awesome as this, you’re guaranteed to end up with something pretty spectacular:

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So here are the rules: Head on over to the Hello!Lucky website and browse through their wedding invitation and save the date collection.  Then come back here and leave a comment with your wedding date, the name of your favorite design, and a quick explanation of why you chose that design.

You’ll have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, June 4 to enter — then we’ll announce the winner on Monday!  Bonne chance!

{image credits: Hello!Lucky}

Riley + Robert’s Modern Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

There aren’t many invitations that can actually make me catch my breath, but within that short list, these letterpress wedding invitations are definitely at the top.   Designed and printed by Blackbird Letterpress, these New Orleans wedding invitations feature the amazing calligraphy of Betsy Dunlap and a beautiful layout guided by a blind impression map of the Mississippi River banks:

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Kathryn from Blackbird Letterpress was thrilled to work with the bride, Riley, who very distinctly wanted a non-traditional wedding invitation.  And with the combination of Kathryn’s gorgeous letterpress, Betsy’s calligraphy, and an unusual size and shape (8.5″ x 5.5″) for the overall invitation, the entire thing ended up coming together like an awesome art piece that celebrates the wedding location of New Orleans.

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Kathryn designed the layout with the map idea, following the banks of the Mississippi River, which was later letterpress printed as a beautiful blind (no-ink) impression.  Betsy filled the negative space with her amazing calligraphy, rather than following a traditional horizontal or vertical layout, which Kathryn printed in a soft gray ink.  Betsy also calligraphed the addresses on soft pink invitation outer envelopes.

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I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of these invitations in person at Kathryn’s booth at the National Stationery Show, and of course they’re even more beautiful in person!  This is definitely a wedding invitation that could be displayed as an art print and enjoyed for many years to come.  So gorgeous – thank you so much Kathryn!

{all photos by ak photography}

{today I love… strawberry picking!}

Before I jump into today’s regular content – including some amazingly gorgeous wedding invitations – I just had to share a few photos from our trip to a u-pick strawberry farm this past weekend. Over the holiday weekend, the husband and I went out to the same farm where we picked out our pumpkins last fall, this time with the goal of bringing home as many strawberries as we could pick! We eventually met our goal (and perhaps even surpassed our expectations), but first we were distracted by some very cute kid goats and piglets:

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And a few roosting hens:

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But then it was on to the strawberries!

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We came home with – no joke – TEN pounds of strawberries!

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We’ve already eaten about a quarter of that and used another quarter to make ice cream. I’m busy exploring yummy strawberry recipes for the rest now!

{all photos by me}