Paper Snowflakes

Absolutely beautiful quilled paper snowflakes by Kristen Earl

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Found via Rebecca at Moontree Press — check out the Moontree Press blog for an even better photo of Kristen's gorgeous work!

{image credits: kristen earl}

Wedding Invitations — Belamour Design

Victoria from Belamour Design recently sent over a few designs from her portfolio.  Victoria likes to focus on the details (or the “elements of style” as she calls them), often resulting in an invitation design inspired by the style of the event itself.  Since your wedding invitations are usually the first indication your guests will receive of your wedding style (black-tie ballroom, informal backyard, semi-formal garden wedding, etc.), I thought I’d include two designs for two very different weddings. First up, a blue and white ocean-inspired invitation design for a laid-back seaside wedding:

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a73bfb90970b 500wi Wedding Invitations — Belamour Design

The second design comes from the opposite end of the design spectrum, with beautiful calligraphy details perfect for a more formal, black tie ballroom wedding:

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a73bfbbd970b 500wi Wedding Invitations — Belamour Design

Thanks Victoria!  So tell me - how are you incorporating your wedding style into your invitations?

{image credits: Belamour Design}

{today I love…}

…newspaper!  I'm just about ready to set aside all of my usual shiny holiday gift wrap in favor of simple newspaper gift wrap and decorations:

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a73c0991970b 500wi {today I love...}{mistybliss via mint}

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a73c09a5970b 500wi {today I love...}{twoandsix via the sweetest occasion}

6a00e554ee8a2288330128763ee967970c 500wi {today I love...}{country living}

Whether stitched, cut and folded into the shape of a blossom, or fashioned into bunting (each with some sort of red or striped accents), I'm just all about the newspaper gift wrap this season.  The only thing that might even come close to making me reconsider is vintage sheet music:

6a00e554ee8a2288330128763eec77970c 500wi {today I love...}{country living}

Sigh… so pretty, and so easy to DIY!

{images from their respective sources}

2009 Holiday Cards, Part 8

Well hello again.  As promised, since we’re getting closer to the holidays and the New Year (are you all as excited for 2010 as I am?) and folks have card decisions to make, I’ve got lots (and lots) more holiday cards for you to choose from.  So let’s get right to it!

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a7344c80970b 500wi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 8{amazing holiday cards made using bent wire from fold}

6a00e554ee8a228833012876370b95970c 500wi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 8{decoy lab}

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a7344bec970b 500wi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 8{mr. boddington’s studio}

6a00e554ee8a22883301287636eda2970c 500wi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 8{caitlin keegan}

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a7342edd970b 500wi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 8{ink + wit}

6a00e554ee8a22883301287636ede0970c 500wi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 8{sweet harvey – love those snowmen!}

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a7342f92970b 500wi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 8{mélangerie holiday scratch n’ sniff cards — each pack with 3 scents!}

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a7343bb3970b 500wi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 8{papermum}

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a73444c3970b 500wi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 8{two brunettes}

6a00e554ee8a228833012876371180970c 500wi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 8{ink + iron}

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a734569a970b 500wi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 8{snow + graham}


6a00e554ee8a228833012876371f89970c 500wi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 8{maginating}

6a00e554ee8a22883301287637270a970c 500wi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 8{looky loo}

6a00e554ee8a22883301287637272f970c 500wi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 8{lark press}

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a7346e85970b 500wi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 8{holiday telegrams and beautiful fabric gift wrap from chewing the cud}

Have you found your holiday cards yet?  I’d love to hear which ones you’ve chosen!  For more inspiration, check out my past holiday card features here.

{images from their respective sources}


Kristy + Adam’s Hand-Painted Letterpress Save the Dates

Before we jump back into holiday cards, I just have to share these amazing hand-painted watercolor letterpress Save the Dates created by Kristy at Momental Designs for her upcoming 10-year vow renewal ceremony.  The pop of watercolor detail works so well with the letterpress impressions on thick cotton paper – and Kristy was kind enough to send over the background behind her design.

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From Kristy: Hand-painted details and original artwork are my passion.  While planning my own renewal celebration I knew letterpress had to be included but of course wanted to incorporate my signature hand-painted look.  Thus, hand-painted letterpress was born!  I simply love the very visceral, textured nature of letterpress.  When combined with juicy, romantic watercolor brushstrokes, letterpress, in my opinion is transformed to a whole new level.  The intimate touch of the pressed image first makes an impression but then the washy, romantic quality of the watercolor gives the perfect finish.

6a00e554ee8a228833012876373ad9970c 500wi Kristy + Adams Hand Painted Letterpress Save the Dates

Choice of materials were extremely important for this project.  I wanted to mimic the many natural occurring textures so obvious in Zion National Park, where are renewal ceremony is taking place.  From Crane’s roughly textured cotton stock to the champagne silk ribbon and cobalt blue envelopes, every detail needed to be reminiscent of the crystal clear river, intense blue skies and towering red rock landscape of Zion.  So many of our guests have never traveled to this magical place.  The goal was to translate the Zion experience on paper in hopes of creating great anticipation of the adventure to come!

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Original illustration didn’t stop at the save the date cover!  Each page features one of my sketches with watercolor details added throughout.  At the center of the booklet is a hand-drawn map which is not only functional but seems to unify the look overall.  Envelope liners are reproductions of vintage topographical maps.  I just love the rich orange and blue colors — nothing needed to be altered!

6a00e554ee8a228833012876373af9970c 500wi Kristy + Adams Hand Painted Letterpress Save the Dates

Betsy Dunlap created a printable file with the calligraphy for my envelope backflap.  This was a great budget option I would add — it certainly doesn’t hurt to save when you can!  I am saving patiently to have Betsy pen all the invitation outer envelopes!  When I first contacted Betsy I proclaimed that this particular lettering style was simply perfect as it really mimicked the red rock landscape of Zion!  Thank you Betsy for your artistry!

Thanks so much Kristy!  You can read more about Kristy’s design process right here and see some of her other recent projects here.

{image credits: Momental Designs}