Foil Stamp Wedding Invitations

Rachel from Jolie Jolie featured these utterly gorgeous black and white wedding invitations from a designer friend of hers — and I am completely smitten with the foil stamp details on the black reception/rsvp card:

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Aside from the line-drawing heart on the vellum belly band (a nod to Deny’s proposal), the invitation is completely devoid of imagery, but makes a huge graphic impact through the contrasting typography — letterpress printed in blue ink on white paper for the main invitation and blue foiling on black paper for the reception card.  I love it all!

{image credits: Manu Chau Photography via jolie jolie}

Hand-Lettered Thank You Card

Today is a teensy bit hectic as we try to get things ready for the B List meet-up tomorrow!  So as I run off to try to wrap a few things up, I'll leave you with this gorgeous hand-lettered thank you card from Spring Olive:

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Thank you so much to all of you for stopping by every day — your comments and e-mails mean the world to me.  I'll be back tomorrow!

{image credits: Spring Olive}

Lilacs + Dogwoods

We took a quick trip down to Mount Vernon this past weekend.  This is my favorite time of year to visit Mount Vernon — the entire estate is full of gorgeous lilacs, all of which were in bloom this past weekend:

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If you’ve seen photos from my wedding, then you probably already know how much I love lilacs.  I just about skipped from shrub to shrub trying to take in as much of the amazing lilac scent as possible.  I love how the lilacs grow so big and wild at Mount Vernon — I just wished they bloomed all season long!

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Mount Vernon overlooks the Potomac River, and even though it’s usually pretty crowded with tourists whenever we go down it always feels incredibly peaceful to sit on the lawn and look out at the river.  On this trip we’re pretty sure we saw a pair of bald eagles flying above us!  I tried to get a picture, but they were too far away.

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I love the formal gardens and orchards around the estate.  We bought annual passes, so we’re planning to make a few more trips over the summer and fall when the fruit trees, vegetables and herbs all start to produce and we can go visit the 4-acre working farm.  This time we were there really just for the flowers — like these beautiful dogwoods:

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{all images by me}

Hello!Lucky Baby Announcements – and a Spring Sale!

Hello!Lucky* just launched their first collection of baby announcements – and as you might expect, each announcement is as cute as a button! 

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The collection includes both digital and letterpress printing options, as well as collaborations with other designers (such as Pikku, featured above), so check out the full selection right here!

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On a separate note, Eva from Sycamore Street Press sent me a note to let me know about a huge spring sale that is going on through Friday – with prints, cards, gift tags, and place cards up to 60% off!  Check out the sale in the Sycamore Street Press shops here and here!

{image credits: Hello!Lucky and Sycamore Street Press}

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The Left Handed Calligrapher

After a warm, sunny, and absolutely gorgeous spring weekend, we're back to cold and rainy – although hopefully just temporarily!  I'm trying to keep myself from getting bummed out while I wait for the rain to pass by, so what better to cheer things up than beautiful calligraphy from Nicole at The Left Handed Calligrapher?

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For more of Nicole's styles and work, check out her website and blog – which is full of Nicole's recent calligraphy projects. Thanks Nicole!

{image credits: the left handed calligrapher}