Black + White San Francisco Save the Dates

As much as I love color, I just don’t think you can ever go wrong with classic black and white.  I love this modern San Francisco Save the Date from Richie Design:

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In the background you can also see the new abstract art postage stamps — I love the way they pop against the black envelope!

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Midnight Gardens Wedding Invitation

Now that the temperatures are steadily improving (even with a few setbacks, like today!) I keep dreaming about summer barbequeues and evenings enjoying our steadily growing garden from our front porch.  So it's totally fitting that Vanessa An Lim from Marina at Makina sent over this wedding inispired by the idea of an intimate midnight garden stroll, with twinkling stars and silhouetted foliage:

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Vanessa also designed a collection of totally adorable wrapping paper – printed by the good folks at Mama's Sauce – with random patterns, like the sweet little hearts below.  Vanessa, an IT graduate, created a program that places pattern on the gift wrap in random spots and in different colors – making each individual sheet a one of a kind!

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You can check out the gift wrap, wedding invitations, and lots more over at Vanessa's shop, Marina at Makina!  Thanks Vanessa!

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Wedding Invitations — Two Brunettes

My friend Carolynn from Two Brunettes just launched her new website — and I couldn’t be more happy for her!

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Along with the brand new site, Carolynn also launched the Eva Collection — her new customizable, mix and match letterpress wedding invitation collection!

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Check out the entire Eva Collection — along with more beautiful stationery from Two Brunettes — right here!  Congratulations Carolynn!

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Sending Warm Fuzzies

As I mentioned last week, my husband is off on an extended work trip – and while I'm glad he's having a good trip, I'm definitely counting down the days until he comes back home.  But while I'm waiting, these cards from Sweet Harvey seem quite appropriate for this week:

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Aren't these cards the sweetest things?  Check them out, and more, over at the Sweet Harvey shop.

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Bonnie’s Bun in the Oven Baby Shower Invitations

Bonnie from Tenn Hens Design sent over some photos from her recent baby shower, and the entire shower — from the red and blue color palette to the sweet hand-lettering to the mix of old and new stamps — is just so completely adorable that I broke out into a great big smile when I first opened up Bonnie's e-mail.  Let's start with the shower invitations.

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From Bonnie: The design inspiration and shower theme all stemmed from my childhood nickname — "Buns."  My friends today still call me that some 20 years later!  So we thought "bun in the oven" was an appropriate theme for my shower.  And since I'm not finding out the gender of our baby, we wanted to keep the colors relatively gender neutral and went with a color palette of red and shades of light blue. 

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We illustrated the type and design and made it very loose and imperfect.  We then used a corner cutter and mounted it to a colored sheet of card stock left over from a recent project so that the invitations ranged in border color from light blue to teal.  We also lined the envelopes with paper stock from Michaels. 

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Then we tied the bakers twine around the whole card for an extra little touch.  For the envelopes, we addressed them in the same style as the lettering on the invitation.  We also used old stamps I'd collected, mixed with some new ones (we especially love the new abstract art stamps since they're oversize) and created a little collage of stamps on each envelope.

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We also found ways to continue the design theme through to the party through custom napkin tags, food tags & a baby quiz — all of which were super easy to make and print in the office.

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Thanks so much Bonnie!  Bonnie has posted a bunch of additional photos from the shower on her personal blog, Carolina Postcard.  You can also check out more from Bonnie (and her business partner, Currier) over on the Tenn Hens Design website and blog.

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