2009 Holiday Cards, Part 5

We had been enjoying an unseasonably warm autumn here in DC — not that I was complaining – but today is a stark reminder that winter and the holidays are approaching quickly!  Somehow pretty paper goodies always manage to cheer me up on a cold and rainy day, so here are a few more holiday collections from some of my favorite shops. 

First up, a bunch of letterpress holiday goodies from Simplesong — from school-inspired holiday cards (love!) to holiday to-do lists to a gift wrap kit:

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For their 2009 holiday collection, Two Trick Pony has a bunch of colorful retro-inspired holiday cards (with a big sale running through the end of December!):

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I'm loving this year's holiday collection from Parrott Design Studio, filled with lovely letterpress cards and gift tags that capture the beauty of winter and the cheer of the holiday season:

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I also love the bold graphics in these screen printed and letterpress cards from Cricket Press:

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And last up for today's installment, these cute illustrated holiday cards from Pearl & Marmalade with holiday wishes from some fuzzy friends:

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As always, you can find past holiday card features right here.

{images from their respective sources}

Thanksgiving Dinner Invitations

It's definitely a dream of mine to host a Thanksgiving dinner once we have a home large enough to accommodate both sides of our families.  Katie from Chellé Paperie and her husband have a wonderful tradition of celebrating a "little thanksgiving" with friends and neighbors before the actual Thanksgiving holiday with family at the end of the month.  So until I've got a bit more room here, I'm just going to file Katie's gorgeous die cut "little thanksgiving" dinner invitations away in my inspiration file:

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Katie created the main invitation from an A2 sized die cut card made from 2 layers of pearlescent cardstock flush mounted to a doublethick bookboard (each one is about 1/4 of an inch think!).  Katie also included an extra card with a request for each guest to bring either a dish, a drink or a dessert:

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One of my favorite details from this invitation is the canvas pocket holding the individual invitation components, and which was sewn from natural linen left over from Katie and Ben's wedding tablecloths last year!  Katie added a tiny printed tag and pinked the edge for a bit of bonus detail, then mailed the entire invitation in a simple cream A7 envelope:

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Katie's primary goal was to keep the invitation design super simple and make the invitation be about the different materials and the experience of receiving something so tangible and with lots of little details.  Katie said that her dream would be to have had time to write each guest a handwritten note saying how thankful she and her husband are to know each of them — but I imagine that each guest must be thrilled to receive such a beautiful invitation and to be included in this wonderful neighborhood tradition.  So lovely!


{image credits: Chellé Paperie – thanks Katie!}

Amanda + Braydan Modern DIY Wedding Invitation Booklets

This week’s real invitations come to us from the amazingly crafty and super-talented Amanda, who designed and printed her wedding invitations on her trusty Gocco for her wedding in a greenhouse this past summer.  Amanda mixed different typefaces with floral imagery and pops of bright green for a modern design in these DIY invitations:

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From Amanda: I used my Gocco as much as possible in the invitation process because I love the idea of metallic inks and a handmade feel.

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The whole suite began with the save-the-date tags which were gocco’d on coat tags given to me by my grandma who owns a fur/leather store that has been in our family for nearly 50 years.  I liked that they could be hung on a calendar as a reminder of our wedding date.

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I wanted to create a booklet for our invitation because I’m not a fan of multiple pieces in an invitation suite that often seem to get lost and I also very much enjoy book design and bindery.  I sewed each booklet by hand with chartreuse embroidery thread.  All paper is from French paper.

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Fonts are Sketch Rockwell and Lauren Script to evoke a friendly and farm-y feel appropriate for our greenhouse wedding and the illustration was created from a part of a stock image.

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I have a fondness for mums and dahlias, the main flowers used throughout the wedding, so the illustration was a nice complement.

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The thank you cards included an illustration of Thunder Bay (Ontario, Canada) done by a co-worker friend, Heather Cranston.  Many guests traveled from out of town so I wanted them to have a nice frame-worthy momento in appreciation of them making the trip up north.

Gorgeous work Amanda — thanks so much for sharing your save the dates and invitations!  For more details from Amanda’s fabulous greenhouse wedding (and amazing European honeymoon!), don’t forget to check out her blog High Street Love!

{image credits: Shannon LePere}

Bailey Doesn’t Bark

I'm a huge, huge fan of the work from Bailey Doesn't Bark — the delicate illustrations and shimmery gold dots on the beautiful ceramic pieces just make me weak in the knees: 

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As if that wasn't enough, Bailey Doesn't Bark also has a holiday collection containing these amazingly beautiful holiday cards featuring black ink and gold foil stamp dots:

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Sigh.  So simple and so, so lovely… you can find them right here.

{image credits: Bailey Doesn't Bark}

2010 Calendar Round-Up, Part 3

It’s finally here!  The final mega-installment of my 2010 calendar round-up has arrived, although I’ll continue to post some calendars individually as they are released over the next few weeks.  This installment ended up being pretty heavy on illustration, and I made sure to include some calendars with writing space in response to some of the feedback on earlier posts.  Enjoy!

So first up, an eco-friendly screen printed tear-away calendar from one of my favorite design duos — Two Trick Pony:

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{two trick pony}

And for those of you looking for a calendar that allows you to write notes or mark birthdays, try this botanical calendar from Amy Marcella:

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This year’s calendar from Mibo also has a little space for notes next to each day of the month, as well as a 12-month at-a-glance calendar, both available as printable downloads:

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{mibo}

Beautiful illustrations in this limited edition wall calendar from Red Prairie Press:

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{red prairie press}

 

Pearl & Marmalade released their first calendar this year, which includes some favorite design elements from their stationery collection as well as new illustrations:

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{pearl & marmalade}

 

This letterpress calendar from Pikku was one of my favorite items from the NSS in May for its clean lines and modern, minimalist design — and it’s beautifully mounted on a screen printed wood plank:

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{pikku}

 

Another beautifully vibrant gocco and screen printed calendar from Modern Printed Matter — sadly this is going to be the last year that Anna will gocco print her calendar, so get your 2010 version here:

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{modern printed matter}

 

How cute is this printable post card calendar from Mufn Inc.?  Each month features hand-drawn illustrations and bright pops of color:

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Also in the printable category, Sweetbeets has come out with two downloadable, printable calendar designs this year:

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For those of you preferring a more vertical layout, how about this calendar from Saddle Stitch Studio:

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{saddle stitch studio}

 

Hand-drawn illustrations and hand-lettering in this letterpress calendar from One Canoe Two:

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{1canoe2}

 

Love the papercut details in this calendar from A Little Hut:

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{a little hut}

 

The 2010 limited edition calendar from Three Square Design features designs inspired by nature and graphic patterns printed on eco-friendly paper:

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{three square design}


Residents of the Bay Area might like this letterpress calendar from Blue Cole:

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{blue cole}


This perpetual calendar from Little Brown Pen will last indefinitely, and can easily do double duty as artwork:

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{little brown pen}


I love the “Places I Have Never Been” theme of this calendar from JHill Design, available in both wall and desk versions:

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{JHill Design}


Up Up Creative has a whole slew of calendars available for 2010, from a limited edition illustrated calendar to printable and take-along calendars.  Check ‘em all out here:

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{up up creative}


Finally, wouldn’t these food-inspired calendars by Claudia Pearson be so perfect as a kitchen calendar?  Claudia offers two versions, a hanging 12-month calendar and a poster-style calendar:

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{claudia pearson}


Some super-cute and whimsical illustrations in this gocco-printed calendar from Crossbird:

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{crossbird}


And last up for today, one of my new favorites for 2010, this seasonal fabric calendar from Beth Fioritto:

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{beth fioritto}


For the first two installments of my calendar round-up, just click here and here.


{images from their respective sources}