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}

New Giveaway! Letterpress Business Cards from Gwyneth Paige

For those of you looking for new business cards or calling cards, you’re in luck! Now that the ladies of Gwyneth Paige have tackled the National Stationery Show, they’re offering all of you the chance to win your own letterpress business cards or calling cards!

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One lucky reader will win 100 one-color letterpress business or calling cards – choosing any design from either the wedding or social stationery collections!

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So here are the rules: Head on over to the Gwyneth Paige website and browse through the wedding and stationery design collections. Then come back here and leave a comment with the name of your favorite design from one of the collections 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: gwyneth paige letterpress}

Welcome!

Hi there everyone! If you’re reading this, hopefully that means that you’ve found me on the new url. I hope you like the updated look – it’s been in the works for quite a long time and I’m very happy to finally be able to share it with all of you. So as an introduction to the updated look, I thought I’d share my new business cards with you!

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As you may have noticed, I have a new logo that was created for me by the immensely talented Bryn from Paperfinger. In addition to being featured in the new blog navigation bar, I made sure to incorporate the logo into a new set of business cards before heading up to the National Stationery Show a couple weeks ago:

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The cards were printed for me by my newest sponsor, Studio on Fire – we went with a double-sided card with a horizontal orientation on one side and vertical on the other:

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Of course, my signature light pink as the main ink color and a diagonal stripe blind impression on the side with the new logo:

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I love my new cards! And speaking of business cards, I have an awesome giveaway coming up a bit later today – so check back soon!

{image credits: all photographs by Oh So Beautiful Paper}