{happy weekend!}

It’s officially my favorite season in DC; the cherry blossoms are starting to bloom, the sun is shining (mostly), and everything is our garden is starting to come back to life.  Yay!  I’ve been working with the windows open all week and trying to spend as much time outside as possible.  I’m looking forward to doing some gardening this weekend – and sometimes we take our cat Olive outside with us (she loves it!).  But in the meantime…

Cherry-Blossoms-National-Geographic

…a few links for your weekend

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

As usual, we have a fun cocktail coming up for you this afternoon, so check back a bit later for the recipe!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!  xoxo

Photo Credits: National Geographic

Paloma’s Pink + Playful First Birthday Party Invitations

I love a kid’s party invitation that is just all about fun and celebration, and these birthday party invitations from Nichole of Coral Pheasant definitely fit the bill!  Nichole was inspired by the uber-girly inspiration board created by the birthday girl’s mama, with lots of pink, playful fonts, and a scallop border – not to mention beautiful calligraphed addresses.  So cute!

From NicholeWhen an old col­lege friend reached out to me to design a first birth­day invitation for her daughter Paloma, I knew we were in for some fun.  As an artist herself, Audra had been busy developing a pink piggy-themed inspiration board on Pinterest filled with graphic patterns and loads of tulle and ruffles.  With so much eye candy I quickly developed a super-sweet invitation for the most adorable little girl.

 

The design is a mix of a play­ful script and a chunky mod­ern font with vary­ing shades of pink and the scal­loped edge adds a play­ful touch to the piece.  A small photo card doc­u­ment­ing each month of Paloma’s first year was tucked into a glas­sine enve­lope and mailed with the invitation.  Hands down, my favorite part of the suite is the piggy snout and curly tail label that wraps around the shim­mer pink mail­ing box sealing it shut.  Audra com­pleted the suite by pen­ning the beau­ti­ful cal­lig­ra­phy on all of the boxes.  She is one talented mama!

Thanks so much Nichole!

Photo Credits: Coral Pheasant

Stationery A – Z: Anniversary Cards

For the next installment in our greeting card series, we’re turning to a familiar topic: anniversary cards.  Whether you’re sending them to your own partner or friends and loved ones, it can be challenging to find the perfect card for this annual occasion.  How could one card perfectly encapsulate another year of wedded bliss?  Whether you’re celebrating a first or thirtieth anniversary, these cards showcase paper craftsmanship while also pulling at our heart strings. Tashia

Letterpress Anniversary Card - Vintage Year Champagne Bottle by Missive

Missive

 

Going Strong Anniversary by Hello!Lucky (left); Heart Wood Veneer card by Sugar Paper (right)

Parrott Design Studio

Our Love Is Here to Stay by Enormous Champion 

Our Love Is Here to Stay by Enormous Champion (left) and Happy Anniversary Honey by Smock (right)

Happy Anniversary Greeting Card by Dutchdoor

Dutch Door Press

Our love is written in the stars by Colleen Ellse Hot Stuff Anniversary by Hammerpress

Our love is written in the stars by Colleen Ellse (left) and Hot Stuff Anniversary by Hammerpress (right)

Letterpress 'Love' Card by Dahlia Press Shop

Dahlia Press

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*Hello!Lucky, Parrott Design Studio, and Smock are sponsors of Oh So Beautiful Paper

Zayra + Ivan’s Vintage-Inspired Gray + Celadon Wedding Invitations

These wedding invitations are so pretty!  Created by Erin from Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence, Zayra and Ivan’s invitations feature beautiful vintage-inspired design elements with soft celadon edge painting.  The classic text and vintage-inspired elements are perfect for a formal wedding, while the subtle color provides just a hint of modern sophistication.  So pretty!

From ErinZayra chose this suite based on a similar invitation that we featured on our blog last year, but the original black and ecru color palette didn’t fit her “Marie Antoinette in the country” inspired wedding in Texas.  We love this suite so much, particularly because of its quirkiness and handmade style.

Zayra’s wedding palette included celadon, rose pink, and and metallic gold and we pared it down until it was a simpler look in just the celadon and a medium gray with edge painting in celadon as well.  We’re looking forward to adding this new design to our collection!

Thanks Erin!

Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence

Business Card Ideas and Inspiration #12

I had so much fun sharing some edge painted business card ideas with you last week, I thought I would pull together some more business card inspiration again this week!  This time we’re not just limited to edge painting as a key element – today’s selection includes non-traditional shapes and sizes, die cut elements, foil printing, and much more…

Cast Iron Design

Hype & Slippers

 

Oscar & Emma

Black and White Letterpress Business Card

Design: Racket, Letterpress Printing: The Hungry Workshop

Studio on Fire

Moontree Letterpress

Oleg Lyutov Design via FPO

Blush Publishing

Do you have an awesome business card that you’d like to share?  If so, e-mail me right here!

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