A Postcard Garden

Now this is pretty cool!  Inspired by papercuts and pop-up cards, Aimťe from A Studio for Design has created the Postcarden — a pop-up post card that becomes a mini-garden for your desk or windowsill!  Postcarden currently comes in three models: botanical, city, and allotment:

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Each Postcarden comes with a packet of cress seeds — just add water and watch the seeds grow!  Each mini-garden lasts about two weeks and the cress is fully edible.  Aimťe is currently only distributing the Postcarden within the EU, but she has plans to expand to the U.S. and other areas soon!

{image credits: a studio for design}

Paper Artwork – Susan Schwake for The Working Proof

As I wait for the sunshine to hopefully reemerge from behind all these clouds this afternoon, I think I'll keep gazing at this gorgeous print from Susan Schwake for The Working Proof called On the Rocks

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The print was inspired by family trips to the ocean in New Hampshire, and now have me totally dreaming of a summer beachside vacation…

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The tiny birds are hand-painted, and I love the mix of soft color tones and white texture… 

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You can read more about Susan's creative process and this print in particular right here.

{image credits: the working proof}

Vintage Stamps + Envelopes

So if you're like me and love vintage stamps but either don't have the time to hunt around for them or just don't really know where to start, I'm guessing you'll love this shop from Whitney Rae:

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Whitney collects vintage postage, then artfully arranges the stamps on colorful envelopes in ready-to-mail postage denominations.  Aren't her collections beautiful?

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Looove that Voice of America stamp — one of my all time favorites!  Check out more of Whitney's vintage stamp arrangements right here.

{image credits: whitney fruin}

Erica + Tory’s Modern Country Wedding Invitations

Today’s invitations come to us from Erica and her husband Tory, who were married last fall in a beautiful outdoor garden setting.¬† Erica mixed bright colors (lime green and ocean blue) with patterns and different typefaces for a style that she likes to call “barnyard chic”!

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From Erica: My husband Tory and were married recently Рon October 4th, 2009 in Newcastle, California (near Sacramento).  Being a graphic designer, of course I had to design (and craft!) my own wedding invitations. I printed and assembled all of the pieces myself, using my Epson ink jet printer and trusty xacto knife. [Ed Note: Make sure you have a professional-quality printer if you decide to try this at home!] As many designers know, creating for yourself can be incredibly challenging, and the process caused me quite a bit of anxiety.  The pressure to create something beautiful, memorable and representative of my husband and myself was ON.

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Luckily, I had some incredible sources of inspiration.¬† Number one on that list was our venue – Newcastle Wedding Gardens – which really dictated our wedding style¬†that I christened ‘Barnyard Chic.’ ¬†We knew from the start that we wanted an outdoor ceremony in the fall with a relaxed but elegant vibe.¬† The venue¬†owners, Georgia and Stephen Barron, have been involved in the local wedding industry for many years and had always dreamed of owning their own wedding venue. ¬†The beautiful 50 acre ranch that they purchased had operated as a fruit orchard for many years. ¬†It took the Barrons two years to get their venue (and home!) into proper wedding condition. Part of their renovations included expanding and modernizing the gorgeous turn of the century barn where our reception was held.

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Even though the barn at Newcastle Wedding Gardens is not as rustic as some, it still maintains a of a country feel.¬† I wanted to carry that¬† theme into our stationery, through typography, vintage graphic elements, and baker’s twine.

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The subtle blue paisley pattern was inspired by the tie my hubby wore to marry me in Рof all things!  The tie had the most beautiful paisley in greens, blues and greys.

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Since everything was essentially handmade, I wanted to add a human element to the design, which is what inspired the handwriting for the envelope liners.¬† I wrote out the word ‘love’ in a continuous string, scanned it, and colorized it in Photoshop.¬† We also had Beatles tributes throughout our ceremony and reception, so the ‘love, love, love’ was completely appropriate.¬† In fact, I found myself humming ‘All You Need Is Love’ as I was putting everything together!

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My favorite colors are green (especially chartreuse) and blue, and although they are not your typical wedding colors, I thought they would be fresh and fun.¬† I also love the idea of doing something unexpected for a wedding!¬† Overall, I was pleased with how everything turned out.¬† I’m still somewhat amazed that I took elements that don’t necessarily belong together (country and lime green?) and somehow made them work.

Erica was also kind enough to send over a few photos from her wedding day to show how she carried the design elements from her invitations through to her wedding-day stationery, from the menus to the table numbers:

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You can check out more from Erica’s wedding on her blog, Barnyard Chic, as well as her professional website.¬† Thanks so much for sharing your wedding stationery Erica!

{image credits: invitation photos by Erica, wedding photos by Rochelle Mort}

A Sweet Hello + Thank You

I love these new notecards from Suann at Simplesong.  Such a sweet and simple way to let someone know that you're thinking of them or send a nice note of appreciation:

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These and a few other new additions are both available in Suann's shop.

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