Stationery A-Z: New Baby Cards, Part 2!

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a much-belated round up of new baby cards. Well, we unearthed so many great cards during our search that I couldn’t resist doing a second installment! So today we’re sharing twelve more adorable cards to send love and congratulations to new parents. Each and every one of these cards makes me smile and laugh, whether it’s a sweet sentiment that has me remembering the indescribable feeling of holding a newborn in your arms – or a joke about the sleep deprivation that all new parents experience. Oh, and they’re all gender neutral, so you can totally stock up now and save these cards for just the right baby. And if you’re still looking for just the right card, you can always check out the New Baby page in the Market List any time of year to browse our list of nearly 300 (and growing!) new baby cards from some of our favorite stationers!

New Baby Card Round Up / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Truth from Sea & Lake – bye bye sleep!

2. Bunnies! This quirky baby card from People I’ve Loved just makes me smile

3. A sweet card from Mr. Boddington’s Studio

4. Send a bit of encouragement to a brand new parent with this card from Emily McDowell Studio

5. Yay for mini versions of ourselves! From Farewell Paperie

6. A super cute card to welcome a new baby from Hello!Lucky

7. Parenthood is DEFINITELY one wild ride, right Smudge Ink?

8. Congrats for new parents from The Good Twin

9. One of my faves from Dear Hancock

10. Send love to Earth’s newest resident from Ladyfingers Letterpress

11. So many emotions all wrapped up in one card from laLa Grace – parenthood definitely requires a healthy sense of humor, particularly during those early sleep-deprived days

12. Love this gender-neutral new baby card from Hammerpress

More new baby cards in the Market List right here!

The 2016 National Stationery Show, Part 7

It’s probably more than obvious around here, but I’m completely in love with calligraphy and hand lettering. Watching a calligrapher or hand lettering artist at work is one of my absolute favorite things – it’s like magic! So for today’s recap from the 2016 National Stationery Show, I thought we’d focus in on a few of the calligraphy and hand lettering booths at the show. Let’s start with an exhibitor making their debut at this year’s show, Shannon Kirsten! Shannon combines her unique calligraphy with gorgeous illustrations – I love all those amazing florals!

NSS 2016 – Calligraphy and Hand Lettering: Shannon Kirsten / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 – Calligraphy and Hand Lettering: Shannon Kirsten / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 – Calligraphy and Hand Lettering: Shannon Kirsten / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Continue reading after the jump for more from Shannon Kirsten, laLa Grace, Leen Jean, Bundle Design, Imogen Owen, Printable Wisdom, Sea & Lake, and Ladyfingers Letterpress!

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July Desktop Downloads!

Happy Monday everyone! Did you all have a fantastic 4th of July and enjoy the holiday weekend! We’re kicking the week off with a couple of brand new illustrated wallpapers from The Good Twin to help celebrate the month of July! The month of watermelon, fireworks, and enjoying all the wonderful things about summer. What could be better??

Watermelon / July Illustrated Wallpaper by The Good Twin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

iPhone | Desktop

Fireworks / July Illustrated Wallpaper by The Good Twin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

iPhone | Desktop

For personal use only. All illustrations by The Good Twin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

If you’re a designer or illustrator interested in contributing your own designs to this column, please email your design to submissions(at)ohsobeautifulpaper.com with the subject line “desktop downloads.” If it’s a good fit I’ll add it to the post for the following month!

Friday Happy Hour: A Ramos Aviation Fizz

Okay, so technically it’s July, but we couldn’t resist closing out our month of fizzy drinks with a real doozy. The Ramos Gin Fizz is a classic drink that hearkens back to the 1880s, a relic of a time when you could reasonably field an assembly line of bartenders to shake this labor-intensive drink. But it’s sublime and, it turns out, a fantastic template for cocktail mash-ups. So we took two of our favorites, the Ramos Gin Fizz and the Aviation, and jammed them together, and made something wonderful: a Ramos Aviation Fizz. Plus, it’s a wonderful shade of lavender. Andrew

Ramos Aviation Fizz Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Ramos Aviation Fizz

2 oz Dry Gin
1 oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Heavy Cream
3/4 oz Creme de Violette
1/2 oz Orgeat

1 Egg White
1/2 tsp Orange Blossom Water
Soda Water

Combine everything except the soda water in a cocktail shaker and add one or two big ice cubes – the bigger the better. Shake until the ice cubes have completely melted, a minute or two, and then keep shaking for another minute. Strain into a highball glass and add the soda water until the foam pops out of the glass a bit. Drop in a straw and enjoy!

Ramos Aviation Fizz Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Ok, so that’s a bit of work. It’s a lot of ingredients and quite a bit of shaking, but it’s worth it. All that shaking helps emulsify the acidic lemon juice and heavy cream (and only heavy cream will work here), whipping up a foam that should be stiff and merengue-like. It’s a drink that’s at once floral, silky and rich, gently sweet-tart, and zippy with carbonation.

Ramos Aviation Fizz Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

The Ramos Fizz is really like no other drink out there, a throw back to a sepia toned era of American drinking. The Aviation is another pre-Prohibition drink, but much more modern than the Ramos Fizz – it only dates back to the 1920s. It’s a floral, crisp gin sour featuring nutty Maraschino liqueur (which we swapped for orgeat for extra creaminess) and purple, flora Creme de Violette. This version mashes them up into an extra-floral, extra-creamy drink that feels like something a Mississippi steamboat bartender might have come up with in 1882.

Ramos Aviation Fizz Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Just make sure to drink it quickly. Fizzes like this, without ice, are meant to be consumed before they warm up. That way, you can get started on your next one that much faster.

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Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Happy Weekend – and Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Friday everyone! And Happy (almost) Fourth of July! Do you have fun plans for the long weekend? I’m hoping to take our girls to a swimming pool for the first time in FOREVER. We took Sophie swimming when she was just a wee baby, but this will be Alice’s first swimming experience! Sophie hated swimming pools (and any large body of water, really) back then, but I’m hoping things have changed now that she’s an (almost) four year old. We’ll see! But in the meantime…

Envelopes by Lauren Essl (Blue Eye Brown Eye Calligraphy) via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Envelopes by Lauren Essl (aka Blue Eye Brown Eye Calligraphy) from the #dailydoseofpaper feed on Instagram!

…a few links for your weekend:

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That’s it for me this week! Check back in a bit for this week’s cocktail recipe – it’s a REALLY good one! Have a fantastic holiday weekend and I’ll see you back here on Tuesday! xoxo