Bonnie’s Bun in the Oven Baby Shower Invitations

Bonnie from Tenn Hens Design sent over some photos from her recent baby shower, and the entire shower — from the red and blue color palette to the sweet hand-lettering to the mix of old and new stamps — is just so completely adorable that I broke out into a great big smile when I first opened up Bonnie's e-mail.  Let's start with the shower invitations.

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From Bonnie: The design inspiration and shower theme all stemmed from my childhood nickname — "Buns."  My friends today still call me that some 20 years later!  So we thought "bun in the oven" was an appropriate theme for my shower.  And since I'm not finding out the gender of our baby, we wanted to keep the colors relatively gender neutral and went with a color palette of red and shades of light blue. 

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We illustrated the type and design and made it very loose and imperfect.  We then used a corner cutter and mounted it to a colored sheet of card stock left over from a recent project so that the invitations ranged in border color from light blue to teal.  We also lined the envelopes with paper stock from Michaels. 

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Then we tied the bakers twine around the whole card for an extra little touch.  For the envelopes, we addressed them in the same style as the lettering on the invitation.  We also used old stamps I'd collected, mixed with some new ones (we especially love the new abstract art stamps since they're oversize) and created a little collage of stamps on each envelope.

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We also found ways to continue the design theme through to the party through custom napkin tags, food tags & a baby quiz — all of which were super easy to make and print in the office.

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Thanks so much Bonnie!  Bonnie has posted a bunch of additional photos from the shower on her personal blog, Carolina Postcard.  You can also check out more from Bonnie (and her business partner, Currier) over on the Tenn Hens Design website and blog.

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Winner – Brown Sugar Design Studio Giveaway!

Happy Monday everyone — I hope you all had a lovely weekend!  I'm excited to start the week off on a happy note by announcing the winner from last week's giveaway from Brown Sugar Design Studio.  I had so much fun hosting this giveaway — it was wonderful to read all of your entries and hear more about your wedding plans!  Whitney and Jonathan have selected the giveaway winner, and…

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Jessica chose the Vintage Luxe design for her July 31, 2010 wedding — yay!  I'm also thrilled to pass along that Brown Sugar Design Studio is offering a generous 20% discount on any order from the new Studio Collection and 10% off any custom order through June 1st, 2010 — just be sure to mention Oh So Beautiful Paper upon ordering to receive the discount!

So a huge "Congratulations!" to Jessica — and big thanks to both everyone who entered the contest and to Whitney and Jonathan from Brown Sugar Design Studio for sponsoring this giveaway!

{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  Are you looking forward to the weekend?  I'm finding myself a bit wiped out after this week, so I'm looking forward to sleeping in, doing some painting and organizing, and hopefully checking out the plant sale at the National Arboretum this weekend.  But in the meantime…

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…a few links for your weekend:

Also, don't forget to enter for a chance to win 100 letterpress wedding invitations from Brown Sugar Design Studio!  The giveaway closes tonight at midnight — so check out the details right here.  I'll see you all back here on Monday, when we'll announce the winner!

{image credits: photo by cathy via dreams may linger}

Ink & Iron Birthday Cards

I'm literally always on the hunt for fantastic birthday cards — I seem to use them just as quickly as I can purchase them!  These letterpress birthday cards from Ink and Iron are some of the cutest I've seen recently:

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I totally adore these cards for a child's birthday:

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 And, slightly off topic, how charming are these anniversary cards?

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 All these and more in the Ink and Iron shop.

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Floral Garden Party Wedding Invitations

Happy Earth Day everyone!  So in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, I thought I’d share these beautiful garden party wedding invitations from Paisley Quill, letterpress printed on beautiful (and eco-friendly) 100% cotton paper:

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I’m absolutely loving these soft pink colors for spring – from the rose-colored ink on the main wedding invitation to the pale pink invitation backing and envelopes.  Soft and elegant, and of course incredibly pretty.

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