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}

{happy weekend – and a big announcement!}

I know, I know, it's only Wednesday but I'm taking a very short blogging break for a very good reason, I'm moving to a new site on my very own url!  Over the next couple of days we'll be moving all of the content over to the new site and getting it ready to share with all of you!  I hope you'll come check out the new digs starting Tuesday, June 1 (after the holiday weekend), where I'll have a Father's Day card round-up, a couple giveaways, and some truly spectacular wedding invitations that I've been saving for you!  But in the meantime… 

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…a few links for the rest of your week and weekend!

That's it for me this week come visit me over at the new location next week!

{image credits: Karen Mordechai for Martha Stewart Living via A Cup of Jo, floral arrangement by Saipua}

Erin + Jeremy’s Literary Vintage-Inspired Wedding Invitations

I love the concept behind this week’s real invitations a collection of individual pieces resembling vintage paper ephemera from the 1800s through the 1950s!  Hello!Lucky, the design team behind this custom wedding invitation suite, combined letterpress and digital printing to create a sense of romance and nostalgia:

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From the Hello!Lucky team: We designed these invitations for our dear friend Erin and her fiance Jeremy for their upcoming destination wedding in Calistoga, California.  The bride and groom are both academics Erin teaches law and Jeremy is an astrophysicist so they wanted their invitation to have a book-ish feel.

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We decided to use the concept of a collection of found paper memorabilia including a book-page invitation, a snapshot of the bride and groom, map and shuttle bus enclosures, brunch ticket, and RSVP telegram giving the invitation suite a vintage, romantic and nostalgic feel.

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The wedding invitation is inspired by the opening chapter of a classic novel (think Jane Austen) and was letterpress printed on deckle-edged paper to emulate a page torn from an authentic book.  Wedding details are printed on a vintage-style postcard from Calistoga, the wedding’s location.


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The RSVP card is a letterpress printed Western Union telegram and includes witty, mad-lib style blanks that guests can fill out.  We also designed a 1950’s-style “advertisement” for the free wedding shuttle, including a information card enclosed in a small coin envelope, as well as a vintage bus-ticket invitation to the farewell brunch.

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A old-fashioned map of downtown Calistoga guides guests to their hotels and local attractions.  We also designed a state fair-inspired rehearsal dinner invitation for a Kansas City style BBQ (the groom hails from Kansas City), featuring a picnic napkin checker pattern and a blue-ribbon pig.  Finally, we included a small black and white snapshot of the bride and groom posing in a bookish manner.

Sigh… I love the romanticism of the novel page invitation, while the accompanying enclosures bring an overall balance to the full suite.  So lovely!

{image credits: Hello!Lucky}

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Happy Anniversary!

Today is my 2nd wedding anniversary!  I can’t believe how quickly time has flown by – or how much has happened and changed in the last two years!  It has truly been an incredile first two years.  So in celebration of our special day, I thought I’d round up a few of my favorite anniversary cards for all of you!

6a00e554ee8a2288330134819d1bca970c 500wi Happy Anniversary! {snap and tumble}

6a00e554ee8a2288330134819da6b2970c 500wi Happy Anniversary!{ink and wit}

6a00e554ee8a2288330133ee6c29e6970b 500wi Happy Anniversary!{sycamore street press}

6a00e554ee8a2288330134819d32e3970c 500wi Happy Anniversary!{maginating letterpress – I would also include the bacon n’ eggs card from the NSS, but it’s not available in the maginating letterpress shop just yet}
6a00e554ee8a2288330134819d58b7970c 500wi Happy Anniversary!{night owl paper goods}

6a00e554ee8a2288330133ee6c5284970b 500wi Happy Anniversary!{sweet letter press}

6a00e554ee8a2288330133ee6c8b34970b 500wi Happy Anniversary!{enormous champion}

6a00e554ee8a2288330134819d952b970c 500wi Happy Anniversary!{hammerpress}

6a00e554ee8a2288330134819dbfcb970c 500wi Happy Anniversary!{simple matters}

6a00e554ee8a2288330134819dc49a970c 500wi Happy Anniversary!{embellished ink}

Also, for something a bit more on the snarky side, these anniversary cards from Oddball Press definitely make me laugh!

{images from their respective sources}

NSS 2010 – Part 11

Whew!  Eleven recap installments later and I’m finally ready to wrap up the coverage of this year’s Stationery Show.  I saved the most photo-heavy booths for last, so let’s dive right in!  First up, the Crane booth, where I caught a glimpse of the new Studio collection as well as old stationery and invitation favorites:

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6a00e554ee8a2288330134819a84e4970c 500wi NSS 2010   Part 11{love the grosgrain ribbon lamp and fold-out folio for seating card displays at a wedding!}

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6a00e554ee8a2288330134819a8560970c 500wi NSS 2010   Part 11{gorgeous embossing details on this wedding invitation}

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Did you know that every single card from Crane’s bordered stationery collection is hand painted?  This year, Crane brought two hand-bordering artisans down to the Stationery Show to demonstrate their craft:

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6a00e554ee8a2288330133ee6969cc970b 500wi NSS 2010   Part 11{a bone folder is the only tool used to create a uniform width for each border}

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6a00e554ee8a2288330133ee696b0d970b 500wi NSS 2010   Part 11{the final product!}

Next up are a couple of what I affectionately refer to as the “mega booths” with several participating exhibitors in one booth area.  First, the Ladies of Letterpress booth, featuring Pistachio Press, Thomas Printers, May Day Studio, Paper Mill Designs, Ink & Iron, Hazel and Violet, Dandy Lion Press, and Flywheel Press!

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6a00e554ee8a2288330133ee696bf7970b 500wi NSS 2010   Part 11{may day studio}

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6a00e554ee8a2288330133ee696d2d970b 500wi NSS 2010   Part 11{thomas printers}

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Next, the Let {her} Press booth featuring Bird Dog Press, Paper Stories Letterpress, Paper Parasol Press, Robin Beth, and Lucky Bee Press:

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6a00e554ee8a2288330134819a95b2970c 500wi NSS 2010   Part 11{bird dog press}

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6a00e554ee8a2288330134819a9645970c 500wi NSS 2010   Part 11{paper parasol press}

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I also stopped by the Vigo booth to check out the latest from Delphine, as well as cards and gift wrap from 1973 and many others:

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6a00e554ee8a2288330133ee6984b3970b 500wi NSS 2010   Part 11{delphine}

6a00e554ee8a2288330134819a9e3e970c 500wi NSS 2010   Part 11{I love the foil stamping details on these cards from sanna annukka}

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6a00e554ee8a2288330134819a9eff970c 500wi NSS 2010   Part 11{cute cards from the claudettes}

6a00e554ee8a2288330133ee698479970b 500wi NSS 2010   Part 11{awesome gift wrap}

So that’s it from this year’s show!  If you missed any of the recaps from the show, you can check them all out right here.  I’m already looking forward to next year’s show!

{all photos by Oh So Beautiful Paper}


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