Lovely Calligraphy from Neither Snow

I’ve been a long-time fan of the gorgeous calligraphy from Mara at Neither Snow – and I’m thrilled to finally be featuring her work today!  As you’ll see below, Mara’s calligraphy combines haunting romanticism with a modern sensibility for an absolutely beautiful result:

neither snow calligraphy white on black envelope 500x442 Lovely Calligraphy from Neither Snow

neither snow calligraphy wedding invitation envelope 500x413 Lovely Calligraphy from Neither Snow

neither snow calligraphy wedding invitation black envelope 500x391 Lovely Calligraphy from Neither Snow

neither snow calligraphy wedding escort card 500x416 Lovely Calligraphy from Neither Snow

neither snow calligraphy vintage post card stamp 500x442 Lovely Calligraphy from Neither Snow

neither snow calligraphy vertical monarch envelope 500x410 Lovely Calligraphy from Neither Snow

neither snow calligraphy map envelope 500x410 Lovely Calligraphy from Neither Snow

neither snow calligraphy kraft paper envelope Lovely Calligraphy from Neither Snow

neither snow calligraphy classic wedding invitation envelope Lovely Calligraphy from Neither Snow

neither snow calligraphy exlibris bookplate Lovely Calligraphy from Neither Snow
{this bookplate was commissioned by a brother as a gift for his sister!  Lettering by Mara, with printing by Woodside Press}

neither snow black white letterpress wedding invitation calligraphy Lovely Calligraphy from Neither Snow
{Mara collaborated with Colleen from Cleanwash Letterpress on this black and white wedding invitation}

Mara has been a teensy bit busy lately, having just recently graduated from grad school, packed up her house, and has spent the last couple of months traveling around India and England!  In addition to the commissioned pieces above, Mara’s work has been featured in the most recent issue of Martha Stewart Weddings and she’s currently in the process of revamping her already-beautiful website.  But in the meantime, you can check out Mara’s blog for other recent projects, and hopefully we’ll see more of her work back here again soon!

{image credits: neither snow}

Kids Party Invitations, Part 3

This week, I’ve selected a few more kids party invitations to feature – ranging from girly to goofy.  First up, these playful yet sophisticated (well, at least as sophisticated as you can be for a 2 year-old) birthday party invitations from Chellé Paperie.  The tiny celebrant has a fondness for poodles, so the ladies at Chellé Paperie incorporated that love into the invitation in the form of a poodle silhouette – what a fun idea!

stella poodle party invitation2 500x343 Kids Party Invitations, Part 3

stella poodle party invitation 500x343 Kids Party Invitations, Part 3
{chellé paperie}

Next up, these garden-inspired letterpress invitations from Jennifer at The Paper Peony.  Jennifer kept things girly and fun with a pink and green color palette, as well as birds, butterflies, and little vines and flowers throughout the invitation:

garden first birthday party invitations 500x666 Kids Party Invitations, Part 3

garden birthday party invitations 500x390 Kids Party Invitations, Part 3
{the paper peony}

The Dr. Seuss books were some of my favorites to read when I was a kid, so I was super excited when Amber from Sweet Life Designs sent over these Cat in the Hat-themed invitations that she did for her son’s first birthday!  Amber included a photo collage of her son wearing a Cat in the Hat hat along with the invitation, all packaged together in a red box with crinkly blue stuffing to represent Thing 1 and Thing 2.  So cute!

dr seuss cat in hat party invitations 500x323 Kids Party Invitations, Part 3

dr seuss cat in hat party invitations box 500x343 Kids Party Invitations, Part 3
{sweet life designs}

Do you have kids party invitations that you’d like to share?  Please just shoot me an e-mail with your photos right here!

{images from their respective sources}

Hand Painted Watercolor Stripes

Ever since Chelsea posted this photo of hand painted striped walls, I’ve had a special soft spot for hand painted stripes of any variety. At the moment, I’m pretty smitten with these watercolor striped and dotted cards from Hooray Design:

watercolor stripes card 500x332 Hand Painted Watercolor Stripes

watercolor dots card 500x332 Hand Painted Watercolor Stripes

Each card is totally original and unique – check out both designs right here!

{image credits: hooray design}

Circus Poster-Inspired Wedding Invitations

These wedding invitations from printmaker and designer Jason Gomez at Turnstyle Studio in Seattle combine two of my favorite mediums – screen printing and letterpress!  Jason set out with the single goal of creating an invitation suite that reflected the fun, outgoing nature of his bride and groom clients, with a beautiful result.  The invitation text  was letterpress printed in a soft gray by Swash Press, while Jason screen printed bright purple and orange accents:

Orange Purple Letterpress Wedding Invitations2 500x359 Circus Poster Inspired Wedding Invitations

From Jason: When designing this invitation there were a few key words I always kept in mind from the bride and groom: casual, fun, simple, and modern. Drawing my inspiration from old circus posters that used expressive typography to convey a sense of fun and excitement, I set out to convey that same sense of fun with this invitation.

Orange Purple Letterpress Wedding Invitations5 500x390 Circus Poster Inspired Wedding Invitations

I selected various typefaces and played around with scale.  Along with the type I also incorporated two sparrows which symbolized the love, dedication, and trust they had for each other.  The sparrows were no coincidence since the groom had a sparrow tattoo already and was going to be adding a second one to represent their love for one another.

Orange Purple Letterpress Wedding Invitations4 500x397 Circus Poster Inspired Wedding Invitations

It was the perfect story for them since sparrows mate for life and will always return home no matter how far they travel.  Accompanying the sparrows were bursts of color that represented fireworks since the wedding was set for July.

Orange Purple Letterpress Wedding Invitations3 500x412 Circus Poster Inspired Wedding Invitations

For the invitation production process, I wanted the invitation to have a very tactile and personal quality, but also to keep it as budget friendly as possible.  So I decided to silkscreen the two colors on my own and then have the invitation text letterpress printed by Swash Press as the final step.

Orange Purple Letterpress Wedding Invitations Text 500x359 Circus Poster Inspired Wedding Invitations

To add some uniqueness to the outside of the invitation envelopes we re-used the bursts from the invite and silkscreened those on the simple bright orange outer envelopes.

Orange Purple Letterpress Wedding Invitations 500x375 Circus Poster Inspired Wedding Invitations

I love the way Jason incorporated various vintage-inspired typefaces while bringing in the silkscreened pops of color to keep things modern and fun.  Thanks Jason!

{image credits: jason gomez}

Lovely Die Cut Business Cards

Happy Monday everyone!  I always like to start the week off with something pretty, so I was thrilled when Paola from Just Chic Events, a wedding and event planning firm in Los Angeles, sent over her gorgeous new letterpress business cards.  Paola worked with Katie from Poppy Flower Press to create a lovely pink and gray die cut business card:

diecut letterpress business cards 500x332 Lovely Die Cut Business Cards

From Paola:  I recently went through quite a rehaul on my company’s branding and decided to get new business cards to go along with the new look and feel of the entire site and blog.  The business cards needed to be romantic and soft, but clean and focused – and really make a statement.

diecut letterpress business cards5 500x332 Lovely Die Cut Business Cards

I am obsessed with letterpress and actually made my logo quite simple because I knew that I’d want to go that direction for my business cards.  I also knew that I really wanted my cards to stand out.

diecut letterpress business cards4 500x332 Lovely Die Cut Business Cards

I decided to get them custom die cut to follow the frame shape of my logo.  Katie at Poppy Flower Press did the design work and letterpress printing.  They turned out spectacular!!

diecut letterpress business cards7 500x332 Lovely Die Cut Business Cards

Congratulations on the new cards Paola – they’re just beautiful!

{images by hazelnut photography}