DIY Birthday Card from MaeMae Paperie

After this morning's Valentine's Day round up, I thought I'd shake things up a bit this afternoon with an adorable DIY birthday card from Megan at MaeMae Paperie:

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6a00e554ee8a2288330128776388a3970c 500wi DIY Birthday Card from MaeMae Paperie

Megan created this birthday card for her very lucky sister-in-law, Allyson.  Megan traced a regular Paper Source envelope to create pattern that she used to create a custom envelope for the card.  She also used the Paper Source envelope liner template to create a custom liner with an illustration of birthday candles.

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a8615a8d970b 500wi DIY Birthday Card from MaeMae Paperie
6a00e554ee8a2288330120a8615ab3970b 500wi DIY Birthday Card from MaeMae Paperie
6a00e554ee8a2288330120a8615ae0970b 500wi DIY Birthday Card from MaeMae Paperie
So sweet!  You can check out a few more photos of the card, as well as some of Megan's other projects, on her blog and website!

{image credits: maemae paperie}

Valentine’s Day Card Round-Up, Part 4

Still haven’t found your Valentine’s Day cards yet?  Well, not to worry, because I have yet a few more designs for you just in case you’re still on the hunt — and there are plenty of options, from traditional + sweet to geeky + cute to simple + modern designs…

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a85e244b970b 500wi Valentines Day Card Round Up, Part 4{hammerpress}

6a00e554ee8a2288330128775fd69c970c 500wi Valentines Day Card Round Up, Part 4{naomi murrell}

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a85d8c1e970b 500wi Valentines Day Card Round Up, Part 4{ink + wit}

6a00e554ee8a2288330128775ffcdb970c 500wi Valentines Day Card Round Up, Part 4{paper lovely press}

6a00e554ee8a22883301287760047b970c 500wi Valentines Day Card Round Up, Part 4{have your valentine’s hand calligraphed by linea carta!}

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a85d9ac2970b 500wi Valentines Day Card Round Up, Part 4{meadowlark creative – valentine’s day cards + coasters}

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a85dd278970b 500wi Valentines Day Card Round Up, Part 4{DIY your valentines with these calligraphy stamps from paperfinger!}

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a85de611970b 500wi Valentines Day Card Round Up, Part 4{bread of many}

6a00e554ee8a228833012877600dd7970c 500wi Valentines Day Card Round Up, Part 4{pop + shorty}

6a00e554ee8a228833012877600e17970c 500wi Valentines Day Card Round Up, Part 4{paper schmaper}

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{wild ink press}

6a00e554ee8a228833012877602d62970c 500wi Valentines Day Card Round Up, Part 4{delphine}

6a00e554ee8a228833012877604c35970c 500wi Valentines Day Card Round Up, Part 4{pup + pony press}

6a00e554ee8a228833012877605041970c 500wi Valentines Day Card Round Up, Part 4{paisley dog press}

6a00e554ee8a2288330128776058f5970c 500pi Valentines Day Card Round Up, Part 4{peach and pearl}

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a85e2b36970b 500wi Valentines Day Card Round Up, Part 4{hijirik studio}

6a00e554ee8a228833012877606882970c 500wi Valentines Day Card Round Up, Part 4{flora + fauna press}

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a85e3983970b 500wi Valentines Day Card Round Up, Part 4{d.sharp}

I also really love these beautiful embroidered handkerchiefs from lou lou and oscar for valentine’s day…

6a00e554ee8a2288330128776076e2970c 500wi Valentines Day Card Round Up, Part 4{lou lou and oscar}

And just in case you missed them, you can check out my earlier round-ups right here.

{images from their respective sources}

Sponsor Introduction – Truly Smitten Studio

I’ve been following the work of Sarah from Truly Smitten for a long time, and it’s been wonderful to see her company grow into a full design studio offering everything from wedding invitations and social stationery to baby announcements and identity design:

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6a00e554ee8a2288330120a8590db7970b 500wi Sponsor Introduction   Truly Smitten Studio

You can check out more of Sarah’s work right here.  Sarah is also offering a giveaway of these uber-adorable gold foil-stamped thank you notes on her blog:

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I can’t get over the sweet combination of the gold foil on light blush pink cotton paper!  To enter to win a set of these note cards, just pop on over to the Truly Smitten blog before Friday!

{image credits: truly smitten}

DC Couture Wedding Consortium Bridal Show

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For those of you who were hoping to attend the DC Couture Wedding Consortium bridal show this weekend — you're in luck!  The organizers have decided to open up the registration for free!  Just click here and enter code DCCWCFREE for your free ticket.  We'll be there snow or shine, so definitely come by, and don't forget to come say hello! 

Romantic Calligraphy from Danae Hernandez

There are few things that make me happier than beautiful calligraphy — from place cards to marriage certificates to envelopes, I just can't take my eyes off a talented calligrapher's flourishes and hand lettering.  So I was absolutely thrilled when Danae Hernandez sent over a few examples of her lovely, romantic calligraphy:  

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6a00e554ee8a2288330120a855c810970b 500wi Romantic Calligraphy from Danae Hernandez
6a00e554ee8a228833012877580e57970c 500wi Romantic Calligraphy from Danae Hernandez

Calligraphy is equally as lovely when letterpress printed as the wedding invitation itself!  Danae recently hand lettered this simple and elegant wedding invitation, which was then letterpress printed by Jazyrain just outside of Portland, Oregon:

6a00e554ee8a228833012877580e6e970c 500wi Romantic Calligraphy from Danae Hernandez

From Danae: The laurel wreath design was inspired by the bride — she had sentimental reasons for wanting to use a laurel wreath. From there, I combined the hand drawn leaf design with calligraphic swirls that would tie it in with the lettering style, which I call "Loopy Luxe."  This lettering style is like most copperplate styles of calligraphy with it's even slant and thick-to-thin lines, but I like to throw in some swirls to give the letters more movement — like they are dancing!  Because it is after all, a celebration.

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a855c875970b 500wi Romantic Calligraphy from Danae Hernandez
6a00e554ee8a228833012877580e84970c 500wi Romantic Calligraphy from Danae Hernandez

Sigh… so pretty!  For more of Danae's lovely calligraphy, you can check out her etsy shop right here, and her blog here!

{image credits: Danae Hernandez}