Allie’s Vintage-Inspired Kentucky Derby Party Invitations

I admit that I’ve never actually watched the Kentucky Derby (or any other horse race), but I’ve always thought it would be fun to throw a theme party inspired by the derby.  All the ladies wear big hats, all the gentlemen wear seersucker suits, with lawn games and plenty of mint juleps to go around.  Sounds fabulous!  Well, Allie from Allie Ruth Design and her husband Ryan really did throw a derby party this year, and today we get a peek at the beautiful invitations she created for the party!


From Allie:  As soon as Ryan and I decided to have a Derby party, I knew I had to come up with something cute and vintage-inspired to invite our guests.  Believe it or not, this was actually the first time I had ever letterpress printed anything for my own party!  This was also my first time ever using a real vintage letterpress block.  I have always used photopolymer plates, but this time, I knew that the only way I could achieve the true vintage aesthetic that I was hoping for, I would have to find the perfect vintage block – and I did!  I love, love, love this race horse block, and we will be able to use it for years to come!



I had some Crane Lettra left over from an order, and it was the perfect color and weight for this job.  So velvety and rich!  I used a 1920s newspaper page as backing for the kraft paper labels, and wrote addresses with a white paint pen.  The tags had all of the details about directions, etc. and were finished with red and white baker’s twine that I had left over from a custom order.




So cute!  Thanks Allie!

Photo Credits: Allie Ruth Design

Bold & Modern Stationery from Fig. 2 Design Studio

Claudia from Fig. 2 Design Studio had one of my favorite booths at the National Stationery Show – I just loved her collection of bright and whimsical cards.  Neon + calligraphy?  Yes please!  Claudia has been busy getting everything ready after the Stationery Show, and she just opened her online shop!  Here are a few of my favorite designs:

Check out lots more over here!

Photo Credits: Mary Kate McKenna for Fig. 2 Design Studio

Bright & Colorful Cards from Tabletop Made

Carina first introduced me to Tabletop Made when she guest blogged back in April, and since then I’ve been enjoying their quirky cards.  I’m particularly loving some of these colorful birthday and celebration cards:






You can check out more from Tabletop Made right here!

Photo Credits: Tabletop Made

Jaime + Anthony’s Modern Woodgrain Wedding Invitations

I love, love, love the texture in these beautiful woodgrain and overall nature-inspired wedding invitations from designer Kate Holgate. Kate’s clients Jaime and Anthony are planning an outdoor wedding in Sun Valley, Idaho and wanted an invitation that reflected the natural surroundings while preserving the elegance of the event. The entire suite just comes together perfectly – from the woodgrain elements to beautiful blind impression details to gorgeous typography to soft muslin bags.


From Kate: Jaime and Anthony are getting married outdoors in the beautiful historic Sun Valley, Idaho. Sun Valley is a laid back resort town surrounded by gorgeous mountains with numerous aspen groves. Jaime was open to ideas and only requested that I somehow tie in an ‘aspen’ theme.  Her wedding colors are coral and khaki, and I introduced teal to the invitation color palette.


The save the date cards have a tree ring timeline in blind letterpress showing important dates in Jaime and Anthony’s relationship.  For the invitation suite, I created a pattern that repeats the aspen leaf symbol (also blind letterpress), a wood grain texture, and used vintage-inspired typography.  Stamped muslin bags replaced the traditional inner envelope.  The overall result feels elegant and natural.



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Beautiful work Kate!  Thank you so much!

Designer: Kate Holgate
Paper: Crane Lettra (Soft White) and French Pop-Tone (Raspberry)
Print Studio – Save the Dates: Paper Mill Designs
Print Studio – Invitations: Studio on Fire

Photo Credits: Kate Holgate

Monday Contest with Moontree Letterpress

It’s Monday, which means that it’s time for another installment of our summer contest series with Moontree Letterpress!  In case you missed it last week, here’s a bit of background on the contest and how to enter.  This week’s theme is “Something Hard to Find” – and the winner with the best six word story will receive 50 personalized letterpress note cards!


You’ll have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Tues­day to leave your entry in the com­ments below, then Rebecca will announce the win­ner on her blog on Wednes­day!  And just in case you need some inspi­ra­tion, you can check out these six word auto­bi­ogra­phies.  Bonne chance!

Photo Credit: Moontree Letterpress