Seasonal Stationery: 2013 Holiday Cards, Part 1

One month until Christmas! Which means it’s officially time to kick off my annual holiday card round up! I’ve been busy gathering the best of the best holiday cards from independent designers – you can find all 300+ (!!) selections in the full round up right here. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll highlight some of my favorite new releases here, starting today!

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1. Belle & Union; 2. Idlewild Co.; 3. Emily McDowell Illustration; 4. Parrott Design Studio; 5. Duet Letterpress; 6. Yellow Owl Workshop

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7. Egg Press; 8. The Paper Cub; 9. Smudge Ink (available in lots of cities and states!); 10. Bespoke Letterpress; 11. Wild Ink Press; 12. Fine Day Press; 13. Laura Hooper Calligraphy

I’ll be back with more favorite holiday cards tomorrow. In the meantime, check out the full holiday card round up – with 300+ holiday cards – right here!

p.s. Today is the final day to enter the Minted giveaway! You can find all the details here!

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Stationery A – Z: New Baby Cards

As we head into full blown holiday mode, I thought it would be nice to take a quick break from all things seasonal with something that always puts a smile on my face: baby cards! So whether you’re attending a baby shower or sending your love to new parents, here are a few favorite cards for welcoming a brand new bundle of joy!

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1. Emily McDowell Illustration; 2. 9th Letter Press; 3. Smock; 4. Sugar Paper; 5. Sycamore Street Press; 6. One Canoe Two

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7. Rocket Ink; 8. Wild Ink Press; 9. Snow & Graham; 10. Hartland Brooklyn; 11. Parrott Design Studio; 12. Kimberly FitzSimons

Lots more new baby cards right here!

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Stationery A – Z: Birthday Cards

It’s been far far too long since I last rounded up some birthday cards. Let’s remedy that today, shall we? There are so many awesome cards to choose from, so you’re guaranteed to find just the right card for just the right person. Today I picked out a dozen cards with a mix of longtime favorites and some newer releases!

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1. Fig. 2 Design Studio; 2. Farewell Paperie; 3. Emily McDowell Illustration; 4. Egg Press; 5. Honizukle; 6. Hammerpress

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7. Rocket Ink; 8. Parrott Design Studio; 9. Sycamore Street Press; 10. Paper Lovely; 11. Ink Meets Paper; 12. Pei Design

p.s. You can find 100+ more of my favorite birthday cards right here!

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Jessica + George’s Travel-Inspired Maine Wedding Invitations

Ummm… how did an entire year go by without featuring one of the gorgeous wedding invitations from Sarah of Parrott Design Studio?!?! Luckily, we’re remedying this situation today, with a travel-inspired invitation suite for a couple with a fondness for Maine. The invitation suite features cute lobster details (naturally), white engraved text on navy envelopes, and fun airmail details on the rsvp postcard. So pretty!

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From Sarah: This custom designed invitation suite was created for a fun couple getting married at Bowdoin College with a passion for travel and love of Maine. They wanted a design that reflected who they are and what they love, and that all started with Maine. Jessy and George met at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.  In 2012, George proposed on Bailey Island, Maine, one of their favorite spots. Over the past eight years they have traveled to 21 different countries together. And they visited another 12 on their honeymoon!

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I used a mix of typography throughout the suite to play up the fun, laid-back vibe Jessy and George wanted to create for the guests, most of which were traveling from all over the world to be in Maine to celebrate with them.

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We had fun with the map and included both their ceremony and reception sites, along with the spot where George proposed. Helpful bits of information like transportation and their wedding website were included as well.

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The invitation and map were letterpress printed by hand on our antique press (1898) in navy blue and red inks on thick 134# cotton paper in light pink.  The RSVP postcard and mini cocktail invite were digitally printed.

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The first thing Jessy knew she wanted was a vintage-style postcard for the RSVP.  She chose a lobster one from my collection and we began to design the suite around it.  We used two small lobsters and heart throughout the suite printed in a bright pop of red.

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The outer envelope and belly band were engraved with white ink on navy blue. To finish the suite we had custom stamps made by Zazzle featuring the lobster image and another vintage image of Portland Head Light.

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Thanks Sarah!

Parrott Design Studio is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Sarah’s beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Parrott Design Studio

*Parrott Design Studio is one of my fab­u­lous spon­sors; for more on my edi­to­r­ial poli­cies please click here.

Seasonal Stationery: Father’s Day, Part 2

I’ve been busy adding more cards to the Father’s Day card round up, so I thought I’d share a few of the recent additions before we all head off for the weekend!

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1. Moglea; 2. Parrott Design Studio; 3. Red Cap Cards; 4. Anemone Letterpress; 5. 9th Letter Press; 6. Rifle Paper Co.

Check out all 100+ cards in the full round up right here!

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