Valentine's Day really fell off my radar this year. Well, it was on my radar about four months ago when I booked concert tickets for February 13 (why yes, Guster, I'd love to watch you play Keep It Together live) and thought for about 5 seconds, "Hmmm, Valentine's Day is on a weekend this year." Then I proceeded to forget completely about the holiday until, oh, last week. When a custom card inquiry popped into my inbox! About Valentine's Day cards!
These custom creations feature three new supplies that I've picked up over the past few months that came together perfectly in this design: kraft brown paper featuring sketches of gardening, super thick and textured bright paper, and three new bird stamps that couldn't be more perfect.
I hardly need an excuse to buy fun paper and paper-related accessories, but when I found this incredible bike paper featuring all sorts of retro bikes, I couldn't resist snatching up a few sheets. Perfectly complemented by the lime green cards and then completed with these amazing bike stickers (!!!) that I found, these custom bike cards make me long for spring and riding season!
In addition to Pot Belly Bird's hand-sewn holiday cards that I sent out myself, I also did a custom order for one of PBB's very best customers. She gave me full creative liberty to go to town using reds and greens, and I had a blast coming up with one-of-a-kind designs.
My sister-in-law's wedding, which I've been preparing for for months, was a huge success this past Saturday, 10/10, in New York City. The silver paper, velvet ribbon, bubble pattern, and vellum paper complimented the swanky and modern venue. Here are all the components that I got to contribute to the happy couple's special day.
Many guests were from out-of-town, so the MOB put together gift boxes to greet guests when they arrived to their hotel room for the weekend. I created the tag to perfectly align with the design of the escort cards and table markers, and inside the gift box was an assortment of delicious goodies.
Another custom wedding order! This time I created placecards and table numbers for a rehearsal dinner.
I was asked to make a collection of cards to be used for thank-you's that featured birds and bikes. These were super fun to create as I took myself shopping for some new crafty toys--namely, colorful corrugated paper and this nifty hole punch that makes scalloped edges. Below is what I came up with: 8 sets of cards, each featuring either birds, bikes, or "thank you" (I sure do follow directions well!)
The escort cards finally make an appearance!!!!!
Each escort card is a silver tent card, on top of which is white cardstock stamped with silver bubbles, on top of which is a piece of vellum printed with the guests' names. Reminds you of the placecards, right??! The 3 layers are secured by a knotted piece of dark gray velvet ribbon.
Now to share the entire ensemble together . . . inside each tent card will be a small white card printed with the table name. The bride and groom have selected 8 city names (all cities they have lived in!) to name each table. The placecards will be tied to each napkin at the place setting.
I couldn't let myself make all these fun paper wedding goods for my sister-in-law's wedding without making some cards as well (this is Pot Belly Bird, after all). So unbeknownst to the bride and in between all the work on the placecards and escort cards (photos soon!) and table markers this past month, I also managed to design and create coordinating thank-you cards! I mailed this gift to the bride and groom last week: a total of 40 thank-you cards (4 each of 10 designs) plus return address labels with the happy couple's names that coordinate perfectly that I designed at Wedding Paper Divas. Super fun to create! I used coordinating gray and sparkly silver paper, vellum, gray and white paper with a variety of designs, thick white textured paper, and thank-you rubberstamps with silver ink. Envelopes feature the same bubbly stamp as used on the placecards and escort cards. Happy Wedding!
Below are the "naked" cards before I embellished with various forms of "thank you."
And . . . after! So much more fun and lively. Close-up photos to follow!
My sister-in-law is getting married on 10.10.15, so when she emailed me on July 1 to see if I was interested in making paper goods for the wedding, I jumped at the opportunity. The past month has been a blast: we've created shared boards on Pinterest, texted while out shopping, exchanged more than 100 emails (no joke) between me and the bride and the MOB (aka "MIL"--my mother-in-law), and face-timed to look at possibilities together. Ideas have evolved, supplies have been purchased and returned and replacements bought, I made a Google spreadsheet that is color-coded and has no fewer than 5 tabs (duh, I wouldn't settle for anything else), and I've spent several hours cutting and gluing vellum (most of which was excruciating and challenging and would make me swear to never use vellum again if it weren't so darn pretty). Anyways, here's a sneak peek at what I've created so far! More photos to come later this week when more supplies arrive in the mail, and I'll share "the big day" as well :)
Here's what I finished today: the placecards! These will be tied to the napkin at each place setting. The white cardstock square is stamped with silver ink, a vellum square printed with the guest name is glued on top, and this square sits atop foam tape above the silver napkin tag. Stunning!
Hi! I'm the creator of Pot Belly Bird, hailing from Spokane, WA. Here in my blog, I'll tell you about all the fun stuff I'm up to in addition to making cards, like cooking or biking or gardening!