Friday, July 30, 2010


We are so pleased to announce our Fall Crafting Contest. The Supply Kit's are available here.

Deadline for ording the kits are August 31. However, the kits are limited, so they will likely run out before then. So order early! Deadline  for photos of your submission is September 20. 

Complete Rules:
If you'd like to test your scrapbooking, stamping, paper crafting skills, this is the challenge to do it.


1.) The winner will have their photo of their submission and link to their etsy shop promoted throughout our site. The winner will also be featured on our facebook fan page and on a post in our blog.
2.) $15.00 CASH deposited to their PayPal account.

All contest entries will have their entry photos displayed in a contest photo album on our facebook page.


For the contest you will purchase this listing (small costs to cover handling fees and supply cost) and receive the following supplies...

- 1 Chocolate Brown Favor Box
- 3 Shimmery Cardstocks in Wicked, Tangelo, & Bronze
- 3 Strips of Halloween Themed printed cardstock
- 1 foot of lace, ribbon or twine
- 3 embellishments
- Batfetti!

(embellishments, printed papers and trim will vary between each kit to provide variety to the entries.)

You will need to use a minimum of ONE of the shimmery cardstocks and the favor box. Everything else is extra and you may chose to use them or use your own supplies. You may make your trinket box to be fall themesd, halloween themed, as a party favor, to hold a spooky gift, or anything else you can dream up.

Provided in your kit will be a copy of the instructions to submit photos of your submission.

I will accept votes via facebook and through the Etsy Community but ultimately I'll make the final decision using factors such as, final photo quality, originality, and overall design appearance.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Custom Fingergprint Cutting

Lori Danelle uses her paper cutting prowess to create custom designs from your own fingerprints. Holy detail, Batman. {via Design Crush}

Wood Tree Swing

How perfectly sweet would this be as to incorporate into an outdoor wedding or as a gift for a couple for their new home? Available from ReidcraftShop 's Etsy shop.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Inviting the Queen

So yesterday, I wrote about how to invite the President to your event and get a signed greeting. But what about inviting the Queen of England? Follow all of the same steps as described in yesterday's post but instead write to this address:
The Secretary to Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II of England
Buckingham Palace
London, England

Invitation Tip: Never send a wedding invitation to the Queen directly (only to a secretary). Non-British citizens will not receive a response.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

White House Greetings

Did you know that The White House will send greeting cards signed by the President of the United States to commemorate special events, accomplishments or milestones free of charge to U.S. citizens? We always tell our brides to send an extra invitation to The White House to get one of these special greeting cards in honor of their wedding day. However, The White House sends out greeting for lots of special occasions. To request a greeting card from the President, just follow these guidelines from the White House Greetings Office:

U.S. CITIZENS ONLY. The White House will send greetings to United States citizens only, for special occasions as outlined below.

ADVANCE NOTICE REQUIRED. Your request should be received at least six (6) weeks in advance of the event date. (Greetings are generally not sent after the event date, except for wedding congratulations and newborn acknowledgments.)
ANNIVERSARY GREETINGS. Anniversary greetings will be sent to couples who are celebrating a 50th, 60th, 70th or later wedding anniversary.
BIRTHDAY GREETINGS. Birthday greetings will be sent only to people turning 80 or older or veterans turning 70 or older.
OTHER GREETINGS. A limited number of special occasions other than birthdays and anniversaries exist for which the Greetings Office will send appropriate recognition to United States citizens. These occasions include important life events such as:
  • Wedding (send your request after the event)
  • Baby's birth or adoption of a child
  • Retirement after at least 30 years on the same job
  • Eagle Scout Award
  • Girl Scout Gold Award
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah or equivalent religious occasion
REQUIRED INFORMATION. Please include the following in your reqeust:
  • name and home address of honoree(s)
  • form of address (Mr., Ms., Mrs., Dr., Miss, etc.)
  • exact date of occasion (month, day, year)
  • age (birthdays) or number of years of marriage
  • your (the requestor's) name and daytime phone number
  • any specific mailing instructions if other than to honoree's address
  • Wedding (Include couple's married names and current or new address)
The way that we tell our brides to address their wedding invitation is such:
The Honorable & Mrs. Barack Obama
The White House, Greetings Office
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What We're Working On: Jodi & Jasper's Thank You Notes

Yesterday, we should you Jodi & Jasper's Wedding Invitations. Today, we wanted to share their matching thank you notes.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What We're Working On: Jodi & Jasper's Wedding Invitations

This is a simplified version of our Coral Reef wedding invitation design, where we took off the pocketfold to make a flat, layered invitation using Classic Ecru, Pout, and the Regalia pattern. We also did matching Thank You notes which we will show off to you tomorrow.

Monday, July 19, 2010

What We're Working On: Diana & Bryan's Wedding Invitations

Diana chose our lovely Whispering Flowers invitation design. We used Ecru Micah for the Booklet Pocketfold, Indigo for the backer and envelopes, and Classic Ecru for the inserts and invitation. Diana chose our DIY option where we print & cut the pieces to size and she was able to assemble them herself. We offer a discount off the price if you choose to assemble them yourself.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

DIY: Balsa Wood Place Cards

This place cards would be a gorgeous addition to any outdoor or floral & nature themed wedding. Full instructions for you DIY brides via peach mailbox.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What We're Working On: Ragon & Steven's Thank You Notes

We are currently in production for Ragon & Steven's Wedding Invitations, but we shipped out their Thank you notes early to them so that they can use them for shower presents.  TIP: We always recommend that instead of actually saying "thank you" on the front you use your names or monogram or images instead, that way they can be used for other correspondence as well.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

What We're Working On: Tom & Tammy's Wedding Invitations

Tammy came to us requesting our Island Getaway Wedding Suite. She left as is using the same colors as the example but we a made a few minor additions. The suite included the Caspian liner with the palm frond image printed on it, but we added Caspian address labels complete with guest addressing.

The second additional we made was to add a Caspian Cabana printed belly band to hold the pocketfold shut to "complete" the look. It turned out really cute looking.