Inspired Creations + Newsletter

Hey everyone! I’m making a rare weekend appearance to remind you about all of the exciting Inspired Creations tricks Ami and I have up our sleeves at the moment. First up, don’t forget – entries for the second Inspired Creations Contest (open to readers, vendors and bloggers alike) have to be postmarked by November 8! Read up on all the details on the official contest page and remember that this contest is perfect for those of you who aren’t planning a wedding as your DIY creation does not have to be wedding related! As an added bonus, each contest entrant will automatically be entered in our first annual holiday gift swap and will receive one of the amazing creations dreamed up by another contestant! Of course, it gets even better because we have some crazy good prizes up for grabs. One grand prize winner will receive a $200 Williams-Sonoma gift card and a gift box loaded with goodies including -

- a keepsake gift box from Smock
- a custom Ashley Brooke Designs illustration and notecards
- a beautiful Tulet headpiece
- a hand-illustrated poster from Two Brunettes
- a bottle of the newly-released Twigscent fragrance
- a 2011 letterpress calendar from Pistachio Press
- a handmade Paloma’s Nest ornament
- a boxed set of letterpress holiday cards from The Pink Orange

Can you say “happy holidays”? That’s what I thought. (You know you want to win.)

Of course, the inspiration doesn’t stop there, because we’re also getting primed to roll out the Inspired Creations newsletter in advance of the holiday season! You can sign up here in the sidebar (so those of you who read via RSS feed, please click over to sign up!) to receive incredible inspiration that will be exclusive to Inspired Creations newsletters subscribers. It’s going to be good. Want to know how good? Sara Gray, who along with the talented ladies at Posh, was behind our first place entry in the first Inspired Creations Contest (remember this?) is teaming up with us to bring you the first newsletter so you know it’s going to be good.

And we aren’t stopping there! Throughout the weekend and next week we’re going to be randomly selecting newsletter subscribers to receive some great prizes. All you have to do to win is sign up for the newsletter! (We’re making this really easy. We like giving away stuff!)

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{Custom calligraphy return address stamp by The Left Handed Calligrapher.}

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{Letterpress thank you cards by Smock.}

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{A gorgeous wedding garter from The Garter Girl.}

So like I said. A whole bunch of tricks up our sleeves and you don’t want to miss out because we’re bringing you loads of Inspired Creations goodness that will blow you away. Stay tuned!

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Friday Link Love

Well hello, Friday! I don’t know about you, but I am so happy the weekend is here. This has been a week that has felt like four or five consecutive Mondays in a row. I am going to take it easy this weekend, try to re-energize a bit and spend lots of time with my husband and our pups. On Sunday I’m flying to New York where later in the week I’ll be at various Kate’s Paperie locations for a series of events with Smock. More details to come next week, but take my word for it – if you’re in the market for fabulous invitations, you don’t want to miss this one! So with that, I wish you all the best weekend – see you next week!

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Don’t forget to get inspired and get your DIY on!

Inspiration for your Halloween music mix.

Really? What will they letterpress next?

Super easy (and tasty) DIY Halloween craft ideas.

If I weren’t already obsessed with doilies, I would be now.

Inspiring ideas for decorating a small space.

This week’s pumpkin recipe pick.

Pretty genius idea for moms with little ones.

Love this holiday sneak peek.

{Photo from Bird and Bear via It’s Mary Ruffle.}

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Custom Wedding Invitations from Erin Jang

I love Erin Jang’s design work because it’s always fresh and a little unexpected. These cheerful letterpress wedding invitations were a custom creation for Emily and Dan’s recent wedding and I just love how playful they are. They have a mid-century appeal, a fun smiley face custom envelope liner and showcase a great example of overprinting in letterpress, which is what creates the three-color effect where the red and blue overlap. Don’t these just make you happy?

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IMG_7190{Photos from The Indigo Bunting.}

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Cute As a Button Baby Shower

Last week I had the pleasure of sharing the beautiful backyard bridal shower that Brianne Walker of  Sean Walker Photography planned for her best friend and today I am thrilled to be sharing Brianne’s own baby shower! Brianne’s mom and sister planned an adorable “cute as a button” themed shower with pretty lady-like details in celebration of the upcoming birth of Brianne’s little baby boy. Buttons made an appearance on the invitations, as cute little cookies and sprinkled throughout the decor. I love a shower like this! It’s simple and lovely and incredibly approachable. Thanks so much for sharing, Brianne, and a big congratulations to you and Sean on the new addition to your family!

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{Photos by Sean Walker Photography.}

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The Sweetest Occasion in Southern Weddings Magazine

If you haven’t already snagged a copy of the latest Southern Weddings Magazine, I can tell you first hand after flipping through it cover to cover that it is simply loaded with incredible ideas and inspiration. As an added bonus, I was thrilled to learn that The Sweetest Occasion is featured among their picks for Top Blogs under the For the Crafty Bride category. Thanks so much for including The Sweetest Occasion, ladies! It’s an honor to be included in this amazing group of talented bloggers.

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