Archive for November, 2009



Giving Thanks

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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Scouting the inter-webs yesterday I found these on FAYE + CO. Be still my heart. These beautiful Thanksgiving Invitations were designed by Katie of Chellé Paperie. As Diane said, this would be an event not to be missed!

Katie was kind of enough to fill me in on the details of this sweet project. She sandwiched bookboard between two pieces of pearlized ivory card-stock then die-cut them. Each invite was then placed inside a custom linen stitched pocket. Though simple, there is something fantastically unexpected and sophisticated about this set wouldn’t you agree?

See more images on Flickr here and check out more of Katie and Rachelle’s amazing work here.



New in the Shop!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Hi everyone! Apologies if you tried to visit yesterday, apparently our server was down for the better part of the day. Looks like things are back up and running today – fingers crossed!

Anyhoo, exciting news! I’ve recently added two downloadable PDF templates to my Etsy shop: Twig & Thistle Store. First, by popular demand, I now have the Coat Check Tags available. Featured on Style Me Pretty, theses tags add the perfect detail to a wedding and a great way to add a bit of whimsey in the most unexpected place. Simply type in your names and wedding date, print and cut!

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Second, the Sparkler cards are currently featured on Martha Stewart Weddings Online and both have also been featured on Style Me Pretty. Not just for weddings! Brighten up any event with these customizable Sparkler Cards. Great for New Years or random holiday cheer!

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I offer both templates in 6 color ways and they are customizable so you can type in your own information then print and cut. The best part is that once you’ve downloaded the template it’s yours to keep and use again and again! I hope you’ll stop by and check it out. xoxo, Kathleen



DIY Floral Notebook Covers

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s post I printed out quite a few copies of the Floral Flutter Pattern from the Inspired Bride and have since been inclined to make a few of my own little projects. My job requires quite a bit of sketching so I’m always on the lookout for new and pretty notebooks. My office provides us with these simple recycled sketchbooks but I thought it would be fun to spruce them up a bit. See below for how-to instructions and step-by-step photographs.

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HOW-TO: To make the cover, print the pattern onto desired size of paper with a color printer (I used an 11×17″ piece of craft paper from a roll that I trimmed to size and printed on a large format printer). To cover the notebook, cut a rectangle from the printed paper, making it the exact height of the notebook plus the width times two plus the spine and an additional 1/2 inch on either side.

In a well-ventilated area, coat the back of the paper with spray adhesive. With the paper wrong side up, quickly center the notebook face down onto the paper being careful to line up the top and bottom edges. Continue wrapping the paper around the spine and to the back; smooth with a bone folder and making sure to define the edges. Now that your cover is in place you should have excess paper hanging off of either side. Using a ruler and craft knife, trimm of the excess paper. Ta-da! Now you have your own pretty notebook!

Make a set of these for yourself or give away as charming little holiday gifts. I hope you all have as much fun with this beautiful pattern from the Inspired Bride and be sure to check out all her amazing projects and loads of inspiration.



DIY Floral Paper Placemats

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Though my wedding was nearly 2 years ago I still can’t help reading wedding blogs nor cancel the subscriptions to my favorite wedding magazines. This is a tough one to explain to my husband but I think he’s finally accepting my obsession with weddings. The fun part for me it to take the inspiration I see and try to incorporate it into my now wedded life. Who says you can’t still be inspired long afterwards, am I right?

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This most recent project was inspired by the aptly named Inspired Bride. Maddy has to be one of the most talented ladies I’ve seen and I’m constantly in awe of her blog and work. She recently shared  this stunning downloadable Floral Flutter Pattern and I ended up printing it out in nearly a dozen color ways. I didn’t really know what I would do with the end results but I knew the possibilities were endless! Over the next few days I’ll share a few simple projects I came up with and was able to fit in over the weekend.

The first one is just an easy placemat. All you need is a large format printer, a ruler and an x-acto knife. After downloading the floral pattern and following the instructions I made the pattern to fit an 11×17″ sheet and printed onto craft paper. Any print shop like FedEx Kinko’s or a UPS Store have large format printers that can easily print 11×17 or larger. Once printed, just trim off the edges and place on your table! These would make the sweetest table decoration for a bridal shower, birthday party, holiday dinner or even a casual wedding. Best part, you can easily customize the colors or pick from Maddy’s six pre-designed color ways and they make clean up a cinch! You could also laminate them and make them a permanent addition to your table!

Download the pattern here and check back tomorrow for another craft inspired by these lovely prints. Thanks to Maddy for the constant source of beauty and this amazing free download!



Curious Cakes

Friday, November 13th, 2009

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I just love going into Packaging Specialties because I never know what I’ll find.  Take last week for instance: Christi, one of the store associates, mentioned that she designed cakes on the side and I couldn’t help but sneak a peek.  I was thrilled with what I found; her cakes are adorable and her attention to detail is utter perfection! Here are a few shots with more on her Facebook page.