Tag Archives: Kraft paper

Trick or Treat? Yes, please!

Trick or Treat? Yes, please!

I love this time of year…sweater weather, colorful mums, hot cider and, of course, Halloween!

I’ve created some Halloween-themed envelopes, chalkboards, place cards & signs.  Enjoy!

My "Finespun" writing style...with hand-drawn bats. (Calligraphy by Carrie)

My "Fancy Script" writing style - with hand-drawn spider & web (Calligraphy by Carrie)

My "Holiday" writing style - with a Halloween twist (Calligraphy by Carrie)

 

Halloween Place Cards.....Boo! (Calligraphy by Carrie)

Kraft Paper Tented Drink SIgns (Calligraphy by Carrie)

And here’s my favorite Halloween project this season….a GIANT chalkboard (4′ x 3′).  My daughter Hannah (a professional illustrator) sketched out the skeleton for me (took her, like, 5 minutes!)

Halloween Chalkboard! (Calligraphy by Carrie)

Happy Fall, y’all!

-Carrie

 

 

 

Southern Living Weddings vendor? Yes, ma’am!

Southern Living Weddings vendor? Yes, ma’am!

Southern Living Weddings magazine is chock-full of colorful, gorgeous real weddings and charming ideas & inspiration to help you plan your dream day.  So I was thrilled to learn that the wedding of one of my brides would be featured in the current edition – and I was even more thrilled to be listed as a vendor (!).

Please enjoy all of the beautiful photos below by Elisa B. Photography.

Natalie & Travis were married last June at The Greenbrier Sporting Club in West Virginia….a truly amazing venue.

The Greenbrier Sporting Club - Elisa B Photography

 

I loved doing their place cards on Kraft paper tags – very befitting of their casual, rustic reception.

Kraft Paper Place Card Tag - Elisa B Photography

Kraft Paper Place Card Tag - Elisa B Photography

Take a look below at the creative way Natalie & Travis displayed their guests’ escort tags.  The white ink on the purple tags is a little hard to see – but I promise you, the tags were awesome!  Natalie asked me to make the sign on the navy paper “on the fly” – and I love how it doesn’t look perfectly laid out or overwrought…..it’s relaxed & fun.

Escort Tag Display Boards - Elisa B Photography

Escort Tag Display Sign - Elisa B Photography

Below is my favorite photo of Natalie & Travis. Natalie was so sweet to send me photos.  I love, love, love to see photos of my clients on their special day.

Young & In Love! Elisa B Photography

Take a look at their stunning wedding party:

Elisa B Photography

Happy reading, everyone!

Some good stuff! Photo by my daughter :)

-Carrie

Odds & Ends for 2012? Take a look!

Odds & Ends for 2012? Take a look!

Here’s my latest writing style.  “Garland.”  This style can be modified in a zillion ways.  Ink color, lettering style, spacing.  Perfect for save-the-dates, showers, rehearsal dinners.

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"Garland" Writing Style - Calligraphybycarrie.com

Here’s my “Shoreline” writing style – updated with my “Petite Contempo” writing style for the top line.  Don’t you love these anchor liners?

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"Shoreline" Writing Style - CalligraphybyCarrie.com

 

"Shoreline" www.CalligraphybyCarrie.com

My apprentice Hitch (orange kitty) is taking a nap on warm laundry, fresh from the dryer.  Here is Blossom, taking advantage of the vacancy on the top of my desk.  Blossom is old & grumpy, but she can be sweet when she wants to be.  I love her just the same.

"Blossom" - not my apprentice (too moody)

Here’s a WONDERFUL 2013 – full of beautiful envelopes & beautiful weddings!

Cheers!

-Carrie

 

Chalkboards, Burlap, Kraft Paper & Succulents? Oh, My!

Chalkboards, Burlap, Kraft Paper & Succulents? Oh, My!
If someone had told me ten years ago that these items would be extremely popular wedding components, I would have said, “You’re nuts!”  But it’s 2012 – and they have been rockin’ the wedding world.  Many brides can’t get enough of chalkboards, burlap, Kraft paper & succulents.

 

Chalkboards:  So popular for menu displays, table number & table name signs, reception signage (“Guestbook,” “Cards,” etc.).  What’s the big appeal with chalkboards?  I think chalkboards are appealing because they are so unassuming, relaxed and down-homey; the perfect fit for an outdoor, tented or barn reception.  Yee haw!

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Chalkboard Table Number Sign

Instead of traditional chalk, you can also use chalk paint pens in all sorts of awesome colors.  NeoChalk works well.  I’m still partial to good ol’ white (regular chalk or chalk pen) – makes for an old-school look.  Traditional chalk will smear with the slightest touch, so I recommend using chalk pens if your chalkboards will be transported, handled a lot or moved around.

I made the table number sign above using a $1.99 chalkboard.  I painted the wood border in tangerine (color of the year!) and added rick-rack trimming.  I used a white paint pen to make the number “3” and some flourishes.

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Wedding Reception Chalkboard

Burlap:  Table runners, table signs, aisle runners, table coverings, boutonniere embellishments, burlap flowers on escort cards & place cards, burlap display boards for escort cards.  If it’s made out of burlap, then many brides want it!  What could possibly be so appealing about this brown, itchy fabric?  I think brides are attracted to this woven material because it is completely different from typical wedding fabrics (smooth pastel silks, fancy tulles, gorgeous bright organzas).  To turn something scratchy & dirt-colored into something beautiful and eye-catching….well, that’s really special.

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Burlap Table Number Sign

I made the table number sign above using scrapbook paper printed with a burlap pattern (who knew?).  I cut the number “2” out of beautiful linen paper and affixed it to the “burlap” using double-sided tape – and framed it in a $4 wooden frame from the local craft store.  SO EASY!

Kraft Paper:  Envelopes, invitations, escort cards, place cards, favor tags, table signs.  If it’s made out of paper, then lots of brides will want it made out of Kraft paper.  Brown ink has been very popular for many years now, so why not brown paper?  Kraft paper is very utilitarian & unglamorous –so to use it for wedding invitation envelopes is to turn it on its head.  I think it’s brilliant. Trendy brides love turning ordinary items into something unique & beautiful.

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"Fancy Script" on Kraft Paper Envelope

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"Splendid Blend" on Kraft Paper Envelope

 

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Super Fun Kraft Paper Place Cards

I made the place cards above using layers of different papers (including the “burlap” paper!).  Double-sided tape works great to hold the layers together smoothly.  Buttons, paper flowers, metal flowers…all make great embellishments.  I drew the stem on the paper flower using a white gel pen – and wrote the name in “Contempo.”

More photos of the Kraft paper place cards:

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Kraft Paper Place Cards

I collect boxes—and I thought it would be fun to incorporate some in these photos (I have no idea why).

Succulents:  Bouquets, boutonnieres, favors & table arrangements.  Succulents are native to the desert and are hot, hot, hot right now.  “LOVE THEM!” (in my best Anthony Marentino voice).  Wedding bouquets and floral arrangements are traditionally full of vibrant colors, a veritable riot of gorgeous hues.  So what’s the appeal with these fleshy plants, whose colors run the near-monochromatic spectrum of green to grey-green?  I think succulents draw the eye because of the distinct designs & patterns of their unique leaves – they’re plump, often geometric & always beautiful.  The eye is drawn to the shape & form of the plant – not the color.  They’re earthy.  They’re lovely.

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Succulent Escort "Cards"

OK, how cute are these succulent escort favors?  They were so easy to make.  I purchased tiny succulents from Lowe’s Home Improvement (!) and repotted them in teeny-tiny terra cotta pots (from the local craft store).  I added some tangerine rick-rack.  I cut the “tweet bubble” tags out of Kraft paper (what else, right?).  The precious painted wooden birds came from a local import store.  They were affixed to clothespins, but at a very odd angle, so I removed the clothespins and hot-glued the birds to bamboo skewers.  Voilà!

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Succulent Escort "Cards" - more shots

The succulent table number centerpiece below was super easy to make.  I cut burlap into thin strips for the bow.  I cut the table number out of linen paper and affixed it to a Kraft paper “flag” (hot-glued to a bamboo skewer).

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Succulent Table Number Centerpiece

I hope you have enjoyed this post!  Be on the look-out for my next blog about steampunk wedding trends. Ooooh…..and a big shout-out to my daughter Hannah for the photography!  (Hannah is a senior Illustration major at ECU.)  – Calligraphy by Carrie