Last-Minute Love Notes

In need of a last-minute Valentine's Day card? You're in luck! As a lover of greeting cards, I've rounded up a few of my favorite quirky and cute love notes that are perfect for the special someone in your life. Happy Valentine's Day! lovenotes

 

Tip: Did you know that you can find greeting cards in many of your favorite stores? Anthropologie, J. Crew and Urban Outfitters all carry adorable cards that look like they are straight out of a boutique. Also, their inventory is less likely to be picked over because they are not a traditional card store. Happy shopping!

1. Hello Valentine Letterpress, Sugar Paper 2. You're the Cat's Pajamas, Rifle Paper Co. 3. I Pine For You, Anthropologie 4. Radishing Letterpress, Papyrus 5. You're My Addiction, J. Crew  6. Look at my Phone Valentine Card, Paper Source

Big Life Changes!

Hi there! I know it's been a little while, but I've been crazy busy!! Lots of changes happening right now - all good, of course! Okay, let's get started... First things first, I got a new job! I'm now the Digital Copywriter for May Media Group, which is a company that publishes KIWI Magazine as well as owns KIWI Shop and a product sampling program called Green Moms Meet. It's pretty awesome - everything is focused around organic and healthy living. As a digital copywriter, I'm pretty much writing and editing anything and everything you see on their digital platforms, from blog posts to eblasts. I'm also doing some really cool stuff with social media, like writing scripts for and hosting Twitter parties! I really love what I'm doing and it's right up my alley. I'll be sharing posts that I write for KIWI and Moms Meet on my blog, so stay tuned! Oh, and I'm pretty excited about having a desk - I haven't had one in a while to decorate! I found some great stuff at Paper Source and Home Goods - it's super cute!image

Second, Reese and I are moving! We just signed a lease on the cutest, most amazing house - right over the bridge. That's right, we're moving out of Philly! We'll be 10 minutes away from the city in Collingswood, NJ. We weren't really planning on it but this perfect house fell right in our lap and we couldn't say no! Franklin is excited too...he'll have a big fenced in backyard! The best part? I'm going to have my very studio space in the house, so that means lots more DIY projects and how-to's! Here's a pic of our cute little house:image (1)

Lastly, I just found out that our wedding is going to be featured on the blog, Wedding Chicks! So exciting!! Once it gets posted, I'll be sure to share ALL the details right here!

Okay, that's it for now! Just wanted to give an update - hopefully things will calm down a bit and I'll be back to a regular blogging schedule again.

Have a great 4th of July Weekend everyone!! Hope you have a blast!

xo Court

Mother's Day gift ideas

Hi everyone! Wondering what to get your wonderful mother/grandmother/wife this Mother's Day? Here are a few items that I've found (and love) that hopefully mom will love too!gift_for_mom1. Show mom she's queen bee with this Savannah Bee Company travel kit that includes body butter, lip balm and hand cream made with beeswax and honey - $24.95 from Crate & Barrel 2. For the mom with the green thumb -- this Foodie Basil Garden kit allows you to grows sweet basil, lemon basil and siam basil right in your kitchen - $22.95 from Paper Source

3. A little secret? Women love skincare - and that love only grows fonder with age. Give mom the gift of great skin with this philosophy am/pm skincare collection - $157.32 from QVC

4. These cute and stylish Color Block Stripe Picnic Towels are perfect for a trip to the beach or a picnic in the park - $39 from West Elm

5. I absolutely love these adorable designer tea cups - you can never have too many! $39.95 from Crate & Barrel

6. How cute are these Sunny Life Beach Radios? They come in 4 fun, vintage colors and are the perfect accessory for your family beach trip this year - $49.99 from Anthropologie

7. This Baggu Dipped Weekender Bag is simple, stylish and durable enough for all of your weekend getaways, and they can be monogramed! - $99 from West Elm

 

Happy Mother's Day to all of the fabulous moms out there, especially mine!

xo Court

 

Inspired by: Typography!

I was actually going to post this yesterday for "Typography Tuesday," but I ran out of time (and natural daylight for my photo) so I'm making it work for today. I went to Paper Source with the intention of buying different thank you cards but these caught my eye. I loved all of the bright colors and fun fonts used to say "thank you" in different languages, and the packaging was adorable! They also fit perfectly with my Parisian-inspired bridal shower. Win! securedownloadIf you're on the east coast, stay warm! We're getting another snowstorm...yippee. Is it spring yet? xo Court

 

The Complete How-To: Wedding Invitations!

I've been waiting to write this post for months!! I'm so excited to finally share with you the invites I've been working on since last summer. Not only did I do all of the enclosures and envelopes by hand (with lots of help from Reese), but I also did all of the graphic design for the invitations and RSVP cards! I'm super happy with the way they turned out. invitesI think they set the tone of the wedding perfectly! The digital files for this invitation are available on Etsy - click here to shop now! Now, I've already documented two DIY posted related to the invites, one for embossing and one for envelope liners, which you can find in the DIY section of my blog. Below is everything else you'll need to make these DIY invites yourself!invitation_MBYou can find everything you'll need at Paper Source, which makes it super easy and a one-stop shop! 1. A7 Invitation Enclosures (shown in paper bag) - these protect the actual invite and have a pocket on the inside to tuck RSVP cards, website cards, etc.

2. 4 bar Heart Cards (shown in luxe blush) - these adorable little heart cards are very versatile! I tacked them to the front of my enclosures for a pop of color. Right now, they have a ton of colors available for valentines day, so get them while you can!

3. Gold Dot Washi Tape - I use this on pretty much everything. On the invitations, I used it to decorate and seal the envelopes. There are so many colors and uses - have fun with it!

4. Old Claude Rubber Stamps (C, R and Ampersand shown) - These alphabet stamps are an awesome way to personalize your invitations. Use the embossing powder, or choose a colored ink - they have so many to choose from!

5. VersaMark Watermark Inkpad - If you choose to go the embossing route, you'll need this clear inkpad. Helpful tip - it's a lot easier to see the outline of the clear ink in natural daylight!

6. Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder - I used gold because it matched my color scheme, but there are a ton of fun colors! I'm currently loving the new neon powders! Remember - one little jar of this will last you forever! I barely put a dent in mine after 60+ invitations.

7. Gold Shimmer Twine - I originally bought this from Paper Source, but I ended up buying it in bulk from Amazon. Depends how much you'll use - I had to buy 10+ packs!

8. A7 envelopes (shown in paper bag) - A7 will fit your standard 5x7 invitations, but Paper Source has a ton of colors and sizes. If you haven't seen their wall of paper yet, I suggest you check it out!

9. Lotka Papers (shown in Herringbone Gold and Quilted Metallics) - I used these papers for the envelope liners. There are so many colors and patterns, and the papers are beautiful.

Bonus item! This Scotch Adhesive Runner saved my life. We used it to attach the hearts and the actual invites to the enclosures, to attach the envelope liners and to seal the envelopes. I tried the one from Paper Source and another Scotch one, but this one was by far the best (and cheapest!). I got it from Target and Walgreens (you'll need more than 1 - I went through 4!).

If you're going to emboss, you'll need some form of a heat tool as well. I used one from Paper Source that I documented in my DIY post, but I'm sure you could find one at Michaels or AC Moore as well. Totally up to you!

As for printing, I bought my own paper at Paper Source (Luxe Cream) and I went to a local printer in Philadelphia. If you decide to buy your own paper, a lot of printers will only print on full 8 1/2 x 11 sheets. Paper Source sells 5x7 card stock, but it doesn't fit in most professional printers.

If you decide to embark on the DIY invite route, good luck! I'm always here to answer any questions and I'm happy to help. It's a lot of work, but totally worth it in the end!

xo Court