New shop launched!

I've been working on something fun--a small collection of items to share with you this Christmas season, and they are finally for sale in the new Nightingale Handmade shop! AHH!

I'm excited to launch this little shop, but also nervous. I hope you see something you like, but if you don't, know that my goal in the upcoming new year is to bring in the work of numerous other artists/makers/craftspeople to fulfill all of your heart's handmade desires! In the future there will be more than just paper, metal and leather in there (although there will be lots more of that, too).

I truly love all things handmade and I'm really looking forward to this quest to seek out lovely offerings for the shop. Thank you so much for taking a moment to look! Feedback welcomed, of course. xo

PS - Don't forget that I offer custom printing and design services! Let me know if you have a custom request like holiday card printing, or if you'd like me to email you a price sheet. 

Monique's Baby Shower

My dear friend Monique is having a baby in several weeks!! I had the pleasure of creating the invitations for her shower. She picked out the colors and the chevron pattern based on decisions they made for Baby Penny's nursery and I loved the pale orange + mint together. I overlaid the chevron pattern with a subtle watercolor design to get some slight variation in the color. We used gray top-open envelopes which worked out great with the oversized hang tag shape!

 

 

Monique's mom and sisters threw her the most adorable party! There were so many thoughtful details and the food was amazing. It was a huge blessing to be able to be there (the day we were packing up our trailer!) although it kills me that I won't be around for the birth of her sweet baby--the gender of whom is yet to be determined :) Luke and I are so blessed to have Monique and her husband Gavin in our lives. We miss them so much and can't wait for precious Baby Penny to arrive.

 

 

 

 

Mo, I love you and miss you so much! You're going to be an AMAZING mommy.

Oh Happy Day! A Stamped Greeting Card Set

Do you guys like to use stamps? I used to love stamping when I was little, but as I got older it sort of got lumped into the grandma-crafts folder. Only recently (actually, when I created Becca's save the dates) did I rediscover the awesomeness of stamping. Good thing, too, because stamps are one of Paperfinger's main products! Now I love them and I want to stamp all the time.

 

Using some stamps I had on hand, I made a few greeting cards you can use for different occasions. There are two of each, and they come with cotton envelopes, lined in some fun paper you may have seen before...

 

 

Do you know what makes stamping even better? EMBOSSING! yay embossing! I embossed these cards because I love the look of white on kraft paper. If you try to stamp in white ink, it is always at least a little bit transparent. The solution is in the embossing.

 Embossing is the process of stamping clear, sticky ink onto your desired surface and sprinkling the image with special embossing powder. Then, with your handy heat gun, you direct hot air onto the powder--now sticking obediently to the ink--and watch in amazement as it melts, solidifies and gets all shiny before your very eyes! So fuunn!

 

 

So cool right? No, really, it is. Try it!

Buy 'em up here!

 

 

Mary Snow: Artist & Letterer

This amazing HAND-PAINTED lettering was done by my lifelong friend Mary Snow. Her work never ceases to blow me away.

She is so good at all she does. It's so serendipitous that shortly after I got my job with Paperfinger, Mary informed me that she had recently decided to pursue calligraphy! Calligraphy is all around me! It's a beautiful thing. I know Mary will continue to do beautiful work and I will keep you up on it, but please check out her website here in the meantime. 

Allison & Andrew's Pink & Blind Letterpress Invitations

Amidst our crazy whirlwind month, we were lucky to share a few days in Rochester celebrating Allison and Andrew's wedding. It was so fun to be a part of it and we are so blessed by their friendship! Early in their engagement, Allison asked me to help her create a simple yet elegant design for their invitations. I decided to keep the color scheme incredibly simple and crisp using only deep pink (a color which also made an appearance in her bridesmaid dresses) paired with a blind embossed hydrangea (one of Al's favorites). I loved the final result and I think it fit her gorgeous wedding perfectly. Many, many thanks to my good friend Amy at greengirlpress for doing such a perfect letterpress job! Amy, you're the best!

 


 

The save the date corresponded with the rest of the invitation suite without the luxury of letterpress...

 

So glad I was able to drop in and show you these invites. I really enjoyed creating these for such a wonderful friend! Wishing Allison & Andrew a happy honeymoon and first week of marriage. I love you both!

I feel badly that I've been MIA...this is really the first opportunity I've had to get caught up on blogging or any other social media since our move. I'm about to go on a long break from blogging again as we leave for Honduras tomorrow through the end of the month. I can't wait to share photos from our trip and fill you in on our experiences. Hoping the rest of your July is sunny, relaxing, not too hot, and full of family & friends! See you in August!

Becca & Bobby's Blue and Lace Wedding Invitations

On Wednesday morning, Luke and I hopped in the car and drove 12 hours from our home in SC to Buffalo, NY. In a group of four very close girlfriends, I was the first to get married; Becca is the second! Her wedding today is going to be a time of joy and celebration, and I've already had plenty of opportunity for that as I've reconnected with lots of college friends these past few days. It's been a blast and I can't wait for the wedding (and to see her in her gorgeous wedding gown).

In light of Becca's wedding, I wanted to share her invitations which I had the privilege of creating for her. I wanted them to be sleek and cohesive, yet playful, using only blue and white with a touch of red (to match the colors in Bobby's kilt). Becca is wearing a lace dress, so I collected spools of wide lace for jackets and tied it up with the same red embroidery thread you saw on her save the dates.

Becca wanted me to incorporate the thistle, a scottish flower full of symbolism, into her wedding suite, so I added this detail to match the floral wreath at the top.

The RSVP cards were two-sided to make room for a heartfelt note from guests.

Each envelope was hand-stamped and embossed in a crisp white. Like the addressing I did with a white pen, it really stood out against the rich blue envelopes. I loved how the ornate florals of the monogram on this stamp tied into the lace details of the invitation jackets.

 

I'm so happy for you, Bobby and Becca!

Blue & White Embossed Save the Dates

I'm creating two invitation suites this summer, each for very close friends. Both are very different to represent the two different styles and tastes of my friends and what they want for their weddings. I wanted to share Becca's Save the Dates with you today, and later on I'll show you Allison's as well.

Becca's wedding colors are based on the kilt Bobby will be wearing for their wedding. Two shades of blue and a thin stripe of red make up his tartan pattern, but to warm things up a bit I suggested she add in a shade of marigold. The red and marigold make a minimal appearance while the blue and white take front and center. I loved the bright white against the night blue, but the only way I was able to achieve that was by hand-stamping each number and embossing them one by one. It took some time, but the end result was totally worth it!