martha, lady bird, and vintage stamps

Y'all know we love stamps. We practically hoard them, waiting until the right invitation comes along just begging for that perfect collage of stamps (new or old). It all goes back to a Martha Stewart article about using vintage stamps and artfully arranging them. It was an ahh-ha moment in the office for sure! Martha is one crafty lady and we adore her.
Anyway, the Postal Service just reissued these original 1960s stamps honoring Lady Bird Johnson. Originally engraved and adapted for printing today in offset lithography, they would be so lovely on a spring invitation. Hmm… stashing these away for now, but they will certainly be put to good use very soon.
Here's some other great examples of mixing and placing stamps creatively.

last 3 images from 100layercake & plurabelle

spindletop hall wedding

The leaves are changing and the sky is crisp. The perfect scene for a wedding. Fall in Kentucky certainly inspired the latest invitation we just wrapped up. Stone walls, rows of trees in pastures, and leaves falling. The bride loved the stone wall we had created earlier on Bonnie's invitation.  (once again… thank you Southern Living Weddings for that feature that keeps on giving!) Currier also illustrated Spindletop Hall, a mansion and sprawling property built in 1935 in the heart of horse country. It's now owned by the University of Kentucky Alumni Club and serves a private club.
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We used a mix of grey linen paper, cotton stock, thermography, letterpress, and grey envelopes to give the suite a punch. These fabulous weather vane stamps were the perfect final detail.

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{ spindletop hall - lexington, kentucky }
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… and folded wedding programs we designed bridget-programs

love stamps

We're sort of obsessed with stamps around here. All the different colors, special editions, old & new. I know, I know, they're constantly going up in price, but you still won't catch us buying those liberty bells. Nope, we love mixing them up and finishing an envelope with the perfect little piece of art.

Needless to say, we're really excited about these Garden Stamps by José Ortega coming out in May. Brides are going to be all over these and I know we'll be snapping up quite a few for some lucky projects.