Tuesday, July 20, 2010

How Can it Be? My Baby is Three? (plus my very first GIVEAWAY)

The Ruby Anniversary party for the in-laws is not the only big event coming up in our family. My son Graham will be turning three at the end of September, and I can't wait to throw a fun party for him. Last year his birthday got rained out. TWICE. We called everyone frantically to postpone the party that first time, moving it to the next weekend. When the rain-out day was also filled with thunderstorms, we canceled everyone but family members and just squeezed them into our teensy house. We are hoping for good weather this year so Graham can actually have friends his age around.

I recently received some sample invitations from Paperspring, and I was so impressed with the designs and quality! The cardstock was nice and heavy, and the images were not only adorably designed but vivid and crisp to boot. I particularly loved this birthday invitation, probably because I love red with light blue.


I decided to use the colors and the vintagey feel of the invitation as inspiration, and not so much the airplanes. (I don't want to tie myself down to a strict theme unless its something Graham's obsessed with.) One thing that is so great about this color scheme is that I already have so many things in my house that work with it! In fact, my entire kitchen is pretty much red and turquoise, so I will be "shopping" there first.

I collected some images in that red-blue-vintage vein that inspired me for a little mood board. Lots of bunting and balloons and cheerful color!



And in honor of Graham's birthday, a present for YOU! Paperspring has graciously offered to give one reader a $50 gift certificate, good through August 31, 2010, so you can indulge in their gorgeous stationery. They offer so many lovely options, from birth announcements (I was stunned at how great the baby photos looked on the cardstock in my samples--I may have already picked out announcements for hypothetical baby number two? Shh, I didn't say that) to party invitations to personalized greeting cards.



They offer free shipping, and their customer service is seriously top-notch. In addition to their products' high quality and rich feel, they are also green! I was impressed to read that Paperspring uses all post-comsumer recycled products and employs chemistry-free, waterless digital printing to deliver the greenest product possible.

You can earn up to three entries:

1. Visit the Paperspring site, then come back here and post a comment telling me what you'd buy with your gift certificate.

2. You can earn an extra entry by mentioning this giveaway on your own blog or on Twitter (leave a separate comment linking to your Twitter page or your blog's mention of this giveaway).

3. You can earn another entry by following me on Twitter. Leave me a comment telling me you've done so, and don't forget to tell me your Twitter handle.


Contest closes at midnight eastern time on Friday, July 30. A winner will be chosen using random.org. This giveaway is sponsored by Paperspring.com.


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23 comments:

Marianne said...

Contest! You are so FANCY. I would buy invitations for the housewarming party I can't seem to get it together enough to plan.

Amblus said...

Ooh! I would get the Diamond Lights personalized stationary. Also, I follow you on Twitter.

Mandy said...

I can't decide between the Buggy Bug party invitations and the Birthday balloons invitations. My daughter would love either one and they are both adorable! Thanks for the chance.

Carol said...

I'm so happy I found your blog, and not just because I want to win something! (I kinda do, though.) I would order address labels - probably the Baby Mums or Modern Crib designs - so I could stop using the free ones I got from the American Heart Association. Oh, the guilt I feel every time I slap one of those babies on my electric bill!

Carol said...

And I'm following you on Twitter, yo! (I haven't tweeted in ages, but I'm CarnivalOCranky. I know! Ha.)

Lisa said...

My dog, Sid, really want personalized stationery. He gets more mail than me. He can't decide between the mosaic and college rule. He's a flighty dog.

Sara said...

Well, hello there. I was leaning toward bridal shower invitations but once I saw the beautiful free templates from your last post, I think I would donate the gift card to my little sister for the Poppy Save the Date Cards.

Ariel said...

Oooh stationary! I love it so! I would definitely order some address labels and some personalized stationary. In pink. So the solid swirl stationary and the linen monogram address labels. Because seriously, is there anything in life more fun than personalized stuff in pink?

...I promise I'm not twelve. I just have the tastes of a seventh grade girl.

Also, I am now following you on twitter, weee! And also tweeted about the contest, wee!

Check is out specifically at http://twitter.com/ariel_cummins/status/19081791970 or just check me out on Twitter at ariel_cummins. Creativity in twitter names: not my strong suit.

Sara said...

Ahem. Please note that you are now being followed by byrdhunting on Twitter. :)

Carol said...

I tweeted ya up, too.

Jesspgh of Consume or Consumed said...

Ooh I am planning my wedding and would use the gc to order Save the Dates!

Jesspgh of Consume or Consumed said...

btw I am jesspgh on twitter and I am now following you! I love your twitter avatar. :)

Amber said...

I'd get some Digital Name Art cards. So cool!

amberlowmiddleton at gmail dot com

CraftyGiveaways said...

I would stock up on greeting cards!

paige.schnee @ my.sf.coloradotech.edu

shirley said...

I would offer it to my neice for graduation.
supergrand2009@yahoo.com

shirley said...

I follow you on twitter @countrynest.
supergrand2009@yahoo.com

icefairy said...

I'd buy a bunch of personalized stationery, especially the Orchid Charm design.

Shannon said...
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Shannon said...

CUTE! I love the baby announcements too, but unfortunately *at this point in time* I have no use for them! The Mums personal stationery in all 3 colors is adorable though!

runner330 at yahoo dot com

independentmami said...

I want the orchids RSVP for my wedding thank you cards
super_alba_star@yahoo.com

independentmami said...

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independentmami said...

follow on twitter @independentmami

Anonymous said...

The orchard charm stationary is beautiful!


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