Lovely Vintage Seed Packet stamps for your wedding

I’ll do a more comprehensive post with the new stamps to match the 2014 pricing (read up about that here).  But I couldn’t wait to show you these lovelies.  I love the mixture of warm reds, oranges and yellows on a peach background in these vintage seed packet designs.  I anticipate seeing them on many spring and summer wedding invitations this year!

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You can find them online at the USPS shop here.  Stock up before January 24, 2014 when the prices will go up $0.03 per first class postage stamp!

New colors for Paper Source!

Paper Source’s parent company Waste Not Paper has announced 3 fresh new colors for 2014:

Mint, Coral, and Royal Blue!

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I’m especially excited about mint and coral and the new color combos I can make (hello Mint and Plum!).

2014 USPS Stamp Increases

Don't forget - stamps prices increase on January 24, 2014!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that every January I write about the increases in postage and what the new stamp options are (mostly specific to event and wedding invitation mailings).  I’ll still write that post in a month or so, but to pre-empt that I wanted to write this as a bit of a warning for folks who are sending out invitations in the next 30 days.

Effective January 24, 2014, the following increases will take place:

  • Letters (1 oz.) — 3-cent increase to 49 cents
  • Letters additional ounces —  1-cent increase to 21 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) — $1.15
  • Postcards — 1-cent increase to 34 cents

Overall, if you’re sending 200 invitations you will pay an extra $6-8 on postage (plus an extra $6 if you plan to stamp your RSVP envelopes).

Not the end of the world, right?  But you do want to be careful not to have the wrong postage on RSVP envelopes.  If you’re sending out your invites between now and the end of January, just be sure to not just use this years postage.  Some guests will wait a few weeks to return the card.  And if they wait until after Jan. 24, the card may not get back to you because of insufficient postage.  Whatever shall you do?!  Well…

  • Wait and send them on January 20 (if it’s feasible based on your wedding date and RSVP date).  You can save on using the OLD postage on the carrier envelopes, but use the NEW postage on the RSVP envelopes.
  • If you’re opting not to include stamps on your RSVP envelopes or postcards, use that opportunity to have your designer add a small box that includes the postage cost.  I use something simple like “place $0.49 stamp here” on certain projects and it works well.
  • If you want to get witty about it (this suggestion won’t be fitting for most people), add a line on your RSVP card that says “Your response is appreciated by January 24.  After that date, the cost of your RSVP will go up by 3 cents.”

That last one is really only a half suggestion and should only be used if you’re really funny people to begin with and can reword it in a more humorous way that your grandmother won’t be appalled by.

Introducing the 2014 Desk Calendar

If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I frequently don’t know what day of the week (or month) it is.  Blame it on working from home, having an infant or not eating enough of whatever it is I’m supposed to eat to help my memory (clearly I can’t remember that either).  So I came up with a solution, which  conveniently doubled as a great gift for my vendors and colleagues this year!

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You can purchase them online at my Etsy shop as well.  And if you order by TOMORROW by 2:00pm (which IS Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013) you can get free Priority Shipping for US customers AND it should arrive by Tuesday.  Just in time for a last minute Christmas gift.  Click here to see the listing!  No codes necessary, just purchase the regular First Class shipping and I’ll upgrade you for free!

2014 Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

It’s official! The 2014 Pantone Color of the Year has been announced!

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So what do you think? Personally, I like it a lot better than last years Emerald. Paired with grey or beige, it will make lovely wedding colors!

And the winner is….

…Melissa C!  Congratulations Melissa on winning my final weeks giveaway.  I appreciate everyone who has shared, liked and tweeted around.  It’s been a fun way to celebrate my business anniversary.  You guys are awesome!  :)

And just a reminder, I have FREE SHIPPING on all of the notecards (including sets!) in my Etsy Shop, through this Saturday, Nov. 31!  Enter code FREESHIP when checking out and get a start on your holiday shopping!

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And a big Happy Thanksgiving to all of you in the US as well.  Take some time off to spend with your friends and family.  The studio here will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 – Sunday, Dec. 1 for some much needed recharging, so I’ll see you all in December!!

 

Anniversary GIVEAWAY #4

Alrighty, it’s time for the last giveaway of my business anniversary month.  Thank you all for entering and congrats to all of those who have won!

Due to personal reasons, I wasn’t able to get this weeks contest up early as I had promised.  But hopefully you’ll think it’s worth it!  I’ll end the contest Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 11:59pm so that I have time on Wednesday to announce the winner and email them their $25 Etsy Giftcard!  This way the winner can take full advantage of all the sales that Etsy shop owners are doing over the weekend.

This week I’ll be giving away a set of 20 Custom Stationery flat cards with coordinating envelopes AND a $25 Etsy Giftcard that you can use almost anywhere on Etsy!

CLICK HERE to enter this weeks giveaway!

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Contest ends Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 11:59pm EST.  Winner will be notified via email.  I’ll announce the winner on Facebook, Twitter and this blog the next day.  Winner will need to communicate design color preferences for stationery and a mailing address via email by December 15, 2013 indicating where prize should be sent.  For delivery of notecards by Christmas, winner will need to finalize design options by Dec. 10, 2013.  Gift card will be delivered via email to winner on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.

And the winner is….Patti S!

Congratulations to Patti S. of Little Hive on winning this weeks giveaway!

Screen Shot 2013-11-21 at 9.08.31 AMNext week will be the last giveaway of my November Anniversary month.  I’ll be giving away a set of personalized stationery and a $25 Etsy gift card!!  Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, I’ll start the contest on FRIDAY, NOV. 22 at 8:00am and ending it on TUESDAY, NOV. 26 at 11:59pm.

Thanks to everyone who has been entering!!

 

Anniversary GIVEAWAY #3

It’s time for giveaway #3!!  Is anyone else dragging already and it’s only Monday morning?  Well, to add a little pick-me-up, I’ll be including a $5 Starbucks card with this weeks prize!  Take a break, get a cup of joe and write a card to a friend.

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This week the winner will get to make a custom set of 12 notecard from one of my new notecard lines:

You choose the quotes you want and the color of envelope (White, Red, Paper Bag or Gravel).

CLICK HERE to enter!!

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Box set of Quotation Notecards by Hitchcock Creative on Etsy

NEXT WEEK:  It’s the last week of our 5th Anniversary giveaway!!  I’ll be giving away a set of personalized stationery PLUS a $25 Etsy Giftcard for you to use on almost any shop on the site.  Because it’s also Thanksgiving week and I’ll be busy cooking on Wednesday – I’ll start the contest on FRIDAY, NOV. 22 at 8:00am and ending it on TUESDAY, NOV. 26 at 11:59pm.

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Contest ends Wednesday, November 20th at 11:59pm EST.  Winner will be notified via email.  I’ll announce the winner on Facebook, Twitter and this blog the next day.  Winner will need to supply notecard and color preferences and a mailing address via email by November 30, 2013 indicating where prize should be sent.

And the winner is… Anna B!

Congratulations to Anna B. on winning this weeks giveaway of 12 Little Bird Notecards and 3 adorable notebooks!

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Also, I feel like we need to give out an honorable mention prize to one person who entered the maximum number of times possible by tweeting and sharing around the web. Bridget D., you getting a mini-set of 6 notecards too! Because you’re awesome. :)

So congrats to Anna and Bridget this morning! Next week you’ll get to choose your prize (ooooh!) AND it will include a $5 Starbucks gift card. Then I’ll wrap up the month of giveaways on Thanksgiving week with a set of custom stationery and a $25 Etsy gift card!!

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