spooky address stamp

i had so much fun designing this return address stamp. a dear friend of mine wanted to give a gift that spoke to this couple’s love of all things halloween and ‘day of the dead’. is it a coincidence that their last name also fits into this theme? i’m not sure, but i sure love how this all came together! happy stamping!

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soiree!

i’m so honored and excited to participate as a vendor in soiree events‘ ‘leap into wedding season’ event tomorrow night at chicago’s fleur de lis florist in river north. the darling tiffany munster, brains and beauty behind soiree, asked me to provide calligraphy for the bridal grab bags – a cute play on the something borrowed, something blue, something old, something.. well, you know. here are the scans of the calligraphy – she’ll be printing the e.e. cummings poem on cute little cards, attaching the something borrowed to an adorable little ’emergency kit’, and as for the rest, well you’ll find out when i do!

for all brides that are attending the event, i’m offering a free custom return address stamp with the purchase of custom address calligraphy for 100 or more wedding invitation envelopes. i’m looking forward to meeting the other lovely vendors, trying some cake, and spending the evening at a decked-out decadent soiree!

 

all you need is love is all you need

if you too live in chicago, then can i just start by saying, my goodness, how gorgeous is this weather? i’m seriously smitten with the sun right now.  and speaking of smitten, here are some lovely love stamps for a love-filled month, available over on my etsy shop. grab one, stamp some valentines, or maybe even your own valentine, and spread the love.

 

 

gifting the stamp: chris and robin wright

i had the most lovely request while i was home in massachusetts two weeks ago: to design a stamp as a gift to a very special sister.  i more than happily spent one of the rainier days inside with my puppy, drawing up different variations for chris and robin wright’s columbus, ohio address, and the result was met with smiles on the faces of the sisters; the sender and receiver both.

seattle stamp – tina wiley

it was such a pleasure to create this next stamp for tina wiley who lives out in seattle, washington.  i love using a combination of typefaces and stylized lettering that’s both beautiful and (quite importantly) legible for projects like this.  happy letter-sending to you tina!

 

oh hello new england stamp – schiavi family

my parents came to visit chicago last week, bringing with them my favorite red barn coffee roasters coffee, a six-pack of sam adams, extra yoga mats so they could take my class, and just so so so much fun.  and while they were here, my mum commissioned me to make a stamp for our home back in massachusetts.

i had such a wonderful time with them, and i can’t wait to see this new little stamp in it’s rightful place on the kitchen counter in milford, massachusetts when i go back to visit in august.

a southern stamp – makenna and yvonne johnston

it was such a pleasure working with makenna on creating a return address stamp for her and yvonne.  originally she wanted a custom initial stamp with both of their first initials, but after a while changed her mind and went for the full address. i think it came out beautifully, and i can just imagine the many envelopes and packages that it will adorn!

a windy city kind of stamp – ashlie and bryan karns

 

i love love love getting requests from people to make a stamp, either on or off my etsy shop, and then seeing where they’re coming at me from.  some from far away (a macon, georgia return address is in the works), and some, surprisingly, from just around the block.  ashlie just recently moved to chicago from new york, and wanted her new home address at the ready when she arrived – presumably to use on some ‘we’ve moved!’ announcements – so voila!  all wrapped up in jillyink packaging, here’s ashlie and bryan’s new return address stamp:

 

ashlie was such a pleasure to work with, and i wish her and bryan all the best in their new home – especially now that chicago’s warmed up quite a bit!

just get through tomorrow

eeeeeeeesh i haven’t been here in a while.  i’m so sorry!  what with getting writing pieces ready for the saic grad critique week and finishing final screenprinting projects, running the mothers’ day 5k (i came in 255 out of nearly 2,000 runners!) in grant park and work, i’ve been up to my ears in busyness.. and business.

some good news!  i’ve recently had two (two!) new purchases from my etsy shop, which i am incredibly excited about.  one of my lovely clients initially decided to purchase a custom initial stamp, however she’s since chosen to go the return address stamp route, but i’d still like to show you my designs for the first:

it gives me incredibly joy to have make connections with wonderful people via the online handmade community, and i look forward to continue ‘meeting’ new people (and hopefully more people) as the summer approaches!