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Sam Allen Creates : March and April 2015

Going over these past couple months’ of works just made me smile. There were so many amazing clients and projects to work on. It also reminded me of just how crazy work has been, not like I could forget that of course. I’m quite looking forward to a somewhat lighter load over these next couple weeks as Andy and I take a 2 week trip for some BBQ competitions. I’ll be chained to my laptop quite often while still fulfilling orders, but working on my Etsy shop only in Oregon and Colorado sure sounds soooo nice!

Anyway, that’s my update for the here and now. Here’s peeks at the fun from the last couple months!



First off, I wanted to share some work done for family and friends in the month of March.

On March 7, my hubby’s cousin, Dustin, proposed to his girlfriend, Sara! My aunt-in-law, Terri, then asked me to design invitations for their engagement party. I was thrilled to do so and loved coming up with this custom lettering for their event.

Popped the Question and She Said Yes Engagement Party Invitation

Spring is time for lots of my friends’ kiddos birthdays! First up was little Owen’s Mickey Mouse themed birthday invites. The (self-inflicted) pressure was on to give justice to a Disney invitation.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday Invitation

Another fun project of the month was creating these invitations for my niece Emily’s first birthday party! I can’t believe this little one is one year old now! And I am so thankful I got to attend the party in upstate New York! Yay!

Little Peanut Elephant First Birthday Invitation

Now let’s look at some Etsy projects… March was the busiest month ever with a record breaking 300 orders!

A huge deal for me in March was breaking out the calligraphy pointed pens and learning the art of that craft. Up until now, all my handlettered pieces are *lettering* or *faux calligraphy.* I’m slowly working more and more in calligraphy and looooove it.

One of my first calligraphy projects on Etsy was designing a stamp for a wedding invitation. I loved getting the chance to write in Hebrew and love that this was my first calligraphy project!

Your New Friend Sam calligraphy song of songs hebrew

Not long after, I was commissioned to write some gold ink tent cards! Writing in gold may be one of my favorite things ever!

Your New Friend Sam Gold Ink Calligraphy Tent Cards

When Nathan first wrote me about his 10 year wedding anniversary, I was so excited to work with him. Not only did we create full page handlettered designs of his vows, I worked with Dianne of Jotters and Journals to create little books of their vows as well. Thanks Dianne for sharing these photos with me!

Your New Friend Sam and Jotters and Journals His and Her Vows

Another new puppy silhouette was created, this one for my friend Amy!

Your New Friend Sam Pet Dog Silhouette 995

And new bridal party invitations were extended to other attendants like those manning the candy bar and and guestbook tables!

Your New Friend Sam - Candy and Guestbook Attendant Invitations

And finally, in rubber stamp news. I listed a brand new design, Best Day Ever, along with adding seed envelope packets to go with my popular Let Love Grow stamp!



Starting back with projects for personal projects and for friends….

Months ago I had decided to make handlettered and painted canvasses for Mother’s Day gifts but I didn’t even know if I could do that justice. So I needed to practice while also needing some Easter decorations in my home…

Amazing Love Handpainted Canvas

I know I’ve mentioned this wonderful friend of mine before, but the lovely Trisha asked me to write out a chalkboard to announce her pregnancy! Thanks to J. Rose Photography for the image and thanks to to Trisha for the perfect little model who is about to be the big sister!!

Sam Allen Creates Chalkboard Art Big Sister

Last time I posted about Taylor’s wedding and shower invitations, and I can’t wait to share more from the wedding but until then, here’s a crummy phone photo I took of our place settings. Can’t wait to share more of their beautiful wedding day!

Your New Friend Sam tent cards for Taylors Wedding

One last spring baby turned 3 yesterday! And one last birthday invite to share! Third year in a row (Bug First Birthday, Summer Lemonade Second Birthday), I’ve been honored with the task of designing little Grayson’s birthday invites. Can’t wait to share more of these!

graysons birthday invite by jrose

source @jessica_rose_20

And just one more invitation to share… our French Country invite for my forever friend Brittany’s baby shower. The shower was just this past weekend, I can’t wait to go through the photos and do a whole post on the event! It was just darling!

Your New Friend Sam French Country Baby Shower Invitations

Just before leaving for New York for little Emily’s birthday (see above), I worked on my largest Etsy order to date. Gold, blush and cream wedding programs, tent cards and other signage for a May wedding. can’t wait to see the official photos!

Your New Friend Sam Wedding Programs Tent Cards and Signage

I also wrapped up the lettering for Kelly Laramore’s logo for her photography business….

kelly laramore calligraphy logo by Your New Friend Sam

And some silhouettes were created for this family including their very hairy pup!

Your New Friend Sam - Digital Silhouettes Gallery Wall

In greeting card news, we’ve added some thank you cards for bridal parties and godparents along with some godparent cards that include the handlettered poem (launched in January) printed inside.

Your New Friend Sam Thank You Bridesmaid Card

Thanks for Being My Godparents by Your New Friend Sam - Cream Cardstock with Gold Embossing

Godparent Invitations by Your New Friend Sam - Cream Cardstock with Personalized Gold Glitter Embossing Signature and Printed Poem Detail

And I loved making these little cards to accompany Kate Spade bow-tie earrings. So cute!

Your New Friend Sam Bridesmaid Invitations Tie the Knot

And finally, taking a look at some recent stamp design…

Heather, from Spoonfeather Designs, had me create a rubber stamp for her business. How nerve wracking to letter for a fellow letterer!! Check out her Etsy shop here.

Your New Friend Sam Lettering for Spoonfeathers Instagram

source @spoonfeathers

For some printed tags, I lettered some new phrases to decorate some honey jars. And then turned the designs into stamps too!

Your New Friend Sam - Meant to Bee Rubber Stamp Your New Friend Sam - Spread the Love Rubber Stamp

And that’s about it! Thanks for taking a look at my recent work…. Since we’re almost done with May, I am already excited to share work from this month! It’s been busy and fun and overwhelming and exciting!

I believe in magic. I believe in the power of true love. I believe in fairy tales and happy endings. And I live to create stationery and art for the young at heart to allow my fellow dreamers to treasure all of life’s most wondrous moments!

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