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Sam Allen Creates: October to December 2019

Can I make a confession? I started this blog post in February, you know… during the normal timeline of posting a Year End Review blog post, but life got in the way… and other projects, priorities, and the world on quarantine. Sometimes it just takes that long to get it right—and edit all the photos from all these fun projects! But thankfully I got this post done before the mid-year AND before the new baby arrives in a few weeks! Eek! It may be the end of May, but I hope you enjoy taking this look back at the fall with me!


We started the month of October with a trip to the midwest, visiting my husband’s family’s ranch in South Dakota. And then as soon as we returned, I launched my Floral Letter Ornaments! These were so much fun to paint!

After making some labels for this baby girl’s clothing bins in her nursery, Emerson’s mama had me paint up these sweet words to display in the room as well, a beautiful love note from mommy and daddy!

So gorgeous Sam! Thank you for continuously making my nursery dreams a reality and creating the perfect keepsake for our girl. You’ve been such a pleasure to work with!

And of course, we can’t forget the cards made this month… this personalized thank you card is one of my favorites!

Wedding BTS

I really loved these fall weddings that I got to work on… here’s a few of my in-studio shots, but if you keep scrolling, you’ll see these appear again at the Real Weddings in October & November.

If you’re a bride looking for some of these watercolor items to be incorporated into your wedding day, here’s some helpful links to the products in my Etsy shop: wedding signs, tent cards, name tags, flat placecards.

Real Weddings

You may recognize this “sip and be seated” sign from my last round-up post—it’s always so fun to see how these pieces are used at the actual wedding! Photos by Korie Jecius Photography.

And more photos from a northern California wedding (I love the floral centerpieces!!), photos by This Modern Romance.


Around here, the end of October and the beginning of November is all about creating placecard tags for Thanksgiving! It shocks me every year, how many of these little cuties are written out but it’s a season I always look forward to!

These were the finishing touch to my Thanksgiving table. Absolutely perfect.

– A. Brown

November is also when I create the majority of my Christmas cards for friends and family! These are truly some of my favorite designs yet!

And you can’t send a Christmas card without an address stamp… or even decorate your presents without a gift tag stamp! Love this set!

By the end of the month, I was starting to work on orders for Christmas gifts. Working on wedding portraits truly are some of my favorite orders, there’s just so much fun detail in the dresses and bouquets… but working on a Walt Disney World painting (below right), is a pretty close tie!

Christmas gift creation continues with papercut silhouettes….

And of course Pine Branch and Floral Letter Last Name Signs!

Links to purchase Pine Tree Last Name Sign or Floral Last Name Sign.

Real Weddings

Remember those wedding BTS shots… here’s how some of those were styled at the real weddings! First up, I love how this seating chart came out for a wedding in Canada, along with their tent cards and table numbers. Photos by Danielle Meredith.

From Canada to the east coast, I think this is how I’d style my own wedding, I mean vow renewal! Photos by Molly Lo Photography.

A November wedding that is giving me some Christmas vibes! Love the greenery down the center of the table with my banner tags paired with red ribbon! Such a fun pop of color!


I had such a fun time designing our Christmas card this year as it doubled as a pregnancy announcement!! Family photos by Stephanie Weber Photography.

The start of December is all about wrapping up Christmas gift orders (pun intended!)…

Starting with papercut silhouettes

Silhouettes of all 4 of my parent’s grandchildren was the perfect gift to them. There were tears of joy upon receiving these beautiful hand cut silhouettes of their chubby cheeked grand boys. Thank you Sam for yet again creating something for my family that will be cherished & enjoyed for years to come.

Jamie C.

Wedding vow art!

And of course, more Floral Letter paintings!

This next watercolor portrait wasn’t for Christmas but for my grandma’s December birthday! I loved painting this for so many reasons but mostly because I was able to incorporate my grandpa who passed away several years ago. It’s so nice to see them together holding my son… the perfect last touch was with the addition of the words “Great Grandparents are always in our hearts.”

Lastly, I want to share a sneak peek of this boho greenhouse styled shoot! A full blog post is to come, but I couldn’t have a review of December without including this beauty! Photos by Stephanie Weber Photography.

If you made it this far, you were with me to the end and I so appreciate it!! I’d love to hear your feedback on these projects, let me know your favorite in the comments below!

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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