Godmother Invitations by Your New Friend Sam - Cream Cardstock with Gold Glitter Embossing Detail

Your New Friend Sam, Etsy Shop: Will You Be My Godparent Invitations, Greeting Cards, and Thank You Cards for Godmothers and Godfathers

Godmother Invitations by Your New Friend Sam - Cream Cardstock with Gold Glitter Embossing Upgrades

Nearly 2 years ago, a friend of mine commissioned me to make her a handlettered print to give as a gift to her daughter’s godparents. After listing it in my shop, I had a few requests to have “Will You Be My Godmother?” cards. Of course, at the time, greeting cards were not in my skill set—or so I thought—so I would decline those orders. After the launch of my bridal party invitation line last October, it occurred to me that I was now more than able to offer Godparent cards. Just after Christmas, I created and listed “Will You Be My Godmother/father/parents?” cards and they were more of a success than I could have dreamed.

I love selling on Etsy as it is a shopping platform that invites its customers to truly create something so unique. There is no hesitation to reach out to customize existing listings and thanks to that, I’ve been able to design some very fun and personal cards and prints.

Godmother Invitations by Your New Friend Sam - Cream Cardstock with Personalized Gold Glitter Embossing

With the immediate success of the cards, I thought to update my original Godparent poem listing with a fully handlettered poem to match the cards and list it as a Instant Download, Godparents Handwritten Poem, or a FREE download with card purchase.

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Yet again, custom orders came in for the poem to be printed within the card itself. With that, a truly deluxe card listing was made. These are my favorite to make as they are mini works of art but in card form. From the embossed front of the card to the full length poem within, I can only imagine each godparent opening their sweet little card and accepting the invitation with joy. I can’t say enough how much I love my shop and the opportunities I’ve had from it.

Below are a few more favorites of mine, but you can see the ever growing collection of greeting cards here.

Will You Be My Godfather by Your New Friend Sam - Gray Cardstock with Black Sparkle Embossing Madrina Invitations by Your New Friend Sam - Cream Cardstock with Personalized Gold Glitter Embossing and Gold EnvelopeWill You Be My Godparents Personalized navy Poem and White Signature by Your New Friend Sam - Gray Cardstock with White Embossing  Thank You For Being My Godmother Personalized Poem and Signature by Your New Friend Sam - Cream Cardstock with Gold Embossing

Hope this gives you a great glimpse into my little world of embossed cards!

Purchase your cards on Etsy or message me to create a custom order:

Godparent Invitations

Godparent Invitation with Embossed Personalization

Godparent Invitation with Personalized or Addressed Envelope

Thanks for Being My Godparent

Thank You For Being My Godparent

Card with Printed Poem and Signature Option

Madrina and Padrino Invitations

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Brittany’s French Country “Bebe Soiree,” Gender Neutral Baby Shower

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A few weeks ago, I had the honor to co-host a baby shower for my forever friend, Brittany. Friends since second grade, bridesmaids in each other’s weddings, moms are best friends, she’s practically family. Thankfully, my mom and “Tutu Kathy” (an aunt of sorts) were able to step up and really host this shower while I got to just help with decorations and stationery. Between the three of us, this shower was so so adorable and so so delicious. Here’s some photos of the event along with some links for their amazing recipes. Seriously amazing recipes.

But first, let’s start with the beautiful mother to be!! Then we’ll get on to those lovely party details…

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The theme was kindly suggested by Brittany after she saw this lovely shower on Martha Stewart, as you can see her version and then our version above of the floral “bebe” letters. I’m pretty sure we can rival Martha even on our bad days….

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The Invitation Suite

The first step, of course, was designing the invitation. After searching Pinterest and not finding much inspiration that fit our country twist, I sat down with a blank canvas and just kept adding to it. With the nursery colors in mind (gray and white with accents of yellow), I found a feminine shaped background to work with and just working on it. Brittany was using polka dots in the nursery so that was an easy choice for the background and a subtle pattern was created with the added vintage fleur di lis. I really loved how this suite came out…. the background shape influenced so much of the paper goods for the day of as well in addition to the hang tag for her registry information. The overall invite was quite classy looking so we added hemp twine to tie all the pieces together and to give it a country feel. (I can talk about the paper goods like the other ladies can probably talk about their amazing recipes!) But I’ll stop there and just share some photos of the paperie!

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Also included in the invites, was the request to bring a book, rather than a card, to build the baby’s library. We had extra library cards to fill out at the shower as well as a sticker pocket to adhere them to the books (available in my Etsy shop here).

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The Day of the Soiree!

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The Food

I’ve already put in a request for these lovely ladies to cook me up something special for my 30th birthday, which is more than a year away, but they are just that talented. Seriously, they created such delicious eats.

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My mom put together this vegetable medley, a lovely Pinterest find, housed in a perfectly themed hat box found at the Rainbow Vintage Marketplace back in March.

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Kathy cooked up these Croque-Monsieur sandwiches (bottom right tray in the photo below). Which were Amazing. With a capital A. And a D for Delicious. Recipe here on Martha Stewart.

And Brittany is picking up a Parmesan Salad Cup.

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Some of the other eats not in the above photos: Cheesy Asparagus Spears and Bacon with Leek Mini Quiches.


 

The Drink Station

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I loved what they came up with for the drink station!!  What a perfect way to house the glassware.

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Just the day before the shower, we found these wine glass tags that we were able to make a template from and personalize for our guests. I love my Cricut 🙂

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french country baby shower bebe soiree drink station personalized wine tags

Drinks: Lavender Lemonade with Hibiscus and Cinammon Spice Iced Tea.

The Games

We kept the games pretty simple… the first game was “Who’s That Baby?” where we created a board displaying photos of family members and some of Brittany’s favorite celebrities as babies.

french country baby shower whos that baby game

The second game was a bag game that we found through Pinterest. To keep with the theme, we named our bags with “Bebe Soiree” rather than “Baby Shower.” The bags were filled with baby themed goodies that the ladies then had to guess the contents… Those extra e’s proved quite tricky! Brittany then got to open all those to reveal the answers, and she got to keep the gifts!

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I really really do love my Cricut!! Using the shape from the invitation as a base, we made these little overlays for the bags with the fonts to match the invite.

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The Favors

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Kathy whipped up these DELICIOUS lavender and vanilla scones (recipe). I don’t usually like lavender flavoring or scones but these were so so SO good. I was so excited to have one leftover after we were done wrapping them. What a special treat!

And again, my Cricut to the rescue to create these hang tags.

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The Dessert Table

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On the dessert menu:

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The Gift Table

And what’s a baby shower without gifts?! I loved how Kathy hung (her dad’s) baby clothes above the gift table. It really enhanced the whole shower with their adorable vintage-ness!

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My friend Jess graciously created this pillow cover for us. Such a unique and special detail.

french country baby shower bebe soiree gift table pillow

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Au Revoir!

And finally, as guests left they could take their bag of scones and wave “Au Revoir!”

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Thank you so much for the honor to cohost your baby shower, Brittany!! It was our pleasure and we are counting down the days to hold that sweet baby in our arms!!

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And one last, just for fun photo 🙂 before the craziness really started.

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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!


 

March

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!


 

April

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!

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Your New Friend Sam, Etsy Shop: Papercut and Digital Silhouettes (Give-Away Closed)

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One of my favorite pieces of art in our home is my husband and my papercut silhouettes from Disneyland that we had done during the 50th anniversary celebration in 2005. It’s such a classy and timeless way to preserve a moment in time.

Last fall, I started to offer my own papercut silhouettes… starting with borrowing a few of my friend’s kiddos to practice on. I just adore their little profiles especially their little noses.

View even more photos of my growing portfolio of silhouettes here!

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These were a hit for the Christmas season, especially for the grandparents!

Your New Friend Sam Navy Papercut Silhouettes on Gray 094

It’s been fun to see the variety of ways these can be personalized. Between the multiple cardstock pairings and personalization styles, each one is so unique!

Your New Friend Sam Papercut Silhouette of Camden 661 Your New Friend Sam White Papercut Silhouettes on Black 089

And we can’t forget the fur babies…

Your New Friend Sam Pet Dog Silhouette 995 Papercut Dog Silhouette from Your New Friend Sam on Etsy 98

View even more photos of my growing portfolio of silhouettes here!

Give-Away — Now Closed

Here’s the best part… To celebrate Mother’s Day this year, I’m going to give away TWO sets of papercut silhouettes (up to a $45 value each!!)!

Your New Friend Sam Papercut Silhouette Give-Away

There’s lots of ways to enter and each option below will get you a separate entry into my random drawing. In other words, you can do each step below and get a total of 4 entries!!

1. Add me on Instagram and SHARE this Give-Away graphic — tagging your photo with @samallecreates and #yournewfriendsam… don’t forget that if your profile is private, I won’t be able to see your post. Either make your profile public for the next few days or comment on my post saying you posted.

2. PIN to Pinterest an image from this post or from my shop listings… make sure to tag @samallencreates AND comment below with a link to your pin, just in case I don’t see it!

3. TWEET this Give-Away graphic on Twitter. Tag your photo with @samallecreates and #yournewfriendsam

4. BONUS!! Be my friend on Facebook and share my Give-Away graphic or post to all your friends and family!

This contest will go through Friday, April 17 (12 midnight, PST), and I will announce the winners (yes, 2 people will get their own silhouettes!!) first thing Saturday morning. Good luck!!

*each silhouette set is for up to two people. You can add additional people for $10 each. Includes Priority shipping to the domestic U.S. The background page is 5×7, silhouettes sized around 2 by 3 inches depending on personalization. You must redeem your free papercut silhouette by December 1, 2015.

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Your New Friend Sam Giveaway, Celebrating My 2,000th Sale!

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Feels like just yesterday I was freaking out over my 1,000th sale. And today, just 4 months later, the shop has had its 2,000th sale. I count each sale as a step in a new direction for my life, and daily, I am blown away that the whirlwind of the holidays never slowed down but only continues to gain momentum.

So to celebrate and thank everyone for their support these past few months, I wanted to do a little give-away! After asking on Facebook about what I should give away from my shop, I decided to give a store credit of $30 to one lucky winner that shares my promo graphic.

So whether you want an address stamp or a thank you stamp… a custom invitation design or paper cut silhouettesa handlettered print of a favorite saying, or glittered bridesmaid invitations… this give-away is for you!

Your New Friend Sam Giveaway

However, all day today and through the weekend, anyone that purchases from my shop will receive 20% off with the code: CELEBRATE20.

Your New Friend Sam 20% off all day


TO ENTER THE GIVE-AWAY:

1. Leave a comment in the comment section telling me what you would want to get with your shop credit.

2. Facebook, tweet, or Instagram the giveaway graphic (see image below). Be sure to include @samallencreates and #yournewfriendsam—or tag me on Facebook so I can make sure to count your entry.

3. BONUS! Get a second entry into the drawing by pinning to Pinterest an image from my shop. Tag me on Pinterest or comment below with a link to your pin.

The contest will run until 12 midnight this Sunday, March 6. I’ll be randomly drawing the name of the winner on Monday, notifying the winner by email to the email address in associated in their comment on this post.

Your New Friend Sam Giveaway

Cream Cardstock with Gold Glitter Embossing. Gold Envelope

Your New Friend Sam, Etsy Shop: Will You Be In My Bridal Party Cards, Bridesmaid Invitations

Cream Cardstock with Gold Glitter Embossing. Gold Envelope

Cream Cardstock with Gold Glitter Embossing. Gold Envelope

This past fall, after some experimenting with embossing, I added some “will you be in my bridal party?” cards. They were an unexpected success… selling my first 100 in just 6 weeks. Rather quickly, custom requests starting coming in… with wording revisions like “will you be in my house party” or totally new card requests like “to my _____ on my wedding day”… with those new cards, and along with new color options (apparently navy is a hot commodity, next to gold!) there was quite an assortment to choose from!

Below are a few favorites of mine, but you can see the ever growing collection of greeting cards here.

Cream Cardstock with Gold Glitter Embossing

Cream Cardstock with Gold Glitter Embossing

Kraft Brown with Gold Glitter

Kraft Brown with Gold Glitter

Cream Cardstock with Gold Glitter Embossing. Gold Addressed Envelopes

Cream Cardstock with Gold Glitter Embossing. Gold Addressed Envelopes

White, Silver or Gold Embossing Options

White, Silver or Gold Embossing Options on Black Cardstock

Bridesmaid Bridal Party Invitations by Your New Friend Sam - Cream Cardstock with Gold Glitter Embossing Personalized Bridesmaid Love Bride

Personalized with a signature from the bride-to-be.

your new friend sam 2years anniversary

Happy Two Years to My Little Shop, Your New Friend Sam

your new friend sam 2years anniversary

Wow, just wow. Each and every day, I still can’t believe what’s blossomed over these last two years.

Starting out, I didn’t think I’d have time to ship product, so I only listed printable, downloadable invitations. Then, while helping my best friend with her wedding, I added some various new items—like an address stamp that I hand lettered. From there my shop exploded from just printables to a rubber stamp and lettering shop. Nothing that I even started with. I can go weeks without even selling a printable invite, but daily, I’m selling things I’ve handlettered. Where? What? How?

your new friend sam shipping orders

Starting out, I didn’t even know I could letter. That I could write in a way that people would want to buy it. Buy it for their weddings, for their businesses, for tattoos on their arms! It’s such a a simple concept and it blows my mind daily. And I thank God for giving me that skill. Yes, I’ve studied and practiced like crazy, but truly, if I can call this a gift, it all came from God. There is no other way to explain it. And that’s the only way I can even try to fathom how I got to where I am now.

A year ago from this moment, I never ever ever everrrrrrr would have anticipated what was about to happen in that second year.

  • I never would have guessed that the first month of the [second] year of my shop, I would get 50 orders—10 more than the whole first year combined!— let alone that the last month of the year (January) I would have nearly 300!
  • I never would have guessed that when I created my “made with love” stamp with my friend Trisha in mind, it would launch a whole series of “love” stamps or the style of the writing would draw so many inquires to have logos and other related items done in a similar way.

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  • I never would have guessed that when I saw what the minimum amount of sales was to file taxes for Etsy was that I would meet and far exceed that amount. I specifically remember laughing and scoffing at that, thinking there was no way that would even be feasible.
  • I never would have thought that something I hand lettered would become a tattoo! A permanent art piece on someone’s body!
  • I never would have thought that when my friend (Trisha, again!) asked me to design her sister-in-law’s shower invites, it would inspire and launch a whole line of glitter embossed greeting card cards… almost 500 bridal party cards sold since mid-October to today!

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  • I never would have guessed that my shop would be featured on the David Tutera blog (twice!) or even international blog sites like Fanny Staaf’s (twice!).
  • I never ever would have thought I’d reach 500 sales within the year, but that marker was passed in the summer and by November, I hit 1,000 sales! The Christmas rush came and went and things have only gained speed. With having my 1,700th sale last night, 2,000 sales is just around the corner in a matter of a few short months or even weeks! I seriously can not even believe it. No really, I can’t believe it.

lacey ostoj hum right along your new friend sam shop rubber stamp

If so much could happen in just the second year, while making hundreds of contacts and relationships with clients all over the world… I can only imagine what is to come this third year. This has been the most overwhelmingly insane year of my life—work-wise—but the most wondrous, amazing, and rewarding year as well. It was a year of taking chances, seeing what worked and what didn’t work and finding help and support from my friends and family in such sweet and endearing ways. It was learning to refine the craft of hand lettering with each order and discovering new writing styles. With each step of faith, God has just confirmed over and over again that what is happening is all from Him because there is no way I could have had any success at this apart from Him. I am ever so thankful…

Happy birthday my sweet little shop, how you’ve opened my eyes to dreams I never knew I had. To a future, I never knew could exist. To endurance that I never knew I had.


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