Molly’s Bright and Colorful 2nd Birthday Celebration

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You guys… In my last post about working with Trisha, I mentioned how much I adore designing for her! With all this hand lettering and painting going on, Trisha is my #1 customer (no offense to all my other #1 customers though!). She is such an encouragement and makes me strive to keep doing better and better, while still surprising her with each design. And now that I’m in the midst of working on her daughter’s 3rd birthday invitation, I thought it was time to post about the 2nd birthday invitation!

Trisha was really open to the direction to take the design. She wanted it bright and colorful though! So after showing her a few ideas, we went with a fun and whimsical direction and I got to hand write the whole piece! And then the best and final and most perfect touch, Trisha punched out and sewed on a few bright and colorful flags. Oh I love them so!

First off, I wanted to show you the work-in-progress sketch of the design before it was fully inked. It was really important to plan it out in pencil to really get the layout and how the words and lines would interact and flow together.

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And then the fun and festive color was added to match the scrapbook paper that Trisha found for the banner.

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I love how Trisha sewed on the paper banners, it was such a fun handmade touch to the invitations.

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Can’t wait to share this year’s invites with y’all! Hopefully it won’t take me a year to post about them though! Ah!

Baby Isaiah’s Newborn & Nursery Photos, and Birth Announcement

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I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life to have these photos done… I just can’t believe these are of MY baby. And they are just so darn cute. I love them all so much!

My friend Jess came over when Isaiah was 6 days old to take these in his nursery. We were in the process of moving and thankfully were able to have his very first room documented like this. To say we love the photos would really be an understatement, but what has also been tugging on my heart is the love from behind the camera. Coming from experience as an auntie/photographer, seeing how Jess saw my son through her lens and having it captured on “film” is just so special to me. You can read her own blog post on the photos here.

Maybe you all can help me pick which ones to frame because I really just can’t decide!

And please stay tuned to the end of the post where I’ve shared the birth announcement photos!

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The white blanket Isaiah is laying on here was knit by my grandmother… I love that little detail! (Rug is from Target)

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I mean come on! Look at those lips!

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We’ve been calling him Monkey Toes since the hospital… as he rested propped up on my legs in bed, he grabbed my bottom lip with those toes. It’s hard to tell here how long those little toesies are when fully extended!

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2 days after these photos were taken, we moved! His room was the last to pack up in hopes that we would bring him home to his first nursery rather than the new house. Thankfully, we had one very sweet week with him in our first home.

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I looooooved his nursery! It was and still is my favorite room in either house! Even though it is highly unfit for a child right now with some of the decorations… those will be removed in time though! Childproofing comes later right?

The crib and changing table are from Babies R Us. The crates (from Michaels) and the lumber for the wall (Lowe’s) were purchased as raw wood and then stained by my hubby and in laws before installing in the room. That wonderful mirror we stumbled across at Hobbly Lobby. How perfect is that?!

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The very next morning after finding out we were having a boy, we started pinning ideas for his nursery. My main focus was collecting art for a gallery wall. I was so excited to purchase art from some of my favorite artists that I’ve been following for years!

The two top prints on the left are from Handlettering Co. The “Skillful Sailor” print was actually purchased last summer in Montana! We had no place for it at all but loved it so much. Little did we know that less than a year later it would be the centerpiece for our baby’s nursery!

The far right print is from This Paper Ship. The far left map was purchased as a plain wood hanging from Michael’s and then I handpainted the map on it in gold leaf paint. The small knick knacks are from Hobby Lobby… Captain Hook and Neverland map prints are both from Etsy! Whew!

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Thank you Auntie Jess for all these photos and memories! We love you so much!


For Isaiah’s birth announcement, I really had NO idea how to get started designing it. There was a lot of pressure on me too (from myself) after having designed so many other birth announcements. I of course wanted to handletter on it, but with my writing being so girly, I found some smaller ways to add it without making it too feminine. Plus I hand-addressed all the envelopes so that was added fun! I really love how it came out, from the photos to the small design details. Like the compass and arrows on the back and the diamond shaped pattern that I traced from the rug in his room. I just love how it came out and I hope you do too!

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Notice the pattern on the far right side…? That’s traced from the rug in his nursery 🙂

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I SO enjoyed addressing all the envelopes to mail these out. It was my creative outlet during nap times 🙂

And I loved getting to design my very own address stamp after crafting nearly a hundred for others through my shop. I went for a fully handwritten and whimsical design. Hopefully the post office can read it for any returned mail!

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The end!! This really could have been split into 3 separate posts but who has time for that!?

Your New Friend Sam, Etsy Shop: It’s a Frozen Celebration

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Now that it’s December and really starting to feel like winter here in Southern California, I thought it was a perfect time to post about my new Frozen inspired invitations!

Several months ago, I dreamed up a list of all the items I’d like to add to my shop, a Frozen themed invitation being one of them. Not long after that, an old friend inquired about having a Frozen themed invite custom designed for her daughter’s third birthday party. Divine, right?

I started dreaming up how I’d want the invite to look, but as I am not much of an illustrator, I called upon my wonderful friend Rachel, a student at University of California Irvine. And a very familiar face around this blog.

After giving Rachel a sketch and some images to inspire the look and feel of the invite, she went to town painting up the background of the invite on several pages for me to digitally piece together. I just love the look of these in person, the depth and texture to each layer of paint… it’s just gorgeous and so tactile.

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I just loved how the piece came together and since we didn’t use the actual characters from Frozen, the invite can be created for a variety of winter themed parties and showers.

But first and foremost, we created it for a very special 3 year old’s birthday party… I love working on custom designs, the client gets to work hand in hand with me, getting a say over the color choices and overall look of the invite. We also upgraded the envelopes to a pretty “ice” silver. They were literally called “ice”—how meant to be is that?!

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It wasn’t until I started to work on the lettering for the invite that I was struck with the idea of creating this same invite with a variety of type treatments to allow the invite to cross over from just being a Frozen invite to winter parties and showers. So we then created Winter One-derland/Wonderland for first birthdays and Oh, Baby It’s Cold Outside for baby showers.

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And to close, here’s a close up of those icy envelopes, addressed to my favorite Frozen character and her main squeeze.

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All these invitations and options are available in my Etsy shop!

Interested in your custom invitation design? Contact me!

5 Ways to Prepare and Shop for Christmas with Your New Friend Sam

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Guys, it’s November?! What? How did that even happen…?

Now that I just wrapped up my best friend’s baby shower this past weekend, I’m ready to dive deep into Christmas! Well, at least start to prep—because we can’t forget Thanksgiving, of course… especially since we’re hosting it this year!

Anyway…. I just wanted to do a super sales-pitchy post (without being too-too-pushy) about how I can help YOU get ready for the holidays! Whether its gifts for your loved ones or designing something special for your annual Christmas card. Let’s work together!


 

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For the Newlyweds

A perfect gift for newlyweds would be to have their vows handwritten and framed to display in their new home. If you don’t have access to their vows, what about the lyrics to their first dance song?

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For the Student and the Reader

Every reader that has a growing collection of books needs to have a way of personalizing them. First with a bookplate stamp that will mark it as theirs and then a library card pocket to keep track of who has borrowed from their library.

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For the Family or New Homeowner

The product that started the craziness that has become my Etsy shop! These address stamps make a perfect gift for those who just bought their first home… but they are wonderful for any family or couple. Really anyone who sends mail could use an address stamp.

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For You!

Maybe you need an address stamp too because…. it’s time to send those annual Christmas cards— whether they are handwritten and embossed with a fine glitter or white opaque powder… or the traditional photo card.

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For Gift Wrap:

Now that you’re done shopping and the cards have been sent… it’s time to get wrapping! Whether you want handwritten gift tags or a holiday stamp (Merry Christmas or a simple to/from)!

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Bonus! Let’s get together for a family photo session! Email me for pricing—there’s only a few weekend dates left available!

Thanks for shopping with me! Looking forward to working with you!!

P.S. The Wedding Vows printables also make great gifts to anyone with a favorite song or bible verse, instead of vows, create a design with their favorite bible verse or their favorite song lyrics.

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Calvary Chapel Canyon Hills, Harvest Carnival on Halloween

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Looking for a fun and safe environment to take your kiddos on Halloween? Our church is hosting a carnival: Calvary Carnival!

Lots of candy,  fun, exciting games and jumpers. Plus free hot dogs, cotton candy, & pop corn.  And you can enter to win a iPad Mini (!!!) along with other fun prizes!

It will be located at the school where our church regularly meets, Canyon Hills Middle School. But this year it has expanded quite a bit! I’m really looking forward to it… hope to see you there!

33005 Canyon Hills Road
Lake Elsinore, CA 92532

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Calvary Carnival fliers, newspaper ads, and banners all designed by Sam Allen Creates (that’s me :))

Your New Friend Sam, Etsy Shop: Rubber Stamps for Shops

What I love most about shopping on Etsy are the personal relationships you develop with your customers and other shop owners. Each shop has a face to the name and although the shops create a market that span continents, it feels like a small little community!

Since Christmas is coming ever so quickly, I thought I’d share about a few of my clients that bought stamps from me for their own Etsy shops, and real life shops! If you have a moment, or two, settle in with a nice cup of coffee and check them out! Maybe get some early holiday shopping done!


 

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Lacey Osojo of Hum Right Along

www.etsy.com/shop/humrightalong

I loved working with Lacey on her stamp! Plus I was so honored and smitten to read her blog post on her stamp! Like over the moon, can not believe my eyes in shock, happy! Since then we have been blogging and Instagram friends! So fun!

Anyway, take a looksie around her shop… she sells handstamped jewelry with various sayings. Of course my favorite is Made to Create which I featured on my birthday wish list this year! As Lacey says, “I hope you find something you can’t live without!”

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Katie Rice of KT Bee Jewelry

www.etsy.com/shop/KTBeeJewelry

I was so excited when Katie approached me regarding my Circle Shop Stamp… she wanted to elaborate on that with a leafy wreath and a little bumble bee! Loved how it came out, and love it even better in color!

Check out her jewelry here in her shop… my favorite is the pearl layering necklace as seen in the photo above.

P.S. A portion of the proceeds now goes to supporting the Wounded Warrior Project!

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Elise Taylor Design

www.etsy.com/shop/EliseTaylorDesign

Elise is such a sweetheart! And her wood sign and crafts are so unique. Her shop, Elise Taylor Design, specializes in hand-painted wooden signs for weddings, bachelorette parties, engagement shoots, and nurseries. These signs are so perfect for nautical inspired weddings and showers!

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Jolie Mae Collections

www.etsy.com/shop/JolieMaeCollections

When the husband and wife team of Jolie Mae Collections first approached me to create their stamp, they actually liked this bookplate stamp. So they were the very first to customize it for shops! And it’s become quite popular ever since! So thanks Jolie Mae! Their shop specializes in wedding signs but includes so so so much more than that! I love their chalkboards that include mail slots and holders for other random items like phones. There’s a little something for everybody!

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Just Frayin’ Around

www.etsy.com/shop/JustFrayinAround

I know I’ve said this so many times, but I love when Etsy clients further customize the stamps to their own unique style and tastes, even when it was just to remove the circle around my popular circle shop stamp. Jessica’s shop, Just Frayin’ Around, has such cute items, and a wide range to choose from… unique clothing to vintage baby items and accessories! I love her monogrammed bloomers!

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Mercy Market

www.etsy.com/shop/TheMercyMarket

I’m really excited to post about this brand new shop, The Mercy Market. They’re a non-profit that specialize in wood signs, small canvas prints, and magnets. All their profit goes to support the Mercy House, in Kenya, a maternity home that aids pregnant girls living in extreme poverty. They are still building their shop, so please check back soon!

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No. 2 Sweetheart, Austraila

http://www.no2sweetheart.com.au/

Yup, that’s right! This store is a real life store, not just a digital store front! And they’re in Austraila! How fun!! No. 2 Sweetheart is a “green boutique” with a range of products from clothing to haircare, homewares to makeup. Visit their site here… or if you’re in Austraila…. 🙂

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Blooms In Paradise

@bloomsinparadise on Instagram

Jackie from Blooms in Paradise is based out of gorgeous Hawaii where she crafts flower crowns! From Hawaii. She’s the real deal! Currently, Jackie only sells on Instagram but is hoping to open an Etsy shop sometime soon! Check her out!

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Love 2 Cre8

www.etsy.com/shop/Lve2Cre8

Instead of creating a custom stamp with Your New Friend Sam, Cheryl from Love 2 Cre8, purchased a few stock stamps to decorate and personalize her packaging for newborn accessories.

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Thanks so much for taking a look around… already have a handful of new shops to post about so keep your eye out for a part 2!

All photos above are provided by clients except the Frayin’ Around stamp image.

Your New Friend Sam, Etsy Shop: Wedding Vows Typography Art Printables and Prints

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Earlier this year, just over 6 months ago actually, I posted about a new product I had added to my shop.

You see, I thought I invented these things… making art with your wedding vows. In my head, the biggest challenge of getting this product sold would be just to raise awareness and make it “a thing.” But you see, thanks to Etsy, wedding vow art is very much a thing and  passing that hurdle was a breeze.

Now, after over 60 designs and sales, I thought it was time to share some of the photos of some of my favorite pieces.

These are probably my favorite products in my shop, what an honor it is to be given the task to create art with words that are held so near and dear to a couple’s heart. And whether it’s with song lyrics, or wedding vows, the words are always so beautiful… and even sometimes funny. It’s a treasure to be able to have such an intimate glimpse into these almost stranger’s lives.

And just recently, after developing a few clear lettering styles, I broke the listing down into 3, and then 4 lettering styles…

Smiling is My Favorite

A fun and bubbly script…

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Why, yes, this next one is in German!! So fun!

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Footloose and Fancy Free

A classic script…

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And even though most want the classic black text on a white background, sometimes we get creative… one idea is white text on black chalkboard.

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A Little Bit of Whimsy

With an uneven baseline, these handcrafted words are whimsical and feminine.

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With Thanksgiving

Another style with an uneven baseline, but a little bit less whimsy. This one is new to the shop, and its definitely my new favorite. The style first came to be after writing a ton of “thanks” gift tags, I liked this new style so much, so I just had to try it out on a few vow prints with some willing customers!

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Hand Lettered Originals

By request, I’ve added original prints as well, without the crutch of editing the final design digitally, these are always a challenge to get right and perfect but I always love them… the look and fill of the imperfections of pen to paper.

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And this is totally brand new, just a couple weeks old, and by my own request to fill a frame in my house, white ink on gritty Kraft wrapping paper! And then right after that, created a black inked print on Kraft cardstock for a friend.

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But of course, I still create the original, all digital typography prints too!

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Client Photos

I really do have the best clients, especially when they send me photos of their prints hung up or on display in their homes!! What an honor!!

With all that to say, these sure do make great gifts. Most of the above are created by the bride for themselves as a momento from the wedding… but quite a few are purchased as anniversary presents to the spouse, or even as a day of the wedding gift! And one was created the week after the wedding, as a wedding present based on the best man’s speech! I thought that was pretty brilliant and may be stealing that idea some day soon.

I’m hoping to one day make more book quotes or bible verse prints… and even prints for baby nurseries! I think that would all be so fun!

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this extra peek behind the scenes at some of my favorite pieces, after all, Etsy only allows for 5 photos! What else am I supposed to do with the rest!