silver + gold + evergreen

Hi! Got another paper project to share with you...this one is related to the holidays and not weddings:)

One of my readers, Allison (hi, Allie!), got in touch asking if I do other things besides just wedding invites. Of course I answered "For sure!" and then "Thanks so much!". She was wondering if I'd make her and her husband some custom holiday cards. As its just her and him (no kids yet), they don't do the photo card thing (P and I either) and she thought something hand-crafted and unique would be a special way to send warm wishes to their family and friends.

I was super excited to take on this project...I've only done custom wedding paper stuff the last few years, but I've always wanted to branch out into other celebratory life events, babies, birthdays, Christmas! I sincerely want to thank Allison for seeing the potential in my work and trusting me with the opportunity to try something new. Plus, now I've got a brand new internet friend:)P

Allison told me a bit about her holiday style...she loves silver and white with touches of gold, is drawn to snowmen, wreaths and trees, and was looking for something "a bit unexpected and slightly nontraditional, but not too modern". After chatting a bit more, I discovered that Allison and Dan live very close to the shore...he surfs and fishes, she has a side business creating hand-painted nautical infant apparel. It was obvious that the water played a big part in their lives, so why not go for a coastal Christmas?!

After a first round of card concepts, we settled on the idea of sea shell ornaments - in a classic, hanging on the tree, naturally elegant sort of way. A wide border of silver metallic card stock (along with a matching silver metallic envelope) added that holiday shimmer that Allie was looking for. We brought in a touch of seasonal color to the metallic mix by making the tree branch a subtle green.

What do you think? Did we nail a sophisticated nautical Christmas? Would you mind terribly getting this in the mail, with a hand-written note in silver pen from Allie? I sure didn't:)

PS. For some more silver, gold, and green holiday inspiration, go check out this gorgeous holiday dinner soiree photo shoot that Kathryn over at Snippet and Ink posted beautiful!


  1. The card is just beautiful! I love certainly did nail it!

  2. Oh, you're good, the cards are just beautiful!

  3. GORGEOUS! I would love this in my mailbox. All the best, Lori

  4. I absolutely love these! You did such a great job!! I'd love to be able to do something like this.

  5. I love it! What a great Christmas card!

  6. Thanks again Sarah! Like I mentioned to you in previous e-mails, the compliments on the card keep on comin'! It was a pleasure to work with you and I'm already trying to think of some fun new cards we can create to send you think its inappropriate to send Valentine's Day cards to the people on my Christmas List - ha ha ha! Your the best :)

    Take care,

  7. I's say you nailed it. I throw away 99% of Christmas cards- only saving ones that might be good for inspiration later on. I'd definitely save this one!

  8. Thank you soooo much, everyone!! What great encouragement you all are, it is soooo relieving to hear positive things from ladies as talented as you all are. Thanks for making my day...and probably Allison's too:) Plus,she should get some credit, she has good taste!

    Allie - lol at Valentine's Day cards!!! Thank you again:)

  9. Sarah-
    Thanks for your sweet compliment and encouragement!! I glued them on with super glue, applying them with an eyebrow tweezers. It wasn't too bad- I only had to do 23 of them. I think I'm going to ask a few of the guests that I know if the pearls were still intact upon opening. =)

  10. pk @ Room Remix
    You're so talented Sarah! They're BEAUTIFUL! Have a great weekend.

  11. These are so beautiful! Too bad it's to late to have you make me some. Perhaps next year? Your work is always so beautiful.

  12. It's beautiful Sarah! Perfect for a seaside Christmas :)

    Your House tour for Nester was wonderful too! Beautiful pictures too!!

  13. Gorgeous. I love how you personalized the season for them. Cheers, -susan

  14. These are so gorgeous! I love everything coastal and just came to check out your blog from Love Where You Live.


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