March 18, 2014

If you are getting married this year, it’s Save the Date time! Don’t overlook this special detail, mailing Save the Date invitations is something you won’t regret! Ann’s Bridal Bargains has just released brand new ‘photo’ designs for 2014 and today we are sharing our favorites and a discount code below. Right now you can get 100 of these babies for less than $100, so they clearly won’t break your budget. Just imagine the look on your guests’ faces when they crack open that envelope and see your sweet faces. Your Save the Date sets the tone for the biggest day of your life and gets your friends and family pumped to celebrate with you!

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What should be included on a Save the Date invitation? 

  • your names
  • the date 
  • the phrase ‘save the date’
  • the phrase ‘formal invitation to follow’ (so they know to expect it)
  • *city (optional; so your guests can make appropriate plans ahead of time, but necessary for destination weddings)
  • your wedding website for more information

Check out Ann’s Bridal Bargains new ‘rustic‘ and ‘typography‘ inspired designs, which are all customizable online! Add a photo, choose your color and create your own unique wording. Looking for a magnet? No problem; most of their designs can be printed on magnet stock! 

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Today we are sharing a special offer for Something Turquoise readers!!! Get an extra 15% off your wedding invitation or save the date order with code SOMETURQ15. That’s a deal on top of a bargain! Offer valid through 6/30/2014.

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Visit AnnsBridalBargains.com today to customize your Save the Dates!

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March 14, 2014

If you’re getting married this year… it’s definitely time to start working on your Save the Date invitations. So here, I’m sharing an easy, unique and handmade way to get the word out! Hand stamping these simple cards with bold type and your wedding colors creates a personalized look that won’t break the bank… 

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SUPPLIES: 

  • Martha Stewart Crafts acrylic craft paint
  • Martha Stewart Crafts mini paint roller
  • small paint brush
  • clear rubber alphabet stamps
  • clear stamp block
  • cardstock + envelopes (ours are A9 size)

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Save the Date Card Download:  { 1 per sheet }   {2 per sheet}

Download and print our FREE simple design above onto your choice of cardstock – or design your own! We’ve given you two options for the download: One, you can print the design onto the correct size paper which is 5.5″ x 8.5″, pushing your home printer guides to the middle against the smaller paper – Two, you can print two designs on one sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock and cut the sheet in half to make two cards.

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We are going to be using clear rubber stamps and craft paint to hand-stamp these Sate the Dates. ***ps. forgive my very seasoned stamps… they are old and I just love them!

Place your alphabet rubber stamps onto the clear block base, check and make sure they are properly aligned – and then squirt out your first color of paint… 

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Using the mini-paint roller, apply a coat of paint across your rubber stamps. Here I am using, MSC craft paints in Pollen, Wild Salmon and Pink Dahlia – aren’t they fab!

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Then center on your invitation and stamp! Remove carefully.

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Do all your cards at one time and let them dry for about 30 minutes.

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Onto the next phrase… the date! Same steps, apply the alphabet stamps, roll on a layer of paint, stamp and let dry.

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Remove carefully to reveal your lovely design…

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Onto the next. This font didn’t have enough letters to make ‘Save the Date!’ so I had to do the ‘Save the’ and ‘Date!’ separate. 

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If there are any places missing within the stamp, simply go over it with a tiny paint brush.

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I think these Save the Dates are just perfect for the DIY bride + groom!

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Add a little embellishment to your envelopes in the form of your initials! To do a mix of two colors, squeeze out two lines of paint about 1/2″ away from each other…

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Evenly roll the paint roller in both colors and apply to your stamps.

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Stamp the back flap of each envelope.

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I’m obsessing over this two-toned paint look! **In fact I made up a few extra for myself just because they looked so pretty! 

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Did you really think we could go without making a turquoise version?!? …there are so many color combinations within the MSC paint, which shades will you choose?

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As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 Photography // DIY tutorial and FREE download by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Martha Stewart Crafts paint (pollen, wild salmon, pink dahlia, pea shoot, beach glass, and blue sky), paint brushes, MSC clear rubber stamps (that I’ve had forever): Editors at Martha Stewart Living // A9 note cards and envelopes in Superfine White, Eco White, Paper Bag and Gravel: Paper-Source // nail polish: OPI – DS Reflection

January 7, 2014

OMG. We are beyond excited to share today’s project with you!!! Almost two years ago we shared our original DIY Instagram Save-the-Date Invitations and they have been such an outrageous success that we decided to revamp them – so here they are, the DIY Instagram Save-the-Dates #2! Of course the designs are FREE to download below… happy crafting!

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First you will need to make your stickers! Which means that you need to Instagram a picture of you and your honey, possibly holding something cute like the heart below, your date, or maybe even one of your engagement photos! Then create an account with the amazing Printstagram and order the sticker books below, only $10 for 252 stickers!!!
It can take between two and three weeks to get your stickers in the mail.

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Yeah!!!! Aren’t the stickers just super cute!!! You can use these for all kinds of different wedding fun. Cut the little stickers into strips of two, I think two is better than one because your friends might have multiple calendars…

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SUPPLIES:

  • FREE design downloads below
  • cover weight 8.5″ x 11″ {cardstock} paper from Paper Source for the invitation itself
  • text weight 8.5 x 11″ paper from Paper Source for the sticker cards
  • A6 size envelopes from Paper Source
  • Sticky Thumb adhesive runner
  • paper trimmer
  • scissors
  • red pen
  • ..and of course the darling stickers above!

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/////     FREE Design Downloads     /////

Download and print each of the invitation designs below at home or at your local print shop.

Save-the-Date 2014   //   Save-the-Date 2015   //   Save-the-Date 2016   //   Sticker Cards

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Cut your invitation cards down to size… the measurements are printed on the design.

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Cut your sticker cards down to size… the measurements are printed on the design.

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Next apply adhesive to the backside of each sticker and place onto the sticker card…

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Then apply adhesive to the backside of each sticker card and place onto the invitation…

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Using a red pen (or any color you’d like) mark your month and date!

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That’s all there is to it, aren’t they just adorable?!? And so functional…

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Now your guests can mark their calendars with these darling stickers and Save Your Date!

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As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 // DIY and invitation design: Jen | Something Turquoise // stickers: Printstagram using an Instagram-ed image // large wall calendar, 8.5 x 11 cover weight paper in Paper Bag, 8.5 x 11 text weight paper in Chartreuse, A6 envelopes in Curry, decorative bracket labels in Chartreuse, envelope liner in Paper Bag: Paper-Source // free font used: Mensch via LostType.com // Sticky Thumb adhesive runner: We R Memory Keepers // Martha Stewart Crafts scissors and Fiskars Paper Trimmer: Michaels // nail polish: Essie – Turquoise & Caicos

November 14, 2013

We have some very exciting news to share today!!! The last NotWedding of the season is in less than two weeks, at the beautiful Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Cape Cod, MA and Something Turquoise will be there!!! We are making a few little DIY projects for the event (one of which we are sharing tomorrow!) and we’ll be taking over The NotWedding’s social media for the night! Here at ST, The NotWedding is by far our favorite of all bridal shows… if you haven’t heard of it yet you need to check it out! Cape Cod here we come!!!

Complete with dinner and drinks, an emotional ceremony and a dance-party reception, The NotWedding has become a killer alternative to a bridal show. The hand-selected vendors perform their services as they would at a real wedding, and the “wedding guests” get to hear the music, taste the cakes, and smell the flowers… while enjoying a night of great food, dancing and surprises, leaving brides-to-be saying “I want my wedding to be just like that!”. For brides and grooms, the event serves as a source of inspiration, a resource in finding trusted wedding vendors and an emotional reminder to plan for what comes after the wedding: a marriage! 

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Jamie of Cape Cod Celebrations coordinated and designed the following ‘Save the Date’ shoot with Chris and Peyton (our Cape couple!) featuring some of the fantastic Cape Cod vendors… aren’t they just darling!!! Each NotWedding couple is already married and are simply renewing their vows.

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I wish I could tell you to go buy tickets for the fabulous Cape Cod event but it’s SOLD OUT! However, I am very excited to tell you that they already have next years schedule and there are plans for 21 events all across the country, check it out! 

The Not Wedding

For more information please visit www.thenotwedding.com

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Photography: Shoreshotz Photography // Videography: Harborview Studios // Design: Jamie Bohlin of Cape Cod Celebrations // Florals: Designers Touch // Stationery: Dulce Press // Furniture: True North Events // Hair & Makeup: Lisa George

October 1, 2013

“Tyler and Amanda may just be the most adorable couple I have ever met. I had the most fabulous time photographing their engagement session around Amanda’s family farm. We toured through the wheat fields, between hay bails and overlooked a magical canyon… this was on just one piece of property that means so much to the beautiful bride-to-be. It was the perfect night with the perfect couple.” – Lindsay Nickel Photography

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“I always assumed my cousin would shoot my wedding, but after his wife became pregnant early this year he stopped doing wedding photography. I was referred to a number of other photographers but Tyler and I had a strict budget and all of them were either too expensive or we didn’t like their style. So I Googled photographers in our area and that’s when I came across Lindsay. We looked through her portfolio and loved her photos! When we sat down with her a few weeks later to discuss our wedding we absolutely fell in love with her too! She has such a bubbly personality and seemed genuinely thrilled to be our photographer. We were so pleased to have her shoot our engagement photos and are even more excited about her capturing our wedding next June!

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..Yes! To stick with our budget we are making all of our table centerpieces. I gathered small bundles of sticks and dead branches and spray painted them black. Then I fastened these adorable little red rosettes to all the branches. We will insert the bundles into tall vases with red glass rocks at the bottom. Going flowerless will really save us a lot of money and the bundles are actually quite beautiful! We are also printing our own invitations using ready-to-assemble kits from Michael’s… and we are putting together the flower bundles for the church pew decorations…

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..I’m looking forward to seeing all the centerpieces and other decorations come together on the day of our wedding. I have an idea of what everything will look like but I won’t get to see it all until the big day. I’m also super excited about my dress. I already said yes to my dress (a drop waist gown from DB!) but I’m going to do a few unique alterations so that it’s truly one-of-a-kind. I won’t give away too many details just in case my fiancé reads this, but I will say that black lace is not out of the question. I’ve got lots of ideas and I can’t wait to see how it all comes together!” – Amanda, the bride-to-be

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