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December 31, 2010

Our xmas cards

I definitely thought I’d post more than once while we’ve been up here in the snow, but well, I don’t know, I suppose I’ve been enjoying time away from the computer. But before the holidays official end, I thought I’d sneak in our xmas cards.

I bought a wooden stamp at a little shop in Culver City on a whim on day and it turned out to be the perfect design element for our cards. I think it’s actually a dove, olive branch and all. How serendipitous! It must be an old fabric stamp or something? It seems like it might have come from India or southeast Asia, but what do I know.

To print using the stamp, I bought a white ink pad from Paper Source. It worked like a charm. And the rest of the card is gocco’d.

The vintage Christmas stamps have been stashed away for a few years, since absolutely binging on vintage stamps when collecting them for our wedding invites. Aren’t they the cutest?

You’ve seen the inside already, but here it is again for good measure.

And then the requisite photo of our most darlingest baby. He just keeps getting more and more delicious.

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! I’m hitting the slopes today for the first time in two years. Pregnancy and babies seriously get in the way of time on the mountain. Not especially looking forward to squeezing myself into my pre-baby snowboarding pants. Ack.

Women should be allowed to purchase an entirely new wardrobe after the birth of their first child. In case anyone was taking suggestions for how the world should work.


  1. Katie said on December 31, 2010

    These are gorgeous! I love love love that stamp!

    Where do you find the vintage stamps? Ebay?

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  3. Anna said on December 31, 2010

    What original Christmas cards! I love them they’re perfect :) Good luck on the slopes and have a happy new year!

  4. Jennifer said on December 31, 2010

    Your cards were stunning!

  5. Desi said on December 31, 2010

    I love the dove. I have some wood stamps and I have always though using them would be a whole production. Maybe I’ll make some Thank You cards soon.

    Happy New Year.

  6. sara said on December 31, 2010

    did you hand address them yourself?
    (in other words, is that your beautiful handwriting?)

    happy new year!
    xo sara

  7. charlane said on December 31, 2010

    love love love that stamp! beautiful cards and of course, gorgeous baby!

  8. Kelsey said on January 1, 2011

    Beautiful! happy new year!

  9. Allison said on January 1, 2011

    They are beautiful! I designed ours, but had them professionally printed. Might have to break out the Gocco again next year. :)

    I have to ask though – what kind of white pen did you use for the envelope?! The only ones I can find are too thick and messy. That one looks crisp and fabulous!

  10. Ros said on January 1, 2011

    Gorgeous as ever, super mama, and I agree with you totally on the post baby wardrobe!

  11. Ros said on January 1, 2011

    PS, don’t get rid of anything til lil cute one is 1yr old, you be back to yourself by then

  12. Helen said on January 1, 2011

    Love the card! What was the shop in Culver City where you picked up the stamp?

  13. Gretchen said on January 2, 2011

    So beautiful!

  14. elizabeth antonia said on January 2, 2011

    i love em. and he is so handsome!! have fun on the mountains. you’ll be snowboarding like crazy in no time!!

  15. Melissa said on January 2, 2011

    oh my…those big baby blues!

  16. jones said on January 3, 2011

    D is definitely delicious. have fun on the mountain!!

  17. Kristina said on January 3, 2011

    Thanks everyone!

    @Katie – ebay is good source for stamps, but a better one is a local stamp shop. Ask for face value vintage stamps. They’re the ones that hold no collector value, but are still plenty cute for mail! We did a post on vintage stamps on 100LC you can check out for other resources. The comments have even more links:

    @Sara – I did address them myself. Thanks!

    @Allison – I use a Gelly Roll white pen. They seem to be the smoothest and least goopy!

    @Ros – I know, but I don’t WANT to wear my old clothes. I am a new person after all!

  18. Deja said on January 3, 2011

    K- Your card was definitely the most beautiful and creative we received! And the picture of Dash! I want to frame it, he looks so cute! You’ve convinced me, we are having a Gocco party for the invites!
    Get ready!!

  19. Caroline C said on January 3, 2011

    I so love your cards! They are perfectly festive! Thanks so much for sharing; you never cease to inspire. Happy 2011

  20. Kendall said on January 5, 2011

    I think the last sentence about a new wardrobe you made should be a rule in the book what to expect the first year baby book!

  21. Alexis said on January 5, 2011

    those are absolutely divine… in love with the postage.

  22. Jillian Clark said on January 6, 2011

    Loved your card!!! And that stamp amazing.

    btw: totally agree that women should be allowed to buy a whole new wardrobe. Not sure when I’ll be able to fit into my jeans again. They’re just collecting dust…urrrr.

  23. Jamie said on January 7, 2011
  24. Kristin @ Contented Me said on January 13, 2011

    those are gorgeous! what a find in that stamp!

  25. bigBANG studio said on January 21, 2011

    K! Just catching up over here and LOVE the card! So, the stamp is most definitely from Rajasthan, India, and it might even be from the village of Bagru. How to I know this, you ask? Because homegirl here has been doing some serious cross-continental textile obsessing and studying here in Inja. I think it’s a traditional motif of a racing pigeon.

    Just throwing that out there.

    And Baby Dash? Getting CUTER, if that’s even possible.

  26. Abby said on January 21, 2011

    I think you really might have the most beautiful baby ever. (And the cards are lovely, too!)

  27. anna muzhaeva said on January 23, 2011

    Very original postcard and stamp! And how do you on the envelopes and place on the postcard printing? Thanks in advance :)

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