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Real Dauphine {Birthday} Chelsea Turns One!

We’re sharing another personal adventure with you today. This one comes from Kendra (our Sales and Marketing Director) and also ties right back in to life here at Dauphine Press so we hope you enjoy these visuals as much as we do!

Just over a  year ago my husband and I welcomed a little girl into this world and our family. Chelsea Grace is now a year old and we recently celebrated with a little lunch at home with family. Pulling the details together was tons of fun — especially with the help of the Dauphine Press design team.

First, I must explain that everything in Chelsea’s world that involves color has been all about one specific palette since before she was born. I was actually inspired by an early proof our our Marinwood trifold save the date. The final design is shown in our Custom Wedding Portfolio II album in our Sunshine and Charcoal letterpress inks, but one of the earlier versions was in a lighter, softer palette. I was about 7 months pregnant at the time and knew we were expecting a girl. I didn’t share this with anyone until after Chelsea was born, but I had my eyes on that version of Marinwood for the perfect baby announcement from the second I saw it.

That same inspiration found its way into her nursery as well. Falling in love with two double faced ribbon swatches here at the office in Bisque and French Vanilla and pairing that with a brighter buttercup yellow and deeper coral, the color palete of Chelsea’s first year was set in stone.

Of course we needed to finish out the year by also using that same color palette for her first birthday party.

My first attempt at a (rustic looking!) layer cake, surrounded by a few homemade organic cupcakes that I topped with flags leftover from the baby shower the girls at the office here threw me last year. Of course they were on board with the color palette from the start! The sugar cookies were made by Chelsea’s super creative Auntie (my sister).

Using fabric remnants from Chelsea’s nursery I created a flag bunting and the Dauphine Press design team created the greeting for me to finish it off.

A close-up of the bunting showing my favorite fabric and one of the letters using our Perla font and secured with a tiny clothes pin.

Just a few more details of Chelsea’s little outfit with a maize bow added, her perfectly precious shoes and a homemade party hat.

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Here’s that sweet dress (and our sweet girl) in action on her special day.

Thanks so much for letting me share. It’s such a wonderful gift to be surrounded by the beauty that is Dauphine Press every single day and I feel so lucky that it spills over in to the rest of my life. Or maybe it’s the otherway around, but either way, I feel especially lucky!

Next up, we will share with you Chelsea’s birth announcement and you can see how simple it was to turn one of our wedding designs into the perfect announcement with just a few customizations.

Sweet Treat from Dauphine Press — 2nd Ink Color Free!

For those of you on our mailing list, you already received these details in your in-box, but we wanted to be sure to spread the love and share the details of our latest promotion and secret recipe here on The Fine Print as well. We are big fans of Valentine’s Day around here so this promotion and our printed Valentine were tons of fun to put together — and even more fun to share!

Dauphine Press Valentine Promo - 2nd color free!

Complimentary 2-color printing on all accessory pieces.
When you order a 2-color invitation or save the date from our Custom Wedding Portfolio,
we will upgrade your 1-color accessory pieces to 2-color for free.

 Offer applies to any order placed on or after February 14, 2012. Order must include a 2-color invitation or save the date. You will be billed for the 2-color invitation/save the date and 1-color accessory pieces to receive complimentary second color on each accessory piece. Second color on accessory pieces will be the same ink color as the invitation/save the date. Offer also valid for 3-color invitation/save the date. Offer ends March 14, 2012.

Please be sure to indicate the promo code: SWEET TREAT

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We added a second ink AND a new colored foil to our Valentine’s card this year.
Don’t forget to hang onto the recipe below to sell this as a fabulous wedding invite!

INKS: Sunshine & Salmon / FOIL: New Reflective Pink Foil
PAPER & ENVELOPES: SAVOY Brilliant White
EMBELLISHMENTS: 7-bar Ainsley Frame #1 die-cut & Ainsley Foil Die #1
MOTIFS: frame-68, banner-04 b,  flourish-30 & heart-01
FONTS: Bodoni Tilted, Pasticceria & Brothers

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Suite Spotlight – Marinwood Letterpress Save the Date

We are very happy to announce a new series of posts we will be doing over the next few months designed to provide you with little sneak peeks into the creation of our new letterpress wedding album, the Dauphine Press Custom Wedding Portfolio II! We’ve had quite a lot of fun pulling inspiration for these wedding designs and we are incredibly excited to see the finished suites rolling off the presses.

Today we present you with the first installment, our Marinwood tri-fold save the date. Below you will see our initial inspiration board and then … a few snapshots of the final product!

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INSPIRATION BOARD CREDITS (clockwise from top): Funny umbrella photography by Robert Sukrachand (via Snippet & Ink ) | Outdoor table photography by Gia Canali Photography (via Style Me Pretty ) | Flowers by Susie Nadler for Flora Grubb (via Style Me Pretty ) | La Versha Chair from Anthropologie | Boutonnières by Naomi DeMañana for Martha Stewart Weddings (via Snippet & Ink ) | Pillow in Imperial Trellis by Kelly Wearstler | Bedding patterns by Rubie Green (via Ruby Press Blog ) | Cake stand by Bauer | Bicycle by Velorbis.

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First sign of spring

We are happy to report a break in the rain today here in Petaluma, California. This afternoon of sunshine has us thinking about the the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings.

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We love the bright and cheerful cake designs on the cover and can’t help but think that the custom save the date we designed below would make a perfect compliment!

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Read more about this design here and in the original feature at Oh So Beautiful Paper!

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