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Posts from — June 2009

Free Faux Bois Textures


As you can probably tell, we’re big fans of nature-inspired touches and we can’t seem to get enough of the earthy textures and wood grain feel of faux bois.  So to fellow fans, here’s a great collection of faux bois textures (scanned from real wood plates!) that you can download for FREE, courtesy of Defcon-x. At 720dpi, these hi-res images allow a variety of uses for your design and print projects. Click over to our archives for some faux bois inspirations to get you started!

June 30, 2009   2 Comments

DIY Flower Cones


Lillyella may have originally made them for May Day but these hanging flower cones is sure to delight any time of the year and can be used for any occasion.  I think they’d be especially lovely for weddings or receptions.  Get all the deets and how-to’s here, courtesy of Lillyella.



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June 29, 2009   9 Comments

Reader Share: Wraparound Mailing Labels

Time for some non-damask pretties!  Melissa from A Very Chocolate Wedding shares 2 wonderful sets of envelope wraps she designed and which you can download for, you guessed it, FREE! Yeah, we have the most awesome readers! Scroll down below for the links.  As a reminder, please respect the designer’s copyright— Freeware usually means ‘for personal use only’. Thanks, Melissa!


Set 1: Dot envelope wraps


Set 2: Colorful envelope wraps

June 25, 2009   13 Comments

Design Elements: CSA Images

UPDATE as of June 25, 2009:

As the song goes, some good things never last.  Apparently, CSA has made some changes to their site soon after we’ve published this post. The files are no longer free to download :-(    Apologies for any inconvenience. Please know that they were available for free at the time of our posting. We really do our best to ensure that any download links are valid prior to sharing them with you here in the blog. Hopefully, some of you were able to score a few while they lasted :-) Thanks for your understanding.


Thanks to The Inspired Bride for sharing this great online resource! CSA Images has a wonderful Free File Collection of high resolution tiff files that you could use in designing your wedding stationery, monograms and more. Sign up now (it’s free!) and get access to a bevy of lovely icons, borders, ornaments and patterns. Hooray for free stuff!

June 23, 2009   15 Comments

Summer Is Here!

Aahhh, so excited!  BBQs, summer soirees, warmer weather, road trips, beach excursions, and the abundance of fruits… glorious fruits!  I’m looking for an excuse to par-tay soon just so I could try and sink my teeth into these fruity delights 😉


Cheery paper fruit pouches (with tutorial from Martha)


Cut up your favorite fruits and put them on a skewer!
Fruit kabobs (via Armelle)


Icy vodka, display then drink, hehe
(also via The Martha)


Easy DIY centerpiece idea: Fruits in wooden crate
(via Michelle Rago)


Basket centerpieces and place setting favors
(once again, via The Martha)

How about you guys? What are you excited about this summer?

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June 22, 2009   10 Comments