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Monday, December 15, 2008

All I want for Christmas

The Orange Blossom Ink 2009 Calendar has finally arrived!

We are currently taking orders for this fabulous, and fun CD size desk calendar featuring 12 original illustrations themed to each month of the year. Calendars sell for $15.00 each and will be available through our Etsy page or you can direct order by emailing us at designers@orangeblossomink.com. Let us know the quantity and mailing address to where you would like it to be sent, and your beautiful calendar will arrive at your door soon after!

front & back cover



Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year...this calendar says it all and is the perfect gift for anyone!


It's colorful, unique illustrations make any day at the office more enjoyable!


You'll never forget a birthday (or anniversary) again with easy to read numbers!


Certain illustrations may inspire you. Take June for example...you may just feel like jumping on your bike to go fly a kite!


...or what about November? A steaming pumpkin pie can inspire anyone to bake!



Plus, it's the perfect addition to your nightstand. Now when you wake up and groan, "Oh no, it's Monday!" you can rest assured when you realize it's still the weekend, thanks to your fabulous Orange Blossom Ink calendar.

Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 8, 2008

April showers bring May flowers

We have been working hard to get our Orange Blossom Ink 2009 Calendar finished, and now that we are getting so close, we thought it would be fun to give everyone a sneak peek! Our calendar will be available for order through our Etsy site, but for now, you can pre-order by emailing us at orangeblossomink@hotmail.com!


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

It's almost here...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Baby! Baby!

Minted has just opened their latest contest for voting, and we again, are so excited to be apart of it! This time around, The Baby! Baby! Design Challenge was to create a "sophisticated birth announcement for the modern family" using a photograph featured in the design. Minted provided these adorable baby photos for us to use, and we loved the chance to design our first baby announcements!

We have been incredibly grateful for everyone's support throughout all of the competitions, and it is time to vote again! You can click below to head on over to Minted and vote for our two designs.

Click here to vote for "Bouncing Blocks"

Click here to vote for "Welcome to the World"

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Inspiration Field Trip

We've been talking about taking a work field trip for a few weeks, so today we drove downtown to explore stationery stores, paper boutiques and any other hidden treasures north of our regular stomping grounds. Our first stop on the list was Cottage Industry, a cute, contemporary Artist Co-op.
Photo courtesy of Cottage Industry

The shop was attached to Infusion Tea and we had the pleasure of learning all about the different varieties of tea from our "tea connoisseur", Alex. We both enjoyed a cup of steaming hot tea, complete with a tea-steep timer!



After talking to the cashier (a fellow artist with work at Cottage), she gave us some information on leasing space in the store. We pay a set fee to sell our work in the store and would work four hours per week at Cottage Industry. We have an application, so now we need to get our inventory ready, fill it out, and hope the interview goes well! We were so excited at this great Orlando find and had the chance to see some talented local artists' work. For you Florida readers, we highly recommend checking out Cottage Industry and grabbing a cup of tea from Alex. We'll keep everyone posted on the potential store space.

After our tea and inspiration, we drove over to Park Avenue in Winter Park and stopped at a local invitation and stationery boutique, Maureen Hall. It was located in a charming courtyard, right off Park Avenue. Maureen has been at that location for 20 years and in the stationery business for over 30 years! She was a great source of knowledge, with an absolutely adorable store, complete with a cushy couch in the corner.
Maureen's boutique, up the flight of stairs on the right
View into the courtyard
Park Avenue

After a quick stroll down Park Avenue, we headed to Sam Flax to check out their paper selection for upcoming wedding invitations. We stumbled upon this incredible Art-O-Mat. These machines are retired cigarette vending machines used to dispense small works of art. There are currently 82 in the US. The art in this vending machine sold for $5 each. What a great way to collect eclectic pieces of art from all over the country!

Art-O-Mat

Our day ended with a delicious meal from Dexter's in Thornton Park. Who can resist those sweet potato chips? Stay tuned for our next field trip! We're feeling inspired and can't wait to see what happens!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Thank You!

We were so thrilled to find out Friday that we won a runner up spot in the "Quickfire Wedding Menu Design Challenge" for the design below, "Fresh Ink!" Thank you so much to Minted and everyone that showed their support! You can click here to see our work along with all the other amazing winners!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Becca & Brent: Save the Date

We just finished up a bundle of save the dates for Becca & Brent, whose wedding is quickly approaching this spring. Their colors for the wedding are yellow, paired with black and white, and they knew they wanted to have some kind of monogram to use as an mark throughout their wedding. We had a great time working with them, and are excited to get to work on the invitations! Take a look at some of our yellow concepts!




Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Thinking Green

Minted has just posted their latest design competition, The Spring Green Wedding Invitation Challenge. The Invitation design had to center around a theme of spring using only bright shades of green and white. We must admit, this one took a lot of thought! In the end we came up with these two designs. Voting will open soon, so be sure to check back for updates!


On the first day of Christmas

Today Minted launched their Holiday Card Section to the site, and we are extremely excited have our first cards for sale! You can now purchase Partridge in a Pear Tree and A Seasonal Classic on Minted's site and customize them with your photos and holiday greetings! We really have appreciated everyones support throughout all these competitions, and we are so grateful Minted has provided us with the great opportunities!


Click here to see Partridge in a Pear Tree!



Click here to see A Seasonal Classic!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Deck the Halls

We were so excited and flattered when we were approached by Minted to participate in their Holiday Card Commission Program! Minted has launched a Holiday Card selection to their site this fall, and they have added a group of limited edition cards created by select artists. We worked with them on three different concepts for a holiday photo card, and through collaboration came up with this final design! We were asked to create two color ways, and address labels. Visitors to the site will be able to order our design and have it customized with their own photo. Be on the look out for our design this fall!

You can click here to purchase!


A close up of the second color combination available


Below are our initial concepts...


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Quickfire Menu open for Voting!

Voting is now open for the Minted Quickfire Menu. Please click here to vote. We have three designs in this competition and appreciate all your support! There is some great talent in the Minted design community and we're so happy to have the opportunity to showcase our work. Thumbnails of the three designs can be seen below. Look for these when you're voting!



Happy voting!

Monday, September 22, 2008

QuickFire Minted Menu

Wow, do we really love Minted! They have great design competitions that not only let us get some practice in typography and design, but also a chance for some free advertising! At the end of last week they announced a "Quickfire Wedding Menu Design" challenge. A prominent wedding magazine is looking for some new designs for three themed weddings: Spring Garden, Metropolitan Evening and Tropical Destination. The catch was a quick four-day turn around, but hey, it sounded like fun and we work best under pressure! Wedding menus were provided and everything else was free for interpretation and design creativity. Voting should open sometime this week, so we'll keep everyone posted.
Elegant Evening inspired by Metropolitan Evening Wedding


City Chic inspired by Metropolitan Evening Wedding


Fresh Ink inspired by Spring Garden Wedding

Monday, September 15, 2008

It's the holiday season (part two) ...

It's time for another design competition over at Minted! This time Minted is hosting an "Around the World Holiday Card Challenge," asking designers to create a modern, sophisticated holiday card inspired by a specific geographic location of their choice. The photo card needs to allow a Minted customer to upload and incorporate a family photo into the design.

We didn't want to limit ourselves to only Florida (although we did sneak a palm tree into one design!), so we researched other areas of the country, including our stomping grounds of the Midwest. Our designs feature regional icons to bring something fun and different to a typical holiday greeting.

We have really appreciated everyone's support for us over the past few competitions, and voting is now open for the current Holiday Card Challenge. When you have time, please head over to Minted, and look for the designs below. All you have to do is create an account at Minted (it's free!), and then click here to vote. Winners will have their designs sold permanently on the site, and earn a small percentage of all total revenue sold. These competitions are a great way for us to get our name out there, and showcase what we can do! Thank you in advance for supporting our new business!


We used inspiration from the Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, where great rock legends got their start. The studio's signature guitar is displayed outside and is a popular photo spot for tourists. Memphis has a great music heritage and we wanted to showcase it with a holiday twist!


Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee


We used the bright tropical colors from the south as inspiration for a warm holiday greeting. The text has a stamped, letterpress look to it and is topped with a palm tree ornament!


Route 66 stretches across many states and makes its way through different scenery, weather and traditions! We used the classic song and iconic signage as inspiration for this fun holiday card.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

New business cards!

We've had a recent lull in our timeline of other projects, so took the opportunity to refine our logo and create some business cards! We chose our color palette and fonts and went with a vertical layout. We love the fresh and clean look and look forward to creating more collateral. We're working out our website, www.orangeblossomink.com, which will be coming in the near future. In the meantime, please use the contact information listed below:

Orange Blossom Ink
Sarah Matthews & Lisa Badeen
designers@orangeblossomink.com
407-406-4311


We look forward to your business!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Christina & Jim

As promised, here are the final invitations for Christina and Jim's beach wedding. The total package consists of 75 invitations. Each invitation contains a front page with an all-over tonal pattern made up of the wedding information. The second page is the formal invite, followed by an RSVP postcard and a logo back-stamped on the end page. The invitations are held together by a raw-edge, pink belly band and finished with a straw-grass twine and logo tag. The pink envelopes have their logo printed on the back flap. Christina and Jim's logo contains their names and a hibiscus, which is also their wedding flower.

Christina and Jim's final invitation package.


Invitation shown with RSVP postcard.


Invitation put together with printed envelope.


Our first three put together!


Congrats Christina and Jim! Have a beautiful wedding!