free personalization on holiday tags through 8/31!

hi friends!

hope you all had a wonderful summer!!  ours went by fast and also crawled…i feel like summers have a way of doing that :)  i honestly cannot believe it is nearly time to start thinking about CHRISTMAS THINGS!  crazy.  i am working on some super cute new designs, and will have everything loaded up soon!  i don’t know if i ever formally announced it here, i think i just mentioned it on instagram and facebook (both @ or /calliespondence if you want to follow, i am able to be a bit more active there)…but i am not taking deposits / a limited number of spots for early bird specials this year.  WHAT?!  that’s right, YOU can be an early bird!  in fact, anyone can — anyone that can get me their photograph and card design ready to go by october 20, that is!  so book your photogs and get your outfits ready.  25 free cards await!

however, in the meantime…  our free holiday tag personalization time of year is HERE!  it runs through august, so be sure to place your orders by wednesday, august 31.  here’s what you do: check out with any of the listings on etsy for the BLANK holiday tags (section is here).  pricing is $1/per tag — and you can have them personalized for FREE!  usual price for that is $1.50/per tag, so it is quite a good deal.  include your name(s) in the “notes to seller” box when you check out — i’ll send them to print and ship them to you in september.  fun, huh?  you can be “that” person who is soooo on top of things for the (always nutty) holiday season!  or, buy holiday gifts for friends and teachers ahead of time.  i should add that all of the tags read “xoxo,” — but you may put whatever you like.  i’ve done “warmly,” “from,” “love,” or just nothing besides the name.  just let me know what you’d like and i’ll make it happen!

here’s a closer look at the tags — seeing them makes me want a gingerbread spice latte.

NEW this year: “merry everything” confetti tags.

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gold on cream “merry christmas.”

gold on cream

green on white “merry christmas.”

(available with the red velvet ribbon here.)

green with red velvet 1

red on kraft “merry christmas.”

(available with red/cream cotton ribbon here.)

kraft with red stripe 2

last but not least, red on cream “merry christmas.”

red on creamyay!  speaking of bargains, i just added these cute calling cards to the sale section — they are half off!  a set of 30 is only $15.  only a handful of sets available, so get ’em quick.

il_570xN.711307087_jmn6alright… i leave you to your holiday preparedness, right after you return from your trip to the pool. ;)

back soon — preschool starts tomorrow so probability of blog posts is at an all-time high!


black friday tag sale!

hello friends!

i trust you all had a good thanksgiving…we had a good and very thankful one.  and now, it’s nice that the rest of the world will catch up with me, in having Christmas officially on the brain!!  sort of feel like i’ve been drinking from red starbucks cups and feeling jolly for months now :)  christmas card season is in full swing and it’s always so fun.  i LOVE the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and helping you all get your cards ready to go out and greet the world!

but first — BLACK FRIDAY.  and its new indie companion, SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY.  i’ve never done any promotion for either, and i think it’s high time i get in on the fun.  so, today and all of tomorrow (until 11:59 p.m. on 11/28/2015), enjoy 40% off on our gold foil cheers tags!!!  use code CHEERS upon check out in the etsy shop (all gold foil tags located here).  you may not have met our new lady, light pink

light pink gift

i did a small run of these a while back, and loved them so much i hoarded them for myself mostly!  but now, they are available to the masses.  so go forth and give sweet, girlie gifts.

also new, a multi-colored pack of 20 tags!  there are 4 each of our 5 colors — turquoise, white, green, red and light pink.  perfect for year round gift giving!  we’ve had many requests for a multi-pack and here it is.

gold foil multipackoh!  i should add that all orders $50 and over will receive a free spool of coordinating ribbon (i’ll pick something cute to go with what you purchased).  i’m headed back into my black hole until mid-december when the holiday rush dies down…  happy Christmas & mailbox season until then!!


free personalization on “merry christmas” tags until 9/30

hello there!!

i have been busy getting my holiday card ducks in a row, and am so excited to debut the new designs very soon!!  in the meantime, i’m offering free personalization on all “merry christmas” tags – check out all of the designs in the etsy shop here!  i’m selling them either in sets of 24, or in sets of 12 with ribbon.

green with red velvet 1

gold on cream

kraft with red stripe 3

red on cream

for the personalization, i typically put “the xxx family” or first names underneath the “xoxo” in the small all caps font.  they look cute tied onto any gift and you can feel so ahead of the holiday gift-giving game having them all ready to go :)  only valid on orders placed through 9/30, so act fast!

also, there is just one more set of these cute woodland sale notecards up for grabs… i love these for little boys.

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back soon with holiday cards and some exciting news!!!


shop happenings (including early bird holiday card special!)


have y’all had a good summer??  we sure have – but i just can’t believe it’s coming to an end?!  so wild.  i’m planning on doing a summer tidbits post to share what we’ve been up to, but in the meantime, wanted to let you know about some shop happenings!

we just launched our new “happy birthday” tags – right now, they are available in hot pink, navy, aqua and green (not pictured yet).  they can be blank or personalized, and look so cute on a present or gift bag!  i like these because they can be used for both adults and children.  love a multi-purpose item!  i’m doing a giveaway for a set of 24 personalized “happy birthday” tags in ink color of your choice on the facebook page right now!  go leave a comment before midnight on sunday, 8/16/2016, to be eligible.  i’ll announce the winner monday morning, 8/17/2015!  if you lose…they are available for purchase in the tag section of the etsy shop.

ALL birthday tags

also, it’s time to get the wheels turning on holiday cards!  crazy, right?  i mean it’s 90 degrees outside…but i like to give y’all some advance notice for early bird so you can book your photo session accordingly!  like last year, i am only accepting 25 early bird orders, and have a handful still available.  email me at to nab your spot!  same deal as usual: put down a $100 deposit, email me prior to 10/31/2015 with your photograph and card selection, and receive 25 free cards included in your order.  it’s a good deal!  i’ll be adding the new card designs in september, so you will have a bunch of fun new designs to choose from.  man, all of this holiday card talk is making me want a gingerbread spice latte.

photo-202 copylastly, i hope y’all are loving our monthly sale notecard program – i am having fun designing them and passing along a good bargain!  august’s is listed here – the bamboo pattern and pink/green made me think of hot summer temps and palm beach style…

august 2015 hot pink and green

we’ll do TWO sale notecard designs for september – get excited!!  i won’t be able to do the monthly sale notecards in october, november or december due to holiday card volume, so hopefully those can hold you over until january!

but for now…  we’ll hit the pool.


monthly sale notecards announcement!

hi friends!

hope all of your summers are off to a swinging start!  ours began with a bang: preschool graduation, a beach trip, a fun week of VBS and a little boy turning SIX.  how in the world that is possible, i don’t even know.  i’m hoping to do a separate post on his birthday party soon, and also some really fun party & wedding posts, so stay tuned!!

but today, i’m here to tell you about something new that i’m doing – introducing a monthly sale notecard!  you see, i have SO VERY MANY envelope liners here in the worldwide HQ.  way too many.  in order to clear out some liner patterns that i had low inventory on or that had been discontinued, i had a mini-cleanout sale back in may.  it was great fun, and i love being able to give people a bargain!!  i sold sets of 12 personalized notecards with lined envelopes for $18 – half price, and also in a quantity that is perfect for gifts that i usually don’t offer.  after it was over, i thought – why not do this on a monthly basis with a different notecard each month?  this way, there is always a lower priced option for people, and also a great gift idea for teachers, friends, what have you.  they will be different from month to month; sometimes they’ll be for women and girls, sometimes for little boys…  you’ll just have to wait and see. :)

the monthly sale notecard for june is now live in the etsy shop!  i love these for girls of any age.  the notecards feature a pink name with an aqua heart, paired with an aqua envelope and fun pink/white geometric patterned liner that i’ve always loved.  you can purchase them here, and if you’d like more than 12, you can order as many sets as you wish at that price! this will be up until june 30th, so get your order in while supplies last.

aqua and pink heart 1

aqua and pink heart 2happy bargain shopping, pals.



greetings friends!

i come to you today with somewhat crazy news.  first of all, i am well aware that it is JUNE…  but i’ve been getting lots of inquiries for holiday cards as of late.  people are wondering if i’m doing them, and YES!  i will be.  baby #3 is scheduled to arrive in late october, so i have had to make some slight changes to my early bird special.  only two though!  the rest will remain the same…you will receive 25 free cards with your order with a $100 deposit.  they are 25 more cards of exactly what you ordered – so if you order 100 flat printed holiday cards with lined envelopes, you will receive 125 flat printed holiday cards with lined envelopes.  here are the stipulations:

1) in order to be an early bird, i must have your photograph by october 15th!  this is the main reason i am releasing this information so early…so you can make arrangements if you do want to take advantage of the great deal!

2) i can only take 25 early bird orders this year.  as of right now, i have a handful of spots remaining, so email me ( if you want to nab your spot!!

not to worry if you don’t get a spot in the early bird queue – you can relax and send me your photo / place your order anytime you please.  new designs for 2014 (including some brand new calligraphy options!) along with liner options and pricing will be available towards the end of the summer.  remember in order to place an early bird order, all you need is a $100 deposit – you can decide on everything else later!

i can’t wait to show you some of the cards i did last year.  here is a quick sneak peek at just a couple :)

margaret‘s card – she has good taste in interiors AND paper…  “merry christmas” design from the calligraphy collection and silver foil stamped card on ultra thick 220 lb. crane lettra stock with new “natural shimmer” liner. (photograph by laura negri photography.) foil stamped holiday card

silver foil calligraphy merry christmaslove this #10 card with the twine detail (a perennial fave!). merry merry merry cover

holiday card with twine detail

so much fun visiting these old friends – much more to come!!


all about holiday cards + early bird special!

i truly cannot believe it’s already time to talk about holiday cards.  i feel like i was just at the pool yesterday (i swear i was…?) and haven’t even had the chance to duly break in some of my new summer frocks yet.  but alas…here i am, pumpkin spice latte in hand, planning my holiday card photo outfits!  so – i’m excited to let you know that all of the 2013 holiday card info can be found HERE.  most of the new designs are up on the website (HERE), save for a couple of holiday birth announcement designs and our BRAND NEW collection which i am uber stoked to unveil later this week!  you pop up shop attendees already know what i’m talking about :)

changes from last year if you’re a regular around these parts:  there will be no thermography option, just letterpress and flat printing.  what’s not different is the pricing – take that, inflation!  we have lots of new liners to choose from, which i am so thrilled to show you!  i weeded out a lot of the ones i wasn’t crazy about and found patterns that i just adore.

there’s also a new image on the website home page:


that’s right!  we’re bringing back our old favorite early bird special, and it will run through the end of the month.  if you place your order by loosely telling us what you’d like for your holiday card (we won’t hold you to it – it can be fluid!  plus, you do not need your photograph to place an order.) and putting down a $100 deposit to hold your spot by september 30th, you’ll receive 25 free cards!  that means if you placed an order for 100 flat printed cards with “real” photographs and lined envelopes, you’ll receive 125 flat printed cards with “real” photographs and lined envelopes.  yahoo!  it’s a good thing as ‘ol martha would say.

and, for those of you who place orders that total over $450, you’ll receive a free return address stamp + pad!  we have a few different options coming down the pipeline so you can take your pick.

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OR we could do custom matching return address labels too if you prefer (we will coordinate design with your card).  we are flexible!

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also, i should let you know that i am taking on EXTREMELY limited custom orders for non-holiday items during holiday card season (sept. 1 through dec. 20).  in years prior, i have taken on too much, and i’ve realized i just can’t do that for the sake of many things (sanity, kids, sleep, you know).  the etsy shop will remain open though with several invitations, notecard sets and such to tide you over!   and if you get into a bind, send us an email – we may have the perfect invitation already designed that we could easily suit you up with.

if you’d like to take advantage of the early bird special, you can let us know either via email ( or via the website contact page.  it all goes to the same place :)

so looking forward to helping you send your yuletide greetings this year!


TAG SALE: 50% off notecard sets, gift tags & holiday

wheeee! day 2 of the tag sale event.  we sold out yesterday, and i am so glad several of you could get little paper treats.

and now for the notecard sets, gift tags and holiday items!!!  everybody remember what the protocol is from yesterday…

– if you see an item that you like and that does not have SOLD next to it, email me at to claim it.  please refer to the item letter when you’re placing your order if you don’t mind.

– include your preferred paypal email address, and i will send you an invoice.  shipping is $2 per item, but it will top out at $6.

– once your paypal invoice is taken care of, i’ll ship your parcels off to you!

here we go.  since all of the other items are gonzo, i’ll use the letters again.

ITEM A: set of 10 “thanks so much” notecards with rounded corners and lined white envelopes.

quantity available : 1x with the pink/red suzani pattern liner.  the pink/red peacock feather liner is SOLD OUT.

regular price: $25/per set – tag sale price: $12.50/per set

*item A

ITEM B: set of 10 “thanks for being so sweet” notecards with rounded corners and pink envelopes lined with s&g’s cupcake pattern.

quantity available: SOLD OUT

regular price: $25/per set – tag sale price: $12.50/per set

*item BITEM C: set of 10 “thank you” corner script notecards with cream envelopes lined with reindeer pattern.  these are perfect for a quick thank you note for a holiday dinner party, goodies from your neighbor or to tie on with with holiday teacher gifts!

quantity available: 2x

regular price: $25/per set – tag sale price: $12.50/per set

*item CITEM D: set of 10 “thank you” corner script notecards with cream envelopes lined with candy cane pattern. these are perfect for a quick thank you note for a holiday dinner party, goodies from your neighbor or to tie on with with holiday teacher gifts!

quantity available: 3x

regular price: $25/per set – tag sale price: $12.50/per set

*item DITEM E: set of 9 petite foldover (2.5″ x 3.5″ when folded) gift enclosures

quantity available: 1x

regular price: $12 – tag sale price: $6

*item EITEM F: set of 8 petite foldover (2.5″ x 3.5″ when folded) gift enclosures with kraft paper envelopes

quantity available: SOLD OUT

regular price: $12 – tag sale price: $6

*item FITEM G: set of 8 large (4″ x 5″) adhesive shipping labels

quantity available: 1x

regular price: $8 – tag sale price: $4

*item GITEM H: set of 8 small adhesive “merry christmas” gift tags


regular price: $5 – tag sale price: $2.50

*item HITEM I:  set of 8 small adhesive “tis the season” gift tags


regular price: $5 – tag sale price: $2.50

*item IITEM J: set of 8 adhesive “merry christmas” gift tags and 5 “tis the season” gift tags


regular price: $8 – tag sale price: $4

*item JITEM K:  set of 12 small reindeer gift tags


regular price: $8 – tag sale price: $4

*item KITEM L:  set of 12 small snowflake gift tags


regular price: $8 – tag sale price: $4

*item LITEM M:  set of 12 red/grey chevron small gift tags


regular price: $8 – tag sale price: $4

*item MITEM N:  set of 12 green/brown chevron small gift tags


regular price: $8 – tag sale price: $4

*item NITEM O: grab bag gift tag set!!!  1x snowflake, 5x reindeer, 5x green/brown chevron, 6x red/grey chevron (3x with red satin ribbon!)


tag sale price: $6

*item OITEM P: set of 4x red greek key large gift tags and 4x green greek key large gift tags (these are perfect for a bottle of wine or sweet treats!)


regular price: $8 – tag sale price: $4

*item PITEM Q: set of 4x brown “cheers” large tags, 2x kraft paper “cheers” large tags and 4x burgundy “cheers” large tags (these are perfect for a bottle of wine or sweet treats!)

quantity available: SOLD OUT

regular price: $10 – tag sale price: $5

*item Qcheers and thank you for shopping the calliespondence tag sale!!


tag sale announcement & oscars

tag sale time

some very exciting news to report….we’re having a TAG SALE tomorrow!!!!  it will be a two-day event.  tomorrow (tuesday, 2/26) will be a bits and pieces sale – all under 10 quantity sets of notecards.  then wednesday (2/27) will be a gift tag and holiday clean out sale.  YAHOO!!  i had never really thought to do one of these before, but i just cannot stand seeing things go to waste and, well, we need to make some room for new things around here.  so YOU will reap the benefits of our pre-spring cleaning!  i’ll post the blog with all of the items at 1:00 p.m. EST both days.  you can email me at with the items you want – first come, first served!  i’ll send you a paypal invoice and once you take care of it, i’ll put your items in the mail to you.  shipping is $2.00 per item.  i mean, what a DEAL!  and you know how i feel about a deal.  i can’t wait!

in other news, did you watch the oscars last night?  i always love the oscars.  i have to admit, i had NO idea who the host was until he walked out on stage (and not even then, actually).  before the show, i thought it was:

110128mag-JesseTyle-Ferguson1(i am one of the 9 people on the planet who do not watch modern family)

but then sometimes i thought, maybe it’s this guy.

seth-meyers-photosand then when he walked out, i was like, “oh casey affleck?  i was so off!”

casey-affleck-westwood-premiere-miramax-films-gone-baby-970452350but i have to say, i was so impressed with seth mcfarlane!  i know he got some pans, but i guess my standards aren’t that high for a host.  if you’re relatively cute and make me laugh, i like you.  i thought his intro bit was hilarious (the sock puppet reenactment of ‘the flight?’ the boob song?), could not BELIEVE that he could also sing and dance (and well at that?!) and loved his and kristen chenoweth’s “here’s to the losers” at the very end.  sure, he had a few off color jokes but don’t they all?  plus, an added bonus, rbb loves ‘the family guy’ so he even watched for a little while alongside me – unprecedented.

my favorite looks of the night – amy adams for sure.  just so feminine and lovely.  jessica chastain, you FINALLY got it right!  i have not been able to figure out why an “it” girl like her has not been able to land a decent stylist.  but the hair was working with the dress and the red lip just tied it all together.

9005127_600x338i am still wondering why anne hathaway wore my 1996 prom dress to the oscars – especially when she was picked to (and did) win.  i am going to track down a photo and do a side by side.  it’s uncanny.

59814_1naomi’s hair was EN FUEGO.  i was obsessed.  dress, take or leave it.  but the hair!

naomi_watts_oscars_hair_jeff_kravitzfilmmagic_18ilh2u-18ilhbkbest speech: ben affleck.  i had to stay up late to see it, but it was so worth it.  he and jen are the cutest and i totally teared up when he was talking about her, and then when his voice went out at the end when he said his kids’ names.  so sweet.

Ben Afflecksee you tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. for the TAG SALE!!!


3 more days for 25 free holiday cards

just a reminder, you have 3 more days to be an early bird this holiday season!!!  ends friday night, october 5th, at 11:59 p.m. and the deal is…you get 25 free cards if you place your order (i.e. email me or shoot a note via the “contact” page on the website) and take care of a $100 deposit (payable by check or paypal) that gets applied to your final balance.  more info on holiday cards and process HERE.  and this deal doesn’t end on october 5th, but if your order is $350+, you get free custom return address labels!  free stuff is the best.


thanks to all of my early birds who have already placed their order and gotten themselves in the queue!  i am sooooooo excited about the holiday cards i have on deck for this year.  i absolutely love working with people on their holiday cards.  i mean, helping to spread holiday cheer?  you can hardly call this “work.”  and y’all, i am actually going to get my own family’s done in a timely fashion this year.  i typically do ours last and they go out in the mail on december 23rd.  no no – i am following my own edict of starting early!  we’ll see if i can pull it off…