Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Ornament Card

At last, I am posting the King's Christmas save-the-date! We had so much fun designing it and loved the way it turned out. What better way to wish someone a special holiday than to be a part of their Christmas tree! Each card can be cut out and hung from the ribbon that is included and tied to a Christmas tree.
- {front card design without ribbon}

{back card design without ribbon}

The back of the card wishes everyone a merry Christmas and also serves as a reminder to save the date for their wedding in July. The text was designed so that when it is cut out, it becomes the backside of the ornament.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hastings Holiday Session

The youngest Hastings member is at such a fun and rambunctious age that Beth decided what better place to do their family pictures than in the park. He is definitely all boy and loved covering his mom and dad in leaves. The photos turned out great and we had so many good ones to choose from for the Christmas card. Here are a few more favorites that we wanted to share with you.
Thank you so much, Hastings family, for giving us the opportunity to photograph and design your Christmas cards!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Oh What Fun!

I've been having some issues with the photos I took of The Kings' Christmas save-the-dates (which is why Beth is the photographer and not me). So, I'm gonna keep you in suspense a little longer on how those turned out.

In the meantime, here are the fun Christmas cards we did for the Hastings family. We hope you like 'em! Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 7, 2009

King E-pics

Here are a few of our favorite from the King's engagement photos. These photos were used for a Save-the-Date Christmas card that I'll post at a later date. So check back soon!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Ribbons have been tied, packages mailed, and we are still busy finishing up our last Christmas card order just in time. I have plenty to show you in December, but I wanted to wait till after Thanksgiving. After all, every holiday deserves its time to shine! Unfortunately we didn't have any orders for Thanksgiving cards or invitations, but I still wanted to share this one by Wiley Valentine. They design beautiful non-photo paper goods that inspire me every day. If you want to see more of what they do and what inspires them, check out their blog.

isnt she cute? makes me want to bake a turkey in my high heels.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!! Please travel safely and be sure to count your blessings.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

a sneak peak

Just wanted to share a little glimpse of what we've been up to.
It's going to be a busy busy weekend!

Friday, November 13, 2009

home sweet texas

"Sometimes right back where you started from is right where you belong."

This quote by Curly Girl Design seemed to fit my life perfectly when I graduated college and moved back to Tulsa. I had never planned on moving back home, but due to the economy and my laziness on finishing my portfolio, home is right where I ended up... and exactly where I belong after all. This same quote came to me again when a college friend, Jennifer, asked us to do her moving announcements. Originally from Texas, she was finally returning to her home state after accomplishing veterinary school in Oklahoma and an internship in Arizona. When I thought of Jennifer I thought of her boots and horses and all things Texas that she missed so much. I wanted these announcements to reflect her personality and have a western feel. The map shows her journey from Oklahoma to Arizona and back to Texas... where she belongs.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

oh, baby!

custom tattoo inspired baby announcement.
I think it turned out sorta Ed Hardy-esque. Only cuter.

ps. notice this baby isn't even born yet? we get way ahead of ourselves sometimes. ;)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

a Bunch of love.

This past month SwellMail had a very special order from one of my best friends. Kacy has been a very important person in my life since 6th grade, so I was tickled pink that she asked us to create her marriage announcements/invitations! Josh and Kacy Bunch were married on October 10th and celebrated their 10th year together. Wow! Congrats guys! They wanted the invites to be casual and fun to reflect their personality and to also have a 'handmade' feel. We left the front fairly simple with a big photo to show off their beautiful faces. Then we hand-stamped a swirly pattern over the corner of the photo. We also used an ordinary office stamp to stamp on the date of the reception on the back. Kraft paper envelopes and custom labels helped the whole design come together. Thank you so much Kacy for allowing us to be a part of your special celebration. We had so much fun doing the photo session and going through the whole design process with you!

Attention facebook fans!! Over the next couple weeks I'm going to be posting our previous work that is already being enjoyed by those friends of ours on facebook. So please stick with me and I promise we will have new designs to show off just in time for the holidays. If you're not already a facebook fan... then what the heck are you waitin for?! Also, I'm still trying to figure out this whole blogging thing, so forgive me for any mistakes and those teeny tiny pictures I posted before. I think i have the photo uploading figured out for now. But no promises people...

update .... apparently i am still having trouble with image sizes. i will be messing with the layout throughout the day so if you can't see the post or some of the images, i apologize and will get it fixed asap. if you have a minute, leave a comment and let me know if you can see the images or if they are cut off. thanks!


Wednesday, November 4, 2009


how 'bout a nice refreshing glass of iced tea?
we have everything you need...

a lemon.
some sweet-n-low. (we're watching our figures around here.)
and a tea bag. duh.

(sock monkey not included)

A special thanks goes out to Nate who is always a good sport and puts up with all the crazy ideas and shenanigans that Beth and I come up with. But mostly Beth.

Nate, thanks for always keeping a smile on your face and for letting me draw yellow dots on your cheeks. When life hands you lemons, you always make lemonade... or tea.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

i love you like...

Good morning swellmailers! I hope everyone survived the weekend and gots lots of yummy candy :) I just wanted to share a little notecard with you that we designed for our friend, Amanda. Isn't is cute?! Come back soon, I'm posting pics of mine and Beth's creative last minute Halloween costumes!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

happy fall y'all!

the leaves have turned to pretty fall shades, pumpkins occupy every porch on my street, and the holidays are quickly approaching! fall is my favorite time of year and always puts a smile on my face. i just wanted to wish everyone a fun and safe halloween and let you know that our photo sessions are completely booked until next year! wow! we are so blessed to be busy with our creative passions, but are regretful that we cant help more people with holiday photos this season. please start thinking about those birthdays and events that are coming up in 2010! we look forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Happy Thursday! I just wanted to share a charming little site with you. Being a huge fan of fonts, I've grown quite fond of typographer and illustrator Jessica Hische. She has recently started the Daily Drop Cap which features a new letter every day! Hooray!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

sweet treasure.

This past summer SwellMail had tons of fun designing pirate themed invitations and announcements for the Barks family. After Charlee Kay's arrival, Beth photographed her in a treasure chest complete with jewels and a cute striped head scarf. Adorable!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

abigail's big day.

custom printed birthday invites with banner sewn on.


drum roll please....

Hi loveys!
After months of designing and test printing and cutting and re-printing, we have finally worked out (most of) the kinks and are excited to start blogging about SwellMail! We have a lot to show for our hard work over the past months from birthdays to babies, new homes, weddings, and more! This month we are concentrating on several Christmas ideas. Beth has been crazy busy with photo sessions, so if you're wanting to schedule some family pics then you better get your rear in gear and call her! I've been finishing up some shower invitations and am eager to start on card designs for the holidays. If you are interested in ordering custom invitations or cards for any occasion or if you have any questions regarding SwellMail, please let us know. you can reach us by email at

Also, keep an eye out for future posts that will include our past work, some of Beth's photography, some cool stuff we design just for fun, and all kinds of creative things that make us happy.

Happy Fall!