INSPIRE :: Alyssa & Seth's wedding stationery

In October 2010 we started working with Sky Blue Events in Baltimore and their bride Alyssa, for her wedding save the date based from our Padma design. Not long after we were delighted to start their wedding invitation suite. Sky Blue Events specializes in wedding and event design and helped plan all the details for this wedding for over a year. Both the retailer and the bride were an absolute joy to work with!

Alyssa and Seth's wedding is featured on the blog All Things Lovely. It is always rewarding to see how our brides use their wedding stationery to direct the look of their entire event. From the groom's tie, to the flowers, to the table cards - this wedding was stunning. We would like to send a warm thank you to Sky Blue Events as well as Alyssa and Seth for giving us the privilege to work with you both!

To see the wedding album please see the All Things Lovely blog and enjoy!
Wedding and Event Design :: Sky Blue Events
Photography Credits :: Jubelee Photography

Spark Custom Design featured in Style Me Pretty :: Laura & Zack

Throughout this past year, we have had the pleasure of working with the lovely bride Laura and her now official groom, Zack. Aside from having an amazing eye for typography and stationery (in our opinion!) this charming couple took great measures to make sure their wedding paper suite was custom and something completely special, just for them. It all started a year ago when Laura came to us with ideas for her save the date, through our retailer, Judy Paulen Designs at the Bloomingdales location in NYC. Her dreams of a vintage, farmer's market inspired look were brought to life in what we consider the only medium worthy enough for style like this - letterpress! Her custom stationery suite was designed and printed by us this spring with The Village Invites in NYC and we couldn't be happier with how each piece turned out.

Her entire wedding is featured today on Style Me Pretty - you just have to check out this gorgeous event with amazing photography shot by Orchard Cove Photography. We extend sincere thanks to Laura and Zack for giving us the opportunity to work with them during this special time in their lives - and the warmest congrats as you begin your happily ever after.

If you too are dreaming of custom stationery for your wedding or next big event, visit one of our retail locations or contact us at with details and to discuss how we can get some pretty paper started just for you!

Best wishes ~ The team at Spark.

Check us out on Style Me Pretty!

Today we are happy to show you one of the weddings we worked on last year through one of our New York retailers, The Wedding Library.

The fantastic blog, Style Me Pretty, is featuring the stationery we created for the Pocantico Hills wedding. We are thrilled that the program we printed is showcased on the blog. Their program is printed on our 220# soft white cotton paper (tree-free) in olive ink with a chocolate double-faced satin ribbon tie at the top. The inspiration tree featured on the program was also used on their wedding invitation suite, shown below.

This suite is one of our favorites at Spark, because it is beautifully natural and sophisticated. Our natural chipboard paper -100% recycled and oh so down to earth - takes center stage in their invitation suite. Truly perfect for this outdoor wedding. Our butter paper, along with olive and garnet inks, add a splash of color for natural elegance. It is fun to see all of their wedding day elements come together. Congrats to the happy couple!

Our Twitter contest winner - Molly

Our Twitter contest winner came to us with a definite design in mind for her business cards. Molly loved the envelope from our Claire suite and wanted a fun color palette to fit the look of her blog- Pushing Papers (great read by the way). We were lucky to have a winner so interested in paper and letterpress! It was great working with you Molly! Check out what Molly had to say about her experience with us. You will find these cards with Molly at the National Stationery Show this year! Go take a look!

Please let us know if you have a vision for your stationery, we would be happy to help that vision go to press! Photo credits go to Molly herself! Thanks for the fantastic pictures!

Best of Atlanta, 2011 - Luxe Expressions

Luxe Expressions, based out of Atlanta, Georgia, was given the award of Best Invitations of 2011 in Jezebel Magazine a local publication. We are proud to be able to take credit for the custom design and printing of this beautiful invite. It is no surprise to us that Debra, owner of Luxe Expressions, received this high honor. As a retailer she truly knows how to customize each of our suites to fit her clients perfectly. She brings ideas to life on paper. Congrats!

Greetings from East Germany!

When I last wrote, it seemed like the sun would never shine. Since that time, it has been simply lovely here. Spring flowers are blooming, birds chirping and we got the travel bug. As part of my husband's Fulbright scholarship, we as well as close to 600 Fulbrighters in Europe were invited to Berlin last week. It was a fun-filled time for all. We took in the sights, walked as far as our feet would take us and ate ourselves silly - thank goodness for all of the walking!

The German Fulbright Commission hosted their event at the Park Inn Hotel in Alexanderplatz, formerly in what was East Berlin. During our stay, the boys and I went with the other families and spouses to the Berlin zoo and to the Natural History Museum.

Memorial to Knut, Berlin's beloved polar bear

We also took a walk Unter den Linden (beneath the lime trees) toward the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag.

Just around the corner was the Holocaust Memorial, recently reopened in 2006. It is covered with 2711 dark grey pillars of varying heights.

Our travels took us past Checkpoint Charlie and the old American sector of Berlin. We also stopped at the fabulous Mauermuseum that provided us with a sense of how citizens tried to escape from East Berlin after the wall went up. We were able to see a section of the Berlin wall that remains standing.

There is an ever present reminder of the Berlin wall throughout the city, whether in markings in the pavement or pieces of the wall standing throughout the city.

Another highlight on our trip was visiting a few of the grand museums on Museum Island and taking in the beautiful views of the Dom.

Wrapping up our trip to East Germany, we took a train south to Dresden, located near the Czech Republic border. It was a wonderful place to visit, so different from Berlin and actually from the rest of Germany that we've seen so far. The first picture below is of a propaganda mosaic located on the wall of the Kulturpalast (a cultural center).
View along the river Elbe (above) and the Zwinger gartens (below).

As we made our way home with weary feet (utterly exhausted) it was wonderful to hear the chatter from our boys. They have seen and experienced so much. While at one of the Zwinger Museums, they had the chance to see an artist-in-training copying Johannes Vermeer's "Girl reading a letter at an open window." I've never seen them so fascinated. We've taken them to museum after museum, and suddenly art was coming to life before their eyes. How cool. Goodbye until next time. -Diedre

Mother and Father's day gifts

I don't know about you all, but I always have a really hard coming up with a truly unique mother's day and father's day gift. I think my mom has all the garden tools she could ever need, and my dad has definitely had his share of ties and golf accessories! Have you ever considered gifting custom stationery? Add the ultimate personal touch by designing a card with their name, initials or favorite motif. We have a great selection of ink colors - choose their favorite and you have yourself a very thoughtful gift. By visiting one of our many retailers around the country, you can view the Spark Design Book, which contains our selection of fun fonts, patterns, and other ideas to help you create the perfect stationery for your parent or grandparent.

Create a custom folded or flat card, letterhead, or calling cards. Order ahead of time! Orders take 15 business days to ship, so:
For delivery in time for Mother's Day - order should approve by April 13th.
For delivery in time for Father's Day - order should approve by May 25th.

Envelope Liners

Envelope Liners are such a nice way to tie your ensemble together. From the moment your guests open your invites, personal stationery, or holiday card they will be amazed at how the whole look comes together. Incorporate a pattern from your cards, a vintage map of your location, or use one of our new "Sparkle" papers for an ultra luxurious look. For that extra personal touch, add your names, the wedding or mitzvah date, or a favorite quote. Be creative and really make these your own. Enjoy! Always feel free to ask us for more ideas.

Happy customer!

We just shipped out these business cards for My Turtleneck. This was Catherine's first use of letterpress as a designer. Take a look at her reaction. We typically do not get many requests for gold ink on our Steel paper and we are happy to see this look come together. We are so glad she loves her new business cards!

Even though we are in the heart of wedding season, we love that we still are getting many social stationery requests which we feel we have a specialty in. Please ask us how we can turn your idea for your business stationery into a reality.