Another new laser cut design has been added to our anniversary card collection! They’re just so popular and we couldn’t ignore the requests for a card to send for a 60th Diamond Wedding Anniversary card too.
Now available on Not On The High Street.
Forgive me for having a moment away from stationery and a little trip down memory lane. Having started out as a lingerie and swimwear designer I just can’t help but mark this moment in time!
July 5, 1946 was the day the bikini was launched to the world, in Paris, by Louis Réard. He’d noticed that women were always having to roll up their swimwear on the beach in order to tan. We owe him so much!
The Réard brand was popular for several decades but disappeared in the 70’s. Now it is being brought back under new management, and rumour has it that the first design will be a version of its original newspaper-print style, in honor of the anniversary.
The bikini has created some beautiful and iconic photos over the last 70 years. So because we are supposed to be in the middle of summer, (its raining and cold of course, what else…) I thought I’d celebrate by putting together a few of my favourite iconic bikini moments.
Brigitte Bardot in Cannes 1953
This beautiful shot of Brigitte Bardot on the beach during the 1953 Cannes Film Festival for the film ‘Girl in a Bikini’. The 18-year-old wearing a floral print bandeau bikini, posed on the beach for photographers and helped bring the then-risqué two-piece to the world’s attention.
Audrey Hepburn looking fabulous in cat eyes and polka dots.ts
A very young Marilyn Monroe before her platinum blonde locks coiffed to perfection and full make-up. Love the cute french nautical stripes with red ribbon slot trim and cute little bows!
Marilyn Monroe in a gorgeous polka dot bikini in 1951.
Jayne Mansfield in a very chic green bandeau bikini.
Ursula Andress 1962
When you think of iconic bikini shots, Bond girl Honey Rider comes straight to mind in the famous “coming out of the water scene” in the first James Bond film, Dr. No.
One Million Years B.C.
Carrie Fisher 1877
Carrie in the iconic gold metallic, sculptured bikini she made famous in Star Wars Return of the Jedi.
Gwyneth Paltrow in The Talented Mr Ripley 1999
Gwyneth in a stunning vintage print bikini, of course. I have a sudden urge to buy a classic retro deckchair! But please, and most importantly let’s just take a moment to appreciate the one and only actor Jude Law in all his tanned glory.
Halle Berry 2002
And finally of course, channelling Usula Andress’s Bond bikini moment in Die Another Day in 2002
A Very Private Affair 1962
Brigitte Bardot is often credited with making the bikini popular first by wearing the floral bikini in her 1952 film ‘The Girl in a Bikini’ and then wearing it in Cannes. But it was this perfect white underwired top and ruffled bottoms from Louis Malle’s film that is my absolute favourite and i think really made it an iconic piece of clothing still copied today!
When we’re putting ideas together for a new collection, it can take quite a while from first thoughts and initial sketches to getting the final designs just perfect. We’ve been busy working on a new collection called Fairy Tale which we’re so excited about.
We’re thinking enchanted forests and woodland glades, dream like castles, Cinderella dresses, touches of gold, mirrors, key charms, roses, flower crowns and floral arches, trailing ivy, candelabras, fairy lights and love seat swings. So here’s where it could all go horribly wrong, don’t go too bippety-boppety-boo, and ‘Disneyfy’ your day, just pick all the most beautiful elements! We love a touch of gold, even a white rabbit but we do draw the line at pumpkin shaped carriage though.
Here’s a peek of our new Fairy Tale design made here with a gold and pewter silver shimmery inlays. The rest of the collection will be available to see soon on our website.
So if you are looking for some dreamy, whimsical and magical wedding ideas, then take a journey through our favourite fairy-tale-inspired wedding pics.
This beautiful rustic woodland fairyale theme will inspire and send you out hunting for the perfect woodland spot for your magical wedding!
The ever so slightly bonkers, dramatic and inspirational Dolce & Gabana catwalk show turned to fairy-tales for autumn – winter 2016 for the new generation of princess. Think of all your childhood fairy tales, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White and Beauty and the Beast, which have all had recent films out over the last few years and more in the works, so its pretty clear that fairy tales are in the midst of a comeback!
The Hummingbird Studio will be closed on Monday 2nd May.
Spring is finally here and its all go here in the studio! Wedding season has been so incredibly busy this year so the HB girls will be taking it easy over the bank hol.
No doubt many of you getting married this year will be taking time out to make yet more exciting plans this weekend for your big day!
If you’ve been having a peek around our website and have any questions, either drop us a line at email@example.com or give us a call 01530 411905.
We’d love to help and we’ll be in touch just as soon as we’re back in the studio!
Just loving these home made cherry blossom lollipops we found on Pinterest! With cherry blossom trees in flower there’s a little weekend project I may just have to try.
Have a good one, we open again on Tuesday at 10am – 5pm.
Yesterday we spent time at The Pop Up Wedding Village at Calke Abbey. It was wonderful to see so many visitors at the event but best of all, was finding Hurley’s Wedding Day Dogs. What a truly unique company offering bespoke packages to pamper your pooch and help them be a part of your special day.
For anyone who knows me or saw the photos, my pup and best boy at our wedding was a very important element to plan for, he just made our day so perfect! If only there had been this kind of service when we were getting married. Thank fully our amazing photographer Gill Taylor managed to catch some beautiful memories.
Hurley’s Wedding Day Dogs is a relatively new business which started because they simply wanted couples to be able to share one of the most significant days of their lives with that very special hound. How amazing is that?
Essentially, Hurley’s Wedding Day Dogs are a chaperone service for your beloved dog. They make sure your dog makes it to and from your wedding venue. Prior to the day, they will arrange for a stunning floral collar to be hand-made by their local florist for your female dog or a skilfully crafted bow tie for the males. They can be customised to your wedding colour schemes, too. The dogs can also be professionally groomed at Hurley’s Dog Grooming so not only will your dog look the part, they’ll smell incredible too. They’ll even be walked!
As you can see, Hurley’s Wedding Day Dogs really do offer a completely bespoke and unique service with all their tailor-made packages.
Apparently it was the first event at which they had exhibited, so here’s lots of good luck from all at HB, we love it!
If you have a four legged friend that you’d love to have at your wedding, give Michelle a call to see how they can make your wish come true!
So it’s that time of year when all you lovely engaged couples start thinking and planning your Spring – Summer weddings. While you’re gathering inspiration and filling your Bride book with photos or madly saving ideas to your Pinterest page, here’s some inspiration that just may help! The NEW gorgeous 2016 key colours to get you started.
Pantone the colour prediction service have put together an adorable palette, a mix of fresh bright pastels, just perfect for weddings. We’re loving them! Each and everyone works so well for weddings and we can’t wait to start putting together some exciting new ideas using them. For the first time ever Pantone have released two colours of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity blue.
At number one our fav, the most adorable shade of pink, ‘Rose Quartz’. A sweet balletic pink which works beautifully with a little gold! Our colour for inlays and printing is called Pink Dew, you may also love the paler shade of Baby Pink and try mixing it with Gold Leaf.
Here’s the beautiful laser cut Doily Lace table plan and table numbers we made for Alexandra & Oliver’s wedding, made in pink dew.
Vintage Birdcage design.
At number 2 a stunning summery shade that works for just about every wedding you could imagine, be it garden party, hotel, castle, country house, barn, marquee or beach, this colour just works! Delicate, vibrant, romantic and cheerful.
Sugar flowers for a wedding cake in delicate shades of peach, we thought you could mix your shades of peach from pale to coral.
Tammy & Warrens bespoke Garden Party design with a peach inlay.
Faye’s Paris bespoke design.
Doily Lace design made with a peach insert, printed in dark grey with a quartz ivory ribbon.
Laser cut Hummingbird Save the Dates
Make Your Own designs, Dove and Wedding Cake in peach.
At number three this timeless blue. Calming, graceful, light and airy. You’ll find it works beautifully with pure white, ivory and clotted cream to sand, stone and eco craft. You may also like slightly lighter shade of Wedgewood too!
Boho Bride laser cut invite with matching ribbon.
Bicycle Made For Two design with midnight ribbon.
Bespoke design looks stunning in this classic blue.
Finally at number 5 this fun, cheerful and uplifting, oh so happy yellow is perfect for any happy occasion. Why not use daisy’s as your choice of flower, we love the simplicity of them. To soften this shade mix it with fresh summery greens.
So its our last day in the studio before the Christmas hols and chat turned to cake, well what else! We’ve been putting a creative spin on our Christmas cakes and some of us shared our photos this morning so we thought a quick festive posting would be perfect for the last day.
Claire went all ‘Festive Luxe’ with stunning gold holly and berries. Too good to eat Claire!
Ruth did a wonderful ‘Vintage Retro’ scene with cute Santa and Rudolph doing the splits. Too good to cut Ruthie!
Sally-Ann did a ‘Winter Wonderland’ with a frosty tree and sparkly birdcage! Too tall to fit in a cake tin Sal!
So we’re off to eat cake!
Have a warm and wonderful Christmas and a peaceful new year.
Oh Santa, I’d love one of these in my stocking this year!
I’ve just seen these adorable handmade calligraphy pens from Ash Bush.
These awesome handmade calligraphy nib holders, hand painted just to your custom design are absolutely divine.
Each one is created just with you in mind and there’s a choice of length, shape, type, design and flange, handcrafted by the ever so talented Zach and delicately decorated by Ashley. The shapes are so organically beautiful and elegant, you just want to hold one in your hand and write something beautiful. The fun part is deciding upon your hand-painted scene? A shimmery ombre? Natural wood? A mix of all 3?
Owww there’s ideas starting to bubble and it just has to have a Hummingbird in the design doesn’t it?
I’m going to check out their Etsy shop right now!
I’m feeling like a gift to self purchase…
Our Christmas cards have been sent, the cakes has been iced & the fairy lights are twinkling away!
So now we’re getting ready to take a well earned break.
We’ll be closed from 5 o’clock on Tuesday 22nd December until we reopen again at 9 o’clock on Monday 4th January.
Last wedding orders will be sent on Thursday 17th December.
We’ll reply to any messages or enquiries we receive whilst we’re closed when we reopen in the new year.
We keep spotting Alice all over the place.
We love the magical story that inspires your dreams and imagination, taking you to amazing and wonderful places. The illustrations over the years created by so many artists have inspired us and so many couples who love the fairy-tale for a magical wedding theme! So if you’re a little bit bonkers and like us you’ve spent hours watching spellbound, movies with the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, mice popping out of teapots and miniature ‘drink me’ bottles or a nose pressed up against pages covered in beautiful illustrations you may want to check out the dates for all the brilliant exhibitions and events taking place across the UK, now until the early part of 2016.
If you’re a book lover you may also want to check out the newly issued collection, designed and illustrated by Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. Anne of Green Gables, Heidi, Little Women, A Little Princess and of course Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland are all part of the collection, so collect one or collect them all. (Available at our fav shop Anthropologie.)
Then we read that the recent Save the Children Secret Winter Gala held an Alice in Wonderland-themed extravaganza which raised over £1m. They has a ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ entrance and guests could visit the Caterpillar in his shisha den and meet Pinky the Flamingo too! Special guest Helena Bonham Carter wore an ever so slightly eccentric but gorgeous net fascinator, with cute rabbit ears, which went with the evening’s theme, and the film close to her heart.
Talking of films Alice Through The Looking Glass is due for release May 2016, check out the amazing trailer!
Then we found that the Royal Mail were celebrating 150 years of Britain’s best loved story too with a set of ten iconic scenes and characters: The White Rabbit, Drink Me, The Cheshire Cat, The Queen of Hearts, Alice’s Evidence, Down the Rabbit Hole, The White Rabbit’s House, A Mad Tea Party, The Game of Croquet and A Pack of Cards.
Here’s a few ideas we’ve pulled together from our designs which we think work perfectly!
We love the little key element and the ‘Key to My Heart’ Save the Date mini luggage tag style cards with laser cut keys in both wood and silver pewter are just perfect. You can also use the laser cut keys as charms on place cards or on favour gifts.
The ‘Garden Party’ design laser cut invite is perfect with all the wonderland images, tumbling teapots and teacups, birdcages, cakes, birds and butterflies.
Add little laser cut bird glass percher cards to your tea party teacups or champagne glasses as place cards or even just pretty decorations.
Lollipop style table names would look great popping out of teapots, vintage vases and flowers on your tables.
Here’s a few other ideas we love too!
Bows ties and quirky button holes!
Little messages on your cocktails served in jam jars! And ‘Drink Me’ water bottles.
On Saturday 5 December NOTHS will be celebrating their very first Colour Saturday. As a partner seller on NOTHS all of us here in the Hummingbird Cards studio are supporting this amazing event… even studio pup!
Its a day that showcases the amazing small creative businesses like us across to UK and Ireland at Christmas time and beyond. They’re going to celebrate the tens of thousands of creative entrepreneurs who put human values and skills back into the gifting season and make a vital contribution to the British economy.
There’s loads of brilliant things happening and they’ll be unveiling a giant colourful Christmas trees featuring Partner products in Manchester, London and Edinburgh. Here’s one of the trees in Edinburgh!
The day will be packed full of big, bright and colourful activities up and down the country. So if you live near any of these cities look out for the giant Christmas tress, a NOTHS sleigh full of gifts, colour confetti explosions and wonderful Partner products. Its going to be a great day!
NOTHS sent us this photo of their office pup supporting the big day so our STUDIO PUP just had to join in too!
They are not sure they’re pulling off their best looks but we think they’re gorgeous!!!
Stephanie Allin always offers a full couture experience when you buy your dress from one of their stunning collections. Their highly trained and so experienced dressmakers work from both London and Mumbles, Wales showrooms to provide you with the very best possible service. Every dress is unique to each bride with the option to personalise it to your style and shape and you can have your dress made exactly to your measurements. A Stephanie Allin dress is created from start to finish in their workrooms and each expertly overseen by their highly experienced team so you get just the dress you dreamed of.
Last year they made this stunning dress for Georgia Jones when she married Danny Jones of McBusted. Here she is at the London Showroom for her final fitting with Stephanie.
Amy from Stephanie Allin got in touch and asked us to create an invitation for an Exclusive Bridal Consultation at their beautiful London showroom. Each and every bride would enjoy champagne on arrival and receive a £100.00 accessory voucher and 10% off their chosen wedding dress. What could be better!
We’d just started designing a new collection for 2016, a watercolour print and laser cut design combination called ‘Botanicals’ and it felt the perfect moment to use it! We sent off artwork and the team at Stephanie Allin loved it. Here’s the finished design printed on luxury ivory card with an eco envelope and a pretty seal label.
This is just a little peek of the collection to come. Botanicals is so new, its not even on our website yet but please drop us a line or give us a call if you’d like to see a sample or get a quote. We’ll keep you updated on the launch or keep an eye out on our Hummingbird Cards laser cut collections!
They had a wonderful response to the exclusive event and it was a real treat to design something for them. We bet there were a few tears from Mums, the dresses are so beautiful and we know you’d feel like a princess in one!
We’re loving the new Stephanie Allin collection called ‘Love Letters‘ for 2016. There’s lots of vintage inspired elements and our favourites are these with a 20’s feel.
We also adore these movie star style gowns from the Classics Collection.
If you’d love a Stephanie Allin dress check out the website, you’re bound to fall in love with one!
Christmas is coming so hopefully lots of lovely ‘snail mail’ or ‘squirrel mail’ Christmas cards will be fluttering through your letterbox anytime soon! If you’re sending a ‘little something’ to brighten up someone’s Christmas we don’t want you to miss those all important recommended delivery dates so here’s a few to pop in your diary.
If you’re sending cards overseas, you’ll need to drop them in the post box by:
Friday 4th December – Africa & Middle East
Monday 7th December – Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Japan, Eastern Europe (ex. Poland, Czech Republic & Slovakia)
Tuesday 8th December – Caribbean, Central & South America
Thursday 10th December – Greece, Australia & New Zealand
Monday 14th December – Czech Republic, Germany, Italy & Poland
Tuesday 15th December – Canada, Finland, Sweden & USA
Wednesday 16th December – Austria, Iceland, Ireland, Portugal & Spain
Thursday 17th December – France
Friday 18th December – Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia & Switzerland
If you’re sending to a loved one using British Forces Post Office:
Friday 27th November if you’re sending to an Operational BFPO
Friday 11th December if you’re sending to a Static BFPO.
Finally for cards nearer to home, make sure you’ve sent them by:
Saturday 19th December – for 2nd class post and Royal Mail signed for.
Monday 21st December – for 1st class post and Royal Mail signed for.
Wednesday 23rd December for Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed.
Get organised if you want to beat the Christmas rush and write your little lovelies soon!
The fairy lights have just been brought out of storage and the festive snow globe is out on Claire’s desk, so Christmas has officially started to arrive in the Hummingbird studio! OK, we know its early… but there’s only 23 more days at work so we’re getting into the Christmas spirit. Well, we are already surrounded by all the Christmas stock!
We’ve been busy designing NEW laser cut Christmas cards and we’re so excited with the final results we had to share!
We found a mirror finish card and just had to use it with laser cutting, the reflection created such magical, ‘Narnia’ Wonderland scenes. The silver white combination is simply stunning. We had to stick with one of our favourites for a second colourway, craft ‘manilla ribbed’, its a must for us!
Here’s a peek of all the new Christmassy treats and links to our ‘Not On The High Street Store‘ if you fancy a purchase!
A laser cut winter wonderland forest scene, with reindeer, robins and squirrels hidden within the trees with hearts and snowflakes hanging from the branches.
A fairy-tale ‘let it snow’ scene of a girl blowing snowflakes into the air with her polar bear and bird playing in the snow.
Reindeer and his friend rabbit are decorating the forest trees with robins.
We’ll be posting the last Christmas postal delivery dates next so you’re be all ready to write and get your cards sent in time.
Tying a “love lock” on to the Pont des Arts before throwing the key into the River Seine beneath became a true declaration of love. Faye and James, ‘true romantics’ got engaged and added their love lock to the Paris bridge. But part of the bridge’s railings collapsed under the weight last year, so sadly close to one million locks, weighing 45 tonnes were removed. Last February on Valentines Day Faye and James managed to add their 3rd and final lock before they were all taken away.
They asked us to create a design with the bridge to reflect their story with their love lock, the Eiffel Tower and most importantly the key date as a truly unique memento for their wedding invitations! We loved the ornate design of the lamp posts so we just had to add one of those in too.
They chose the beautiful ‘cosmetic’ inlay colour with Old Mill card which is a simply stunning combination. We created a print in the same colour for the RSVP card.
Laser cut A5 size Order of Service booklets were made to match, which hopefully looked a treat in church and would definitely be one that the girls popped in their bags rather than leaving on a pew!
Then we made one of our hand bound guest books with their design printed and mounted in the front cover with little transparent vellum shaped envelopes to hold those treasured keepsakes from the day. There’s always some confetti you find hidden in your dress and the little blue bow you want to keep somewhere safe!
Congratulations to the true romantics from all at HB!
Here at Hummingbird we believe a wedding invite is more than just telling your guests when you’re getting married… it’s a chance to make a wonderful statement about the special relationship that you both share and it sets the scene for your wedding! It’s also a chance to create a keepsake that you can cherish forever.
A stand-out invitation can have wonderful effect. If it’s stunning it won’t be forgotten and will become a talking point. A unique invitation excites your guest about the day ahead, even before they’ve arrived. So make it special! A wedding isn’t just about two people getting married and deciding to throw a party to celebrate. It’s also about sharing one of life’s most precious moments with family, friends and loved ones. So a wedding invitation should be warm and inviting, making your guests feel like they are really valued and their presence at your wedding would be treasured.
We think the design of your wedding invitation should reflect your unique, one-of-a-kind relationship! So find one you both love, with images that best represent the two of you and take it from there. Pick your colours, fonts and finishing touches!
Sometimes we get calls from couples who can’t quite believe they’ve found just their perfect invitation from our collection. Others want us to create a really unique and individual invitations in some way. That’s when our bespoke service comes in handy!
If you’re designing your own we don’t think you should go old school or too formal, just because you think that’s what your guests will be expecting (unless old school and formal is truly your thing, of course). Modern wedding invitations can be a lot friendlier and more casual than they used to be. So don’t be afraid to be personal, romantic, funny, or quirky if that suits your personality.
Catherine & Steve gave us a call, they’d decided they wanted a bespoke laser cut invitation. A design with creative little design elements to signify personal details, something unique, just for them. A little cat for Cat and a swallow for Steve! There married name would be Mr & Mrs Swallow after the big day. The invite was cut on Old Mill ivory card with an Eco Craft inlay.
The RSVP card was in Eco Craft with a matching envelope printed with design details from the invitation.
We also made a hand bound photograph album with a laser cut panel in the same colours as the invitation. So everything perfectly matched. These albums are gorgeous keepsake pieces and we can make guest books too!
The Order of Service was coordinated too of course! Printed on the Old Mill card with the little ‘Cat and Swallow’!
If you’re feeling inspired and would love us to create something just for your big day, we’d love to help. Just give us a a call or drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week we’ve been taking a little time out and have loved checking out this relatively NEW and amazing wedding magazine. Its just what the wedding industry, in our opinion needs, something fresh, unique & directional and above all we love the simple, clean and uncluttered layout. Its oh so simple design style makes it a joy to read and the carefully selected articles, features and photographs are stunning!
Treat yourself and take a look, its great.
Erica the founder of Mr and Mrs Unique you can tell loves to celebrate the unusual, the quirky, the interesting and above all the unique aspect to weddings that so many couples seek these days. The offer of a colourful array of some of the very best wedding suppliers, a blend of the extraordinary, the talented, crazy and the downright amazing is perfect!
Check it out, we’re super excited to be included in a feature called Bones & Flowers on page 87 and page 88 in the the shoot styled by Sami from Verdigris Venue Dressing and photography by Albert Palmer.
We’ve just found the amazing Kristine Go and her amazing work, she is the Creative Director & Curator for Pattern Curator.
Pattern Curator collects images and photos to create really visual and inspirational story boards. Their goal is to inspire and connect like minded creative individuals, like us… and since finding them we have loved checking out the website for updates and new theme boards! With our fashion background and love for working on themes we have found Patter Curartor so helpful. They look at everything from print, pattern and colour trends, each board is curated visually in a way that is directional, relevant and trend-right. So whether you’re in the industry, an artist, designer, student, blogger, bride or have an interest in pretty pics, we hope you are inspired just as much as we are to create something amazing.
Here’s just a few of the boards we’re loving.
Our favourite colour theme here at The Hummingbird Card Company, we love all shades of cosmetic, nude and blush. They look stunning mixed with soft shades of silver and dove grey too.
Perfect prints, patterns and colour palette to mix with our Garden Party invitations.
We’re just loving this theme, watch out for our ‘Enchanted Secret Garden’ collection!
Vintage rose pinks are just adorable …always.
It wouldn’t be natural if we didn’t love a bird or two here at Hummingbird! Pretty shades for our Vintage Birdcage collection.
And of course…laser cutting is our passion and love. We think laser cutting is perfect for wedding stationery, its eye catching, something a little different and hey its on trend too!
Check out the Pattern Curator for lots more inspirational boards and ideas!