Monday, December 1, 2014

Free DIY Printable Nautical Gift Tags Featuring a Lobster, Fish, Cuttlefish and a Fiddler Crab

Free printable nautical gift tags with sea creatures - by Concertina Press - crab, fish, lobster and cuttlefish

Ok friends! Here are some more free printables for you - these DIY printable nautical gift tags would be really cute printed on aqua or yellow cardstock, then tied with baker's twine onto a package wrapped in brown kraft paper - you can write the "to" and "from" part on the back side of the tag. The tags have faint gray lines showing you were to cut, but I didn't put any mark to show where to punch the hole, because it will probably change depending on the size of the holepunch you're using.

You can also print them on white cardstock and then color them in with colored pencils or crayons for a nice handmade touch!

Including a fiddler crab, cuttlefish (or maybe an octopus?), a fish and a lobster.

You're welcome to print as many as you like and package all of your gifts with them, but please do not sell them, claim them as your own or remove my web address from the design. You are more than welcome to share them with your friends online - especially through Pinterest and Facebook!

Directions for downloading your free DIY nautical gift tags:

1. Click here to download the free printable nautical gift tag PDF file
2. You can either print it directly from Google docs, or download it to your computer
3. click "Print"and make sure that "scaling" is turned off, or that "do not scale" is selected - this keeps the design from shrinking on the page
4. Print on colorful cardstock at a high quality setting for best results

- if your printer is cutting off the edges because the margins are too narrow, try clicking "Scale to fit" or "Scale to fit page" in the print menu - you may have to trim the edges
- You can change the print settings to be high quality - for cardstock look for settings like "best print" "high quality" or "premium presentation paper matte"

To see more of my designs including nautical thank you notes and beach wedding invitations visit

Looking for something a little spicier?

Naughty Nautical Love Notes

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

3 Potluck Wedding Invitation Wording Examples

Are you interested in having a potluck wedding or potluck reception? It can be a great way to cut down on a huge portion of expenses - catering -  for a budget wedding, and it can also be fun way to bring a sharing atmosphere to your celebration. It will probably work best if most of your guests are local. Here are three wording ideas for a wedding with a potluck reception.

Together with their families

Christina Adams
Jonathan Holmes

Invite you to join them 
at the celebration of their wedding

Saturday June 25, 2011
at four o'clock

Highfield Hall, Falmouth Massachusetts
Potluck Reception to Follow


Christina Adams
Jonathan Holmes

Are tying the knot!
We invite you to celebrate with us
at our backyard wedding 

Saturday June 25, 2011
at four o'clock

200 Beach Avenue, Falmouth Massachusetts

In lieu of gifts, please bring your
favorite dish to share


Together with our families, we

Christina Adams
Jonathan Holmes

are pleased to invite you, 
our dear friends and family 
to witness our exchange of wedding vows

Saturday June 25, 2011
at four o'clock

123 Beach Road, Falmouth, Massachusetts
Please join us after for a potluck reception
We'd love it if you could bring______*
and bring the recipe too!

*you can split up your invitation list and tell some folks to bring dessert, some to bring a covered dish, some to bring appetizers, etc, if you want to have more control over what's served.

Feel free to take any of these for your own use, and search my blog for "wording" for more examples. For additional reading check out this article from "A Case for a Potluck Wedding"

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pelican Wedding Programs, Piping Plover Table Numbers and Sanderling Wine Labels for a California Coastal Wedding

White Pelican Wedding Programs for a wedding at the Long Beach Museum of Art
I created these stunning seabird programs, wine labels and table numbers especially for Jessica's coastal California wedding at the Long Beach Museum of Art, using antique scientific illustrations of seabirds. She originally contacted me about my Curlew wedding invitations, and we customized the color and created forest green and white curlew wedding invitations, save the dates and thank you notes

With the wedding nearing, we got started on custom wedding programs with a beautiful white pelican, table numbers with different types of sea birds (shown below are ringed plover table numbers) and the most fun of all, custom wine labels for "Larrica" wine, made by Jessica and Larry themselves to give out as wedding favors!
If you're interested in any of these designs for your wedding, contact me!

Ringed Plover Wedding Table Numbers

Seabird Wine Labels

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Octopus Wedding Invitations

Octopus Wedding Invitations in Green and Peach by Concertina Press
 Octopus wedding invitations are fun and different for beach weddings (let's hope you don't see any on the beach!) and if you're having a wedding at an aquarium it fits the ambiance perfectly!
I did the variation you see above for Cassandra and Christopher's peach and green wedding - I changed the color of the text to be more green instead of aqua, and the envelopes were a lovely pale blush pink with shimmer. Perfect for their November California Wedding.

Below are my very popular navy Octopus wedding invitations - I've also done them in black and white. If you're interested in octopus wedding invitations for your wedding, visit my website to purchase samples or contact me!

Navy Octopus Wedding Invitations by Concertina Press

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Oscar Wilde Be Yourself Quote

Oscar Wilde Be Yourself Quote
I love this quote from Oscar Wilde - "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken". If you like quotes, check out my Positive Quotes Pinterest Board.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Concertina Press goes to the Florida Aquarium!

I went to the Aquarium this past weekend! One of the brides I'm working with is getting married at the Florida Aquarium next month, and I sent her samples of both Sea Turtle Wedding Invitations and Tropical Fish Wedding invitations and since it was too hard to pick just one, we did BOTH - half the guests got sea turtles in their mailbox and half got tropical fish! I saw lots of neat sea creatures that gave me inspiration for new invitations - the photo above was taken of a pacific tide pool touch tank - I actually go to touch sea anemones, sea cucumbers and sea stars! The sea cucumbers were extremely squishy - wouldn't want to step on one of those. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Watercolor Invitations, Waves Save the Dates and Sand Dollar Thank You notes for a Beach Wedding

I loved creating the watercolor beach wedding invitation pictured above because it was a wedding that just happened to take place in Cocoa Beach, Florida, the tiny oceanside town I now live in (ever watch "I dream of Jeannie"?) . The bride and groom found me through my website and got in touch, not knowing I was (at that time) about to move to Cocoa Beach!

I did the painting that's in the background of this watercolor invitation, inspired by the nearby ocean.
Here are some other great pieces that I've designed for Concertina Press that are perfect for a beach wedding; in addition to the watercolor wedding invitations pictured above here are some pretty waves save the dates and sand dollar thank you notes:
Waves Save the Dates for a Beach Wedding from Concertina Press
Sand Dollar Thank You Notes by Concertina Press
If you're interested in any of these designs for your wedding, please get in touch!

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