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KC Weddings magazine feature 07.09.2013

Huge thanks to KC Weddings magazine for featuring our monogrammed melamine plates from our signature collection with La Plates in their gorgeous Pink & Red color story!!! The Fall/Winter 2013 issue if full of inspiring and unique wedding ideas and we’re happy to be included! So brilliant to feature a monogrammed plate for wedding inspiration–wouldn’t it be the sweetest gift to host a shower or luncheon and have a set of monogrammed plates made for your guest of honor and use them during the shower? Or a nice little touch to serve the wedding cake on at the reception. Suddenly our minds are going crazy with creative ways to incorporate these into the wedding festivities! Thanks again, KC Weddings! Pick the perfect plate over at La Plates!

La Plates New Year’s discount 01.11.2013

Good news! If you’re liking our new collection with La Plates, you’re in luck because La Plates is offering a New Years discount, available through 1.13.13. If you spend $100+, you can enter 2013 at checkout and receive $20.13 off your order. The code includes the entire website!! Happy shopping!!!

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  1. Lindsey

    How great! That’s such a good idea! TWENTAY THURRRRTEEEN! : ) Such lively products!

    January 11, 2013 3:33 pm
  2. MONOGRAMMED PLATES GIVEAWAY!! | Ampersand Design Studio

    […] We paired some of our favorite fashion images with our trend-forward melamine party ware to help you envision your next backyard BBQ, wedding shower,  or evening soiree! So let us know what kind of party hostess you are!! It’s that easy!! We can’t wait to be sending out four matching salad plates of your choice to our lucky winner! (PS, the party hostess you choose does not have to be the plates you choose to order if you win)!  You can peruse the entire Ampersand Design Studio Signature Collection for La Plates right here and see lots of fun options to pick from right here and more here. […]

    February 27, 2013 3:28 pm

on the lookout: laura parke: a girl who makes 01.26.2012

We have been so excited to share “A Girl Who Makes” because that girl just happens to be one of our dearest friends … who also just happens to be insanely talented! It seems as if Laura has been “making things” since she was born. Or, at least since we’ve known her! Really! She used to always be making things in the kitchen. Cupcakes were being cranked out by the dozen on a daily basis. But the constant drive to make things extends way beyond the kitchen doors. She’s a designer and a DIYer. She has never met a craft project she doesn’t like. Give her a pair of scissors and a glue gun and you never know what she is going to come up with. Basically she does it all!
(The images above are the invitations, programs and door decorations from her very own wedding!)
And these are just a few examples of the many projects she’s been playing with lately! Check out her new blog for some step-by-step tutorials so that you can follow along with her in making things like the pocketed placemat below!
And, of course, we had to include one of our favorite creations of Laura’s: this light-up ampersand! Laura and her husband had this on display at their wedding reception. How perfect, right?
So follow along with Laura on her blog, A Girl Who Makes, or contact her if you’re interested in having her make something special just for you. She likes to make neat things for nice people.

Pssst…this is also a little hint of some of the good collaborations to come on Ampersand here in the  very near future!!

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  1. Tobe | Because It's Awesome

    >yay for collab-o's!! and yay for laura parke! can't imagine all of the goodness we're going to see from that girl :)

    January 26, 2012 1:15 pm
  2. laura parke

    >girls…thanks for all of the love!!! i'm honored to be featured and can't wait for all of the exciting things in the future. xoxo!!

    January 26, 2012 2:18 pm
  3. melissa loves

    >Loved meeting Laura at Alt. ( and you 2 of course) and think she is a talented sweetheart! LOVE that diy of the string wrapped bottles and the AMPERSAND! Where is that from? Laura made that?! love it!

    January 26, 2012 2:36 pm
  4. Julia - the Urban Slant

    >Obsessed. Love her pieces!

    January 26, 2012 2:37 pm
  5. house of earnest

    >I just love Laura's ideas and especially her execution! She's full of fun, pretty, and clever things!!

    January 26, 2012 3:44 pm
  6. Drew {Coral Cafe}

    >Very Nice!! Going to check her out! I LOVE that invitation package and the place mats with pockets for silverware!! genius!!

    January 28, 2012 1:41 am
  7. Dayle

    >First things first, Laura, Im so happy for you. You are super duper talented! You are now in my google reader. hi Ampersand girls, you guys rock as always!

    January 28, 2012 7:26 pm
  8. DIY: gumball necklace | Ampersand Design Studio

    […] DIY series today coming to you from our dear friend, Laura, of Laura Parke. You might remember when we introduced you to Laura back in January. She has been busily creating amazing craft projects galore since then and […]

    May 10, 2012 7:10 am

wedding bliss: dan & melissa 01.11.2012


Something about this cheerful wedding just puts a smile on our faces in the midst of this cold winter weather! We had the pleasure of working with Dan Padavic of Vahalla Studios fame (a full service design studio and print shop –  run by Dan and Tad Carpenter – located in Kansas City) on our most recent addition to our shop, (the screen printed Ampersand Series).  That’s when we spotted Dan’s perfectly designed wedding invitations and a few of the fun collateral pieces – all laid out in neat little stacks in a metal flat file drawer in his studio. The  simple design, with a vintage twist, the family illustrations (including the dogs, of course), and the tactile feel of the paper and the imprint – no detail was left untouched! So, needless to say, we were happy to stumble upon these gorgeous images from the big day, taken by none other than Eric & Neal of LemonLime Photography, on the Vahalla Studio blog! These photos just put all the rest of the pieces together in our minds! Such a happy, perfect couple — congrats guys and thanks for sharing the photos!
If you have fallen in love with this wedding as much as we did, don’t hesitate to ask Vahalla to design elements of your very own wedding!

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  1. Clare Christine

    >This looks like such a wonderful wedding feature, I love all of the fun paper goods and the pictures of the couple are too cute. I just happened upon your blog today and it is darling, so happy I found it! I hope you are having a wonderful week :)
    Twirling Clare

    January 11, 2012 9:04 pm
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Clare–so glad you found our blog! welcome and stay as long as you'd like :) Love having you!
    And we agree–SUCH a cool wedding!

    January 12, 2012 3:52 am
  3. k hayes

    >i just found your site today…and i love what you did for this couple. how you seemed to capture them on paper! pinned you and suggested folks check out this post. kudos.

    March 18, 2012 7:57 am
  4. Ampersand Design Studio

    >k—thanks so much for the kind words. however, we didn't do the designing for dan and melissa. they designed all of their own pieces. we just featured their wedding on the blog because we loved it, too! sorry for the confusion.

    March 20, 2012 4:38 am

Ampersand Design Studio: Signature Series 01.02.2012


It’s no secret that we love the ampersand (eh-hem, our business name). It’s just the one simple symbol that can mean as much or as little as you want it to! With one single stroke, the ampersand is the mark  that connects two separate elements. We both have a strong love of typography, so, we were excited to discover that the ampersand is also historically the character that a typographer can use to infuse a little more personality and playfulness into a font. Simply put, it’s the character that gets to have a little more fun! What’s not to love about that?!

Don’t worry fellow-lovers-of-the-ampersand, we’re not trying to claim ownership of the “and” symbol, by any means. We just love it in all it’s different forms, so this is our little tribute to the ampersand!

So, today we are SO EXCITED to announce the official launch of our new Ampersand Signature Series!!

Whether you are a fan of the neon + neutral look, metallics, or the always bold black and white— we’ve got art prints and melamine platters to suit you! (Yes, we’ve gone ampersand crazy over here!)
We did have a few of our new items on the shop a couple of weeks ago, so if you visited then, you might’ve gotten a little sneak peek, but now the full Ampersand Signature Series line is live and here is a little rundown of what you can find! We’ve poured our hearts into these so we really hope you love them!

Neon or Metallic Limited Edition Ampersand Screenprints:
These limited edition 11″ x 14″ prints include ampersands in neon pink, neon yellow, gold or silver on chipboard or pale gray heavy weight paper. We are just obsessed with the way the colors pop off the neutral backgrounds! Each print also has an emboss of our logo and will be numbered in pencil at the bottom right hand corner. We teamed up with the brilliant Vahalla Studios for the screen printing and embossing of this series. Total dream team! We absolutely loved partnering with them!
These truly are limited edition, we just have 50 of each colorway—so you better scoop these up fast! 
Black & White Ampersand Prints:
We love seeing type and letter forms in the classic color palette of black and white—especially when they are over-sized to accentuate the positive and negative shapes! So, we are also offering 8″x 10″ and 11″ x 14″ black and white prints. We have the singular ampersand art print but, being pattern designers at heart, we couldn’t go without doing an all over surface pattern, as well! There are just SO many beautiful ampersands from various fonts that we had to give a few more of them a home. Each one in this series is printed on 100% cotton velvet fine art paper in archival pigment inks. They are  so beautiful in person!

Melamine Ampersand Platters:
Platters — can you ever really have too many?! We think not. We are constantly using platters for entertaining and serving, but we we also can’t get enough of them for decorating and displaying! So we decided to design a couple of platters that we just really wanted to own. ha! (They look particularly good together, too). But really, how perfect to serve cheese & crackers! Or to display your favorite collections?
We envision the silver ampersand print as a perfect engagement gift…The neon ampersands tacked up in a creative office space… The black & white print as a perfect photo prop for two besties or future husband & wife…the platters holding your collection of photobooth strips of family & friends…!
We’d love to hear how you can imagine using them! 
So go check out the full new line and all the other fun goodies in the shop, too!
Cheers to fun new things for 2012! :)
—Morgan & Carrie


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  1. Jennifer King

    >Gorgeous! I love the metallic gold!

    January 2, 2012 1:32 pm
  2. Tobe | Because It's Awesome

    >girls! LOVE! now to decide which one i need…… ox

    January 2, 2012 2:09 pm
  3. VL

    >smart thinking ladies! and so very ampersand perfect!

    January 2, 2012 4:26 pm
  4. laura

    >LOVE the new products! you girls always make the best stuff. decisions are to be made on which one(s) need to be in my home!

    January 2, 2012 8:31 pm
  5. Kelly

    >Oh my goodness – I just found your blog and I am already obsessed with these items! Congrats!

    being lovely

    January 5, 2012 6:11 am
  6. Jeanee

    >Love it all!!!

    January 9, 2012 12:54 am
  7. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Thanks, ladies! We are so happy to hear that you're liking the new stuff. Happy 2012!

    January 15, 2012 4:24 am