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New Cool Stuff: Now Available on Etsy!

Hey Everybody!  I know I’ve been a terrible blogger this past month, and I want to apologize to you for that.  However, my lack of blogging has been directly related to my steady production of stationery awesomeness, so really, you’ll have to forgive me.  I wanted to catch you up on a few new cool things, starting with new, cool things that are available in our Etsy shop!  I just posted three new items, and I think you’re going to love them!

Now, I know that Valentine’s Day was over two months ago, but, let’s be honest here.  I’m just going to come right out and admit it: I love love.  I love it when people are awesome and adoring and sexy and happy and fantastic to each other.  We should celebrate that continuously, not just on a singular day in February.  So, while these cards would be awesome valentines, I’d also like to suggest that they be used to express general, awesome, happy sentiments to those you love, year round.

Let’s start here.  Quirky, cute, and totally honest: say it like it is, folks, with our “I Just Want You To Be Happy…” Card.

The other brand new greeting card I posted today is a little more widely applicable.  I originally made this card for my mom, because she says this to me all the time, but then figured that other people (you!) might like it too!  I know it’s not a contest or anything, but sometimes it’s important to assert the level at which you love someone.  So, I Love you more…

And, last, but not least, I’ve been getting a lot of requests lately from wedding clients and others about table numbers.  I’ve also been getting a lot of requests for custom coasters.  So, I thought, “Why not combine the two?”.  Now available are this set of twelve letterpress printed number coasters.  They’re pretty perfect for use as wedding table numbers or for helping guests keep track of their drinks at parties.  Each coaster is 4″ round, printed with black letterpress ink, and they come packaged as a set of 12 in a clear acrylic box.  Go get ’em!

Adorable Monster Cards by Josh Searl

Right before Valentine’s Day this year I had the pleasure of collaborating with an awesome local artist, Josh Searl, on a couple of new greeting card designs!  If you’ve visited our Etsy store since then, you’ve already seen these, but I figured they needed a little shout out on our blog too.  Josh is a design student at the University of Oregon and has been drawing adorable critters and making other awesome artwork from a very young age.  I’m good friends with his aunt and uncle, and was super-excited when Josh agreed to collaborate with me on these cards.  We started with two designs, the little blue monster you see above and below, and the little green one with the pink balloon that you’ll see further down in this post.

Aren’t they just adorable?!?  Both designs are printed as 4bar size cards on 100% cotton Crane Lettra Pearl White paper and come with coordinating blue or chartreuse envelopes, depending on the design.  Josh and I are going to be working on additional designs in this series, so if you love his monsters as much as I do, check back!  There’s going to be more!  The two designs you see above are currently available online in our Etsy Store and at Gramberry.  You can also find them locally in Eugene at Modern on 5th and Pearl.

If you’d like to check out more artwork by Josh Searl, you can at his Deviant Art site.  Check it out!

Thanks so much for working with me, Josh!  You’re awesome!

New Greeting Cards for Spring & Summer!

Hi all!  In case you haven’t visited our Etsy Store in a while, I wanted to make you aware of three lovely new letterpress cards from our studio that are available now!  Above you will see three new designs I’ve released this spring/summer.  Clockwise from left are our Origami Pigs in Love, Magnolia Thank You Cards & Elegant Calligraphy Thank You Cards.  All three of these greeting card designs were inspired by our fabulous custom printing clients, and we thought they were so fun and/or beautiful, that we couldn’t resist offering them to you as well!

The Origami Pigs in Love cards are available as singles for $4.00 each, and are perfect for Valentines, anniversary cards or just to say “I love you!”.  The two different thank you cards are available as singles for $4.00, sets of 6 for $20.00 or sets of 10 for $28.00.  Each of these cards are 4bar size and were printed on 100% cotton paper.  Each also comes with a coordinating envelope.  Go check them out in our Etsy Store today!

With Love | Custom Wedding Thank You Cards

I hope everyone out there had a lovely Labor Day weekend!  We worked with three different couples who were married this past weekend whose stationery we haven’t shown off on this blog yet, so a big congratulations goes out to them, and we’ll be getting those up here, for your viewing enjoyment later this week.  In the meantime, however, I wanted to show off a really cool set of thank you notes from another couple’s wedding that we printed earlier this summer.  The bride, Jennifer, contacted us after seeing our similarly-styled Valentine’s love notes in our etsy shop, and wanted to know if we could design and print a similar card for her wedding thank you’s!  We could – and did!  Check out the photos above and below.  The original design featured the “Love” letters in the same manner as this design, but it also featured little grey birds flying around and perched on them.  For Jennifer’s thank you’s we got rid of the little birdies, changed the color from a light pink to a lavender purple and created a banner to float above the “Love” letters with the word “With” and their silhouettes on it.  These cards were paired with a matching light purple envelope from Waste Not Paper Company to complete the set!

Aren’t those sweet?!?  If you’re interested in customizing one of our designs for your wedding, the upcoming holidays, or for another event, please contact us!  We would love to work with you!

Sew in Love: Bridal Shower Cocktail Napkins

A couple of weeks ago, we printed a set of adorable, letterpress cocktail napkins for a bride-to-be named Ellie who is currently living in Portland.  Ellie was having a sewing-themed bridal shower in California and wanted some cute cocktail napkins for her party.  Ellie chose a light, tangerine-colored napkin and had us print the words “Sew in Love” on them in bright pink ink!  

Aren’t they just adorable?!?  Letterpress printed cocktail napkins are a really fun addition to any wedding, shower, party or other celebration!  Check out a couple of our older posts here and here to see some other napkins we’ve printed in the past.  Thanks Ellie!

Happy Belated Valentine's Day!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and long Valentine’s Day and President’s weekend this past weekend.  I’ve been meaning to do a little blog post for a while now to show off all of our new love-themed cards for Valentine’s and this spring, but we’ve been so busy with custom work lately that this blog has been sadly neglected for over a week.  If you’ve been watching our Etsy shop, you’ve probably already seen these designs, but in case you haven’t here they are below!  With the exception of the Valentine Checklist card, I feel that all of these designs would be a wonderful way to tell the people you care about and are thinking about that you love them throughout the year!  And really, who doesn’t love getting a sweet “I love you and I’m thinking of you.” message at random?  Just because it’s not Valentine’s Day anymore, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tell ’em you love ’em.  
Our first new love-inspired design is an A2 size card that we’re calling “Love Letters”.  Inspired by vintage valentine’s and wedding postage stamps this letterpress card features the letters L-O-V-E inside of a light pink rectangle with little grey finches perched on and flying towards them.  You can see the full card at the top of this post and there are a few detail images below.  

Check out how awesome the embossed white letters look in the above detail photo!  They are really fun and tactile and beautiful to see and touch!  Each of these cards comes with a corresponding A2 envelope in light pink and they are available for purchase as singles here.
For our next new love-inspired card, we decided to try out a brand new card size.  The size is a monarch size, which measures 7.25″ x 3.75″.  I’ve done a few save-the-date cards for weddings and a few programs that were this size in the past, and I liked the size so much that I thought I’d try it out for a greeting card.  Check it out below:
Each of these cards features an adorable baby elephant running across the front with a trail of little pink heart-shaped bubbles trailing behind him.  The bubbles continue across the front of the card and a few even float around to the backside.  It features a very simple message: “Love you.”, letterpress printed on the front and it is blank on the inside for your own personal message.  Want one of your own?  You can find it here.  
Our totally Valentine’s specific design for this year was a cute and somewhat humorous checklist card.  The card is a 5.5″ square size that is folded and has a lovely brown, leafy vine pattern stretching around the list on the front.  The list was printed in brown also with little pink checkboxes that you can fill in yourself depending on who you plan to send it to.  It’s really the perfect card for all of the Valentines on your list!  Here is a photo:  
We still have a few of these cards available in our etsy store, so if you’d like to stock up for next year, you can find them here.  
And, last but not least, is an adorable card design for the dog-lover in all of us!  My family and I had black labrador retrievers growing up and they were such wonderful family pets – and so sweet and loyal – that I decided to make a love card featuring them.  The card design is fairly simple – there is a black lab on the front with a light pink heart in his mouth.  See below: 
You can find the black lab cards here.  Do you love this design, but would rather have a chocolate or yellow lab?  We have those too!  
You can find the yellow labs here and the chocolate labs here.  
I’m going to try to get back into a regular schedule of posting here soon, and I have lots and lots of new custom stuff to share with you!  So if you’re especially interested in custom wedding invitations stay tuned, more of those will be up very soon!

Carlos Lascano

I’m headed up to Portland this afternoon to run a few letterpress-related errands and potentially do some shopping.  While I’m away, you can tide yourself over with this lovely stop motion animation.  I recently discovered Carlos Lascano, and I think that I may be in love (with his work).  As another blogger put it: his talent truly runneth over.  More letterpress tomorrow.  Enjoy!