It is that type of the year again: I love Christmas cards. To help you make your choice, I will feature my favorite cards for the next 4 weeks. After the Holiday cards for a cause, I went for mod and snowy.
+ The Mod Holiday series proposes 4 illustrations: a tree, a gift, a wreath and baubles. I like the 4 equally.
+ Red Mittens
+ Snow Dude
Holiday cards at Feterie cost $24 for a set of 8 or $4 if you only buy one card.
I selected these cute Holiday cards because they carry a good message while serving a cause. First from designer Bonnie Marcus, I like:
+ The Imagine Peace card (Have a peaceful holiday) was designed in collaboration with Nell Merlino, author & founder of “Take Our Daughters to Work Day”. A portion of the proceeds from this card will benefit Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources, business education and community support for women owned businesses. $37.50 USD for 25 cards and envelops
+ The World Peace card is a design done with Cindy Crawford, model and activist. A portion of the proceeds from this card will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, whose mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. $37.50 USD for 25 cards and envelops
Then, I selected a series of holiday cards printed 100% post-consumer cover stock with 100% post-consumer Brown Bag Kraft envelopes. I cannot decide which drawings of Moderne Motive I like the best between:
+ Set of 8 Holiday Trees $12.50 USD on etsy
+ Set of 12 Joy and Peace Reindeer $18 USD
Here is your chance to get a note card in exchange of sending the card to someone. This free gesture is to honor the memory of Linda, the mother of the owner of Linda & Harriett. In fact, Liz named her stationery studio after the names of her mother and of her grand-mother to acknowledge that these two women were important creative forces for her.
Liz creates freshly modern and simple note cards.
I particularly like the letterpress paper doll note cards in in yellow and charcoal. It is feminine without being too girlie.
You can receive a note card in one of two ways:
- Grab it in person at Blue Sky Bakery located at 53 5th Avenue in Brooklyn on Monday, October 19th, 2009 between 10am to 1pm. Liz will welcome you. The bakery is between Bergen Street and St. Marks Place.
- Otherwise, send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, October 19th, 2009 at noon EST with your name and shipping address.
+ Linda & Harriett
+ paper doll note cards $14 USD for 6 cards with light gray envelops
On my agenda today is shopping for ink stamps and rice paper at my local stores. I need that for my husband’s birthday party. I bought 100 tiny clothespins, 250 French fries bags, food boxes and natural paper sandwich bags in bulk yesterday at Distribution Alimentaire Aubut.
Find everything on the same roof saves us time. This is the purpose of a new online shop founded by Ez Pudewa (creator and editor of leading design & style blog Creature Comforts) and Marichelle Burdman (creator and editor of Heart Handmade, the home of independent design). They described Nice Package as the creative approach to living. To do not miss to look at the photos of their products as they provide ideas on how to use them for your parties.
+ Baker’s Twine + Mini Clothespins $3.75 for pack of 10
+ Woodland Mushroom Gift Bag Kits $19 for 3
+ photos: Nice Package
+ via Modish
A letterpress treat tag send the message that you doubly care. Added details on these rectangular tags include an eyelet and 1/2″ rounded corners at the top.
+ Cupcake Tag with eyelet by Dingbat Press $5 USD for set of 3
+ via Poppytalk Handmade
Unique cards and memo blocks add style to our life. They are little pleasures that make us feel good. For that reason, I always try to find new sources that deliver something unique.
The first item is a block made of 1200 sticky notes that look like a slab of wood. I imagine this memo block not only at home but also to personalize your space at the office. The challenge at work would be to convince your boss to authorize this extra expense. One thing for sure, it would be a great gift idea for a man in your life. From the photo, the wooden block looks realistic. Have you seen it? If so, is it fabulous?
MadeByGirl is a great place to find unique cards. Most of her cards are printed on 100% recycled, acid-free paper and come with an Earth friendly white envelope.
Next the cute birdhouse drawing makes me wish I was moving to a new house. These moving cards are a luxury but when you consider how much you already spent on your move, it would not be a noticeable part of your total expenses. Reserve those for when you will be moving to the house of your dream.
+ Wooden Memo Block $35 USD at Charles & Marie
+ Sitting next to you Card $2.95 USD at MadeByGirl
+ Brown Birdhouse personalized moving cards $294 USD for 100 thermography cards at William Arthur
ABCD Designs will celebrate next week its 2-year blog anniversary. For the occasion, they are offering you a present in a form of a giveaway. You have a chance to win a $500 worth of stationery on Pretty Lovely. You have until midnight on October 6th, 2009 to participate.
The winner will receive a Bespoke personal stationery design from ABC Dragoo, plus 100 thick, creamy and luxurious folded and channel scored custom designed cards with coordinating envelopes. The best part is that the winner can choose between holiday cards, personal stationery cards, or thank you notes.
As a blogger, I would choose the personal stationery cards. They will come handy when I need to send a handwritten note to a reader, a collaborator or a business relation.
Click here to see what to do to enter.
+ via ABCD Designs
It is no secret that I love giraffe on stationery, plush animals and art prints. It is probably because I always dreamt of being tall. On my quest to find cutely modern giraffe invitations, it seams natural to stop at Minted.
Minted is an online store offering fresh, modern custom stationery and invitations. They opted for the talents of independent brands and designers to bring something new on the marketplace. Without knowing, two design studios are represented twice. I guest I really enjoy the style of pottsdesign and Sweet Tree Studio.
+ Baby Giraffe Baby Shower Invitations by Jennifer Postorino $60 for 25
+ Baby Silhouette Baby Shower Invitations by Emily of pottsdesign $67 for 25
+ Circus Children’s Birthday Party Invitations by Sweet Tree Studio $67 for 25
The next three inspired me for their versatility. Each drawing could lead to a fun party theme while keeping a surprise on how you interpret it until the guests show up. It is ideal if you haven’t decided on your decor when you need to order your invitations.
+ Cupcake Baby Shower Invitations by pottsdesign $67 for 25
+ Cheery Frock Baby Shower Invitations by Kelli Hall$67 for 25
+ Onesie Whimsy Baby Shower Invitations by Sweet Tree Studio $67 for 25
Designer and mom Vana Chupp launched Le Papier Studio in 2008. Her art is influenced by the family life. She captured the innocence of childhood with a unique line of personalized silhouette stationery and artwork.
Her personalized silhouette party favor stickers are cute. With a choice of over 40 silhouette models, 10 colors and 14 fonts, the stickers can fit your kid party themes. For a little extra, she can custom made a silhouette based on a photo.
Not just Paper Goods
She recently added two personalized jewelry items to her collection. Get these stainless steel cufflinks for the proud dad or the newlyweds. Vana personalizes the insert of the cufflinks. She also makes silhouette glass pendant necklaces.
+ Silhouette Party Favor Stickers starts at $14 for 12
+ Stainless Steel Silhouette Cufflinks $48 USD
Available in 3 color palettes, Amy Butler’s new desktop collection will hit the stores in September. The range includes folders, organizers, binders, journals and much more!
In the meantime, you can browse her collection of paper craft and eco-line gift wrapping supplies. Her gift wrap collection comprises 100% post-consumer recycled gift wraps, bags, and giftcard boxes. The gift bags are sold in set of 4 with 100% recycled/biodegradable tissue paper.
+ Belle & Sola Crafts and Scrapbooking materials
+ Petal Gift Wrap Rolls by Amy Butler $12.75 USD for 3 rolls
+ Petal Bags by Amy Butler for the Gift Wrap Company $18 USD for set of 4 bags
Graphic designer Emily Arrison handcrafts paper tabletop creations for weddings and special events. Her flora and fauna shaped cards are perfect for a garden party. She makes place cards, table numbers, menu cards, napkin rings that incorporate the place cards.
+ Timeless Paper – starts at $1 a piece with minimum buy of a pack of 25 cards