We’ve all been there: that panicked moment when you realize you’ve overlooked a friend’s birthday, or are long overdue to send a handwritten thank you.
Cards may have come a long way in recent years, with a myriad of designers, studios and print houses creating gorgeous prints for every taste, but with so many beautiful options available, it’s the choosing that presents the biggest challenge.
Parchment Post is a subscription-based service that offers a curated selection of modern greeting cards by small, independent artists from across North America on a seasonal basis.
Each collection contains six handmade cards from six different designers to cover a range of occasions, from a simple “Hello” to “Congratulations”. Choose just one collection ($28), or opt for a six-month ($55) or one-year subscription ($100) to keep a steady supply of cards ready to send.
We love the idea of receiving a collection of pretty paper goods in the mail a few times per year, and sending them back out to deliver a bit of joy to their recipient.
+ Parchment Post
The first ones are personalized kids Valentine cards that are printed by Feterie. They come in sets of 10. You specify the name of the sender or another end message that will be printed on your card. I like the spirit of their design. If you are looking for design suitable for boys, I think that Feterie’s Petite Valentines is an awesome card collection.
Brighton-based designer Kelly Hyatt has created these pink Valentines cards for Beaumonde.
Finally, you can find at Meri Meri Valentine’s Day with more unique illustrations. I like their take on expressing your love.
+ Blast-Off Petite Valentine Cards $12 USD for set of 10 personalized cards
+ RockOut Petite Valentine Cards $14.50 USD for set of 10 personalized cards
+ Amour Valentine Cards by Kelly Hyatt for Beaumonde £11.99 per pack of 6
+ You’re Just My Type card $5.95 USD at Meri Meri
+ Heart Jewel Thief card $5.95 USD at Meri Meri
I do not know if you heard but there is a new iPhone app by Cartolina Cards that is cool and useful. The app enables you to send short digital notes embellished by the beautiful drawings of graphic designer Fiona Richards. She called them cartogram.
You select one of the gorgeous designs, write a brief message and then, you are ready to email or text it to a friend. The interface is easy to use. The app automatically syncs with your phone calendar. The best part is that if you wrote down the important birthday dates in your calendar, you will be automatic reminded of an upcoming birthday.
I bought it on the first day it was released. It was late at night so I sent a cute note to my adorable husband. It’s $2.99 well spent. Congratulations Fiona!
+ Cartolina iPhone app $2.99 on iTunes
The Beautiful Project is the work of Jeannette, a red-hair Vancouver Web designer and graphic artist. She has a thing for vintage items. Sending a card should not be only on Holidays or for birthday. You can make an every day invite more personal by sending a note card to invite a friend for a chat in front a cup of coffee or tea.
She put her twist on the traditional Thank You cards and Birthday Cards. The Beautiful Project’s note cards can be found at selected retail stores, at goodEGG Industries and on Etsy. Most of her birthday cards are unisex. A few models are suitable for kids.
You save if you buy a bundle of 6 cards at $20. I do not know about you but I will order some.
+ Let’s Get Together note card $4 USD on Etsy
+ Mason Jar of Flowers Thank You note card $4
+ Retro Inspired Birthday Card. Happy Birthday and Eat Lots of Cake notecard $4
I wish all my readers to are moms, including my super mom and my mother-in-law, a wonderful time for Mother’s Day!
I learned a lot of things from my mother, who was a businesswoman at a time when married women were stay at home mothers. She taught me to follow my passion in what I do, to embrace life and that it is better to have tried to do something and failed than to do nothing. But most importantly, that we should not considered it a failure if we learned something. It is fair to say that I inherited my entrepreneur spirit from her. I love you, mom!
Here are two modern design cards for Mother’s Day:
+ Flower Garden Mother’s Day Die-Cut card $5 USD at Egg Press
+ Mother’s Day Letterpress Daises card $4.95 USD at Kate’s Paperie
I came across the original work of Ink & Iron on Oh So Beautiful Paper. I like how her imagery adds a charming touch to the greeting cards. Ink & Iron is definitely a name to remember. For their custom made invitations, announcements, greeting cards, head to Pilot Press, their studio located in Davis, California.
+ happy face letterpress birthday card $4 USD at Ink & Iron on etsy
+ we’re a great match letterpress anniversary card $4 on etsy
I found on Etsy three cards that would be perfect to say thanks to your hosts during the Holidays.
+ Winter Berry Blue Birds Thank You Cards by Sweetbellacards $18 USD for set of 10
+ Mix-n-match Family Silhouette flat note cards by Sara Tams $24 for set of 16
+ Silver Spoon Thank You Card by Kathryn Murray Calligraphy $6 USD
If you like to send thank you card after attending a dinner party, look at this simple but adorable thank you card. For casual events with good friends, you could be less formal and attach your thank you card to your hostess gift. Or for a surprise, leave the card on their mailbox on your way home.
This thank you card was designed by Tori Higa for CardStore.com. The inside can be custom printed with your own text and optional photos. You can order a single custom printed card or as many as you need.
+ Thank Hostess Mitts starts at $2.19 USD per card
Hanging Holiday cards looks better than putting them on a shelf. It allow you to be more creative. You could install clothesline against the wall, hang your cards on a handrail, transform a pot rack or use a paper chandelier.
Pottery Barn added to their catalog the Wakefield Chandelier. It is a three tiered iron chandelier with 35 clips. Although it comes with preprinted paper clips, I prefer it when people hang postcards and memorabilia that mean something to them.
+ Wakefield Chandelier $ 299 USD
Some quick links to start the week.
+ First Sunday Suppers shows us how to preserve lemons, a must in Moroccan cuisine. You can find their twist on the lemon chicken tagine. Their recipe has preserved lemons, green olives and golden raisins.
+ An original moving announcement from FPO (for print only). The recipient can cut the pieces and assemble a moving truck. You can carry it on your purse and get it out when you need something to get your kid occupied. Via Snippet & Ink and Oh So Beautiful Paper
+ The last thing fits the color palette of my blog. It is fun tableware that I wish I knew where to buy. Antrepo designed this salt and pepper shaker set as two rechargeable batteries. Because of the cool concept, I forgive them for putting only one hole on the pepper shaker. Via Death by Kerning and Lovely Package
Lisa Zuraw of sweetbeets produces the most adorable birthday cards. Lisa finds the inspiration for drawing her original illustrations by watching her children play. Her cards focus on infants and preschoolers from what I have seen.
Sweetbeets’ cards are eco-friendly. They are printed using vegetable-based inks on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Her technique leaves a crisp impression that you can see and feel. That is the beauty of letterpress printing.
Sweetbeets will debut at the National Stationery Show in New York, May 18 to 21, 2008. So if you are going at the show, visit her at booth 2134.
There are many new babies in my circle of friends. That is why I started a reserve a few months ago. Her cards cost $5.50 each or make your own set of any 4 cards for $18 at her etsy shop.
Lisa Zuraw also writes Modeco Kids, a blog on modern and eco-friendly products for babies and children.
Buy online: spinning top card by sweetbeets – price: $5.50 USD
Buy online: three blocks by sweetbeets – price: $5.50 USD
Buy online: puddle jumping fun by sweetbeets – price: $5.50 USD
Buy online: birthday girl balloon by sweetbeets – price: $5.50 USD