West Elm partnered with their favorite New York city small design shops, sites and green organizations to this Valentine’s Day initiative. They told us they have a crush on Etsy, Brooklyn Flea, Book By Its Cover, Grow NYC, La Colombe and Brooklyn Brew Shop. Each card is a wordplay that is representative of its associated brand. I love them all.
- You are sew cute
- Love you to pieces
- we’re on the same page
- You’re my pick
- You give me buzz
- with you, it’s always happy hour
So. tell me which one would you prefer to receive from your partner? I wish to see “with you, it’s always happy hour” on my inbox.
+ Send your eValentine from West Elm
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
Here is a round-up of adorable Valentine’s Day. Have you bought yours, yet? From the British greeting card and stationery designer Caroline Gardner, I selected three models: I want to hold you hand (which makes me want to sing The Beatles song), I’m in love with you and Be my Valentine! £3.50 each
Then, I headed to Etsy to find more Valentine’s Day cards. You have Parisian Kiss designed by Nicole Alesi ($3 USD).
NOTES by red letter proposes personalized cards. Her Valentine’s Day Space Cards in Blue and her more classic Valentine’s Day Cards in Pink are sold in a pack of 12 personalized flat note cards for $18 USD.
Green Apple Paperie sells her printable card design. I like her pink You’re a Hoot card ($4 USD)
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
The freelance artist Brandi Powell drew adorable robots for her letterpress cards. She designed a robot card for a few occasions. Each one is inviting.
On my previous post about cupcake toppers, I told you about mixing party decorations from different suppliers to get a custom look. Here a good example. The birthday invite from Sweet Harvey Letterpress goes well with the 3D robot garland and the party bag. Plus, the robot cupcake kit by Meri Meri saves you time and requires no cake decoration skills.
If you are looking for more inspirations, find more ideas on how to design a remarkable robot kid party by revisiting an old post.
+ Missing You Robot Cards $10.50 for pack of 3
+ Robot Hello Cards $18 for pack of 10
+ Happy Birthday Robot Card $4 USD
+ Robot Party Decor Supplies by Meri Meri $9.95 to $22.95 USD
The bauble shapes and colors caught my attention. This card featured a hand drawn illustration by artist Brandi Powell that is hand printed on an antique press. Also check the Season greetings set by Sweet Harvey Letterpress on etsy.
+ Merry Christmas letterpress greeting cards $24 USD for pack of 6
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
Because it is fun to have a bargain. Here are some 50% sales.
+ Sale Letterpress & Offset Cards at Egg Press. The I Love You Mother is just in time for Mother’s Day.
+ For one week only, you can get a box of 10 letterpress cards for $10 at Night Owl Paper Goods. This offer is valid on a large array of cards.
I adore the unique design of Cartolina Cards. Each time, I gave one of of her cards, I get a positive reaction.
Have a look at some of her latest card releases. You now put some of her best selling designs on notebooks.
One Stop to Send Handwritten Message Cards
You can buy them online on GreetQ. This online store provides a practical delivery service. You can provide the inside message that can be typewritten or handwritten and they will ship your card anywhere in Canada and the United States.
An handwritten message card sent to the United States will cost you $8.41. Add 50 cents for delivery in Canada. You save $1 if you opt for a printed inside message instead of an handwritten one.
Other card makers are available on GreetQ. The catalogue is diverse. Take Offensive + Delightful; it is a totally different style. Their humour is not for everyone. I will talk about their line another time.
+ Cartolina Recycled Notebooks $4 USD each
+ Cartolina Greeting Cards $5 USD each
+ Offensive + Delightful Cards $4.25 USD
On a personal note, May 2008 marked a turning point. It will always have a special meaning since my ACL reconstruction surgery happened on May 1st. I expect my leg to be fully recovered in a couple of months. Let me tell me that I am thrilled to see the end of tunnel of a ski jump that turned into an accident.
+ This new beginning half explains why I selected First Birthday Party Ideas for a Girl as one of my favorite posts of May 2008. The second reason is many of you enjoyed this fun floral party theme.
+ As a blogger, I got more opportunities to discover amazing new products. I am still impressed by the unique Old meets New style of Cartolina Cards. These eco-friendly cards stand them apart from the crowd. Fiona Richards infuses a modern distinctive look to patterns from ancient cultures, especially India. Fiona’s blog, Café Cartolina is one my top 3 new blogs of 2008. This is a place to find lots of amazing eye candies.
+ Beside inspiring you, I try to give you shopping advices. I think the Web community appreciated since How to Select a Cookware Set was popular in 2008.