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Send Nice Digital Notes with the Cartolina iPhone app

cartolina iphone app

cartolina iphone app

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.

cartogram :: showing the drawing with your message that the recipient will receive

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


Note Cards by The Beautiful Project | Etsy Finds

let's get together card

let's get together card

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.

flowers in mason jar thank you card

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.

retro style happy birthday card for him or her

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


New Cards and Notebooks by Cartolina Cards

cartolina notebooks :: white swan and blue lotus notebook

cartolina les modes notebook and happy birthday card

Fiona Richards is known for her unique style. I love what she does. Therefore, I am happy to introduce the new collection of Cartolina greeting cards and notebooks. I only selected a few. So make sure to check out her entire collection because it is exquisite.

Fashion Theme

cartolina baroque fashion cards

This time, Fiona was definitely inspired by the fashion history of France. Her variation on Baroque fashion is splendid. It allows her to display burst of colors in a refined way. It is one of the rare occasions where I will suggest that you buy a kit.

More Florals and Nature Themes

cartolina notebooks :: white swan and blue lotus drawings

If you wish to give a little something to a girl friend, you can match your card with a notebook.  You could mix the White Swan notebook and the Blue Lotus notebook to create an ensemble.

It’s OK to think outside the box when you select a greeting card. For example,the Lucky You card could be used to wish Happy Birthday! to a kid or for a Baby Shower.

In case you did not know, Cartolina produces environmentally reponsible paper products. Their recycled paper cards are printed with vegetable based inks. Their printer was named Most Environmentally Progresive Printer in Canada for the last 5 years at the Environmental Printing Awards.

+ Cartolina Notebook $5.98 USD, Card $3.49 at Modern Paper Goods
+ Store Locator for Cartolina Cards


Linda & Harriett Note Cards Giveaway

linda & harriett note card give away

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.

paper doll note cards designed by linda & harriett

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 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


Wooden Memo Block and Happy Cards

cool stationery :: wooden memo block :: missing you card by madebygirl :: birdhouse moving cards by william arthur

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

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Etsy Finds | 2009.01.07

There is a huge snowfall today in Montreal. This means I am better staying in the comfort of my home. After two days at the office, it feels great to write with the company of the cats. It explains why my Etsy finds share a cuddly vibe.

etsy finds :: lemon tree studio :: one red robin

+ Romping Through the Forest is an adorable glass magnet gift set designed by Lemon Tree Studio. If you have a special request, she welcome custom orders. $4.95 USD

+ Behind One Red Robin is Jhoanna Monte Aranez, a mom with 2 little girls. She designs and hand makes adorable soft toys and dolls. The unique Winston the Koa-chi is made from faux fur, wool flannel, wool felt, and designer cotton prints. $58 USD from jmaranez’s etsy shop.

midcentury note cards by jim ward morris :: hot cocoa pots by keith phillips

+ I never watched Mad Men until yesterday. So far, I watched the first two episodes. Set in the 60s, it is interesting to see what the men and women relationships used to be. The second reason why I selected this note card is that it is hard to find great cards for men. Midcentury 15 drawn by Jim Ward Morris qualifies. $6 for 6 cards with envelops

+ If you crave for a hot brownies with a scoop of ice cream, get this set of Hot Cocoa Pots; they come with the recipe. The small ramekins by pottery artist Keith Phillips have beautiful lines. They satisfy my top priority for tableware: they are dishwasher safe. $39 USD for a set of 4

GIFT IDEAS Gifts for HIM PAPER goods

Thoughtful Gent made masculine and casual note cards

mancards by thoughtful gent

I like to stock greeting cards and note cards so I do not have to rush to the store when I need them.

A few months ago, I noticed that most cards I buy are suited for women. Since then I try to find more cards suitable for men. But the choices of amazing masculine cards are scarce. That is why I was happy when Kara Magrin of Thoughtful Gent introduced me to her latest venture, ManCards.

The Concept

Kara launched Thoughtful Gent because she saw the same hole in the card market as she searched for note cards for her husband. I received my sample box. It is well done and beautifully presented. If you are in a hurry, you can simply tie a ribbon with a tag instead of gift-wrapping the box.

The tin box packaging extends the man touch. It is also practical since the tin box makes a catchall afterwards. I recommend ManCards for the men in your life: lovers, brothers, fathers, and colleagues. The note cards would make unique gift stuffers this Christmas.

Card Etiquette

ManCards strives to encourage thoughtful notes written by men. They are ideal for women to send to men. My rule of thumb is to select a card that fits the recipient for birthdays, anniversaries and other life events. Otherwise, the cards should reflect the person who writes it.

What is Inside the Box?

Each box includes ten folded note cards and envelopes. The standard note cards exhibit a brown background with blue stripe, green stripe or orange stripe. The variety box contains the three colored stripes.

A special edition box is edited every year. The series reproduced a painting or an illustration by Michael Magrin, Kara’s husband. This year design would be wonderful as a Holiday card and during the winter season.

+ blue note cards, green note cards, orange note cards, variety note cards – $12.95 for 10 cards + envelops, $84 for set of 100 (tins not included)
+ special edition note cards – $14.95 for 10 cards + envelops, $84 for set of 100 (tins not included)

ALL occasions GIFT IDEAS PAPER goods

Personalized Stationery and Accessories by Iomoi

custom paperweights:: coasters :: address labels, note pads and calling cards by iomoi

As I was looking for calling card options, I discovered Iomoi, a small Californian brand that makes calling cards, address labels, stationery, invitations, coasters, paperweights, handmade Lucite trays, memo pads and more.

Iomoi also operates an e-stationery service based on a membership. But what I like is really their physical products.

You can select amongst 90 designs for your calling cards. Most designs are available for any products. You can buy one coaster, a pair or in a set of 4, 6 or 12 pieces.

The oval and dome paperweights are packaged in iomoi’s signature brown box. A personalized paperweight makes a nice gift to someone that just got a promotion or opening a business.

+ Navy Coakley Cay Dome Paperweight – price: $68 USD
+ Circle Pattern Sky Coasters – price: 4 for $95, other quantities available
+ Palm Beach Turtle Oval Paperweight – price: $42 USD
+ Address Labels – 120 for $42 USD
+ Yellow Pagoda Memo Pad – price: $48 with tray and 250 sheets
+ Leaf Pattern Green Calling Card – price: 50 for $68, 100 for $108
Via Absolutely Beautiful Things


Dozi Design and Syko | Etsy Finds

Dozi Design and Syko :: Etsy sellersI felt in love with the work of two more Etsy sellers today. I love to shop on Etsy as I am telling my girl geek friends at lunch today. I find that my friend Tanya is a huge fan too.

In her Etsy Take Five Tuesday, decor8 introduced five amazing etsy sellers. Simple design note cards and stationery usually grab my attention. That is why I enjoy the work of Wendy Chung for Dozi Design.

I have a thing for Finnish design. Syko stands for whimsical and happy designs in patchwork and appliqué. She sews hand made housewares. Her cushion covers are adorable. Her laundry bag and shoe bag would be practical when you travel.

I am in hurry so I will send you to decor8 to learn more. And do not forget to check the catalogues of these talented Etsy sellers.

Via decor8


More Time Saving Ideas with Cecily Ink’s Fresh Style Card

cecily i nk florish fresh style card file

I am going to a BBQ this afternoon. I was invited a few weeks ago and I forgot this is a housewarming party.

As I woke up, I realized that I need a card and a gift. This happens to all of us. Luckily, I found a congratulation card that matches the personality of my friend in my stash. My husband will walk to a local merchant to buy the perfect item for our friend – I told him what to get.

This is why I like the concept behind the Fresh Style Card File collection by Cecily Ink. The set is organized by category:

  • 4 birthday cards
  • 4 thank-you cards
  • 4 sentiments: sorry, get well, with love, miss you

I think the multiple-occasion card boxes is a market that is under utilized in the stationery business. With so many unforeseen events we have to attend, having cards on hand save us time.

Expanding the Horizon

I suggest to stationers to include more cards about the typical life events. This is where we need more help as a consumer.

Every year, we used a few sympathy cards, general congratulation cards, congratulation on your new house card, new baby card and more. We need more announcement and greeting cards options for the small events and the milestone events that are making life so interesting.

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Buy online: Fresh Style Card File by Cecily Ink – price: $25 USD
Learn more: Retailers that carry Cecily Ink products