I know this post is a bit late, a whole month to be exact but I’ve been trying to regroup this month, decide on my goals for the year, brainstorm on new products, clean / simplify my house and business stuff like taxes. I thought that I’d share some of my goals for the year as well as some big events from 2011, which will be hard, because it was a great year! Twenty eleven brought me my best craft year yet, a new to me letterpress, my cards in two retail shops (!!!), two trips to Paris and a trip to Harry Potter world, and an entire year of working for myself. It really was a wonderful year and looking I’m looking forward to the great things that 2012 will bring. Without further ado here are some of my 2012 goals; continue creating new products and updating my shop, kick ass at the National Stationery Show (yep I’m showing there as part of the Ladies of Letterpress booth), get my new letterpress in working order (this is tippity top of the list), participate in more craft shows, redesign fancy seeing you here, get my cards in more retail shops and attend Alt Summit in 2013 (so sad that I couldn’t go this year.) I know it’s a lot but it can and will be done.
happy belated new year to everyone! hope you have some exciting and challenging goals for this year!
print pictured above can be purchased here
My good friend and fellow art director Christian Williams will be running the Boston Marathon on April 16 for the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC). I’ve known Christian for about 6+ years and therefore I know this is a HUGE challenge for him, (he practically hates running.) BUT I also know that he is very determined, which means he will succeed even if he’s crawling across the finish line. Using his art director skills he created a great little campaign/site for his journey. And he’s challenging all of us to donate at least five dollars. “Five dollars. It’s not a lot to part with. We spend almost that much a day on coffee. Five dollars may not seem like a lot. But, if enough people contribute…five dollars will add up quickly. In addition to knowing that you’ve contributed to one of the nations leading cancer institutes I’ll also go ahead and send you one of the buttons shown below. Please do you part and spread the word. Together We Can.”
Please donate if you can and spread the word because every bit helps. For more information about the marathon and Christian’s running journey check out his site Make My Feet Go.
Great campaign for Toyota Prius V by Saatchi & Saatchi L.A. and Serial Cut, even greater knowing the crazy amount of work done to produce these.
I’m very excited for the 2012 Pantone color of the year; Tangerine Tango, a spirited energetic reddish orange. It’s much better than last year’s color honeysuckle. And if you’re a fan of Tangerine Tango be sure to check out the Pantone fashion color report for Spring 2012 which includes the fiery orange amongst complementary bright and neutral colors (shown in the second image.) I’m really digging the neutrals in the report, especially Margarita, Cockatoo and Driftwood.
Last night I made a run over to Mullen HQ to meet up with my friend Chris Brady. Chris, along with his helpful family, is the creator of The Lobstar. Each Lobstar comes with a personally screen printed box and certificate. I’m happy to say that I’m the proud owner of #93/200. As you can see from the photos below…the Lobstar looks fantastic. I love it.
Another new item in my shop—the get lost letterpress card! I’m extra proud of all the fancy details in this card from the blind emboss on the front to the beautiful map envelope. Check it out in my shop. And I’m extending my holiday sale until Friday. Use the code HOLIDAY11 and get 20% everything in my shop! Happy Shopping!
Beautiful hand lettering from Mary Kate McDevitt.
Stunning, spectacular double exposure portraits from Dan Mountford. These were created in camera, not with photoshop overlays. The color was adjusted in Photoshop and vectors added in Illustrator. I’m in awe. View more of his work here.
via Alison Owen Design
The newest addition to the Gee Whiskers series—a cat-a-lope holiday card. It’s the puurrrrfect way to say happy holidays. These cards are screenprinted with three colors on Paper Source Eco White paper and blank on the inside. (Includes a French Paper kraft envelope.) Available for purchase in my shop individually or in a 5 pack.
Yesterday I took a trip to Baltimore to check out the type truck at Baltimore Print Studios. The type truck is completely adorable and frankly I’m a little jealous of Kyle. She gets to travel and print—a perfect combination if you ask me. First step was screenprinting a minty layer inside Baltimore Print Studios. Once that dried I letterpressed the hot pink type inside the type truck. See the final product in the second picture below. A beautiful print to remember the experience, mine’s already hanging on the fridge.