{happy weekend!}

In all the hubbub of Alt last week, I kind of forgot about an important personal milestone – the anniversary of my husband’s deployment to Iraq.  He’s now been home as long as he was deployed, but I still wake up every day feeling grateful that he’s here.  Everything felt so chaotic and overwhelming this time last year; a feeling that continued up until the day he came home.  So if you know of anyone with a spouse or family member deployed overseas, give them a few extra hugs – I’m sure they would appreciate it.  I’m looking forward to enjoying a weekend here in DC before heading up to NYC on Sunday for the New York International Gift Fair and to help judge the 2012 Louie Awards.  But in the meantime…

Madeline Lindqvist Hearts 550x360 {happy weekend!}

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

A big welcome to the newest Designer Rolodex members!

As usual, we have a fun cocktail coming up for you this afternoon, so check back a bit later for the recipe!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday with some favorite finds from the Gift Fair! xoxo

Photo Credit: Madelene Lindqvist

Chinese New Year Cards from Twig + Fig

Happy Friday everyone!  As I’m sure most of you know, Monday marked the Chinese New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Dragon.  Designer Stephanie Laursen sent over some fun letterpress cards that she helped to create at Twig + Fig in Berkley, California to commemorate the occasion.  Stephanie created two versions: one on the more traditional side and another with a more modern and stylized design – both paired with classic red envelopes with gilded gold characters.

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From StephanieWe wanted the cards to have a dragon theme (since it’s the year of the dragon).  We also wanted them to fit into coin envelopes, as it’s traditional to give money in small red envelopes.  We decided to pick two different dragons, one in a more traditional Chinese art style, and one that was a bit more graphic and modern.  The typography for each design reflects two aesthetics: the more modern dragon has large bold ’2012′ typography, and the more traditional one is paired with a classic, smaller ’2012′ and the Chinese character for dragon.

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We wanted the back of each to say ‘Happy New Year’, but in a more simplified way to give people room to write if they chose, and we decided to make the back the same for each for ease of printing.  I also chose to pair the Chinese characters for ‘Happy New Year’ (“gung hay fat choy”) to tie the Chinese theme into the back of the card.

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Of course, the red printing ink and the gilded gold envelopes were the finishing touches to really make it appropriate for the Chinese New Year. (We learned that the envelope to give money in should traditionally have gold characters on it, for luck).

Thanks Stephanie!  For those of you in the Bay area, you can pick up these cards at Twig + Fig in Berkley, California!

Photo Credits: Stephanie Laursen

Seasonal Stationery: Valentine’s Day Cards, Part 5

I have just a few more Valentine’s Day cards that I’d like to share with you.  So today I have one final round up for you – full of some of the sweetest Valentine’s Day cards yet!

Studio Olivine Valentines Day Card 300x364 Seasonal Stationery: Valentines Day Cards, Part 5 Studio Olivine Love Card 300x364 Seasonal Stationery: Valentines Day Cards, Part 5

Studio Olivine

Youre My Favorite Person Ever Wishbone Letterpress 550x559 Seasonal Stationery: Valentines Day Cards, Part 5

Wishbone Letterpress

Satsuma Press Heart Cards 550x369 Seasonal Stationery: Valentines Day Cards, Part 5

Satsuma Press

 Impressed Design Valentines Day Card 300x451 Seasonal Stationery: Valentines Day Cards, Part 5 Impressed Design Valentines Day Card2 300x451 Seasonal Stationery: Valentines Day Cards, Part 5

Impressed Design

Sycamore Street Press Youre Sweet Card 300x353 Seasonal Stationery: Valentines Day Cards, Part 5 Sycamore Street Press XOXO Card 300x353 Seasonal Stationery: Valentines Day Cards, Part 5

Sycamore Street Press

Echo Letterpress Valentines Day Card 550x482 Seasonal Stationery: Valentines Day Cards, Part 5

Echo Letterpress

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Fugu Fugu Press

Lulu Dee Valentines Day Card 550x550 Seasonal Stationery: Valentines Day Cards, Part 5

Lulu Dee

Eva Juilet Valentines Day Card 550x416 Seasonal Stationery: Valentines Day Cards, Part 5

Eva Juilet

Our Paper Shop Love Card 300x320 Seasonal Stationery: Valentines Day Cards, Part 5 Our Paper Shop Gem Card 300x321 Seasonal Stationery: Valentines Day Cards, Part 5

Our Paper Shop

Akimbo Venn Diagram Valentines Day Print 550x425 Seasonal Stationery: Valentines Day Cards, Part 5

Valentine’s Day artwork from Akimbo

In case you missed them, you can check out the previous round ups right here!

{images via their respective sources}

Inspired By: Papercuts!

I’ve been in love with papercut pieces as long as I can remember, as any longtime readers will know from my love for all things Rob Ryan.  I’m completely in awe of this stunning technique (the precision! the patience!) and the even more stunning results.  So today I’m rounding up a few of my favorite papercut pieces, from artwork to baby announcements.

Inspired by Papercuts Inspired By: Papercuts!

No. 1 Rob Ryan; No. 2 Dinara Mirtalipova (originally posted here); No. 3 Woodland Papercuts; No. 4 Elizabeth Messina; No. 5 Helen Musselwhite; No. 6 Julene Harrison

Rob Ryan 2012 Valentine Inspired By: Papercuts!

And speaking of Rob Ryan, he just released his 2012 Valentine’s Day print!  This year, Rob is offering a beautiful screen print in burgundy ink on off-white paper.  Check out all three designs right here.  So gorgeous!

Woodland Papercuts is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Naomi’s beau­ti­ful work right here!

{images via their respective sources}

Pigeon Toe + Shanna Murray

I adore these stacking vessels – a collaboration between Pigeon Toe ceramics and illustrator Shanna Murray.  They would be so cute together as salt and pepper cellars, vessels for sauce, or even for votives.

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Pigeon Toe Shanna Murray Stacking Vessels 300x300 Pigeon Toe + Shanna Murray Pigeon Toe Shanna Murray Stacking Vessels3 300x300 Pigeon Toe + Shanna Murray

Available right here.

Photo Credits: Pigeon Toe