Seasonal Stationery: Valentine’s Day Cards

Love is in the air! At least, it is at all the shops in my neighborhood. Valentine’s Day greeting cards are always a stationers favorite (the seemingly endless puns!), so the bevy of designs can be overwhelming. For those in a committed relationship, the options are truly endless, but what about all the other people you want to express affection to? While many Valentines Day greeting cards focus on romantic love, there are plenty of people in our lives we love in other ways – your mom, your besties, your work wife. We know it can be easy to dismiss Valentine’s Day, but honestly, the whole world could really use more love these days. In this initial Valentine’s Day card round up, we’re focusing on more universal messaging without any romantic notions (but stay tuned for next weeks round up if you are looking for saucier options). Enjoy!

Seasonal Stationery: Valentine's Day CardsFrom top right:

1. A sweet floral wreath in a rustic watercolor style from Little Truths Studio.

2. Share Valentine’s Day greetings with red foil and soft pink paper from Rifle Paper Co.

3. Send a rainbow of affection with this Valentine’s Day card from One Canoe Two.

4. This double heart note from Meeschmosh conveys the perfect dose of platonic affection.

5. It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without at least one food-related pun. The berry nice design (see what we did there?) comes courtesy of Mr. Boddington’s Studio.

6. This doily inspired greeting card is available as an online design (as well as paper). Designed by Hannah Berman for Paperless Post.

7. Keep it short, sweet and to the point with this simple message and hand-lettered text from And Here We Are.

8. Loving this red and pink block print inspired design from the good folks at Kansas City-based Hammerpress.

9. This card definitely leans more to the romantic side, but still feels appropriate to send to your best friend The red, white and pink roses are so sweet! From Clap Clap Design.

10. This floral die cut comes courtesy of Amy Heitman.

11. Really enjoying the combination of brush lettering with a soft palate from Evermore Paper Co.

Next week: Romantic Valentine’s Day designs for your (romantic) love!

Stationery A-Z: Engagement Congratulations

Wild guess, but do you know someone who just got engaged? I’ll bet you do, as we’re currently in the midst of engagement season (no, really – 40% of all couples get engaged between the months of November and February). Before all the bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and actual real life weddings start consuming the majority of your free time, why not sit back, pick up your trusty pen, and send that dear, newly engaged friend a heartfelt letter of congratulations? Today we’re sharing a quick engagement congratulations card round up with a few of our favorite picks to help celebrate this momentous occasion:

Engagement Congratulations Card Round Up

From top left:

1. Celebrate your bestie’s engagement with illustrated confetti and general exuberance with this design from Smudge Ink.

2. Spending two months salary on one item is no joke, so why not honor the generosity of that purchase with this bling-ed out foil stamped design from Wrap Magazine?

3. Love this sweet watercolor illustration from Golden Fox Goods. No sentiment needed.

4. Don’t forget to accessorize with a fun illustration and a punny messaging from Hello!Lucky.

5. I wouldn’t think twice about saying yes to gold hologram foil. From The Social Type (if you are in the Los Angeles area, be sure to check out their new brick and mortar location!).

6. One Canoe Two has got your reaction down pat. Plus diamonds.

7. This card from Our Heiday honors engagement with a soft abstract painterly design, a touch of gold foil, and a celebration of the impending marriage.

8. Let’s call a spade a spade: some occasions just require a giant sparkling ring (a classic from Snow & Graham).

9. This Ferme à Papier design is great for its gender neutral palate and casual sentiment. I also really like that it addresses both members of the couple – after all, they’re both getting married!

10. Finally, what better occasion for some IRL confetti? Those party experts at Knot & Bow have got you covered. Literally.

Next week: the Valentines extravaganza begins!

Stationery A-Z: Holiday Thank You Cards

Happy New Year! You’ve opened your presents, drank all the eggnog, and celebrated to the fullest. Now it’s time to show your gratitude… start the new year (along with those pesky resolutions) off right by writing some good old fashioned thank you notes. Besides the obvious (mom for that cozy sweater, grandma for the new socks), be sure to also include those who hosted you at their annual Christmas Eve cookie bake-off, cooked all day to bring you Latkepalooza, and threw the downright classist New Years Eve celebration. While the thank you cards below aren’t all overtly holiday themed, they all convey the appropriate sentiment in their own way. See below for our selections/gentle reminders. Shauna

Holiday Thank You Cards / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From top left:

1. This blank note from Hart Paper Co. feels both celebratory and seasonally appropriate. What better card to use when thanking Uncle Tim for those new kitchen utensils?

2. While this Rifle Paper Co. design may not have been intended as a holiday thank you, the metallic hue and floral berries definitely feel appropriate for expressing post-holiday gratitude.

3. A cheerful color palette and a sweet but simple message of thanks from Sugar Paper – perfect for sending thanks to co-workers and employers.

4. We love this elegant floral thank you card from Ink Meets Paper, especially for sending holiday thanks to neighbors or elderly relatives.

5. Loving this super cute and colorful thank you card by Moglea. The colorful dots and gold foil feel festive without being overly holiday.

6. These berry-like flowers from Worthwhile Paper give a subtle nod to the season while sharing a particularly kind message – a great card for that extra special person who got you that extra special gift.

7. This whimsical card from Near Modern Disaster is the perfect way to send thanks for any occasion!

8. Did someone go above and beyond this holiday season? Maybe they watched your kids so you could shop for presents, helped with holiday party prep, or just really knocked it out of the park with a personal and meaningful holiday gift. Send them this gold foil thank you card from One Canoe Two!

9. These “recipe” cards from Belle & Union are so sweet, and a really fun way to send a thank you note to a dear friend or loved one.

10. These double-sided postcards from Mr. Boddington’s Studio are both super adorable and so fun! They are intended for children, but would be just as much fun for adults. Definitely one of our faves.

Up next week: Engagement Congratulations!

Seasonal Stationery: New Year’s Cards, Part 2

Love them or hate them, making a New Year’s resolution is a time-honored tradition (making or ignoring, up to you). I’m resolving to say yes more and make excuses less (however, keep in mind the only resolution I’ve ever kept was to wear more lipstick). I also want to be better about staying in touch and sharing positive thoughts with friends, family, acquaintances and the daily people that make my life easier, better and more fun (I’m looking at you, super friendly USPS mail carrier with the cool sunglasses). For those that I don’t see on a daily basis, using our esteemed mail service will have to suffice. There were so many great options for New Year’s cards that we broke this into two posts – if you missed Part 1 of our roundup, check it out here! Now on to Part 2! Shauna

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From top left:

1. Not sure a pop-up card was ever more relevant for New Years than any other holiday (runner-up: 4th of July). Isn’t this so fun?! From The Museum of Modern Art.

2. Love the use of gold foil over muted tones in this abstract design from Antiquaira.

3. Cheers! ‘Champagne every day’ as my mother-in-law likes to say – a sentiment I hope is shared by Idlewild Co.

4. Hopefully, I’ll keep my resolutions longer than it takes to receive this People I’ve Loved card.

5. How’d she know?! That terribly witty Emily McDowell always knows just the right thing to say.

6. I’m 100% going to be the one snoring at 10:30. Are you telling me that people actually stay awake until midnight? From Farewell Paperie.

7. Simple streamers, gold foil, and casual type from The Good Twin.

8. You heard it here first. Make this new year count! Via A. Favorite

9. Tall and classy, just like the ladies behind perennial favorite Sugar Paper.

This is our last greeting card round up of 2016 – but we’ll be back the first week in January with a much-needed round up of thank you cards!

p.s. More New Year’s cards right here

Seasonal Stationery: New Year’s Cards, Part 1

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2….New Year’s cards! The beginning of the year is the perfect excuse to send out a card – especially if your pre-Christmas schedule is a bit too hectic to get Christmas cards out on time. Plus, who doesn’t love sparkles, champagne, and the optimism of a fresh start? Whether you plan to attend a glamorous party or watch the ball drop from the comfort of your own home, New Year’s Eve is a time to look ahead, be hopeful and affect change. Wherever your evening takes you, sharing an encouraging sentiment with loved ones about the year ahead is a great way to start the year off right… let the festivities begin!

Seasonal Stationery: New Year's Card Round Up

1. How do I score an invitation to this magical It’s a Small World-inspired new years eve party? This beauty is illustrated by Lesley Barnes for Red Cap Cards.

2. While I’ll never tire of saying “see you next year” on December 31st, I’m tempted to add this choice phrase from 417 Press to my repertoire of #dadjokes.

3. The ladies of Hello!Lucky continue to share my never-ending love of food puns.

4. Sparkling. Die Cut. Top Hat. (Thanks to The Social Type for reminding us that glitter foil is always a good idea).

5. Egg Press invites you to “Have a Flippin’ Great New Year”! Perhaps a resolution of going to more yoga classes is in order?

6. Yes Way Rosé from Wolf & Wren Press. This is definitely what I’ll be drinking come new years eve!

7. The perfect way to accessorize your best New Years ensemble from Smudge Ink.

8. Cheers to a bright sunny future and (subtle Illuminati references) (via Hammerpress).

9. Splatter paint and cut out letters from San Francisco-based Yellow Owl Workshop.

10. While gold foil is a good idea all year long, it seems more appropriate for this time of year. Smock has upped their take on the classic message with a unique shape and gray paper.