2011 Holiday Card Round Up, Part 11

As promised, I have a few more beautiful holiday cards to share with you!  This round up includes a little something for everyone – from classic and elegant holiday cards to illustrated and hand lettered designs.  Let’s take a look!

Daily Sip Studios

Armato Design


Presse Dufour

Dutch Door Press

Miss Wyolene


Banquet Atelier & Workshop


Katharine Watson


Dude and Chick (left); Oh My Deer (right)

Dahlia Press

Paper Coterie

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2011 Holiday Card Round Up, Part 10

We’re coming up on the end of this year’s holiday card round ups, but if you still haven’t made your decision there’s definitely no shortage of awesome holiday cards to choose from!  I have two holiday card round ups to share with you today, each full of beautiful cards.  And just in case you missed them, you can find the previous round ups right here!

Rob Ryan

One Lantern


Dear Hancock


Pepper Press NY


Greenwich Letterpress

Paisley Tree Press

One Plus One Design


Ruby Press (left); Shortgrass Designs (right)

Inkprint Letterpress

Dingbat Press

The Wheatfield

Check back soon for a few more holiday cards!

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*Paisley Tree Press is one of my fab­u­lous spon­sors; for more on my edi­to­r­ial poli­cies please click here.

Call for Entries – the 2012 Louie Awards!

Back in January, I had the honor of being a judge at the Louie Awards, which were established in 1988 to reward creative excellence in the greeting card and social stationery industry.   Anyone in the stationery industry can submit their work for consideration – not just members of the Greeting Card Association or exhibitors at the National Stationery Show!  Next month, I’ll be heading back up to New York to help judge the 2012 Louies along with fellow editors from HOW Magazine and Stationery Trends, buyers for some of the most influential national retail outlets, and owners of brick and mortar stationery stores – I can’t wait to see this year’s entries!  The entry deadline for the 2012 Louie Awards is coming up in a couple of weeks, so today I thought I’d share the wonderful call for entries that Chairperson Katy Greenspan put together for the awards!

From Katy: The Louie Awards have been an stationery industry institution for almost a quarter of a century.  Last year the Greeting Card Association (GCA) set out on a 3-year plan to revamp the Louies to ensure that the awards are reflective of our industry today.  Recognizing that stationery is so much more than greeting cards, we opened up new categories for invitations, announcements and photocards.

We chose a circus theme for this years awards, “The Greatest Cards on Earth!”  I joined forces with a co-worker, designer Tess Donohoe, to create a call for entries that we hope will inspire paper companies to submit their best work.  The piece inside uses carnival barker speak to draw the reader in, unfolding to reveal the competition details laid out like a circus poster.


I really wanted to include an activity to make the call fun and interactive and liked the idea of a take-away item people could put on their desk or shelf to serve as a reminder to submit.  An elephant never forgets, so “Louie the Elephant” seemed like the perfect choice for our paper toy.  You can see a little video of how Louie comes together right here.

This was kind of a dream project because everything was donated by companies associated with the GCA.  We had our pick of any Neenah paper, and Independent Printing was willing to use any print or finishing technique in creating this one-of-a-kind piece.  We ended up die-cutting the folder and toy (dies by Atlas Dies) and using white and gold foil (provided by the UEI Group).

Thanks Katy!  The Louie Awards are held each year during the National Stationery Show and the deadline for entering is December 15th.  All stationery companies are encouraged to enter!  Details can be found at the GCA website.  If you would like to receive a call for entries in the mail, you can email Katy with your name, company and address.

Design: Tess Donohoe & Katy Greenspan

Paper: Donated by Neenah Paper

Printing: Independent Printing

Dies: Donated by Atlas Dies; foil and foil dies donated by the UEI Group

Photo Credits: Jami Nadzam

New Giveaway – Holiday Gift Wrap from Felt + Wire!

So while we’re on the subject of holiday gift wrap inspiration – I have a fun new giveaway for you!   The folks at Felt + Wire and Midori are offering a selection of gift wrap and ribbon to one lucky reader, including a beautiful red and white striped ribbon, green dupioni silk ribbon, midnight blue paisley gift wrap, and beautiful black and gold rose gift wrap!  For those of you who like to get creative when wrapping gifts, the handmade rolled gift wrap features a thick texture that can be ironed and sewn.  Fun!

To enter, simply visit Midori at Felt + Wire to browse their collection of gift wrap and ribbon.  Then come back here and leave a comment with your favorite wrap and ribbon combination!  We’ll chose a winner randomly, and you’ll have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, December 9 to enter – bonne chance!

Photo Credits: Midori/Felt + Wire

Holiday Gift Wrap Inspiration, Part 2

For those of you who like a bit of color and pattern in your gift wrap, this round up is for you!  These designs include hand drawn illustrations, fun spots and polka dots, geometric shapes, and floral patterns – even colorful and reusable fabric gift wrap.  Something for everyone!

Clockwise from top right: Little houses wrapping paper by placed; Furoshiki fabric wrap by Chewing the Cud; Floral gift wrap by Banquet Atelier & Workshop; Trio of gift wrap from Snow & Graham; Faux bois gift wrap via Paper Source; Polka dot gift wrap from Anthropologie.

Clockwise from top right: Mr. Boddington’s Studio via Neither Snow; Wood gift tags by Paloma’s Nest; Forma; Ink + Wit; Emily Hogarth

p.s. Broadway Paper also has an amazing gift wrap selection; both rolled and sheet papers, which you can browse online right here.

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