Tag: note cards

I just wrote to say I love you

I don’t know about you, but I’m only a few months into school lunch-making and I’m running out with ideas to keep it interesting. Mostly for me. I try to create little surprises in my daughter’s lunchbox every day, from slicing her sandwich in different shapes, to tucking in a little sticky note with a silly drawing. A couple of companies are doing some cool stuff with lunchbox notes, for those mornings you (or really, I) just don’t the creativity in me. Or, you just want to do something a little more special on extra-special spelling test/school photo/soccer game...

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Modern telegrams -(STOP)- For real -(STOP)-

It’s unlikely that you need to let anyone know that the stagecoach is likely to be late or that there’s trouble at the train depot, but why should that stop you from adding a vintage twist to that special message? If you go to Telegram Stop, for under $6 you can send an official-looking old-time-y telegram anywhere in the world. How great is that? If you don’t mind straying from the retro theme, you can even include pictures. Send a single message (Congratulations on your new baby -(STOP)-) or use their handy bulk interface to send duplicates to multiple...

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The wit, wisdom, and expensive stationery of Simon Doonan

Dempsey & Carroll makes the kind of fancypants stationery that you drool over in high end department stores — that is, if you’re the type who drools over fancypants stationery at all. Yes, I am that type. It’s the kind of stuff you want on hand should you ever need to send a handwritten note card to Martha Stewart or Michelle Obama for some reason, what with the heavy-duty 3-ply cards, wedding-quality engraving, and gorgeously lined envelopes. But that doesn’t mean the designs are stuffy; on the contrary, they’ve collaborated with lots of interesting artists and designers. And they...

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Hallmark.com launches personalized baby announcements. Finally.

I guess I must have just assumed that Hallmark already offered customizable baby announcements because they’re pretty much the greeting card pioneers. But apparently, that was not the case, since I just got word that their brand new line personalized baby announcements just hit their site. From what I can see, they look pretty darn cool. I’m equally impressed with the simple, stylish designs as I am with the ease of ordering and sending them (I tried out their thank-you cards¬†myself), and the fantastic prices. Hallmark has got everything from the cute girl announcement that turns your full-frame photo...

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New custom photo cards so cute I don’t actually want to mail them.

It was her very first ballet recital, and I wanted everyone we know to see her joyful smile as she hugged her first bouquet of roses. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to just give away our new custom photo cards from Shutterfly. I might just keep them all for myself. [don’t miss the giveaway after the jump!] I’ve never actually had photo stationery made — I know, shame on me. But the options on Shutterfly are mind boggling. Choosing from among the new 3×5 folded notecards collection alone is difficult, since there are a full 26 options, each...

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Paperless Post gets thank you notes. Emily Post rejoices.

The thought of sending a note card via the internet would generally make my inner Emily Post faint, but after seeing the gorgeous new paperless thank you cards, from CMP fave Paperless Post, I think I can hear her applauding. Just as lovely as a real, life paper note or thank you card, the new beauties from Paperless Post are devoid of nothing but the actual paper. Well, and the gas used to power the planes, trains, and mail trucks. But who’s keeping track? However, what you do get is the thoughtfulness of a carefully chosen and pretty darn...

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Little Red Writing Hood

There’s a fine line between too cute and too dark, a special gray area where only the hippest fear to tread. Artist Emily Martin of TheBlackApple is there, jitterbugging in her tiny red slippers. There’s something for everyone in this fabulous hodgepodge of creative legerdemain. Original paintings and affordable prints. Paper dolls and notecards. This adorable set of notebooks featuring Little Red and her Wolfboy. And the hedgehog bookplates are too kawaii to quit. From strange and gothy girls to pirates, the Loch Ness monster, and dancing bears, the artwork has appeal for a wide range of ages from...

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Talk about Pop Art

I’m a huge fan of Robert Subuda and Matthew Reinhart’s pop up children’s books. My son’s copies from the Encyclopedia Prehistorica series show the wear and tear of well-read books. So why am I not surprised that I am awestruck by their beautiful pop-up note cards collection? The cards are breathtakingly elegant and the Blossoms designs are a creative way of giving someone flowers for Mother’s Day that won’t end up dead and in the garbage within the week. Other three-dimensional wonders include cakes and hot air balloons. The sets contain four cards of two designs, with envelopes, for...

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Showcase a kid’s artwork beyond your refrigerator door

I love how my little artists fearlessly choose their colors to create a purple tree under a green cloud, or how a bunch of stick figures can end up looking just like our family; they blow me away every time. RedStamp has one of my favorite ideas for how to pass on these little works of art to those people who will appreciate them as much as I do–their Custom Kid-Designed Stationery turns kid-art into one-of-a-kind flat cards that can become gifts for grandparents, parents, or even for my kids themselves, who could use them for thank-you cards after...

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Real men write nice notes

This year for the holidays, instead of getting your guy a remote control bottle opener or electronic book mark, I say go off the grid and surprise him with this elegant, yet undeniably masculine set of ManCards stationery for men, by Michael Magrin. This $15 set of blank cards comes in an assortment of colors and patterns from abstracts to a lot of stuff featuring lion statues. But the coolest thing may be the sleek, embossed metal package the note cards come in which makes an ideal storage container for cuff links, business cards or even the spare change...

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You can never thank a teacher enough (really)

Looking for a gift that’s Just Right for your child’s teacher? A wee gift that says “We appreciate everything you do!” without getting too personal? Lovely monogrammed notecards are always a good bet – you know, to write thank you notes for the 47 mugs the other parents are giving this year. The simple flat cards from Toodles Noodles are perfect for teachers (and babysitters, too). They’re not too fancy, not too fussy, and certainly not cutesie like a lot of “teacher cards” tend to be. Personalize them with script or block letters, and choose a single initial or...

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Busy mom tip – No time for notes, send postcards

Chasing after three young kids alone is a pretty good excuse for getting out of a lot of things, but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel guilty about it, in particular, my tortoise-speed ability to send any kind of snail mail note. So instead of giving up completely, I’ve taken to sending out postcards instead – like the adorable Menagerie postcards I found at Mary Kilvert’s Etsy shop. This sweet, whimsical limited edition book of 22 postcards is part of the “Girls Can Draw” collective (cool!) and features the artwork of eleven different female artists. They’re a smart and...

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Silhouette portraits more 2009 than 1909

 My refrigerator is a time capsule of my son’s life to date, covered with school pictures that show how much he’s changed over the years. Especially the awkward ones. Unfortunately, each one is pretty much a glorified mug shot, only with a soft-focus forest in the background. I would love to fill out the collection with the custom silhouette portraits from STELLA+HODGE, which lend a great modern twist to a traditional technique. Devon Adrian, a super talented graphic artist, transforms your digital pix into timeless works of art on heavy archival paper, and even designs the colorful, patterned backgrounds...

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Sorry my kid sucks. Can we come over again tomorrow?

Noah is playing with the toy truck. Sam wants the toy truck. Sam grabs it out of Noah’s hands and bops him with the front left tire when Noah tries to take it back. Sam’s mom wishes she could spontaneously disappear. The next day, Noah’s mom receives a card slipped under her front door. It reads: Sorry my kid took your kid’s toy card. The Not So Naughty Sorry Cards, from Tan-je-reen let you apologize for four common kiddie misdemeanors like Sorry my kid pushed yours and Sorry my kid broke your______.  I think they’re hilarious on their own,...

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Camp stationery the kids might actually use (we say now)

I went to summer camp for five years, and I loved every minute of it. I also almost never wrote home, despite my mother’s exhortations, because it just seemed too much trouble to write a whole letter when there were things to do. But maybe if I’d had this adorable Note From Camp Kit from Hollycake Press? Each kit contains ten letterpress cards in orange or blue, just the right size for sharing a few choice tidbits. The camp stationery kit also comes with envelopes, a tiny pen, and a “write more” booklet about the joy of writing, so...

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Cards from Paper Culture: Design totally within reach

The beautiful new collection of modern cards, announcements and invitations from Paper Culture have me as excited as any note cards we’ve seen in a while. And we see a whole lot of note cards so that’s saying something. The baby announcements are a welcome change from the same old derivative designs we see pretty much everywhere, combining your own photo with sweet contemporary illustrations in color combos right out of the latest Wallpaper* magazine. There are also some fantastic kids’ birthday invitations (love that pirate!) and a great selection of personalized baby shower invitations that while modern, are...

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There’s no place like gnome

Confession time. When I was a kid I was totally into gnomes, fairies and pixies. And, while my love for airborne nymphs has diminished, I still have a soft spot for the old, bearded, chubby forest dwellers. I think that’s why I got all nostalgic when I saw these charming Gnome note cards from Paper Sparrow. Portland artist Andrea Courchene clearly has a knack for creating whimsical images in incredibly rich color combinations, which is why I like her Birdcage card and Lotus print cards too. Each set of flat cards comes with matching stickers (Yay stickers! Another childhood...

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This will be the year you don’t procrastinate and get your Mother’s Day cards done early. Right? Right?

I would say that now is a good time to start tracking down Mother’s Day cards so you’re not freaking out on May 9, and emailing us all Wah! You have to save me! Who makes e-cards that don’t suck? Not that we wouldn’t totally help you out. But still — a little preparedness in honor of the awesome moms in the world? I totally love the Most Lovely Duck Mother’s Day card from Foxy and Winston, just on sheer originality. It’s hand screenprinted in Brooklyn, NY (whoo!) using eco-friendly everything by artist Jane Buck, whose sensibility I just...

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Anything but utilitarian

The name is something of a misnomer, because everything at designer Susan Fisher’s utility:home is a bright, shiny reminder that even the ordinary can look extraordinary. Their greeting cards are fabulous, of course — the patterns pop, and even the brightly-colored envelopes feel festive — but their fanciful prints also come on little boxes of “mod mints” (pictured), matchboxes, and party coasters. Not only did one of those fab boxes get an “oooh” out of the child digging in my purse for candy, she commented (rightly so) that the mints’ taste is reminiscent of ones fancy restaurants offer at...

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Thank you cards from your baby. Literally.

We’ve had a little discussion among the editors here at Cool Mom Picks about baby thank you cards. Written by the mom “from the baby” – yes or no? The consensus was a resounding “no,” but as it turns out, we’d definitely make an exception with the baby thank you cards from Canopy Cards. Their baby thank yous with jest had me giggling instantly, with simple commentary from your baby herself like I feel like I’m getting all the gifts… And my parents are doing all the work or my fave, What a gift! I’d jump for joy if...

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