Tag: stationery

Three card draw: always have the perfect stationery on hand, stamped and ready to go

As I sit here feeling guilty how very far behind I am on sending thank you notes for gifts, I come across this little bit of genius from Hello, Lucky!, one of our favorite sites for funky letterpress cards and birth announcements. The monthly card subscription is such a fun alternative to box sets, if you always want to be sure to have greeting cards that are original and cool on hand. For $4 a card, you’ll get three of their wonderful designs a month, keeping you covered for all different seasons and occasions. Even sweeter, each one comes...

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Nina in Vorm: Modern meets vintage gifts at this cool Etsy shop.

I love the warmth and comfort that vintage pieces can express. They bring to mind a slower pace and remind me to focus on the moment and quit rushing so much. I need that sometimes. But there’s a really fine line between that  charming and out-of-touch, right? Polyester crocheted afghan? No. Modern screen printing on vintage china? Yes. Meet Nina van de Goor, a graphic designer based in the Netherlands who does some amazing work. She’s the perfect mix of whimsy and modern, and I’ve fallen in love with her whole shop, Ninainvorm. Nina designs some amazing poster prints, which...

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The kinds of gorgeous personalized gifts that make us really love giving personalized gifts.

-Don’t miss an amazing $350 giveaway for our readers!- We love being able to knock as many people off our holiday gift list as we can at a single online shop, don’t you? That’s why we’re always featuring shops that have more than a couple of great things. It’s also one of the reasons we’re so thrilled to find that one of our favorite sponsors, Minted, has added some really spectacular personalized gifts to their shop that are just as lovely as the holiday cards that our readers love. Their personalized gift selection really is amazing, in part because they’re all designed by talented indie artists from around the country. No vector art here. Plus, it’s affordable which is always a plus...

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The coolest temporary tattoos are now the coolest greeting cards

I have been in love with the indie artist-designed Tattly tattoos since we first featured them two years ago. There’s hardly a Cool Mom Picks writer who isn’t. And while they add so many fun designs so frequently (there’s a unicorn now!) that this would become the Tattly blog if we covered every single one, now there is some cool new news worth shouting about.   The new Tattly greeting cards just launched yesterday and I am thrilled. Right in time for the holidays, there are five gorgeously letterpressed designs, each featuring a card-appropriate typographic tattoo design, like Today’s the Day, Awesome, or...

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DIY handmade cards, just a stamp and ink pad away

I really love the idea of making my own greeting cards, but the time and skill involved have always seemed way beyond what I am capable of, especially for card designs that suit my taste and style. Not anymore, thanks to these cool, so-not-your-grandmother’s handmade stamps. The hand-drawn rubber stamps at karamelo are unlike any I’ve seen before, actually, which is probably why I love them so much. They’re funky and minimalist, which happens to be what generally catches my eye with cards.   {Star Set} {Botanical Set} While they’re a bit pricier than your typical rubber stamps, keep...

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Birthday parties every weekend? You’ll want to have these cards up your sleeve.

My daughter has been prancing around the house lately claiming she’s the Princess of Parties. She’s been invited to a bazillion birthday parties since school started and it’s clearly going to her head. I generally try to get my kids to make their own cards for their friends, but with all the parties, it’s a bit of a sweatshop around here. So the Princess of Parties and I are opting for some top-notch help.         The amazing greeting cards from Dear Hancock Paper Goods are fantastic to keep on hand. Each one is lovelier than the next. I swear,...

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Pretty badges! And you don’t have to sell cookies to get them

Anybody can send a regular card, but I think you should get extra points for proclaiming your love and good wishes with these fancy letterpress-printed badges. The chic letterpress badge cards from Hammerpress are designed and hand-printed in Kansas City, and can make even the simplest expression beautiful. And they’re pretty enough to frame. Gorgeous, right? And at $5.50 each, they’re for special occasions, but still less less expensive than that farting grandpa card at the drugstore. –Delilah Find beautiful letterpress badge cards at Hammerpress. Their sale section has some rectangular cards for only...

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Buy less, buy well. Madesmith makes it beautifully easy

If you love handmade items by local artisans, we’ve found a collective that showcases the best of the best every week. So, basically, it’s like the cream of the Etsy crop, curated just for you. Even better: these makers are thoughtful and sustainable, and you can read their stories as you ogle their wares.     Madesmith is based in Brooklyn and LA and focuses on showcasing designers and makers who produce goods the old-fashioned way–our kind of stuff. Whether you’re into jewelry, skateboards, handmade shoes, or stationery, you can read about the designer’s background, process, studio, and training....

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Monsters: way better on the wall than under the bed

The coast is clear. We checked under the bed, in the closet, and behind the curtains. The only monsters we found are these utterly adorable ones framed on the wall. And they look friendly. Well, except maybe for the chupacabra. If you have kids who dig monsters or adventures, here’s a cheap and stylish way to decorate their walls (or entice them to write those overdue thank-you notes). This four-pack of Monster Postcards from Quill and Fox on Etsy are only $7 for the set and carry a lot of design punch. You get Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster,...

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Well, hello! Simple stationery for those just-because notes.

I’m a huge fan of email, instant messaging, text messaging, direct messaging, and wishing people happy birthday on Facebook. If there’s a way to reach out and touch someone with kind words, hey, I support it. But a handwritten note is still my favorite way to let people know I’m thinking of them. Because I’m old-school like that. The Hello Card set from Quill and Fox on Etsy is just right for those just-because notes. No need to obsess over which sentiment is appropriate, which design is clever enough, or even how to start your note. They’re all perfection....

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Stars, not so many stripes — tasteful hostess gifts made for July 4 weekend.

Should you be lucky enough to score a Fourth of July party invite somewhere in the vicinity of fireworks–or better yet, a whole weekend at a beach house (can you tell I’m dreaming of this?)–we’ve got a host of star-themed hostess gifts that are perfect. A little different. And definitely not cheesy. That smell? That’s a blend of good etiquette and freedom, baby. –Liz Star Tea Towel Set by Anna Joyce Stars and dots are just a little more original and practical than stars and stripes, aren’t they? ($28, BRIKA) Custom Constellation Spoon This may be one the coolest...

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Your baby is a big deal, doesn’t the announcement deserve an extra-big card?

A picture of your baby is a great way to announce the exciting and beautiful addition to your life. Could an even bigger picture be even better? The new line of jumbo birth announcements from our friends at Paper Culture are sure to make an impression and end up on the fridge, thanks to lovely design and their larger-than-usual size. The announcements weigh in at either 6 x 4.3 or 8.9 x 3.9, which are larger than your average bare-bottom baby card. Each of the many designs have several ways to customize it, front and back. And the cards,...

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Nagging is more fun with Tetris-shaped notes

Square sticky notes are so boring. It’s much more fun to use these oh-so-familiar shapes, humming Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy as you write out a reminder to take out the garbage. Did you know that the blocks used in Tetris are called Tetriminoes? It’s true. The entire time you were trying to fit the S and Z ones together, your brain was learning to think more efficiently. We can’t promise that will happen just by using the Tetrimino-shaped Block Notes from Suck UK, but you can definitely have fun arranging them at your own speed. Block Notes...

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From Brooklyn, with love

I am an advocate for shopping online. As a mom, I rarely have time to visit the mall or shop at my favorite local stores. So it’s always a treat for me to come across new sites with an effortless style that’s as fun to browse as it is to actually shop. Brooklyn Makers is one of those sites. Brooklyn Makers offers a beautifully curated selection of clothes for boys and girls, creative and educational toys (like these cute ABC peg dolls, seen above), sweet hats and hair accessories. You will also find cool stuff for grownups. And if...

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Forget permanent markers — laminated labels organize in style

Surely you’ve gotten the memo: Dear Parent, All of your children’s items MUST be clearly marked with their names. Every time, I know the teachers mean me. I swear, I am always looking for the darn Sharpie to write my daughter’s name on her sandwich box for the hundredth time. But eventually it washes off, and hey, I have other priorities to keep up with, like making sure there is some sort of lunch in the box suitable for consumption.  So I am now humbled and grateful for the genius of Mabel’s Labels, a longtime CMP fave. I fully believe...

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A new mom keepsake in glorious letterpress

I’m the first to admit that it can be easy to substitute email for proper stationary thank you cards, announcements, and invitations. But there is nothing like the feel of quality card stock and the grooves of a quality letterpress. That’s why I’ve found the best thing ever for new moms. Sweetest Moments is a great custom baby keepsake. It is equal parts love letter, letterpress birth announcement, and Mother’s Day card, and the 11×14 size makes it perfect for framing. Choose your fonts, colors, and photo (I am quite fond of the “fresh” palette) and soon you’ll get...

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A letterpress recipe for success

The holidays might be over, but we’re willing to bet you know a hostess, bride, or prize-winning baker who deserves the world’s loveliest letterpress recipe cards. This starter set even comes in a handmade wooden box. Delicious, right? The Letterpress Recipe Box from 1canoe2 on Etsy is the sort of gift that delights now and for years to come, thanks to thick, recycled French card stock and deep, hand-drawn letterpress designs. Each set comes with seven hand-cut dividers and forty-two recipe cards in six different colors, packaged in an unfinished oak box handmade by the artist’s father. Love that....

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Cool thank you cards from kids (that they’ll actually want to write)

One of my resolutions this year is to be a little more diligent about getting kids to write thank-you cards. So the first thing I did was order some that they got to pick out themselves. They were so thrilled to see them arrive that they jumped at the chance to start scribbling sweet notes of thanks. Here are the cards my girls picked out, along with some others that might strike a chord with your own kids; boys or girls, little ones to teens. The thing that matters most of course is that they love their thank-you notes....

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Merci pour les cadeaux

No sooner are the holidays over that I need to get on that thank-you note writing for all those generous gifts. And when I saw this stamp, I thought, ooh…that could help. A merci hand lettered rubber stamp would not only add elegance to the outside of your envelope, it can honestly turn any notecard into a thank-you note. Just stamp the outside of that floral card, plain stationery, or even a photo of the kids, and voila…instant gratitude in lovely paper form. You’re welcome. –LizFind thank you rubber stamps and more hand-lettered beautiful stationery supplies online at Etsy’s...

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Way cool modern Christmas cards. For real.

It’s that time of the year: choosing the annual Christmas card. If you are late in the game, like me, you may be skipping the photo cards. However if you’re also like me, you want something unique, simple and festively awesome. I am a big fan of finding special cards on Etsy–and what do you know? I found a wonderful shop for all of us. Jersey’s Freshest has the best variety of modern, minimalist cards that will surely impress your friends and family. Each card is hand cut out of heavy card stock. All cards include envelopes and are packaged...

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