Wednesday, April 29, 2009

go nuts!

one of my newest favourite letterpress design companies is the paper nut. i went crazy for jeanie's stunning modern fun luxe letterpress wedding invitations and announcement suites. her patterns are absolutely divine and they make me want to get married all over again (to my husband again of course)! images of her wedding invites are coming soon but until then check out her very cute site here. my favourites are confections, soho, spring, and molly.

also, the paper nut has some precious notecards available for purchase too. some of them are pictured here including her delightful alphabet design and giraffes. oh and i love jeanie's little logo too. it's perfectly nutty and sweet! :)

images: the paper nut

Saturday, April 25, 2009

tutti frutti

it's been a crazy rollercoaster week! thought i'd post about this happy fun colourful poster that i discovered by hand & eye letterpress in the u.k.

i love these contemporary times when we can create by digital means and have designs printed with the traditional method of letterpress. however i also adore wood type and old cuts and setting type by hand. it's like listening to vinyl records instead of cds or watching super 8 before blu-ray or taking photographs with film rather than digitally.

hand & eye letterpress' poster is titled "tutti frutti" and reminds me of colourful candy sticks and looks good enough to eat! to create the poster they set the wood type and proofed it with black ink. then they chose yummy colours from their pantone book and separated the type for printing each colour. you can purchase it online at their ebay shop. enjoy!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

new favourites

i love discovering new designs in letterpress. i recently wrote about my long-time faves: egg press, snow and graham, and hello lucky but recently i've found some new additions to my faveys list including sweetbeets and the paper nut (which i will post about soon).

my sister and her husband gave my son the adorable sweetbeets card with aquamarine and tangerine cars and trucks for his first birthday in december. i immediately fell in love with sweetbeets' designs and since then have seen their products on blogs, on sites and in local baby shoppes.

sweetbeets' cards, tags and prints are all printed on recycled paper. they are designed by owner and mom-of-two lisa zuraw who was inspired by her young children to "create illustrations that would be a sweet reminder of life's simple pleasures". i agree that her bright, simple designs bring out the child in us. sigh, if only i could just sit and play all day... :)

the images posted here are just a few of my favourite sweetbeets designs. for more check out their website or etsy shop. enjoy and take a moment to be a kid again (even if just for a few seconds)!

images: sweetbeets

Thursday, April 16, 2009

sweet sample sale

letterpress lovers! egg press has a fabulous sample sale on their cards! ten cards for $10 usd! you don't have a choice about which cards as egg press will choose a nice selection for you but isn't it fun to have a surprise every once in a while? plus all of their cards are great so you're guaranteed some good stuff. note: these cards are seconds or discontinued stock.

the sample sale is on for a very limited time, only until april 20th so get a move on if you want in. the bummer for canadians is that the shipping costs more than the cards. but it's worth it if you can send to an address in the united states (which i just might have to do). :) happy shopping!

image: egg press

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

all good things

my sister spread the word to me about enormous champion, a husband and wife team with awesome creative talent. i love love their print ALL GOOD THINGS. the colour combination is perfect and the detail of the patterns in the type is amazing. perfectly put together. no wonder they call themselves enormous champion. nice work j + j!

if you're interested in purchasing this print you can indulge at their etsy shop. here's the description about the 8" x 10" print: "This letterpress print is a three color print (and a fourth, clear tint) was used to discreetly print our logo at the center/bottom).There is a man-made paper vellum dust jacket with the words, "wishing you..." printed on it. This dust jacket protects the print, but also makes it perfect for a well wishing card & gift in one."

spotting this letterpress print was definitely a *good thing* for me!