Fresh Designs Deserve Attention

If you are looking for an excuse to write or in the market for some new stationery, you must check out these selections of card stock, all with an easy-go-breezy feeling. Having these notes on hand (at home, work, glove compartment, gym locker) will make the thank you’s, I miss you’s, and sorry for my hot temper expressions, that much easier to get down on paper.

Succulents are one of my favorite plants and these cards from Shop Pink Moon gets me dreaming of potting plants in the warmer months to come. Fresh & simple.

This one from Ship & Shape screams summer camp, which is on the minds of many these days. I can’t help but love the letterpress print on cotton paper using hand mixed colors.

Being almost mid-April, why not get on the ball with the ‘End of the Year’ Teachers Gifts? This monogram card set from C Wonder will make any teacher forget about the hamster incident or what Lucy screamed to Wally on the playground. At least it can’t hurt.

Good news! Minneapolis has reached a new level in the interior design world with the arrival of the Jonathan Adler store right here in little old Uptown. I just happened to be walking by on opening day and, aside from enjoying the warm welcome with cupcakes-in-hand and all, I couldn’t help but grab these retro, prepster Thank You cards for future salutes. Both masculine and feminine.

My friend Therese introduced me to these beautifully handmade cards created by a local company, The Saffron Moon. The stationery is made in India but sold at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and online. To quote them directly, “We love the beauty of hand made paper products and feel that when given it creates a bond that is a gesture that something beautiful and unique was given from one to another.” Bingo.

With Earth Day just a few weeks away, thought we’d get a sneak preview of the “green” cards available these days. These Solar-Flare Raspberry cards from Kate Blair Designs are made on 100% recycled white card stock. Great to have on hand for any need.

This inspiring 1960’s style card from Flint Lock Design is made on recycled paper placed in a biodegradable sleeve. Get your green on folks!!! And if these don’t work, grab some magazines and create your own collage of images and designs on used paper. Honestly, whatever you place a stamp on and drop in the mail will be appreciated by the recipient. It’s that easy.

Happy spring, happy green.

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