Tag Archives: Custom Stamps

Signed, Stamped, Delivered

If memory serves me right, after closing on our first home together 13 years ago I drove straight from the realtor’s office to a local stationery shop to place an order for an address stamp. Oh yes, I was that excited to own a personalized address stamp. Custom stamps make an impression. They provide a little hint of your personality, lend a hand with Holiday cards, and also shows You Mean Business as a letter writer.

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Over time, though, I fell for the old school stamp with the traditional quality-cut red rubber, oil-rubbed maple hardwood body, and tumble painted red handle, allowing the sender to select their own ink color depending on the letter. Fawsnberg’s custom stamps checks off all these boxes. This sister team, based in upper state New York, design their stamps with a classic yet fresh approach using the local amish to mill their wood.  And fortunately for all of us, several custom stamps were recently added to the Brown Ink Paper Goods shop!

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What a thoughtful gift for a friend’s new home office, Thank You’s or Save the Dates for the bride and groom, house warming gift, or simply for sending holiday and everyday cards. It’s also the perfect time to gift a college student heading off to school or a recent graduate settling into their new home. Custom stamps also arrive in a gorgeous gift box.

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Put a bit of love into your letter with a custom stamp. It honors both you and the correspondence.

A Few of Our Favorite Things – Part I

No snow? We’re still in the holiday spirit over here at brown ink headquarters. And with Hanukkah beginning this Saturday and Christmas three weeks away it’s time to send out the elves. We’ve found a few goodies to make even the most uber-electronic fanatic consider some items from the old-school.

First off, let’s start with the gifts that keep on giving.

This might look like your ordinary bacon pen but hold on to your skillet. This Seven Year Pen can write 1.7 meters a day for seven years. Thanks to Seltzer, it’s the best $7.50 you will ever spend.

 

LargeThe other day I received this karma card from my very “green” friend, Alix. The stationery, created by New Leaf Products, is perforated in the middle so I’m able to reuse this card as a postcard.

And now, down to business….

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These rad Colored Pencils from Target are ideal stocking stuffers for a friend with pizazz.

The Robot Metallic Pencils from pottery barn kids will surely make easing into Thank You note writing that much easier.

The “rob” silo pencil sharpener from good erdle is a perfect gift for friends who’ve spent time in the country or have a passion for silos.

Serrote Letterpress Notebooks

I love the way the Serrote Letterpress Notebook brings a bit of Portuguese culture into its cover.

Wheel Printed Cover Notebook

Just crazy about these wheel printed cover notebooks from Postalco. Take a look at how they hand-create each one.

Welcome to the world of Thumbook, a tiny signature book that “connects people through pen & ink.” Novel idea. On one side you create a self-portrait incorporating your thumb print and on the other side write a thought or two. Take a look for yourself.

Mini Leather Journal Necklace - Rustic Book Jewelry

Keeping your words close to the heart, here’s a gift for a true journal lover.

Maxx & Unicorn NotebooksMaxx & Unicorn notebooks are well-made and the ideal pocket size. The dark camo design might just be cool enough for the untraditional nephew.

This French notebook from Brook Farm General Store is so lovely you’ll never want to hide it under your bed (where I used to hide my journals as a kid, so sneaky I know).

Lately I’ve noticed unique stamps showing up everywhere I look. The lovely Initial Rubber Stamp from MaeMae Paperie comes right out of little old Minneapolis.

Name Stamp - Custom Stamp for Stationery by Pretty Chic

Surprise your mum with her very own custom stamp from Pretty Chic.

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Stamp sets make me want to bin the phone and get creative. It’s just too easy to make a page look good with these sets especially this Artic Stamp Set from the beautiful INK WIT creators.

Sailing knots notecard boxset

This letterpress stationery set is perfect for the sailor or boy scout in the family.

Custom Letterpress Stationery - Swash Calligraphy - Personalized Set of 25 Flat Notes

You can never go wrong with personalized stationery, especially if you select a classic style from the designers at Missive. Treat yourself.

City Park Postcard Set 8pcs

Quill and Fox have created an intimate cityscape for this postcard set. Just the right size for a stocking.

Aviator Glasses Correspondence Cards

These Aviator Correspondence Cards from Crane & C0. will make even the coolest cat itch to write a note.

sugar paper from Los Angeles designs all things lovely and the card for all occasion box is no exception. You will make any lover of good stationery smile with this gift.

For the friend who can’t stop typing, surprise her with a new font from My Fonts. At least her emails will arrive in script!

Monogrammed necklaces appear to be the rage these days (don’t you love the 80’s revival?). Get into the groove with this calligraphy necklace from brevity. Your B/F/F/A/E will be so touched she might even loan you her rainbow t-shirt over holiday break.

set of 6 place cards - with birch holders - herbs and tomato/basil

Last Saturday I hit a holiday pop-up market in Linden Hills (love supporting the local artists!) and found these place cards from red cruiser. Nice addition to any meal.

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For the child who adores receiving mail, surprise him with his very own mail box from Twin Cities based Metamorphic Toys. I think I actually might ask St. Nick for this one.

Of course, if someone in your life needs a little hint as to what you might be wishing for this holiday season…

The elves at russell+hazel are so bright with ideas they came up with this Holiday Wish List to help those troubled buyers (p.s. 20% off all orders over $50 through Dec 6).

Here’s something to give a personal touch to your gifts – DIY chalkboard holiday gift tags. A perfect craft to accompany you in front of the fire while you dream of sugar plum fairies writing letters of well wishes (my sugar plum fairies write, not dance)….hmmm, I think that egg nog might be setting in!  Ho-Ho-Ho.

A Few of My Favorite Things…

It was too challenging to narrow the list down to only a dozen, so hold on to your pens my friends. The holiday gift idea list is a bit on the long side.

First off, to the postal lovers.

 

The World’s Smallest Post Service is at your service, ready to be enjoyed by your favorite letter writer. What a great excuse to sit down, focus on something small and send it off to someone you love. 

 

For those of you who may have a family member who still looks back with naustalgia at the carrier pigeon days, here is the perfect gift. This Pigeon Post package from Letter Writers Alliance (one of my favorite sites) provides you with everything you need to send the pigeon back and forth, holding a letter in it’s pouch, just like the good old days.

 

You can’t go wrong with a custom stamp from Paper Source works. Although this means you would be stamping and not writing, if a stamp provides the motivation to write a letter then bring it on. I gave my mother and mother-in-law these personal stamps for Mother’s Day this year and both were thrilled (free shipping with orders over $100).

 

Now let’s celebrate stationery.

I am sucker for notecards and sales. And right now R.Nichols has a great deal for you. Free shipping and 25% until the end of this week. Too hard to pass this up!

This Ikat Domino + Wood Box Set from Stripe and Field might be the ideal gift for that family member who appreciates hand written notes…or just to keep for yourself!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These stationery sets are beautiful enough to frame.  Peony from Satsuma Press is produced by one woman in Oregon and the three dimensional Retroplants from Crafterall is created here in Shorewood, MN by a one gal as well (love you single, female artists!).

 

And for that friend with the beautiful handwriting…

My friend, who will remain anonymous, is surprising her sister with her very own OpenType font created from her personal handwriting. I thought this was a brilliant idea especially for someone with impeccably, unique handwriting.

 

Spread the Journaling Bug.

For the bird watcher or traveler in your life, this Hamline Pocket Journal is made in Heirloom Cognac leather and can even be personalized. Can we say Father-in-Law?

 

And for those bloggers (who ever you are) out there, this Archie Grand notebook from J.Crew is the perfect way to keep track of your favorite sites.

 

Pens and Pencils are perfect stocking stuffers.

The retractable, ballpoint Spectrum Pen in the MOMA color palette will keep you smiling all the way through every journal entry.

 

Why not step out of the box and pick up one of these beautiful pottery mugs to use as a pen and pencil holder. Something a loved one would see every day at their desk can make a meaningful gift.

 

And for those of you with more expensive taste…

From the Rad and Hungry, a site which sources interesting supplies from around the world, treat the pencil fanatic in your life with a Yearly Subscription of (twelve kits over 12 months) of 14 STMT X Pencils each month!

Coming from Symthson on Bond Street, this Jonathan Saunders Panama Diary is one you want to hide from the kids.  It’s elegant in every way using goatskin leather and lined with printed silk. Oh la la (or Ho Ho Ouch!).

 

In my world, the ultimate gift would be a quarterly surprise in the mail where you would be delighted with cards from different artists each season. Parchment Post read my mind. Here you can purchase a six month or one year subscription of their seasonal collection of cards. Sending handwritten cards just became even more enjoyable.

 

Lastly, for those of you still in need of holiday gift tags, look no further.

 

Etsy rocks with many treasures created by talented artists including…

Joy by Paper Lovely Letterpress

 

 

 

And Tree and Red Cherries by Conversational Design.

 

 

 

 

 

These gifts cards from Rifle Paper Co. can be ordered online or, if you live in the Twin Cities, pop into Paperista and droll over the beautiful variety of stationery (check out their blog as well).

So there you have it folks. My list of the year. Hopefully something grabbed your fancy and you will join me in making this holiday season a time for writing and reflection.

Merry Merry.