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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.

Cupid is Sharpening His Arrow

The day after Christmas I ran to Paper Source to check for their annual holiday sale where I always stock up on cards, invites, and gift tags. Although the sight of the welcoming Valentine’s Day section made me gasp,  I shouldn’t have been surprised. Approximately 144 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged every year (not including packaged valentines for classroom exchanges), making Valentine’s Day the second-largest holiday for greeting cards. Hallmark first offered Valentine’s Day cards in 1913 and currently they create more than 1,400 Valentine’s Day greeting card designs. Let’s just say you have no excuse for not finding the perfect card for that special someone this year. So here go my favs this year.


If you are anything like my husband and gravitate towards the blank cards so you’re able to create your own message, then this card is for you. Created by MarMar Superstar, you can check them out online or stop by Gallery 360 in Minneapolis.


I found these postcards on my new favorite site, Ship & Shape, and knew they would be dynamite to mail to friends. Who doesn’t want to look at the world through rose colored, heart shaped shades most days of the week?


For the Valentine’s Day card that keeps on giving, send your sweetheart an actual wooden heart to hang and remind them of your enduring love. This mail-friendly construction kit from Finland includes everything they need to enjoy the European designed heart.

J.Falkner has created a line of cards using bright Palm Beach colors with chic images and playful phrases. This Valentine’s Amazed card will bring out the lighthearted side in anyone.



And then comes the kiddos. It’s hard for me to deny them their love of Star Wars on this particular holiday especially when each of these Valentine’s comes with its own pencil. That sealed the deal for me. Target always comes through. But where’s the creativity you say?



Look no further than Paper Source of course. I’m not sure who’s looking more forward to making the Love Bugs, Puppies and Kittens Cards, the boys or me. Emmett was with me one afternoon when we stopped at Paper Source and he went crazy for these cards. Lots of opportunity for the boys to be clever and use their noggins when creating and scribbling out their own Valentine’s greetings.

Lastly, I need to give another round of applause to Paper Source for these sweet letterpress tags. Rather than use them for gift tags, why not write multiple messages to your beloved and hide them all around the house, car, or wallet. I understand Valentine’s Day is a bit commercial but why not shower the person who rocks your world with the attention they deserve? And while you’re at it, buy some chocolate for yourself.