August 2009

18 articles in August 2009

I’m debuting a new product over at KwernerDesign, so if you want some for FREE, head over and enter! BACKGROUND: You may have noticed (especially if you originally came from Kristina’s blog in the first place;) that we have a tie that stems WAY back (well not really). We were in the same design BFA at our Alma Mater BYU-Idaho and although she thinks I’m the talented designer I have to say I secretly ennvied her packaging and design skillz myself. Throughout the years I have thought, look at this girl GO! I think she was the reason I started blogging for my business in the first place, I only wish we lived in the same town, I might be bugging her more than she’d like! Thanks Kristina for hosting such a great opportunity!

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You may have remembered this giveaway a few months back or these I did for my dad. Colleen, the winner, chose this great crown for her dingbat and I am FINALLY getting around to posting the photos from her set of 25 Traditional Dingbat that she won. These were a hit last year during the holidays – shameless I know to even be mentioning the holidays – but I’m already starting to fill up my press schedule for custom gifts! To order some for you or as a gift you can click on to check out the full listing.

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I’ve been desperately trying to gut my studio and organize this whole summer and have made a large pile of mixed bag stuff. Which I used to think I’d be able to use or sell off, but to be totally honest? It takes too much time to list a card once, never to be listed again. So I’m giving my remnants to you! Almost all are in perfect condition but just didn’t have enough friends to go in a boxed set. There are a few that were trimmed wrong, but since I know there are some creative types out there I’m sure you can trim away to yours heart’s content and re-use them in your own projects. You have until Midnight MST on Friday to enter. There will be two lucky recipients chosen at random on Saturday. Below is a photo of …

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So I’ve had the opportunity to work with Kathryn from Della Carta on these invitations, and she kindly penned my name for me too! She has an amazing hand and I thought it would make for an awesome card as well. If you want some made for yourself, head on over to her shop and then come back to have them letterpress printed!

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Internet has been sketchy all week as I’ve been traveling and making connections with buyers ;) – thus blog world has been scarce this week for me so I thought I’d send over some eye candy for the weekend. (yes I’m a slacker, i don’t often get scheduled posts up) I know you’ve been waiting patiently for these. Here’s the final printed piece from Wendy’s business cards – click to see proofs and brief. Wendy was a doll to work with and I’m really happy with how they turned out. I finally purchased a corner rounder as well and Wendy was the lucky first recipient of the corner rounding option! As I was talking to my mom this week about what orders were coming through the studio, she asked me why I loved business cards so much. As I got thinking about …

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I know sometimes I do! These are part of the Animalia collection and I have to say, I was reluctant to get them on press b/c I just wasn’t sure if the design was finished yet. After months of hemming and hawing a large wholesale order of these finally got me on the ball. And now I’m smitten with the little lambs. Printed 1 color and paired with blossom envelopes. 4Bar set of 6, or you can get them as a combo set with the rest of the clan (I’ll be showcasing them throughout the week).

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So we are blessing Charlie over Labor Day weekend (how appropriate) and I’ve got a serious entertainers itch when it comes to family events and entertaining. Maybe it’s because I live oh, 300 miles away from all of them. Or that the rural-ness that I live in breeds PARTY in me every once in awhile, but I’ve been ah-experimenting. For Charlie’s big day, I’ve been having fun with how I could use some letterpress goods and show you what I was thinking these could be used for when I designed them! (Since every one thinks they are book-marks or something :) You’re probably asking me “Where did you get that acid-green cocktail?” To be perfectly honest? Mountain Dew tastes a 110% better in a fluted champagne glass than it ever did in a can! And it matched those aspen tags perfectly. Thank …

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So I’ve been pushing around the concept of a card of the month club for all you letterpress friends that wants goods all year long. I need help in knowing what you would be interested in – if anything at all. Here are some thoughts below so read it through and let me know which one you would like best! Comments appreciated :) Option 1: Quote of the month: I’d take a suggestion poll – if you may – the first week of every month, for quote submissions. The following week I’d create a list with top 5 I’m considering. You get to vote, and if you do, you’ll be entered to win an 8×10 print when it’s done. From the poll I’ll take the most popular and create a print out of it. One winner will be drawn from votes to …

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