February 2012

17 articles in February 2012

Mango Sticky Rice is a favorite of traveler’s to Thailand, as well as the dish I hear ordered most at our favorite Thai Restaurants. Often parents order this dish for young children as an introduction to great Thai food and is an easy one for kids to cook at home. We included this recipe in a Cooking With Kids class called Asian Fusion and the kids loved it. It is delicious cooked with bits of dried mango as in this recipe, or served with ripe fresh mango, cut and served on the side. Adding a squeeze or two of fresh lime over the fresh mango really gild’s the lily! Ingredients 1 can unsweetened coconut milk (can use sweetened for dessert) 1 can chicken broth 1 cup sticky rice (Botan is our favorite) 4-6 pieces dried mango (chopped small) 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh …

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These cards were designed and printed by Emily who worked for me this last year on press and in the studio, who is now doing more project managing now that she has left us for Denver and the hubby’s internship. As Emily described it, she wanted to explore overlay printing before she left and thought a manly plaid would fit well since her husband Chris, also a graphic designer,  was a pro at sporting plaid shirts everywhere he could. What turned out as a happy mistake (those that you don’t intend to make but end up being really cool) was the fact that these were printed as 2×3.5″ business cards. However when trimming (it was the end of a very long day), half of the stack was flipped and trimmed wrong. Talk about heart-attack moment! After talking it over and looking at …

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If you are a bride looking for a quick ship favor tag or escort tag the look no further. Launched last year at NSS I can’t believe these babies haven’t made the blog until today. Sometimes I feel like there is so much stuff to photograph, edit, list and promote that little lovelies like these can get lost in the mix. Monogram tags are sold in sets of 10 with 1/4″ stretch ribbon – you can get the whole alphabet or just a few sets of your favorite letter!

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First off – apology for dropping off last week. There were some issues with scheduled blog posts (namely this one) wanting to post draft versions or previous versions. It was something that couldn’t be attended to until the weekend so blogging sort of dropped off for the week. BUT as always time to fix and move on! Martha is traveling to the lovely Palm Springs this week and took the Monday off to prep for more posts and to also enjoy the warm weather. I can’t say I blame her – this week is panning out to be one of those serious winter blues weeks around here. Hard not to be depressed about another 6″ of new snow. Will it ever end?! With the rambling done, time to move on. FLOORING! This is a big determining factor for most first time exhibitors. To …

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Dear Jane, You have officially inspired me to try red again in my hair. I hope your Valentine’s is a wonderful one, because those locks are RED HOT! Hopefully my husband thinks mine are red hot too… Your wannabe, Adrienne Dingbat Press is in no way affiliated with Pantone or with Jane, we just like their colors © 2012. To see a whole plethora of swatches click here.

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Buried Treasure Cupcakes, by Martha Moench

This is a two-part recipe. Last week  we introduced Buried Treasure Cupcakes, this week we are topping them with Swiss Meringue Buttercream! Once you have gotten thus far in the process it is wise to refrigerate the cupcakes or let them cool for awhile – especially if you have used warm caramel – so that they can set up and be ready to frost. Upon cooling it is time to frost! Swiss Meringue Buttercream 1 lb. unsalted butter, softened 1 cup granulated sugar 4 large egg whites, (1/2 cup) at room temperature 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar pinch of salt 2 teaspoons vanilla 12 oz. bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled (Use the same amount of white chocolate such as Tobler Narcisse for a white chocolate buttercream.) Chop the chocolate and melt in a bowl over simmering water until smooth. Let …

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So excited that these were featured on Brooklyn Bride today – Thanks Vané for sharing them! These are part of our 2012 wedding collection and provide a great change of pace in the wedding invite scene with the red suede paper (by Plike). While this paper currently is only offered in the 110# weight, we can duplex it for a super-thick invite if you are interested. The thing about this paper that I LOVE is that it takes white ink so well. I think its the combination of the more manufactured synthetic quality of the paper as well as the super smooth finish. With that said, because it is synthetic, it takes a lot more packing on press (and a little show-thorugh on the back) to get a desirable impression. Letterpress printed as a 2 color suite, pieces include but are not …

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Super excited to share this with you! I’ve been asked lately how my process works when I’m in illustrator creating a design. Often I have ideas that are a very rough sketch in my sketchbook and then I take to the computer to hash it out and explore my options. Below is a design I submitted (vote to the left if you like it) to Minted for their Take Note! Women’s Stationery Design Challenge. This is a take off of striped typography. I was going for something elegant and minimalist with a twist (or a stripe). Being a printer at hear it was hard to tell myself that the end result would be for offset printing, as it would look SO cool letterpress printed. If you click on the image you can zoom in to see the detail of the name and …

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