Hand-drawn, custom illustrated holiday cards

November 12, 2012 - Filed under Christmas, illustration, Paper goods

Dear Ida Custom Ilustrated Holiday Cards

I know it seems far to early to be thinking about Christmas already, but I wanted to share these adorable custom hand-drawn holiday cards. Lisa Mundorff is the fabulous illustrator behind Dear Ida, a custom greeting card site run by a group of Portland based friends.

For years, instead of sending out the traditional photo cards featuring her kids, Lisa has been creating hand-illustrated cards, featuring colourful drawings of her and her husband Brian’s children. Year after year, their cards have been such a hit with friends and family, that they decided to share the love — and created Dear Ida.

Dear Ida Custom Ilustrated Holiday Cards

The premiss is quite simple… you browse the site and chose your favourite background, then upload photos of your kids, pets, etc… then Lisa creates custom illustrations of your family to add the the background. It’s amazing how personal they feel even when using the same backgrounds.

Dear Ida Custom Ilustrated Holiday Cards

Dear Ida Custom Ilustrated Holiday Cards

The cards are run on an offset press at a small, local, Portland printer on heavyweight felt paper stock. The finished size of the cards is 9″ x 4″ and includes matching kraft envelopes. Because each order is custom created, printed and packaged it can take up to two weeks before they’re shipped — which is why I’m telling you early! If you’re looking for unique and personal holiday cards definitely check out Dear Ida.

Visit Dear Ida to order your holiday cards >>

Dear Ida Custom Ilustrated Holiday Cards

Posted by: kelly

Children’s Nature Hunt

June 7, 2012 - Filed under Children, How-to, Paper goods

– – – UPDATED! You can now download the printable version here. – – –

Summer is just around the corner, and with the weather warming up, thoughts turn to picnics in the park, lazy days at the beach and all sorts of outdoor activities. To kick off the season I headed off on a weekend camping trip with my family. I was looking for something fun to do with my nephew and thought that a scavenger hunt would be a great way to spend some time together and enjoy the outdoors.

He’s only three, so I wanted to keep it picture based, with simple items we could easily find. I decided to laminate it so he could use it again either in his own back yard, or a trip to the park with friends. I’m really happy with the way it turned out, and we had a great time exploring nature together.

DIY Nature Hunt

How to:

  1. Draw out your items – I did mine in Adobe Illustrator, but you could just as easily draw them by hand.
  2. Print, Cut, Glue – I printed 6 items to a standard 8.5×11″ page. And cut them out with an exacto knife. I found some really fun nature themed paper at my local craft store and cut them into slightly larger squares so you could see the fun pattern.
  3. Laminate – I wanted this to be something that would last, so I took it to a copy shop to get laminated, and then recut the squares.
  4. Put it together – I punched a hole in each of the cards and srung them together with some rustic twine and added a few beads for fun.
  5. Enjoy – Head out into your local woods and see how many items you can find.

– – – UPDATED! You can now download the printable version here. – – –


Nature Hunt

Posted by: kelly

Holiday Card Roundup 2011

November 30, 2011 - Filed under Christmas, Paper goods

Let’s face we’re busy. We don’t always have time to make our own cards or gifts, but that doesn’t mean you have to give generic-store-bought stuff. You can still give handmade and help support other artists and crafters at the same time. Here’s a round up of fantastic holiday cards that you still have time to order.

Holiday Cards 2011

1. Folk Pattern Christmas Cards: Inspired by a love of paper cuts and folk patterns along side the magic of Christmas.

2. Happy Merry Joy Collection: Set of 6 illustrated cards from Kathryn Whyte.

3. 3D Trees: This card is sure to stand out in a mailbox full of boring 2D cards!

4. Blissful Bears: I love how elegant this minimalist letterpress card is, classic and timeless.

5. Merry Fishmas Cards: Order online and customize the message inside these scuba inspired cards, perfect for the underwater enthusiast on your list.

6. Rudolph Card: This cute Rudolph is hand-drawn and printed on recycled kraft paper, for a natural and organic feel.

7. Letterpress Hedgehogs: This set of six bright and cheery holiday cards will bring a smile to any friend’s face!

8. Peace, Love & Cupcakes: This cute card has hand drawn calligraphy by Sarah Parrott, letterpressed into it.

9. Candy Cane Greetings: This modern candy cane pattern is printed on bamboo paper, and 1% of sales is donated to environmental causes via 1% For the Planet.

10. Favorite Things Card: Inspired by a few of Rifle Paper Co.’s favorite things… and Anna’s illustrations are definitely one of my favorite things.

11. Snarky Santa Card: A cheeky Christmas card from Sweet Perversion.

Posted by: kelly

A guide to quick and easy Christmas Photo Cards

November 28, 2011 - Filed under Christmas, Paper goods

We’ve been talking lately about holiday cards, more specifically about making your own. While everyone loves receiving something handmade, lets face it, some of us just aren’t as handy with scissors and a glue gun as we might like. But that doesn’t mean you have to resort to cookie-cutter store-bought cards, you can still create your own unique and personal cards with the help of these great sites. Designing and sending greeting cards has never been easier! Here are my top pics for the best sites and apps to help you turn your family photo into a one-of-a-kind Christmas photo card.

1. Apple Cards: Create and mail custom letterpress cards with your own text and photos — right from your iPhone or iPod touch. Choose a recipient from your contacts list or you can type in a name and address from scratch. Apple will add the postage and mail the card for you.

2. Shutterfly: Most people know Shutterfly for the photo storage and print services, but they also do greeting cards. They have a huge selection of cards to choose from and will also stuff, address, stamp and mail your cards for you.

3. Tiny Prints: Tiny prints is all about customization. Start with your favorite design. Then choose from flat or folded cards, square or rectangular. Customize them from front to back with photos and text. You can even choose tri-fold cards, circle cards and rounded corners. Plus you can order matching gift tags and address labes, and just like Shutterfly they’ll even take card of mailing them for you.

4. Sincerely Ink: Send photo or illustrated cards directly from your iphone, ipad or android for as little as $1.69 each including postage.

5. Red Stamp: With Red Stamp, you can email, text, post, or send a paper card to your recipient.

6. Moo: I’ve ordered business cards and stickers from Moo in the past, and have always been super happy with them, but did you know they also do greeting cards? You can choose from one of their pre-designed cards, or if you have some design skills you can create your own to upload.

7. Vista Print: Do you have a long list of recipients for your holiday cards? Looking for a bargin? At Vista Print you can get 10 cards for a low as $3.99!

Posted by: kelly

St. Patrick’s Day Printables

March 17, 2010 - Filed under Paper goods, St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone. Hope you’re all wearing some green so you don’t get pinched! In honor of the day, I’ve got some St. Patrick’s Day printables for you. Perfect for last minute crafting, they’re all printable from your own computer, and the perfect way to bring a little festivity to your day!

St Patrick's Day Printables

1. Lucky Pillow Box – stuff with your favorite St. Paddy’s day Treats. Think lucky coins, green m&m’s, or irish cream truffles. {Free!}

2. Lucky You Cupcake Toppers – 4 styles for you to print. {Free!}

3. Favor Box and Candy wrapper kit – Wrap your fav candy bars with a little irish flare. {$5.00}

4. Modern Sham-rock Stationary Set – Why not write all your notes today on these fun note cards. {$6.00}

5. More Cupcake Toppers – cause I love cupcakes, but you can also use em as napkin rings, wine charms or pins. {Free!}

6. Leprechaun Treasure Hunt – follow clues from a leprechaun to his hidden treasure. {$3.99}

7. So Lucky Stickers – Print them out on sticker paper and have fun sticking them to your friends and family all day. {$5.00}

Posted by: kelly

DIY Roller Pendant Stamp

March 5, 2010 - Filed under How-to, Paper goods

DIY Roller Pendant Stamp

Awhile ago I posted about carving your own rubber stamps. Today I came across a really cute idea from Just Something I made. Cathe took a wallpaper seam roller and a rubber band, and made this fantastic rolling pendant stamp. What a great way to decorate cards, envelopes, packages, or any number of things.

Head on over and check out her tutorial so you can start rolling pendants on everything!

DIY Roller Pendant Stamp

Posted by: kelly

Etsy Valentine’s Card Roundup

January 29, 2010 - Filed under Paper goods, Valentine's Day

Not everyone has time to make their own Valentines, but that doesn’t mean you can’t support handmade. Here are some of my favorite Valentine cards on Etsy.com.


1. You know what I love more than Bacon? | 2. Like a fat kid love cake | 3. I love you more than Xbox | 4. Crazy bunnies in Love | 5. I love you so much… | 6. You’re the cheese to my macaroni


7. Octopus love | 8. I (blank) You. | 9. I ♥ you | 10. blank mini note cards

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Nothing says ‘I love you’ like giving handmade

January 25, 2010 - Filed under Paper goods, Valentine's Day

This Valentine’s Day instead of giving into the commercial craze of the holiday, show someone you really love them, by giving them something handmade. Here’s a few simple card ideas to get you inspired, they’re quick and easy, and feel extra special cause they’re handmade!


Stitched Hearts | Stars & Hearts | Paper Hearts | Button Heart | Puppy Love | Love

Posted by: kelly

Is your Calendar up yet? – Happy 2010!

January 5, 2010 - Filed under Paper goods

It’s been a little hard to snap back into the swing of things after the holidays. I had a fantastic couple of weeks off, but I could feel the impending work looming all weekend. Yesterday seemed to hit all at once, and I just couldn’t get organized enough to blog, and get everything else on the list done. After a couple weeks off, relaxing and chilling at the beach, it was hard to ramp up to full speed.

For those of you that are also having a slow start to the year and haven’t picked out your 2010 Calendar there’s still time. Here are some of my favs…

2010 letterpress and handmade calendars

Leah Duncan, illustrated calendar – This is wall calendar features 12 original drawings and is printed on Mohawk recycled paper.

Letterpress with walnut base – This simple, modern calendar is made up of 12 individual cards. Each month stands in a slotted base, hand cut from walnut wood.

Die Cut Calendar – This six-page calendar (2 months per page) features beautiful die cut patterns, and is printed on natural colored, recycled and FSC certified paper.

Pillow Calendar – An alternative to your typical wall or desk calendar, this pillow calendar is printed on a 250 thread count cotton blend and has a Poly-fill insert.

Birch Wood Critter Calendar – This calendar is printed, double sided, on 6 pieces of Eco-friendly sustainably harvested yellow birch wood.

Hand-drawn and Printed Calendar – Printed on super duper heavy French cardstock, this calendar features 12 hand-drawn cards bound with a metal bulldog clip. (poster version also available)

Posted by: kelly

Make your own gift bows

November 24, 2009 - Filed under Eco-friendly, How-to, Paper goods


With the holiday season fast approaching here’s a great little tutorial on how to create a bow from a magazine page. Cut strips of paper, twist them into loops and stack them together… Jessica show’s you just how easy it is.

Now you can make recycled bows for all your gifts.

Posted by: kelly

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