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The Story Behind the Card: Long Distance Mother’s Day Cards

Cardstore’s peek into the story behind the card this week comes from our designer Emily, and her experiences with spending Mother’s Day away from her mom who lives in Houston. Having moved away from her family, Emily really wanted a card that expressed how far she sends her love to her mom every year, no matter the distance or where she’s living. With this as inspiration, Emily created the Mother’s Day card entitled A Mother’s Day Wish From Here to There that celebrates how she’s sending her love from San Francisco all the way to Houston.

As kids grow up and move away, spending Mother’s Day away from home has become almost second nature to many daughters and sons. Thanks to Emily’s very personal Mother’s Day card design, Cardstore now has other long distance Mother’s Day cards that show how no matter the distance, you’ll always be there to send her your love and appreciation. How far away will you be from mom this Mother’s Day, and how do you plan on letting her know you’re thinking of her no matter the miles?


Featured Cards: A Mother’s Day Wish From Here to There, Grandma Across the Miles, Home is Where Your Mom is, Love Bunches Mom

Take 2 Tuesday: Pretty as a Peacock

The saying “pretty as a peacock” has always been a favorite of mine. Growing up and visiting the San Diego Zoo where peacocks wandered around the grounds, I didn’t think there was anything more stunning than a peacock with its feathers open to show its work of art. So, to even remotely compare something to a peacock’s beauty means it’s pretty darn spectacular in my opinion. Recently, peacocks have taken over in the style world with peacock headbands and other details reminiscent of the beautifully adorned creatures. This trend has continued into the card world where this Peacock Beautiful Birthday Card had become a favorite of mine with its sweet greeting that would certainly make my birthday even better.

Peacock Beautiful Birthday card from designer Paper Loop

Peacock photo from Flickr photographer Cherilyn Joy

Cardstyle Find #100: Colorful Pitchers

cardstyle-find-100It’s the season for entertaining outside, so I’m always on the hunt for some cool kitchen items that would look great outdoors and indoors. When I found these AddColour Bright – Paul Smith Stelton Jugs on Horne, I was immediately drawn to the bright handles. With the stainless steel and such vivid colors, I think these would turn up the heat this summer.

Cardstyle Find #96: Paper Cutting Book


I love anything that highlights exciting, artful developments in the stationery world.  This book focuses on the art of paper cutting–featuring the work of 26 international artists–and it looks like an interesting read for anyone similarly interested in paper goods! Found via Paper Crave.

Cardstyle Find #95: Penguin Essential Redesigns


Penguin just released new editions of some of the best of twentieth century literature, but, as dictated by Senior Editor Richard Bravery on the Penguin Blog, “Classic (backlist) books generally take the cover approach of marrying the period of the book with the aesthetic of the age. So a 1920’s book is generally twinned with Deco styling/artists. But with the Essentials we wanted, where possible, to break away from that approach, and package the books as if they were new texts, using contemporary artists to appeal to a new generation of readers.” Brideshead Revisited, pictured above, is one of my favorite cover designs of the line–but it was a tough call to choose between that and A Clockwork Orange. What do you think of melding contemporary design with less-than-contemporary literature?