Our Cardstore artists are always on the lookout for the best up-and-coming ideas and latest trends in the card world. We take pride in creating cards our customers love that are on-trend and with the most stylish designs. You’ll see that this spring they have really enjoyed using the latest trend in designs- cards featuring watercolor details. It is a vibrant and seasonally-relevant trend they just couldn’t resist! Check out our Easter greetings, Mother’s Day cards and more, cards featured this watercolor design. (Bonus, not only are they beautiful- they’re also perfect to personalize!)
In case you’re already looking ahead to Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12th!), why not browse some of the lovely Mother’s Day cards featuring a watercolor style? Moms will absolutely adore the gorgeous colors and details that make for such a sweet and subtle greeting. Add a photo of the two of you together and a personalized note to let your mom know why she deserves the best Mother’s Day yet.
Are there any trends you’re particularly excited about this spring?
I visited Paper Source this weekend and fell in love with stamps all over again. I honestly have not used them since elementary school, but I’m craving the personal and cute touch of a stamp on my stationery, inside my books, and anywhere I can mark! When I came across this Initial Rubber Stamp from MaeMae Paperie, I knew I was done looking. How pretty is the elegant letter and design? Stamps, here I come!
I can’t imagine being a famous actor or actress, and receiving barrels of fan mail everyday. It would seem totally overwhelming, and I’m sure I’d hire someone to just sort through it and write back little notes for me every once in a while. That’s why it is so heartwarming and endearing when a star takes the time to write a handwritten note to a young fan. I came across this letter from Corey Feldman, who was 14 at the time and already a big star; he personally wrote a note to a young fan following a letter she had sent him. No, it’s not on professional stationery, but that just goes to show how truly personal the note is. The fact that a young kid would do this is absolutely amazing to me and goes to show how even the smallest gestures can mean so much. This small act that touched only one person has inspired me to write a note to a special someone this week, just to show them that I care.
I’ve gone to a lot of trade shows over the years, but the National Stationery Show (NSS) is my favorite. What makes this show special are the stationery artists themselves. It is a kick to experience their creativity, and as a group, stationery folk are the nicest people you will ever meet. And… you can’t beat the location in NYC! Great food, Central Park, and half-price Broadway shows like American Idiot and In the Heights. Ah, that’s the way to travel.
What were the Show Highlights for me this year?
First, the mood at the show was noticeably more upbeat. Although the show floor seems smaller than in years past, it held strong at 900 exhibitors and 11,000 attendees. Most artists said sales to retailers were going very well.
Second, letterpress artists continue to impress with their compelling alternatives to mass-market greeting cards. There are 100s of amazing artists, with my favorite new greeting card lines coming from Hammerpress, Hello!Lucky, and Delphine Press, (check out the blog reviews and photos of these new lines at PoppyTalk and Oh So Beautiful Paper)
Third, it is refreshing to see modern humor cards that are witty yet not mean-spirited. Every year it seems more “shock-value” cards hit the market, nevertheless, it is awesome to see design and sweet humor still expertly played. My favorite in this genre is Old Tom Foolery, and their new Headlines Collection of newspaper-style greeting cards
Old Tom Foolery - Winner of Stationery "Trendies" and Louie Awards
There are many comprehensive blog reviews of the Stationery Show, complete with stunning pictures. Check them out!
The Cardstore.com team just returned from a whirlwind week at the 2010 National Stationery Show, where we visited our many artists exhibiting at the show, scoured the aisles for the newest card trends and trendsetters, and threw a pretty hoppin’ dinner party if we do say so ourselves.
The scene: the Javits Convention Center in NYC
Matthew and Elizabeth of Sweet Letter Press, with Katy from Cardstore (middle)
The 2010 National Stationery Show (image courteousy of Miss ‘N Nick)
Pam and Betsy of February13 Creative
Tami of TamTam Design
Alan of Great Arrow Graphics & myself
Laurie and Carrie of Two Trick Pony
Stay tuned to the Cardstyle blog for more 2010 Stationery Show updates to come!
Last weekend, Cardstore.com stationary was featured in Jewels and Pinstripes’ VIP Celebrity Gift Bags at the 24th Annual American Cinematheque Event honoring Matt Damon. Held each year at the Beverley Hilton Hotel, the extravagant event was attended by such A-list celebrities as Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Garner, Charlize Theron, Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, Jimmy Kimmel, Don Cheadle, Sarah Silvernman, Greg Kinnear, Robin Williams, and many more. The bags, worth more than $5,900 each, were filled with an amazing assortment of gifts including two sets of our personalized cards! OK! Magazine is extending the chance for one lucky winner to receive one of the American Cinematheque Award Gift Bags for themselves! Make sure to enter before April 16th, 2010 and good luck!
A Valentine’s Day card addressed to a Margaret Davey arrived at Duke University earlier this month, but get this…it was postmarked February 12, 1934! It was later discovered that Davey graduated from Duke’s School of Nursing in 1935. The card was signed by Davey’s six year old niece (who was actually Davey’s sister, the niece’s mother). Unfortunately, Davey passed away earlier this year and was never able to receive the card, but Duke’s Director of Postal Operations was able to get in touch with the niece.
Lost Valentine’s postmarked 1934
I was really fascinated by this story and also found it interesting that the card featured a giraffe–the newest trend for kid’s stationery. As of recent, these loveable long-necked creatures have been taking over kids’ stationery and they’re winning us over at Cardstore, too! Check out here to see how these animals have stampeded all over the front of our new stationery. (And to find out more about the lost Valentine, click here.)
Actresses Amy Ryan and Poppy Montgomery, singerDrew Lacey, and celebrity wife Natalie Hanson recently sent out thank you notes from our kids’ stationery collection. They all received gift sets provided by Jewels and Pinstripes, which featured our stationery. Ryan used one of our most popular sets, the Pink and Gray Elephant stationery, to thank Jewels and Pinstripes for their gift to her new baby girl. Others used our Light Blue Sand Dollar Thank You Card by Tori Higa, the Superhero Boy Thanks by Persnickety Pear, and the Flying Biplane Thanks by Amy Adele. We’re always so delighted to hear when our celebrity fans send out greeting cards!
Valentine’s Day may have passed, but sweet treats never go out of style — especially cupcakes, which were by far the trendiest baked good of 2009. Personalize a cupcake card for your sweetie with this cute Persnickity Pear design. And while you’re at it, you can drool over other delicious goodies by baker Glorious Sweets.