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Stationery Show Highlights

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.

Yep, I saw American Idiot and In the Heights

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
  • Winner of Stationery Trendies and Louie Awards

    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!

  • Design*Sponge
  • Oh So Beautiful Paper
  • Papercrave
  • Poppytalk
  • simple+pretty
  • A Baby’s Eye View of the Stationery Show by Albertine Press – cutest show recap ever!
  • Old Tom Foolery image courtesy of the artist and Stationery Trends Magazine annual awards, The Trendys.

    National Stationery Show 2010

    The 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

    Stay tuned to the Cardstyle blog for more 2010 Stationery Show updates to come!

    ‘This is Home’ Project

    I just stumbled across this wonderful DIY contest–the ‘This is Home’ Project. Contestants were to visually explore the concept of the ‘home’ for a chance of receiving their design on limited edition postcards. The projects were decorated with everything from Russian nesting dolls to sailboats, each with unique messages about what the home means to them.


    And to my surprise, I saw one of the artists featured on the blog…none other than Tori Higa! Check out her interpretation of what the home means (pictured above) and see some of the other amazing entries below.



    christopher_bettig Artist Giveaways




  artists Two Trick Pony and INK+WIT are hosting two fabulous giveaways–and they’re just in time to test the luck of the Irish.


    Two Trick Pony is giving two lucky winners one dozen “green-inpired” greeting cards each. All their cards are screened printed by hand on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper and packaged in biodegradable sleeves. To enter, sign up to receive the Two Trick Pony newsletter.


    INK+WIT is giving away a Pommebirds letterpress print. All you have to do is leave a quote about birds or tranquility and you will be entered to win.


    Our Creative Artists

    It’s always neat for us to see how our artists are approaching the holidays in ways other than their holiday cards designs.  Here are a few glimpses into how a few of our artists are expressing their holiday creativity!

    Ink and Paper’s Creative, Award Winning Wreath Interpretation of the Nutcracker Land of Snow:

    Ink and Paper Wreath

    Ink and Paper Wreath

    Wreath Close-Up

    Ink and Paper Wreath Close-Up

    Driscoll Design’s Paper Christmas Town:

    Driscoll Designs Hand Cut Christmas Town

    Driscoll Design's Hand Cut Christmas Town

    Driscoll Design's Hand Cut Cathedral

    Driscoll Design's Hand Cut Cathedral

    Sam Posnick’s Adorably Easy DIY Sparrow Ornaments:

    Sam Posnick's Adorable DIY Sparrow Ornaments

    Sam Posnick's Sparrow Ornaments

    february 13 creative’s mod DIY photo ornaments:

    february 13 creative's Mod Photo Ornaments

    february 13 creative's Photo Ornaments in Boho Magazine

    We’re thrilled that a few of’s Apiary Design holiday cards were featured in the winter issue of Boho Magazine.  The new magazine has quickly become one of our favorites, as they focus on two of our favorite things, style and sustainability!  Not to mention, they have impeccable taste in greeting cards (but we might be a bit biased on that last point).

    Two New Mosaic Collection Artists Now at!

    Cardstore introduces two new Mosaic Collection artists:

    Steve Haskamp’s delightful and whimsical style is a nice addition to the Mosaic Collection on Cardstore.   Born and raised in the Midwest, Steve is now based in Southern California. He has worked in the illustration market for more than 15 years and has designed everything from greeting cards to gift wrap and journals.

    Nancy Maekawa has designed and art directed for most of the large greeting card companies and is now a freelance illustrator. Her colorful style mixes patterns and bold colors with a sense of tradition.

    Please join us in welcoming these two artists to the Cardstore family!


    More New Artists at! is proud to present 3 more fabulous designer artists!

    The ultra glamorous and award winning Bonnie Marcus Collection was created by special event planner Bonnie Marcus when she was pregnant with her first child. Now, 7 years, 3 children, and over 500 stylish designs later, Bonnie’s gorgeous cards can be found at over 1000 retailers worldwide.  Her debut holiday cards on Cardstore are sure to add elements of fashion and flair to any holiday event.

    Tilia Press made it’s debut at May’s New York Stationery Show and since then, Anne Hammes has been very busy filling orders for her exquisite line of stationery. We were thrilled to have Anne design a holiday collection for us and her coordinating invitations and thank you cards are the perfect combination for your upcoming holiday party.

    Feterie is an elegant collection designed by world traveler and mom Cathe Huynh-Sison. She is also an award-winning freelance designer and art director as well as blogger (papercuts blog) and twitterer. Considering her hectic schedule, we are very happy she’s found the time to create a collection for us and are sure you’ll love her new holiday cards as much as we do!

    A Special Card to Honor a Special Life

    kate-spain-2 is pleased to feature Artist Guest Blogger Kate Spain.  To see Kate’s collection of Holiday Cards and Greeting Cards, click here.

    One day this August, I received an e-mail from a woman named Deloris in Mississippi through Cardstore’s site, which links to featured artists’ websites.

    In her note to me, Deloris explained that her community of Greenville, Mississippi, had lost a great friend and leader this year, Malcolm Carl Walls, Sr. She and her friends were planning a memorial service in Malcom’s honor coinciding with the annual Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival that Malcolm had helped start and build into a world-famous annual event.

    They needed a special card to send out for the event and asked me if I would design it.

    It’s not every day that I get to connect with a consumer on such a personal level. I’m so glad that Deloris and I did. But it wouldn’t have happened without Cardstore. Everyone there, from CEO Marty Reed to Katy in Design to Tiffany in Marketing, really made it work.

    Cardstore CEO and Chairman Marty Reed shared his thoughts on Deloris’ special request:

    “We were inspired by Deloris and her friends’ efforts and by Malcolm’s work in raising the Mississippi Delta Blues Festival. Like Kate Spain, we wanted to pitch in. So Kate created a great custom design, and we produced it on the finest quality cards and had them delivered to Deloris’ door.”

    Deloris shared with me and Cardstore that Malcolm Carl Walls, Sr., was an inspiring leader in MACE (Mississippi Action for Community Education, Inc.) over the past 3 decades involved in empowering poor and disadvantaged citizens within its service area by developing their individual and collective capacities to effect social and economic change and improvements within their lives and communities.

    One of the more renowned projects that Malcolm took from vision to fruition was the regional blues festival, which has now become the world-famous Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival. Starting out as the producer and director of the event, Malcolm grew it into what it is today by building on the strengths of everyone in the region and bridging the region with the greater blues community. Thirty years since its first trial run under the guidance of Malcolm, the festival is recognized as one of the top arts and tourism events in the southeastern United States, attracting more than 10,000 attendees and participants annually.

    Cardstore and I were very happy to help Deloris and her community get the right card to celebrate and honor this inspiring man.

    The Finished Product!

    The Finished Product!

    New Artists Red Oak Press and Hammerpress is pleased to announce the launch of two new collections – Red Oak Press and Hammerpress.  Red Oak Press’ well-rounded collection is created by Leslie Kedash, a multi-talented graphic designer based in Pennsylvania.  Her sophisticated style is sure to win the hearts of many Cardstore customers.  Hammerpress, based in Kansas City, Missouri, is designed by Brady Vest and his team of artists.  Their trademark bold and fun typography graces their fantastic debut holiday cards.  Take a look and let us know what you think!

    New Cardstore Artists - Hammerpress and Red Oak Press

    New Cardstore Artists - Hammerpress and Red Oak Press