The National Stationery show just wrapped up a few days ago, and we’re still on cloud nine. The show took place at the Javits Center in New York City and was full of innovative designs, creative cards…it’s hard not to become inspired at a show like this! Take a look at a few shots we took of our booth at the NSS:
(a very special thanks to our designer Melissa for matching her manicure to our new matchbook journal!)
Being a part of the National Stationery show in New York City is awesome…but not nearly as awesome as winning awards. Two Paperdolls walked away from the NSS with a Louie Award from the Greeting Card Association, which is meant to “recognize creative excellence within the greeting card and social stationery industry.” Two Paperdolls was awarded a Louie for Best Custom Invitation/Announcement above $2.50!
What custom stationery won? The beautiful Tursik Save the Date! Check out some photos of the winning stationery below:
Our very own, super talented Christine McMahon designed the award winning Tursik Save the Date! As always, her work is superb, original, and inspiring…and the Tursik Save the Date is no exception. We’re so proud of Christine and thrilled that she’s a part of our gifted design team. To see more of Christine’s fabulous work, visit her website at http://www.christinelynnmcmahon.com/.
Stay tuned! We’ve got a ton of new products, creative cards and fresh designs coming your way. Check back often and visit our shop to score some of your own Two Paperdolls creations.
Now who’s gonna help us get Louie Louie! out of our heads??
Hea there all you mommies and mommies-to-be! Leave the kids at home and come on out for Showing + Glowing, a open house event in Wayne, PA. Our neighbor Little Nest Portraits will be hosting from 10am-6pm on June 14th to celebrate YOU! If evenings are an easier time to get away – contact us about seating for our exclusive nighttime soire. Meet expert Shannon Choe of Premiere Baby Concierge who is your one stop for customized baby planning and concierge service. Noelle Zane of Pure Barre Main Line will be giving demonstrations of how Pure Barre can help new moms bounce back with the safest and most effective way to get back in shape after your baby. Super Swag Bags, Raffles, and Mocktails await you! Stay tuned for more details and RSVP on our Facebook Page.
Cholly is disappointed in you...
Our poor Phillies. One of the worst things about the Phillies losing is that Charlie Manuel actually looks angry. Poor Cholly. I’m personally taking a glass half full approach; tickets will be cheap and available, which means I can have a Tony Luke’s cheesesteak at the ballpark in the foreseeable future. I’ve got my priorities.
At TPD, while we’re dreaming up beautiful invitations and paper goods, we’re also an office full of Philadelphia sports fans, and the Phillies are probably the closest to our hearts. Our awesome web design team (also disgruntled Phillies fans) crafted this Phillies Mood-O-Meter, which tracks Phillies related tweets and assesses the sentiments of Phillies tweeters daily. The Mood-O-Meter determines mood on a scale from 0-100, 0 being pretty bad, and 100 being the 2008 World Series or Roy Halladay’s perfect game.
Coming off a series of disappointing games, most notably the recent Mets series, the creation of a Mood-O-Meter is a great way to assess the current outlook of Phillies fans, helping you become one of the angry masses or jump on the winning bandwagon (hopefully).
We know it won’t make up for the slump, but this is pretty awesome, right?
May 11th? Not so hot, you guys.
Check out the Mood-O-Meter daily or on game day to see where the fans stand. Click http://www.twopaperdolls.com/moodometer/index.php/ to see how Phillies fans are feeling today!
As an arts & crafts lover, I’m especially excited for Art Star Craft Bazaar this weekend at Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing. On Saturday and Sunday, head down to The Great Plaza for afternoons full of cool, original art, jewelry, handmade treasures, live music, and inspiration. We’ll be stationed at our booth from 11AM-6PM both days where you can score some of our threads, prints, clocks and other letterpressed goodies that were dreamed up, designed and produced in our Wayne studio.
Check out some of our favorite things we’ll have up for sale this weekend!
The Art Star boutique, nestled in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia, is a shop chock full of crafty goodness and has something for everyone. Here are some cool and inspiring items from a few of our fellow vendors at Art Star Craft Bazaar:
Visit http://www.artstarcraftbazaar.com/ for more details, the vendor list, and for inspiration!
We hope to see you in Philly this weekend!
Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 13th. Check out our print shop for cards and other gifts for mom!
Heart Mom Card
Best Mom Ever Card and Beautiful Card
Or how about the Say Please Print, honoring the way your mama taught you your manners. Or the Love Print, available in three colors.
This little trio of 5″ x 7″ prints is perfect for a mom who enjoys her afternoon tea!
And we might be stating the obvious here, but our Mothers Are Beautiful Card is sure to make her smile.
We think that moms don’t get nearly enough recognition for their hard work. Pen her name on this Mama of the Year Certificate and frame it for her!
Or for a new mama, the I’ll Owlways Love My Mama onesie for her little one.
Aside from a love for all things paper, I am a big fan of flowers and plants. From a very young age, my sisters and I would help my mother in the gardens each spring and reap our harvest each summer in our very own vegetable garden. As a new homeowner, my weekends are now spent designing my gardens and planters. Just like designing an invitation, placement, color, and texture are all things I take into consideration. Here are a few great resources and ideas from Better Homes and Gardens I am considering this year. Let me know if any of them work out for you!
Make your Own Concrete Planters
I love the idea of crafting my own colorful shape and size containers!
Vegetables in Container Plants
Instead of your average geranium and ivy, opt for the trailing vine of a cucumber plant and offset it with a tall rosemary bush or a tomato plant.
Probably my favorite (and FREE) tool from BH&G. Use this interactive tool to help you plan container pots or a full backyard. It helped me start a plan for my very own garden and container plants. My favorite design is mixing perennials and herbs together.
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“Look at that subtle off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh my God, it even has a watermark!” – Patrick Bateman
Patrick Bateman had it right when it came to business cards, but not much else. Ellis’ character and his status-obsessed compatriots had an appreciation for the thickness of paper, impressions, tints, and the tactile experience of cool business cards. Here at Two Paperdolls, we share that passion with Bateman, without that whole serial killer thing.
Letterpress, engraved, laser cut, embossed, we do it all. Our perfectly designed business cards are printed on a variety of papers and expertly designed to meet your specifications…whatever you need, we can create memorable business cards to help you stand out from the crowd and make an impression.
Some of our clean, classic and minimal business card designs:
Here are some examples of our creative and unique business card designs:
Check out our website or contact us today with your business card inquiries!
Now, if you will excuse us, we have to return some video tapes…
I’m a sucker for hand-drawn type…here are a few of the illustrators/designers who i’ve been looking to for inspiration lately.
1. A friend and fellow Tyler Alum: Brandt Imhoff. He started his personal project: a poster series “Twelve Fluid Ounces” a few months ago–and it’s incredible. His color schemes are dead-on and his hand drawn type is great. Check out the rest of the series here
2. Mark Kate McDevitt: total design crush on this chick. her work is incredible. here are a few of my favs.
3. John Contino. amazing. Love the masculine feel of his work.
Over the past several months we have been meeting with brides who want a return to the classic wedding invitation. Sometimes the hardest invitation to design is one that has little or no design at all. The type must stand on its own and look just as beautiful as a large design motif or a flood of color. However, having black type on a white card can sometimes feel too harsh, so here are just a few examples of how gray, brown or even navy can replace black ink on your wedding stationery.
In my opinion, sports and Philadelphia are very difficult to separate. Love us or hate us, we are a passionate town when it comes to our teams. I read very few blogs throughout the year, but as baseball gets into full swing I find myself wandering for something to quench my thirst.
Although, I found a few beautiful sports blog examples:
Chitwood and Hobbs: http://chitwoodandhobbs.com/
The Arsenal Blog: http://arseblog.com/
Sports and Times: http://www.sportsandtimes.com/
but overwhelmingly, I have come to ask this question: Why is that blogs about sports are horrible to look at?
So this year I would like to challenge my fellow sports-lover-designers to step up to the plate. Let’s no longer ignore the aesthetic difficulties of our fellow fans. I challenge us to create beautiful presentations, that capture the emotion, sweat and comradery of these great pastimes that we love.
And in the spirit of competition, send us your before and after screen shots. We will post the results and send the best redesign a Rivalry and Pretzel Tee from our store.
Did I miss a kick ass designed sports blog? Let me know: @GregPAsh