Islet Playing Cards by Karla Pruitt

Islet Playing Cards | Karla Pruitt

These beautiful playing cards by Karla Pruitt take me back to my early teen years, when my sister and I would take summer vacations with our grandparents and play game after game of Hand and Foot in the evenings and on the not so great weather days. Our cards weren’t nearly so stylish – we always played with the standard Bicycle brand – but the gorgeous, hand painted patterns and illustrations and tropical color palette in the Islet deck remind me of those fun summer days. Plus, flamingo queens and alligator kings? Gotta love that.

Islet Playing Cards | Karla Pruitt

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Weekly Wrap #169 : 6 Dotty Designs

Dots are always in style, and these six dotty gift wrap designs will undoubtedly come in handy for so many different occasions. Smock’s black and gold dots wrap would look just as great on a birthday gift for him as it would on an anniversary gift for your parents, and kikki K.’s pastel Tacksam wrap would be right at home on everything from a baby shower gift to a little girl’s birthday present, to mention but a couple of examples. Check out all of the dotty designs below:

6 Dotted gift Wrap Designs as seen on papercrave.com

1. Watercolor Polka Dot | Norman’s Printery 2. Dots | Smock 3. Indigo Spots | Sycamore Street Press 4. Tacksam | kikki K. 5. Shimmer Dot | The Social Type 6. Shiki | Kelly Hyatt

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Quick Picks : 5.22.14

Sailboat in a Bottle Postcard | Scout Editions

Sailboat in a Bottle Postcard | Scout Editions

This Week’s Picks

♥ It’s a dollhouse. It’s a book. It’s both! – via

♥ Really digging the mid-century look of Adam Nickel’s illustrations. – via

♥ A unique, three dimensional quilled alphabet by Dan Hoopert. I like his loose, curly quiling style.

♥ Ooh, the new Dolan Geiman collection at Night Owl Paper Goods, which made its debut at NSS, looks awesome.

♥ These origami ornaments by Lisa Marie Andersson are beautiful.

image from Scout Editions

Hand Lettered Love #27, Jill Howarth Edition

Hand Lettered Love #27, Jill Howarth Edition as seen on papercrave.com

Illustrator and hand lettering artist, Jill Howarth, is just finishing up her 40 days of lettering project, and there are so many wonderful examples of hand lettering to be found in this group that I had to dedicate a Hand Lettered Love to her work. Head on over to Jill’s website or to her Flickr to see more of her fantastic “40 days” illustrations.

Hand Lettered Love #27, Jill Howarth Edition as seen on papercrave.com

images from Jill Howarth

Happy Graduation Cards, Pt. 2

Here’s another bunch of awesome cards for the smarty pants graduate or graduates in your life. Lots of fantastic hand lettering going on in this group! And be sure to check out part one of my grad card picks for even more ideas.

Happy Graduation Cards, Pt. 2 as seen on papercrave.com

Above, clockwise from top left : My Dear Fellow Co. (Congrats!) // Anemone Letterpress // Emily McDowell // Quill & Fox // My Dear Fellow Co. (Hooray!) // Idlewild Co. // Egg Press // Steel Petal Press

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