Dandy Lion Letterpress Sea Creatures Cards

Dandy Lion Letterpress Aquatica

I became an instant fan of Dandy Lion Press earlier this year after discovering their wonderful collection of Bunnylopes cards, and I’m currently fascinated by their collection of letterpress sea creatures, featuring amazingly naturalistic, hand drawn illustrations of jellyfish, old wives fish (interesting story behind the name of this fish), puffer fish, cod, and more. I love that many of the cards are blue on blue, further emphasizing the aquatic theme.

One of my favorites, the Blue Lobster Card, with the subject oriented so it’s split down the center by the fold of the card:

Dandy Lion Letterpress Aquatica

images from Dandy Lion Press

Free Printables Friday, July Edition

If you’re in the mood to do something paper crafty this weekend, then I have plenty of fun (and free) printable possibilities for you. From bunting garland and gift wrap to more practical, and equally cool, ideas, there’s a little bit of everything in this roundup.

Kellie Medivitz is at it again with her wonderful It’s a Wrap goodies, this time in navy and pink — you know I love that!


Kellie Medivitz It's a Wrap


I am LOVING these printable, Castle Peeps bookplates from Lizzy House:


Lizzie House Castle Peeps Bookplates


Streamline and organize your blog content brainstorming sessions with this helpful My Blog Topics printable from Perideau Designs.


My Blog Topics Printable


Australian illustrator Pilgrim Lee is creating a free party printable every weekday in July in celebration of her “birthday month”. The theme is bunting and pinwheels, and by the end of the month you’ll have all the goodies that you’ll need to decorate for a fun and colorful party! – via How About Orange


Draw Pilgrim Party Printables


Delicious coffee cream cheese frosting would be the perfect compliment to decadent chocolate cake, cupcakes, or as the filling for chocolate sandwich cookies or whoopie pies. Download the printable recipe card, courtesy of Cathe at Feterie.


Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting


Download lovely alphabet bunting, designed by Carolynn from Two Brunettes, in every letter and with multiple pattern options over at Ruffled. So pretty!


Printable Alphabet Bunting


More pretty bunting in the form of printable posters with wonderful, uplifting messages by Pugly Pixel at Kind Over Matter.


Bunting Posters

images from their respective owners

Cloudy Collection : Teeming Up!

Cloudy Collection Teeming Up


The newest Cloudy Collection is pretty awesome! Volume 2 / Edition 2, titled Teeming Up!, celebrates people’s and nature’s abilities to join together and persevere, which is a great message, made even more timely by the number of natural disasters and challenges that the world has been facing this year. Each letterpress print in the set was created by fantastically talented, artistic duos, and some of my favorites have prints in this collection, including Eight Hour Day, Lab Partners, and The Little Friends of Printmaking. Teeming Up! features a bonus print, too, so you’ll receive eight prints for the same price ($35) as other collections. Check it out!


Cloudy Collection Teeming Up

images from Cloudy Collection

Modernemotive Notepads

Modernemotive Notepads

Modernemotive recently launched a lovely new shop, as well as a line of oh so chic, modern notepads that are pretty as well as practical. The notepads fall into three categories — home, office, and kitchen — and are focused on aiding all of us in what can seem like a neverending fight with procrastination. The offset printed notepads are available in four colors (pink, aqua, orange, and green) and are printed on 100% post consumer recycled paper.

Don’t know about you, but I find that it always helps to have a pretty notepad when I’m trying to get things done; the pretty somehow makes me feel better about having to clean the bathroom or do the dishes. And notepads make great little gifts, too!

images from Modernemotive