Queenslake Letterpress Exhibition

2011 has been an incredibly tumultuous year so far, and I find myself having a hard time wrapping my mind around everything that has happened and that is currently happening around the world. Devastating floods and earthquakes, political turmoil, volcanic eruptions – it can be overwhelming to think about how many peoples’ lives have been affected and what they must be going through on a day to day basis just to survive.

I think that many of us are asking ourselves what we can do to help, and today I’ll be sharing a couple of ways that paper lovers can help, thanks to the creative thinking and generosity of those in the letterpress and stationery community.

Queenslake Letterpress Exhibition

This past January, Queensland, Australia was hit hard by disastrous flooding, filling towns with dirty, murky water and ruining many homes and businesses. As Jenna and Simon Hipgrave of The Hungry Workshop were waiting for their power to be restored, they started thinking about how they could assist in the flood relief efforts, and they started banding together some of Queensland’s leading artists and designers for what would become the Queenslake Letterpress Exhibition.

Each participating creative was given a brief to create a two color illustration that would instill hope and represent the courage and even the humor of Queenslanders. Illustrations were letterpress printed by The Hungry Workshop, and the fifteen prints cover a broad range of subjects, from iconic architectural elements to whimsical ode to “The Owl and the Pussycat”.

The limited edition prints are available online at The Hungry Workshop, and all profits will be donated to The Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal. See all of the available prints right here.

Queenslake Letterpress Exhibition

‘Pull Together’ by Karl Kwasny

Queenslake Letterpress Exhibition

‘Brislantis’ by Spew Corp

I Miss the Drought

‘Drought’ by Listen to the Graphics

Queenslake Letterpress

‘In Our Nature’ by Rinzen

Spray On Flood Relief

‘Spray on Flood Relief’ by Emlyn Allen

images from The Hungry Workshop

Weekly Wrap #63 : Ask Alice Gift Tags

Weekly Wrap

Ask Alice Gift Tags

These awesome gift tags by Ask Alice are like baseball cards – I want to collect them all! The collection includes eight different designs, perfect for putting the finishing touches on gifts for grandparents with a great sense of humor, packages for crafty friends, or gifts for offbeat, mid-century style illustration fans. And remember the new Hello! Lucky patterned papers from last week? These tags would be great paired with those papers, don’t cha think?

images from Ask Alice

St. Patrick’s Day Printables

Rainbows, pots of gold, lucky four leaf clovers, really yummy eats, and super cute printables … isn’t this what all St. Patrick’s Day celebrations should be made of?

JHill Design helps you show your Irish green (and we’re all a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, aren’t we?) with this versatile (and lucky) four leaf clover printable, created using their Bermuda pattern. Print and combine the clover pieces to create everything from a lapel pin to a hair accessory! Available to download for just $1 or for free with any purchase from JHill Design.

Four Leaf Clover Printable

Kathleen from Twig & Thistle shares printable St. Patrick’s Day coasters for those frosty mugs of beer that you’ll be having with all of that yummy Irish food:

Printable St. Patrick's Day Coasters

Top your St. Patrick’s Day goodie bags with these “lucky day” toppers from One Charming Party:

Printable Lucky Day Bag Toppers

Get a little love on St. Patrick’s Day when you hand out these printable “Kiss Me…” mini cards that I designed for Domestifluff:

Printable Kiss Me Mini Cards

images from their respective owners

Paint Chip Wall Art by Allison Patrick

Paint Chip Wall Art

What do you get when you cross the humble yet versatile paint chip with a wonderfully imaginative maker like Allison Patrick? A fantastic collection of lovely and colorful patterned wall art, that’s what you get! I recently spotted Allison’s work over at All Things Paper, and I love what she’s done with the abundance of paint chips that she’s collected as a result of selecting paint colors for her own apartment, her parents’ house, and various interior design clients.

Allison Patrick Wall Art

Colorful Wall Art Paint Chip

Paint Chip Wall Art

images from Allison Patrick / Zipper 8 Design

Lovely Laser Cut Bunting

Suzi from The Hummingbird Card Company let me have a peek at their lovely new line of laser cut bunting, and I know that all of you bunting enthusiasts out there will be keen on the new paper pretties, which would be a wonderful decoration choice for summer weddings, garden parties, or birthday parties. I think that they’d look so pretty in a little girl’s room, too!

The bunting sets will be available online at the end of March, when The Hummingbird Card Company’s new website launches. In the meantime, you can contact them at 44 (0)1530 411905 or by email at infoAThummingbirdcardsDOTcoDOTuk if you’d like more information or if you’d like to order some of the pretty bunting.

Laser Cut Bunting

Hummingbird Cards Laser Cut Bunting

Bunting Decorations

Laser Cut Bunting

images from The Hummingbird Card Company