Beau Ideal Spanish Cards

I’m loving the palettes and the wonderful folk illustrations on these Spanish language, hand screen printed greeting cards by Beau Ideal. The illustrations actually remind me a bit of the papel picado (Mexican papercutting) designs that are so hot right now. Here’s a peek:


Beau Ideal Cards

Beau Ideal Cards

Beau Ideal Cards

images from Beau Ideal

Paper Squid

Paper Squid


I’m really digging the lovely, organic quality of the illustrations featured in Paper Squid’s art prints, invitations, and greeting cards. It feels like every piece has a core that has grown and will continue to grow beyond the bounds of the paper if allowed. Very cool! Here’s some more eye candy from Paper Squid’s collection:


Paper Squid

Paper Squid

Paper Squid

images from Paper Squid

2010 National Stationery Show

National Stationery Show


It’s almost that time of the year again, time for the National Stationery Show, and I’m so excited because this year I finally get to attend the show! It looks like lots of great shops are making their debut this year, and many, many perennial favorites will be there, too. Just thinking about the number of booths that I want to visit is making my head spin … in a good way.

So, if you’ll be exhibiting, please email me, tweet or DM me on Twitter @papercrave, or leave your shop name and booth number in the comments on this post, and you’ll be helping me put together my “master list”, which I’ll be posting here at the beginning of May!

And, if you’re going to be exhibiting at the show and are looking for tips on preparation and setup, you’ll want to check out the great series that Sarah Marie put together in 2008. Lots of very helpful tips!

Concarta Paper Wedding Cake Toppers

Concarta Paper Cake Toppers

I’m completely taken with these super cute, one of a kind paper wedding cake toppers from Concarta. The unique paper sculptures can be made in a variety of styles and colors and can be used as wedding cake toppers or as accent decorations. Concarta also makes decorative paper flowers that coordinate with the toppers or stand on their own as decorations for weddings, birthdays, and other special occasions.

Beautiful paper detailing from the sculptures:


Concarta Paper Cake Toppers

Concarta Paper Cake Toppers

Examples of Concarta’s paper flower decorations:

Concarta Paper Cake Toppers

- via Snippet & Ink

images from Concarta

Letterpress Baby Shower Invitations

Letterpress Baby Shower Invitations

My sister announced a few months ago that she was pregnant with her first child, and I’m so excited to be an auntie! Obviously, since I’m completely paper obsessed, my mind has been on baby shower invitations and baby announcements since I heard the news, and these awesome letterpress baby invitations, printed by Kathleen of Twig & Thistle and designed by her friend, Tara Lee, immediately caught my attention. I just love designs like this, where there are lots of little illustrative details to swoon over. So cute!

Design details:

Letterpress Baby Shower Invitations

Letterpress Baby Shower Invitations

Letterpress Baby Shower Invitations

images from Twig & Thistle / Tara Lee