New Advertisers : November 2009

I’m excited to welcome two new advertisers to Paper Crave this month: Give Studio and Spark Stationery!

Give Studio Letterpress

Give Studio has a lovely collection of letterpress greeting cards, card sets, and personalized stationery featuring modern, whimsical illustrations and hand lettering. They also do their part for the environment by using recyclable packaging, biodegradable card sleeves, and envelopes made from recycled paper. Pretty and eco-friendly – what more could you ask?

Letterpress Love Spark Stationery

I recently mentioned the launch of Spark Stationery’s brand new website,, where you can find plenty of eye candy just by looking at the website design! But there’s oh so much more to be found in the pages of their new web digs, including a portfolio filled with beautiful letterpress cards and invitations and a blog, where you can keep up on the latest from Spark.

2009 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book

The 2009 Neiman Marcus Christmas book, released earlier this month, is a feast for the paper lover’s eyes. First, the front and back covers feature beautiful, ornate quilled paper creations by Yulia Brodskaya:

Yulia Brodskaya Quilling

Yulia Brodskaya Quilling

The book is accompanied by a fantasy gifts video, which features quilling in action. Very cool!

Yulia Brodskaya Quilling

And, inside the Christmas Book, you’ll find lots of inspirational paper accents, including paper snowflakes and interesting use of book pages as both photo backdrops and as accessories and clothing. Love it. Many thanks to Sonia for the tip!

Neiman Marcus Christmas 2009

Neiman Marcus Christmas 2009

Neiman Marcus Christmas 2009

images from Neiman Marcus

French Vintage Lovelies

French Vintage DIY

If you love French vintage loveliness, then you must head over to iDiY! Luzel has put together a series of French Vintage Goodies, which includes free printable table number card, place card, and label templates by Wedding Style Guide (shown above), and a gorgeous Crown Wedding Suite, free (!) to download from The Wedding Chicks (shown below). If you’re feeling crafty, the series also includes a seriously lovely DIY screen printed table runner and a tutorial for re-creating the look of vintage French linens.

French Vintage DIY

images from Wedding Style Guide and The Wedding Chicks

2010 Calendar Roundup, Part 3

It’s Thursday, and you know what that means, don’t you? Well, it means that it’s almost Friday (yay!), but it also means that it’s time for part three of my 2010 calendar roundup (double yay!). You’ll also want to check out parts one and two, and look forward to at least one or two more in the coming days.

First up today is Albertine Press, who veered away from their marbled calendars of years past and created a 100% letterpress calendar this year. The project required 29 separate color runs, and the result is gorgeous:

Albertine Press 2010 Calendar


Albertine Press 2010 Calendar

I’m loving the modern shapes and the awesome teal and yellow color scheme in elum’s 2010 Four Seasons letterpress calendar:

Elum Four Seasons 2010 Calendar

Super cute and colorful seasonal illustrations highlight Creative Thursday’s 2010 wall calendar:

Creative Thursday 2010 Calendar

Beautiful floral illustrations in blue on white in Two Brunettes’ screen printed canvas calendar, which would make a great gift and can be reused year to year as a decorative keepsake:

Two Brunettes Canvas 2010 Calendar

Whimsical animal illustrations and modern pattern and palette are featured in INK + WIT’s lovely 2010 letterpress calendar:

INK+WIT Letterpress 2010 Calendar
INK+WIT Letterpress 2010 Calendar
INK+WIT Letterpress 2010 Calendar

Le Papier Studio offers several 2010 options, including oh so pretty romantic silhouettes (below, top), botanicals (below, middle), canvas wall calendars, and a super cool pillow calendar (below, bottom):

Le Papier Studio 2010 Calendars
Le Papier Studio 2010 Calendars
Le Papier Studio 2010 Calendars

Hammerpress has four awesome designs this year, all printed on heavy chipboard with tear off calendar pages:

Hammerpress 2010 Calendars

Gorgeous, sophisticated illustration and letterpress work on Missing Q Press’ 2010 calendar (thanks to Maddy from The Inspired Bride for giving me a head’s up about this one!):

Missing Q Press 2010 Calendar

Love the uplifting sentiments and bright colors in Sub Studio’s calendar, which is small enough to fit inside your wallet, purse, moleskine, or pocket for a quick pick me up when you need it. They’re laminated for durability, too!

Sub Studio 2010 Calendar

Shim + Sons has created an ultra chic and modern design with pops of bright color that I just love:

Shim + Sons 2010 Calendar

I’m digging the hand lettered month names and bright, stripey patterns on Every Jot and Tittle’s wall and pocket calendars:

Every Jot & Tittle 2010 Calendar
Every Jot & Tittle 2010 Calendar

Oh so cute illustrations decorate Matilou’s 2010 calendar:

Matilou 2010 Calendar

images from their respective owners

Halloween Paper Crafts & Printables Roundup

Halloween is just about upon us, and I’ve seen so many great Halloween themed printables and paper craft projects around the web this season that I couldn’t resist putting together a roundup of my favorites. Many of these are printables, so even though we’re running short on time between now and the spookiest day of the year, you should make most of these projects quite quickly. Happy Halloween, everyone!

Download the most darling owly Halloween goodie bag topper over at Make Something Happy:

Owl Goodie Bag Topper

Jenny from Owlsorts shares templates and instructions for making cute spooky spinners:

Spooky Spinners

Download adorable Helloween note cards, courtesy of Jinjerup:

Jinjerup Helloween Note Cards

Download creepy toe tag Halloween invitations over at A Brooklyn Limestone. You can download smaller, gift tag sized printables, too!

Free Printable Toe Tag Invitations

Grab a few googly eyes, some crepe paper, and a free downloadable bat template, and you can dress your candy bars up for Halloween, thanks to Skip to My Lou:

Candy Bar Wrappers

Merrilee from Mer Mag shares her method of creating paper pumpkin decorations using a paper snowflake technique:

Paper Snowflake Pumpkins

You’ll be hot stuff if you’re drinking from a cup decorated with these fun Halloween themed printable cup sleeves from Living Locurto:

Living Locurto Halloween Cup Sleeves

Jessica from How About Orange shows us how to make packing tape transfers to decorate votive holders with creepy Halloween images:

Packing Tape Transfers

Jeffery Rudell shares a tutorial for an absolutely awesome paper claw Halloween mask:

Paper Claw Mask

Cheeky Magpie has great suggestions for embellishing mini decorative paper tombstones. Template included!

Paper Tombstones

Joseph Paul Johnston shares two super cool printable owl masks, a barn owl and a screech owl (screech owl shown below):

Printable Owl Masks

Download cute Halloween themed printable labels from Paperglitter (scroll down on the page to see these labels). These would make great name tags, too!

Halloween Labels Printable

images from their respective owners