It’s just the third day into this sparkling new year of 2019. Have you made resolutions? Spoiled them already? Don’t work too hard, because the new year is all about perspective, and we’ll give you ours: focusing on love and kindness will get you just about anywhere you want to go.
In the spirit of baby 2019, we put together some fun facts about the New Year to keep things light as you ease your way back into real life. So grab some leftover champagne, and take a look below. Happy New Year!
1. The first recorded New Year’s celebration dates back 4,000 years to Babylon, when the first moon after the spring equinox marked a new year.
2. The modern tradition of partying in Times Square for New year’s started as a 1904 celebration for the opening of the New York Times building! Over 200,000 people attended.
3. Black eyed peas, ham, and cabbage are considered good luck if you eat them on New Year’s Eve or Day. The fattiness of pork symbolizes wealth and the peas are believed to bring good fortune because they swell when cooked.
4. January is named after Janus, the god with two faces. In ancient Roman religion and myth, Janus is depicted as one looking forward and one looking backward. He is the god of beginnings, transitions, gates, doors, passages, and endings.
5. The tradition to kiss a person comes from old English and German folklore: the first person you came across in the new year could set the tone for the next 12 months.
6. To ensure a year of good luck, firecrackers and noisemakers became tradition in order to scare away evil spirits and protect prosperity in the new year.
7. Americans drink about 360 million glasses of sparkling wine on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
8. Speaking of Americans, the top New Year’s resolution in 2018 (and almost every year) is to eat better and exercise more—topping the list at 37% those polled in 2018.
9. 2,000 pounds of confetti are dropped on the crowd in Times Square at midnight.
10. Robert Burns took an older Scottish folk song called “Old Long Syne” and rewrote it in 1788, which became the New Year song we all know today. Auld Lang Syne means “times long past.”
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from all of us at Red Cap Cards. And Andie’s Alice too! Keep the love flowing into 2019…
Fa-la-la-la-la! 2018 is almost over, but there’s still just a few more days of of gift-giving, merry-making, and hall-decking to go. The holiday season gets us so excited, especially when we get to see what such creative hearts and minds are doing with our special gift wrap and gift bags! Check out some of the gorgeous packages below, with a few fun ones from our archive thrown in there as well. Thank you all for including us in your festivities and special occasions. We can feel the love all around us! #keeptheloveflowing
It’s our favorite time of year again! Candles are glowing, ornaments are being hung, and hot cocoa is on the menu once again (extra marshmallows, please!). The holidays are the best time to find the some of the coziest illustration and art work, created by our Red Cap artists, or any number of the other amazingly talented artists out there.
We had so much fun going through the latest work in honor of the holidays, and even picked out a few pieces from years past for our collection of holly jolly illustration on the blog today. Take a look below and enjoy! Also, keep your eyes peeled, we are sure there will be more holiday inspiration to be admired in the coming weeks! Fa-la-la-la-la!
Let’s sing a song of cheer again–holidays are here again! Can you tell that we adore the holidays over here at Red Cap Cards?? We’ve been checking out what some of our talented artists have been up to on Instagram, and you won’t want to miss what they are cooking up in the gift department–something perfect for so many friends on your list! See below for the goods, and let us know if you need our address…no, really…TELL US.
Pumpkins anyone? If you’re itching to do a fun seasonal craft with your kids–or completely by yourself sipping a pumpkin spice latté, because that just darn-well makes you feel awesome–then this one is for you! Make one or a million of these all-fold, tiny little pumpkins to string up as decoration or as gift tags, or to give to friends at school, and more! Want to make them just like ours? We used Red Cap gift wrap by Kelsey Garrity-Riley, Krista Perry, and Dinara Mirtalipova.
You’ll need some washi tape and a square piece of paper. Follow the picture instructions below, and happy folding!
Flags are waving, pools are splashing…Happy 4th of July! Make sure to take some time during your holiday between hot dogs & fireworks to make an order here and earn 25% off with code “CELEBRATE” at checkout. The offer expires at midnight on the 5th, so get cracking! Have a wonderful time, and #keeptheloveflowing. Festive “Party Hats” by Krista Perry for Red Cap Cards.
PSA to all of those folks who love their mamas: Mother’s Day is in just over two weeks. Come May 13th, it’s time to pamper and praise the woman who gave you life, or at least made you who you are today. We have a few ideas for Mother’s Day gifts that will show her how you feel about her–but don’t forget, the gift she wants the most is a lovely, handwritten card that tells her how you feel. Pssst…little kids should most definitely scratch a perfect drawing inside that card as well. It will be treasured forever. But if that isn’t your thing, check out these amazing gifts that we fully support:
For the plant lady extraordinaire’s new/old jean jacket: a cute enamel pin collection from Hemleva.
For the mom who would rather take a nice long bath with a book than get housework done, our favorite Palo Santo candle by Mizu Brand.
And finally, for the mother who is sophisticatedly stylish with a devilish sense of humor: a Gucci handbag. (Hint?)
Happy Mother’s Day to all!
I asked Carrie what she would like for Valentine’s Day, and with her answer, I was privy to a stream of consciousness that detailed the most perfect date (or day, even) that anyone could ever dream of. We thought we might juxtapose each of our parfait Saint Valentin for your reading and viewing pleasure! What might you request on your perfect date? Here’s Carrie:
A handwritten note…
Followed by some to-die-for Strawberry Shortcake Chocolate from Compartés Chocolatier. Mind the couch!
Hal remembers two gifts he forgot were in his pocket all along. A beautiful rose gold and ruby pendant from Spinelli Kilcollin and a full bouquet of stunning roses from Yasmine Floral Design. How could he forget?
We awake in the morning to hot coffee and a splendid sunrise in Joshua Tree
My goodness, I can’t beat that. Though slightly less fantastic, my date is very much tailored to my homebody-ness. Here goes…my perfect Valentine’s Day:
The date starts out with hand-drawn scavenger hunt inside one of my favorite Red Cap Cards, to find the perfect gift: a vintage copy of Sugar, by Nancy Sinatra, a beautiful Black Diamond Pera Ring from Of a Kind, and a four-box of Sofia Coppola’s pink champagne. (That whole case is for me, by the way).
Dinner is at In-N-Out Burger (they moved to Seattle specifically for me), which has magically become gluten AND dairy free overnight, so I order one of everything.
While we are eating at the outdoor tables, Paul Rudd walks by and comments to my husband about how witty and attractive I am. Move it along, Paul, I’m spoken for! Go be ADORABLE somewhere else.
Then, we are back at home to watch one of my favorite movies in bed, snuggled with truffled popcorn and a housekeeper scheduled to come and vacuum up the crumbs in the morning.
Now it’s your turn–what does your ideal Valentine’s Day look like?
Hey there, cupcake! Valentine’s Day is just another excuse for us to keep the love flowing, so we thought we’d bring you ten of our favorite fun factoids about l’amour to get you ramped up and ready for February 14th. Read on to learn more about love than the fact that it really is all you need. How many of these do you know?
- Animals that mate for life:
- barn owls
- bald eagles
- golden eagles
- Gibbon apes
- brolga cranes
- French angel fish
- sandhill cranes
- red-tailed hawks
- prairie voles
- black vultures
2. The enduring symbol of love, Cupid (or Eros) is said to have come from Chaos (“The Yawning Void”) and represents the primitive forces of love and desire.
3. Scientists suggest that most people will fall in love approximately seven times before marriage.
4. “Light My Fire” by the Doors was the number 1 Billboard single in 1967 for three weeks, when it was succeeded by “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles.
5. Genie’s Rule Number 2 from Disney’s Aladdin is that he can’t make anybody fall in love with anybody else–you little punim there!
6. Roses are a traditional symbol of different types of love, depending on their color:
- Red roses: passion and true love
- Light pink: desire, passion and energy
- Dark pink: gratitude
- Yellow roses: friendship or jealousy
- White roses: virtue or devotion
- Lavender or thornless rose: love at first sight
7. Engagement rings are often worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because the ancient Greeks maintained that that finger contains the vena amoris, or the “vein of love,” that runs straight to the heart. The first recorded wedding rings appear in ancient Egypt, with the circle representing eternity as well as powerful sun and moon deities.
8. Allegedly, Robert Smith of The Cure was inspired to write “The Love Cats” after reading the novel, The Vivisector by Patrick White, which details the demise of a love triangle, infidelity, and a sack of stray cats.
9. Cleopatra once swallowed a pearl that was submerged in a cocktail to settle a bet with her lover, Marc Anthony, about her power and wealth.
10. Mothers always have their children in the back of their minds – now it seems that this is quite literally true. Fetal DNA can enter a mother’s brain and remain there for decades, according to autopsies of female brains. (Newscientist.com)
Sources: Factretriever.com, Wikipedia.com, and Petful.com
Happiest of holidays! We are busy moving our warehouse this week, so any orders that are made from now on will ship on January 10th with expedited shipping at no additional charge. In the meantime, have a magical holiday, and we hope that you and yours are warm, cozy, and filled with love this holiday season. Take a look at some of our favorite festive illustrations and photos below. Be merry & jolly, and we will see you next week.
Did you know? Those boughs of holly (and other greenery) that you hang from your mantle may have originated in Druid, Celt, Norse and Roman civilizations, which celebrated the pagan winter solstice on December 21st–the shortest day of the year. Green represents eternal life, and the plants that we use to decorate our mantle, doors, and walkways throughout the holidays play a special role in these celebrations.
We are enamored with some of the garlands and decor that we have found (real or illustrated!) Enjoy a few of the images below, and don’t forget to get festive this time of year with whatever foliage and flora inspires you, and helps your home tell YOUR holiday story.
Taste makes memories–especially around the holidays. Good or bad, you know you remember your Grandmama’s Rum Balls, or that terrible fruitcake your aunt always made, or that amazing fudge that appeared in your mother’s freezer after Thanksgiving. Taste paints an illustration in our heads. Of memories we keep forever. Of love. Of laughter. Of horror!
We rounded up some of our favorite holiday treat recipes (good and bad, subjectively) that made memories close to our hearts, plus these fantastic, bright photos of “Betty Crocker’s Absurd, Gorgeous Atomic-Age Creations” created and photographed by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari for The New York Times. What are some of yours? Leave a comment on our Instagram, we’d love to hear your stories!
Delicious! Follow Jenni on Instagram for some of the most beautiful ice cream photos you will ever see! Dessert Inspiration.
Hot Fudge Recipe by Jenni Britton Bauer
Total Time: 5 minutes Serves: 4
- ¼ cup Dutch-process cocoa
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup finely chopped bittersweet chocolate, preferably 70% cacao
- ¼ cup boiling water
Combine the first 3 ingredients, then add the boiling water. Let sit 2 minutes, then stir until combined, and serve immediately over ice cream.
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Unsweetened shredded coconut, for garnish
- Line a small square dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, honey or maple syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt until very smooth.
- Pour mixture into the prepared dish. Refrigerate until solid, about an hour, then sprinkle the shredded coconut on top, and cut into 9 small pieces. If you’re in a hurry, pop it in the freezer and you’ll be ready to go in about half the time—although you might need to use a knife ran under hot water to cut through it.
Pet’s 1957 recipe for Festive Fruit Cake:
Line with waxed paper bottom and sides of 9-in. tube pan or loaf pan holding about 6 cups. Put into 2-qt. bowl 3/4 cup Pet Evaporated Milk, 24 large marshmallows finely cut (or 3 cups of mini marshmallows); and 1/3 cup orange juice or alcoholic flavoring. Let stand. Measure 6 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 6 doz. 2 1/3-in. crackers, crushed) and put into a large bowl with 1/2 teasp. cinnamon, 1/2 teasp. nutmeg, 1/4 teasp. cloves, 1 1/2 cups California seedless raisins (1/2 golden and 1/2 dark are best), 3/4 cup finely cut dates and 1 cup chopped walnuts. Add 1 1/4 cups cut-up candied fruit, bulk or canned ready-mixed. Mix in milk mixture with a spoon, then with hands until crumbs are moistened. Press firmly into pan. If desired, top with additional nuts and candied fruit. Cover tightly. Chill 2 days before slicing. Keep in refrigerator. Makes 3 1/2 lbs.
• 8 Weetbix 1/2 cup Coconut (dessicated)
• 400 grams Condensed Milk
• 1 cup Sultanas
• 2 tbsp Cocoa
• 2 tbsp Rum (or more depending on taste!)
In a metal bowl, place the raisins or sultanas and the run, cover with plastic wrap and let it marinate for a day (or two…). Place crushed weetbix, cocoa, coconut and marinated fruit in a bowl. Pour over the condensed milk and stir well. Take out teaspoons at a time and roll in coconut and chill.
21st Century Green Top Salad
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 (8-oz.) can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
- 1 to 4 drops green liquid food coloring (optional)
- 1 (7-oz.) jar marshmallow creme
- 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
Click here for full recipe.
Not into sweets? We don’t blame you after a few of those…Check out this fantastic wooden pastry collaboration that Red Cap Cards artist, Kelsey Garrity-Riley made with her brother, woodworking artist, Colin Garrity. Amazing!
Happy Thanksgiving! We all know that the main attraction at the Thanksgiving table is not the turkey–or tofurkey–but the cocktail menu. We are celebrating all we are thankful for (YOU!) with some fabulous, tempting concoctions to warm your body and soul. And we’re kicking it all off with two books, illustrated by Red Cap Cards artists, Josie Portillo and Danielle Kroll.
First up is The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book, with interior illustration by our own Josie Portillo! It’s full of tasty cocktail recipes sure to make your Thanksgiving dinner as festive as can be. “Based on the actual bar book used by the Waldorf-Astoria prior to Prohibition, this collection of cocktails serves up more than 350 recipes. In addition to documenting the origin of many cocktails and mixed drinks still commonplace today, the book chronicles the background of their creation and the antics of some of the cronies Buffalo Bill Cody and Bat Masterson, among others who were regulars at the bar.” Check out these amazing illustrations, pulled from Portillo’s collection:
If you’re not satisfied with just one, check out The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum with illustration by our own Danielle Kroll! It “features 50 recipes for classic cocktails, accompanied by the history and lore of the drink. Each libation is paired with a humorous illustration by artist Danielle Kroll, who puts a witty, sophisticated twist on the drink’s name.”
If you’re running around to grocery stores and don’t have time to grab these great artisan cocktail books, grab the recipe for a few of our favorite cocktails below, including Hal’s favorite: the Manhattan Cocktail. Salud! Cheers! and Happy Thanksgiving!
2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, strain into a chilled glass and garnish.
Rhum JM White, lime, black mission fig syrup, and white Vermouth with Koji vinegar, salt, and peppered lime.
Brennevin Akvavit, Dolin Blanc, Rainwater Madeira, Amaro Ramazotti, and Clement Creole Shrub with orange zest and spruce tip.
1 oz Iichiko Silhouette shochu
1 oz mango-infused @altostequila
1 oz lime
3/4 oz passionfruit syrup
3/4 oz cantaloupe juice
Sweet, fruity, and earthy. The first thing I thought when I tried this shochu was “I bet this shochu would like tequila.” They’re very different flavor profiles, but they both have an earthiness that complements each other.
2 oz @standardwormwooddistillery rye
3/4 oz lemon
3/4 oz lemon oleo saccarum
Shaken, over a big chunk of clear ice, and garnished with a candied @luxardousa cherry and a lemon peel.
Bold and crackling with wormwood, this Whiskey Sour is kind of perfect for autumn, tart and fresh and spicy.
Lots of juniper and herbaceous notes, but instead of a sharply bitter edge, it has an almost creamy quality to it. Not quite sweet, but not really bitter, either.
In honor of Halloween, we wanted to showcase a friend of ours, whose artwork embodies the spirit of the holiday and conveys the fear, the mystery and overall spookiness that comes every October 31st. Gris Grimly is a prolific talent that is a creative force to reckon with! His paintings seem effortlessly brilliant, but convey detail and darkness in the most prodigious of ways. A painter, illustrator and author, Gris’s work has been utilized by schools and classrooms, and has illustrated numerous published works by the literary greats, such as Edgar Allen Poe and Ray Bradbury.
From his biography:
“The release of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness in 2004 brought attention to a need in the education system. When Gris illustrated the comic/storybook hybrid, he did so with the desire to create a whimsical interpretation that is heavily illustrated and yet maintains the actual prose of the master. He had no idea that schools would use this book as a tool to help young adults comprehend the otherwise difficult Victorian text. The book has exceeded a dozen editions, generated a sequel and has been translated into multiple languages. Other graphic interpretations of classics would follow, including The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Frankenstein, all of which have been implemented into school curricula worldwide.”
Check out all of his books here, and take a scroll through a small selection of his fantastic work below. Plus, don’t miss his amazing #31OctoberPortraits for original portraits of all of your horrific Halloween favorites. Happy Halloween! Let’s get into the spirit!
PS. If you’re in the holiday spirit already, check out Grimly’s Santa Claws!
Happy Birthday, America! Don’t forget about our special sale that we have going on through midnight on the 5th of July. Use code CELEBRATE for 25% off of your online order. Have a sparkling and safe Independence Day!!
Father’s Day is a little over a week away, and we hope you remember to treat your father, father-figure, baby-daddy, or doggie-dad (I could go on and on) with as much love and attention as possible. Moms get the bulk of the adoration when it comes to National Holidays, but we have to remember our awesome dads as well: like this one, this one, this one, and of course, this one.
We’re so excited about one of our newest Father’s Day card (above) by Carolyn Gavin and all of the amazing work that our artist collaborators have given us. Check out a little collage below of some of our cards for dear-old-Dad, or click here to view the entire Father’s Day Collection. Happy Father’s Day, have a cocktail for us, Dad!
We hope you’re getting ready to hunker down with your honey tonight–and by all means, a “honey” may represent your spouse, partner, child, pet, or really just a huge box of Junior Mints. Whatever works. We love you oh-so-much at Red Cap Cards. Have fun, eat some candies, and enjoy the love that is within your grasp. Here’s a few visual treats to get you started…
Happy Valentine’s Day!
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
This Google doodle by Red Cap artist, Christian Robinson, from several years ago still makes our hearts leap. During these uncertain times, let’s focus on love. Martin Luther King Jr. told us so. Read more about Dr. King’s dreams on his official webpage. And view Christian’s designs for Red Cap, here.
Think that Valentine’s Day was invented by the greeting card companies? Not so, as much as we wish we could take credit for that one. The holiday dates back all the way to a temple priest (Valentine) who was beheaded in 270 AD. Emperor Claudius was peeved with Valentine for performing illegal marriage ceremonies for the army’s soldiers who were forbidden from marriage. New laws enacted by Claudius stated that a Roman soldier should only be in love with the Roman Empire, and was not allowed to wed. After being caught, Valentine was thrown in jail to await his execution where (legend has it) he healed the jailer’s blind daughter. He then gave the girl a card with the written words, “from your Valentine.” February 14th was the date when Valentine received Catholic martyrdom, and the rest is history!
We at Red Cap Cards are invested in celebrating the legend through love and thoughtfulness. Send your heart on a piece of art. Click over to our shop to see all of our Valentine cards—many of them brand new! Follow our Instagram for even more Valentines during the month of love. It’s all you need, you know.
Merriest of merries. Happiest of happies. We hope this Yuletide season finds you warm, cozy, and surrounded by friends and loved ones.
Love, Red Cap Cards
Last week, we were so busy having fun wrapping the gifts, that we forgot to give you our suggestions for what those gifts might be! Our Red Cap Cards artists are always hard at work, creating beautiful art, books, and goodies, and we wanted to share a few fun treats! From bottles of wine to books for the kids, everyone on your gift list is covered this year. See below for a small selection of fantastic holiday gift possibilities:
1. For your crazy-fun sister, who is always the life of the party: Jet Set Jungle Syrah, with label art work by Red Cap artist, Meg Hunt. We’re not sure how this one tastes, but if it’s anything as bold and lovely as Meg’s artwork, it’s sure to satisfy. Click over to Barrel + Ink to grab a bottle or two.
2. For your favorite niece or nephew who loves a good laugh: Hello, Mr. Dodo! by Red Cap artist, Nicholas John Frith. This is Nicholas John’s second picture book, and would make a perfect gift for young readers. Rather than a rambunctious hummingbird, this one is about a girl and her new doughnut-loving pal, a dodo. Published in hardcover by Arthur A. Levine books.
3. For any friend who always has great ideas they need to jot down: pick a notebook, any notebook. As if we could forget our favorite gift of this year. From Moth Magic to Forest Blue, the original Red Cap Cards notebooks are 5×7 inches, with 56 unruled pages, and boast an offset printed, heavyweight linen texture cover with foil details. Click over to our shop to see them all.
6. For the grandkids, who adore a whimsical story about friendship and triumph: a signed copy of Jill & Dragon by Lesley Barnes, available from her Etsy shop. This is a great nightly read, and has a surprising and sweet ending!
7. Don’t forget to grab something for yourself while you’re shopping around Lesley‘s shop. This bone china Knight Parade mug will hold cup after cup…after cup of very dark, caffeinated coffee for when your spouse’s family is in town.
It’s time to spread some cheer! We are so excited to share this gift wrap tutorial video with you today, plus, see below for a few tips and tricks for creating a flawlessly wrapped package for the holidays. And, hey! Our gift wrap isn’t just for every day gifting. Jazz up your packages for the holidays or a special New Year hostess gift. Thank goodness for 2017! Also, don’t forget to download your free instructions to create your own Origami Tree ornaments (as seen in the video), here.
And…if you’re going to be in our area this weekend, don’t forget to stop by West Elm and visit us at our Pop-Up shop. We will have special deals and funsies for all of the folks on your list. It’s rare that we do this, so come say hi and pick up some goodies for the holidays! All of our products will be discounted and a portion of the profit will be donated to a local school here in Los Angeles. Three cheers to West Elm for all of their continued support! Stop by on Saturday the 3rd from 1-4pm in Santa Monica.
It’s hard to believe it’s been eleven years since we started Red Cap Cards. It seems like only yesterday we were hand painting cards with our friends and family in our West Hollywood bungalow apartment. Today, we count over twenty-five artists as collaborators and friends on our mission to spread joy, love, and art through our products.
This Thanksgiving, we at Red Cap Cards want to say thank you. Thank you to our talented artists for bringing such life into our designs and for creating works for so many people to enjoy. Thank you to each of you for your individual perspective and cohesive vision.
Thank you to our wonderful team! Red Cap Cards is a beautiful family of artists, visionaries and storytellers all coming together to celebrate connection. Thank you to all of our team members here and around the world for being such an invaluable part of our family. We are so thankful for all of you.
And thank you to YOU, our customers, our fans and our community for making the past eleven years possible. Thank you for your support and love and excitement when we roll out a new product or introduce a new artist. We would not be here without you.
Happy Thanksgiving, and here’s to another eleven years.
Here come the holidays! We were so happy to see that our gold foil holiday cards by Anke Weckmann were featured on one of our favorite blogs this week. Thanks so much to Papercrave for a special post on these lovelies, which we adore in all of their glittery goodness.
Click over to Papercrave to read the entire post, and make sure to browse while you’re there–their taste is impeccable!
What a delightful time of year! Autumn days bring cozy-cuddling, candy corn, and warm cider…sweaters, foliage, and pumpkin spice. Last year we had fun with our Life in Fall by Sarah Burwash and Life in Halloween Kids by Kelsey Garrity-Riley post, and this year, we wanted to focus on the spectacular and spooky art work that our Red Cap artists have produced on their own. We took a crisp stroll through their blogs, tumblrs, and Instagrams to find these beautiful illustrations that will you have you ready to go trick or treating (especially that fantastic animated gif by Yelena Bryksenkova!) Happy Halloween, everyone!
Instagram is pretty much where the party is at lately, including the Instagram of good pal and Red Cap artist, Josie Portillo. We stumbled across this snapshot of one of her works-in-progress for an upcoming Red Cap holiday card and couldn't wait to share it here:
We love to see those pencil strokes! Don't you wish you were a drawing so you could live in this house?? This design will be a part of a larger collection of 72 cards we are printing this spring, including a lovely assortment of holiday cards from Josie and more, plus new work from Barbara Dziadosz.
Another fun find–check out this illustration from Josie's new book, The League of Beastly Dreadfuls Book 2: The Dastardly Deed written by Holly Grant. This behind-the-scenes snippet from Josie cracks us up: “I'll let you in on a little secret – I loosely based Sir Marvelmop's design on talented yet creepy music producer Phil Spector who sported all sorts of outlandish wigs during a murder trial.” ha!
The festive funsies keep coming on Instagram, and we wanted to share some of the fun! If you’re up to be impressed, be sure you’re following our artists, who can be found on any of our Instagram posts. For now, we hope you are all nestled all snug in your homes, getting ready for the approaching holiday weekend. Grab some cocoa and marshy-mallows and check out these lovely tidbits from a few of our artists.
The holiday spirit is in the air! How delightful is this illustration by Red Cap artist, Yelena Bryksenkova for Libelle Daily? We can just feel the cozy. We are also pretty ecstatic about this lovely illustration of the three wise men by Red Cap artist, Lizzy Stewart. Not to mention these hand-painted ornaments that we are currently coveting:
And if you’re in search of a last-minute gift, grab a copy of the sure-to-be classic Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett with illustrations by our own Jon Klassen. A favorite wintery tale, Extra Yarn (a Caldecott Honor Book, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner, and a New York Times bestseller) is the story of how a young girl and her box of magical yarn transform a community (Amazon).
Not in the mood for licking stamps this year for your holiday cards? As much as we love and value a handwritten note, if you're just too busy to send a 'seasons greeting' through the post, sending a greeting online is the next best thing for your loved ones. Isn't that why we keep in touch in the first place? Send a card, an emailed greeting, a carrier pigeon, hey–you tell us!
Our collection for Paperless Post comes with all of the tools to help you make someone feel special, including a virtual envelope (oh-so-cute). Take a look at just a tiny peek of some of our holiday collection below, or click over to Paperless Post to see more, and don't forget to send one our way! (PS. They also do invitations and other types of greeting cards! Check out their full collection here.)
Gobble! Gobble! We are back home and ready for Turkery (or tofurkey) day. The holiday season is about love, being together and of course…fun. We put together a few of our favorite funsies for how to Funs-giving your Thanksgiving Day. Be thankful for these because we are loving all of it. Have a good one!
1. This one just about sums it up perfectly, and oh-so-beautifully. “Celebrate” card by Sarah Burwash, Red Cap Cards.
2. Hal's Holiday Cocktail is just around the corner, but in the meantime you can sip on this one from Martha Stewart: the Cranberry Cosmopolitan.
3. You don't have to wait for a 'Happy Christmas' … we love these Thanksgiving Be Thankful Party Crackers from Meri Meri.
4. Another gem from Meri Meri: die-cut wooden Be Thankful Napkin Rings.
5. This one goes out to the kiddos, from Arlo. Create a tipi place card! A place to gather, a place to sit. Check them out at Paper Source.
6. Mr. Boddington's Studio is effortlessly tongue-in-cheek. Loving this Hipster Thanksgiving card.