As May approaches, it’s time to start the search for the perfect Mother’s Day card. Whether mom is a card aficionado or not, she will surely appreciate you putting pen to paper to tell her how great she is. Not a sappy person? That’s okay – there’s a card for that. Actually, there are a few! Based in London, Old English Company features well designed, hand-lettered cards with fun and mildly irreverent messages.

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Emily McDowell’s cards are forever fabulous. She hits it out of the park with the perfect sentiments for every occasion.Emily McDowellEmily McDowell Card

DeLuce Design offers up letterpress in vibrant colors with great fonts. Cards range from sweet to unconventional (including a card for your fave MILF).
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This Paper Parasol Press card is too cute not to include – for the moms out there who started the DIY movement, before it was cool.Paper Parasol PressStay tuned for my round up of sweet and sentimental Mother’s Day cards!

Lately, there is no such thing as a weekend as I have committed myself to my passion project, The Blog Bar and building it to fruition. However, I understand it’s a new week and I wanted to share some inspiration that hopefully resonates with you. These words and shops are dear to me and have helped guide me immensely.

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I have been a fan of Kirstie Lee of A Jar of Pickles for some time, so when she reached out to not only say “Hi”, but do a giveaway with 8Balloons reader, I was honored! She lives in one of my favorite states, California. Her cards can be best described as beautiful illustrations with a statement we can all relate to, all infused with her unique humor. Not surprisingly, I adore the colors she works with.

Follow me on instagram @quotejulie this weekend when I share the giveaway details!

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Given that April is National Letter-Writing Month, I thought it would be the perfect time to celebrate snail mail. While Egg Press and Hello!Lucky are encouraging letter writers near and far to send 30 letters in 30 days, I thought I’d round up some great cards that pay homage to sending mail the old fashioned way.

Ink Meets Paper is one of my fave card lines. Classic design, great typography and letterpress. Their “Text Less, Write More” card is perfect. And, for the diehard snail mailer, it comes in a tee!

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Next up, Zeichen Press. These cards are an awesome combination of funny and letterpress. Incorporating vintage images and offbeat humour, these cards are sure to bring a smile.zeichenpress

Wit & Whistle’s hand-drawn designs are great, combining pretty typography and a bit of irreverence. Complimenting the cards are a series of stamps that will make your snail mail look even better.Wit & WhistleWit & Whistle Vintage Email Stamp

We can’t forget Sea & Lake! This dynamic duo create awesome and funny hand-lettered and illustrated cards for every occasion, including apologies for bad behavior while hungry! So, get inspired and get writing. Skip the text message and opt for a pen!Sea & Lake

Don’t sweat this is just my first pitch at mother’s day cards since there are so many favorites plus so many different types of moms, conservative, classy, nostalgic, domesitc god, modern, funny, and of course hip hop fanatic. Okay, maybe the last one doesn’t exist but these cards do and that makes my day. Here’s to the first series of cards.

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I’ve always been a huge proponet of novelty business cards, especially ones that get straight to the point. When Richard of Two Words Period reached out to me and introduced me to his company, I knew I found everything I was looking for, including letterpress. His snarky comments infused in only two words were right on point and it didn’t take me more than a day to start using them and getting the word out. I’ve spent a lot of time on the road lately in airports and different states and these sure have helped spark conversations and if nothing more smiles to every face I meet. I am so grateful for the introductions I have made from these cards. nailed_it_02follow_me_02good_parking_02just_relax_02thank_you_02Continue to follow Two Words Period here:

Gold foil is simply gorgeous, adding an extra bit of luster to well-designed cards. I’m glad to see so many designers experimenting with it and incorporating it into their stationery. Check these designers out and send a little luxe someone’s way!

Sycamore Street Press is all beauty, with gold (and sometimes copper) foil lettering on hand-painted illustrations. These cards are objects of art, truly.7_76b35d9b-b049-442b-8013-0efff8d1bbe9_grande11_grandefc121-the-better-part-of-ones-lives-s_grande

9th Letter Press cards are charming and whimsical –  I adore their hand-lettering, script and use of bold colours. These cards are smile-inducing.Hello_Lovely_1024x102420141213-IMG_7545_1024x102420141107-IMG_4692-2_1024x1024

I love the way Think & Ink Studio uses just a touch of gold in their cards. Combining the foil with the painterly pink and black combo is striking.il_570xN.607607336_ri07il_570xN.607605238_prdv

I Almost Pass(ed) Over These Easter Cards! I saved the best for last. My favorite shops stepped up their game this year continuing the creativity and laughs when it came to Easter and Passover. How could anyone not smile if they received one of these!

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I’m so excited that Egg Press and Hello!Lucky are doing their Write_On campaign again! Now in its second year, Write_On is about writing 30 letters in 30 days, during the month of April – National Letter Writing Month. In addition to inspiring and encouraging people everywhere to write letters for a full month, Egg Press and Hello!Lucky have come together to offer everyone who signs up four gorgeous letterpress cards. As if that weren’t enough, Sakura of America has donated 5,000 pens for the Write_On kits. Signing up is easy – just click here. Need a little writing inspiration? Click here.

Last year, I took part in Write_On and loved seeing all of the snail mail being sent as I shared my own progress and followed others on Instagram.  On days when I needed a little extra motivation, I was sure to find some from fellow letter writers. I sent letters and cards to celebrate occasions, to tell people I was thinking of them, and sometimes, for no reason at all. (Snail mail is always sure to brighten a recipient’s day – so why not?) When I found out Write_On was happening again, I promptly signed up for my kit, spread the word, and contacted the fabulous folks at Hello!Lucky to ask a few questions. Here are their answers:write_on_square

Q: Did you find yourself sending mail before starting the Write_On challenge? What inspired you to create Write_On and commit to 30 days of letter writing?

A: We found ourselves struggling to find reasons to write and caught ourselves falling short when it actually came time to sit down and write a meaningful letter. Tess from Egg Press approached us with the Write_On challenge in honor of National Letter Writing Month as a way to reconnect with good old-fashioned letter writing. It was a challenge we couldn’t refuse!

Q: What did you learn over the month of Write_On – either from your own correspondence or from the various people online who undertook the challenge?

A: The most valuable lesson learned during this (surprisingly) challenging month was that letters aren’t just for life’s grand achievements or a specific thanks, but rather for the smaller less obvious reasons—these are often the best.write_on_styled5

Q: More than 2,000 people took part in the challenge last year, which is amazing! What would you hope to see happen this year during Write_On?

A: Double that and more! We’d love to see more engagement as well—people sharing their triumphs and their struggles.

Q: It’s fantastic that Sakura has joined with you on Write_On. What excites you about having this addition?

A: Writing in neon! There’s nothing more inspiring. But really, just that one of our old favorites has decided to team up with us :).write_on_tabletop

Q: Why is letter writing important? How do you see handwritten correspondence as different from e-mail?

A: E-mailing is great because of its convenience, but there’s something so special about the process of letter writing—Because it is a process, it is more thoughtful.

Q: What are some memorable items you have received in the mail?

A: Anytime we receive a letter from a fan we are so thrilled. It’s the ultimate form of flattery!

I hope you’ll be joining me and taking part in Write_On. I’ve been writing a letter a day since January 1, 2014 and campaigns like Write_On encourage me to keep sending snail mail and to continue connecting with people near and far via the written word.

Photos courtesy of Egg Press and Hello!Lucky

Both my creative partner-in-crime, as well as my cousin, Odessa Begay and I collaborated on this design to hopefully inspire all of you on whatever goals you have and are working to achieve. This is a saying I live by and I was lucky to have Odessa’s artistic touch to create it. I’m such a fan of her work not just because she is my cousin but because her illustrations have always resonated with me.

And let’s face it, I’m a paper blogger and one of her designs is now a Papyrus Card. Hello! It’s only that much sweeter I get to collaborate with not only the best but I also get to call her family. I hope this illustration and quote fills you with as much inspiration as it has with us.

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