True story: I’ve never met a letterpress card I haven’t liked. Last year, I was extremely fond of ombre and gold foils but this year I’m swooning over watercolored letterpress. My eye has always gravitated to soft whimsical watercolor designs and what better way to showcase them than with letterpress. They truly do become little works of art that you can touch and hold in your hands.

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sweet peony pressSweet Peony Press

 


Unlike my Italian family who can professionally cook to the nines, I myself am an amateur in the kitchen, but hopefully one day will master the skill! I do, however, find it fun to attempt fun filled recipes including holiday-themed baked goods. The more creative the better! Since I’m not Martha Stewart (yet) in the kitchen, I like to look to others for inspiration and recipes. I tend to focus on the taste and look. I found these relatively easy treats to bake for Halloween at an annual pumpkin carving party with my friends.

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strawberry ghostsSkinny Momgingerbread skeletonstotal bristol
spooky eye cookies
Lil Luna

 


Yes, like many others in the blogosphere, I’ll admit I’ve fallen for the occasional foodie photos, but I try very hard to stay clear of that since there are many others who display enough of that. Rather, I prefer to share foodie favorites through letterpress designs. Instagram maybe inundated with food photos but you won’t find these awesome creations on Instagram! Personalize a card for the foodie in your life with these. I’m sure my friend Hetal over at Pretty Polymath would agree!

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When I think of design perfection, I think of my gal Holly, social media and brand ambassador for Lamps.com. From her clothing picks to her impeccable music selection, she is a tastemaker in the truest sense of the word. And let’s not forget…no one sets a table better than this gal! (see Instagram). In short, Holly’s entertainment skills are always on point. Holly loves fall and when I say fall, I mostly mean anything pumpkin. So who better to ask to share fall favorites this week! Holly’s picks never disappoint and even though we see pumpkin everything around this time of year, once again Holly effortlessly shows her style through her picks that I have yet to see.As you’ll see below, Holly’s selections may “fall” into a different light, but still manage to evoke the mood of this festive season.

Williams Sonoma Spiced Pumpkin See Brittle BitesWilliams-Sonoma

Thank goodness these now come in small portions…. so truly delectable that you can’t stop.

Pumpkin Chai LatteDesign Love Fest

Ummm, yessss.Southern Tier PumkingSouthern Tier

I’m a sucker for pumpkin beer, definitely my favorite. The fridge stays stocked from August – Dec.  ;)West Elmwest elm

Stripes of pumpkin make for the perfect throw/shawl/wrap by the campfire.Shop Terrain Fresh Pumpkin Crateterrain

Heel kicks abound if this were to show up at my doorstep.curious hey booCurious & Co.

Because ‘hey, boo’, why wouldn’t you want this cuteness on your desktop?!?surya poufLamps.com

Fall colors to perch upon, indoors or out.HozierHozier Vinyl

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Halloween only comes around once a year so it only makes sense to share more Halloween letterpress cards since there were too many favorites to feature last week. It was only right to share them while you could still get them for yourselves and enjoy!

pikestreetpress letterpress pumpkin cardPike Street Press

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The art of paper flowers – be they crepe, tissue or origami – continues to amaze me and I’m so glad it does for so many of the artists I admire. Every artist has a different take on them and that’s why I’ll never stop being a fan. Just like real flowers, the colors change for every season and these beautiful designs for fall are no different!

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One of the main reasons 8Balloons was created, is to due my talented cousin Odessa Begay. For those unfamiliar with Odessa, allow me to introduce her: she’s an illustrator, surface designer and graphic designer. In fact, Odessa is the designer behind the original 8Balloons site (four years ago!)before she got too big for lil’ ol’ me! Odessa is the only cousin I have my age and some of my fondest memories growing up have been with her. Papyrus_Odessa Begay

Don’t get me wrong, we had our “quarrels” growing up. Even though we grew up worlds apart, as adults we are as close as could be and have the same passions. I’m her biggest fan, not just because she’s family but because she’s done amazing work for some of the sites and companies I’ve been an admirer of for numerous years. To see her achieve the level of success she has is such a proud moment for me personally. So you could imagine when this paper-loving blogger found out Odessa created a “Thank You” card for Papyrus, it was so exciting! It’s so fitting to give “thanks” to people you love during this season.

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I must admit I’m a hoarder of notepads. To me they can all serve a different purpose so why not have a few on hand. Fortunately, or unfortunately as the case may be, this has been my logic for far too long. As a result, I’ve managed to amass (many) more than I’d care to admit to. Their beauty alone sometimes makes it difficult for me to even use. Typical things I look for in a notebook are quality of paper, how smooth will my thoughts transpire from pen to paper and of course, clean aesthetics. Below are a few of my Go-To’s:

papersource donut notebookPaper Sourcequeeniescards_photo_notebook-lightbulb_product_1-510x378queenie’s cards
Paper NotebookPaper NotebookSugar Paper NotebookSugar PaperSept Couleur NotebookMaruman Sept CouleurKate Spade NotebooksKate Spade via See Jane Work


Yes, 8Balloons is all things paper, but every so often I love to share my everyday favorites and weekly experiences that keep me inspired and that I just enjoy!Kid IcarusWriting my best friend a Smitten Kitten Card with my favorite Le Pen
California Ave Heart Shaped Ear CuffI received this beautiful gold heart-shaped ear cuff from my friend Cristy of California Ave.
Turks and CaicosOPI Pink Flamenco nail polish worn in Turks and Caicos this week
Turks and Caicos BeachWest Bay Club, Turks and Caicos
Laura Mercier Bonne MineLaura Mercier’s amazing bonne mine blendable palette. Best part, 100% of proceeds go to The Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund WWW.LMOCF.ORG


Being an admire of all things paper, its only natural that I am a type enthusiast as well. To sum typography up in the easiest way, it is the art and technique of arranging type to make written language most appealing. You may love inspirational prints with quotes, but it is not necessarily the quote that makes the print appeal to you but rather how the artist arranged and designed the type. I have so many favorite typographers and it’s hard not to share one at a time but I wanted to introduce you to the many artists I have come to respect.

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Xavier Casalta, a graphic designer in France who uses a stippling technique to produce beautifully detailed lettering and illustrations.

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Joshua Harris also known as The A Board Dude, an extremely talented graphic designer I first started following on Instagram for his merging of smart humor and design on numerous business boards.

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Nicole Arnett Phillips of Typograph.her is an all around awesome designer with her background coming from editorial and book design.

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