… whatever you want! If you’re needing to drop someone a note (it is almost Valentine’s Day, after all) or just feel like stocking up on some cards for those days when you never know you’ll need one, perhaps you’d like to check these out:
You’ll find these handprinted and handmade cards at She’s Batty Designs. And if you head over there now, there’s a dollar sale where you can pick up most items for a buck! Better hurry, though, because the sale could end at any time!
There is a wide array of notecards and greeting cards in the shop, many of which could be used for any occasion. (Hence the stocking up of cards for those just-in-case moments.) Shop owner Jamie also does some custom work, including save the date cards, wedding invitations, Christmas cards and photo invites.
If you’re into making your own cards, you’ll also find some materials in the shop, including embossed papers and pre-cut die cuts of everything from people to animals to flowers — pretty much any theme you might need.
Hard rubber and sharp tools can make really cute things:
(My personal favorite is the coffee stamp … ’cause I’m a big fan of coffee.)
You can find these lovely hand-carved stamps at Winemaker’s Sister on Etsy. Use ‘em on cards, letters, maybe make some nice wrapping paper.
In addition to the stamps, you’ll find some other great paper-related things such as these hand-sewn quilted notecards, stamped cards and even handmade journals.
According to the site’s announcement, Universal Letter Writing Week is coming up (Jan. 8-14 this year), so maybe this is a good time to pick up some cute writing materials.
There’s also some other non-paper-related cute stuff in the store, such as tea wallets and stitch markers.
I was flipping through the latest edition of How Magazine when I came upon this rather hysterical card:
I was sitting on a train with headphones on and almost laughed out loud (except I didn’t want people thinking I was nuts or something.
At any rate, it’s pretty freakin’ funny and fits the mantra of Amy Smyth Made It, which is “Send a freakin’ card.”
There are some other goodies on the site, like these two cards:
There are about 175 cards available for everything from engagements to birthdays to just about every holiday under the sun. There are also notecards and invitations for when you want something better than the store-bought, cookie-cutter invites for your next cocktail party. You can also get cards customized for just $5 a box.
Do check it out.
If you’re looking for the perfect card for dad or just to celebrate summer, you might want to check these out:
These adorable handmade cards are from Puppy Love Creations. Many of the cards in the shop feature the cute little dog that’s also prominently featured in the shop’s banner.
But it’s not just all for the dogs. There are cards for every occassion, from plain ol’ notecards to sympathy cards to birthday cards to graduation cards. Singles are mostly available, but there are some sets to be found. And you can have your card’s greeting personalized too!
In addition to the hand-embellished cards, you’ll also find some elegant-looking embossed cards as well:
Feeling a little grinchy? Growly? Super-stressed over the holidays and need to let off steam? Or maybe you’re just have that subversive sense of humor and need to laugh. Or maybe you need some holiday cards and you’re really not quite feeling that holiday cheer.
Have a look-see:
(My personal favorite has to be the low expectations card since that’s pretty much the story of my life.)
You’ll find these cards at Earmark Invitations. There are plenty of funny ones, including one that is a personal hygiene reminder (the drawing is hilarious).
But even if snarky cards aren’t your cup of tea, there are also journals, magnets and more, um, conventional cardsets. Maybe you’ll need some thank you notes for all those lovely presents you get this holiday season. Or maybe you’ll need a snarky card ’cause someone didn’t get you what you want. (The Screw You card, maybe?!)
The holidays are coming, and if you like your cards snarky, here’s a really good one:
I about fell out of my chair when I saw that card!
This card can be found at Carol Lee Designs on Etsy, or Hate Mail Greetings.
Most of the cards are absolutely hysterical, and they’re not really for the faint of heart. But if you speak your mind and what you speak is not always super PC, these are the perfect greetings for you.
A couple of other priceless ones:
The Etsy shop has a pretty good selection, but do check the dot-com shop (hatemailgreetings.com) for even more humorous goodness! Give a card and make people wonder about your sense of humor!
One of the treats I got in my August Sampler was this lovely floral card from Sugar Lily:
I’ve always been a fan of Sugar Lily. The cards are cheery and often feature beautiful patterns (I got a daisy-adorned one a while back). The ones that feature drawings or characters are whimsical and cute. Overall, the designs are clean and simple and still eye-catching.
For a sampling, check out the Howdy Chicken card and the octopus wedding card.
Have you ever heard the saying “I love you like food loves salt?”
Well, these cards take that to a whole new level:
These delightful cards are from uccello curioso, based in Los Angeles. There are a whole host of these food cards, including a few that pay homage to steamed rice, fish tacos and sushi. Yum.
All the cards are screenprinted by hand, and then watercolored individually. Lots of labor for a cute thing!
There are also other screenprinted goodies, including coasters and card sets, just in case you’re not feeling hungry.
Ah, cats. Wonderful animals. Cute and cuddly, though they can be a little cranky, as perfectly illustrated in this stationery set from Mau Studio:
I guess if I had fur and I was damp like that, I’d be pretty unhappy too. But it’s such a great illustration.
There’s also this adorable postcard set:
Of course, it’s not all kitties and paper at Mau Studio. Not even close. You’ll also find lots of sparkly, shiny jewelry in the shop, including an array of cute flower rings.
Lastly, there are free images that you can download and use as screensavers if you want. Many of them feature original illustrations, including a few grumpy cats.
Check it out — there’s plenty of good stuff.
I’m really not one for super sappy cards or sugary Hallmark dreck. Really. The snarkier, the better. Which is why these paper goods from 16 Sparrows are right up my alley.
These are the “Suck it Up Crybaby” card and the “Get Up Off Your Ass and … ” to-do list. Absolutely brilliant.
I got the Crybaby card in my Sampler this month (more about this month’s Sampler in a future post). The card is part of the Fucking Card collection, which is a series that contains everyone’s favorite f-word.
My other personal favorite is a congratulations card for new mothers that exclaims, “You’re knocked up!” (You can also get announcements that say “I’m knocked up!”)
Should I ever have kids, I’m placing an order.
But you don’t need kids to get some awesomely funny greetings. Really. Sense of humor is the only requirement.