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               Lizard Press Basil notecard

                    Lizard Press Peppermint

I love love love these “Notes to Grow On” letterpress cards/seed packets from Lizard Press.  Lizard Press only has limited edition press runs, so you know you’re getting one-of-a-kind piece.  Not only do you get a frameable illustration, you can choose your favorite herb and plant some for your home.  Plus, the paper is 100% post-consumer recycled.  A great housewarming gift accompaniment, or buy them for your favorite gardener!  One of the most original notecards I’ve seen!

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All-in-One

                    Cardstock

Have trouble sending out cards? Hate going to the local paperie to find the perfect sentiment?  (ok, maybe not this group, but you know someone who does).  You may want to pick up Cardstock by Set Editions.   Cardstock contains 40 of the most useful cards for the year – birthday, mother’s day, father’s day, valentine’s day, etc.  And, Set Editions uses only post-consumer and recycled cardstock, so feel good knowing you’re stocked up with eco-friendly greetings for a calendar year…

Found at Rare Device (Coleridge, anyone?)

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Curious Cat mini-cardsPenpal cardThese Craft Mafias are out of control!  I’ve been doing research all week, and more than anything wish I could go back to the states to hit up some of the amazing craft fairs and events going on all over the place…Here are some of my favorite finds from various Craft Mafia members…and if you’re looking for something other than paper, check out the main Craft Mafia website to find a group and event in your area…

                    Penpal card

My Aim is True’s penpal cards are perfect for us paper-lovers who are abroad! Part of the Norfolk Craft Mafia

                       NSC journalNSC journal

From the Mother of all Craft Mafias – the founding group in Austin, TX – vintage Barkcloth journals from Naughty Secretary Club (ok, I really wanted to write that and I’m so glad they had something paper-y!)  Comes in a HUGE variety of fabric!

                    Curious Cat mini-cards

Adorable button mini-cards by Crimson Cat, from the Phoenix Craft Mafia.

                    Wanna skateWanna skate

And for a non-Etsy showing, here’s something from the Glasgow, Scotland Craft Mafia.  I just felt the lights dimming and smelled burnt pizza when I saw this card

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What a dilemma…Etsy is just chock full of Gocco and I couldn’t choose just one designer…here’s a semi-condensed glimpse into what people can create from this little, people-powered machine…

                    Mixtape

                                mix-tape by heatherjeany

                         KokeshiKokeshi

                           Kokeshi card by Blue Snail Papers

                   Hola!

                                Hola! by Juniper Berry

                          Two Bikes

                                  Two Bikes by Supastarr

                       Buzz BuzzBuzz BuzzBuzz Buzz

                                WhatZ BuZzzZzzing by nsquare

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                    Bubbledog Gocco Trees

When I started this blog, I thought letterpress printing was the only way to produce original, beautiful designs on paper (ok, screening is pretty cool too).  Then I found Gocco – sounds like the name of a large lizard, no?  Gocco is actually an amazing, compact, totally self contained full color printing system invented in Japan by Noboru Hayama in 1977.  Gocco really gives prints a handmade look.  Having been popular in Japan for many years, Gocco fever is now spreading among crafters in the US – just as Gocco was beginning to be discontinued overseas!  The “Save Gocco” campaign has done just that, and now anyone can buy Gocco products and begin printing.  The system is a bit pricey (about $400 for a starter kit), but if you consider how much letterpresses cost (much more), you might find it’s worth looking into.

This week I’ll be highlighting Gocco papermakers and the wonderful world of Gocco!  The notecards you see here are from Bubbledog, and they really show how vibrant Gocco prints can be.  Check out Bubbledog’s Etsy page or her website.

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               Blossom Creations Lovebirds 

               Blossom Creations Animals

In keeping with my recycled paper theme this week, my search through Etsy led me to Blossom Creations, a Brisbane, Australia-based woman who quit her job to study graphic design and start her own stylish sustainable products company.  Along with placemats, napkins, and other accessories, Blossom Creations also has these adorable hand-screened notecards, sold in sets or individually. I love her “Lovebirds” and “Animals” prints.  They’re made from 100% post-consumer waste recycled card stock, and come with brown kraft envelopes.  Check out her website, too.  A welcome addition to the world of sustainable products!

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The worldwide Live Earth concerts are tomorrow – 7.7.07 – so I’d like to show off some awesome letterpress that are also environmentally friendly.  The most fun one I’ve found is Seltzer Goods, an Astoria, Queens-based company who use custom made paper that’s “thick, luxurious and best of all, 100% post-consumer recycled. We print using vegetable-based ink, use recyled paper shipping materials and avoid petroleum products wherever possible.”  The cards are totally witty, bright and unique…you’ve never seen cards like this before.  One of their newest products are “patternpads,” a tablet of awesome sheets of recycled writing paper with bright patterns on the back.  Use it for scrapbooking, collage, or to tell all your friends you saw Al Gore rocking out at a Live Earth concert (that’s the rumor)!

                        Seltzer Goods patterpad

You can’t buy Seltzer’s cards on their site, but they have a store locator to find them nationwide!  Run out and buy one NOW!

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