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Quirky Paper Co.

8 Apr

quirkypaperco1 copyquirkypaperco2 copyquirkypaperco3 copyQuirky Paper Co. will be one of the new vendors at the Got Craft? spring show this May! Cheryl will be bringing a collection of greeting cards and paper goods that bring together unique ideas and thoughtfully crafted designs. Each of their products are created with the goal of connecting people and inspiring joy in everyday life with ideas that are funny, playful, personal, and of course, quirky!

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Got Craft?
Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th, 2014
10-5pm
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver

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giveaway :: Pretty Paper Please

6 Nov

Oh hi! Mélanie Kimmett here. I’m incredibly proud to have the opportunity to introduce you to my new stationery line Pretty Paper Please. I’ve lovingly created this line over the course of a year. Its evolution has been such a joy, as I’ve explored my life-long love for animals (if I had been good at science and slightly less emotional, I’d be a vet today). Along with animals I’m a sucker for simple shapes and design dressed in vibrant colour, often influenced by the seasons. You’ll notice these recurrent themes throughout most of my work.

I’d like to think letter and card writing is making a bit of a comeback lately. The ease and speed of email, e-cards, Facebook and Twitter are appreciated but there’s no denying the magic of receiving a handwritten note in the mail, right? Who wants it to be about bills and junk mail all the time!? Not me! Which is why Pretty Paper Please came to be!

Allowing yourself a bit of quiet time just before the holidays to sit back and write the heart-felt words you’ve wanted to share with family and friends can be such an incredible treat! Now imagine being on the receiving end and experiencing the joy of opening and reading that personal note… Regardless of writing or receiving the love notes this year, I’m eager to get started!

Thanks to lotus events, I’d like to gift you this same experience and offer a Pretty Paper Please holiday card giveaway! If chosen at random, you will win 12 cards (total) in 2 styles (your choice) from the holiday collection – that’s a lot of love to send around this holiday season!

There are four chances to enter:

  1. Leave a comment below telling us who you’re excited to write this holiday! = one entry
  2. Follow @melaniekimmett on twitter and retweet “RT to enter to win holiday cards by @melaniekimmett to handwrite some joy courtesy of @lotusevents http://bitly.com/XgF4Fb #prettypaperplease = one entry
  3. Become a fan of the Melanie Kimmett | Designer & Illustrator Faceboook page = 1 entry
  4. Blog about the giveaway + post a link in the comment form = 1 entry

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o Each person has the opportunity to have a maximum of 4 entries.
o Contest is open to North America only.
o Contest closes Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 3 p.m. (PST)

Good luck!

wedding wednesday :: {more} letterpress

9 Nov

images via: (one) Mae Mae Paperie, (two) Studio on Fire, (three) Paper + Cup, (four) Tom Froese, (five) The Indigo Bunting, (six) Kymera Studio, (seven) J Fletcher Design, (eight) Aurelisas, (nine) unknown

wedding wednesday :: letterpress

2 Nov

images via: (one) Designspiration, (two) The Hungry Workshop, (three) Hitchcock Ink, (four) The Wedding Chicks, (five) The Quiet Society, (six) Wit & Delight, (seven) Green Wedding Shoes, (eight) Lottie Loves…{Paper}, (nine) Oh So Beautiful Paper

featured artist :: cabin + cub

19 Aug

from the archives: 19.10.09

name: Valerie Thai
company: cabin + cub
links: shop | blog | flickr

What do you make?
I make woodburned art panels, collages, art prints, as well as notebooks and cards.

What or who inspires you?
I seem to draw inspiration from all over the place – my husband, my family and friends, the environment, music, art, pop culture, food…. oh this list could get very long indeed!

How did you get started?
My mom was always very much into art and design, so I was always drawn to the artistic side of things. As soon as I picked up a crayon and scissors, I think the craftiness began and it has snowballed every since.

What are your favourite materials to work with?
My favorite materials are wood and paper…. so I guess I really love trees. I love the way woodburning smells (it smells like a campfire).. and the look of all things wood. Same goes with paper… I can be in a paper store, like Paper-Ya for hours at a time.

What is the hardest and most favourite part of crafting?
Hardest would be finding time to do it, since I also work as a freelance designer for a living. My favorite part is getting to be creative and working with my hands… its nice to get away from the computer.

Do you have any advice for those in the biz?
Create things that you enjoy making… it is no fun making things that become just a chore. And also to be patient and work hard… things will fall into place.

Do you consider yourself an artist or a crafter?
Ah yes, the old age debate. I don’t like conflict, so I like having the two co-existing as well as intermingling…. so yes, I do consider myself both an artist and a crafter (oh, as well as a designer)… so that is a third category to throw into the mix.

images via cabin + cub

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sparrow nest script cards

28 May


found via plenty of colour

Email is all handy dandy, but these days, nothing beats a hand written note especially using one of these beautiful hand calligraphied notecards by Sparrow Nest. To see more of Emily’s ever-expanding line of hand-calligraphed cards and other paper goods, visit her etsy shop here. For those looking for personal invitations, she also takes wedding calligraphy requests. So pretty!

the beautiful project: feature #1

30 Apr

from the archives: 02.06.09

Today is June 2nd which means that it is the start of a new feature on our blog called “the same 8 questions we always ask”. Each week, the Got Craft blog will feature one artist and yes, you guessed it, ask them the same 8 questions!

company: The Beautiful Project
name: Jeannette Ordas
links: web | etsy | twitter


What do you make?
I make sweet & sassy note cards, birthday calendars and other lovely paperie under the name The Beautiful Project

What or who inspires you? 
I’m inspired by all things vintage, from old cookbooks, pretty linens and fabrics, to old kids books. Anything with a touch of whimsy and cuteness is okay by me! I also find inspiration from just biking around the city and poking around my Strathcona neighbourhood and Chinatown.

How did you get started?
Years ago I used to create a zine and then I moved on to doing web design and spending more time on the computer. After awhile, I decided that I wanted to get back to doing my own work and I really enjoyed coming up with illustrations and working with paper.

What are your favourite materials to work with? 
Why paper of course!

What is the hardest and most favourite part of crafting? 
My favorite part about crafting is seeing an idea that exists inside your head become real. It’s so satisfying to look at all the cards and stationery that I’ve created and feel proud that I’m doing something that I love. Having others love my work, we’ll that’s pretty awesome too! The worst part? Well, the process of creating can be frustrating because sometimes it’s hard to recreate the grandiose visions in my head or part of the printing process goes wrong or the colours don’t work out like you’d like them. These are all small frustrations but they are definitely worthwhile since all that hard work does end up getting somewhere. There is no “worst” in creating, it’s just that some roads are bumpier than others. You’ll end up getting to a wonderful place in the end (*crosses fingers*)

List 5 of your favourite links and why you like them 
Poppytalk: A great Vancouver-based design/craft showcase. Jan always has great posts and seeing such great work out there always keeps me on my toes!

Vancouver Slop: Because I’m usually always hungry and I like to go out to eat on occasion.

Pitch Design Union: As a graphic/web design and an illustrator, this blog is filled with inspiration!

Oh So Beautiful Paper: I just discovered this blog last week. It’s very inspiring and if you love beautiful paper, then this is the blog for you. I love it!

Instead of 1 last link, I’ll tell you that I’m slightly addicted to Tumblr. Tumblr is a photo blog of sorts and I always stumble upon really strange and interesting things. It’s really random, weird and wonderful and perfect for people who think that starting a blog is too cumbersome.


Do you have any advice for those in the biz? 
My advice would be market yourself. That’s the hardest part since it’s easy enough to work away in obscurity. But to have others find you, that’s the hard part. So read up for advice on blogs, check out Etsy.com for tips, and get out there and network!

Art vs. Craft – Are these terms different? Do you consider yourself an artist or a crafter?
It’s really hard for me to define what I do in terms of “Is it art?” or “Is it craft?”. The craft movement has exploded in the past 10 years and when I saw others making things that I could make too, that was truly inspiring. The craft realm seems also to be more welcoming to new faces. While I am an illustrator and a designer those are the more commercial forms of art and I’m definitely not a traditional artist. For me, I just love what I do whether it’s as a graphic designer, a web designer, an illustrator and a card maker. If you want to call me crafty, I’m happy with that too.

On a related note, Jeannette also writes an amazing food blog called Everybody Likes Sandwiches. Check it out for some tasty and easy to follow recipes!

(photo images courtesy of Jeannette Ordas)

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