Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Letterpress Holiday Card Swap

I just returned from holiday in Pittsburgh to find my bounty of holiday card exchanges with other printers!

I received this bright holiday message from Ian @ The Printmonkey Press in the UK

Such bright colors and strong image!  The paper has a slight shimmer to it, my photos never give anything justice!

I received this Big Christmas wish from Karl with Letterpressed with a Smile

and an extra to play with and send next year!

Thanks Karl!

I got this one all the way from Germany from Sabrina at Small Caps Berlin

Beautiful deckled edge paper and
Very smart use of ornaments,
and she also sent some fantastic
gift tags, I will have to store these somewhere where I am
sure to find them for Christmas next year!

Thank you Sabrina!!

I received this unique three panel one from Jax from Print for the Love of Wood from Lanashire, UK.

beautiful speckled paper,

really great silver ink,

and creative use of Ys!!

Thanks Jax!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Tis the Season

Well the holiday craft show season is over. Last week, I made a quick turnaround for my friend Annette who ordered necklaces for Christmas gifts! She said she was super happy with them so that's a good feeling and hope her family and friends feel the same way!! The last craft show for me this year was yesterday in Mt. Airy at Church of the Annunciation. It was a terrible venue and there were barely any buyers. I didn't make a sale but I did get a small custom order for some holiday cards from one that was on display. I will be working on those this afternoon. It feels more like Wedding Season for me since I currently have three brides I'm working with. I just placed a HUGE paper order for all of them with Waste Not Paper and Announcement Converters. Still need to get a hold of one vendor for some pricing for Lokta paper... hopefully that will happen Monday. Still also need to find some time to wrap up my own holiday shopping! :) Happy Handmade Holidays to all!!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Holiday Shows

The show at Friends Academy last weekend in New Jersey didn't go so well. It was a poor turnout overall for all the vendors. It was also the first snow in the area so that could have played a factor. The upside is that there is less work to do now for the next christmas bazaar this Saturday in Mt. Airy. I am hopeful that it will be the best show this holiday season.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My Adana Five Eight Letterpress, in other words, I got a new MACHINE!

I am SO excited to get started with letterpress! I went all the way to Ebay UK to get an Adana Five Eight, surprisingly it got here rapid fast (thanks Interparcel) and I was in Pittsburgh when it arrived! It's the "lightweight" of tabletop platen presses but is still HEAVY! As I opened it, it was upside down and I had a mild heart attack. Then as I started to unravel the many layers of saran wrap I had multiple heart pulpitations when I thought something was broke or missing. I finally got it together. The long "finger" was bent up pretty bad, I guess during the journey, but I got it pretty much straightened at. I got my 3in1 machine oil and odorless mineral spirits from Lowe's. I still don't have everything I need to actually start running but I'm getting there. A nice printer north of Philly is getting rid of his font so I'm dragging Gerson to Allentown tomorrow to a storage unit to see what I can get for free! To be continued...