I can hear your groan from here - Christmas? you're saying. I know. Here's the thing though. I'm headed to the National Stationery Show next month as I've mentioned and I had to have them done for that. Retailers have to order early.
But there was a fun project that I got to do with these holiday cards. Two years ago when the kids were in 3rd grade, each child did a winter themed drawing. Those drawings were then composed into one piece of artwork and the class had a field trip over to see the piece printed. I must admit we were not prepared for 40-ish 3rd graders and the energy they bring with them!
The field trip was successful, but I kept staring at these little drawings and loving the whimsy of them. Most notably Sammy's Penguin. So when I decided to add holiday into my lineup this year, I contacted parents and kids and asked them to be a part of my project.
I selected 4 drawings to start with. Each child got $20 for their drawing [artists should be paid of course] They also got a set of their final printed cards and then I donated to the elementary school's art program as well. I invited the kids and their parents over to print with me - so they could get more one-on-one on the press. We printed the hangtags that accompany the greetings. Below is each child with their drawings printed. They were pleased to see their signatures on the backside too, along with my Richie logo. I really wanted them to take ownership of their art.
I'm currently working with the elementary school, in hopes to continue the project in some fashion.
If you're a store, interested in purchasing. Hope to see you at booth 1370 at NSS next month. or contact us for wholesale info. richele (at) richiedesigns (dot) com
Aden Blue with his reindeer
Grace with her angel
Jake with his snowman
Sammy with her Penguin
[how much do you love this?!]
The holiday cards will be available in the Etsy store later this summer and hopefully in stores nation-wide after the show!
I wanted to create a card this year for folks who may have a step parent, aunt etc that was comfortable to give on Mother's Day. I luckily still have my mom with me but I also have a few women in my life that helped me become the person I am today. Hand drawn type, one color letterpress fuchsia ink and sunny yellow envelope.
I have a love of vintage neon that started years ago in college. Originally I painted this sign and it sits on our Mantle today. This year I revisited it for a birthday card, because I thought... when all else fails this is where we go for the bday present.
This card was hand illustrated and is printed in 3 colors. It was a pretty difficult print job and my first effort was not successful and required new plates. I'm pretty jazzed on the finished project.
Did I tell you I quit my job? and I'm headed to the National Stationery Show? I did. It's happening this May. I'm calling it my mid-life crisis since I turn 46 at the show. It's cheaper than a Porsche but more expensive than a Botox so whatevs!
National Stationery Show is held in New York City at the Javitz Center. It's only open to the industry sadly but if you're a store owner I hope to see you there!
I'm getting ready for a photoshoot for my kids catalog tomorrow and I'm in need of colorful tissue confetti. Now I'm sure you can order this online somewhere but I didn't think about it till last night and I couldn't find what I needed at my local stores... so I made it. Which makes me officially crazy I think. I also have confetti blisters from the scissors. But hopefully the shot [s] will look amazing.
Have I mentioned I'm a stylist and art director too? I am. You can see some of my handiwork over here along with some automotive things I've done over the years. Jack of all trades, master of none.
I've decided to begin scanning family photos lately. Must be age and nostalgia setting in or something. This photo of my Grandparents is dated November 7, 1939. It must have been when they had first began dating as they look so young.
The photo is teeny only about an 1" across and the white blob across my Grandfather's face I thought was a scratch on the photo but I realized this morning was a piece of butterfly tape. He was an athlete so I assume it was from football or boxing.
When I was a teenager and going through old photos with my mom, aunt and grandmother, Grandma let us in on a bit of a family bombshell... she had been engaged to another man before Grandpa. Mom and my Aunt had never heard that before so it was big news. I love those stories, the ones that come out when family goes through old photos after time.
My Grandfather went on to be the Superintendent of County School Boards in Sacramento and has an elementary school named after him. He was also instrumental in developing California's R.O.P program for learning trades. Grandpa was SO handsome. He sort of looked like a cross between Paul Newman and Bob Hope.
Grandma is 94 and a little bit cranky – I'm not going to lie. She gives everyone a run for their money these days. Dunno, at 94 I sort of think you're owed that much!