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Trendspotting: Foil-Pressed Stationery

9 Apr

foil-animated-blog-001Who doesn’t love new stationery?  Looking for a special pop of gold on your note cards?  This week we are sharing with you one of our favorite new trends: Foil-pressed stationery.  Foil accents on printed paper has emerged hotter than ever this season.  It’s everywhere and we are definitely a fan.

Our exclusive elegant foil-pressed stationery is right on-trend.  When it comes to foiled stationery, you can select from anything from a large fun design like “xoxo” or “cheers”  to a simple little unexpected touch of shimmer such as a little scroll or a modest geometric design.  No matter if you prefer the bold or the understated, it’s a sure fire way to add instant elegance.

To create the look, printers utilize a metal plate that has the desired impression. Heat and pressure is added to literally press the foil into the paper stock creating a beautiful imprint.  There is a great amount of skill and care needed to create a crisp beautiful impression. Foil adds a touch of luxe and shimmer you will love.  Whether you select foil pressed on white stock, navy stock, purple or pink stock, the “must have” look is yours to create and enjoy.

The finished product, with foil accents, creates an air of sophistication but yet is appropriate for everything from everyday correspondence to the most special thank you notes. Custom foil stamped stationery provides the extra special touch and adds brilliance to your note writing.  Treat yourself to foil-pressed stationery today or pick up a box for a special Mother’s Day gift or a shimmering personalized Christmas gift.  Our designs combine the perfect amount of shine with timeless designs that are simply letter perfect.

Tell us what new looks inspire you!

Best wishes,

Renee

 

 

Easter Egg Decorating Idea

3 Apr

It’s that time of year again for coloring Easter eggs!  Every year we get together with friends to have a causal lunch and decorate eggs.  Even as my kids get older, they still look forward to doing this.  This year, their friends thought outside of the “box” (pun intended) and looked up a fun new way to decorate eggs on YouTube.  I wanted to share their idea with you (as well as some basic egg coloring 101) if you happen to be coloring eggs today or tomorrow.

Getting readyGetting ready!  Use food coloring and 1 tablespoon vinegar per cup.  Then add warm water before putting eggs in the cups.   Submerge eggs in cups for at least a minute each.  For more fun, try the Cool Whip egg dying technique!

cool whip

Start with a tub of Cool Whip.  Put it in a casserole dish or any type of pan where you can spread it out.

Dye in cool whipOnce the Cool Whip is spread out, add drops of food dye all over.

Cool whip swirl

Swirl the Cool Whip all around … let the colors mix!

Cool whip upclose

Place eggs in the Cool Whip mixture and cover them under the mixture completely.  Let sit on the counter for 30 minutes.

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Rinse the eggs off under water after 30 minutes.  They turn out with cool marbled effects like a watercolor painting.  A fun way to dye eggs!

Eggs

Here are our eggs after we finished!  We did a mix of traditional egg dying and the Cool Whip technique.  What fun ways do you decorate eggs for Easter?   Share in the comments below … I would love to hear what you and your family do!

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

Wood-ology 101 on Cutting Board Wood Shades

30 Mar

march-woodBoardsWooden maple cutting boards made with premium quality hard maple wood makes a great portable cutting work surface or an elegant serving tray.  They also make a beautiful gift for holidays or anniversaries or housewarming!  Here is a little “wood-ology” about the variety in wood color, according to one of our leading Maple Leaf experts.


There are two types of maple wood that are harvested – summer maples and winter maples – when you see a hard maple that has more color that means the wood has been harvested in the summer because the sap in the maple is still in the tree, on a macro level, at the time it was cut.  When you see a board that is more toward the cream or white shades, that tree has been typically harvested during the winter and the sap has been harvested from the tree in all likelihood.


The boards are a natural product and it will vary.  The maple does patina over time and become more honey, especially when treated with butcher block oil.  A wooden cutting board is one of our favorite gift ideas, it’s something special they likely would not buy for themselves!

Check out our expanded article about this topic, Wood-ology 101, in Studio Insights.

Best wishes,

Renee