January 25, 2010

gratitude campaign {january}

It's finally here... the Gratitude Campaign's first giveaway...

For a chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post. Yep, that's it, no hoop jumping whatsoever. Giveaway is open through Friday, January 29, 2010 at 11:59 PST.

Two winners to be announced on Monday, February 1 - one lucky winner will receive the thank you card set from Two Trick Pony, the other will receive the thank you card set from Egg Press. Best of luck!

{images by crow and canary}

January 22, 2010

v-day pick: no. 6

I'm simply nuts about Anna Bond's signature floral illustrations. The identity that she created for Bonnie Tsang's photography business is one of my favorite examples of her floral work. Her newly launched stationery company, Rifle Paper Co. showcases Anna's amazing talents. Above is a pick from the Valentine collection - more here.

Post Edit:
The ever-lovely Gabby, of Gabby She Wrote, just reminded me that my readers may be wondering where V-Day picks numbers 1-4 are... Excellent question! You can find my 2009 picks by clicking the "LOVE" label at the bottom of this post.

{image via rifle paper co.}

January 20, 2010

v-day pick: no. 5

{up up creative's 'crazy love card two'}

{up up creative's 'crazy love card six'}

{up up creative's 'crazy love card eight'}

I'm a big fan of Up Up Creative's designs. I purchased one of their modern printable recipe cards last month and it was a such a hit! There's a series of eight in this vein and they're all nothing short of awesome. These cards passed my personal "laugh out loud" test. You know you want read the rest, check them out here.

{images via up up creative}

January 19, 2010

the 2010 valentine card swap is here!

Earlier this month, I posted an offhand tweet about the idea of organizing a Valentine card swap. I was a bit surprised when I received a good amount of replies from bloggers and tweeters that were game. I quite love the idea of turning an occasion that many people dread, into something that fills our mailboxes with paper goodness!

+ If you'd like to participate please leave a comment and email the following information to info(at)crowandcanary(dot)com by Friday, January 29th at midnight PST:
- name

- mailing address
- email address
- blog/website (not required)

+ You'll be notified of your swap partners on Monday, February 1st via email - depending on the turnout, you may have as many as 3 people to send cards to.

+ Cards should be mailed no later than Monday, February 8th.

+ I would love to see a focus on sending handmade paper goods, but don't want to exclude any non-crafty types. Let me just say, I'm in the business of supporting and spreading the word about amazing indie designers. So, if you have the choice between a Hallmark card or a card from your local letterpress printer I humbly encourage you to choose the latter! If you need help finding great shops near you, that sell cards from talented independent designers - please feel free to email me. There's always Etsy too!

+ Swap is open to US & Canadian residents only, as I'm afraid we're cutting it a bit too close for our friends abroad.

January 18, 2010

paper schmaper's gocco goodness

{gocco 'balloon girl' card}

{gocco 'carnival' card}

{gocco 'glee' card}

I have a total card crush on Paper Schmaper! I love the element of whimsy in their cards and the photo styling absolutely receives extra credit. Paper Schmaper also pens a lovely, paper-centric blog. I always find something to drool over when visiting.

{images via paper schmaper}

January 8, 2010

announcing: the gratitude campaign

Thank you notes are important to me. For the most part, I'm pretty good about sending them for the obvious occasions. One of my personal resolutions this year is to send more - and not just when they're expected. Perhaps, a note to one of my favorite servers, who always remembers us, even though we only visit Southern Oregon a few times a year. Or, maybe a little 'thank you' to the massage therapist that went 15 minutes over my allotted time. You've got to admit it's a winning situation for everyone involved.

So here's the idea...

The last week of each month in 2010, I'll post a giveaway offering two boxes of 'thank you' cards from two different designers. A comment to enter, any old comment - I want to make it easy and accessible for people to get involved. Two winners announced the following week. The inaugural post for January will feature boxed notes from Two Trick Pony and Egg Press. Are you loving it so far? If so, please spread the word!

Thank you so much for the comments, I'm really glad that people are excited about this idea. Just a reminder that January's gratitude giveaway will be posted on Monday, January 25th.