Giving Puns a Hip-Hop Edge

I went to a local art/craft show a few weeks ago. There were several stationery designers showing there, and I noticed that they all had a similar theme of being “cute” and “punny.” I am certainly not criticizing - because the majority of my designs are both cute and punny; however, it did make me think it was time to rethink my designs. I think “cute’s” days are numbered, but funny will never go out of style. My solution (for now) is to add some edge by finding influence in the world of hip-hop. I’m happy with it so far - like the whole process has been reinvigorated. Plus - I absolutely love rap and hip-hop. This is just an excuse to break out some old cds.

I’ll be showing at Hover Craft on December 8th here in Milwaukee. If you’re in the area, come say hello!

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NEW PM Designs and Art vs. Craft

I have been working hard getting ready for Art vs. Craft - a super cool show here in Milwaukee - which is next Saturday, November 26th. If you are in town, please come see me there! In the process of bulking up my inventory, I’ve added some new designs. Here are a few that I’ve added to the shop:

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New Christmas Design - Decorate Your Hood

I’ve always thought those shoes on wires are funny. I like the image of a person jumping and throwing their old shoes. It’s so weird. It must be rewarding when they finally wrap around the wire - to hang and be cool until the end of time. Here’s a Christmas card about it. Rep’ your hood - or at least decorate it.

Hood Ornaments - NEW Christmas Design from PaperMichelle

Hood Ornaments - NEW Christmas Design from PaperMichelle

Handmade Thank-You Notes

I hope you got everything you wanted and deserved this holiday season - but don’t forget the crucial step of saying thanks! Sending a thank-you note is such a simple gesture, and it packs a big punch. Here are some of my handmade faves.

"Donkey Shane" Thank You Card from PaperMichelle

Mini Letterpress Thank You Notes from PressaRussa

Mini Letterpress Thank You Notes from PressaRussa

Thank You Card from DEADWEIGHT

Thank You Card from DEADWEIGHT

Awesome Note Cards from LittleGrayOwl

Awesome Note Cards from LittleGrayOwl

Thank You Cards from vandaliastreetpress

Thank You Cards from vandaliastreetpress

Weekend Vintage: Merry Christmas

Santa was feeling awfully old-school this year and I am just loving it! I got so many great, vintage things for my little haus. Merry Christmas, indeed.

Evidence of a successful Christmas comes in the form of a giant mess.

Evidence of a successful Christmas comes in the form of a giant mess.

Vintage Kromex Cannisters - Amazing

Vintage Kromex Cannisters - Amazing

Vintage Pewter Children's Mug

Vintage Pewter Children's Mug

Vintage Handmade Afghan - GORGEOUS

Vintage Handmade Afghan - GORGEOUS

Vintage Swedish Tile - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

Vintage Swedish Tile - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

Not-vintage-but-beautiful Robbin's Egg Blue Teapot from Chantal

Not-vintage-but-beautiful Robbin's Egg Blue Teapot from Chantal

Snowy Saturday

It is the very first snow of the year here! Snowy days always send me into hibernation mode, which generally results in a huge amount of cooking. Today is no exception; I am hanging out with my pup, making vegetable soup and chocolate chip cookies! Here are some photos of our warm & cozy day…

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Weekend Vintage: Christmas Greetings

There is something fundamentally old-timey about the holidays. It is the single time of year when classic, timeless traditions still prevail at the heart of things. These vintage greetings are no exception; they convey the spirit of the season and they have an added effect: nostalgia. The vintage aesthetic brings to mind images of grandmas preparing elaborate dinners, sparkly cocktail dresses, creeping down stairs, stuffing stockings with oranges and hard candy, singing Christmas carols in quiet neighborhoods, hiding new puppies in boxes, etc. I love it all so much.

Vintage Christmas Cards from ravennagirlsvintage

Vintage Christmas Cards from ravennagirlsvintage

Vintage Milkman Christmas Card from simplehousewares

Vintage Milkman Christmas Card from simplehousewares

Vintage Christmas Card Set from ravennagirlsvintage

Vintage Christmas Card Set from ravennagirlsvintage

Vintage Christmas Card Set from StephieD

Vintage Christmas Card Set from StephieD

Vintage Holiday Card Buzza from bythewayside

Vintage Holiday Card Buzza from bythewayside

Vintage Merry Christmas Card Set from simplehousewares

Vintage Merry Christmas Card Set from simplehousewares

Vintage Gold Foil Card Seals from ArchipelagoVintage

Vintage Gold Foil Card Seals from ArchipelagoVintage

Vintage Partridge Christmas Cards from SquirrelFriend

Vintage Partridge Christmas Cards from SquirrelFriend

The Best Gifts in Life Are Free

With the economy being as bogus as it has been lately, we need to be resourceful this holiday season. I say - go with the gifts that cost zero dollars! These come as singles or sets (with a convo) in my Etsy shop.

Gocco printed Christmas card for those deserving of a snarky greeting.

Gocco printed Christmas card for those deserving of a snarky greeting.

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2010 Holiday Stationery Favorites

I have been working hard on some new designs for the 2010 Holiday season, so I thought I would check out what other paper people have been up to! Here are some of my witty favorites from Etsy.

Jingle Bells Batman Smells by PortHopePress

Jingle Bells Batman Smells by PortHopePress

Feliz Navidad Holiday Cards from papercitydesign

Feliz Navidad Holiday Cards from papercitydesign

Merry Christmustache Card from mylittlebuffalo

Merry Christmustache Card from mylittlebuffalo

Love To Print Winter Box Set of Prints from memohelen

Love To Print Winter Box Set of Prints from memohelen

Oh Tannenbaum Card from JillKinLA

Oh Tannenbaum Card from JillKinLA

Letterpress Holiday Cards from SweetLetterPress

Letterpress Holiday Cards from SweetLetterPress

New Holiday Cards - Giveaway!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Carina of Crow and Canary; I’ll be sending some cards your way!!!

I’ve been up all morning doing some serious printing of a few new designs for this holiday season!

To kick off the holiday season, I thought I would do a little giveaway: a set of five of each of my new designs below! To be entered into the giveaway, leave a comment or repost somewhere - just let me know where! I will announce a winner at noon tomorrow, Sunday.

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Nothing says Merry Christmas quite like bakery cannibalism.

Early stages of new PaperMichelle gocco print, Rudolph's Revenge

Early stages of new PaperMichelle gocco print, Rudolph's Revenge

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The inside text: All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names.

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