Instagram is pretty much where the party is at lately, including the Instagram of good pal and Red Cap artist, Josie Portillo. We stumbled across this snapshot of one of her works-in-progress for an upcoming Red Cap holiday card and couldn't wait to share it here:
We love to see those pencil strokes! Don't you wish you were a drawing so you could live in this house?? This design will be a part of a larger collection of 72 cards we are printing this spring, including a lovely assortment of holiday cards from Josie and more, plus new work from Barbara Dziadosz.
Another fun find–check out this illustration from Josie's new book, The League of Beastly Dreadfuls Book 2: The Dastardly Deed written by Holly Grant. This behind-the-scenes snippet from Josie cracks us up: “I'll let you in on a little secret – I loosely based Sir Marvelmop's design on talented yet creepy music producer Phil Spector who sported all sorts of outlandish wigs during a murder trial.” ha!
The festive funsies keep coming on Instagram, and we wanted to share some of the fun! If you’re up to be impressed, be sure you’re following our artists, who can be found on any of our Instagram posts. For now, we hope you are all nestled all snug in your homes, getting ready for the approaching holiday weekend. Grab some cocoa and marshy-mallows and check out these lovely tidbits from a few of our artists.
The holiday spirit is in the air! How delightful is this illustration by Red Cap artist, Yelena Bryksenkova for Libelle Daily? We can just feel the cozy. We are also pretty ecstatic about this lovely illustration of the three wise men by Red Cap artist, Lizzy Stewart. Not to mention these hand-painted ornaments that we are currently coveting:
And if you’re in search of a last-minute gift, grab a copy of the sure-to-be classic Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett with illustrations by our own Jon Klassen. A favorite wintery tale, Extra Yarn (a Caldecott Honor Book, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner, and a New York Times bestseller) is the story of how a young girl and her box of magical yarn transform a community (Amazon).
Not in the mood for licking stamps this year for your holiday cards? As much as we love and value a handwritten note, if you're just too busy to send a 'seasons greeting' through the post, sending a greeting online is the next best thing for your loved ones. Isn't that why we keep in touch in the first place? Send a card, an emailed greeting, a carrier pigeon, hey–you tell us!
Our collection for Paperless Post comes with all of the tools to help you make someone feel special, including a virtual envelope (oh-so-cute). Take a look at just a tiny peek of some of our holiday collection below, or click over to Paperless Post to see more, and don't forget to send one our way! (PS. They also do invitations and other types of greeting cards! Check out their full collection here.)
Gobble! Gobble! We are back home and ready for Turkery (or tofurkey) day. The holiday season is about love, being together and of course…fun. We put together a few of our favorite funsies for how to Funs-giving your Thanksgiving Day. Be thankful for these because we are loving all of it. Have a good one!
1. This one just about sums it up perfectly, and oh-so-beautifully. “Celebrate” card by Sarah Burwash, Red Cap Cards.
2. Hal's Holiday Cocktail is just around the corner, but in the meantime you can sip on this one from Martha Stewart: the Cranberry Cosmopolitan.
3. You don't have to wait for a 'Happy Christmas' … we love these Thanksgiving Be Thankful Party Crackers from Meri Meri.
4. Another gem from Meri Meri: die-cut wooden Be Thankful Napkin Rings.
5. This one goes out to the kiddos, from Arlo. Create a tipi place card! A place to gather, a place to sit. Check them out at Paper Source.
6. Mr. Boddington's Studio is effortlessly tongue-in-cheek. Loving this Hipster Thanksgiving card.
Oh my goodness gracious, how excited are we? As if Christmas wasn't exciting enough, here's another awesome thing to add to your list of what you'd like to find under the tree. Red Cap artist, Yelena Bryksenkova, has illustrated an edition of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, available from Chronicle Books. The best part…it's out today! Click over to Yelena Bryksenkova's website to view even more illustrations. They are stunning! Is it too late to mark this as the official start of the holiday season? Guys?…is it?
Images courtesy Yelena Bryksenkova
Did you know that Hal is quite the exuberant mixologist? Not just in the masterful ways of Black Coffee, but in boozey concoctions as well! Clink glasses with us and let Hal help you warm up your holiday with the perfect cocktail recipe below. This one's called the Rhubarb Winter and just one sip will most definitely not satisfy–you'll need to have a few more!
Hal's Rhubarb Winter
• 3 ounces Uncle Val’s botanical gin
• 1 1/2 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
• 1 dash Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters
• 2 dashes Angostura bitters
• 1 round teaspoon raw sugar
• lime zest or twist for garnish
Add the ingredients to a Boston shaker or cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain the contents into a chilled cocktail glass or highball with spherical ice and garnish with lime zest or twist.
Now that it's December–officially the holiday season, we can feel the warmth and joy in the air! Our 'Life In…' posts are some of the most fun to write-up, and we are happy to share a brand new holiday edition with you!
Kelsey Garrity-Riley's “Christmas Fireplace” just about sums up the holidays for us: a warm fire, decorated cookies, packages from loved ones and a happy glow. Take a look below to see how we re-envisioned “Christmas Fireplace” in real life.
1. The holidays are not all about presents, but they can be a little bit, right? Don't forget your favorite friends and loved ones. We love these simple brown paper packages, tied up with strings.
2. The perfect wreath–grab this one from Target.
3. It's not always easy to come across a smiling deer bust, mounted perfectly on a vintage crest, so we love that this one exists! Available from Uncommon Goods.
4. Get cozy by the fireplace this winter, and if you don't have a fireplace, you can always just fake it!
5. Leave your cookies and milk (or milk alternative!) out for Santa on this classy galvanized steel tray.
6. The perfect Kilim Rug to curl up on in front of the fire.
7. Don't eat those! They're for Santa! Sweet treats to share or snack on. Try this recipe for gingerbread snowflakes!
8. Last but not least, some very looonng stockings–perfect for stuffing full of holiday goodies.
Little Arlo wants to remind you to also eat your veggies on this magnificent Thanksgiving holiday–not just all that gooey, delicious stuffing and sweet pie. We wish you a happy and healthy holiday! Love, from Red Cap Cards.
Keep Warm, by Yelena Bryksenkova, $3.95 or $14.95 for a box of 8
It's just about that time–time for wrapping presents, decking halls and (our favorite!) mailing holiday cards! It's easy to get caught up in the bustle of the season, but sitting down with a mug of hot chocolate–make ours spiked!–and a bit of music to write to friends and loved ones is what the season is all about. We're so honored to have such talented artists like Yelena Bryksenkova (above), Sarah Burwash, Kelsey Garrity-Riley, and many more as part of our festive family.
Don't be a Christmas goose! Definitely make sure to check out all of our sparkling holiday card designs, here. Some newbies for your consideration are below!
Be Merry and Bright, by Sarah Burwash, $3.95 or $14.95 for a box of 8
Sled Ride, by Yelena Bryksenkova, $3.95 or $14.95 for a box of 8
Christmas Fireplace, by Kelsey Garrity-Riley, $3.95 or $14.95 for a box of 8
We had to make a cup of hot chocolate with extra teeny-tiny marshmallows for this post. Yes–if you live anywhere near Los Angeles, it might not feel like the holidays are right around the corner, but they are! We are halfway through September (gasp!) and we were just dying to show you these new holiday styles for Paperless Post. Call it a sneak peek.
Paperless Post offers you a simple, digital way to send sweet notes to your favorite family and friends. Red Cap Cards is honored to have been able to work with them on a digital collection, and now we are introducing our holiday collection! With designs by Christian Robinson, Becca Stadtlander, Josie Portillo, Blanca Gomez, Sarah Burwash, Jill Labieniec, Yelena Bryksenkova, Lizzy Stewart, Kelsey Garrity-Riley and Jon Klassen, we have tons of styles by a bunch of our talented designers to mail online.
Don't worry–we'll remind you of these designs when winter is knocking on your door…it will be sooner than you think! In the meantime, click over to Paperless Post and let the sugar plums dance through your head!
What did your Christmas look like when you were a kid? We got into the spirit on a trip down memory lane, thinking about our old holiday wishlists from years past. Can you believe our requests to Santa are now considered vintage fab finds? We'd love to hear about what you dreamed about finding under the tree when you were a kid! Leave a comment for us, and enjoy our timeless treasures:
1. Gizmo! “But the most important rule, the rule you can never forget – no matter how much he cries, or how much he begs, never, never feed him after midnight.”
2. If you didn't have a Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine, you were…well, thirsty. The Snoopy Sno-Cone machine was a plastic party and we still want one!
3. ESPRIT: oh the fashion of the 80's. We love you Esprit, now, forever and always. 4. My Little Pony: no Sea Ponies here, we wanted the real deal! Here's a tip: don't cut the tail, it doesn't grow back.
5. Skip It! What happened to exercise toys?! These were a favorite during Saturday morning cartoon commercials, despite their high-dysfunction record.
6. BMX bike. On-road, off-road, this little guy took you anywhere you wanted to go, and is still going strong!
7. Casio, oh how we loved you. You played taught us to play Greensleeves, plus make sick noises like in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Plus–you were portable (kinda)!
8. And the coup de grâce, the bane of our parents' existence: The fabulous Cabbage Patch Doll. There were fights over this one–and rightly so.
What was on your list?
Do the holidays inspire your artistic side? They inspire us! Or, at least, these amazing illustrators do. These illustrations make us want to curl up by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate and a candy cane! Check out some favorites below, and don't forget to visit our Holiday Style Pinterest board to see even more that didn't fit here! Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!
1. We love the warm simplicity in this piece! The Longest Train Ride to Zermatt by Josie Portillo.
2. An old holiday favorite–if you haven't had the opportunity to read this childrens' book or see the Jim Henson movie, definitely look it up! Emmett Otter's Jugband Christmas by Russell Hoban with illustrations by Lillian Hoban.
3. A family favorite of ours! The perfect, cozy Christmas story: Leonard Weisgard's The Night Before Christmas
4. A new favorite! “Simple Snow Day,” by upcoming Red Cap artist, Kelsey Garrity-Riley.
5. We can't get enough of this food-themed holiday wrapping paper by illustrator, Nicholas John Frith. Look at the little Christmas crackers!
6. Another fabulous illustration by artist, Josie Portillo. Modern and linear, we feel like this is a sweet nod to Charley Harper.
Thanksgiving is here, and we are thankful for you! (As if we needed an excuse to write a thank you card) The holiday season is getting started and in celebration, we've rounded up a few of our favorite Turkey/Tofurkey Day treats from around the web. So gather around the table and pass the stuffing!
(Clockwise from top left)
1. Make yourself this DIY Happy Thanksgiving Banner for your “Friendsgiving” from A Beautiful Mess
2. A sweet treat in such a delicious shape…Canned Cranberry Happy Thanksgiving Card by Dear Hancock, available from Urbanic Paper
3. Faux Wishbones for all you vegetarians! By Something's Hiding in Here, available from Houzz (You might not want to break these ones though).
4. And our favorite of course: Fall greeting card by Sarah Burwash!
5. Turkey Cup Cozy printable from A Subtle Revelry for kids to try.
6. And the perfect miniature centerpiece: Gobble, Gobble vintage ceramic turkeys from becaruns on Etsy.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Is it too early to begin indulging in one of my favorite holiday treats? I think not. It's Egg Nog and Whiskey time people!