Thursday, May 28, 2009

Welcome Home

nyc was a blast but the best part was coming home to this...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Post-NSS entertainment: trapeze class!

image: byrd + bleeker

What better way to end the NYC trip than to go flying through the air?
Full post of our circus antics by Miss Bleeker of byrd + bleeker fame here.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

NSS Roundup

images courtesy of Shannon Ho Photography

This was our first year exhibiting at the NSS and we had a blast! It was wonderful to meet so many fellow designers, artists and bloggers. We were tickled pink when the lovely Shannon Ho stopped by our booth and took these awesome shots for us. Shannon was one of the attendees at A Lovely Workshop (posted here) and is just one of the sweetest people I've known.

Nole over at Oh so beautiful paper has done a wonderful job of posting about the show but I just wanted to share a few of my favourites here.

yellow owl workshop "write your own message" gift wrap.

Christine from yellow owl workshop hand-painted these menus for Alyssa and Ryan's wedding. *sigh*... love.

small square design and linea carte shared a cozy booth.

linea carte silkscreened gift-tags/ornaments. smart idea!

Having been a longtime fan of Night Owl Paper Goods, it was quite a thrill to meet owner Alan.

Images 3-7: chewingthecud

Friday, May 22, 2009

A Lovely Workshop

all image source: elizabeth messina

ctc is extremely honored and delighted to be on the roster of amazing talent that created A Lovely Workshop—a one-day photography workshop by beloved photographer, Elizabeth Messina, hosted by Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma.

Over the past few months, I had the opportunity to work closely with Elizabeth, who is the sweetest and most generous soul ever. We dreamt up ideas of presenting the invitations, menus, favors, giveaway bags, and vignette designs...(more to come in a follow-up post.) Using Elizabeth's blog: Kiss the Groom as inspiration, we had such fun tossing around ideas and possibilities that, in the most fluid and seamless manner came together at the workshop. It was Elizabeth's innate warmth and elegant style that set the tone from inception to execution and brought the collaboration to life.

I had such a blast working with the rest of the team (full list here), especially Eden of End-Design, Rosemary of Rosemary Special Events and Xandra of XYZ ink. I cannot even begin to describe the creative prowess of Eden. My first brainstorming session with her left me in awe (and I'll admit, slightly intimidated); she immediately shot to the top of my list of "Out-of-the-world designers." Rosemary is one of my favourite planners in the Bay Area. Take a look at her portfolio and you'll see why. Work aside, she has such a warm and fun personality, it makes me smile whenever I hear her voice. It was through Rosemary that I met calligrapher extraordinaire Xandra of XYZ ink. My oh my... I drooled when I saw her work and could not pick up the phone fast enough to get her onboard asap! By the time the workshop ended, we were already cooking up ideas for future collaborations.

There was so much talent that came together to create the workshop. Too much for one post, so I'll leave you to these links: here, here, here, here and here, so you can enjoy the full splendor of the event!

More to come soon with the behind-the-scenes inspiration for the designs.

Blow a thousand kisses to the ones you love....

Monday, May 18, 2009

NSS Day 1

Maria of {Ritzy Bee}, me, and Joy (Flybird Press)

Greetings from NYC! Yesterday was the first day of the National Stationery Show.
We had such a blast meeting new and old friends. I finally met the adorable Maria of {Ritzy Bee} and lovely Nole from "Oh so beautiful paper" (taking the picture.)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

NSS Sneak Peek Part Deux

images source: chewingthecud

More goodies for the upcoming NY National Stationery Show.
See the full collection here.

Thank you so much to the lovely bloggers who have posted about our collection:
Design Sponge
Style Me Pretty
Pink Olive
My Modern Metropolis

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

NSS Sneak Peek

all image source: chewing the cud

We are eagerly counting down to the National Stationery Show. Here's a sneak preview of what we'll be debuting at the show: reusable organic cotton gift wrap!

The idea is that each wrap is a gift onto itself. "Give luck", "give love"...etc.

Hand-printed on 100% organic cotton with soy-based inks.

More sneak peeks coming up!