Friday, May 19th, 2017

WE’RE OFF TO NSS

It’s that time of the year! We’re taking off today for the National Stationery Show in NYC. I’m so excited!  These are the mailers I created this year to send to stores that we wanted to have stop by our booth.  I decided to coordinate the summer catalog because I loved this design so much. We also made little ‘stationery is the best’ buttons to give out at the show this year! This is our second time showing at NSS (but third show since we did NY NOW in February).  It’s nice to not be a rookie this year (although the show still comes with it’s fair share of stress).  I love getting the booth all set up and stepping back to admire the hard work of the past few months.  I’m releasing over 40 new designs! All of which will be available next week when we return.  The show runs from Sunday – Wednesday so be sure to follow along on instagram as I’ll be sharing some sneak peeks and posting some of the new products ( @shannonkirsten

Wish us luck! 

XOXO

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Thursday, May 18th, 2017

BRIGHT FLORAL & BLACK PALM SPRINGS SUITE

A favorite suite from this past year.  I LOVED creating these bright floral invitations and cute Palm Springs map.  Black is always fun to use as a background. It’s unique and makes the colors and white lettering really pop.  This were painted with gouache and printed on linen textured card stock, complete with hand painted envelopes!

XO

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Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

MASTIFF DOG CHART

My obsession continues.  A new mastiff ‘chart’ inspired by @bladethedogo and friends. We have more dog themed items launching at NSS next week so follow dog lovers, stay tuned! 

Shop this print on etsy here

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Sunday, May 7th, 2017

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

 We spent four days in Punta Cana this past week and it was pretty amazing.  We were in Puerto Rico first for a friends wedding then hopped on over to the Dominican. I’m blogging out of order mainly because I have wayyy more photos from PR and I was able to get these edited while on the plane.  These are a mix of iPhone, go pro, and mark iii photos…it rained a lot so I used the go pro more which was fun to play around with rainy beach videos.  We stayed at Punta Cana Princess, an all inclusive resort and spa.  I was curious about all inclusive since we had not stayed anywhere like that before.  I’m not sure the all inclusive experience is for me but I’m glad we tried it and it definitely made the trip easy and relaxing. Most of my travels are geared towards sights and adventures so this was a change of pace. It rained the majority of the time we were there so it was kind of nice to not have to navigate and just sit under tiki huts relaxing.  None of the excursions we planned to do went through because the rain was that bad.  A little disappointing but again just nice to have a few slow days that we normally wouldn’t have had! It definitely came at a good time as we frantically prepare for the stationery show in two weeks.  

XO 

Colorful Dress from Asos // Quay Sunglasses from Influence // Luggage from Away 

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

CARROT CAKE

I’VE MADE THIS RECIPE BEFORE AS A CAKE AND IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A HUGE HIT. I DECIDED TO TRY CUPCAKES FOR EASTER SO THERE WOULD BE MORE TO GO AROUND. THEY WERE JUST AS DELICIOUS!  SEE MY ORIGINAL POST HERE
 
INGREDIENTS:
4 EGGS 
1 1/4 CUP VEGETABLE OIL 
2 CUPS WHITE SUGAR
2 TEASPOONS VANILLA EXTRACT
2 CUPS ALL PURPOSE WHITE FLOUR
2 TEASPOONS BAKING SODA
2 TEASPOONS BAKING POWDER
1/2 TEASPOON OF SALT
2-3 TEASPOON CINNAMON 
3 CUPS GRATED CARROTS 
THEN…
I ADDED WALNUTS, RAISINS, DRIED CRANBERRIES, AND UNSWEETENED COCONUT.  THIS IS COMPLETELY OPTIONAL BUT I PROMISE YOU WON’T REGRET THROWING THESE EXTRAS IN! 
 
BEAT EGGS, OIL, SUGAR, AND VANILLA IN A LARGE MIXING BOWL UNTIL SMOOTH.  ADD IN THE FLOUR, BAKING SODA, BAKING POWDER, SALT, AND CINNAMON. ADD THE CARROTS AND OTHER MIX INS. POUR INTO CUPCAKE SLEEVES (OR A GREASED PAN FOR THE CAKE VERSION).  COOK AT 350 DEGREES FOR ABOUT 20-25 MINUTES (OR 40-50 IF YOU’RE MAKING THE CAKE).
 
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
1/2 CUP BUTTER, SOFTENED (NOT MELTED!)
8 OZ CREAM CHEESE, SOFTENED (NOT MELTED!)
4 CUPS OF CONFECTIONARY SUGAR
1 TEASPOON OF VANILLA
 
ENJOY! 
XO
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