Sharpie Metallics

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As a “grown up”, I don’t have many reasons to buy metallic felt tips, but I actually needed something to write on black card with, and when I saw that Sharpie had metallic range, I though they could be just the thing! You can get a pack for a few pounds, so it’s not too much of a gamble.

The packaging is standard Sharpie packaging so nothing  exciting there. And actually, the caps of the pens really don’t do the colours justice. When I saw them, I felt worried that the colours weren’t going to be very metallic… However, when I cracked them open I soon realised that they were just what I was hoping for!

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Not the best photo, but hopefully you can see that they come out really well, strong colours with lots of pigment, and they write really well. They reminded me of the metallic pens (perhaps by Pilot?) I used to covet when  was a kid, except you used to have to shake those and then push the nib against the page to release the ink. The only problem with these, as you can see, is that the gold one has dried out, which is a shame, so I guess I’ll have to get in touch to tell Sharpie I got a dud!

The reason I’d got these was because I’d bought these gorgeous cards from Greenwich Letterpress (which I visited on my NYC stationery shop crawl), but didn’t have anything to write on them with.

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So now I’m able to jazz them up and use them!

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Parcel labels, and lots of them

As I mentioned in my last post, I found a great independent stationers (which I can’t remember the name of and isn’t google-able). As well as cards, I’ll also grabbed a couple of bundles of parcel tags, which were a total bargain! The manilla bundle (of about 50) was £3.25 and the Turquoise bundle (also about 50) was £2.50 – amazing, right?!

I’m not sure quite what I’ll end up doing with them but for earlier I made them into a small “work of art”:

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Aaaaand, then I messed them up again:
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Anyone got any creative/fun/interesting/useful/crafty ideas of what I could you use them for?

 

Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside…

The week before last, my boyfriend and I  drove down for a few days in Cornwall, where we stayed in a Yurt. The weather was amazing, and it was pretty much the perfect holiday, full of seriously idyllic things like making dough and cooking pizza in the wood fired oven on the camp site, whilst watching the sunset…

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Me and said pizza and oven…

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Cycling through rural Cornwall

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Our home for the week

We also did one night in a hotel in Penzance before hitting the road back to London. Penzance is a funny ol’ place. It seemed to have one road with lovely old pubs and great shops and restaurants, and then a slightly grotty high street. But I did find a great independent stationers on that high street, and some cards in the window caught my eye. They were beautiful designs and we thought they summed up our holiday pretty well – so of course, I had to buy some. They’re by Kate Broughton. I knew I recognised the name and it was only later that I remembered that I had bought some of her nail art transfers a couple of years ago. seaside Deckchair card, £2.50. This one represents all the time we spent on Cornwall’s gorgeous beaches. This is part of the Summer Cards series. seaside3Oystercatcher card, £2.50. This one doesn’t represent anything necessarily, but I just really liked it. This is part of the Coastal Bird Cards series.  seaside2 Bicycle card, £2.50. And this one represents our bike ride from Mawgan Porth to Padstow (turns out Cornwall is a lot hillier than we realised…). This one is also in the Summer Cards series. You should check out her stuff, she has some REALLY lovely cards – including a vegetable series, with seeds attached, and a bird series with bird seed attached.

Anthropologie presents: TAPED

On Saturday in New York, after wandering over the High Line, we thought we have a quick look around Chelsea market, and what did I find in the Anthropologie store, but a whole MT Tape extravaganza!

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They had carts full of amazing washi tape throughout the shop.

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The whole of the downstairs of the shop had been decorated using MT tape. They called it Tape Bombing. A kind of guerrilla stationery art I guess. There was also a workshop by Koji Iyama, Japanese washi tape artist (yes, that’s a thing).

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Boxes and boxes of beautiful tape…

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And examples of how you can use MT tape to decorate everyday items.

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And, I’m pretty proud of my restraint here, I only bought ONE (it is a bloody good one though eh?). It was $5.

Food Glorious Food (cards)

As I sit down to write this it’s approaching lunchtime, so there’s only one direction I can go. Food. Cards with food on them anyway:

This is very silly but I like it a lot! Especially as someone who eats far too many carbs…

Complex Carbohydrates card, £2.50, by Gemma Correll at Ohh Deer

There’s more to this next one than meets the eye, as it’s an A-Z of cheeses. It’s quite hard to work them out but, if you’re a cheat like me, one of the pictures on the site lists the cheese names.

Cheese Alphabet Card, £3.25, by Becka Griffin Illustration at Not On The Highstreet

I actually really struggled to find any cheese pun cards, which surprises me. I mean, surely there are some great ones! Have a BRIE-lliant birthday! GOUDA luck in your new job! Jeez guys,  I’m just giving these away. Sort it out card makers… (and do feel free to comment below if you can think of any others – we could really be on to something!)

La Sandia card, £6.50 for 5, by CL.AM

Lovely fresh summery watermelon vibes by CL.AM (above) and while we’re feeling fruity…

Part of the Fruit Salad Card Set, £12 for 5, by Telegramme.

Simple print but I think really effective.

More classic carb lolz below. Plus extra point for letterpress.

I Yam Sorry card, £3.06, by Nourishing Notes on Etsy

I couldn’t very well not have a cake card could I? It’s a fairly overdone concept with the potential to be boring, but Rifle Paper Co always seem to get it right (sorry couldn’t find a UK stockist for this particular card).

Birthday Cake Card, $4.50, by Rifle Paper Co.

I’m pretty obsessed with biscuits, and actually have an entirely biscuit card based post up my sleeve… Love this one by Present & Correct using a classic, the pink wafer.

Pink Wafer Card, £3.25 at Present & Correct

Finally, I just wanted to share a card that I found whilst doing my research. They don’t actually seem to sell it anymore, however, it’s worth sharing because of the – what I think is – terrifying birthday song that the card sings! You can get an idea on the extended e-card version here (note: make sure you turn your headphones/speakers down!). Pretty weird eh?!

Yakety Yak Hamburger card by American Greetings

Right. Lunch time.

Clip bored…

Generally I think of clipboards as this:

Blue PVC Clipboard from Ryman

Now, there’s nothing wrong with that I suppose, but it’s pretty boring and doesn’t inspire me much.

Then recently, I came across this picture…

Designed by Susanna Vento and photographed by Kristiina Kurronen on Wave Avenue.

…and saw how great clipboards can look! They can be used really effectively to display things, whether it’s art; you could clip a print in one, instead of a frame, or postcards you get sent, or pick up in galleries… Or if you have the sort of job where you have several projects on at once, you could use them as little mood boards to keep all your thoughts I order. Or for blog ideas! If only I had my own office at home…

I’ve also picked out some of “the internet”‘s coolest clip boards (yeah, that’s right, they CAN be cool!):
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