Monday, 31 December 2012

Goodbye 2012

As I prepare to say goodbye to 2012, I wanted to take the time to wish all  those who stumble across this blog, or who follow regularly,  a very happy new year. Thank you for your support, and thank you for taking the time to visit. It has encouraged me to keep on going and grow this little business. I had no idea such tremendous joy was possible during my working hours! It is also so wonderful to know that there is still room for 'little guys' like us amongst such an amazing array of inspiring and creative card designers in this massively competitive market. We hope to find continued support for local independent design in 2013, and in return, we will continue to bring you products created with love and care on an old, but beautiful hand operated antique printing press using beautiful recycled papers and envelopes. See you in 2013 :)

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Christmas cards now on sale

Our letterpress range of Christmas cards are now on sale!
We hope our range inspires more handwritten words between friends and family, and with 9 days till Christmas day, there is still time to post a card. As always, our cards have been printed on recycled papers and will be dispatched on the same day if purchased before 2pm.

Happy Christmas :)

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Letterpress Christmas Range 2012

A few of our favourite news & magazine editors, as well as a number of our favourite retailers will be receiving a taste of what we have to offer this Christmas season. Yesterday we posted our Christmas sample packs. They contain two cards and three gift tag designs.

All have been letterpress printed in our own little workshop over the past few months, hand die cut, assembled and packaged with the help of my wonderful family.

The sample packs themselves also take a while to produce, but our little cards and gift tags are worth it, especially at this ridiculously competitive time of year.

We hope they are warmly received. 
I’ll keep you posted should we be lucky enough to be published and stocked in any new stores.

The Little Paper House Press Xmas Range 2012. Images copyright LPHP

If you love to be organised, if you'd rather shop on line, and if you are after cards that are inspired by an Australian Christmas, with buzzing beetles, singing cicadas, bright red Christmas bush trees and hot sunny days, then these cards are for you and available to purchase now at The Little Paper House Press Store :)

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The Cloud Letterpress Gift Tags

Some days are sunny...
Some days are cloudy...
Some days are rainy...
And some days stormy....
Nothing stays the same, and nothing is predictable from one day to another. A lot like my life really :)

The Cloud Range of gift tags are for those occasions, when a ray of sunlight, a drop of rain, or a clear and starry sky can explain exactly how you feel. No long messages necessary, just the words 'I love you', 'I miss you', 'Thinking of you' or 'Goodbye' will do...

Letterpress printed in our own little workshop onto recycled paper, The Cloud Range is now available in pack's of six for the complete range or individually.

Shop on line or through selected independent retailers.

The Cloud Range. Six individual letterpress gift tags by The Little Paper House Press.  

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Liberty Greeting Card

I love this beautiful Liberty card with the classic Wiltshire leaf and berry fabric pattern, originally designed for Liberty in 1933, and updated in 1968. The envelope with the patterned interior is also a beautiful extra, and all for $2 AUD from the local toy shop in Gladesville. Love to shop local :)

Liberty Art Fabric Greeting Card by Quadrille Publishing, UK.

Monday, 10 September 2012

New Stockist: Rococo Flowers, Sydney

A few weeks ago I walked into Rococo Flowers with $45 AUD in my pocket, and requested a 'happy', colourful arrangement of flowers for a work college who was leaving our wonderful team.

Whilst I waited for my flowers to be arranged in the basement of the store, I sat upstairs and wrote a goodbye message in one of my cards. When I had finished I chatted to one of the florists and admired this tiny, modest store which has occupied the same corner, in the creative quarter of East Sydney, for about 11 years. She in turn admired the design of the card that I was writing in, and thus a new business relationship sprouted from a mutual admiration, understanding and respect for each other’s craft.

Rococo Flowers are the first florists to stock our cards. You can find all of our letterpress cards and gift tags, sitting beside the brightest, freshest blooms, straight from the market three times a week, and arrangements that will truly take your breath away :)

Image by Rococo Flowers via Instagram.

Floral arrangement by Rococo Flowers. Image by Elli Pelosi.

Rococo Flowers
Unit 2
303a Liverpool Street
East Sydney NSW

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 10am-2pm.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

NEW! Letterpress Spring Time Gift Tags

Spring is in the air at The Little Paper House Press!

Check out our new range of letterpress gift tags in our signature pattern.
Printed on premium grade Lettra Crane cotton paper, and inspired by the
change of seasons, our first range of gift tags come in packs of six or individually.

Avaliable online here and here or at Blackbird Corner in Newcastle :)

Spring Time Gift Tags. $2.50 each or $12 for a pk of six. By The Little Paper House Press.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Letterpress with an Adana table top press

Starting out with an Adana table top press may not seem like the most appropriate letterpress machine for a greeting card business. They are simple, and small, therefore limiting the size of the graphics you can print. They rely on the strength and stamina of the operator to push down on a leaver to print, making a print run in the hundreds challenging work! And, regardless of the strength of the operator, achieving a deep impression on one of these machines can be a little bit tricky.

Given these restrictions, I imagine most people would disregard this type of press and head straight for the 1 tonne cast iron beast that can do it all. I know I felt this way, but to have disregarded this press, especially when new to letterpress printing, would have been a mistake. As with most things that come in small packages, there is so much more than meets the eye!

From the very first moment we used our table top press, I can honestly say that it has been a truly humbling and rewarding experience for our greeting card business. Print runs have been trouble free, happy and productive, none of which I was expecting after all the research I had done online. This has allowed me to carry on designing cards and growing our range, whilst learning the craft of letterpress but without any of the problems or expenses. Our machine's not temperamental, its easy and quick to clean, it's not cumbersome, cheap to run, spare parts and equipment required are so very few, it's cute, but most importantly - it prints beautifully! And with the right 'type' of artwork (fine lines) we do achieve quite a nice impression! We use an aluminium base, plastic-backed plates, and rubber based inks - all a breeze to work with.

At first I was obsessed with the 'deep impression' aspect but since using my table top I've realised that there is so much more to letterpress as a craft than this feature. And although a deep impression is beautiful, and it is what attracts people to letterpress goods, it isn't the most important aspect for me right now. The 'kiss effect' is equally as beautiful.

I'm sure that in the future we will eventually invest in something like a C&P but for the time being nothing would suit The Little Paper House Press more than our Adana table top. For now we are happy refining our own method of mixing inks and colour matching, experimenting with different papers, grades and number of colours, and focusing on new designs and illustrations, whilst balancing all the other aspects of running a small business, like keeping on top of our broadcasting via social media, finding new stockists, and staying on top of all the paper work involved. :)

Adana 5x3 table top press.

The Little Paper House Press gift tags.

The Little Paper House Press gift tags drying. Images property of LPHP.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Flea Markets treasuers

I dropped into the flea market at the Sydney Growers Markets yesterday.
I love this flea market because it’s one of the only true flea markets around. It super, super cheap! They mostly sell second hand clothes, toys, shoes, and general house hold items. There is nothing fancy about this market - Stall holders set up shop under a cold, concrete car parking station, where most items are laid out on the floor. I think most of the stuff being sold is salvaged off the streets before a council clean up. Regardless, I love to wander round, looking at the boxes and boxes of old tools, glassware and crockery. It’s mostly odd bits of vintage plates, vases, cups and saucers but in quite good condition!

Yesterday I picked up this A4 drawing of a tall ship for my son. It cost me $2 AUD after a litlle haggling :)

All images copyright The Little Paper House Press 2012

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Artistic Nostalgia


Back in 1984 a travelling sale's man knocked on my father's factory door with a number of framed oil painting's he was selling door-to-door. My dad liked this one. He purchased it for about $60AUD, and with that we had our first, and only oil painting.

Over the years it hung in our house and moved from house to house, from one side of Australia to the other, until someone got sick of the same old picture and packed it away. For the past few years it lived in a cupboard, under the stairs of my parents home until mum decided to throw it out and I rescued it.

I don't know very much about the artist; I. Cafieri, or whether a person by that name actually exists! But I do know that this painting was mass produced in Asia by local artists employed to produce the same painting over and over again. It's probably worthless but I love it - mostly because it's full of nostalgia.

I'm happy to say that now, this worthless painting, that very few seem to like, lives with me,  next to the owls above the fire place and reminds me of my childhood home :)

This post was amened on 16/07/2012 to reflect a more accurate account.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Books about fonts & typography

Just My Type: A book about fonts by Simon Garfield, is just my kind of book!
Like it says, its about fonts like Comic Sans and Helvetica, and their creators.
It's about how and why we all came to have opinions about fonts, and what the choices you make say about you!

Type Matters by Jim Williams and published by Merrell, has yet to reach my hands, although, I have had a quick flick through its faux leather bound pages at Published Art book shop earlier this week. A few reviews have noted that it can be quite brief and thats its more of an introductionary text on the subject of typography, I still think it might be an interesting read. I feel terribly guilty having purchased mine online but it was half the price, plus shipping was free! Sorry Published Art but it's the way of the world... :(

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Lim Heng Swee's doodles

I love ILOVEDOODLE illustrations by Lim Heng Swee.
Makes me, and some other 5000 plus admirers smile every single time :)

Love Yourself, A4 print. $30.65AUD from Etsy

Everyone Poops, 21x21cm print from Etsy.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Mother's Day greeting card

Mum's The Word, a new greeting card from The Little Paper House Press.
Avaliable from our online store, Little Paper Lane and My Messy Room.

Have a lovely Mother's Day :)

Mum's The Word, off-set greeting card from The Little Paper House Press. $4.95AUD.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Blackbird Corner Newcastle

Blackbird Corner in Darby Street, Newcastle, was our number one choice of retailer for the Newcastle area, so it is with great pleasure that I sent off a second order late last week, making them the number one place to SEE and purchase the most complete range of Little Paper House Press cards!

It's a real honour to be placed amongst such a fantastic range of locally designed, independently made, Australian/NZ products, and it was for this reason that we hoped Blackbird Corner would like our cards, which they did :)

A huge thank you goes out to Nici and her team for the prolific support independent local designers receive through her store, blog, and other social networking mediums, not to mention the unique, cultural injection that independent retailers such as Blackbird Corner offer shopping strips like Darby Street.  

Being the traditional girl that I am, I'm kinda slow to move with the times. I don't really shop online. I like to get out, feel things, see them, try them on for size, and take them home... so I for one hope that stores like Blackbird Corner hang around for a long while yet :)

Blackbird Corner is open Tues-Fri 11-5pm. Sat 10-3pm. Sun 11-3pm.

The Little Paper House Press display. Pic by: Blackbird Corner.

Store interior. Pic by Blackbird Corner.

Store window. Love these!!!! Pic by Blackbird Corner.

Monday, 26 March 2012

New stockist: Mr Sparrow, Perth.

You can now purchase our cards from Mr Sparrow in Perth, Western Australia!

A huge thank you goes out to Anna for taking a small selection of our cards on board.
It's very exciting to be sitting along side such a beautiful selction of products and cards such as, Ruby Victoria from Tasmania. :)

Mr Sparrow shop exterior. Image: Mr Sparrow.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Judy Horacek greeting cards

I love Judy Horacek's work! Her greeting cards always put a smile on my face,
which is why I think they make the perfect greeting cards.
This is one of my favourites :)

Spiderman & Superman fight the bad guys. Copyright Judy Horacek 2007.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Greeting Card Sample Pack

One of our sample packs left our shores today, and is headed for Canada!

We hope it has a safe journey and arrives to warm, and welcoming arms :)

Update: Our pack arrived and was well received! We hope to do doing business with our Canadian friends in the not to distant future! Hooray :)

All images remain the property of The Little Paper House Press. 2012

Monday, 27 February 2012

Instyle, Sydney 2012 finds

I went along to Kids/Life Instyle Sydney, a product trade show late last week where the latest and greatest are showcased. These are some of the people and things I saw...

I've been a long term fan of Brown & Sticky fabric greeting cards, so it was a great pleasure to meet Michael and have a chat about his work and see his new range of vintage postcard inspired cards.

Brown & Sticky handmade fabric greeting card.

A Happy Death was new to Instyle this year. They had one of the smaller stands, but their selection of artistic greeting cards made a huge impression. I picked up one of their beautiful letterpress business cards too.

Lilly Piri card, by A Happy Death.

Telegram Paper Goods and Elm Paper where doing a roaring trade! as was Earth Greetings with an Inalux Owl design wrapping paper.

Rifle Paper Co print, supplied by Telegram Paper Goods.

I also loved Brainbow's work, some very cool kids shoes by Livie & Luca, & Milk & Soda, from Melbourne! Such lovely girls with really great handmade products!

TV screen test necklace by Brainbow
Milk & Soda Stand,Instyle. Pix by Milk&Soda

Livie & Luca Kids shoes.

But the biggest and greatest was Greg Power, from Things By Bean, for taking the time to talk extensively to us about his greetings cards, exhibiting at the show, stockists in Melbourne and a bunch of other things excluding baking and chocolate.

Like most playgrounds, its hard to find people willing to share, so thank you Greg, You Rock!

We are considering exhibiting at the Melbourne show in August, if they will have us!
Stay tuned :)

Colossal Clean Up

This is my imaginary book cover for a kids comic book titled Colossal Clean Up - How one squid rid the sea of plastic waste. Right that...