It's just once a year that we feature our products in a crafts fair. This glorious fair is the Phinney Ridge Winter Festival, right here in our beloved Seattle neighborhood. Come one, come all this weekend from December 4-5th and enjoy a bit of holiday cheer with handmade goods 'n gifts, treats, carols and old-fashioned Christmas cheer with a twist. Driscoll Design will have great deals on our products and are debuting our new prints! Beautiful, beautiful.
Our folksy Holiday ornaments card is featured in this month's "Fresh Picks" section of the Stationery Trends e-newsletter, "Trend E-News"! What a terrific way to kick-off the holiday season. Super snazzy. Thank you, Stationery Trends! #stationerytrendsmagazine
Hey, what do ya know?! It sure was a wonderful surprise to discover that Driscoll Design is being talked about all the way from Australia! Babyology is the online market leader in high-quality product-focused editorial content for Australian parents with over 2,334,871 page views a month and 1,020,494 Facebook fans - the largest Facebook page in Australia within the parenting category. Cool beans.
Check out the wonderful blog feature here:
Wow!! I am so honored and flattered that the editor of stunning Flutter Magazine asked me to create a special "Flutter Paper" page for their 10th issue! Like, wha'?!
Each edition of Flutter Magazine has a "Flutter Paper" page- a visually inspiring mixed media print that reflects the breathtaking designs and color palettes that steal the show in the featured weddings of every issue. As the editor states, it's "Designed in collaboration with admired artists from around the world, these perforated pages are easily removable and repurposable." Readers are encouraged to frame them, wrap up a pretty package or two, craft paper flowers - whatever they fancy!"
In return, each artist (like yours truly), along with a snapshot of their work, is mentioned within the editor's letter at the beginning of the publication. Each artist's work is credited on the back side of the printed artwork.
If you're not familiar with Flutter, it's a quarterly, high-end, fine art, print publication with national distribution in the United States through Barnes & Noble as well as select independent retailers.
All pre-order magazines will ship on Thursday, June 9 and will begin appearing in stores the week of June 20.
We're so excited!!
Want some more of my artwork for your home? How about framing some greeting cards? Find them here: CLICK!
Our magical, new "Petit Bébé" greeting card has been featured in the beautiful 2016 National Stationery Show issue of Stationery Trends magazine, woo-hoo! Small wonder of wonders like ferns, a lil' snail, red and white polka-dot mushrooms and lots of ladybugs (of course!) and a bit of hand-sprinkled gold glitter for good measure adorn this beauty. To have this for your own (or better yet, give it to a new mama,) click this: Petit Bébé Card
A link to Stationery Trends Magazine: http://stationerytrends.com/
We are beaming over our new collection of boldly illustrated cards by Angela Driscoll! We've listed a few here but there are many more behind the scenes. If you are a wholesale customer and would like to review our complete collection, please contact us. Many of our cards feature our signature glitter details in gold or silver.
Shiver me timbers! Our beautifully illustrated "Have a WHALE of a birthday!" card is featured in the trends issue of the current Stationery Trends, the greeting card industry's leading publication! What a way to make a splash in the new year.
We were honored that The Caravan Shop, a beautiful store in Ann Arbor, Michigan, chose us to create their recent custom holiday card. They applied elements from our Joyeux Noel Ornaments card, like the pine nettle garland with red berries, to their painted window display and hung ornaments that they sold in their store to replace the ornament illustration that was on our original card design. A clever and beautiful interpretation!
A new year brings many new things. Namely, new greeting cards and enclosure designs, a fresh outlook, new hopes and joys and... a snazzy, new Wholesale Catalog! Sooo... if you are a retailer interested in carrying our products in your nifty store, just drop us a line. We'll get you set up before you have time to say "Auld sang lyne."
HO HO HO!!! A whopping "Thank you so much!" to Kristen Magee at Papercrave.com for the delightful and ravishing blog post about us!! http://papercrave.com/holiday-card-picks-driscoll-design/
Our cheeks are blushing, we are totally verklemmt! Please take a look and follow Papercrave.com to read all sorts of wonderful tidbits about us (natch) and other amazing stationery artists. The holidays are off to a wonderful start for us and we wish the same to you!!
Happy November! Thanks to all of our wonderful customers, family and friends who have supported us and continue to support us these last, gulp, 12 years! Your encouragement, love and excitement over our designs and products give us the success and happiness that keep us going in this crazy greeting card business. We love you.
We're all a-twitter that our radiant 2016 Menagerie Calendar has been featured in The Paper Chronicles today! It's a beautiful write up from Sarah Schwartz, one of the leading stationery gurus in the industry. Thanks, TPC!
HOORAY! Our beautiful "Congrats! Diamond Card" is featured in the new Fall issue of Stationery Trends magazine! We're tickled pink.
Our company mascot, a.k.a. our son, Danny, is 3 years old and at the age in which Halloween is entrenched in his mind and he is giddy with anticipation. Danny was a police man for Halloween last year and he wants to be one again this year which I'm delighted with. His exuberance for holidays is enthralling. It reignites my imagination and brings back childhood feelings of excitement over simple things like dressing up in costumes and carving pumpkins. My dad was in charge of pumpkin carving when I was kid. We'd make an event of it: pick out the perfect pumpkin, bring it home, wipe it off, draw a classic Halloween pumpkin face with the gappy smile, triangle nose and eyes and scoop out the slimy stuff. My mother would bake the seeds in the oven for snacking on which we thought was neat until we realized that they were too tough to chew and didn't digest very well.
Now I run a business, a household, a family and if there's time left over, I get to maintain my hygiene, ha ha. I deeply miss the innocence of childhood, how safe and comforting it was to not have bills to worry about and investments to consider! I worry a lot about Danny's well-being and safety. Sometimes so much so that it takes my breath away for a couple of seconds. I know that feeling is unending. Growing up is painful and wonderful at the same time. Being an adult is a continual inner search for peace, positivity and fortitude. I have my faith, my family and a warm, comfortable home. These are the blessings I focus on particularly when I start to miss the innocence of my own childhood.
Watching and re-living the excitement of Halloween through Danny is wondrous. He inspires me to find what remains of my younger self and I apply that nostalgia and sentiment to the artwork for my little greeting cards. I hope- I really hope- that it will evoke memories and light into all big kids who receive them.
Whispers of Autumn are in Seattle. Here, leaves are beginning to turn color and their unique, decaying scent is in the cool breeze. Can you feel it? Next month is Halloween! We've added a couple of new Halloween and Thanksgiving cards to our collection. We hope you think they're as delightfully creepy as we do!
Inspired by dusty rose, blush, antique gold and a little wedding nostalgia, this simple but radiant "Congrats!" greeting card was designed by our artist, Angela Driscoll. We've added a little sparkle to boot with hand-embellished gold glitter and a shimmery, metallic gold envelope! Now available in our online store!
My dad worked in the U.S. Army for over 20 years and there were many late nights and early mornings that he was away, especially in the 90's when Desert Storm was in full swing and he had to be ever-present in the office. How did he manage to always seem so cheerful and loving to us upon his arrival home from such a trying day? His continual positivity is admirable and I try to keep the same attitude because I figure that if he can be that way, then I sure as heck better be. It's helped us keep this crazy, wonderful greeting card business running amongst many other life's challenges.
We moved to so many places and made home wherever we were stationed. It was an awesome adventure. Despite the constant changes in location, schools, friends and everything else, my parent's dedication to keeping our family tight remained constant. My dad encouraged my sister and I to grab opportunities that were presented to us, keep our minds open to different cultures, to not be afraid of challenges and to see a silver lining in everything. I never once was told that I couldn't do something because I was a girl. I never even thought about it. I'm a lucky kid.
As I type this, my husband, Charlie (the second half of Driscoll Design,) is upstairs rollicking around and doing "karate chops" with my three year old, Danny. Laughter is filling the house. Danny is a lucky kid too.
Thank you to every dad. You don't get enough credit. We love you.