Tuesday, August 17, 2010



it's been a little busy around here lately but this fun little project I got to slide in at the end of a run.

My long time guy is graduating from his medical program this week after 5 long years. I wanted him to have a groovie calling card of sorts to hand out until he gets his official job. Vintage medical illustrations are always amazing letterpressed!

printed on Crane's #220 duplex sheet, reverse side one color information area.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I always get the most exciting response to my ribbon selects in my photos and deliveries so I've decided to offer up a few selections [more to come] in my Etsy store.

Chocolate brown 1/8" 25 yards for $4.75

Turquoise and Apple Green 1/8" 25 yards for $4.75

Coral/ Papaya colored organza ribbon 25 yards for $8.00

Available in my Etsy store

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A little in studio fun today:

I wanted a hangtag that I could attach to some pieces going out soon. I found this quote by Chanel recently that spoke to what I do. You really have to feel it to get the full experience but I think this photo might have captured just a tad of what I'm talking about. I think we did Ms. Chanel proud.

{click to enlarge the yumminess}

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

If you have a few minutes to watch this. It's a lovely short movie about the finest letterpress shop in America, Hatch Show Print. Anyone who prints is mostly just trying to keep up with them.

If you're wondering? my press is one of the proof presses that they have.

Friday, July 02, 2010

New over on Etsy today

Like most of the cards I make, it's really encouragement for myself. I hate change, have I told you? It's horrible and painful and I just want my world to stay comfy. Life never works like that does it?

"An ending is nothing but a beginning"

I love this one so much I want to send a card to everyone I know, but alas I'll save some for you if you'd like.

The best part? It's available on Etsy today.
please click to enlarge.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

We finished up my Grandma's invites today. The best part? the hunter gal on the envelope...My grandma went deer hunting with her own gun up until just a handful of years ago. Annie errr... Betty get your gun!

Two color letterpress with one color envelope printing. Policy #10 envelope size

Monday, June 28, 2010


We have a bit of a fancy note set going out tomorrow. We couldn't help but show it off.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

We're working on a little scheme over here today. I'll wait to tell you the whole story behind it but till then...

my assistant rolled this off today and both of us nearly passed out from the beauty of it. so chunky you can nearly lay your little head down on those pillows of paper!

click to enlarge the photo for all it's fabulousness.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Karey from Mackin Ink emailed me a bit ago and asked can you turn this postcard into something letterpressed? So I took that little pattern she had done for her friend and made it into a beautiful wedding suite. Even I was surprised by all of it's amazingness.

it's hard to tell but the color was this lovely deep blueish-purple, and I pressed the main envelope so that the design was partly on the front and the back [new for me]. I haven't been this nervous about a job in a long while I might add, I dunno something about being perfect, I wanted it all perfect for her. The most surprising part? the little rsvp envelope which I made to have the little motif on the back flap - it looked like something that would come from the Royal Family. They are in the U.K. after all!

have an idea of something you want to make come to life on an invite? I love that more than words. just contact me and we can chat about it all and dream up something fantastic. richele[at]richiedesigns.com

Monday, June 07, 2010

A strange sort of giveaway...

a funny giveaway today...This is a perfectly lovely set of cards with the exception of the persons name was Jaime [thankfully I discovered prior to sending!]

So...is your name Jamie? I have a lovely set of notecards with your name all over it {seriously} just contact me richele [at] richiedesigns.com and I'll send you a free set of cards.

I just really hate wasting paper and ink.
new vintage dingbats

we just got the cutest new vintage dingbats in available with personalized stationery

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My client Kuro Collective here in Long Beach designed this adorable baby shower invite for one of the partners who's gal is having their first child. I actually printed it both ways with the baby and dad in blue [how it was suppose to go] but I liked them in red better ;)

I do print other designers work. if you are interested please email me richele [at] richiedesigns.com for more information

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I have quite a few new cards available on Etsy today. I recently purchased some vintage printer's blocks from a printer retiring after 50 years. They're super cute and quirky to say the least!

Available here

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Amy and Dirk are getting hitched in beautiful San Francisco later this year. It's going to be an elegant black and white affair. We designed the save the date postcard chic and simple. The reverse side is white with black writing to give their guests hotel information in the nearby area.

The postcard was digitally printed for cost savings and the bride is planning on letterpress printing the invites that will follow. I'm excited about this chic wedding!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Pretty in Pink

I finished up a large suite this week [large for me anyway] I'm super happy with how it turned out. One color letterpress and then we used a pearl opal envelope and a sage green liner to add in a little bling. Suite included: invite, map, rsvp, personalized notecards, tented table cards, typeset mailing labels, and a program cover.

The tented table escort cards were a twist with both sides being printed. [this view is the back] The bride's idea and I'm totally digging on it. Business in the front, party in the back

click to enlarge photos

Monday, April 12, 2010

It's almost Mother's Day did you know? I think she needs some personalized stationery this year.

I'll wrap it up all pretty with a bow and a note declaring your love and admiration and ship it straight to her for you [if you would like] Maybe it's on your wish list? Send dad and the kids an email with my link and we'll get you all hooked up.

place your orders here

Mother's Day orders must be in by April 30th to ensure delivery.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

a client recently asked me to make some congrats cards for her in the merci font below...I liked the idea so much I put a spin on it for my own needs. Available here

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A cheery wedding - these colors make me happy. stripes make me happy

Sunday, March 21, 2010

blind impression notecards

Available on Etsy
$30 for 12 note cards

Monday, February 22, 2010

A black and white wedding

Designed by my client from the Cowboy's Dream Project an elegant black and white wedding announcement and rsvp card for his sister that I recently printed.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I'm very excited to learn about the Cowboy's Dream project featured today over at FPO today

Sunday, January 31, 2010

It seemed to me I needed a card that could fill in the blank for many different situations. As in, Wow that's really great that you got a promotion, graduated from college, got that thing you wanted, got your car washed, finally... sort of super note

But I also had a need for a sarcastic card that could say something like this: "that's just super that your toddler flushed your grandmother's watch down the toilet to see it spin" [yes, I had a friend that happened to] or maybe..."that's just super about that whole colonoscopy thing you're having done soon". And don't forget the old, " Wow, That's Just Super that your rash cleared up". Or the everyday need of "That's just super that your boyfriend finally came out of the closet". See? there are so many applications for a card like this!

I think you need one right? Say yes and click here. Let's hope that you have more use from the first group than the second.

available in sunny yellow with grey or pool blue with grey [both available on cream or white stock]

that's just super available now $4.95

Monday, January 04, 2010

Personal Notecard Projects

2 color letterpress
110# Crane's Lettra sheet

1 color letterpress
110# Crane's Lettra sheet

click to enlarge to see the cushy, yummy goodness!

Monday, December 28, 2009


More work that I did with Kuro Collective here in Long Beach. Self promo cards and business card printing.

They designed, I printed. A match made in heaven. That half tone? a super-happy accident if I might say so. I can't tell you the secret though, otherwise I would half to kill you. The brain you ask? STUNNING. you can see all the itty bitty type in it. I have to give credit to my plate maker on that one. It's all him.

All printed on Lettra #220. So thick you could use it to hurt someone.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Gabriella and Robert are a couple you might remember from this engagement party announcement

They decided to skip the hoopla [much to their family's surprise] and elope. They decided to do a fancy announcement instead.

Keeping with the color scheme and theme for the engagement. We did a two color letterpress using the flower illustration and the navy and silver theme. Fold over navy announcement reveals a pocket that includes a CD movie of their wedding, and interior card that announces their marriage in both English and Spanish for their respective familes.

letterpress, two color, custom illustration, crane's Lettra 100% cotton paper

Sunday, December 06, 2009

New In the Studio: A Cowboy's Dream B&B

I've been working with another design group here in town Kuro Collective [who are mighty-fine-talented bunch I might add] They discovered that I printed and needed some help with their projects. We've done quite a few pieces together for the beautiful luxury B&B in Alamo, Nevada A Cowboy's Dream B&B

Design and Illustrations by Kuro Collective
Letterpress Printing by Moi

the coolest invite ever. circular, die-cut letterpressed invite, set inside [custom lasered] cast iron skillet, set inside the custom wood box and shipped with other various goodies to their VIP's.

top dial 2 colors, bottom dial one color front and back on French's Kraft Cover weight. Grommeted in the middle, dial spins to reveal invitation information

stationery system includes letterhead and envelope. Envelope one color, Letterhead 2 color includes a blind emboss with a little bit of translucent ink on the blind to make it pop just a bit more

The illustrations done in their office are nothing short of stunning. This moon series is an ameninty card placed in the rooms each night to let guests know the moon phase for star gazing at night.

I really liked the bit of humor peppered throughout the pieces. "check your guns"

I know you want to go...Gift Certificates are available for you or your cowboy.

Featured on:
HOW International Design Annual 2010 Merit award winner for Letterhead and Identity
Behance Network
Design Sponge
Twig and Thistle

photos courtesy of Kuro Collective