New Great Arrow Cards!

Great Arrow Graphics, the greeting card company that makes every card by hand using traditional silkscreen methods sent to me a box of my latest designs. It’s always exciting to see the finished products and hold them in my hands.  I think they look great, feel great and even have a lovely smell of fresh ink!  Let me know what you think and leave a comment.  I will choose at random, three people and they will receive a nice sampler gift package of my cards.  Not just the ones you see here but for other occasions as well!

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Terrarium trend of the 70’s is baaaack!

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Going strong for a couple of years now is the terrarium trend.  Miniature gardens behind glass sitting on your coffee table were very popular in the 1970’s.  I recently visited the Descanso Gardens Sturt Haaga Gallery in La Canada, California to see the “Dangerous Beauties” exhibit featuring artwork and plants.

Part of the exhibit features examples from the plant world of the spiny, carnivorous and poisonous kind and terrariums!

I love the twisted pieces of wood and the insect eating Pitcher plant lurking in the back.

I love the twisted pieces of wood and the insect eating Pitcher plant lurking in the back.

Miniature desert scene with skinny cacti I haven't seen before.

Miniature desert scene with skinny cacti I haven’t seen before.

Another one with cacti and a succulent plant.  I have both of these plants growing in my garden.

Another one with cacti and a jade plant. I have both of these plants growing in my garden. The cacti looks like it almost has fur growing from it, but don’t dare touch it!!

Another one with nice twisted pieces of wood and moss.

Another one with nice twisted pieces of wood and moss.

Though I may not run out and buy a terrarium kit I want to point out how this trend translates to imagery on items we buy, such as greeting cards.

This cool greeting card design by Lindsey Chin-Jones on the Minted.com site caught my eye. Terrarium sticky notes from Up With Paper and

Terrarium diecut shaped cards from Blas Bleu.  I’m going to hit the drawing board soon and see what I can come up with.  Stay tuned!

Terrarium greeting card design

Terrarium greeting card design by Lindsey Chin-Jones

Terrarium sticky notes by Up With Paper

Terrarium sticky notes by Up With Paper

Terrarium Shaped cards

Terrarium Shaped cards