Patriotic presents

Happy 4th of July! 

Blue and white polka-dot flower made by me with crepe paper.

White and cyan polka-dot wrapping paper is from San Francisco Center for the Book. Pink bird wrap is by Hello Lucky. 

Pop-up shop sneak peak

Here are some in progress images of a few of my wares I’ll be selling this Friday and Saturday at Arch. Pop-up shop details are at the bottom of this post.​ 

I’ll have some of my other cat crafts including cat balls (that’s not a typo). I’ll be debuting a new cat balls color and I’ll have my newly printed greeting card that doubles as a cat toy.​

I’m really excited about a big letterpress printing I just completed related to the mystery boxes up above.​ I’m going to save the big reveal for a later blog post but in the meantime you can see my finished product at the pop-up. I’ll admit this project is a bit risqué. What can I say… I’m hoping sex sells.

Reception and pop-up: Friday, May 10, 5pm-7pm, wine, cheese etc.
All day pop-up and wrapping demo: Saturday, May 11, 12pm-5pm
Location: Arch Drafting Supply, 99 Missouri St  (@17th st) San Francisco, CA 94107

Here’s the event page on facebook.​

Purple gradient

Before ombre was the word du-jour I was happy to call gradual color shift a gradient. In an effort to try and give gradient some lime light I will be sprinkling it throughout this post. 

Inspired by my new roll of rainbow gradient washi tape I decided to go on a hunt for purple gradients amongst my giftwrap supplies.

I really lucked out with my theme when I found a card in my stationary stash with a purple gradient fish. The card was silk screened but it reminds me of the split fountain letterpress printing technique. 

Why purple? This was all wrapped and gifted to a gal who loves purple and now hopefully purple gradients.​

Ornament Exchange + Holiday Fair

imageThese are some of the final ornaments I made for the exchange I wrote about last month. I’ve been giving these away almost as fast as I’ve been making them. I took these pictures shortly before packing these guys up for the mail.


imageMy inspiration was to create a dimensional version of some holiday masking tape experiments I made last year.



imageThe ornament exchange was good motivation to create an ornament that could do triple duty for the exchange, to be given as gifts and to be sold. I participated in the San Francisco Center for the Book Holiday Fair this year where I sold some of my wares including the ornaments which proved to be a hit.


Thanks Dan Grindle for the Holiday Fair images.

New masking tape

New masking tapes! I was excited to find new patterned masking tapes at the stationary store last week. I experimented with them using my friendship card treatment.

My supply of MT sure has grown tremendously in the past year.

Red, white, and masking tape

Happy America Day!

Some mini-flags just because I have tape and tooth pics.


This past weekend I celebrated my mom’s 60th birthday and her retirement!!

Letterpress and masking tape

Metallic gold stripe tape.

Printing: Spent the afternoon after Thanksgiving showing my dad how the press works. 
Paper: French Paper, Pop-Tone, Sweet Tooth, 140lb Cover
Ink: Tan Varnish (oil base)

Mask Appeal

This coming Thursday is the Fall Gala (and auction fundraiser) for AIGA San Francisco. I’ve made two masks, one for play and one for rest. 

For the first I used some thinner masking tapes I recently purchased to cover the supplied mask.

I knew for the second mask that I wanted to use wool, a material I’ve been exploring lately, to felt a pattern that could mimic the first mask.

Some people might be getting wool felted sleeping masks for Christmas…

Emergency gift wrapping

Happy to provide wrapping first aid to a friends recent gift giving.

One day for dave

Happy Birthday!!

Wrapping paper is re-use of the giant multi-page mailer (center spread) that promoted one day for design.

Masking tape loves pumpkins

I couldn’t resist trying out a masking tape technique on some baby pumpkins. 

The spider is left over from a past costume. It’s made from an origami ballon attached to paper rolled in tubes that are then bent to create the legs.


Felt & Wire out takes

If you didn’t see it last week please check out the article I wrote for Felt & Wire along with the shop I opened.

My friend Dan helped me immensely by documenting my process so I could tell my craft story. I’m sharing a few more pics he took that didn’t fit in the article. 

Creating the card pattern.

Adorning an envelope.

Unfortunately I’m missing a pic of the next step. I used this green tape as a guideline for lining up the second piece of blue striped tape. It’s easily removed after.

Photos by Dan Grindall 

Blog cards

This was a good excuse to use my letterpress and use up ink on the press from other projects.

Printed on Pearl White Letra