The Incredible Massive Letterpress Giveaway!

Howdy from Chicago. My name is Kelly and I have a little letterpress shop called Paper Stories. Back in December I decided to organize a letterpress swap, thinking I would be lucky if I found 10 printers to participate. After putting the word out and sending emails to some of my favorite printers, I ended up with a HUGE print exchange with a wonderfully diverse group totally 38 printers. With a little trial and error on my part trying to figure out the best way to exchange everything, the basic premise was this: Everyone creates an original letterpress art print, make enough copies for everyone in the swap, & send them all to me with a few bucks for shipping. The printers had until March to complete their prints and it wasn't until just a few weeks ago that the massive undertaking of sorting, arranging, packing and shipping the prints back to everyone was complete.

Involved in the swap are not only some well-known seasoned veterans but first-time printers alike. Yet regardless of their experience behind the press, everyone participating took the time to create a well thought out and unique piece and as the organizer of the swap, I couldn't be more proud. I think the best part for me was the opportunity to meet some amazing folks. Quite a few of us actually met up at the National Stationery Show in May and have become cyber pals since. I have already been getting requests from folks about next year's swap or even the possibility of a holiday letterpress ornament swap. Hmmm. We shall see.

prints by Green Chair Press, Paper Stories & Night Owl Paper Goods
photo courtesy Eva Jorgensen


Now to the part you really want to know about... The Incredible Massive Letterpress Giveaway part! All of the printers were kind enough to include a few extra prints for giveaways and Jan was kind enough to let me share our giveaway with the lovely Poppytalk readers. So here is the scoop; We have not one, not two, but THREE prizes to give away to some lucky readers. You will have until the end of the day on Thursday to enter. Winners will be chosen on Friday.

Prints by Hijirik & Bon Vivant Press
photo courtesy Eva Jorgensen


1st Prize
a COMPLETE set of all 38 prints from the swap
-with a value of over $800-

2nd & 3rd Prizes
each get 1/2 a complete set - 19 prints each
(the half-sets will be evenly divided for a good mix)
-with a value of about $400 each-

So here's what you need to do. Below is the list of participants. Visit the websites from at least two of the participants whose work you really like. In the comments below, let us know your what your two favorite works are.



For a full peek at all of the prints/printers involved in the swap, visit this Flickr page complete with photographs and names (documented by Bon Vivant Press) . Many of the prints were limited edition runs and several of the printers have a few copies left for sale on their various websites so if you aren't a lucky winner, you can still pick up some kick-ass art.

GOOD LUCK!

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Jan Halvarson

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Jacque said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these prints, but my favorites are "Chairs" by Bespoke Press and "Cobalt Print" by Sycamore Street Press. What an awesome giveaway!

sea said...

In love with: Cobalt Print by Sycamore Street Press *and* Empty Nest by Bound Staff Press.

All around, yummy eye candy...

Isabela said...

From rollandtumblepress, my favourite is this telefone!It's kinda vintage and funny!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19084199

From Robin Beth, I like it a lot the Avante-Garden collection, but the problem is that they don't have names, only a flash...

From sevencolordays, I love the Whale!!! OHHh, so cute!

Karl Wieser said...

Wow, those are all great pieces. I love Sneakers by Olivia San Mateo (Olive Route) and A Ship In the Harbor by LIndsey (See Saw Designs). Golden Folksy Floral Rosette by Night Owl Paper Goods is very cool. But the one that really sings to me is Tools by Elizabeth Weston for its simple boldness. Thanks to all the printers!

SarahIsabella said...

What a wonderful giveaway!

I just love Night Owl Papergoods and have purchased several packs of Thank you cards from them.
I also love Sycamore Street Press and YeeHaw Industries.

Rosanne said...

i would love to become a letterpress artist. all of these websites are inspriring.

i would say my favorites are anything by a. favorite design, but in particular her new postcard click clack clunk & the sycamore street press original print, Ikumi Watanabe.

Rosanne said...

i would love to become a letterpress artist. all of these websites are inspriring.

i would say my favorites are anything by a. favorite design, but in particular her new postcard click clack clunk & the sycamore street press original print, Ikumi Watanabe.

lapetitevie said...

Whoa, what a great giveaway!
I love shoes & stars by Olive-Route. Seriously, a card with Jacks on them? What could be better?
I also like the Reader's Diary from Green Chair Press.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Heather said...

What a fantastic giveaway!!

So hard to pick favorites, but I think I have to go with Delphine Press and Albertine Press.

jamie said...

i love the gold and gray-ish print by night owl paper goods (all their work, really) and the piora i gatazki print by cindy tomczyk because it is lovely. (if i could choose a third it would be enjoy design's twirl print, because really, it's all you can do sometimes.)

juniperberry said...

Oh, this is a hard decision, everyone's work is gorgeous. Because I live in TN, I have to go with FARMERS MARKET FLOWERS CARDS from Yee Haw Industries. I'm also a fan of Delphine's letterpress calendar.

Rebecca said...

Amazing, lucky are the three winners! I love the work of Delphine Press and Cindy Tomczyk. Those birds make me so happy.

Dr. Russ said...

What a great response by all of the artists. My two favorites are The Moon by Reservoir Press and Iris by Hijirik Studio.

l said...

Wow, this is the most incredible giveaway I've ever seen. Thanks for the opportunity, and for organizing it! So amazing.

I've loved Yee-Haw for a long time, and they've served as constant inspiration in designing my paper goods for my wedding. (If I could afford to commission them, I'd do it in a heartbeat.) I especially love the 'You are my sunshine' print, since my dad used to sing that to me as a girl.

I think my other favorite is the SeeSaw Twain print (a boat in the harbor..). Really inspiring, and inspired.

Thanks again for the opportunity!!

nicole said...

Wow, thanks for being so cool!!

My two picks are the Paper Cut letterpress coasters from Albertine Press, and the Letterpress Feedsack of the Month Club from BirdDog Press.

Hope said...

These are all gorgeous! I particularly like the ligatures card by a. favorite since it matches by graphic design nerdiness. I also like the clock design by Albertine. I am obsessed with the color blue and I love their combo choice of blue, gray, and black...so chic!

marcelo said...

This is fun, but really hard to choose!

I am gonna go with "A Ship In the Harbor" by Lindsey (See Saw Designs) and "Surgery Room" by Bon Vivant Press.

cheers!
Marcelo

Kelly said...

ooh, seeing this giveaway posted made my heart go pitter-patter!

Roll & Tumble Press's Kissing Booth is something I've been in like with for quite awhile.

And Yeehaw's Chocolates print is so my style.

Thanks for all the goodies to stare at!

xo
Kelly

Pretty {much} Art said...

Great giveaway! How inspirational!

My 2 favorites are Night Owl Paper Goods (how cute is their work??) and Delphine Press.

I love prints, so my favorite pieces are; Night Owl's Golden Folksy Floral Rosette print...so pretty! And Delphine's Poppy print and Dragonfly print. They're so cool!

Leah said...

so many beautiful things to choose from! I love a. favorite design's everyday icon notecard set -- so cute! and night owl paper goods' hydrangea flower pot wooden notecard. also completely adorable.

misterbatz said...

Wow, this is AMAZING. Even if I don't win, I think there are a few that I'll be picking up... My favorites are probably Bird In The Clouds by Yee Haw Press and the Chairs print by Bespoke. I really dig the Tools print by Elizabeth Weston as well. Jeez, so many awesome prints!

365 Letters said...

How wonderful! I really like A. Favorite's Ligatures (and the "Click, Clack, Clunk" postcard on the A. Favorite Web site is great, too). And, I like See Saw Design's "Onward and Upward." Thanks for this opportunity, not only the chance to win, but just to have a look at all this delightful art!

hand.pecked said...

I love Rule by Mire Ink Press and Golden Folksy Floral Rosette by Night Owl Paper Goods! These are all so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

letterjay said...

What a wonderful giveaway - definitely has me drooling! I had to pick favorites from those I was just introduced to through this contest. I love the "Live what you love" print from hijirik and the "Beer is good for you" poster by Roll and Tumble. Both are simple messages presented in such a beautiful way.

Leah said...

They're absolutely beautiful! Ones that particularly stood out for me were:

Ligatures by A Favorite and Rule by Mire Ink Press.

But I'm excited to visit all of the links... So many great web sites!

Sheri said...

Wow!

Yellow floral by Sycamore Street Press and Clocks by Albertine Press

Vicki Teague-Cooper said...

This is the coolest idea!! I love "Tools" by Elizabeth Weston. I have a weakness for text/images superimposed on each other...and this one is kind of chunky and innocent.
Also love "Bon Vivant Press Surgery Room" by Bon Vivant Press. I like the strangeness of old medical/scientific images and the scalpels on the sides make it even more strange!

cali said...

I absolutely adore letterpress!
All of these prints are so wonderful. . .
but two of my favorites from the list would have to be Surgery Room, by Bon Vivant Press and Rule, from Mire Ink Press.

I love all things medical and geometric. :)

d-made said...

I live Green Chair press, the number prints are great. The heart coasters are beautiful too.

Susan said...

Thanks for the giveaway! My favorites are Amy Stocklein's letterpress art print, "Alone" and SeeSaw Design's print, "Mark Twain."

sublimedesign said...

I LOVE everything! But two of my favorites are "Make the Numbers Dance" by Green Chair Press and "You are all I need" by Roll and Tumble Press.

madahlia said...

Amazing... what a great idea. I'm so happy to participate; but it's very difficult to choose only 2 works. Thanks for introducing me to so many talented people! I am loving Paper Stories - their Bittersweet cards (What did I ever see in You?) made me laugh out loud. Another fav is Three Red Hens -- sad that their etsy shop is empty -- love their swap card and the Just my Cup of Tea & Love Nest.

Kathleen said...

what a great idea!

i'm a book editor and have to say, "rule" by mire ink press stood out because it looked like the spines of books on a shelf. And, "ligatures" by a.favorite...because who doesn't love some typographic humor?!

OaTs said...

Arggg this might seem like a cheat but my favorite two prints are by the same presser, different people! Though all of the designs are very wonderfully crafted, the two that appeal strongly to me are both by Seesaw Designs.

1st Onward and upwards by Angela.
2nd A Ship In The Harbor by Lindsey

Very talented work by all though!

Thanks and good luck to all!

You Are My Fave said...

If I had a three wishes right now one would be to win this giveaway. Letterpress goods are my fave.

It's all so lovely. I love Sycamore Street Press and Night Owl Goods. But Yeehaw is so great too. And Seesaw Designs. Ahhh.

Stacey Hill said...

Sara Parrott's peony is beautiful. And Bon Vivant's frog is weirdly beautiful.

I could happily find a home for them all though!

ivelazquez said...

I love...Zara Gonzales and Paper stories... ;)

Sarah said...

Nice!

My favorites are the frog print from Bon Vivant and the Moon print from Reservoir Press.

Fingers crossed and many thanks!!!

trish k said...

Oh my - they are all so beautiful! My favorite is the 'Onward & Upward' by See Saw Designs, since I have a thing for lovely hot air ballons and my second choice would be 'Teapots and Loops' by Paper Stories, which I would send to my mom, who is 5,000 miles away.

Angie said...

My faves.
Paper Stories and their lovely swirls mixed with curse words. Because I love to swear.

Bespoke Press's Birds Print

Green Chair's coasters. I need these in my house.

erin dollar said...

This would be such an amazing prize to win! Pure craziness.

I've been obsessed with Yee-Haw Industries for a while now, I've got one of their "Situations for the modern printmaker" posters in my studio! Their new "Keep on the sunny side" giant cards are awesome as well.

I've also got one of those "Live what you Love" prints from Hijirik Design Studio... truly inspirational.

Thanks for introducing me to roll and tumble press! New favorite!

Fawn and Finch said...

I love the Frog print by Bon Vivant and oh my, EVERYTHING by Night Owl Paper Goods, but especially their Otter card. So, so cute!

SF Runner said...

I really liked looking at the work of these talented artists! Among the prints I viewed, I particularly enjoyed both Green Chair Press and Mire Ink Press.

Meredith

Stephanie K. said...

a. favorite letterpress an Cindy Tomczyk are my two favorites! a. favorite has fabulous typography skills and Cindy has a fresh take on Scandinavian designs. Both collections are amazing!

lrw said...

It's so hard to pick two!! I really like the "If you reveal your secrets" print by Bespokepress and I love the letterpress frame in tulip from Sycamore Street Press!
The best giveaway ever!

omgasmurf said...

i love the Cherry Straw Heart from Night Owl Paper Goods AND You Are All I Need Letterpress Mini Poster- grape from rollandtumblepress

annie said...

I can't believe what a great giveaway this is!

I love everything from Sycamore Street Press, in particular the owl bookplates and marigold and slate gift tags.

Another favorite? The Onward and Upward print by SeeSaw Designs. (Their bird greeting cards caught my eyes too!)

Lee-Anne said...

So difficult to choose. They are amazing!! My favourites are Delphine Press and Bespoke Press!

Mrs. b & co said...

Hi, this is Sweden calling!
What an awesome giveaway!
My two favorites are definitely
- Live what you love, by Hijirik Design Studio - love it in yellow. And pink. And grey. And... well basically all the lovely colors.
- Birds print by Bespoke Press.

Laura said...

They are all Stunning!! I am going to have to go with Delphine poppy prints and Bespoke Bird prints, I am def a nature lover. Thanks for sharing all this beautiful work!

caroline duke said...

y'all are too kind! here are a couple of my favorites: the 'truly handcrafted announcement' by reservoir press (how sweet!), and i am completely floored by new-to-me starshaped press, especially 'the stars all lead me home.'

thank you guys. wonderful giveaweay.

victoria said...

my loves are:

jet set, by albertine press
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21823530

&

vintage chair, by bespoke press
http://bespokepress.bigcartel.com/product/letterpressed-vintage-chair-limited-edition-print-8-5x11-magenta

Capree said...

This is possibly the best giveaway of all time!! It is so hard to pick just two, but I have always loved Green Chair Press and their Weight of Numbers series. Also, YeeHaw Industries' wit and bold colors always make me happy. I'm loving their Bonnie Prince Billy show poster, especially. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

c. said...

It's hard to choose, but I love "Tools" by Elizabeth Weston and "Unfinished American" by Mark Maroney.

Sarah said...

Holy crap, these are amazing! Some of my favorites (so hard to choose): Albertine Press, Zara Gonzalez, Robin Beth, Cindy Tomczyk, Bon Vivant, Bespoke Press... okay, I admit it, I love them all!

Sarah said...

love this! my faves are the fashionably folksy owl from night owl and the 'you are all i need' posters from roll and tumble.

Jen said...

I *heart* them all! Faves are "Chairs" by Bespoke Press and "Sneakers" by Oliva San Mateo. Delightful!

Shimmy Shake said...

Wowza, how I would love to in this. I think my two favorites are:

1.) 12fifteen: I adore the flying birds in brown

2.)Sycamore Street: the lovely alphabet print

...but of course I would love any letterpress sweetness!!

Mallory said...

i love the heart coasters from green chair press and basically each and everything at night owl paper goods. my favorite might have to be the kelly owl on a branch card though. yes.

Lucky Designs said...

Wow!! I have to say my favorites would be the Twirl by enjoy design and I expect a thank you card from sycamore street press.

Tara said...

YEE HAW INDUSTRIES!!!!! Woot! also like: Bon Vivant, Night Owl, See Saw.

kelly said...

I wonder what the final comment count is going to be.

I love BirdDog Press' Light Me Up TwirlyGigs Letterpress Greeting Card. The added patterned paper lanterns on the card. I also covet Green Chair Press' Queen of Hearts. The illustration is amazing. I wish my regular playing cards were that pretty.

robyn said...

Beautiful stuff - all of it. My favorites are a.favorite and roll and tumble press.

Laura said...

Love, love, love letterpress!

From, Things are Better with a Parrot, I adore the strawberry card with the red ink and blind print - on their website. It is fresh and crisp. Love it.

Night Owl Paper has a beautiful new print - golden folksy floral rosette. The color is fantastic. I love the pattern - Mandala with floral mixed in.

Beautiful work!

sbmontross said...

What a great giveaway!

I'd have to say my favorite is "Spring" by Bird Dog Press. I had the pleasure of visiting the artist and her studio this weekend and have officially obtained a new obsession for letterpress.

The second favorite of mine is "Chairs" by Bespoke Press, which I noticed instantly hanging on the wall of Bird Dog Press' studio.

Hanna said...

My absolute favorite is Bon Vivant Press Surgery Room by Bon Vivant Press.

I also like Bird in the Clouds by Adam (Yee Haw Industries). From their etsy store I like the farmers market onion hand printed letterpress poster and the yippie kai yay mother effers letterpress cowboys print in yee-haw vignette.

Marie said...

What a wonderful chance! -- and thanks for getting us into their websites -- so much wonderful work out there. I visited Night Owl Paper Goods -- and I loved the wooden pieces, very creative. I also visited StarShaped Press and I LOVE the MR. President pieces -- love love!

LinnieBell said...

seriously??! wow!! love, love, love letterpress!! two of my faves on the list: delphine and a. favorite...love them both!

fishfotography said...

Oh, how to decide...I love all letterpress, but the Yee Haw shuck-n-jive card series is awesome! Would love to frame them and put them in my boys' playroom! Also, the girlie girl in me LOVES the new Golden Folksy Floral Rosette by Night Owl Paper Goods. But then everything they do is great.

everyday inspirations said...

Oh my, what a giveaway - THANK YOU for the opp! Lots and lots of good stuff and sites here - tons of talent.

My two favs out of the bunch are:
1) Night Owl Papergoods - Tangerine Button Flower from their recycled line - why? because it uses scrap materials (yahoo!) and it's pop of orange screams summer to me - eco-cute!

2) Hijink Design Studio - LIVE WHAT YOU LOVE (4th edition sold out red print) - adore this as it is my mantra...and try to live it everyday - nice work!

good luck all - keep loving letterpress!!!

catherine s.

Chi Designs said...

wow. what a great giveaway!

i LOVE "Onward & Upward" by Angela of Seesaw Designs & "Chairs" by Bespoke Press.

:)

Erica said...

Lovin' YeeHaw's Beware: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy poster and Green Chair's Make the Numbers Dance. Great giveaway idea!

Lisa said...

Wow! What talented designers. Hard to pick just two favorites but I'd have to say Onward & Upward by See Saw Designs and Feathers & Twigs by Cindy Tomczyk. Thanks for the chance to win!

Emily said...

Awesome giveaway! I'm going to blog about this for sure!

Favorite #1: from Bespoke Press --
Letterpressed Vintage Chair Limited Edition Print 8.5x11" - Yellow

Favorite #2: from Night Owl Paper Goods -- golden folksy floral rosette

Sarah said...

So hard to choose!
I would have to go with Surgery Room by Bon Vivant Press and With Each Tiny Step by Roll and Tumble Press.

Sooo lovely.

Yaelon said...

great prints and great idea. i absolutely love golden folksy floral rosette by night owl paper goods, it's mesmerizing to look at and onward & upward by see saw designs has great texture.
nice to see so much beautiful work out there.

Kelly said...

What an exciting giveaway! I love Rule by Mire Ink Press, it is beautiful and graphic and simple, and very clever. My other favorite is Each Tiny Step by Roll and Tumble Press because it is playful and creative and fun.

Nini said...

Oh yay...how beautiful!!!
I love giveaways but this one surpasses my wildest press dreams!

I really think the B&W Patterns and Cube "i love you" print from JuliaJuliette.com is fantastic.

My second choice is defenitly the red rosette thank you note card from Night Owl Paper Good.

LaurenMarie - Creative Curio said...

Comments are getting close to 300! Hope I still have a chance :)

So did we have to pick our favs from among the list of swaps or could it be anything from the printers' sites? Thought it was supposed to be from the swaps, so here we go:

I really like the Apache Blessing from Kissing Bug Press. What a beautiful poem! It's cool to see that some are still doing fine press work (though I love the cards too!).

And call me sill for not picking one of the cards, but my second fav is Starshaped Press' promo piece. I like all the different fonts used :)

At the very least, thanks for sharing all of these! Big thanks to Bon Vivant Press for the Flickr photos!

alisa c. said...

This is so awesome...my two most favorites are the "Live what you Love" print in orange by Hijirik Design studio and the single cards made from eco-friendly wood by Night Owl Paper goods! Thanks:)

Karl Wieser said...

Wow, really cool prints by all the artists. I like Sneakers by Olivia San Mateo (Olive Route) and A Ship In the Harbor by Lindsey (See Saw Designs), as well as Golden Folksy Floral Rosette by Night Owl Paper Goods. But the one that really rocks me is Tools by Elizabeth Weston, simple and bold. Kudos to all the printers and thanks for sharing!

Victoria said...

First of all, THANKS for the best giveaway ever! It's crazy but I'm glad it's true. Right, my two favourites:

Kissing Booth Letterpress Poster 2 by Roll & Tumble and the Bug letterpress coasters by 12fifteen.

Amanda said...

sweet stuff! already jealous of the winners!

my faves would have to be water otter by night owl & yee-haw's psychic star owl. the jr. rangers are really cute too!

Erin said...

Sorry if I posted twice! I couldn't tell if my comment got posted.

I love these prints; so hard to choose. Quickly saying two:

Night Owl Paper Goods - water otter card (so cute)

Delphine Press - California Poppy on anything!

YY said...

simply the greatest exchange idea. thank you for letting us participate!

**mire ink** half reminds me of an excel bar chart and an over-crowded city of condos and construction but a glimmer of hope can be found of new life and color. beautifully done!
**Bon Vivant Press** froggie dissection is the last thing i'd expect to see on a card but love the colors and the details of the innards! wicked cool looking.

Joanna said...

This contest gives me butterflies in my stomach. I've been excited about it all day.

Nigh Owl Paper Goods is one of my favorites. Love their "lucky friend" letterpess notecard. Another can't-live-without-it is Sycamore Street Press' Alphabet letterpress poster (in tulip/water).

So many great talents in this contest--thanks!

em said...

My favorite letterpress sites were Greenchair Press and Nightowl Paper Goods. If I had to choose a favorite of either, I'd probably short-circuit because I loved all their work. Honest.

Amanda said...

So So Awesome! I have always loved Bespoke Press and am currently coveting the Vintage chair Limited Edition in Magenta. 12 Fifteen is new to me, but I love their coasters. After drooling, I think my faorite is the bubbles pattern.

What a great giveaway!

Molly said...

If I can only choose two, my favorites are Antlers by Zara Gonzalez and Teapots & Loops by Paper Stories. Sigh.

Matt said...

What an amazing idea and project, and a giveaway too - added bonus! I'm loving everything but a couple of favourites - Bespoke Press' Owl Print and Albertine Press' Clocks

pedestrian said...

Hmmm...there are so many beautiful designs. What a great way to showcase art in this silly economy.

I like "the moon" by reservoir press. I also like "chairs" by Bespoke Press.

Thank you for the great content and contest.

Carey@Lasso'd Moon Designs said...

this is such an amazing giveaway- and it's so hard to pick from the amazing art that's there. Paperstories, Robin Beth, Shimmer Studio and See Saw and Green Chair...but they're all so great!

l.y. said...

I really love:

- greenchairpress's Around the Block

- Sycamore Street Press's Letterpress Limited Edition of 100 by Eva Jorgensen

and my absolute favorite (that I couldn't seem to find on the drop down list, but saw on the flickr page) was Mire Ink Press's Rule.

susie said...

I love love Letterpress! Its too hard to just to choose 2 but I chose from Ikumi Watanabe (Sycamore Street Press) and kissing booth (roll and tumble press).

I hope i win!

jan said...

1. starshaped press - fav work - my wedding invites she created for me (not just for the brilliant, simple design, but for her patience). (Too bad no one will see this comment.)

2. olive-route - fav work - Earth Letterpress Print

thanks.
andrea semancik

photoviewr said...

Well, although I'm a sucker for the chairs I'm gonna give my two slots to Rule by Mire Ink Press - simple but very clever and lovely to look at - and Starshaped Press which just personifies letterpress. Really though they all look great and are very inspiring. Thanks.

jan said...

My two favorite works, hands down: "Chair" by Amy Stocklein, for its simplicity and the stark color contrast, and Olivia San Mateo's "Sneakers" because of the vibrant energy of the composition and subject matter.

Tracy
http://unfolding-moment.blogspot.com/

jan said...

hi Jan,
Carolyn here... i am choosing YEE HAW INDUSRIES as my absolute favourite specifically because of the Junior Rangers series of prints.
My daughter Lily is off to camp this summer in Northern Ontario and i think she would LOVE these prints just as much as i do.
2nd choice is night owl paper as their work is adorable! and green.
best,

Carolyn Gavin

brent said...

Huzzah! This may be the most wonderful scavenger hunt of hidden wonders ever created!

From Reservoir Press the Lobster girl card puts a smile on my face and is something I would proudly send to ANYONE I know, including grandparents, strangers and teachers.

And from Robin Beth the Mitzvah is rather elegant with it's wonderful stitching.

Though, none of the pages let me down with hidden gems.

Jal said...

NIGHT OWL PAPER GOODS

Wood - folksy floral hearts: love the intricate design.
Letterpress - mayan tile violet "thank you"

STARSHAPED PRESS
"The Stars All Lead Me Home"

Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

Maggie said...

The Ligature Connection by a.Favorite has been one of MY favorite - I even featured it on my blog last week!

And Green Chair's Type Collage coasters are just the crackhead lock-up work I admire so!

MUST. WIN. THIS. GIVEAWAY.

Emjie said...

Now this is truly an awesome competition. Props to you.

My long time favorite letter presser has to be Hijirik.

My second favorite is... Starshaped Press.

Fingers crossed - I hope I win.

Ashley said...

This is such a fun giveaway and it's so hard to pick favorites!

Right now I'm loving blues and yellows and anything reminding me of summertime! The playfulness and color of Feathers & Things by Cindy Tomczyk is a definite favorite. And for my other one - A Ship in the Harbor by SeeSaw Designs - I love the sentiment!

Suki said...

very cool and excited to participate all the way from amsterdam, the netherlands :)

my prints du jour are:

Piora i Gatazki (Feathers & Twigs) by Cindy Tomczykwww.cindytomczyk.com

B&W Patterns and Cube "i love you"
www.juliajuliette.com

Michelle said...

So many of these participants are listed as favorites of mine in Etsy! I love the With Each Tiny Step by Roll and Tumble Press as well as The Bon Vivant Press Surgery Room. I love them all!

Suki said...

very cool and excited to participate all the way from amsterdam, the netherlands!

my prints du jour are:

Piora i Gatazki (Feathers & Twigs) by Cindy Tomczykwww.cindytomczyk.com

B&W Patterns and Cube "i love you"
www.juliajuliette.com

Suki said...

very cool and excited to participate all the way from amsterdam, the netherlands!

my prints du jour are:

Piora i Gatazki (Feathers & Twigs) by Cindy Tomczykwww.cindytomczyk.com

B&W Patterns and Cube "i love you"
www.juliajuliette.com

allison metz said...

this is so fun! these designs are amazing! my two picks are: Bon Vivant and Visual Chemist...although it was virtually impossible to pick just two!
*allison metz
ametz12@hotmail.com

Daria said...

so may of my favorite letterpress artists are on there and i also learned about so many new designers! was hard to choose but i love delphine- poppy print and zara gonzalez- a whale. what a great give away!

Lisa said...

Wow, what a fantastic giveaway!

My two faves are Chair by Amy Stocklein and Yellow Floral by Sycamore Street Press.

Laura said...

This might very well be the best giveaway ever. so many talented artists that it's just too hard only pick two. I love Sarah Parrot's print of the the peony and the Star Shaped Press print of the antique-style packaging

Trixie Jones said...

What a fantastic giveaway!

My 2 faves are Bespoke Press and Bon Vivant Press- I have been drooling over both their works for some time.

leah said...

my favourites are Night Owl Papergoods for their custom wood wedding invites (i'm going to be designing my own invites soon!)and a. favorite design for their "command z" sorry card. I sometimes wish I had an undo command!

jan said...

What beautiful beautiful work! Choosing two favorites is not an easy assignment, but I do love Chairs by Bespoke Press and Paper Stories' Teapots & Loops.

cheers!
Sara

Amy said...

It's tough to choose!

Surgery room by Bon Vivant press stood out right away - I'm into science prints and this one is great

Clocks by Albertine press - gorgeous!

Andrea said...

I like seesaw's onward and upward as well as clocks by albertine press. hope I get picked for this great giveaway! :)

erin said...

This is fantastic! I love the golden folksy floral rosette from night owl. I also love the earth letter press print from olive route. Thanks for the chance to win such lovely things!

Emily B said...

I love letterpress so this was impossible to choose!

but ...

I would *die* to have the "golden folksy floral rosette" by Night Owl Paper Goods hanging in my house.

Piora i Gatazki (Feathers & Twigs) by Cindy Tomczyk would look fabulous on my wall as well!

Marie Hohner said...

My hands down favorite is Sycamore Street Press' "GREAT JOB ON THAT THING YOU DID" print. Love it!

I also really love the boxing match posters Yee-Haw Industries did for the US Presidential Elections.

Thanks for the contest Poppytalk!

Eile said...

Pick two...ok TWO! Wow I love them all, such artistry< its so much fun to look at.

Ok, my favorite two....Pink Peony by Sara Parrott because I love all things peony and this art is just so delicate. I also love Golden Folksy Floral Rosette by Night Owl Paper Goods because its so layered. Good luck to all! these winners are SO LUCKY!

Kate said...

love "Clocks" by Albertine and "The Moon" by Resevoir Press...so much amazing talent in one bundle!

Laura said...

I feel so bad only choosing two cause they are all so beautiful. My favorites are: Rule by Mire Ink Press and Spring by Bird Dog Press.

June rhymes with moon said...

They're all gorgeous, but the two that caught my eye first are :
Piora i Gatazki (Feathers & Twigs) by Cindy Tomczyk
and
Spring by Bird Dog Press

(fingers crossed!)

wordnerd said...

It was difficult to narrow this down to only two, but I love love love Hijirik Studio's Live What You Love print and Green Chair Press's Wood Type Collage Moleskine Cahier Journal Notebook. Fantastic giveaway!

Bronwen said...

What an awesome prize!
After whittling it down, my two favourites are Bird in the Clouds by Adam of Yee Haw which reminds me of the view from my hammock and the Dear Dear, Deer Tree, Tree Dear by Trent of See Saw which just tickled me. I was extremely pleased with the fact that one is by Yee Haw and the other by See Saw! I am happily easily pleased!

Eve said...

What a brilliant idea. Thank you for your generous contest! Picking favorites was so hard - I really like Sara Parrott/Parrott Design Studio's "Peony and the Bee" and Shimmer Studio's "B*tches Get Stuff Done." Now that is something I need hanging in my office!

kim said...

I <3 Bon Vivant Press Surgery Room by Bon Vivant Press & Cobalt Print by Sycamore Street Press!

massimo said...

i love everything by yeehaw industries and the sneakers by olivia san mateo are excellent...i also like the bound-staff press birdcage and the girl on a wire of words by roll and tumble press and i can't get enough of metal and wood type so starshape's really jumps out...it's all great actually

Sharon said...

My 2 faves are:
Green chair press
and PaperStories

Thanks

Kayla Porter said...

Awesome giveaway! My two favorites are Hanging Circles, Letterpress Coasters by 12fifteen and You Are All I Need Letterpress Mini Poster- Lemon-Lime by Roll & Tumble Press.

Kristin @ bridal buzz said...

GAH! What an amazing giveaway. You are going to make a few people very very happy! :)

My faves:
1. Make the numbers dance, by green chair press (I'm obsessed with old type numbers)

2. Bon Vivant Press Surgery Room by Bon Vivant Press

Everyone did a fabulous job, I can't wait to dig deeper into all of your sites and shops!

Amelia L. said...

I'm loving pretty much everything by Roll & Tumble, but especially the "You Are All I Need" print.

And I also love everything by 12fifteen. But I absolutely adore the Winter Wonderland print.

Thanks for such a generous giveaway! Crossing my fingers...

Karen P said...

wow! this is such an awesome exchange! I love it. I love the print by Parrott Design Studio and Bespoke Press

erinkathleen said...

How cruel to make us pick only two! So many of these wonderful artists are on my favorite list!

But, since I have to follow the rules, my favorites are: 1 - A Ship In the Harbor (Lindsey at See Saw Designs). I think this is so sweet and simple; it has a childlike appeal, but also is something important for us 'grownups' to remember. 2 - Cobalt Print (Sycamore Street Press). I'm cheating a bit because I already have this print, but it makes me happy every morning when I see it, so it's still a favorite!

S and E Frazier said...

What a great idea! I love tools by Elizabeth Weston and Teapots and loops by Paper Stories

Leigh said...

I have always loved Sycamore Street Press, I have the alphabet print in orange/gray. I also really like Delphine Press, the tote bags are awesome!

Jacqui said...

I went to everyone's website and just have to say it was really tough to just choose 2! But I really enjoyed Star Shaped Press and Sycamore Street Press. Such beautiful work!

LizB said...

Letterpress is so amazing and I'm starting to research how to do it myself! Until then, what a perfect opportunity to check out TONS of letterpress artists and their work. Thanks so much!

My two favorites are:
1. I love this stuff (Marshmallow Fluff) by Albertine Press (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26162976)
AND
2. Spring Asparagus by Three Red Hens (http://threeredhens.blogspot.com/2008/03/remember-to-eat-your-vegetables.html)

Hmmm... a food theme. Must be lunch time!

Anonymous said...

"Great job on that thing you did. Really super."

Clearly, I love Sycamore Press. I have loved Yee Haw since buying my first letterpress pieces from them 10 years ago. And I've been coveting Green Chair on Etsy for some tim enow.

mm said...

i'm especially loving the wonderful work by green chair press and 12 fifteen, but it's all SO exciting! thanks for hosting this giveaway & good luck all.

Anonymous said...

"Great job on that thing you did. Really super."

Clearly, I love Sycamore Press. I have loved Yee Haw since buying my first letterpress pieces from them 10 years ago. And I've been coveting Green Chair on Etsy for some tim enow.

Naomi said...

Love the 'blue bird flowers' from the recycled misprints sections at Night Owl designs - great idea too!

Also the 'me + you = love 4 bar letterpress card' over at favourite design is lovely!

Marian said...

what a GREAT giveaway!

I love the Panda card at Night Owl Paper Goods and the entire new classic collection at Robin Beth.

Anonymous said...

I've never met a letterpress I didn't love, but if I had to name two favorites they'd be Bespoke's Owl Print and See Saw Design's Mark Twain print.

meltedcoins@yahoo.com

Rebecca said...

bespoke-- trees print
yee haw-- Alphazomby

oh my gosh, i'd love to win!

Owen Troy said...

Such a nice contest!

Two magnificent pieces:
Albertine Press' letterpress coasters which leverage the graphic beauty of Chinese cut-paper designs and Visual Chemist's blind-embossed Rockwell thanks tag, all elegant simplicity.

Toni Brockliss said...

wow!!

I love Elise's Enjoy Designs and Robin Beth.
Thank you!!

concrete & honey said...

Amazing idea - well done -bring back swaps & bartering I say!! What a lovely time I has trwling these new letterpress finds - I love, love, love Pink Peony by Sara Parrott and Antlers by Zara Gonzalez

Rachel said...

oh my! i have so many faves:

Cobalt Print by sycamore streetpress
Iris by Hijirik studio
Ligatures by A. Favorite
Pink Peony by Sara Parrott
Sometimes you just gotta twirl by Enjoy Design
Teapots and Loops by paper stories
and
With each tiny step by Roll & Tumble Press

couldn't pick just one:)
Thank You for this wonderful giveaway.

Summer said...

Yay!

1. Green Chair Press - Mind your Ps and Qs

2. enjoy design (elisejoy) - 1 - 10 letterpress numbers

I guess I like simplicity!

Thank you!

ottomanhandmade at yahoo dot com

anna said...

So fun! Love Letterpress and want to learn more about it!

My 2 fav's were enjoy design and green chair press because of their wonderful use of typography!

Suzette said...

My favourites were

Wind Powered Wishes by Visualchemist
Yellow Floral by Sycamore Street Press
Antlers by Zara Gonzalez

This was an amazing idea and a great way for all of us to be inspired by beautiful work. Thank you.

JenniferU said...

Just two?! That's tough, but here goes:

Spring by Bird Dog Press

Unfinished American by Mark Maroney (Mire Ink Press)

Dana V said...

What I like about this contest is that I've discovered some new letterpress shops! Especially love
starshaped press and
Green Chair Press

Thank you and good luck to us all!

Mo said...

Incredible. Here are my two:
Night Owl Press: "i love you" letterpress card.
Green Chair Press: Pine Cone Coaster Set

paper girl said...

i love 12fifteen and parrot design studio -- i would DIE [in a happy way!] if i won all these amazing letterpress lovelies! thanks for the giveaway :)

Anna said...

i love love love
the sycamore club
& hijirik design studio!!
{but honestly i love them all so much!!}

thanks for this amazing opportunity!

caroline said...

This giveaway is incredible! I have been coveting the Night Owl Paper Goods print for awhile. I love the iris print by Hijirik and just added her blog to my reader. This is really an amazing collection of artists and those three winners will be very lucky indeed.

becca said...

such a *great idea. i love every one.

two favorites are night owl paper goods' gorgeous "golden folksy floral rosette" because i could never get tired of looking at it... and a. favorite's "ligatures" because it's incredibly clever and sweet.

yes!

dahlhaus said...

I love the folk-inspired work of both of these letter press shops
Night Owl Paper Goods &
Sycamore Street Press.

My fingers are crossed!!!
Heather

PDX Bride said...

This is such a wonderful giveaway!!
From Night Owl Paper Goods, I love all of their wooden cards, espeically the Owl Love You Forever.
And from Hijirk Design Studio, the Iris Print is so pretty. I love irises, so I alwasys love when people make them art!!

Lyndsay said...

This is seriously such an amazing idea AND a really generous giveaway - wow! The two designers that jumped out at me are Bespoke Press and Night Owl Paper Goods: the samples they have in the giveaway represent two distinct interests for me: the colour yellow (in beautiful rosette glory), and vintage chairs! But it's difficult to pick favorites, every piece is a work of art and very inspiring!

garywongdesigns said...

I love the "a whale of a tale" from seven color days/zara gonzalez + cindy tomczyk's beautiful illustrations!

alyssa said...

best contest ever. seriously. not only is there a chance to win but i get to discover new letterpress talents. two of my favourite designs are vintage chairs by Bespoke Press and you're so sweet by A.Favorite Design.

mismikado said...

So many amazing prints and artists! I really like the works of Cindy Tomczyk and Julie B. of Yee Haw Industries. The former's "Cultivate" illustration is just incredible and I would love Julie's Farmers Market Onion poster in my kitchen :)

h.Lo said...

Is it even possible to pick two? This is a fabulous dream-come-true kind of giveaway. I love the following:

Green Chair Press : Around the Block
I have two of her prints already, but am geeked about this one b/c I'm a bit of a map nerd.

12fifteen: feathery Indian Summer print
Love all of the coasters, too!

Cheers!
Heather
info@maida-vale.com

Sharon said...

Delicious!! My two favorites-
from Parrott Design Studio:
Peony and Bee Letterpress Print
(beautiful color/intricate design)
and....
Hijirik Design Studio:
Live What You Love print
(bold design-great impact!)
Long Live Letterpress!!!!!
May you never be "out of sorts"!!!

Spotted Sparrow said...

Holy crap - that is one amazing giveaway! Here are my two favs:

Sycamore Street Press: May '08 Letterpress Limited Edition of 100. 8x10" Original Print. Eva Jorgensen

Roll & Tumble Press: Winsome Girl letterpress art print

SWC said...

What a fantastic collection...!!!

My favourites are Onward & Upward by Angela of See Saw Designs and the iris print from Hijirik.

indeed Wow, Wow and Wow...

Lillian said...

From Hijirik Studio, I love the Iris print! I love the fact that none of the shapes have lines to define them. In addition I love how the purple is used to make the iris itself bloom out from the paler background items, but yet every single color there go so well together.

I really love a lot of the stuff from Robin Beth, but I couldn't find any specific names to her specific works, so I'm going to go with olive-route's "Home Sweet Home" card from the etsy shop. I really like the sparse use of color. Looking at it makes me feel, well, literally at home, and comfortable and warm during a snow day.

lori said...

I love Yeehaw's "Blue Trees", and I also love Robin Beth's "Charming Prints". It was really tough to choose! There are so many works that I just absolutely love!

skyeball said...

Ah, letterpress! (I, too, have the bug.) So many beautiful pieces of work in this swap...but the ones that gave me goosebumps are Night Owl Paper Goods' Golden Folksy Floral Rosette and Hijirik Studio's Iris.

Apiarium said...

Such a difficult decision with such a wonderful selection!

I love that Front Room Press selected a Ben Jonson quote instead of a Shakespeare quote and that Reservoir Press' moon image has such dimension. But my two favorite pieces are "Unfinished American" by Mire Ink Press, which reminds me of Nashville's Hatch Show Print work, and "Bon Vivant Press Surgery Room" by Bon Vivant Press, which has great color registration and I love the scalpel/tweezer details.

Mommy of three said...

How in the world can I pick just 2?
I really loved Zara's A Whale of a Tale and Water Otter over at Night Owl Paper Goods.
There are so many beautiful things.
I just found this blog. I love it.

Kathryn said...

gorgeous gorgeous work! My favorites are ligatures by a. favorite and With Each Tiny Step by roll and tumble

Rene said...

Aamzing work. Really beautiful all of it, but if I had to choose I really love Julie of Yee Haw Industries' style and the print from Bound Staff Press makes me smile

Shannen said...

I am new to the world of letterpress (having recently had my wedding invites done by the wonderful Bespoke Press). It's hard to pick two, but I love SeeSaw Press "Yellow Birdie" and Parrott Design Studio "Together Letterpress Card". Thank you for introducing me to so many wonderful and talented pressers.

Ivy said...

My eyes went straight to the text of Starshaped Press' poster (all metal, all the time) and Ligatures by A. Favorite. Yum! I love letterpress! Thanks to everyone for such lovely prizes!

melanie said...

wow, we're really supposed to have only two favourites??

This is such an awesome giveaway!!
OK. I love Sycamore Streets Blue Patterned garden print, and Green Chair Press' Alphabet in Green print.

There are so many fabulous letterpressed beauties out there, all waiting to be felt!

caseybot said...

this is amazing! Its nearly impossible to choose only two, but if I had to, which I do, I would say MY faves are Roll & Tumble Press and Three Red Hens.

sheetal patel said...

i LOVE so many of them, but two of my favourites are Sycamore Street Press (esp. the hunter & bear cub) and Night Owl Papergoods (rosette). what an amazing giveaway!

emilia said...

Awesome! love it! i'm so in! LOVE rule by mire ink press and really really really like teapots and loops by paper stories...

great idea
emilia
emilia.fuller (@) gmail (.) com

crowsincupboards said...

Oh how lovely-
I have been a fan of Delphine Press and for a second favorite it was hard to choose but I finally settled on Night Owl Paper.

christi said...

This is such a nice thing to do - thanks for the opportunity! I really like so many of these artists, but I'll choose two pieces. My "life" long fav is Yee Haw's Tammy Wynette American Goddess - probably the epitome of what I'd aspire to if I did letterpress. I'm a Summersville, WV native, and lived in a small Bluefield motel as a little girl, so I have a soft spot for all things country and for Ms. Julie Belcher.

I also love Olive Route's Lantern postcard. I imagine a party where everyone arrives with their invite and it's tacked up alongside all the others as the party decor.

Again, thank you!

Christi

miss milki said...

Ok that was difficult! But my favourites are the Kissing Booth poster from Roll and Tumble Press and the Around the Block print from Green Chair Press. I would love to hang either of these on my wall!

Jessica said...

Oh my goodness! Whoever wins this is going to be the luckiest person!

I love the leaf stitch green note cards from Night Owl Paper Goods and Antlers by Zara Gonzalez (Seven Color Days). But it doesn't look like Zara has an online store, does she?

Beautymist said...

So much eye candy! Thanks to Bon vivant for gathering the images on flickr!

I've been a great fan of the Green Chair press for a while now - so it goes without saying i'm picking their print.

In the same spirit of playing with type and letters, i'll also pick "ligatures" by A. Favorite.

Awesome!

BM

Nicole said...

I love them all!! But my two very favorites are Delphine and Yee-Haw Industries. Erika at Delphine just rocks and features designs inspired by Charleston, SC, where I live :) Yee-Haw is so funky-cool! I've never seen anything similar.

miastella said...

Tough decision...but Parrott Design and Yee-Haw are wonderful...but they are all great. Such talent!

Fulvia Luciano, artist said...

Thank you for sharing this with us. Sycamore Press' Folk and Pop collections and Mire Ink Press are my favourites; I could not locate a website for the latter via the Flickr photostream though. Delphine Press was a favourite also.

Leslie said...

oooh what a wonderful giveaway, and so hard to choose.

Anyway in amongst the ones I already know of I found a few new gems. My faves

12Fifteen - Hello Spring/Goodbye Winter (love the indian summer print on their site.)

Mire Ink Press - Rule fantastic.

I could honestly write something about nearly all of them. Fantastic work everyone.

two brunettes said...

This is insane! So awesome. My two favorite prints are the Cat says Meric by Sycamore Street press and Water Otter by Night Owl paper goods! Can I just say though this is way to hard to just only pick two favorites! Love so much!

inkala images said...

To choose only two is really quite impossible...

bespoke press was my first introduction to letterpress only a few short months ago...and for me, just down the road. i'm truly in love with their work.

and sycamore st press - a little discovery of mine as I searched for more lovely works done via this beautiful old artform.

what a very generous give-away and what fabulously talented artists.

Ingrid

ansley b. said...

as soon as i saw sycamore street press...i loved it all!
the letterpress limited edition of 100 5x7", eva jorgensen is beautiful!

also, i loved campidoglio card on bon vivant.

what a great give away! thanks for sharing!

maura said...

I LOVE the Night Owl Paper Goods by the SeeSaw Lindsay both by Bon Vivant!

Amanda's Sunshine said...

This is a awesome giveaway. It's so hard to chose just two but I love enjoy design and 12fifteen.

ellie said...

I love Golden Folksy Floral Rosette by Night Owl Paper Goods and Surgery Room by Bon Vivant Press. Fantastic giveaway, thanks!!

elizabeth said...

this give-a-way is like a dream come true for this card-collector! I have so many favourites including the alphabet poster (watermelon/rose) from Sycamore Street; you are all I need poster from Roll and Tumble; the letterpress number card from enjoy; and the typography postcard set from greenchairpress.

what fun!!!

elizabeth said...

hello--this is a dream come true give-away for this card collector! I love Sycamore Street's alphabet poster in watermelon/rose; Roll and Tumble's you are all i need in grape; enjoy's "you're the ____ to my ____ and greenchairpress' typography postcards. Plus the frog from bon vivant makes me smile!!!!

Patty said...

Enjoy Design (twirl) and Hijirik Studio (iris print) are hands-down my top two letterpress artists, not just because of the beautiful prints that they create but because they are such friendly, joyful, warm and amazing people. I've gotten in touch with both of them and they are two of the nicest (and really, really creative/talented) people I've ever met online. They are an inspiration to me everyday. :) I already have Hijiri's iris print, which is just awesome and utterly beautiful. I would love to own one of Elise's prints too. Letterpress is not that big here in our country although I hope it was. It would be a dream come true for me to be picked for this contest. I'm wishing upon a star and praying really hard!

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