drawing of the week: tiger swallowtail

did you know that virginia has a designated state insect? i stumbled upon this beautiful butterfly and was captivated by its color and pattern. after doing a little research, i discovered that it was the tiger swallowtail and was indeed designated as a virginia state symbol along with the cardinal, dogwood, and foxhound.

tiger swallowtail

best news is, this giclee print is going up for a raffle at our town’s local holiday craft fair coming up in less than 2 weeks! hope to see you there!

i’m back!

so, it’s obviously been a while since i’ve blogged…but i’m back! my excuse? i had a baby last summer and life our new little man has been keeping me on my toes every since he was born. he is now almost 10 months old and developing quite the little personality–he’s gregarious, loves animals, and thinks i’m the funniest person on the planet. as he gets older and is able to interact more and more with his world, i decided that it’s time to lead by example and teach him about generosity, selflessness, humility, and compassion by committing to 50 days of kindness!

today started my journey of 50 days of performing random acts of kindness to enrich my community, but also to teach my son what it means to be a citizen and member of such an awesome city/country/world. and okay, this is not directly printing or studio related, but let’s be honest, my life is about so much more than paper these days!

my only hope is that the recipients smile a little brighter and that these acts might inspire your own acts of kindness in your community!

day 1: delivered 50 homegrown peonies to our local hospital for new moms and babies born this day! (i had to wait overnight for the buds to fully open, so worth the wait)


spring: a fresh start + giveaway

**update, congratulations to sarah–you’re walking away with a new set of personal stationery! be sure to check out your inbox today for more details.

it’s officially spring! it’s great to see people walking around outside, the leaves starting to bud, and flowers starting to pop up in the yard.

i don’t know about you, but finally being able to emerge from winter hibernation has totally put me into spring cleaning mode. we’ve already cleared out our closet (mainly because we’re doing some major bedroom renovation), we’re in process of purging our bookshelves, and i vacuumed and polished the flooring in our entire house this morning. and with all this household cleaning, don’t you deserve a fresh start to your stationery as well?

who doesn’t love getting real mail these days…and not just another bill. in honor of spring, all 1 color letterpress printed stationery is ON SALE (until the end of april)! that means you get 50 letterpress printed cards + printed envelopes for $100! that’s only $2 per set, made just for you.

spring sale

click the image above for a larger view

AND what’s even better, i’m giving away a FREE set of 50 to 1 very lucky person…just leave a comment on this post telling me anything about spring. Make sure you comment before March 28th, and I’ll email the random winner to discuss details.

classic and timeless

we are continuously drawn the timeless aesthetic found in classic designs. the clean lines and ‘simplicity’ create a seemingly effortless beauty…think about all those mid century modern pieces of furniture. but the simplest things are often the hardest to create because your eyes are not distracted by a bunch of fluff and the details really matter. last fall, i had the opportunity to work with siobhan and raleigh (2 of more nearest and dearest friends) to create a complete suite that tied into their virginia vineyard wedding.

siobhan and raleigh wanted to create a feeling of elegance with a touch of fun. they wanted to be able to look back at the paper suite on their 50th anniversary and still love every part of it. imagine our parents’ generation looking through wedding photos today laughing at permed hair, baby blue tuxes, and billowing/poufy (long) sleeves…one of a wedding couples biggest fears. and yes, my parents had all of the above in their wedding album.

the invitations were simple without too much ornament or fuss. i worked with bon and raleigh to choose complimentary fonts that would embody their elegant yet fun personalities. we included their wreath/seal ‘monogram’ on the reply card (and also many day of materials) and added the spunk on the illustrated map.

Raleigh & Siobhan Wedding

photo credit: kate mcgee photography

i was so thrilled to be a part of their big day and am just sorry it’s taken me so long to finally create this blog post!

tintner family tree

is it just me, or is there a new baby or expectant family everywhere you turn…strolling downtown, seated at dinner next to you, on facebook/instagram…the list goes on. well we’ve had several friends have new additions to the family, and we’ve doubled our niece/nephew count with 3 new little ones this year! and i know it’s not the same, but we even brought home a new 4 legged baby to our home this summer…


okay, but enough about our dog(s)…back to juliana’s announcements.

my sister asked me to create a birth announcement for juliana that was just as special and fun as maddie’s were (remember these, way way way back when?) since juliana is named after her paternal grandfather, julius, it was fitting to incorporate a family tree. i loved the idea of also tying together the forest animals that i’ve been so fond of for my sister…maddie’s announcements had an owl and her birthday party invites sported the party animals.  so i went to my sketchbook and drew a woodland scene focused around a ‘family tree’ where juliana is cradled on one branch and big sister maddie is swinging from another. doesn’t this remind you of the scene from sleeping beauty where aurora is singing to all her forest friends?



under the sea

it’s no secret that i love everything about the ocean, lakes, rivers, even pools. i personally love splashing around in the water, but it’s the multitude of creatures and life in the water that is really intriguing…i know, i’m a nerd.

you’ve already seen me explore my love for marine animals in these drawings here and here. and below is the most recent product of my love for all things ‘under the sea.’


an old friend of mine, dory from the doyle dispatch, is having twins (she’s due any time now) and she has a nautical themed nursery. these cards are perfect, right? and with all of the love these babies are going to get from family, friends, and neighbors, the doyles can send these out as thank yous, notes ‘from the babies,’ or whatever else they’re in the mood for.