The Instagram Series: Photographers III

Inspiration is all around us, especially in the age of social media. Through our Instagram Series here on Ecka & Pecka, we hope to bring lettering, calligraphy, photography, and illustration inspiration closer to you. Get to know new artists, go behind the scenes of their creative lives, learn from their works in progress, make friends, and be inspired.

This week, here are who you should follow:

1. Beth Kirby (@local_milk) – Beth has a beautiful food blog. But if you’re in the mood for less words and more gorgeous photos, her Instagram account is where you should go.

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2. Cindy Chen (@mrpaddingtonbear) – The vibe of Cindy’s feed is actually similar to Beth’s above. Cindy’s, however, has a more urban feel. She styles her photos delightfully. Her cats are adorable, too.

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3. Kurt Rahn (@kurt_rahn) – For a taste of nature, Kurt’s Instagram feed will delight your senses. If you love his photos, you will want to snatch up some of his prints from his Society6 store.

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10 Birthday Cards for Someone with a Great Sense of Humor

Warning: these cards are not for friends whose tempers flare at the smallest poking. These birthday cards are are slightly rude and are for friends who would not mind if you mention how old they are. They will, in fact, likely respond with a more hilarious age joke of their own.

1. Oddball Press

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2. Red Letter Paper Co.

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3. Two Trick Pony

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4. Shenanigans Murphy

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5. Calypso Cards

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Inside Greeting: It’s a perfectly normal response to the sight of THAT many candles. Happy Birthday!

6. Stuff Anna Loves

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7. Dude and Chick

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8. Alternate Histories

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9. Get Thee to a Nunnery

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10. Naughty Betty

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9 Colorful Thank You Cards to Make Someone Smile

You know what the best way is to say THANK YOU? Saying it with colors! If you can do with all colors of the rainbow, the better. Think bright hues that can instantly cheer someone up. These will make a monochome-enthusiast friend “happy,” too, make no mistake. They’d be blinded by all the colors, they will instantly know how grateful you are. For inspiration, here are colorful thank you greeting cards:

1. Hello! Lucky

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2. Posy Paper

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3. La Familia Green

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4. Calypso Cards

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5. Man vs George

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6. A Smyth Co.

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7. Little Low

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8. Red Cap Cards

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9. Mr. Boddington’s Studio

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Funny and Super Sweet Cards to Give to Your Husband on His Birthday

So the special man in your life, your husband, is about to celebrate his birthday. He is your rock, spider-stomper, garbage disposal expert, and bulb-replacement manager. He is those things and a lot more. Which is why we suggest that you give him a funny card. AND a gift, of course.

1. allotria

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2. Feb10 Design

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3. Shenanigans Murphy

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4. Tattoos & Love Letters

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5. Paper Tie Affair

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6. The Little Illustrator

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7. Sad Shop

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8. Westmama Designs

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9. Hello! Lucky

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10. Bald Guy Greetings

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Art Prints That Only A Cat Lady Will Love

We all have that friend. That friend who thinks felines are superior to humans. That friend who had been brainwashed by purring creatures into thinking that cats are the best thing. EVER. In all the world. In history.

Want to make said friend very happy? We have just the right items for you to choose from. Check out the following art prints for that lovable cat lady in your life:

1. Nomad Printables

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2. Lime

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3. Korpita

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4. Florever

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5. Animal Crew

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6. Shop Miss Ella

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7. Doggie Drawings

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8. Gemma Correll

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Craft Your Storefront: Fun Book-Themed DIYs

School is about to open once again and we urge you to do a store redesign soon. We have several themes to present; we start with DIYs that are book-related. This idea can either make those who hate school happy (because you’re destroying books!) or make those who love books quite annoyed. Try at your own risk.

1. Book Planter – I’m not a plant expert but I think this type of planter will also be great for succulents. Imagine planters like this lining your front window. Cute right?

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2. Paper-covered Books – If you’re in the mood for some recycling crafts, this paper-wrapping idea is perfect. This is also a great solution if you want your storefront to follow a certain color scheme.

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3. Crate Bookscase – You might already have crates in  your store. Display them like a bookcase, add books, add greeting cards, and you’ve got yourself a nice store decor.

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4. Book Spine Box – A book-themed DIY that is both functional and decorative? Perfect! You don’t even have to display this by your front window. You can use this box to store doodads and whatnots by the cashier.

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5. Book Clock – How gorgeous! This is another DIY idea that you may end up using all year (or for several years, for that matter).

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6. Book Monograms – How about spelling your store name using books? An easier version would be to paint the letters on the covers. If you have time and are simply courageous, carving is also an option.

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7. Book Page Flowers – Imagine several dozens of these attached to the wall of your display window. Won’t it be pretty?

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8. Book Mobile – This darling book-themed craft idea  is sure to make your storefront look enticing. For an even more magical effect, I suggest making several of these to hang.

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The Instagram Series: Hand Letterers III

Inspiration is all around us, especially in the age of social media. Through our Instagram Series here on Ecka & Pecka, we hope to bring lettering, calligraphy, photography, and illustration inspiration closer to you. Get to know new artists, go behind the scenes of their creative lives, learn from their works in progress, make friends, and be inspired.

This week, here are who you should follow:

1. Mateusz Witczak Designs (@ateuszwitczakdesigns) – Oh-so-young and oh-so-skilled. His Instagram feed is a part of the world wide web that will never bore you.

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2. Stanley Shane (@stanleyshane) – His work on wood is insanely good. On other surfaces? Even better.

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3. Valerie McKeehan (@valeriemckeehan) – A ridiculously talented chalk-letterer. If you like her work, you can check out her Etsy store.

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Dear World VI: A Cheeky Greeting Card for Everyone

A showcase of Ecka & Pecka and A. Smyth Co. cards with messages or message ideas to possible recipients. To whom would you send the following cards and what note would you write?

1. To a friend:

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Send this to a dear friend who, like you, might find something inexplicably funny about the placement of HAs on the card design. Or maybe the circles will remind her of something that only you two will find strangely hilarious.

2. To somebody who is not feeling well:

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Message: I don’t like it because I’m the one who ends up cooking the chicken soup. And we both know that scientists have deemed my cooking unhealthy for humanity. Get well soon. 

3. To your love:

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Message: This will sound mighty possessive, but there is no way I am letting you go. I will not swap you for all the pots of gold in the world. 

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The Instagram Series: Illustrators III

Inspiration is all around us, especially in the age of social media. Through our Instagram Series here on Ecka & Pecka, we hope to bring lettering, calligraphy, photography, and illustration inspiration closer to you. Get to know new artists, go behind the scenes of their creative lives, learn from their works in progress, make friends, and be inspired.

This week, here are who you should follow:

1. Grace Lee (@midnightgracie) – Grace Lee’s Instagram feed is whimsical, cute, and always fun. Her use of all-white background is delightful.

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2. Lorra Elena Angbue-Te (@lorraelena) – Lorra is a whiz with watercolors and is an all-around nice lady. Her feed is full of dainty painted food, cutesy things, and fun DIYs as well.

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3.Steph Fizer Coleman (@stephfizercoleman) – If you love storybook style illustration, you will absolutely go nuts over Steph’s Instagram feed. Her animal drawings are simply fantastic.

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Art Prints to Hang In Your Bathroom

Looking to improve the look of your bathroom but not really interested in spending half of your savings? Okay, that seems quite an impossible thing to ask for and we don’t really have the best advice. But we give you here the next best thing: a new art print for your bathroom walls!

Here are 9 to choose from. These cover a range of moods and insight that you may or may not experience while in the bathroom. Some of these are too big on the command aspect but they’d be useful if you have roommates (or kids) who need constant reminders about washing hands, etc. Hang and enjoy.

1. Kasia Creations

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2. Sweet Melody Designs

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3. Wunder Kammer Editions

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4. Kata

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5. Maria Jose Da Luz

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6. Butterfly Press

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7. HFDee

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8. Pint Sized Bee

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9. Daily Dishonesty

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