Happy Thanksgiving from Red Cap Cards!

Little Arlo wants to remind you to also eat your veggies on this magnificent Thanksgiving holiday--not just all that gooey, delicious stuffing and sweet pie. We wish you a happy and healthy holiday! Love, from Red Cap Cards.

Happy Thanksgiving from Red Cap Cards @redcapcards


Hark! Holiday Cards from Red Cap!

Holiday Cards from @redcapcards
Keep Warm, by Yelena Bryksenkova, $3.95 or $14.95 for a box of 8

It's just about that time--time for wrapping presents, decking halls and (our favorite!) mailing holiday cards! It's easy to get caught up in the bustle of the season, but sitting down with a mug of hot chocolate--make ours spiked!--and a bit of music to write to friends and loved ones is what the season is all about. We're so honored to have such talented artists like Yelena Bryksenkova (above), Sarah Burwash, Kelsey Garrity-Riley, and many more as part of our festive family.

Don't be a Christmas goose! Definitely make sure to check out all of our sparkling holiday card designs, here. Some newbies for your consideration are below!

Holiday Cards from @redcapcards
Be Merry and Bright, by Sarah Burwash, $3.95 or $14.95 for a box of 8

Holiday Cards from @redcapcards
Sled Ride, by Yelena Bryksenkova, $3.95 or $14.95 for a box of 8

Holiday Cards from @redcapcards
Christmas Fireplace, by Kelsey Garrity-Riley, $3.95 or $14.95 for a box of 8

Holiday Cards from @redcapcardsWinter Village, by Josie Portillo, $3.95 or $14.95 for a box of 8


Pictorial Showcase: Children's Book End Paper Art

Have you ever gotten to the end of the story that you are reading to your little one and actually sat and marveled at the beautiful illustration work that lives on the end pages? It's easy to forget about them because they are at the end of the story! "That's it, now lights out, go to bed!" But next time you are reading, don't forget to take a moment and appreciate the intricate works that act as the quite literal bookends in your story. Here are a few that we love and admire. Enjoy!

Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
The Golden Circus Book by Kathryn Jackson with end paper art by Alice and Martin Provensen, 2005

Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson with illustrations by Richard Duvoisin, 1944

Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
The Fireside Book of Favorite American Songs by Margaret Bradford Boni, with illustrations by Aurelius Battaglia, 1952

Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
Harlem's Little Blackbird by Renee Watson with illustrations by our own Christian Robinson, 2012

Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson with illustration by Gyo Fujikawa, 1951

Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
The Indoor Noisy Book by Margaret Wise Brown with illustrations by Leonard Weisgard, 1942

Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
Grammar Can Be Fun by Munroe Leaf, 1934

Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
Mother Goose: Heritage Edition with illustrations by Richard Duvoisin, 1943

Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
The Joke Book by Oscar Weigle with illustrations by Weigle Bill and Bonnie Rutherford, 1963

Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
My First Nursery Book with illustrations by Franciszka Themerson, 1947

Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
Topsy Turvy World by Atak, 2013

Do you have any favorites?


New Cards by Naoshi + a Fun Sunae Video Celebration!

New Cards for @redcapcards by Naoshi, plus how to make sunae art

Guess what, gang? We currently have, in stock, brand new cards by one of our most favorite Red Cap artists, Naoshi. Naoshi was one of the first artists we ever collaborated with, back in 2009. From the first moment we saw her work, we felt that she was a conceptual genius! With such a playful and colorful viewpoint, and her dedication to keeping the artform of Sunae (or Japanese "sand art") alive, we absolutely could not pass her up. Check out this old post we did that shows the process of Sunae.

Naoshi says of herself and her work:

"I'm an artist based in Los Angeles, USA. I moved to Los Angeles on March 2014, and will be staying here for a year! Using shiny colorful sand (it's called Sunae in Japan), I make art portraying surreal people living in a real world with various everyday thoughts and emotions, such as joy, happiness, sorrow, and anxiety.

When I make Sunae, I'm always inspired to live life brightly each day just like the sparkly shiny sand that gracefully slips through my hands and fingers. It is a very unique and meaningful material for me to work with, and I enjoy it very much.

I began making Sunae in 2004. Since 2007, I've been participating in a wide range of art projects/exhibits outside of Japan, including United States, Italy, France, Switzerland, Korea etc. My ultimate goal is to familiarize people with Sunae around the world!


And without further adieu, the lovely Naoshi and her inspiring art form in action:

Pick up this special sweet treat here, and view all of her new cards for Red Cap, here.


Favorite Halloween Card Roundup 2014

Trick or treat! Don't you just love Halloween? Sweet treats and even sweeter greetings! We put together a little collection of some of our favorite festive cards--some new, some old. Enjoy--and have a Happy (and safe) Halloween!

Favorite Halloween Cards roundup 2014 by @redcapards

Clockwise from top left:
1. Love the book too! Bunicula from Dear Hancock, $4.50
2. One of our favorites from our own Red Cap collection, by Blanca Gómez: Halloween Witch, $3.95
3. Happy Halloween masks! A letterpressed greeting by Egg Press, $5
4. The cutest spider you will ever meet (for real). Sally Spider from Night Owl Goods, on sale for $3
5. An elegant fright. Love this gold foil, letterpressed skull by Sugar Paper, $5.50
6. Last but not least, Hey Pumpkin! Orange foil-stamped greeting from The Social Type, $4.50


Where, Oh Where Can you Find Us?

Red Cap Cards is all about staying in touch with friends and love ones. And we want to stay in touch with you! Did you know that we have various avenues of sharing with you--not just this blog? Click below to find us on several other social media avenues. We'll have loads of fun!

@RedCapCards on Pinterest
Find us on Pinterest! We're pinning up a storm of some of our favorite illustrations, interiors, colors, and oh-so-awesome things we like.

@RedCapCards on Tumblr
Tumble along with us on tumblr. We share all of our blog posts there (a bonus for your RSS feed!), and share posts of some of our favorite illustrators and artists.

@RedCapCards on Instagram
We're on Instagram--a definite favorite. Sneak a peak at new cards, happy styled shots and little moments right from the den of Red Cap.

@Redcapcards on Facebook
Last but not least, we're still truckin' along on Facebook! Get a sweet reminder of each blog post, plus goodies on all of our favorite members of the Red Cap family.

Don't forget to say hello when you meet us there!

Life in "Fall" by Sarah Burwash

Don't you just love Fall? The card and the season? Leaves are falling, pumpkins are being picked and it's getting close to the time that you can light a fire in your fireplace. We're taking Sarah Burwash's "Fall" thank you card and flipping it into real life, so we can all live in a tiny, happy Autumn paradise. See below for your ticket to autumn harvest and sweet, sweet flannel:

Fall by Sarah Burwash for Red Cap Cards @redcapcards
Life in 'Fall' by Sarah Burwash for Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

1. Pick your pie and cider apples in style. We love this modern stepladder from Yoox.com.
2. Decorative gourd-ing in stripes! Hip, stripey shirt from Joe Fresh.
3. Whippet, whippet good. Don't forget your favorite buddy! Pups love jumping around in fall foliage too!
4. Make sure you chop up some wood before it gets too soggy out there. Mmmm cedar.
5. The most stylish chopping axe you can possibly find: the American Felling Axe from Best Made Company. Comes in many styles and colors!
6. A sea of flannel. It's important.
7. Don't forget your knit Steve Zissou beanie! It's a must-have. (For most seasons, really).
8. Rake up those leaves, then ruin it by jumping into the pile and making a mess! You'll love it.
9. The guest of honor. Visit your local pumpkin patch for a few fat, orange friends.
10. Last but not least, don't forget the apples! It's the tastiest season and oh-so-fun to pick yourselves. Call us when you've baked a few pies.

Reading Roundup: New Books Illustrated by Red Cap Artists!

We're always so proud when members of our Red Cap family release books that they've illustrated! There are so many wonderful books that a lot of the time, it's hard to keep track. We wanted to round a few up today and show them off to the world. See below for some of our Red Cap artists' most recent work:

Worst In Show, illustrated by @redcapcards artist Kate Hindley

Worst in Show by William Bee, illustrated by Kate Hindley.
From Kate's website: "Albert is entering his pet monster, Sidney, in ... THE BEST PET MONSTER IN THE WORLD COMPETITION! And he has VERY high hopes. Sidney, however, is a rather gentle monster, who enjoys long soaks in bubble-filled baths while nibbling on some sugary fairy cakes. And a champion monster has to be, well, MONSTROUS to win!"

The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade, illustrated by @redcapcards artist, Christian Robinson

The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade, by Justin Roberts, illustrated by Christian Robinson
We've talked just a bit about this book before, in Arlo's Book Club, but we couldn't resist mentioning it again! It's THAT good. From Amazon:
"Hardly anyone noticed young Sally McCabe.
She was the smallest girl in the smallest grade.
But Sally notices everything—from the twenty-seven keys on the janitor’s ring to the bullying happening on the playground. One day, Sally has had enough and decides to make herself heard. And when she takes a chance and stands up to the bullies, she finds that one small girl can make a big difference.

Grammy-nominated children’s musician Justin Roberts, together with vibrant artwork from award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson, will have readers cheering for young Sally McCabe."

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, illustrated by @redcapcards artist, Jon Klassen

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
This one is brand new and hot off the press! We've been enjoying all of their videos and now the time has come to grab your copy of the book! From Amazon: "Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find . . . nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary — and finding it in a manner you’d never expect."

On the Wing, illustrated by @redcapcards artist, Becca Stadtlander

On the Wing, by David Elliott, illustrated by Becca Stadtlander
Last but not least, Becca Stadtlander has just released her first illustrated children's--a book of beautiful illustrated work, coupled with poetry by David Elliott. From Amazon: "Take to the sky to explore a glorious array of all things avian, from the tiny, restless hummingbird to the inscrutable horned owl to the majestic bald eagle. David Elliott and Becca Stadtlander bestow a sense of wonder onto such common birdfeeder visitors as the sparrow, the crow, and the cardinal and capture the exotic beauty of far-flung fowl like the Andean condor, the Australian pelican, and the Caribbean flamingo. Concise, clever verse from an award-winning author pairs with striking artwork from a debut illustrator to make this a true pleasure for anyone who loves birds."

We are so proud of all of our artists! Click on their names above to view their artist pages and Red Cap Card designs. Great work, guys!

Artist Spotlight: Nicholas John Frith

It's time for another Artist Spotlight post! In the hot seat today, is our newest addition to the Red Cap family, Nicholas John Frith! We are so excited to have him as a part of our team and just love his fantastic designs in our collection. With a nod to vintage illustration, bold colors, plus a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, his cards are selling out as fast as we can stock them. Below, Nicholas chats with us about how he stays inspired in day-to-day work, his brand new children's book and pipe dream job. Don't forget to check him out on his website and blog as well. Thank you, Nicholas!

Artist Spotlight: Nicholas John Frith for Red Cap Cards - interview and pics @redcapcards

Artist Spotlight: Nicholas John Frith for Red Cap Cards - interview and pics @redcapcards

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Did you always want to be an artist from childhood?
Yes. I’ve heard recalled the tale on countless occasion of how, when I was 6, my teacher told my parents that she thought one day I’d be a graphic designer - well she wasn’t far off.

In secondary (high) school I was always getting my marked science book back with disapproving notes in red about the doodles in the back pages. After school I went to art college and then university, but although I was passionate I was unfocused, unguided. I’m not sure there was ever a conscious decision to ‘be an artist’ or to do it as a job. I just always drew. That’s what I did, who I was. That was enough for me. I guess that’s why I spent the next 12 intervening years doing other things. I never stopped doodling and noting down ideas though. And there was always that pipe-dream lurking of one day writing and illustrating books.

Some things happened in my life a few years back that made me think, and one day it all just clicked. The focus started to come. I took the gamble and moved from working from full-time in my job (waiting tables) to part-time. Hard work and a little luck followed. I eventually took that final leap to full-time freelance. And well.. here I am. Jeez, that feels like a rant. Sorry. Like, that’s the last 30 years of my life in a nut shell there. Scary. Ha!

Where do you gather your inspiration?
Everywhere. Experiences. Dreams of yesterdays past. Books. Nature. And, in the last year, Pinterest!

Artist Spotlight: Nicholas John Frith for Red Cap Cards - interview and pics @redcapcards

What is your favorite medium to create with?
I sketch in pencil (2B, usually), artwork using a brush with black drawing ink, and colour in photoshop. I love a bit of silkscreen printing too, but I rarely make time for that anymore, sadly.

What is your favorite piece you have ever created?
That’s tough to answer. I wouldn’t say I have a favourite, though I’m still pretty fond of a piece I wrote and illustrated a couple of years back for children’s magazine ANORAK, it was a cautionary tale about a mean and greedy wood-pigeon. Oh, and I’ve recently done these fab cards for an ace LA-based company. You may have heard of them... [Editors note: Aww, shucks!]

Artist Spotlight: Nicholas John Frith for Red Cap Cards - interview and pics @redcapcards

Do you ever get "creative block"--and if so, how do you combat it?
Not so much a block but more of self-doubt thing. My brain flips out every few months. So a bit of distance and perspective help. And a lot of post-its on my desk saying ‘relax!’ Doing something else creative without thought to ‘work’ helps too... Time in the kitchen is a good one - I love to cook. Or a long walk. When it happens, it’s a wave that I just need to ride.

Artist Spotlight: Nicholas John Frith for Red Cap Cards - interview and pics @redcapcards

We love your wrapping papers! Will you be doing any special projects like that in the future?
Thanks. Yeah I hope to do some more wrap but there’s nothing in progress yet. I am working on some new things with a company called Beast In Show though. Dave and Sally (the owners) were really the very first supporters of my work - about 4 years back - and doing new projects with them is always such fun. We’re working on a little china snack bowl (we’ve previously done some mugs) and also cushion too.

Artist Spotlight: Nicholas John Frith for Red Cap Cards - interview and pics @redcapcards

If you could work in your dream job (other than what you are doing now) what would it be?
Ooo...Provided I had a very comfortable amount of funds. I’d be happy with no job at all and a lot of hobbies - lots of hobbies to do with travel, writing, cinema, food, music, books... But that does not answer your question does it. Because that’s not really a ‘job’ is it!? Dream job? Okay. Film director, maybe. Brewer?

We hear you are working on a children's book--can you tell us a bit about it?
Yes, that’s all done. Phew! But it won’t be hitting the shelves until next summer. It’s my first picture book, which is pretty exciting and daunting. It’s titled, Hector and Hummingbird, and is set deep in the mountains of Peru. It’s a fun story of the relationship between two odd couple friends, a bear and a hummingbird. It’ll be published here in the UK by Alison Green Books (an imprint of Scholastic), but with some luck it’ll make it’s way to the US and beyond too. Watch this space. I’m starting work on my next book this winter!

Artist Spotlight: Nicholas John Frith for Red Cap Cards - interview and pics @redcapcards

Any artists you really look up to, and why?
Hmm. I love the work of Roger Duvoisin, Leonard Weisgard, the Provensens. Dahlov Ipcar is an inspiration. Speaking of more contemporary artists though. and it may sound like a Red Cap roll-call but Meg Hunt and Jon Klassen. I’m a big admirer of them both. Also Carson Ellis, Bjorn Lie, Jean Jullien, Blexbolex... ah, the list goes on.

To see more of Nicholas John Frith's work for Red Cap Cards, click over to his artist and shop page.

Images courtesy Nicholas John Frith

Arlo's Book Club: Special L-O-V-E Edition

Arlo's Book Club, special Love Edition for @Redcapcards

It's that time again: a special Fall LOVE edition of Arlo's Book Club! These books will get you in the mood for hugs and friends and warm fuzzies! Grab your favorite book and a friend and see below for Arlo's picks:

Arlo's Book Club, special Love Edition for @Redcapcards

Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato. This one is a sweet tale of being little in a giant world, and is special friend Mike Curato's first book! A super, duper favorite of Arlo's! "Amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, the big crowds and bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a quiet life. In spite of the challenges he faces, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy—like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter—a friend."

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell. Another lovey, dovey one. This story is about a boy who just has to hug everything--fire hyrdants, benches, trees! Spreading the love! No one escapes the hug machine.

Frances Dean Who Loves to Dance and Dance by Birgitta Sif. A special tale about sharing your amazing talents and overcoming shyness. We love Birgitta Sif! "Frances Dean loves to dance. She feels the wind and she dances. She hears singing birds and she dances. In her every waking moment, she is inspired to move. But as soon as anyone is around, Frances Dean’s knees begin to tremble, butterflies start to flutter in her tummy, and she forgets how to dance. Will she ever find the courage to share her talent with others and feel free?"

The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts, illustrated by our own Christian Robinson! Oh, how we love his work! This one has a wonderful message, about standing up for what's right--Love!--even when you feel very small.

Bonus points in Arlo's Book Club: sharing these stories with a special friend. We ♥ you all!

Arlo's Book Club, special Love Edition for @Redcapcards