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

New Holiday Styles for Paperless Post

We had to make a cup of hot chocolate with extra teeny-tiny marshmallows for this post. Yes--if you live anywhere near Los Angeles, it might not feel like the holidays are right around the corner, but they are! We are halfway through September (gasp!) and we were just dying to show you these new holiday styles for Paperless Post. Call it a sneak peek.

Paperless Post holiday designs by Red Cap Cards

Paperless Post offers you a simple, digital way to send sweet notes to your favorite family and friends. Red Cap Cards is honored to have been able to work with them on a digital collection, and now we are introducing our holiday collection! With designs by Christian Robinson, Becca Stadtlander, Josie Portillo, Blanca Gomez, Sarah Burwash, Jill Labieniec, Yelena Bryksenkova, Lizzy Stewart, Kelsey Garrity-Riley and Jon Klassen, we have tons of styles by a bunch of our talented designers to mail online.

Don't worry--we'll remind you of these designs when winter is knocking on your door...it will be sooner than you think! In the meantime, click over to Paperless Post and let the sugar plums dance through your head!

Inspiration: Children's Book Color Chips and Palettes

Did you happen to catch a glimpse of this Instagram shot from Greg Pizzoli? This framed digital proof for Number One Sam was submitted for the Society of Illustrators annual show:

PMS chips from Greg Pizzoli's Number One Sam

How inspiring! It got us thinking about the brilliant color palettes in some of our favorite children's books. Don't you just love dissecting the artistry in such intricate illustrations? We put a few together below to inspire your weekend and showcase the wide array of gorgeous work. Some classic, some brand new, all amazing:

Color Palettes in some of our favorite children's books from @redcapcards
Color Palettes in some of our favorite children's books from @redcapcards
Color Palettes in some of our favorite children's books from @redcapcards

What are some of your favorites?

Life in "Blowing Balloons" by Nicholas John Frith

Oh, how we love our "Life In..." posts. If "Life in Teacup Cat" didn't satisfy you, we have a new still-life in honor of the newest member of our Red Cap family: Nicholas John Frith!

It's birthday time--we're sure you know someone who was born in September! Get lost in this collage for "Life in Blowing Balloons" and grab your card here.

Life in Blowing Balloons by Nicholas John Frith for Red Cap Cards

Clockwise from top left:
• Balloons! No party is complete without them. Make sure to to get enough to spell out "Happy Birthday!" (that's thirteen, folks!)
• Down to party business: grab a black cone party hat for a sophisticated affair. Bonus if it has a tie-string.
• Next up, letters for sticking onto your balloons! H-A-P-P-Y ...
• This party has a very specific color palette. If you want to be authentic, better get to painting that party room!
• Last but not least, stripey fun! Try this shirt on for size.

Images as linked above.

Shops We Love: Pink Olive

Time for another Shops We Love! One of our favorite New York stockists has opened a brand new location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn! Pink Olive carries "whimsical gifts for happiness and home," including treats like jewelry, handbags and paper goods. Founder, Grace Kang, is chief buyer and curator to Pink Olive and has opened three locations in New York over the course of ten years. The brand new shop (Williamsburg location, pictured below) just opened up this past spring and is ready for visitors. If you're looking to get swept up in sweetness--take a trip to one of the three locations (see info below) and say hi to our cards in the meantime!

Shops We Love: Pink Olive by Red Cap Cards
Shops We Love: Pink Olive by Red Cap Cards
Shops We Love: Pink Olive by Red Cap Cards
Shops We Love: Pink Olive by Red Cap Cards
Shops We Love: Pink Olive by Red Cap Cards

Go visit Pink Olive in all three of their New York locations!

Pink Olive
Park Slope: 167 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY


East Village: 439 E 9th St
New York, NY


Williamsburg: 370 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Or, follow Pink Olive on Facebook or Pinterest

Photos courtesy of Pink Olive