1/23/13

red letter cards giveaway

One of the best things about the blog/handmade world is connecting with and learning from others. I love finding new-to-me shops and blogs that inspire me and the Red Letter Paper Company is one such shop. I first saw the Red Paper Company when I stumbled across the clever "not sent from my iPhone" card.

(see it here)

Being someone who is guilty of constantly texting from her iPhone (instead of just picking up the dang phone to call), I thought it was perfect. 


I talked to Stephanie, the owner behind The Red Letter Paper Company, about her inspiration and dreams for her small biz.
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How did you get started?
It started because my husband and I could never find Christmas cards that didn't look like something my grandmother would pick out. We were young and urban, and we wanted clean, modern design that still held the true meaning of Christmas. And a lot less glitter. I have a background in publication design, which can sometimes be very templated, so I figured cards could be a creative outlet for me and a service to other people looking for the same thing.


How do you stay inspired?
I don't know if I stay inspired as much as I get inspired in spurts. I'll go through really prolific periods, and then some dry spells. But when I feel that way, I try to recreate the conditions when I feel most creative and inspired. I look for inspiration in my audience, what they're into, what I'm into, and then take on the challenge of making things like iPhones and coffee fit with a corresponding scripture verse on the back of the card.

(found here)

What's your dream for your company?
I made a phone call today and as soon as I said "Red Letter Paper Company," the person on the other end said, "Oh! The modern Christian cards!" That's what I want. For people to know my brand, love my products, and ultimately buy them because they fill a need or they just can't resist. I'd love to see them in Christian bookstores and church bookstores and even regular card shops.

What are you doing when you're not working?
When I'm not making cards, I'm usually still on the computer, catching up on Twitter or Facebook. If I'm not on the computer, I'm probably watching television. After eight years of the night shift in newspaperland, I still revel in the fact that I can watch shows when everyone else watches them. The only problem is I pretty much missed the first seasons of all the good stuff, so my current favorite show is Family Feud. Exciting, I know.


What's something few people know about you?
I'm allergic to bananas. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it's the truth. I'm not a huge fan anyway so it's not a big deal, but it rules out a lot of smoothies, and, unfortunately, banana pudding.

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I love what Stephanie says about keeping inspired through (inevitable) creative dry spells.

Stephanie has a host of great cards for Valentines Day --  and you can win them both to give away!


18 comments

  1. Love the Christmas Cross!! Powerful.

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  2. i love the you're not old you're vintage one. too cute!

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  3. The Love Has Caffeine card is cracking me up! :D

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  4. I really like the "Noy Sent From My iPhone" Card! But I Also love the birthday card that says. "You're not old, you're vintage!" Haha

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  5. I can't decide which one is my favorite! Since my father plays the guitar, I like the Father's Day DAD chords card. I also like the Facebook birthday card and the scarves at the market card.
    I can't believe that I haven't found this wonderful shop before! Thank you sooo much for this!

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  6. it would havr to be the "not sent from my iPhone" card - I'm in DC and my fiancé is in London and we sometimes rely too much on technology to keep us together! handwritten cards remind us that it's the quality, not the quantity, of communications that count.

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  7. I love seeing which favorites you guys pick!

    Thanks for the post today, Erika! <3

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  8. I love this card: http://www.etsy.com/listing/79253441/long-distance-i-miss-you-card-simple?

    I am in a long distance relationship, so this would be perfect. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  9. I love the cards "Little ones to Him belong" - adorable! Thank you for a chance!

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  10. You're not old you're vintage!!

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  11. I love the card about his arms being my favorite place to be. It makes me think of my boyfriend :) http://www.etsy.com/listing/66830628/i-love-you-card-in-your-arms-is-my?

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  12. I love the card about his arms being my favorite place to be. It makes me think of my boyfriend :) http://www.etsy.com/listing/66830628/i-love-you-card-in-your-arms-is-my?

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  13. Aww I love the Mom birthday card. My mom just lost her mom a few months ago, so that would be awesome if I could give her a card like that to show her what she means to me :)

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  14. I really love the "Not sent from my iPhone" pixelated heart - red, pink, white

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  15. I like the congrats on your new home card, our friends just bought a house.

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  16. I looove the "You're not old, you're vintage" card! So cool...

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oh that's so nice of you to say hi :)
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