Another busy week

It was another busy week of printing and designing. The bulk of everything we did revolved around weddings of course. I know I've said this before, but we did do some really fun ones again this week, and yet again I do have to wait to show you what we created.

We are very close to completing our Spark Stationery catalog of our new product lines, after reviewing it a million times.

In the coming weeks, we will be announcing who our newest Spark Custom retailers are. We're so excited about who we've found to represent Spark, and it's exciting to have new retailers to work with. We're only adding a few since our custom line needs a special kind of retailer – someone who understands what we can do.

Other than that, there isn't much to report. I had a chance to enjoy time with Lucia this weekend, so that was a nice change of pace. For those of you out there who work the same crazy hours that we do at times, you can probably understand where I am coming from!

Nothing says "Happy Birthday" like calling someone a Cake Whore!

So our Bittersweet Ink collection may not be for everyone, but we've found that many people have a friend or family member that can appreciate the dry humor these cards put forth. Our good friend, Larissa Cole, came to us with this wonderful idea for a collection of cards. Larissa wrote the copy for these cards, we created the design, and of course we also printed them.

Each card is letterpress-printed in black ink on Neenah Esse 100# cover in White and comes with an Neenah Eames Furniture envelope in India Pink, Tivoli Green or Pacific Blue. Both papers contain 30% post-consumer waste and have a wonderful texture and subtle grid pattern to them.

The cards are available at our online store and have been picked up by many retailers nationally as well.

No end in sight to wedding season...

but we don't care! We love printing such a wide range of wedding stationery for our retailers and other designers. We have several wonderful clients that keep us especially busy, busy, busy this time of year.

One of our custom invitation design studios had a rush job that involved three color letterpress that we printed over two days and then it was shipped to their engraver. In case you missed my excitement for this order - it was three color letterpress PLUS engraving! We can hardly wait to see the final product.

We also printed several invitations this week including two sets of our diecut circles design. The circle invitations seem to be going over big at our retailers as we see more and more requests for these all the time. We now stock several circle dies including 3", 3.5", 4", 4.5", 5.25", 6.25" and 6.75" round.

In addition to printing, we’ve been keeping busy in our design department with several clients who have made some interesting design requests of us. We had a great week and hope you did as well!

Thanks, Broadway Paper.

Broadway Paper in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is one of our newer retailers. They carry our custom line as well as many of our new stationery products. Check out their blog for a nice mention of our Henry and Bittersweet Ink lines, and some cute pictures of the owner's dachshund puppy! Too cute. In addition to their blog, they have a great online store featuring a lot of fun products.

Hot off our presses...

It was another busy week at Spark. We had several fun and labor-intensive client projects that we were working on over the past week. Although we can’t show you these creations quite yet – we need the bride, groom and their guests to see them first – we hope to share them with you soon. What I can tell you is that it was a metallic-infused Spark this week due to these orders: copper, ivory and gold inks and paper; sewing with gold thread, binding with copper ribbon, and more.

We are in the process of reprinting many cards from our product lines as we begin to run out of the bestsellers, and ended the week by reprinting business cards for one of our favorite design firms – J.D. Gordon Advertising.

In addition to printing, the true highlights of our week were definitely techy in nature with the launches of our online store, revamped Blog and new Flickr page.

Spark's Big Friday

Today is a great day at Spark and here's why:

Spark’s Online Store is Open
Our online store is open for business and can be accessed through our web site. All of our new product lines are featured and we can’t wait for you to see them. Click on the Shop link on the right side of the page to go to our shopping site.

Here are a few images of our newest products:

Read our Blog
We're making a renewed commitment to keeping our blog up-to-date since we have so much we want to share and so many people we want to share with. Our blog will be a great source of images and articles about our client work, technical information about letterpress printing, and all of the latest happenings at Spark.

Here is our post schedule:
Monday - Client Projects
Tuesday - Wedding Projects
Wednesday - What's New
Thursday - Letterpress Institute
Friday - Stationery
Weekend - Hot Off Our Presses

Visit us on Flickr

Visit our Flickr pages to view images of our shop, our presses and our work. We are still trying to get caught up with photos of past client work – for design firms and private clients – so continue to check back for new photos.

Have a great weekend from all of us at Spark!