Wedding Invites- to Wedding Cake!

We at Spark cannot say enough how happy we are about our retailer, Gateaux (Plymouth, Minnesota) who first and foremost specializes in wedding cakes! Our Arianna design was used throughout the couples wedding- their invites, day of, even wedding cake!

According to Gateaux's website:

For over 10 years, Gateaux has been designing wedding cakes as beautiful and individual as the couples for whom they were created. We are now able to offer invitations as unique and individual as our award winning wedding cakes. Combining your cake and invitation consultations with Robin allows a free flow of ideas as we incorporate aspects of both into the general theme and color scheme of your wedding.

Robin Martin, the owner and cake designer, states, "I love the challenge of incorporating a couple's style into their cake design. Besides, it's fun to get to rifle through our client's wedding files for inspiration."

Robin doesn't brag enough about herself. Her cakes and use of combination invitation design and cakes have been seen in countless wedding publications: Brides, Minnesota Bride, among others. She also competed in the Dr. Seuss Cake Challenge on the Food Network. The link is the YouTube with her experience.

If you would be interested in incorporating your wedding invite design into your wedding cake, email for more details!

Create Custom Stationery with our New Retailers!

Spark is excited to announce that the following stores have recently joined the Spark team to carry our custom wedding and stationery albums! We are featuring them here first as we await our retail store locator on our website to be updated.

So, when you are ready to create your custom invite with Spark, please visit our retail store locator on our website to find a retailer near you - and don't forget these new retailers below!

Welcome to:

Molly's Paperie, Little Rock, AR.
Sweetpaper, La Jolla, CA.
Seaside Papery, Coronado, CA.
Wordshop, Denver, CO.
Two Hands Paperie, Boulder, CO.
Fabulously Yours, Trumbull, CT.
Paper Doll, Chicago, IL.
The Monogram Shoppe, Fort Wayne, IN.
Westwood Paper Company, Carmel, IN.
Aberdeen Manor, Valparaiso, IN.
Paperista, Minneapolis, MN.
Gus & Ruby Letterpress, Portsmouth, NH.
Little Black Dress Paperie, Bernardsville, NJ.
Lion in the Sun of Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY.
Petite Fete, Forest Hills, NY.
Alpine Creative Group, New York, NY.
Kate's Paperie, 57th Street Location, New York, NY.
Kate's Paperie, Third Avenue Location, New York, NY.
Kate's Paperie, Soho Location, New York, NY.
Bloomingdale's, New York, NY.
The Paper Tiger, Woodmere, NY.
You're Invited Gifts & Paper, Nashville, TN.
Needle In A Haystack, Dallas, TX.
Paper Place, Austin, TX.
The Write Image, Salt Lake City, UT.
Robin's Paperie, Cedarburg, WI.
The Paper Deli, Middleton, WI.

...and, additional stores to be announced soon!

And, more custom albums...

We know, you get it, right?

Thanks to our wonderful staff, we shipped more custom albums today. This may not be newsworthy, but since it took us months in the making, we figured it wouldn't hurt to post a picture from today. One of our pressman told us that a better picture would have been the UPS guy's surprise as he saw another large shipment from Spark. Poor guy, it was raining, too! Don't worry, we'll go easy on him the rest of the week...

Welcome, Joy! Goodbye, Organized Sister.

Please join us in welcoming our newest employee, Joy Lussenden, to the Spark team. Joy is a graduate of Augustana College and worked for us as a marketing intern during her senior year. She recently completed a social media internship in Norway and is now back in the States to start her "real" job as she jokingly stated in her blog. We're thrilled to bring on board someone who is excited to soak up all that the stationery industry has to offer and to collaborate with our retailers in making them even more successful.

Joy is going to fill a much needed spot here at Spark as we say goodbye to Diedre Johnson, Spark's Organized Sister, when she and her family head to Hesse, Germany in September. Diedre's husband, Joel, is a professor of government at Augustana College and was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship as a senior lecturer at the University of Marburg. Joel and Diedre, along with their two boys, will make the trip to Marburg, a picturesque German town (see ridiculously beautiful image below).

All of us at Spark will miss having Diedre here as she has been the main contact for our retailers and helps out more than you know in our production area. Thankfully, she will be working with Spark on a part-time basis while in Germany, so don't be surprised if you hear from her! She plans to be a great resource to Spark in finding stationery trends and inspiration throughout Europe - so stay tuned!

On a more personal note, it goes without saying that the Creative Sister is sad to have her best friend be so far away for so long. I've shed more tears than I care to admit, but at the same time, I couldn't be more proud of Diedre and her family for embarking on this exciting adventure! For now, I am making goofy plans to buy extra clocks so we can have a visual reminder that she is seven hours ahead before we pick up the phone to ask her a few questions about pricing.

The next time you call Spark, please take a moment and introduce yourself to Joy. She'll appreciate it as she learns who all of you are.


Happening Now - New KSBA Press

Check out our new/old KSBA press being moved into our shop. We purchased it as well as another Windmill from Harold's Printing in Brookings, SD. Jim is beaming like an expectant father and Valerie is remembering the days when our children could ride their bikes in the shop (no longer possible!).

Stop by Spark for FREE Paper, Envelopes, Cards & More

Stop by Spark today and tomorrow for FREE paper, envelopes, cards and more! If you love paper, sending notes or scrapbooking - don't miss out!

We are cleaning our shelves and making room for new projects. We are open today until 5:30 PM and Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Directions to Spark:

Take the Western Avenue exit north from Hwy 229. Take a left on 50th street, you'll see Shopping News and Hebron Tile company on the corner. Drive past the brick yard (just over a block) and take a left into our area. We are located in the blue warehouse building in the back. Just look for the bright orange door! Don't be shy, come on in!

Chipboard? What were we thinking?

As a letterpress printer, we get wonderful samples of paper by mail. Luxurious cotton stocks, fun metallics, seed name it, we've seen it. So, imagine the surprise of our paper distributor in Minneapolis when we told him we were bringing in some chipboard stock (ranging 30-40pt). They know we print primarily fine stationery products, so they were a little confused by our need for a non-luxury, no thrills stock.

We first used chipboard back in 2008 when we came out with our Loop products, featuring artwork by a local artist, Kate Puetz. When she came up with the Loop animals, we just didn't want to print them on white paper. Valerie decided to print on chipboard. It performed very well and took a nice impression. The only "issue" we have with chipboard is that it dulls our cutter very quickly. You also have to be OK with the fact that chipboard will have flecks and vary from sheet to sheet, but that's the beauty of a recycled product.

We certainly can't forget to mention the above business cards designed by Flush Designs and printed by Spark. The Dirty Roots cards turned out wonderfully. These cards are a double-sided print on a 40pt. chipboard stock. The chipboard has enough heft to it that we could achieve a great impression both sides.

The Thie Custom Homes business cards were designed and printed here just a couple months ago for a local home builder. Our client has a unique card that makes an impression with his current and prospective clients.

If you are thinking of using chipboard for your next letterpress product, give us a ring. We are more than happy to send you a sample so you can see it for yourself!

Spark Spring Specials!

We're all about sparking your interest in letterpress, and what better way to do that than by sharing some free letterpress love!

Wedding Love Specials:

Free Belly Bands with Pocketfolds
Free Calling Cards or Gift Tags

Stationery Love Special:

15% off Calling Cards

Visit our website at for more details on these special offers. You may redeem these offers through a Spark retailer near you, or contact us directly if you do not have a retailer in your area.

Offers end May 31, 2010.

The Letterpress Love Low-down

Wedding season has definitely taken over our lives. Well that is a bit of a strong statement but you get the picture. I just wanted to report that we are definitely in the thick of all things wedding here at Spark.

Jim and I are in the office this morning printing a few more things before lunch with our family. We've been working double shifts seven days a week for so long I can't remember when all of this craziness started. I'm happy to report that there are a lot of happy couples out there though thanks to the extra effort our staff has been putting in to make sure we get orders out as quickly as possible without sacrificing the quality.

So I bet you are wondering what we've been printing - what trends we are seeing:
Purples in amethyst, aubergines, eggplants and combined with transparent silver, garnet, french blue and taupe.

Bright greens are still hot - especially when paired with charcoals, black or chocolate for that extra bit of dramatic contrast.

One thing that has surprised all of us at Spark is the demand for our pocketfolds. They are an affordable add-on while still fully customizable. We are seeing all-over patterns used on the pockets and then some with more restraint. All of them are turning out stunningly!

Retailer Profile: The Village Invites

The Village Invites
New York, NY

Owner: Jaye Kotze
Length in business: 4 years

Why did you choose to carry the new Spark albums: loved the custom options, pricing, designs, whole suites shown, printing is good...
Favorite design from new albums: Natalya


Average client: No average client!
Strength as a retailer/store: personalized service, experience, and good aesthetics

We have been working with Jaye and Linda at The Village Invites since 2005. They offer savvy design sensibility and personal service for creating beautiful custom stationery. We have enjoyed the custom projects they have sent our way and look forward to future creations!