Smitten Kitten Q & A

July 20, 2019Greeting Cards, Storefront

We had the pleasure to converse with the owner of Smitten Kitten for our Artist Q & A.
Amy Kwong, the designer behind the brand, started Smitten Kitten in 2006 and
opened the I HAVE A CRUSH ON YOU Gift Shop in 2014.

How did you start?

I started Smitten Kitten in 2006 after I quit my career as a creative director for a giftware company.
I loved the design process and over-seeing the creation of a product from start to finish,
but my design sensibilities didn’t align with the company’s vision.
After butting heads with them one too many times,
I decided to quit working for someone else and start my own company, and Smitten Kitten was born.
Hard to believe that was 13 years ago.

What is your process? What art tool could you not live without?

Well it’s not really an art tool, but I can’t live without my notes app on my phone.
Sometimes ideas come so quick (and I can be very forgetful)
if I don’t jot it down right away, even a few words, I’d loose it forever.
Reading back my notes doesn’t always make sense though.
What’s “Honbre some umbra”?! Who the hell knows. Auto correct is the ducking wurst.
When it’s time to launch a collection, which is twice a year.
I’ll go through my notes to see if any of the ideas have legs.
Then it’s off to races with my trusty sketch book and sharpie where the doodling begins!

Where do you get your inspiration?

Hmmm…not a source of inspo but I find a nice long drive on the highway in
my Mini helps me focus and clears my head.
Also, falling down the social media rabbit hole helps me identify what’s missing in the marketplace.
I’m a bit of a pop culture junkie, so memes and articles that flash across my screens stick with me.
My friends are a brilliant funny bunch too, so we tend to come up with ideas when we hang.

Is there anything you are currently working on that you are excited about?

Yup! Currently working on my 2019 Christmas designs.
Dead celeb RIP Christmas cards and letterpress holiday cards will drop in August at the NY Gift trade show.

New Vendor: LUCKY HORSE

June 22, 2017Greeting Cards

We’re super excited to be carrying these quirky, super pigmented and poppy cards by New York letterpress studio, Lucky Horse! Drop by and browse our curated selection of cards by Lucky Horse – each card is blank inside and retails for $7 per piece.

Kid Icarus’ Mother’s Day GIFT GUIDE!

April 26, 2016Greeting Cards

Its that time again. Time to think of moms everywhere and all that they do (what DON’T moms do?)

Do you have a special mom deserving of an equally special something?

We want to help you give a personalized, thoughtful gift for the maternal lady in your life.

Check out some gifting inspo that we’ve curated around our line of Mother’s Day Cards!

On May 8th let’s make it our mission to not forget mom!

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New Yellow Owl Workshop Goodies!

March 4, 2016Greeting Cards

We’re so excited to have some new cards & DIY tools in our Kensington shop from Yellow Owl Workshop!

To say happy birthday, to congratulate, or just to say thanks – these risograph printed cards are a sweet sentiment for any occasion.

Also check out these awesome Yellow Owl DIY stamping tools! The crafting inspo is definitely potent here.

All products pictured are available for purchase at our Kensington Market location!

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Happy Valentine’s Cutie!

February 14, 2016Greeting Cards

Happy Valentine’s Day to one and all!

For our last minute friends, we’ve got lots of super sweet lovey dovey cards left in both our Kensington & Parkdale shops. You’ve still got time and we are here to help!

Wishing everyone a WARM & cozy Sunday – hopefully filled with sweet treats & best buds!

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Mad Love for Tough Luck!

January 31, 2016Greeting Cards

Tough Luck, the awesome brain child of illustrator, screen printer, and Toronto local Sandi Falconer, is back in the Kensington shop!

We’ve got cards galore in addition to a super cool limited edition tote & pin!

You gotta stop by and check out these rad doodads!

All products pictured are available in our Kensington location, and will soon be available for purchase at our Parkdale Outpost.

~ WE WANT TO BELIEVE ~

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Hubbub Paper Co. is in The Kensington Shop!

January 17, 2016Greeting Cards, News & Events, Storefront

Snazzy new cards are now in the Kensington shop thanks to Hubbub Paper Co.! We are the first to carry these adorable letterpressed cards & we are too excited!

The guys at Hubbub are local makers from Dundas, Ontario which is one of the many reasons why they are so awesome. (We love local Canadian makers!)

Stop by and check out the cuteness in person! All Hubbub cards are priced at $6 each, with card sets priced at $25 per piece.

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Letterpressed Card Sets – Stay in Touch in 2016!

January 12, 2016Greeting Cards, Letterpress, Organization, Paper, Stationery

This year, lets resolve to keep in touch.

Important people in your life will feel very loved receiving any of these letter-pressed cards by EggPress, Darling Clementine, & Masako Kubo.

Each pictured card set comes with individual cards & envelopes that are blank inside, ready for your personalized messages!

Looking for a special way to say thanks for all your holiday well wishes? Look no further!

If you are in need of some fancy utensils to get going, check out our Delfonics pen & pencil selection!

All products pictured are available for purchase at our Kensington location, select items available at our Parkdale Outpost.

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EggPress set of 6 – $20

Darling Clementine set of 10 – $25

Masako Kubo set of 10 – $25

Delfonics pencils & pens – $14 each

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Everlovin’ Press – New Stuff!

December 5, 2015Art Prints, Greeting Cards, Holiday Season, Letterpress, Storefront

We have great letterpressed goods from Kingston Ontario based Everlovin’ Press.

ELP_Xmas_set_smChristmas Card Set of 4 letterpress greeting cards w/ envelopes. $18 each. Design by Tom Froese

ELP_prints_sm‘Foodstuffs’ letterpress print, part of the ‘Canadianist’ series. $20 each. Design by Tom Froese
‘Fashion’ letterpress print, part of the ‘Canadianist’ series. $20 each. Design by Katy Dockrill

framedWe have a few ‘Greetings from Canada’ letterpress postcard sets left at our Kensington location. $40 for a set of 10 different postcards. Each postcard is designed by a different Canadian artist.