This morning’s letter comes from Ashley of A6studios. She sent me some samples of her work that I’ve shown below, and aren’t they lovely? As I’ve mentioned here many times, I love oversized cards — and, at 5.5-by8.5 inches, these spectacular designs featuring Ashley’s hand-painted watercolors combined with really sweet messages definitely fit the bill!

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Ashley’s letter is on her quasi-ink-splattered letterhead (clever!) and reads, in nice even penmanship:

Dear Sarah,

I was introduced to your campaign by a friend of mine, Stephanie Bacon of Emily Elizabeth Paper Boutique. She carries a wonderful array of cards, stationery, etc. in her shop and the greatest thing is that she knows a little something about every card designer. They all seem like family of hers.

I am giddy that you are doing this letter-writing campaign. A handwritten note or card is like receiving a hug in the mail! My daddy traveled the country a lot when I was little and when I got a cards from him, my favorite part was always seeing his handwriting. It made me feel closer to him.

I’ve enclosed a few designs from my own card line. They are carried in Stephanie’s shop, and in my Etsy Shop, A6studios. Each card design has a special story and inspiration behind it. Thank you for giving us “snail mailers” an outlet to share and discover each other.

Sincerely, A.M. Burke


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What a great letter, Ashley, and thanks so much for writing in! I think you are the perfect recipient for several cards from Dani Press. Dani describes her work as a vintage line of travel-inspired accessories, but it is so much more. Her photographs, taken during her meanderings around the globe, are paired with her sometimes pithy, but always wise messages. She describes her work as “cards that could get a tear going in your eye, cards you’d want to give a dude, cards you’d hesitate to give away.” In short, these “aid our collective need to tell people we love exactly how we feel about them.”

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I sure hope you like them, Ashley, and I can’t thank both of you enough for participating in the campaign. I can’t tell a lie — it does take me a while to get letters up here, but I do want everyone reading this blog to participate! It is so easy. Just send me a letter, card or postcard on your favorite paper and tell me what makes it so. My address is: P.O. Box 22133, Beachwood, Ohio 44122. I will share it here, and then send you even more stationery for your efforts.

Meanwhile, the box of goodies to send my correspondents just keeps growing. And to anyone else who is interested in donating, please reach out — I definitely want to hear from you!


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