Earlier this week I wrote about Katie Leamon and the British invasion occuring in American stationery. I experienced a bit of that when this stylish Royal Mail envelope, postmarked Bristol, arrived in my post office box.

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Inside, the postcard, printed on heavy textured stock, with “Nice to meet you” printed on front, reads:

Dear Sarah,

Over here at CardNest, we’re loving your letter writing campaign — so much so that I wanted to write you to donate the enclosed cards! They’re blank on the inside and are eager to be sent out! Hope whoever receives them enjoys using them!

Love, David at CardNest

Thank you so much for sending these adorable cards my way, David! CardNest is a subscription service, with a mission of helping people reconnect with their loved ones, but without the rush inherent in so many lifestyles.

“We find ourselves constantly trying to keep up,” reads their enclosed mission statement — which could really be the mission statement for TPC’s letter-writing campaign. “We’re plagued by notifications, and until we reply, we can’t shake that niggling feeling. So we reply while we’re on the bus, eating dinner or just before we go to sleep. We may have ticked something off the list, but how much feeling has gone into sending that message? We’re distracted and not really paying much attention. We want to to encourage people to take time to start writing to each other again and nurturing their special relationships rather than seeing it as a chore.”

Subscribers to receive three exclusively designed greetings cards every month by independent artists from across the globe — and there is an international membership for £10/month (about $12.55). You can stop or start anytime.

Here are the vibrant cards they graciously donated, they come wrapped in a bellyband with a bit of info about each artist. From the top left hand corner, they’re Blanca Gómez (from Madrid!), Anna Hurley (from San Francisco) and Jacqui Lee (from Calgary). They are all too cute!

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Any new venture can use a bit of luck, so I’ll be sending David this set of four fabulously foiled cards from Reyn Paper Co. I love the foil touches and the printing on back.

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Thank you both so much for your generosity! Now, do you want some free stationery swag? Then send me a letter, card or postcard on your favorite paper (which is most likely gathering dust) 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. And to anyone else who is interested in donating, please reach out — I definitely want to hear from you too!

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