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Letterpress Wedding Invitations and Art Prints

Letterpress Wedding Invitations and Art Prints

Long time no see, friends! It’s about time we updated you on our comings and goings, don’t you think? We’ve been busy planning our holiday cards, as well as with some fun custom work.

Birmingham AL wedding invitations letterpress

These two-color art prints were printed for a family who love dandelions using the colors of their home. We love how delicate the dandelion artwork turned out!

Birmingham AL wedding invitations letterpress

We were also thankful to be approached by the ever-talented Kristen of Pen Meet Paper. Kristen needed someone to print her wedding invitations, and we were more than happy to help! Not only did we get the chance to work with Kristen’s lovely hand-lettering, but we got to print in a color that reminded us of UNC blue (as Tar Heels, we didn’t need any more reason to like that!).

Birmingham AL wedding invitations letterpress

Kristen paired them with a beautiful monogram.

Birmingham AL wedding invitations letterpress

(image from Kristen’s Instagram)

Birmingham AL wedding invitations letterpress

We don’t do much custom work, so any time we get to work with people on something special, it’s always so much fun. We’re diving into holiday work now, so stay tuned for more news!


the Happy Penguin team

Happy Birthday, Happy Penguin!

Happy Birthday, Happy Penguin!

Today, this dear Penguin of ours turns two. It’s hard to believe that two years have passed since we opened our doors, but here we are. We’re ever so thankful, too.



We’ve grown from a little place that sold a few cards on Etsy to being carried in one of our favorite local stores (Three Sheets, Homewood, AL), our local West Elm, Front & Co. in Vancouver, and just this week, The Paper Project in Australia. We never saw this coming!



So to celebrate, we’re releasing a new card and art print in three colors featuring a quote by the Avett Brothers. Appropriate, don’t you think? Celebrate with us: All orders today get 25% off and a special gift! Use code HAPPYTURNSTWO.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for making these first two years so wonderful for us. We couldn’t do it without your support, and it means the world to us.

Much love,

Ashley and Bryan

Happy Penguin Celebrates One Year!

Happy Penguin Celebrates One Year!



Who would have thought, but time has flown. Today marks our first birthday! We can’t believe where a year has brought us…

…97 Etsy sales
…a visit to the Ladies of Letterpress conference in beautiful Asheville, NC, in August 2012
buying our own press!
…mentions on countless blogs such as Fellow Fellow, The Petit Cadeau, Discover Paper, and Oh So Beautiful Paper, to name a few
…a shout-out on Southern Living magazine’s Facebook page and blog
…which led to printing something for the magazine’s March issue!

And now, we turn one. Any one year old knows that one is a very big year, and Happy is hoping that the same will be true for us. We couldn’t have made it this far without those who have supported us—you! So from the bottoms of our hearts…

birthday3As an added bonus (and because as much as we really want to bake you a cake to celebrate with us, that’s hard to do over the Internet), we’re giving you a little something extra: 25% off! (Use code “HappyTurnsOne” when you check out.) And right in time for some new work (greeting cards! an art print! baby announcements!!) that we’re launching next week! I know, I know, our squeals are kind of annoying. But we’re excited, and we just can’t help ourselves.

Thanks again for making our first year so special!


Busy Bees

Busy Bees

If you follow us on Instagram, then you already know how busy we’ve been lately printing our new cards for spring. Here’s a peek into our world the past few weeks. (And if you’d like to start following us, we’re at “happypenguinpress.” See you there!)

Picture 6Late-night inventory fun.

Picture 5 New art print.

Picture 3

Messy ink mixing.

Picture 4The “to be completed” stack.

Color Crush


It’s no secret that we love the color blue around here. From one of the first cards we printed (above) to our collaboration with Meme Davis (below), we somehow always find ourselves back at blue (and its cousin, green) when we’re printing.


We’ve made a conscious effort lately not to fight this urge. We want our work to be contemporary but speak true to us, and heck, there’s no denying that we like muted colors around here. (You probably won’t be surprised to learn that the color palette of our studio and home are very similar to our cards.)

So when I found a fun Tumblr site today called Pantone Solid Uncoated—basically a catalog of Pantone shades—I had to laugh when I kept opening the same shade of blue at different times, all without realizing it.

from Pantone Solid Uncoated on Tumblr
from Pantone Solid Uncoated on Tumblr

Now, Bryan would argue that this shade isn’t blue per se. It’s green. I’d argue that it’s both, a blue-green tone that reminds me of my childhood in San Diego, probably because it evokes the sea. It’s cheery and bright without being overbearing. It can be green to Bryan and blue to me, and we can agree to disagree about it. We’re like that with colors. Like our design tastes, decorating tastes, and even our tastes in food, we’re constantly evolving. Who knows, maybe a few years from now we’ll try on something more bold, a la Kate Spade, and surprise you with a whole new color shade of choice.

What about you? Got any colors you’re hooked on? We’d love to hear!

Discover Paper + Holiday Cards

If you haven’t heard yet, we have two new holiday cards available in our shop.

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The first card, our nod toward the beloved holiday book T’was the Night Before Christmas, features the line “and to all a good night” in navy ink on Crane’s 110 lb. cotton Lettra paper. A second run through the press dots the card with blind debossed stars for a textural touch. Like much of our current work, the stars are drawn by hand and (we think) perfectly imperfect.

The second card is a sentimental favorite. The line drawing is based on a photograph Bryan took while we visited friends for Thanksgiving one year. They took us to a reindeer sanctuary, and it was such a neat experience. The card was printed on Crane’s Lettra with a beautiful blue-green ink. I can’t help but think of our trip and its memories every time I see it!

We’re also excited to announce that we’re going to be a part of Discover Paper’s 2012 Holiday Guide! Last year’s guide got over 100,000 visitors during November and December! The guide is released on November 1, 2012, and we urge you to check it out for lots of wonderful holiday inspiration and cheer. Stay tuned for more details!