12.06.2010

giveaway: armato design

If I could get married all over again, I'd take Amy Armato to be my stationer. Her Minneapolis-based graphic design + letterpress business is nothing but eye candy--beautiful papers and modern designs with a touch of whimsy. She creates the most lovely cards for each one of life's celebrations, from weddings to babies, and all of the regular old holidays in between. Much of her work is custom + customizable, tailored specifically to her clients' unique tastes. Plus she strives to keep her studio as eco-friendly as possible. Enough said.
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Right now Armato Design is stocked up with the most elegant and festive of holiday cards. (I must admit the portable mistletoe is my personal fav.) I'm so excited to share that Amy is generously giving away a 6-pack of each of these Christmas cards to TWO lucky readers. In math terms, that's 3 beautiful designs x 6 packs of each = 18 cards x 2 winners. Got it!? The giveaway ends Friday 12/10, at which point I will randomly select & announce the two winners. Please pop back to see if you've won!

There are 4 chances to enter this giveaway and drop the prettiest letterpress cards in the mail this year:

1. Leave a comment below sharing your favorite pre-Christmas activity.

2. Blog, tweet, or facebook this giveaway and leave a separate comment stating you did so.

3. Visit Armato Design's shop and leave an additional comment telling your favorite design.

4. Like Armato Design & Press on Facebook.
PLUS: this week everyone is a winner because you can use coupon code SwellLife
to receive 20% off in the Armato Design & Press etsy shop for the rest of December!

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Q|A with Amy Armato:


1. Tell us a little about your creative process.
My creative process is dictated by research and my clients. A lot of talking, thinking, sketching and retooling.

2. Describe your perfect day.
I'm up early in a quiet house, coffee in had and no fires to put out. Just me and the task at hand whether it be blogging, marketing, designing. Then I have breakfast with my family followed by more work. The afternoon would be spent getting inspired either by another person or a new place or talking shop with another creative. It ends with a feeling of accomplishment and nothing hanging over my head.

3. What is the most challenging thing about running your business?
The money stuff and finding time for marketing. If I could just design and blog I'd be a happy camper.

4. We love how fresh and creative your designs are. Where do you find your inspiration?
My designs largely come from my art history back ground and my love of juxtapostion. So I love vintage artwork mixed with modern sentiments, typography, etc. I am also continually inspired by my clients and their interests.

5. Where can we find more of your work?
web | armatodesign
etsy | armatodesign.etsy.com,
blog |the wedding phile

36 comments:

Hilary said...

Favorite pre-Christmas activity: making cookies! My mom and sister came to visit for the weekend, and we had so much fun making and decorating cookies.

Alivia said...

So beautiful!!

Jill Turner said...

My favorite pre-Christmas activity is wrapping gifts. I love to make them really pretty. XO Jill

Jill Turner said...

I love them all, but I especially love the "Partridge, Pear, Tree" cards. I'm a sucker for stationary...

Jill Turner said...

Just liked them on FB! So awesome!

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amanda fay said...

One of my favorite pre-christmas activities is driving around looking at lights. It seems that growing up, there were quite a few more houses who put out lights so this year we're trying a few outdoor light set-ups. :-)

amanda fay said...

Oh, and I "liked" them on Facebook!

Jenny said...

My favorite pre-Christmas activity is making lefse with my mom on Christmas Eve morning while listening to the Christmas Story being read on public radio.

Jenny said...

I posted a link on my facebook!

Jenny said...

My favorite design is the Rudolph letter press

P.S. I also "liked" this on facebook

Sourkraut said...

My favorite activity is baking before Christmas. And then eating, of course!

Sourkraut said...

From the shop I love the Rudolph letterpress design.

a midwestern belle said...

My favorite activity to prepare for Christmas is wrapping gifts and decorating the tree!

a midwestern belle said...

I just 'liked' Amy's shop on Facebook!

a midwestern belle said...

The "Hello Tree" cards are my favorite on her Etsy shop. Simple but oh so cute!

Rosemariee said...

my favorite Christmas-time activity is baking cookies- all different kinds!

bethany said...

Such cute stuff!

Fav pre-christmas activity: chopping down a tree. Does it get better than cold, sappy, messy goodness? :)

Rosemariee said...

i love the Merry Wishes Card from the shop!

Natacha said...

My favorite pre-Christmas activity is making wreaths with the family made out of paper.

Natacha said...

I have liked them on FB too.

Liv said...

I love decorating Christmas cookies, but I only ever want to eat about three of them.

Also, I must watch White Christmas every year, it's my favorite holiday film.

Lillian said...

Favorite pre-Christmas activity is getting up the tree and all of the decorations - so much fun and so festive!

Lillian said...

LOOOOOooooOOOOve the sweet portable mistletoe design:)

Lillian said...

Liked on FB, too!

Amanda said...

Favorite pre-Christmas activity: decorating the house! Just did it tonight and it was so much fun!

Amanda said...

I've got to go with: Merry Wishes as my pick.

Amanda said...

I just "liked" on Facebook.

Meg said...

my favorite prechristmas activity is cuddling on the couch watching christmas movies with my husband and puppy!

Holly said...

Favorite pre-christmas activity: Visiting Balboa Park and all the international houses during December Nights. It's also one of the few times I can wear a hat and gloves in San Diego.

Chelle said...

A favorite pre-Christmas activity of mine is Cristmas Crafting!

Also, how darling are the portable Mistletoe card!

On Second Street said...

i love decorating the house. Well, I love it all actually, the baking, wrapping, shopping, giving. it is my favorite time of year.

On Second Street said...

and i am having a hard time picking, but I love the mistletoe and the Victorian Thank-you's.

Brook said...

Beautiful stationary. Our favorite pre Christmas activity is baking cookies and decorating them Christmas eve for Santa.

{Jenna Lou} said...

Amy's Stuff is charming. My favorite Christmas activity is sitting by the Christmas tree playing Eye-Spy. It's something I've done since childhood and just a fun simple way to start an evening.

Nikki said...

Favorite pre-Christmas activity: Baking cookies. And taste-testing them, of course. ;-)