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Viva Greetings: Bilingual Fabulousness Giveaway

Submitted by on August 23, 2010 – 8:28 am22 Comments

This giveaway is now closed.
Sandra, you are the winner!
Everyone else, thanks for trying!

A Tiki Tiki Giveaway for You!

You know, I have a thing for roosters, chickens and fowl. I raised funky guinea hens for two years — until some four-footed bandit wiped out my flock this summer. Pero, as Marta says, that’s another story.

So, imagine the joy in my fowl-loving heart when I saw the bright red and yellow rooster card from Viva Greetings. I love him. Love him double because he’s a Spanish-speaker!

The gallo is from the collection of Viva Greetings, designed and owned by Carla Fonseca, a Mexicana who lives in Atlanta.

Carla prints on an old letterpress she loves, but also does offset printing and iris folding. The product line also includes a set of pan dulce magnets, tongs included. The card designs include colorful birthday and holiday cards, funny pick-up lines, awesomely colorful luchadores, and gift wrap.

It is all is designed to speak to our love of Latin culture and color.

The Viva Greetings letterpress.

To learn more about Viva Greetings, Carla answered a few questions for us:

When did you start your business?
It has been my brainchild ever since I can remember. I think I have been preparing for this all of my life. After many hardships, finally it all started coming together this year. Viva Greetings is 3-months-old. It was officially created in February and launched this past May.

What is your background?
I have a Graphic Design Degree from a university in Mexico City. I have worked for major newspapers & magazines in several positions ranging from Graphic Editor to Art Director. In 2001 I moved from Mexico to the US and worked as a freelancer where I was fortunate enough to have major companies as my clients. During those years I also launched several companies, which include a craft studio and a marketing company geared toward the Latino community along with a newspaper, a real estate magazine and an auto magazine.

What inspires you?
My children, my heritage, mi Mexico, beautiful and simple products.
Tell me about your letterpress. I know you must love it!
¡Muchísimooooo! I am very fortunate to have found a very old printer in the midst of closing. It has hundreds if not thousands of very old and unique wood and lead-type blocks. I just lose myself in there for hours. I create all my designs on site. Then I just print away.

Is this a full-time venture?
Not yet, but hopefully it will soon be. It is my passion, but as a single mom of two boys, a bilingual and multicultural education for them is my top priority. Therefore, I still maintain a full-time job to pay for their education.

What are your plans for Viva Greetings?
I want Viva Greetings to be a leader in the Latino bicultural-bilingual community of social expression.

What is your best-selling design?
Depende. The “pan dulce magnets” are a hit amongst Latinas; on the other hand, we have the “Te quiero,” “Besos,” “Hola” cards in letterpress that are popular as well. These are sought-after by people who are familiar with  common phrases in Spanish but may not be bilingual. The one design that seems to stand out for everyone is the “Hola” with the rooster on it probably because of its design and color.

Do people request designs?
Yes! I have gotten requests for everything you can imagine. The one thing that stands out is a request from a girl who was married to a Mexican. She asked me to design about 12 words to be framed to put in her “cantina”. Some of the words were just hilarious (Rated R)!

What feedback have you gotten?
I have gotten great responses. “Cute,” “clever”, “kitschy”, “cool.” The last comment that captured my attention was  ”Hallmark just didn’t get it, but Viva Greetings does.”  That I definitely GOT!

The Giveaway:

Carla will send one lucky Tiki Tiki-er a half-dozen assortment pack of Viva Greetings. All you have to do is visit her site, fall in love with a design or two and come back and tell us what you like.

Contest closes at midnight CST, August 28, 2010. The winner must have a valid United States mailing address.

And, here’s an instant freebie for all: Viva Greetings has free Spanish e-cards. Que cool, si?

Disclosure: The Tiki Tiki received a sample pack of Viva Greetings cards. Any personal statements are made honestly and ethically.

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22 Comments »

  • Marcela says:

    I’m in love with the “sweet notecard set”! SO great to see Latina entrepreneurs!
    Marcela´s last [fabulousness] ..All dressed up

  • Holly C. says:

    I love the spicy christmas card, so cute!

  • LaFeoFern says:

    I love the “eres un bombon” and the “que pasa” with the luchador. I am fascinated by the luchadores and that whole cultura loca. Bueno, all the designs are incredible…frankly, I loved them all! Besos!

  • Janet says:

    Absolutely LOVE “Bombón” and “Hello Luchas”!!!!
    She has some really creative designs ;)

  • I love these unique note cards for their dramatic color and design. My favorites are Hot Gallo and Que Burro. It would be very cheery to get one of these in the mail from a good friend.
    Frances O’Cherony Archer´s last [fabulousness] ..Basketball At Home and Away

  • Just visited the website! I love the colors, the designs, and, of course, the fact that I can give these cards to mami, who still doesn’t quite speak English fluently (and that’s quite OK with me), or give them to my kids and husband, who I want them to learn/speak Spanish. A perfect set of cards for a bilingual family!

    Angelica

  • Tessa says:

    The colors are fabulous! I also love the love notes. Being in a bilingual family, I appreciate the translations too.

    As a pick me up, my girlfriend gave me the Besos cards. They were so precious!

  • Kim Phillips says:

    Love the bold colors and graphics, but mostly love the mix of Spanish and English!

  • Maura says:

    I’ve become somewhat famous among my group of friends for creating my own embossed cards in Spanish because I was mad I couldn’t find any that I liked here in Gringolandia. At my wedding shower, one of the favors we gave out was little packs of cards I’d created and they were a huge hit. I love recycled or textured papers, letterpress (blame it on my love for old newspaper plates) or embossed letters, colorful envelopes and of course, all things Mexican. When I first saw Viva’s cards thanks to a link from a friend, I fell in love. From Mexico City and a woman who loves stationery? I didn’t need to know anything else to support this business! A few of my favorite items: the QUE PASA and HOLA cards with the luchadores, the taxi, and the BESITOS letterpress card because I’d love to send those to my amigas. And how cute are the pan dulce magnets? Quiero todo! I’m glad to know she also takes custom orders. Would love to see them do a card that says “a poco” – that’d definitely get giggles and questions of “where’d you get that?!” from my friends. Thanks for the opportunity to win some of these fantastic cards!
    Maura´s last [fabulousness] ..We’re busy polishing the silver…

  • jackie says:

    Cute! I love “Besitos and Gracias” cards :)

  • Sandra says:

    I looooved the Miss you mucho cards! So cute and so perfect :) I also loved the pick up line cards. She has wonderful stuff and can’t wait to order some and start using them. Thanks for sharing the link!

  • maya escobar says:

    I LOVE letterpress. In grad school I spent hours upon hours in the letterpress studio. There is something so magically delicious about the “Pickup Line Cards.” Clearly this is the perfect throwback format for those classic statements, “¿Crees en el amor a primer vista o quieres que vuelva a pasar?” The Spanish/English translation only adds to their humor!

    Bravo Carla! And I agree, ”Hallmark just didn’t get it, but Viva Greetings does.” is the best feedback out of the lot!
    maya escobar´s last [fabulousness] ..If you support Prop 8 and-or SB 1070 un-friend me on facebook

  • Monica says:

    The pan dulce magnets are adorable!!

    But I love, love, love the Día de los Muertos card on her home page (the middle one). I couldn’t find it in the shop, though.
    Monica´s last [fabulousness] ..GIVEAWAY- BLINGuals Illustrated Flash Cards

  • Anonymous says:

    Twitter Trackbacks…

  • Lourdes says:

    I Love love love tanto tanto tanto the Pink Flower Feliz Cumplecards – but also adoro the “besitos” cards

  • Melissa B. says:

    Hot Gallo is my favorite.

  • John S says:

    I liked the halloween cards and the que burro cards. Also, the colors were great. Thanks for the chance.

  • Melanie says:

    I like the Hello World card, and many many others!

  • Chrysa says:

    I like the flower power birthday card!
    Chrysa´s last [fabulousness] ..Save 1 on Revlon Nail Enamel – Printable Coupon

  • Rrr says:

    Spicy Christmas card is my favorite. I have many Spanish speaking friends.

  • Sand says:

    I like the Luchador Notecard Set & Hot Gracias.

  • Gianna says:

    Watermelon