These greeting cards play with their food

E. Frances Paper of Newport, RI creates food-centric greeting cards.Handout

E. Frances Paper greeting cards have a nostalgic note. There are hundreds of designs, and dozens are food-centric with charming illustrations and witty, poignant messages. Sisters Ali Flippin and Jenni Laundon, along with their cousin Emily Roberts, founded the Newport, RI company, which they named after the sisters’ grandmothers, Elizabeth and Frances, and work out of a renovated garage. The trio reflect to evoke the text, dreaming of personal experiences. Flippin, who studied at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, creates the images that start out as original hand-painted watercolors. “It’s great to have a sister who paints exactly what you imagine,” says Laundon. No doubt the sayings will make you smile: “I wish the cake passed instead of time. Happy birthday” “You have my heart. Happy Valentine’s Day,” says an artichoke. “Good buns,” says a card with two kissing hot dogs. “You make my heart beat.” Printed on sturdy, textured card stock, the inside is blank to write your own sentiment. Throughout COVID, Laundon says, their business skyrocketed as people felt disconnected and isolated and reached out by sending greeting cards. “It feels good to know that someone got a sweet and happy card in the mailbox,” she says. “That could make your day.” ($5 each). Available from Trident Booksellers, 338 Newbury St., Boston, 617-267-8688; Calliope Paperie, 1 N. Main St., Natick, and others, or go to


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