Male cards are notoriously difficult to design, so it was such a lovely news for us that our recently released male range Great Times just flew off the shelves…both ours and of our great retail customers.
So, I have been very busy designing some additions to that range and we have now released more than 40 NEW designs. Plenty of bold black typography and copper metallic keep the range fresh, on trend and striking. The designs cover milestone birthdays, family relations, additional open birthdays and open caption ‘Dad’ cards.
Naturally, all our cards are designed and manufactured in England.
Our retail customers get a sneak peek with our newsletter updates. If you are new to us and think your customers would love our cards, please make sure you get in touch. If require paper catalogue and a sample card, just let us know and we will be happy to send one.
I know people always love the stories behind the names (well, I do), so I will try to give you a glimpse of how it all started.
For me, greeting cards were meant to get something out of my system. With enough retail experience to know that lacking design credentials and technical knowledge would give very limited legs to my venture I set plan A to go to the Ladder Club (I mentioned this Club back in one of my posts), so I would get design help, then do a trade show and put it all to bed. That plan massively failed as I’ve later learnt that the Ladder Club doesn’t actually help with design critique and was fully booked up when I did my query. So, I did that first trade show (Top Drawer) anyway, which surprisingly turned out brilliant. I had to quickly come up with plan B, which I am still working on. My husband keeps me sane and helps a lot with admin, IT and at trade shows. He passes expert opinion on new designs, so when he doesn’t like something I know it’ll sell well.
Nowadays, I learn a lot about design from You Tube videos, reading online magazines like Moyo, from fellow publishers in the greeting card industry, the Ladder Club and spend reasonable time on visual platforms like Instagram and Pinterest.
My designs style has changed over the years and this year I am hitting the spot with what is closer to me. I have some contemporary birds with metallic, which proves to be very popular with buyers.
I keep the best bits from my previous life as a Business Mentor at The Prince’s Trust and occasionally have meetings/invited talks with entrepreneurs at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at Leicester College. I say/fool to myself that all this keeps me young.
Last but not least, cheers to plan B. It often turns out to be plan A.
Hope this inspires you to go on and make your plan B a very successful one.
Autumn Fair is another ‘first time’ trade show for us this year. We will be at NEC, Birmingham from 04-07 September 2016.
For those who have never visited the show, it is a show to mark ‘near end’ of the trade buying season. It is a great opportunity for retailers to do last minute stock up on gifts and cards before the all important Christmas season.
We will be launching new seasonal ranges with never seen before designs, all based on the ever popular everyday range Bijoux. If you have not had the chance to view the range in person, please come along, you won’t be disappointed. Selected best-selling designs from other successful everyday ranges will be on show too.
Bijoux Christmas is not your average ‘red and glitter’ greeting card. It is elegant, glamorous and understated as it’s illustrations are monochrome and accentuated with gold paint, pink neon love hearts, unique cup floral jewels and organza bows.
Due to the success of the everyday Bijoux range we have added Bijoux Spring. With abundance of flowers, birds and lots Spring Season symbols, there’s surely something for everybody at Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter.
We proudly hand-illustrate, print and hand-finish our cards in England. Our FSC approved boards are from England and Italy and we pack our cards with envelopes from Yorkshire.
We would like to invite you to visit us on stand 4D26 to view the new ranges and take advantage of our show offer, which free delivery on all orders placed at the show. If you can’t make it, please get in touch for your trade catalogue and complimentary card .
See you at the show.
We are excited to be exhibiting for the first time at PG Live, London, 10-11 May 2016.
Earlier in the year we launched 2 NEW ranges Cockatoo and Bijoux as well as expanded the popular Garden range. All ranges have distinctive looks to entice customers curiosity and delight their design senses. The sales performance of all new designs surpassed all our expectations, so if you have not had the chance to view them in person, please come along.
Cockatoo is inspired by lush tropical foliage and flowers, exotic birds and colourful cocktails, which together with bronze and red neon paint dots keeps the range hugely on trend.
Bijoux is elegant, glamorous and understated as it’s illustrations are monochrome and accentuated with gold paint, pink neon hearts, unique cup floral jewels and organza bows. We have been delighted to see the range appear in the latest issue of Progressive Greetings magazine.
Garden is what we all love – a good time in our beloved gardens, so think of chicken, sheds, deck chairs and lots of blooms on the cards. To elevate the celebratory look we have hand-finished the cards with polka dot bows and cup flower jewels.
We will naturally have all best-sellers on show as well as our Christmas ranges. We proudly hand-illustrate, print and hand-finish our cards in England. Our FSC approved boards are from England and Italy and we pack with envelopes from Yorkshire.
We would like to invite you to visit us on stand 756 to view the new ranges and take advantage of our show offers. If you can’t make it, all ranges are downloadable from our website and available directly from us.
There is an extra reason to visit the show – you can meet me in person and you can also read what I have been up to before the cards in the interview I gave for the latest issue of Progressive Greetings Magazine.
See you at the show.
Spring Fair is just around the corner and we will be launching 60 new designs at the weekend. It is the biggest trade show in the UK and hosts 300000 products from 3000 exhibitors and 64000 visitors attend it every Spring. It is where the planning for the year ahead happens.
We will be showcasing never seen before designs from three different ranges. First one is our new range Cockatoo, which we have been delighted to have been featured in Progressive Greetings. page 119. We are tapping on the tropical trend and it features parrots, flamingos, cocktails and tropical flowers and has true summer feel. The first 20 designs are across everyday and popular occasion captions. All designs are hand-illustrated and hand-finished with cup flower jewels and polka dot bows. We proudly design and hand-finish our cards here in England. The cards are 145 mm square and wrapped in rib craft envelopes and cello bags.
Then, we have our glamorous and chic range Bijoux. The monochrome line work features hand-illustrated elegant designs of fashion shoes, posh teacups, champagne flutes. The artwork is accentuated with gold paint and hand-finished with colourful cup flower jewels and organza bows. The 20 designs are across everyday and popular occasion captions. All cards are competitively priced to delight your customers. The cards are 145 mm square and individually wrapped in gold envelopes and cello bags.
And at last, we have expanded our popular Garden range with 20 new everyday and occasion captions, featuring chicken, sheep, birds and abundance of colourful garden blooms. All designs are hand-illustrated and hand-finished with cup flower jewels and polka dot bows. The cards are 145 mm square, wrapped in rib craft envelopes and cello bags.
We have undergone the mighty task to totally revamp our product shots and the catalogue. As such, more that 250+ designs have been re-shot and re-touched and we are really pleased with the result. You can download the ranges when you click here and if you require trade prices or paper catalogues and a sample, please get in touch.
We would also like to invite you to visit us at Spring Fair so you can see the cards in the flesh and there would be all best-sellers too. So, if you are at the show come and see us on stand 3W18. If anything, we will have chocolate to top up your sugar levels and keep you going those long miles at the NEC.
We look forward meeting you and doing business with you.