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1. ETSY - fran wood design

Fran Wood has produced a new range of designs, which she has turned into screen prints, greeting cards and a tea towel. These designs all include simple animal illustrations and patterns influenced by 1970s textile and graphic motifs. The range is called 'Nouveau Animals', as Fran had noticed a strong influence of Art Nouveau during the period - some of which can be seen in her work. All Fran's

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2. STORE SNAPS - george at asda

For today's Friday eye candy we turn to another UK supermarket and look at the latest arrivals in childrenswear by George at Asda. Highlights include tropical prints with pink flamingos, exotic elephants and doodled bows. Available in stores and online here. Also spotted in my local store were a few greetings cards from

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3. CARDS - yours madly

Maddy Nye is the designer behind these striking typographic cards which she creates under the label Yours Madly, Maddy is a freelance graphic designer based in Minneapolis. Featuring colourful condensed type there are twenty one cards in the collection so you are sure to find a word for any occasion. As spotted online here.

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4. CARDS - velvet olive

Black Olive have been publishing beautiful design led greetings cards since 2009. Based in North London they work with talented, contemporary designers, artists and makers. New ranges include Karlotta featuring serene cars and quirky dogs, complimented by bold florals (above) and geometric patterns. Hugo (below) is a new collection for 'Little Tots', and Pink Tambourine is a riot of painterly

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5. CARDS & WRAP - marks and spencer

Today has been all about greetings cards on P&P so we finish with some more designs from Marks & Spencer. Here are a few choice examples from their latest arrivals on cards and wrap.

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6. NEW WORK - sarah walsh

Wonderful artist Sarah Walsh has created a new card line with Studio Ink out this month. It's a fun 10 card collection featuring hand lettering and hand drawn illustrations that were all inspired by the 80's with bubble gum colors, roller skates, pizza, unicorns and neon inks with embossed detail. Sarah also included patterns on the inside of the cards together with a beautiful hand lettered

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7. KIDS DESIGN - a little lovely company

These cute design are all from the Dutch based 'A Little Lovely Company'. The business was founded in 2013 by designers Judith de Ruijter & Nikki Hateley, and it has become known for it's fashionable lightbox lamps which use typography to create messages, names and slogans. Their philosophy is to design products that can make life a little more lovely and their current range includes toys,

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8. CARDS - sarah kelleher

Not Easter cards, but just as fun and colourful are these designs by Sarah Kelleher. Sarah is based in Milton Keynes and has recently decided to follow her dream and create her own collection of products. Currently she has five card ranges available including bright crayon designs on blackboard painterly florals, and a children's collection. Sarah exhibited a PG Live and is currently working on

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9. NEW SEASON - oliver bonas

A new week begins with fresh designs from boutique Oliver Bonas. This UK design led retailer has 51 shops across the country and a lovely online store. New arrivals for Spring Summer 2016 include beautiful packaging on soaps and toiletries, typographic wall art, geometric cushions, painterly greetings cards, and a Memphis style notebook. You can see these items and lots more home and fashion

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10. PAPERCHASE - cards & wrap

And we end the Paperchase review with a look at some the latest greetings cards. Highlights for me included this cute llama design above, colour in cards, and hand drawn calligraphy over painterly background prints.

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11. MOTHER'S DAY 2016 - cath kidston

We continue looking at Mother's Day design with a look at the cards and gifts from Cath Kidston. They have a nice selection of floral cards and very pretty packaging on scented candles, along with a special mum's mug and other items such as stationery, scarves, and make-up bags.

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12. VALENTINE'S 2016 - round-up

This Sunday will be Valentine's Day so with just  a few days left to purchase cards I have collected together a round-up of some of the designs spotted by P&P. First up are these beautiful and romantic designs from Noi Publishing. This sweet designs below are from UK card company - Stop the Clock Designs. These sophisticated and stylish designs below by Postco, Steph Baxter

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13. CARDS - velvet olive

There have been some great new arrivals at Velvet Olive since I last posted about their beautiful cards. This fab UK based publisher has new ranges including the stylish geometrics of Tessellate, Enter Mattern and Neon Nights, colourful animal illustrations from Lucie Sheridan, chic birthday ages in Mint & Gold, and dreamy watercolours in Aquarelle. More new designs are also being launched at

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14. DESIGNER - suzy taylor

Designer Suzy Taylor was born and bred in London but moved to Devon six months ago. Suzy has been a papercutting artist for about ten years but is now changing direction into surface pattern and has just had her first design licensed by Museums & Galleries for wrapping paper for John Lewis and Waterstones (Dragonflies pattern above).  Blank Quilting in the US have also licensed some of her

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15. CARDS - louise tiler

Louise Tiler was showing her latest card designs at Top Drawer in London last week and I couldn't resist showcasing some of her beautiful designs here on P&P. Louise has created a range of cards that is a fabulous mix of very simple typography and bright colourful blooms. Besides her card ranges Louise is also a freelance surface pattern designer from Yorkshire who is now based in Saltaire. She

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16. GREETINGS - lynn giunta + hallmark

I was having a look at Studio Ink from Hallmark again recently and something that really stood out on their blog was the fun work of Lynn Giunta. Lynn is an artist who specialises in hand drawn lettering and has been with Hallmark since leaving the University of Missouri in Columbia thirty one years ago. She is also known as a cut paper guru and loves collage, colours, graphic shapes and

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17. Wrapping paper and cards for book lovers

Some of us might be just a few weeks away from giving a book or two to people we love.

In light of this I’ve been playing around with making some appropriate wrapping paper using images in the public domain available via the British Library Flickr stream.

I had more fun than I should probably admit to in public going through the children’s books which form part of this collection, gathering covers, title pages and frontispieces to use. I then manipulated these images in a vector graphics programme and created a composite file which I uploaded to a couple of different companies offering bespoke wrapping paper.

Here’s my roll of wrapping paper from Spoonflower:



The Spoonflower paper (a roll measuring 26″ x 72″) cost me $13.50 before postage.

Here’s my roll of wrapping paper from Zazzle (using the same images, just organised slightly differently):



The Zazzle paper (a roll measuring 30″ x 72″) cost me £6.66 excluding postage but including a discount as a first time customer.

Neither option was cheap but they are fun wrapping papers, and if I had a special occasion, I’d definitely consider doing this again. I have a slight preference for the Zazzle paper – a matte paper rather than the shiny Spoonflower one, but both are good quality – so much so they could easily be used as posters (or wall paper?!) because they are nice and thick. If I worked in a library or a bookshop I could see how these could be used to make great displays.

Now, if you’ve just a single paperback to wrap, you could print off a couple of sheets of my FREE mini version of the zazzle/spoonflower wrapping paper:


If you right-click and save the (A4) image, you can then print it to use as you wish. Obviously, printing at home means the paper will be thicker than the average wrapping paper, but I’ve found it works fine if you’re wrapping regularly shaped books.

If you’d rather go for some commercially available book-themed wrapping paper you could look out for:


British Library Gift Wrap – wrapping paper featuring manuscripts from Jane Austen, Leonardo da Vinci, William Wordsworth, Christina Rosetti, Samuel Coleridge, Lewis Carroll, John Donne, John Keats, Daniel Defoe, James Joyce, William Blake and the Magna Carta.


The Bodleian does a lovely range of wrapping paper using images of vintage books.


Illustrator Kate Slater has several different designs of wrapping paper available from her online shop.


NoBrow/Flying Eye do a range of wrapping paper using some of their illustrators. My personal favourites are the papers designed by Professor Astro Cat’s illustrator Ben Newman.


Illustrator Hannah George had teamed up with Children on the Edge to create Christmas wrapping paper to raise funds for Syrian refugee children.


Lotta Niemenen’s gift wrap is available from Lagom Design.

And if you’re after cards, maybe you’ll be inspired by these:


I haven’t sent cards at this time of year for a few years now, but what with all the horrible things going on out there in the world at the moment, this year I feel a bit differently and so am sending a few cards to say a special thank you to various folk who have brought brightness to my 2015. I made these cards out of publishers’ catalogues – dead simple (once you get a big hole puncher) and fun to make.


RIGHT. Now I need some books to wrap! Better get off down to the bookshop….

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18. CARDS & WRAP - rosehip

Rosehip have some bold new geo patterns in wrapping paper called dashes and confetti and sweet new cards for children featuring characters such as cats, tigers, and bunny rabbits. Rosehip is a contemporary stationery company based in Bristol which was founded in 2004 by Silkie Lloyd. The products are stocked worldwide by leading department stores, exclusive independent gift boutiques and

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19. CARDS - marks & Spencer

More Marks and Spencer's today with a look at some new arrivals in cards and stationery. I was amazed to see on January 4th that the Valentine's day and Mother's Day Cards were already out on the shelves. But today I am focusing mainly on general everyday new designs including lots of interesting hand drawn lettering. M&S reported some slow sales over the holiday period (mainly in clothing) but

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20. TOP DRAWER - jessica hogarth

Jessica Hogarth is currently exhibiting at Top Drawer in London where she is showcasing new designs including these lovely Sparkle Foiled Cards here. Jessica's greetings and homeware ranges are focused around her textile and surface pattern background. The colour combinations are eye catching and she tries to keep her illustrative style as the focal point of all her design work. Jessica is

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21. PAPER GOODS - abigail warner

Abigail Warner is a luxury stationery and paper goods company who have launched brand new designs at Top Drawer this week. The product range includes notebooks, greetings cards, wrapping paper and desk accessories. Abigail is based in Derby in the UK but has many connections in London where she designs greetings cards for boutiques such Selfridges and Fenwicks. Abigail designs bespoke paper

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22. NEW CARDS - paper salad

These bright new greetings cards are the latest release from UK publisher Paper Salad. Called 'Little Nippers' it is a joyful combination of hand painted characters and vivid neon colours. The collection includes age 1 to 5 for both girls and boys and 14 other fun birthday designs. Also new this season is another bold range 'Kaleidoscope' which is a mix of hand painted geometrics and florals.

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23. CARDS - noi publishing

One of the fab card companies appearing at Top Drawer in London last week was Noi Publishing who were launching their new Spring Summer 2016 ranges. Noi have new birthdays, stationery, kid's and more. Here are my picks from the new collection but you can see the whole selection online here.

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24. CARDS - louise and lygo

Another exhibitor at Top Drawer has been Louise and Lygo.  This Welsh based greetings company is the work of Louise Baker who creates the designs, which use lots of hand drawn typography, and Buick Lygo who works behind the scenes. Louise and Lygo supply stores around the UK, and internationally and showcased their ranges at Top Drawer for the first time. As seen online here and at NOTHS.

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25. DESIGNER - camille medina

Camille Medina is a French illustrator based in the UK. She published her first children's picture book, 'Baby Bubbles and the Rainbows', with author Sue Rowbotham in May 2015, and is currently working on a variety of projects ranging from children’s picture books to illustrations for branded merchandise. Camilles light-hearted illustrations combine digital and traditional techniques, and are

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