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1. PAPERCHASE - cards

Also snapped at  Paperchase I found lots of great new cards in what must surely be the best card store in London. Above and below are  designs from Jane Ormes and then two florals from Hannah Pontin both published by The Art Press.  Below : And two lovely florals from Rachel Cave for Black Olive. Below :  New designs from Caroline Gardner featuring Cats & Dogs and Circus

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2. The Hallmark Conspiracy

I hate greeting cards. Oh sure, I’ve been touched by the sentimental commercials. Maybe I shed a tear, maybe not. But they didn’t inspire to me buy a card or like them.

The only cards that resonate with me are blank cards. In this day and age, if someone takes the time to write their own thoughts out and mail it – that is a treasure.

What greeting cards really say in their flourishing font is: “I’m lazy!”

Write this in your card: “I was too lazy to set a few minutes aside to put my own thoughts into words, so here are some prepackaged, canned, inauthentic thoughts that a wanna-be romance writer who hasn’t shaved in weeks and smokes big cigars in Spokane thought were relevant just for you, my sweetest. Please say ‘Awwwww’ and kiss me.”

Frankly, greeting cards are disingenuous at best.


When I was a kid, they were just speed bumps to the present. Oh sure, I would pretend to read them on my way to disemboweling the wrapping paper that stood between me and the gift. I liked the ones Aunt Eunice would underline so I could skip most of the words – kind of a cliff notes version. Later in life, she began underlining every word, including the price and printing information – which made it less helpful. Of course, by then she was wrapping up ten year-old toasters and place mats for presents, so haste was less of a concern.

Just because you are paranoid does not mean they are not out to get you

-Henry Kissinger

Greeting cards and I have a turbulent history. Since I am negatively disposed against them, they do their best to shame me at every turn. Instead of bowing to their convenience and paying the price, I try to take the time to write personal notes, especially to my lovely wife. But there are instances when I run out of time and am forced to rush into the store and get one. When this happens, I treat it like a commando raid – rush in, select the victim, and get out before anyone gets hurt. I choose based on color and frill, often neglecting  to check the sentiment inside – time is what I lack, anyway. With that method, it is pretty easy to stay away from sympathy and get-well cards, but sometimes (okay, most of the time), the sentiment of my selection doesn’t match the occasion or is age inappropriate. That is where The Hallmark Conspiracy comes in.

Take this week. This week marked her birthday. I had a great present in advance, but completely forgot the stupid card until the day of. So I put on my camo, blacked my eyes and descended upon the grocery store. Although every fiber of my cheap being steered me to the 99¢ rack, I’ve been warned about those and went all out – $3.99! I found the birthday section, saw one with a cute little boy and girl on it and dashed out of the store.

Here is what I got:


Hastily altered in the driveway – think she noticed?


Mis-shelved! The card was mis-shelved! I swear I was in the birthday section!

Swine greeting cards!!!!!!

Someday society will truly be paperless and I won’t have to deal with these verbose phonies. Until then, I’ll shred a few in effigy and steer clear of the aisle altogether.

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3. Marks & Spencer - extra finds

Whilst I was on the Marks & Spencer website I thought I would pick out a few other items that caught my eye for the interesting prints & patterns. Here are some bits and pieces from stationery, cards, and home.

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4. CARDS - angie spurgeon

Angie Spurgeon is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Somerset. Angie loves to create cheerful, pretty greetings cards, stationery and gift wrap. Her work is inspired by British heritage, humour and nostalgia, some of my greetings card and gift wrap designs can be found in high street shops including some branches of Waterstones & National Trust shops as well as lots of lovely

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5. CARDS - emma frances designs

Emma Hawman of Emma Frances Designs has recently brought out a new greetings card collection which is available for wholesale and for retail on Etsy. The cards are printed on beautifully thick, FSC certified, matt style card stock to give them a luxurious look and feel

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6. CARDS - ashley thomas

Designer Ashley Thomas, best known for her work with Debenhams, has a new range of greeting cards, which are available on her website. With hand-painted florals, sweet sentiments and hand-drawn patterns, they are printed on a textured card from sustainably managed forests. These any occassion cards are blank inside and come with a brown kraft paper envelope,They are perfect for almost any

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7. NEW WORK - paul farrell

Bloom is the new series of six greeting card designs by Paul Farrell featuring stylised flowers. Paul will also launch a 'Summertime' collection when he exhibits at Unlimited in Brighton from the 4th- 26th July. Paul's cards are available for wholesale and can also be bought online here. Below : Also exhibiting in Brighton alongside Paul next month will be his partner Lucie

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8. CARDS - shirley copperwhite

Shirley Copperwhite is a designer and illustrator based in County Dublin, Ireland. Last month Shirley exhibited for the second time at PG Live in London, where she launched new card designs in the 'Artists Quarter' section. Here are a selection of Shirley's card designs for which she would welcome any trade orders. For more you can visit Shirley's portfolio website or find her cards on Society6

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9. CARDS - marks & spencer pt.1

As we have been looking mostly at greetings cards this week it seemed appropriate for the Friday eye candy to feature card designs. These were all spotted in Marks & Spencer and have some great touches such as neon pink, cool geometrics, sketchy animals, and above bold booms.

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10. CARDS - marks & Spencer pt.2

There were so many greetings card designs that caught my eye while in Marks & Spencer that i needed to create another post...... Read the rest of this post

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11. CARDS - noi publishing

One of my favourite card companies is Noi Publishing which is the work of Tracy Francis, a designer based in Farnham, Surrey. Since I last featured Noi Tracy has created lots more beautiful designs including fab typography and graphic flowers, and gorgeous painterly romantic florals. Here are a selection of new arrivals including a bold geometric wrap and a sample from Noi's lastest kids

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12. FATHER'S DAY - john lewis

P&Ps coverage of Father's Day continues with a look at greetings cards spotted on the John Lewis website. As you would imagine they have some colourful designs from Caroline Gardner as well as cute bears from Paperhouse and collages from Paper Rose.

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13. FATHER'S DAY - wilko

Next up I always manage to find contemporary card designs in Wilko and their Father's Day collection didn't disappoint. The illustrations are usually on trend and the prices are keen.... Read the rest of this post

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14. CARDS - wilko

And whilst I was in Wilko I though I would take a look at some of their other everyday and birthday designs.

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15. FATHER'S DAY - marks & spencer

Sunday 15th June will be Father's Day in Britain, Ireland, The USA, Canada, France, and many more countries around the world. The UK High Street offers a wide variety of Father's Day cards and this selection is from Marks & Spencer. They have some smart contemporary designs with something for all ages.

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16. PAPERCHASE - alphabet cards

Fans of typography will be pleased to see these Alphabet cards from Paperchase. There are 26 designs in the range each in a different font, style, or pattern from super modern to retro and decorative. All the cards are blank inside making them suitable for all kinds of uses. 

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17. CARDS - ilona drew this

At last months PG Live show in London last month I Drew This introduced two new ranges to her catalogue. The first is collection is Hubba Hubba, a 1970s inspired colourful kids range full of cute animal characters and sweet sentiment. The second, Flower Power, is a bold and beautiful floral still life birthday range of 12 designs with co-ordinating blank notepads, printed onto softly textured 

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18. KIDS DESIGN - ketchup on everything

These cute animal cards have a fun vintage flavour and are from Kay Vincent the designer behind the label Ketchup on Everything. I first came across the brand when compiling the Print & Pattern Kids book in which Ketchup on Everything feature. Kay studied an MA in Printed Textiles at The Royal College of Art in London and besides creating her own range of cards, posters, and placemats at

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19. CARDS - jessica hogarth

Designer Jessica Hogarth launched her new card range Jazz, Zealous and Miniature Celebrations at PG Live earlier this month. With the Tour de France starting in Yorkshire this year Jessica has released a Yorkshire cycling card, which was originally designed as a wallpaper for Graham & Brown as part of their New Wave Collective range of papers.

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20. KIDS DESIGN - julia staite

Julia Staite is an illustrator turned designer/maker in Epping, Essex and under her brand 'Julia Staite' she designs and makes fun, quirky kids stuff featuring her illustrations. The products are on sale in her webshop, and also on Etsy. Julia is currently seeking wholesale stockists for her products and would also love to licence designs or work with design studios "making lots more lovely

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21. STORE SNAPS - wilko

For today's Friday eye candy I have posted some snapshots of stationery and cards spotted recently in UK store Wilko. One of Wilko's trend themes this season is 'Camper' and all these lovely stationery items featuring birds and flowers form part of their collection. Here is how Wilko describe their theme - "Put a little sunshine in your life with our Camper trend! With its nostalgic vibes and

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22. FATHER'S DAY - not on the high street

It will Father's Day here in the UK on Sunday and so the shops are currently filled with cards and gifts. I hope this week to bring a few highlights to Print & Pattern starting with a selection from Not on the High Street where you can always find something a bit different. The fun cards above and below are by the fabulous designer Nicola Pearson from her shop The Chalk Lion. Below :

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23. FATHER'S DAY - paperchase

Continuing the Father's Day theme with a small selection of cards from Paperchase. Their Father's day theme year features the slogan "Dad you're Top Dog" with a picture of a monocle wearing dog. Besides cards they also have gift ranges for men featuring maps and nautical prints. In Paperchase stores now and online here.

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24. FATHER'S DAY - tesco

There were just a few cards in Tesco this season that caught my eye for Father's Day. But what I really did like in Tesco's last week (though nothing to do with Father's Day) was this gift tag set......... Read the rest of this post

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25. FATHER'S DAY - sainsbury's

Next up some fun modern designs spotted in my local branch of Sainsbury's supermarket.

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