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1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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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10. 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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11. 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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12. 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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13. 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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14. 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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15. CARDS - nadia taylor for lagom

London based designer and printmaker Nadia Taylor recently designed a range of cards for Lagom. The collection of  15 cards are inspired by nature with a Scandinavia and mid century modern feel. Designs included Autumn birds, berries, Nordic forests and jungle creatures. See all 15 designs online here at Lagom including some Christmas designs.

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16. CARDS - cozy tomato for lagom

Talking of Lagom I could not resist posting these striking age cards by Japanese Illustrator Koji Tomoto also known as Cozy Tomato (who we first saw on P&P in 2006). The beautiful illustrations have a lovely retro graphic feel and feature animals from 1 to 9. 

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17. NEW SEASON - caroline gardner

We have been looking at new season designs recently so it was great to see what we can expect from Caroline Gardner for AW2015. They have a fab new collection called Pina Collada has recently been seen at the trade shows. The design features the on-trend motif of a pineapple which is mixed with sketchy flowers and grey painterly roses. Grey spot designs make for complimentary prints and the

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18. CARDS - our heiday

Our Heiday is the stationery brand of designer Patricia Shen. Launched in Los Angeles in 2014 Patricia has go on to expand into stationery, cards, art prints and gift wrap. The company name 'Our Heiday (a play on 'heyday') is named after her mum and aunts whose Korean names begin with 'Hei'. It was this family that fostered her love of art and encouraged Patricia to live a life full of colour.

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19. CARDS - hooray today

One of my favourite card companies I have discovered in recent times has been Hooray Today. This fab stationery company was founded in 2014 by illustrators and product designers Allison Black and Alyssa Nassner. The fun duo love confetti, designing colourful fruit, and creating vibrant happy typography that really brings fun and humour back to everyday celebrations. In their online shop and

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20. CARDS - amber goodvin

P&P is back from the summer holidays and looking forward to lots of fresh new designs and designers for Autumn. We start by jumping straight back in with the colourful work of Hallmark artist Amber Goodvin. Amber specialises in painterly hand lettering and works at an artistic offshoot of Hallmark called Studio Ink. This experimental label describes itself as 'weirdness, whimsy, and whatnot and

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21. CARDS - studio ink

And I couldn't talk about Studio Ink without mentioning another couple of artists - Samantha Lewis and Mirna Stubbs. The first designs are by Samantha Lewis (of Pencil Pop) who has created a beautiful range of watercolour cards... And arriving at Studio Ink recently is an intricately painted range from artist Mirna Stubbs who we mentioned in the last post.... Read the rest of this post

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22. STATIONERY - kikki.k

Kikki.K is a stationery company founded in Melbourne in 2001 Kristina Karlsson. Since then it has gained a reputation for it's beautiful Scandinavian designs inspired by Kristina's native Sweden. The idea for the business came about when she realised the stylish stationery and organisation tools she had grown used to were not widely available outside of Sweden. Kristina soon opened her first

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23. DESIGNER - two little ducklings

Two Little Ducklings is a design studio based in Melbourne, Australia and was the creation of graphic design Jacinta Wier. The idea for the business came while Jacinta was on maternity leave and became interested in children's decor. Products currently in their range include prints, posters, greetings cards and wrapping paper and Jacinta also undertakes custom work and branding design.

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24. NEW IN - dot com gift shop

The Dot Com Gift Shop have released a new range of kitchenware created by their talented team of British designers. Designed to look fabulous and be functional these eye-catching storage tins adorned with graphic flowers and vintage apples and accessories will help to keep the kitchen tidy and organised. There are also lots of new designs on greetings cards, gift wrap, and in children's games.

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25. CARDS & WRAP - dicky bird

I was reminded about Dicky Bird whilst watching Pound Shop Wars on television the other week. The episode featured The Pound Shop a platform for designers to sell their lower priced items to a wide audience either online or in pop up locations such as Selfridges and The V&A. Dicky Bird cards and pocket mirrors were spotted in their store, and I thought I would take a look and see what was new

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