My local branch of Clintons Cards has had something of a makeover with new modern shop fittings (vertical perspex like Paperchase) and thanks to their new owners lots of American product - such as letterpress cards. Amazingly they are also stocking a range of stationery and accessories from top designer US Jonathan Adler. Here are some of my fave cards spotted in store and a few snaps of theirAdd a Comment
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I have been to Liverpool on my summer break to find out all about The Beatles and whilst I was there I came across a great card shop called 'Utility'. There are several branches in the city and I was pleased to see they stocked some wonderful designers including Jessica Hogarth, Noi Publishing, and Love Faith & Hope. Well worth a browse if you are in the area or look online here.Add a Comment
Talking of Noi Publishing they have produced their new season catalogue for card retailers to start looking ahead to 2015. There is a brand new children's card range featuring a variety of animals on the front and animal prints on the back. There is also a poster (above) and temporary transfers available in the same range. For Spring next year there is some fab typography on Valentine's cardsAdd a Comment
I really fell in love with the floral print on this card spotted in UK supermarket Tesco. The lovely print is bold and graphic but with a hand made feel. Here are some more of the recent design arrivals at Tesco snapped in my local branch.... Read the rest of this postAdd a Comment
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Design collective Forest foundry is one year old and to celebrate they have each created a birthday card. The past year has seen some real highlights for them including Zoe Ingram winning the 2013 Global Talent Search , Miriam Bos reached the finals of the Spoonflower Fabric8 Contest and they had their first exhibit together at Surtex in New York. But even besides these accomplishments, theyAdd a Comment
UK based publishers Paper Salad have designed a selection of brand new neon bright gift bags/wraps for Glick who launched them at The Harrogate Home and Gift show last month. There are three everyday ranges - patchwork, woodland friends & bright floral, and also shown is a new Mother's Day design with pink flowers and butterflies. It's also the perfect excuse to show some of Paper Salad'sAdd a Comment
It's always nice to see patterns used on greetings cards and these are from the new 'Palm Springs' range from UK publisher Big Jon. The collection of seven celebrates the bright color and patterns of summer and sunny California. As seen online here at Big Jon along with lots more ranges.Add a Comment
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Our next two posts have a painterly feel starting with these beautiful new fabrics from Margaret Berg for Robert Kaufman. Launching this month the Petal collection has fifteen fabrics across three colourways - sunkissed, pansy, and blossom.. Margaret was born and raised in South Africa but left her beloved country to pursue her creative passion and continue her studies Los Angeles. She nowAdd a Comment
Friends Abi & Vicky are two long time friends who have opened an online store called Victoria & Abigail specialising in home wares, accessories , and stationery from small independent designers. They work with a number of textile designers from South Africa including Indigi (above & below), illustrator and designer Jesse Breytenbach and Skinny LaMinx aka Heather Moore, who is well known to mostAdd a Comment
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 CircusAdd a Comment
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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
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:
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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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.Add a Comment
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 lovelyAdd a Comment
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 feelAdd a Comment
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 anyAdd a Comment
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.Add a Comment
Next up some fun modern designs spotted in my local branch of Sainsbury's supermarket.Add a Comment
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.Add a Comment
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 postAdd a Comment
And whilst I was in Wilko I though I would take a look at some of their other everyday and birthday designs.Add a Comment
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 kidsAdd a Comment
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.Add a Comment
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 postAdd a Comment
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 Society6Add a Comment
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 LucieAdd a Comment
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