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Cosmos Flower Cards and Prints

Cosmos Flowers Cards and Prints

If you liked the Cosmos illustrations I shared with you a while back, then you’re going to love my new collection of Cosmos Flower Cards and Prints ๐Ÿ˜Š

You’ll find cards for all sorts of occasions, including versatile blank cards to cover all the bases. And you can also buy a variety of A4 size prints to brighten up your home and bring a bit of the outside in ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ

Here are a few of them…

Some of the A4 prints from the Cosmos Flower Cards and Prints range

As well as the Cosmos illustration cards, I’ve also created a few Dotty typography based cards in colours that complement the Cosmos flower cards, including “Happy Birthday”, “Thank you so much”, “Good Luck!” and “Hurray for you!”

You’re also going to love the Cosmos Card Set – a bumper pack of 16 cards! I know what it’s like to be caught out when you need a card at the last minute and this set will sort that problem out for you…

It will simplify your life no end because you’ll have a huge selection of cards on hand at all times. There are cards for a variety of occasions as well as blank cards that will work in any situation. So you can just pick the best card for the job each time and delight your friends with your thoughtfulness and good taste ๐Ÿ˜‡

It will also save you money as you’ll get 16 cards that usually cost ยฃ3.95 individually for just ยฃ2.00 each – a saving of over ยฃ30 ๐Ÿ˜ƒ – and delivered for free too!

Bumper cosmos card set - 16 cards from the Cosmos Flower Cards collection

The set includes the full range of Cosmos illustration cards as well as the complementary Dotty range. Here’s the full list of what you’ll get:

Of course you can also buy each of the cards individually, or use the 3 or 5 card bundle deals to pick and mix the ones you want.

I’d love to hear what you think of the new range – why not head over to Instagram or Facebook and send me a message?

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Reasons to send a card

Reasons to send a card

There are so many reasons to send a card to someone. Greeting cards are kind of magical. They’re just a page of card stock folded in half with some ink on… But they can do amazing things and actually change the way people feel!

I love creating greeting cards knowing that they’ll be used to deepen friendships and make people smile. Sending a card lets your favourite people know that you care enough about them enough to make a bit of effort. And it’s a physical reminder that you’re thinking about them. Here’s a list of 5 reasons to send a greeting card…

Celebrate a special occasion

Okay, so this is the most obvious one, and the reason most of us send cards in the first place. Sending a birthday or anniversary card lets the recipient know that you remembered that this day is a big deal for them and you’re celebrating them and their special day.

Send a card to wish someone luck

Getting a good luck card definitely gives us a little boost of confidence before we tackle something that’s a bit daunting. Whether they’re going for a job interview, taking a test or exam, or attempting a physical challenge, sending someone a good luck card will be a little reminder that you believe in them.

And to say well done

A card is also a great way to say well done when someone has already achieved something. Whether that’s graduating, having a baby, passing a driving test, finishing a marathon, getting a new job, or any other accomplishment, you’re letting that person know that you think they’re brilliant!

Send a card to stay in touch

Sometimes a card can be the best way to just say hi when you haven’t seen someone for a while. While technology makes it easy to text, email or call someone pretty much anywhere in the world, sending a card is a more permanent reminder that you’re thinking about someone. You’ve shown you care enough to choose a card, buy it, write in it and post it off to them!

Cheer someone up with a card

It’s very easy to send off a text message… But just think how you feel when physical post arrives through your letterbox. We’re accustomed to the noise of digital communication so getting something nice in the mail still gives us a little bit of a thrill. Sending a greeting card is a fantastic way to cheer someone up when they’re having a tough time. They have the excitement of receiving mail. And they also have something real they can put on their desk or shelf to remind them that you’re there for them.

These are just a few of the zillions of reasons to send someone a greeting card… They’re a relatively inexpensive way to make someone feel good, to connect with them and to cement your friendship or love, for whatever reason. Send one of your favourite people a card today and make them smile ๐Ÿฅฐ

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Cosmos Flower Illustrations

cosmos flower illustrations

I’ve always loved drawing flowers and the very first cards I designed featured some of my flower doodles. My latest obsession flower-wise is Cosmos (cosmos bipinnatus for geeky folks) so I decided I’d share some of my cosmos flower illustrations with you here.

There are so many things to love about cosmos flowers. Their simplicity, their symmetry and the wide variety of colours they come in. I remember seeing them on the sides of the road as a kid in South Africa and they always just make my heart happy whenever I see them here in the UK.

My other half’s mum gifted me a few from her garden last year and this year I have at least four or five cosmos plants in pots on the terrace of my little flat.

First attempts

I did a quick cosmos flower doodle a few weeks back when I first started noticing cosmos flowering…

cosmos flower illustrations

I even turned them into a sheet of stickers which I used on my last blog post about decorating envelopes!

cosmos sticker sheet

More cosmos illustrations

Then this week I’ve been spending a bit more time on some cosmos flower illustrations which I think I might use in my next greeting card collection.

Here’s a single cosmos flower illustration…

single cosmos flower illustration

And here’s a row of cosmos flowers…

illustration of row of cosmos flowers

I think they’re especially lovely because they’re wild flowers. I really love to see flowers like cosmos, poppies, daisies and buttercups when I’m out walking or on one of my runs. Check out these wildflower drawings I did early on). It’s like a little present when you see a gorgeous flower on the side of the path. Or a field of tiny flowers catching the sunshine out of the blue ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Expect to see lots more flower illustrations here and on Instagram. And for them to be a big feature in my future greeting card collections!

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5 Easy Ways to Decorate an Envelope

5 easy ways to decorate an envelope

When you’re giving a gift in an envelope, whether it’s a gift voucher or perhaps money tucked into the greeting card, it can look a little underwhelming when you hand it over. So here are 5 easy ways to decorate an envelope and make it look more fabulous…

Drawing on the envelope

Even if drawing isn’t your forte, some very simple illustrations doodled onto the front of the envelope can make it much more personal and interesting. For dark or kraft envelopes you can use white, silver or gold markers so they stand out.

Here’s a very simple example which you could easily copy even if you think you have minimal drawing talent ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Decorating with stickers or washi tape

If you really don’t want to risk drawing on the envelope yourself, you can always use stickers to spruce it up a bit. Sheets of stickers aren’t expensive and just using one or two on an envelope can make a real difference. For coloured envelopes choosing stickers with clear backgrounds can look really effective.

Washi tape is also fabulous for decorating, and pretty much foolproof. Washi tape is a paper based tape that comes in a myriad of different colours and patterns. Even just sticking a strip along the bottom of the envelope adds interest. Or stick one strip horizontally and one vertically and it looks a bit like a wrapped present! If you really want to get a little bit fancier you can use diagonal lines or created frames or borders.

If you don’t have any washi tape and don’t have time to buy any, you could always glue on some ribbon instead.

Decorating with paper crafts

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you could indulge in a bit of paper crafting or origami to decorate your envelope with. For example here’s a quick video that shows you how to make easy origami butterflies.

Easy origami butterflies

Making paper flowers would also be a lovely addition! Here’s an example of a very simple tissue paper flower I made…

decorate an envelope with paper flower

Decorate an envelope with string and a tag

A really simple idea is to use pretty coloured string (like baker’s twine) to wrap around the envelope. You can then add a tag as well, just like you would on a normal gift, instead of writing on the envelope.

Here’s an example…

Decorate an envelope with dried flowers

Decorating with dried flowers gives your envelope a bit of olde world charm. For this example I just pressed a wildflower I picked on a walk a few days ago and look how cute it looks. I added a little string bow too, because why not? ๐Ÿ˜

decorate an envelope with dried flowers

So there you have it – at least 5 different ways to decorate an envelope, and they’re all pretty easy! If you try any of these ideas I’d love you to share them with me ๐Ÿ˜

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Visiting the London Stationery Show 2022

London Stationery Show 2022 - inside view

This year I was able to go along to the London Stationery Show and I’m so glad I did. It’s a trade show for all things stationery and where a lot of retailers choose their stock for the coming year. I went along as a visitor to check it out in case I decide to exhibit there in the future, but I got a whole lot more out of it than that.

There were so many amazing products and brands there – it was very inspiring. However as a bit of aย stationery addictย it was sort of like torture not to be able to buy anything on the spot… I did take away a lot of pamphlets and business cards though so I can look my favourites up and buy after the fact as a consumer.

My Fave 3 Brands at the London Stationery Show

I thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the stationery tools and equipment, but it was especially inspiring to walk around and see all the fabulous paper stationery brands at the show. I was very conscious that as I wasn’t a buyer I didn’t want to waste anyone’s time. After all they’d paid a lot of money for their stands and were there to sell. But even once I’d explained why I was visiting so many of the brands were still incredibly friendly and happy to share their tips and experience for exhibiting at a trade show.

These were some of my favourite paper stationery brands. Please excuse my awful photography skills…

Dodo Pad

I was drawn to the Dodo Pad stand by the fabulous doodly illustrations on their products. Their main product is a very entertaining planner diary. It has lots of hilarious content and space for doodling as well as all the stuff you’d expect from an ordinary planner. They also do notebooks (blank, dotty, grid and ruled). All their products are made in the UK, vegan friendly, sustainable and plastic free. The lovely lady who owns the business was so friendly too and a pleasure to chat to. She even gifted me a 2022 planner which I know will brighten my days up for the rest of the year ๐Ÿ˜Š

Aaruthra

Aaruthra is a pretty stationery brand that includes journals, greeting cards and more with inspiring messages. The designer and founder Aaruthra herself was manning the stall (all the way from India!) together with another fabulous lady and the two of them couldn’t have been more inspiring and positive if they’d tried – I had a huge smile on my face after chatting to them!

Okey Dokey Design

Samantha from Okey Dokey Design was in the Launchpad section, having won a stand there. Her stand was just as lovely as her stationery and she was too! Okey Dokey Design makes pretty paper stationery products including greeting cards, writing paper, wrapping paper and more. Most of the designs are floral and so gorgeous you just want all of it! Samantha is clearly very talented and I noticed Okey Dokey Design had won at least one other award at the show too.

Live Talks at the London Stationery Show

All the speakers in the Retail Matters Live Talks at the show were brilliant. I feel like my head is bursting with all the inspiration and ideas they shared!

  • Martha Keith did a talk on Building a Stationery Brand: The Good, The Bad & The Pretty. She founded Martha Brook London and it was very inspiring to hear how she started and got to where she is now!
  • Colour Hive did a very interesting talk regarding Colour, Material and Finish Forecast: Spring Summer 2023.
  • Catherine Erdly of The Resilient Retail Club (which I’m a member of and love) spoke about 360 Sales Techniques for Independent Retailers. Unfortunately I missed this as the times on the board were incorrect. I did get to have an Indie Matters session with Catherine though (see below) which was incredibly useful.
  • Rachel Emma Waring spoke about Creative Content Strategy: Finding Your Style. This one was especially useful as I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed about content creation lately.
  • Nerrisa Pratt of Untld Project did a Mini Masterclass on PR. She made PR seem a lot less scary and gave some great tips. And she was completely hilarious and had me giggling the whole way through.
  • Therese Oertenblad of Small Business Collaborative and Elizabeth Stiles did a joint talk on How to Sell on Instagram. This was full of good ideas and included loads of examples to inspire.

The best thing was that some of my favourite podcasters were amongst them and it was a real highlight to meet them in person – though I did have to try and remember that they didn’t know me as well as I felt like I knew them ๐Ÿ˜ They were all so warm and friendly to chat to as well and I love them all even more now than I did before!

Indie Matters Business Advice Clinics

Catherine Erdly, Rachel Waring, Nerrisa Pratt, Therese Oertenblad and Elizabeth Stiles also provided one-to-one sessions. These were by appointment, to give advice on their various areas of expertise.

I met up with Catherine Erdly and Therese Oertenblad for a session each and got so much out of this time. Both gave me brilliant advice for my own greeting card business. And I left feeling inspired and motivated, with practical steps to take to move forward. They are both amazing and it was totally fabulous to meet them in person!


So I had an absolutely terrific time all round at the London Stationery Show! It was fabulous seeing new stationery products, meeting other paper stationery and greeting card business owners and getting great advice and wisdom from the experts at the clinics and talks. I was so excited I managed to survive the whole day on two coffees and a brownie, which isn’t like me at all! And who knows, maybe I’ll exhibit there myself in the future ๐Ÿ˜ƒ