Saturday, 28 February 2015

And the winner is...

Well, there were around 75 of you in the running and three names have been picked in the traditional Panda way, completely randomly with the list of orders. The three originals will be packaged up and will be leaving Panda Mansion on Monday via Special Delivery to get to the lucky recipients as soon as possible!!
And the winners are -

Lauren Ballard

Lezley Galloway

Christine Harris

If that is you, then don't forget to answer the door to postie in the week (doesn't matter if you're still in your PJs) because you'll have to sign for your original Paper Panda papercut. We'd LOVE to see a photo of you with it. Congratulations to all three winners!!

Thanks so much to everyone who took part. If you weren't the winner, then I do hope you love your Oz templates!- thanks heaps for joining in!! You're awesome.

Please drop us an email if you are a winner!
P xxx

Friday, 20 February 2015

Miniature Mad!!

Phew! What a busy week!!

We kicked off the week with Tiny Tuesday, which saw you lot doing copious amounts of finger exercises in an attempt to get your hands on one and a lot of you did *Huzzah*, while all that was going on there were pancakes galore at Panda HQ, we all enjoyed home-made chocolate sauce on ours…yumm!! There was nothing tiny about them I can tell you!!

But the tiny things bug really did hit Panda HQ this week, I went all tiny things mad and created two of my recent cuts in miniature! I managed to cut ‘home’ to the size of a postage stamp! An actual stamp!

Next up, we launched a new guest artist section in our shop! And so far have a template by the lovely ‘Made by Julene’ and a lovely fine art print by DD at the Litus Gallery! But that’s not it! Oh no! We will be adding more artists shortly, so keep your eyes peeled.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Spread the love & Tiny Tuesday!

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
There's an offer,
in the store for you...

3 for 2 on greetings cards. Use the code 'ILOVEYOU'

Happy Valentine's Day you lovely lot. *insert gushy, soppy, lovey-dovey appreciation here* *wink*
(The boring bit - Flat rate discount of £2.70 when 3 cards are added to cart. One use per transaction.To purchase more than 3 cards & activate discount, please checkout seperately. Not valid with any other codes. Valid until 11pm GMT 14.2.15)

I've been meaning to make this for my friend Marnie (Marnie Makes on Facebook!) for the longest time! Finally sent it over ready for her to open today - Valentines Day! Aww. She loved it, there is a little video on her page, where she opens it. It's the sweetest thing. If you haven't checked her work out, then you really should. Go - on go now! *nudges*

Tiny Tuesday is coming up on this Tuesday the 17th of February! Don't miss out. Pop over to the online store to see the originals, being added right up until the get go! ;)

We had so many of you lovely folk ordering our Valentines hearts for your loved ones! We're super touched by the response and truly hope they love them too!

A little update on Richard, seeing as we're spreading a little love around this Valentines Day.
He's doing well, has a roof over his head, is clean shaven and has some new clothes. He's already had one interview which went fantastically! We're all overwhelmed with your support for Richard and for all those that have been inspired to pay it forward too! 

Have a most wonderful weekend and we'll be back next week with more news from PP!

Friday, 6 February 2015

Raising For Richard.

After coming back from a rucksack drop in Cheltenham. (Remember a couple of months back I posted about filling up bags of stuff for the homeless? Well, that.)
I met three people that evening, Jo, John & Richard. Richard surprised me, although I don't know why, I like to think I have an open mind but I wasn't expecting a philosopher with multiple degrees under his belt who used to be a top Michelin star chef. We chatted for quite a while. He gets to go to the library for an hour each day. He's okay for food as people are actually very generous and he told me to save my money when I offered to buy him his dinner as the cafe around the corner provides it most evenings. I asked him what would really make a difference to his life and he said a laptop. A laptop? Not my first choice if I'd have to guess, but he said he makes meal plans for restaurants and gets emails from old clients asking for his help and an hour just isn't enough time to get something together before he has to leave the library again.
He told us his story as to why he was on the street. Yes, he does actually sleep there too, he doesn't go to a hostel. He was reading Tolstoy. Tolstoy!
We decided to help Richard out! Starting up a Yimby fundraising page (here) to raise £500 to buy him a cheap laptop/bag/mifi stick with any extra going towards a roof over his head and wifi time. It reached well over the target in the first night - so thank you very much each and every one of you!! 
This will make a remarkable difference to Richard & help get him back on his feet!! We are currently at a WHOPPING £1200! How ruddy marvellous!

For any of you interested in what we did and you'd like to do it yourselves, we packed a plain, cheap rucksack with the following:
Wash kit
First aid kit
Lip balm
Ear plugs
Floor mat
Fleece blanket
Writing paper & envelopes
Wind-up torch

If you choose to go out to deliver yourselves please go in pairs. Also if you pop a note inside the bag saying what is inside and where it came from then if anyone wonders where they got it from they can produce it.
There are organisations that distribute them for you too, like The Rucksack Project.

It's really bloody cold out there. Let's try and make a difference xx