Friday, 24 April 2015

Colouring in is the new rock n roll!

How fab are these new Alice vinyl decals!
Available in lots of sizes to suit any need. For your laptop, tablet, phone or other gadgetry, or even large versions for your wall, ceiling, table or other flat surface! 
Basically you can stick them on anything you like*

*Not recommended to stick on pets or children ;)

Speaking of Alice, we have some good news!
We now have a UK supplier for our fabrics, so the postage won't be too high. The other good news is, you can sell whatever you make with our fabric!
Here's just one of the five designs we have available, right now, through our partner site Woven Monkey.

Remember when you were a child... go on, sit back and remember some of the fun things you liked to do.
Remember getting the big box of coloured pencils out (mine was a Fortnum and Mason biscuit tin, cos I'm well posh, loike) and spending an afternoon just colouring in? 
Why should kids have all the fun? Colouring in is the new rock and roll! 
The super-talented Joanne Elliott has made three colouring in sheets exclusively for us! Look how fun and detailed they are.

What's all this then?! A new template, of course! 

This would make a perfect teacher gift. The wise ol' owl is teaching a class. 

You will receive the template to cut your own owl teacher papercut.
You will also receive a second sheet that you can print off with the backing paper, as shown.

You could customise the background yourself and pop it in with the a special message or the teacher's name too, for a really personal and unique gift.

Commercial licences are available for this too!

Well, that's it for another week, I have my Bargain Hunt audition tomorrow, wish me luck!

Friday, 17 April 2015

New Guest Artist!

Chatty Nora is the newest guest artist to join us!

Jane is a graphic designer working under the pseudonym name of Chatty Nora. Since the arrival of her daughter, she's been working from home in the tiny village of Towton. Their home is shared with a completely bonkers cocker spaniel named Henry, and an aged agoraphobic cat name Louie. Chatty Nora is named after her parents' cat, a little chat noir. ;)

She brings us this awesome typographical piece.

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
—Ronald E. Osborn
This piece is a hand pulled screen print. It has been hand drawn and then reworked in illustrator, you can see a few in progress shots on Chatty Nora's Instagram acc - chattynora1.)

11" x 14" in size. Shown in black ink on ivory paper.

Jane brings this piece to us with this backstory...

Here's how it came about. A little while ago a message appeared in my inbox from the lovely Paper Panda, it was a nice little surprise as it had been a long time since we’d last chatted! Anyway, she asked if I would like to be a guest artist and produce something for her shop, something aimed at crafters and creatives...tricky, we're all so different! So I decided I would think about Paper Panda’s incredible creative journey. When I first knew her she was mainly working on typographic pieces and some stunning Alice in Wonderland scenes, it was all going well. Then she picked up a pencil and a sketch pad and started drawing, she developed a lovely little bunny character (that was soon joined by a hedgehog) and that was when it all seemed to go 'BOOM!' for Panda! She went out of her comfort zone and did something new, people loved it and I think from that point she went from strength to strength, her following grew every day and she was becoming a true inspiration for crafters everywhere. So that's where this piece came from, I found this quote and thought it was the perfect message to inspire us to move on from what we know, to grow, and to become amazing (hopefully!).

You can get your very own copy here -

We absolutely love this inspirational quote, do you have a favourite?

Friday, 10 April 2015

A to-do list.

My to-do list:
- Tidy the house for a workshop tomorrow (*note* hide Mr P's insects!)
- Make another 10 templates for a magazine supplement
- Complete 4 lots of interview questions
- Wash a tee shirt to wear tomorrow that doesn't have a swear word on it
- Make a tiny 'Twinkle Bat' for a lady visiting tomorrow
- Finish the rest of my ACEO's
- Brush animals as the weather is warm and we have a carpet of beige fur on the floor
- Answer 9428 messages
- Set up for the workshop tomorrow
- Eat Mr Whippy
- Pack for Poppy as she's away this weekend
- Lots and lots of others things that I can't remember.

What have I done instead? I made a cute kitty papercut and decide to put sticky tape over any offending words on my top *wink*

This gorgeous piece has been listed on eBay this week - it ends tomorrow.
(Saturday 11th April)
You can view it on eBay here.

A red flash
Over the hills
Through the night
Until Tomorrow.

Both our full beginner's kit and the sheets only mini kit have had their prices revised and lowered to £25 and £19.99 respectively! Huzzah! 

You can find them both in our online store - 

Oh and one final note - 

This little Rhino had a mani/pedi this week! *winks* 

Happy Friday everyone!

Friday, 3 April 2015

A Dutch Tale...

So, we went to Holland last week! You had no idea? Well, we did, honest! That's the beauty of working online is that the interwebbynet goes everywhere with you!
Did we have a nice time? Well...
It was up to Mr P this time to find a place to stay. We got to a house in a great location and went in to find 5 flights of stairs that had no right to call themselves stairs as my toes only just fit on each tread. I'm scared of heights so this was a challenge for me but we made it (and I made a mental note to abseil down again), it was like a nod to my old student days though, and we spent a terrible night on grey stained sheets counting the different electrical wires hanging from the ceiling and wondering what unusual bacteria we could take home as a souvenir from the kitchen. You could keep the city of Liverpool stoned on the amount of joint ends in the ashtray (no, not ours!) and sadly the clothes and shoes STILL IN THE WARDROBE didn't fit.
It was BAD. So the next morning we legged it to our favourite hotel (my choice!) and spent a relaxing few days watching movies, visiting our favourite places and shops to buy wonderful artwork, doing research, being totally inspired and drawing aceo's (yes, really!) before heading back on Friday. Well, we tried to head back, anyway...did you hear about the Amsterdam power cut? Well, that. So we checked in our luggage and walked the 72 miles to the gate to hear that the flight had been cancelled! No more flights that day. Oh, not only that but they no longer knew where our case was. Leaving the airport in a very grumpy mood we found no trains running and a 2 hour wait for a taxi.
Cue a frantic shopping trip trying to find size 20 clothes, toothbrush etc in Amsterdam at 4.30pm and a very expensive last minute hotel (didn't fancy the airport accommodation after the weeks earlier disaster) and yes, it was as hard as it sounds! All Dutch ladies are teeny tiny! I found some socks that fit me anyway.
This break had disaster written all over. £1900 in hotels, £300 taxi fares, 683 miles walked, 20 hours in the airport, 4 different beds, all my stuff kicking about somewhere in the world as the case still isn't back. If anyone sees a case with a cat scarf tied to it with rather large pants inside and a bra you could use as a parachute then I'd quite like it back please as I'm fond of them, being mine n'all. 
I got back yesterday, kicked off my shoes and got back to relax 
wink emo
I made this...

In other news, we got a lot of new products this week! 

Three snazzy new spiral bound notepads...

...awesome wooden hanging decorations made by Shani...

...and another amazing print of a painting by DD from the Litus Gallery.

Sadly we won't be adding the TimSam wall vinyl to our range... April Fools! ;) 

Happy Easter everyone! Don't eat too much chocolate ;) xx