Archive: May 2014

6 Reasons Love From Lemonade Cards Will Make You Smile

6 Reasons You’ll Be Head Over Heels for Love From Lemonade Cards.

**UPDATE: Sadly Love from Lemonade decided to close their business on the 30th November 2015. We’re sad to lose their delightful greeting cards, but wish Sarah, Cathy & Murray all the best in their future endeavours.**

We’re delighted to welcome the Love From Lemonade cards collection to the Piccadilly Lane community. Formed in 2010 by Sarah Britton, Cathy Haworth and Murray Thomson, Love From Lemonade create quirky greetings cards to make people smile. Like all of the card and gift companies we showcase here in the Piccadilly Lane directory, Love From Lemonade is a fabulous independent company with an amazing webshop, jam-packed with lovely greetings cards that we think you will love. To give you a taster of what they’re about here are a few reasons why we adore Love From Lemonade.

1. Love from Lemonade Cards are All About Great Design.

The beautifully designed greeting cards of Love From Lemonade are created by resident graphic designer and illustrator Cathy. Describing her style of work as playing, Cathy is responsible for all the wonderful doodling that brings the cards to life. Cathy loves creating layers using whatever medium she has to hand: crayons, pencils, oils, watercolours, photos, fabrics, sometimes fingers (she’s usually covered in it all too!). The wide variety of artistic styles and inspiration creates a set of quirky greetings with a touch of charm.

2. The LFL Team Only Make Quality Greeting Cards.

With Love From Lemonade you can rest assured you’re getting quality greetings cards designed and developed with tonnes of experience. While Cathy has over 12 years’ experience as a designer and illustrator, Sarah has over 20 years’ experience working with print production and Murray is a Director of Apple Colour, which has over 150 years’ experience in the print industry. This in depth knowledge of the industry means every element from the card stock to the print finish is top quality.

3. Designer Cathy Has Created a Huge Variety of Cards. 

Love From Lemonade proudly state they have a greetings card for every occasion (plus a few extra they made up) and we’re happy to see that this is absolutely true! Ranging from luxurious, pretty cards to cute character-based designs there’s a card for everyone. With Father’s Day approaching on 15th June, we’re delighted to see that their extensive card collection also has some great designs for Dad.

4. Love from Lemonade is a Super Cute British Brand.

Love From Lemonade are proud of their British roots and are keen to champion British craftsmanship. All of their greetings cards are made right here is the UK, enabling them to support local business. By choosing a card from the Love From Lemonade collection you too can share that “feel good” feeling knowing you’re supporting local craftsmanship.

5. The LFL Founders Pride Themselves on Great Customer Service.

Equally important as the wonderful designs, Love From Lemonade are committed to providing an excellent level of customer service. It’s Sarah’s job – one of them, anyway – to make your Love From Lemonade experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible. It’s this personal touch that we adore, if only more big companies behaved like independents!

6. All Love from Lemonade Cards are Eco-Friendly.

Last but not least, we adore the Love From Lemonade Eco-philosophy. Determined to do their best and keep their business as green as possible Love From Lemonade are keen to become an environmentally friendly company that stays true to their beliefs. This means all the materials used to create their cards are either recycled, recyclable or both; a great option for those seeking environmentally responsible greetings cards.

So that’s half a dozen reasons why we adore the Love From Lemonade cards and the team behind them.

Posted by Charlotte 14:37 29/05/14
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Card Crush Introduce New Wedding Stationery

With wedding season in full swing we’re delighted to see that online greetings card emporium Card Crush has recently added bespoke wedding stationery to their collection of greetings cards and stationery. Designed by much-loved indie publisher Love, Faith and Hope, Card Crush have five fantastic wedding stationery collections to choose from, two of which are showcased right here in the Piccadilly Lane directory.

‘Anthi’ showcased in the first two images is a combination of gorgeous, opulent florals, classic fonts and delicate calligraphy. In a palette of cream and dusky pinks it’s the perfect stationery choice for a summer wedding. The ‘Anthi’ wedding stationery collection is printed on a luxurious, fine textured card to give an overwhelming feeling of classic luxury.

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Complimenting ‘Anthi’ is the ‘Dorchester’ collection, a classic range of stationery with delicate floral illustrations and panelling for an elegant, chic look. Ideal for weddings with one main colour theme, The ‘Dorchester’ collection allows you to match your stationery to the colour scheme for your big day. The ‘Dorchester’ collection is printed on a high quality, fine textured board.

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Samples of each wedding stationery collection can be ordered for £1.00 from the Card Crush website. Once you’ve chosen the perfect stationery for your dream wedding you can get a custom quote for your order from the Card Crush team.

And now for the offer!

To celebrate the arrival of this new wedding stationery, Card Crush are giving a fantastic 10% discount on all wedding stationery orders placed by the end of May 2014. Don’t delay, browse the wedding stationery collection now.

Posted by Charlotte 15:04 23/05/14
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Bee & Tea at Made in Clerkenwell Open Studio Event

Today marks the opening day of the ‘Made in Clerkenwell’ open studios event at Craft Central. Spread over two buildings and showcasing 100 designers Craft Central’s summer event is the ultimate shopping treat and a chance to meet Piccadilly Lane residents Bee & Tea in their very own studio.

The first open studios of the summer ‘Made in Clerkenwell’ provides a great opportunity to explore two fascinating Victorian buildings in the heart of Clerkenwell filled with craft and design delights. Conveniently located within strolling distance of Clerkenwell Green and St John’s Square the open studios provides a great way to avoid the high street and seek out unique, handmade finds.

Discover fashion, jewellery, accessories, ceramics, print-making, illustration and interior products. Whether you can spare an hour or a day to mingle with the designers and makers we highly recommend you pop by and say hello to Bridget from Bee & Tea. The designers will be showcasing  a beautiful range of unique homewares and gifts based on Bridget’s original botanical watercolours.

As well as showcasing the designers housed at Craft Central, there will also be a selection of  members from Craft Central’s national network of makers exhibiting in ‘Pop Up’ shops and a special exhibition featuring  new work from Studio Roso.

Where: Studio 31, 3rd Floor (there is a lift!), Craft Central, 33 – 35 St John’s Square, London, EC1M 4DS.

When: Thursday 15 May 5pm to 8pm private view; Friday 16 May 12 noon to 8pm; Saturday 12 noon to 5pm & Sunday 12 noon to 5pm.

Admission: £3.00 (under 16’s free). All money raised helps support Craft Central’s charitable aims. One ticket allows admission to both buildings and unlimited access over 4 days, including Thursday’s launch event and Friday’s late night shopping.

For more information and details of how to get there please visit the Craft Central website.

Posted by Charlotte 15:05 15/05/14
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Fabulous! Celebrating 20 Years of Caroline Gardner

Woo Hoo! 20 Years of Caroline Gardner.

Yes, it’s true, it’s time to celebrate 20 years of Caroline Gardner.

To celebrate the twentieth year of founding of her company, ‘Caroline Gardner Publishing Ltd’, Caroline has created a collection of ten very special greetings cards. Inspired by the mesmerising colours of gem stones and reflecting the designer’s love of fashion, jewellery and home interiors.

The cards are sure to be a hit with design fans across the globe and we’re excited to give you a quick look here today.

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The ‘Limited Edition’ card collection sees colours blocked side by side, using bold, horizontal bands or geometric shapes. Palettes include intense gem stone hues of topaz blue, aquamarine and shades of rose and citrine quartz. While accompanying envelopes feature striking shades of colour including graphite and aquamarine, each one tissue lined with co-ordinated tints of olive, emerald or plum.

The ‘Limited Edition’ collection is an individually numbered run of 1000 cards featuring ten designs. Each greeting card is die-stamp printed on to a pure cotton board, giving a tactile texture and high quality finish perfect for celebrating special occasions and sending unforgettable messages to friends and family.

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You can see the ‘Fabulous’ Card from the ‘Limited Edition’ collection featured right here in the Piccadilly Lane directory on the Caroline Gardner shop page.

Alternatively, pop over to the Caroline Gardner website to browse the full Limited Edition Collection.

Posted by Charlotte 15:37 13/05/14
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It’s Sunshine Offers at Card Crush

**UPDATE: This offer has expired.**

Over at online greetings card boutique Card Crush the sun is out and it is time to celebrate with a special ‘Sunshine’ promotion. For those of you yet to explore the Card Crush webshop you will find a gorgeous emporium brimming with hand-picked greeting cards for every occasion. And with a new season upon us the collection is expanding further, welcoming new everyday and occasion cards from designers including: Janie Wilson, Belly Button Designs and Pocket Typewriter.

The new selection has bright and bold designs perfect for the spring / summer season and every card-giving event. Whether you’re attending a birthday, wedding or just need to say thank you, there is a card for you. With all the greetings card choices on offer Card Crush offers great potential for creating an emergency card collection for those almost-forgotten birthdays and last-minute events; you can even open an account and earn loyalty points every time you shop!

Right now there was never a better time to explore the Card Crush website. To celebrate the arrival of their new greetings cards collection the team at Card Crush are offering the Piccadilly Lane community a lovely 15% discount until the end of the month. Do not delay, grab your discount code now.

Posted by Charlotte 15:39 6/05/14
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