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meetthenewbies Feel good and get smart PURPOSEFUL children’s stationery business Stib have launched their first greetings card range, featuring six individual, colourful designs. More than just a card, they are each printed with one of the brand’s spark phrases – Smart Earth Lover, Inspiring Self-Believer, Brave Freestyler, Creative Joy Finder, Amazing Big Thinker and Kind World Changer – alongside their exclusive Stibler animal characters. And each card is blank inside while also including a four-page colouring landscape with positive mantras designed to help children feel good – plus the six designs will also be available as A4 posters, perfect for children’s bedrooms or playrooms. Stib were recent winners of the prestigious LaunchPad 2019 competition, which saw eight brands selected to receive a free exhibition stand at the Stationery Show London, where they were also identified by trends forecasters Scarlet Opus as epitomising future global consumer design trends and selected to feature in their highly regarded Trends Tour, revealing what consumer demands and expectations will be over the next two years. Founded by mum and entrepreneur Emily Sayer, Stib stands for Spark Thinking In A Box, and she aims to help children feel good on the inside and do good on the outside.

Stib believe in the potential of all children to do amazing things and give 10 per cent of profits to the We.org charity which supports education projects for vulnerable children in the UK and overseas. The product range also includes Stib’s inspirational colouring pencils, each embossed with a positive spark phrase and available in brightly-striped Jumbo and Mini size tubes along with a double pencil sharpener, as well as a sticker sheet or colouring templates featuring the Stiblers, a secret group of animal characters designed exclusively for Stib to help children facing life’s little lumps and bumps.

T: 07837 428364 www.stibpencils.com

Pressing matters for Vici and Adam

Delighted by happy surprise 2Fs Design was an unplanned child – one thing led to another and it was born. Peppy Scott and David Smith are delighted with their happy surprise and are now on a steep learning curve as they want to bring it up properly. Friends who met through a writers’ group, Peppy and David discovered a shared enthusiasm for words and humour as performance poets, and they continue to host a regular open mic evening as Pam Flitt and Ivor Folio. When Peppy began illustrating her poems, the idea of combining light-hearted words and simple drawings on cards came to life, and Flitt & Folio became 2Fs. 2Fs Design launched at PG Live 2019 with a diverse selection of all-occasion ranges, plus birthday and Christmas cards with a twist. Varying in style, the ranges are linked by a thread of humour that ranges from whimsical to sardonic via cheeky. The original illustrations are hand-drawn in various media and crafted with an affectionate overtone.

T: 07770 918592 www.2fsdesign.com

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BASED in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Artcadia are a new letterpress card brand, having recently branched out into greetings designs. The company were founded in 2009 by Vici Blenkharn, and are considered one of the pioneers in the resurgence of letterpress printing in the UK. The business has come a long way from those humble beginnings working on a treadle press in a garden shed – fast forward to 2019 and you’ll find Vici, her husband Adam and a small team working in a beautiful print studio and shop, bustling with creativity and production and with two Henries Awards 2019 nominations to boot. In late 2018 they developed a line of greetings cards, gifts wraps and stationery for retail, which they sell direct and through their lovely stockists worldwide.

T: 01743 367949 www.artcadia.co.uk

Design your own ONLINE retailers of personalised gift packaging products and complementary items. The range of products from Vanillareindeer.com includes rope handle gift bags, bottle boxes, boxes of chocolates, advent calendars – the list goes on! When on the website, the customer can select the occasion they’re looking for, followed by the product, they then pick a design from one of thousands available to personalise with their own photograph and message. After seeing a 3D preview of their item, the order can be placed to be delivered either to themselves or directly to the recipient. All of the products offered on the site are 100 per cent manufactured in-house at Vanilla Reindeer’s state-of-the-art production facility in Boston, Lincolnshire.

T: 0843 561 9450 www.vanillareindeer.com

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