Hello and Happy November!
A brand new month means a brand new desktop wallpaper for all the lovely people on my mailing list.
This month, as the nights become longer, we have a late autumn night sky with owls swooping under a shimmering, bright crescent moon.
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Now that Halloween has passed, I think it's about time to reveal my brand new collection for this Christmas!
The new collection has been inspired in part by some of the imagery I created when I took part in last year's advent countdown over on Instagram.
For the first few weeks of October I took part in Inktober over on Instagram. It's always a struggle to do these daily challenges, and I often find it tricky to keep them going, but I always have a go. I learnt early on, how great these sorts of online creative community art challenges are, for helping to stay inspired and to help build a collection of work that can then be used to build your portfolio for art licensing, or to create a brand new range of products - like this new one for Christmas...
This year I have created two new Christmas wrapping paper designs.
'Nutcracker' and 'Poinsettia'.
Both designs are now available from both my Etsy and Folksy shops....
On the subject of gift wrapping. A couple of days ago, I posted some useful information on my social media in response to something I saw doing the rounds on Facebook about wrapping paper. It was giving inaccurate information that's potentially damaging to the livelihoods of the thousands of people working in the gifts and greetings sector. It could also encourage people to not bother recycling things that can easily be recycled, which would be totally shameful. So at the risk of repeating myself if you follow me on Facebook...
It was all about a post I saw, urging people to use brown paper instead of wrapping paper this Christmas claiming that ALL wrapping paper was non recyclable.
"That's NOT entirely true!" I yelled at my screen.
It's an admirable thought, as we all want to be kinder to our planet, but it's a HALF TRUTH. As a designer of gift wrap who has been working with eco friendly producers of paper goods for a few years now, please allow me to clear this one up for you all....
Wrapping paper with shiny finishes, foil, glitter, laminated, coated finishes are generally the ones that CAN NOT be recycled....
However, ones that are not given this treatment, simply printed with a pattern or design (such as the ones I sell, pictured here) CAN BE recycled.
If in any doubt, you can scrunch the paper up into a ball in your hand and if it stays scrunched up then it's good to recycle.
I found out about the 'scrunch test' on the WRAP UK website (Waste Recycling Action Programme). Here is a link to the relevant details on that site for more useful information. It's a great source of facts on all things to do with waste management and recycling:
So if a brown paper festive season is not your thing,
you can have a colourful Christmas after all!....
Along with the new Christmas wraps, I have also created a set of 6, A6 sized
Christmas cards, to complement both the new gift wrap designs...
I hope you enjoyed the first look at my new collection for this Christmas.
I also hope that you find the information about the 'scrunch test' to find out whether gift wrap is recyclable very helpful too.
Have a great November!
Happy June to you!
Another new month has arrived bringing summer with it.
Of course that makes it time for a new FREE DESKTOP WALLPAPER.
If you are a member of my mailing list, please keep an eye on your inbox as an email is on it's way to you very soon, with the link to download this colourful desktop wallpaper.
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June also makes it about time I had a bit of an offer running over at my Etsy shop.
Etsy are celebrating 13 years with a site wide sale from 18th to 22nd June. I am going to join that AND bring it forward so my shop sale runs from the
1st of June to 22nd June...
At the moment, I am busy working away and have lots of new designs brewing and plenty in mind to launch new to my Etsy shop after the summer. To make way for some new things, it's definitely time to have an offer on the existing things.
Which is why I am offering 20% off everything in my store for orders over £4...
That offer includes some of the new arrivals to my Etsy which include the
2019 A2 Wall Planners.
This year there is an additional new design to these. Introducing the
'Plan a Wild and Wonderful Year' calendar in autumnal colours featuring wild woodland animals, toadstools and leaves.
Also on sale are my illustration prints and posters. Many featuring wildflowers and birds in vibrant colours to brighten any wall and bring a bit of the outdoors in...
Then there are my A3 nature guide posters (these are also available in A4 size).
Available in pairs or individually, they are a great way to help identify the birds and wildlife around us....
Or you could opt to stock up on cards and notecards with these multipacks of 8.
My weekly planner notepads always make great gifts, so now would be a good time to get them, or any of the items in my Etsy for less.
I hope you enjoy browsing the Etsy sale. I know I will, I'm looking forward to discovering some great offers on amazing handmade pieces. If you are an Etsy seller who is also taking part in the site wide event, please leave a comment below and let me know so I can come and see.
Have a wonderful month!
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