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It’s Launch Time at Flamingo Paperie

It’s Launch Time at Flamingo Paperie!!

Hip Hip Hooray! The Flamingos have flown!

It’s been a long time coming but our fabulous new range of Flamingo Paperie products are now designed, printed and ready to dispatch. If you would like a printed brochure, please message me via the Contact Form below. Alternatively you can browse the new Flamingo Paperie online catalogue.

You can order direct with me, Sarah Loves Cards by :

Phone : 01202 823330

Email : sarah.l.gifford@gmail.com .

Or post, delivery will cost £2.80 unless you live in my home town of Verwood, Dorset where delivery is FREE.

Order Online Now

If you prefer to shop online you’ll be delighted to hear that my Flamingo Paperie E-Commerce Website is LIVE now too. The company will deliver all online orders directly to you from the company warehouse. Please be aware that, during this launch period, orders will take more than the normal 3-5 working days.

FREE delivery for Online Orders over £30!

There will be no delivery cost if your online order comes to more than £30.

Product Discounts

Flamingo Paperie Greeting Cards still offer fabulous value at £2 each. When you buy 10 or more you will pay just £1.60 per card! That’s a saving of 40p per card!

Order a Flamingo Paperie Brochure.

If you’d prefer to have a brochure delivered to you, please either contact me through Facebook or complete the Contact Form below.

Would you like me to bring my stock to your home or work place?

Invite your friends around to take a look and earn a commission as a thank you. Or I could visit your work canteen and donate a percentage of takings to your chosen charity.


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Where to purchase my cards from now until Christmas

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I can’t believe there are just six more Mondays left before Christmas.

Where does the time go? If you haven’t already done your Christmas Stationery shop then now is a good time to do it.

My online shop is open 24 hours/day and delivery is within 3-5 working days. Simply Buy Online at Sarah Loves Cards.

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If you prefer to actually view and handle the cards then there are three options :


  1. If you are local you can borrow a basket of stock to choose from at your leisure.
  2. You could host a card party and invite your friends for a festive get together. If you are local I will bring my stock. However, if you live more than an hour’s drive away I can supply you with catalogues and a set of Christmas Card samples.
  3. Pop along to one of the many fairs that I will be exhibiting at in the lead up to Christmas:
  • Secretts Garden Centre, Godalming, Surrey – A Taste of Christmas – Fri 15th Nov-Sun 17th Nov
  • Romsey Hospital League of Friends Coffee Morning – Romsey Town Hall – Fri 22nd Nov 10am
  • Winchester Christmas Market Thurs 21st Nov- Wed 4th Dec. Our cabin backs onto the Ice Rink in the Cathedral Grounds
  • Bournemouth Pavilion Festive Gift Fair – Sat 30th Nov-Sun 1st Dec

As always, Phoenix Trading has produced a fabulous range of charity Christmas cards, wrapping materials and gift ideas so do take a look.

Small Business Profile – Gylla Wood Pens

One of the aims of my new blog is to introduce you to other small cottage industries that I meet as I exhibit at Craft and Gift fairs around the South of England.

The high street may be suffering but there are thousands of small, home based businesses exhibiting at our local fairs that offer a fabulous range of quality products.

Gylla Wood Pens : 

My first profile has to be about Bob Taylor and his lovely wife Tina. I first met Bob and Tina at a Craft Carnival event over six years ago. At the time Bob and Tina were manufacturing clocks out of CDs and I bought one for each of my children.

Bob has frequently stepped in as my knight in shining armour at events and has got me out of many a fix. He rallied a team of gentlemen to change a blown tyre on my Galaxy for me in record time at a large Craft and Gift Fair at Montacute House. The car was parked right in front of the entrance to the main marquee! He also, just a few weeks ago, helped me manoeuvre my way out of a multi-storey car park when I got stuck in there with my top box on! At our August Bank Holiday Craft and Garden Fair in Kingston Lacy he shot off in hot pursuit of a lady who had stolen some jewellery from a nearby stall – what a gent!

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Gylla Wood Vale Fountain Pen

A few years ago Bob decided to stop producing CD clocks  and started to produce quality handcrafted wood pens made from wood grown in Dorset – Gylla Wood Pens was born! The Dorset wood that he uses has either been pruned or felled due to storm damage, disease or just old age. Tina, meanwhile produces a range of homemade cards. They take great delight in competing with each other to see who sells the most at their various events.

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Gylla Wood Ballpoint Pen with Rubber Stylus

Bob is now a member of the Professional Crafters Guild. All of his bespoke pens are hand crafted in his workshop in Gillingham, North Dorset and he takes great pride in producing each item.

There are various styles ranging from Ballpoint Pens to Fountain Pens. No two pens will ever be the same because wood is a living thing, so this makes them a very unique gift for Weddings, Retirement, Birthdays etc. or just to treat yourself. I treated myself to a ballpoint with a rubber tip – ideal for punching text and data onto my iPhone. It’s wonderfully tactile too!

Do check out the Gylla Wood Pens website.