Welcome to Sarah Loves Cards

Sarah Loves Cards

Thank you for visiting my Sarah Loves Cards website and blog. After operating as a Phoenix Trader for 13 years I was, as you can imagine, devastated when the company  ceased trading.  This was primarily due to a failed and costly expansion into the US market. Thankfully the Greeting Card Industry (Printers and Industry Experts) rallied round. They helped to breath life back into the UK operation.

On 1st February 2018 the business relaunched as Flamingo Paperie. I signed up as a Pioneer Partner so that I could continue to supply you with their fabulous products.

Like Phoenix Trading, the Flamingo Paperie business will focus on greeting cards, wrapping paper and notecards  all year round. In the Autumn/Winter Charity Christmas Cards, Advent Calendars and Advent Calendar Cards will be added to the range. Flamingo Paperie products will represent at least 90% of my product range. I will also offer you a small range of complimentary products under my umbrella company Sarah Loves Cards.

I will continue to fly the flag for British design. My entire range will have been designed and manufactured in the UK using UK sourced, environmentally accredited materials.

Sarah Loves Cards Championing British Art and Design

New Range of Spring 2021 Product from Flamingo Paperie

New Season New Range

Spring is, without doubt, my favourite time of year. To celebrate this wonderful season we have published a  New Product Supplement.

Flamingo Paperie Spring 2021 Supplement

There are 39 brand new greeting card designs, 2 new gift wrap and tag designs and a range of fabulous new A5 and A6 notebooks. You can flick through the new supplement by clicking on this link. If you would prefer a paper copy of it simply email your address details to SARAH.L.GIFFORD@GMAIL.COM.

Some of My New Favourites

Spring is well and truly upon us heralding new life and regeneration. Our garden in East Dorset is now bursting with life. Swathes of daffodils have sprung up to replace the fading snowdrops. Tulips are coming into bud and our Star Magnolia, the first tree in our garden to flower each year, has just opened its first flower.

I have selected this gorgeous matt textured and flittered Cottage Garden 6×6″ greeting card design (code FP6222) by artist Lucy Grossmith as my favourite of the new card designs. For me, it’s total escapism! The cottage reminds me of my grandparents house where I spent two weeks every Summer as a child. Their house used to be the old saddler’s cottage in the village. Unlike this design the front garden was just lawn. It had a fabulous vegetable and flower garden at the rear teaming with butterflies and bees during the Summer months.

Another of my favourites is this beautifully vibrant matt textured and foiled 6 x 6″ Wild (Happy Birthday) design (code: FP6233) by artist Chester Bentley. The photograph doesn’t do it justice, however, as you can’t see the opulence of the foiling.

Wild (Happy Birthday) Flamingo Paperie Card design

The two new gift wrap and tag designs are completely different to each other but both lovely in their own right. Both designs are printed on matt-finished 120gsm paper and have a cutting guide on the back. The wrap dimensions are 50cm x 70cm and retail at £1.50. There are also matching packs of five trendy luggage-style tags with raffia ties for £2 per pack.

Flamingo Paperie New Spring Gift Wrap Designs

Calling all Notebook Lovers!

As a paper stationery addict I have always been unable to resist a notebook. The Directors have answered my wishes by launching a range of ten gorgeous new notebooks in five different designs. Each of these designs is available in A5 and A6 sizes. Their quality is impeccable with harmonising colours on the inside covers, gold foil detailing and a generous 96 lined pages inside. The A5 notebooks are £6 each whilst the A6 versions are £3 each.

New Flamingo Paperie Notebook Designs

Each new notebook design has a matching card. A matching A5 and A6 notebook combo with its matching card design would make an excellent present for any notebook loving family and friends. Personally I’m partial to the sheep design myself. Which one do you prefer?

If you love our cards and would like to be the first to hear about new releases and special promotions then why not join our Customer Club. It is free to join and you will receive a FREE GIFT with the next order that you place after joining. If you are not already a member then you can sign up now.

Please Support The British Print Industry

As a customer of Flamingo Paperie you are supporting the British print industry. Most high street bought cards are being imported from the USA or the Far East whereas 100% of our cards, notecards, sheets of gift wrap and notebooks are designed and printed in the UK.

100% Designed In The UK

 

 

Flamingo Paperie launches 63 Brand New Designs

Link to 2021 Flamingo Paperie online brochure

New 2021 Flamingo Paperie brochure

Flamingo Paperie (formerly Phoenix Trading) has launched a fabulous  collection of 63 new designs and 4 new craft kits for Spring/Summer 2021. As well as our famously good value cards we have a range of stationery and gift wrapping materials.

Click on the brochure image to browse the new catalogue online. Alternatively, if you’d prefer a paper copy, and are not already on my mailing list, please comment below.

Former Phoenix Trading customers will be delighted to see that we have several new designs from many of their favourite artists.

With Easter and Summer approaching, hearts, bunnies and florals are in abundance.

More than 95% of Flamingo Paperie’s products are produced in the UK using UK sourced, environmentally accredited materials.

Some of My Favourite New Flamingo Paperie Designs!

Such a cute design for young pony lovers this 6×6 matt textured design by artist Tim Mason reminds me of The Moomins, one of my favourite childhood cartoons.

Cartoon Pony Greeting Card design

These 6×6 matt textured and embossed Bunny designs by  artist Mikki Butterley are ideal for a young baby or toddler’s birthday.

Blue Bunny Card Design

Pink Bunny Card Design

This gorgeous matt textured and “flittered” Patisserie design by artist Victoria Nelson is my final choice. It takes me back to my favourite weekend pastime when I was living and working in France in my early 20s; languishing in a French cafe enjoying a delicious Mille-feuille or Tarte au Citron. Those were the days! “Flitter” is bio-degradable glitter by the way.

Pattisserie card design

Fancy a Challenge?

Why not try your hand at paper crafting? Our life-sized 3D paper model labrador will keep you entertained for hours. This Craft Kit contains 28 sheets of 270gsm card with printed templates, high adhesion craft glue, sticks for glue application, scissors and scoring tool.

All of our paper craft kits are aimed at adults and teens. Any under 12s would need to be supervised.

Labrador Paper Craft Kit Image

Alternatively how about creating this cute paper bunny as an Easter decoration.

Bunny Paper Craft Kit Image

Still Excellent Value

All of the cards cost just £2 each. Buy 10 or more cards and get 20% off. Orders of £30 or more will qualify for free delivery. All of these gorgeous new Flamingo Paperie designs, as well as lots of old favourites, are available on my website.

Let me bring my Flamingo Paperie cards to you!

Pop Up Shops in customer’s homes are currently prohibited. However you could still earn a commission by collecting orders from friends and family. Ask them to browse my website  and then simply email me a list of their requirements and I will give you a 10% commission on their order as a discount off your own.

Alternatively, if you are local, you could simply borrow a stock bag for a couple of days. Pass it around your neighbours (ensuring that you sanitise hands before and after browsing, and you will again receive a 10% commission as a discount off your own order. Moreover, if you collect £200 worth of orders, you’ll receive an additional surprise gift as a thank you.

 

Top 5 Flamingo Paperie Christmas Card Designs for 2020

Christmas Post DogFlamingo Paperie Christmas Brochure

Dogs rule in the Flamingo Paperie Christmas Card Top 5

This year, man’s best friend features in two of the top 5 Flamingo Paperie Christmas Card designs.

Our dog Rufus has been a god send during the past 8 months of Covid-19 restrictions. He has insisted on taking us for a walk everyday. Last weekend we had fun trying to replicate our brochure cover shot above. Rufus drew a line at carrying an envelope though!

Our Christmas Cards Don’t Just Look Good They Do Good Too

MacMillan Cancer Support, Together For Short Lives and Alzheimer’s Society all benefit from our Christmas Card sales this year. All of our Christmas Cards are in packs of 8 and carry a charity message , a “From Britain with Love” image and a recycle logo on the back.

So here’s the lowdown on the best selling Flamingo Paperie Christmas Cards so far:

This matt textured Christmas Tree design by Hilary Yafai (Product Code XC128) is in fifth position. Gold foiling on the stars really brings this design to life. The message inside reads “With Best Wishes” and is priced at £4.50 for a pack of 8.

Christmas Tree Card Design

How About Something Different? Build Your Own Festive Characters

In fourth place is this fabulous single pop-out Snowman card design by artist Emma Leach (Product Code XC101). This design has been die cut so that recipients can pop out the detail and dress their snowman. It is one of three pop-out “Build Your Own Festive Character” designs. There is also a portly Father Christmas version (Product Code XC100) and a Rudolph Get Ready design (Product Code XC062). At just £2 or £1.60 if you select 10+ individual designs, they represent excellent value for what is a very special card. Each card has a brown kraft envelope and a “Merry Christmas” message inside.

Pop Out Christmas Card designs

Pop Out Snowman Card Design

The Top Three Flamingo Paperie Christmas Cards Designs for 2020 :

This fabulous 3″ x 8″ matt die-cut Christmas Post design by artist Tim Mason is currently in third position (Product Code XC132). With its cut out railings and traditional colours it is my card of choice this season and comes in a pack of 8 for £4.50.

Christmas Post Card design

This fun 6″x6″ Christmas Reindeer design by artist Mikki Butterley (Product Code: XC063) is in second place. Also available in a pack of 8 cards for £4.50, red eco-flitter (environmentally friendly red glitter) brings the design to life. The message inside reads “Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year”.

Christmas Reindeer Card Design

The Number 1 sales spot currently falls to artist Karen Tye Bentley’s 3″ x 8″ fun Dog Line Up design (Product Code XC133). Also in a pack of 8 cards for £4.50 the message reads “With Best Wishes”.

Dog Line Up Card Design

Designed in the UK

100% of all our greeting cards are designed and printed in the UK. This gives our range a quirky “Britishness”  that the large American card manufacturers, who supply our high street, are unable to replicate.

Flamingo Paperie and the Environment

We are continually working to improve our environmental credentials. Best practice is applied to all issues that affect the environment. For instance we work with our suppliers to ensure that our raw materials only come from independently certified and well-managed forests which reject illegal and/or destructive logging. Vegetable-based inks are used in production and all products are printed using low, or no, alcohol printing techniques. This is because it eliminates the Volatile Organic Compound emissions that are harmful to health and contribute to global warming and the destruction of the ozone layer. We also encourage recycling by the consumer by having a  ‘recycle’ message on the back of our cards.

We are particularly proud that all of our Christmas Cards and Wrapping materials are recyclable. All glitter is in fact “bio-flitter” and is a vegetable derivative. It is biodegradable in marine and waste water and sourced from renewable and environmentally sustainable raw materials. For further information about our eco credentials please follow this link.

I hope I have tempted you with our top 5 Christmas designs. This is just a tiny selection of what we have on offer this Christmas season. All of our designs are exclusive to Flamingo Paperie and are not available in the shops. To view our full range of Christmas cards, advent products, giftables and wrapping materials please visit my e-commerce website.

Please note that this top 5 selection is based on customer orders received via our e-commerce websites during the month of September 2020.

Would you like to sell these lovely cards yourself? I am looking for new team members to join my team. For more details about becoming a Flamingo Paperie Partner please visit this link.