Welcome to Sarah Loves Cards

Sarah Loves Cards

Thank you for visiting my Sarah Loves Cards website and blog, the home of my Paper Stationery business which I have been running since 2005.

I operated as a distributor for Phoenix Trading for 13 years until the company went into administration in 2017. My blog  “Good Bye Phoenix Trading, Hello Sarah Loves Cards” documents the reasons for this closure. After the closure of Phoenix Trading, I became a Partner for Flamingo Paperie. Sadly, after five years, Flamingo Paperie also ceased trading, albeit for different reasons. I tell the story of the demise of Flamingo Paperie in my blog “What Happened To Flamingo Paperie“.

Like Phoenix Trading, the Flamingo Paperie business was focused on greeting cards, wrapping paper and notecards  all year round. And in the Autumn/Winter; Charity Christmas Cards, Advent Calendars and Advent Calendar Cards.  Over the past couple of years Flamingo Paperie has also successfully developed a range of Paper Craft Kits and Colour-In Paper Stationery.

So what now for Sarah Loves Cards?

As one of the main distributors for Flamingo Paperie I am carrying a lot of stock. I will continue to supply my customers and I will attend my regular fairs until I have sold it all. I estimate that my stock will keep me going until the end of 2024.

Exciting Developments for 2024

A new Greeting Card wholesale business has risen from the ashes of Flamingo Paperie called Lilac Tree Designs. They have recruited me as a Front Line Agent. The Directors are using the same printers as Flamingo Paperie and many of the same artists so we will be able to continue to offer the quality that you have come to expect from us. Sarah Loves Cards (as an Agent) will continue to fly the flag for British design. Lilac Tree Designs produces all of its greeting cards within the UK. The range has been produced using UK sourced, environmentally accredited materials.

At the end of this year I will cease attending fairs and markets. I will, however, continue selling paper stationery via my website. I also plan to do a couple of Open Houses a year for my local customers.

To read about New Product Launches and recent activities within my business, please scroll down to see recent posts. You can also click on the blog sub-categories on the right-hand side of this home page.

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Sarah Loves Cards Championing British Art and Design

Greeting Cards – New arrivals from Lilac Tree Designs

Lilac Tree Designs New Summer Range

11 Exclusive New Greeting Cards from Lilac Tree Designs

Available now in the “New Lilac Tree Designs Range” section of my online store, these bright and cheerful new designs are an excellent compliment to the existing range. At £2.50 each or £20 for a bundle of 10 they are excellent value too. You can choose multiples of one design if you want to as well.

About Lilac Tree Designs

Lilac Tree Designs was set up by two former Flamingo Paperie Partners following the sad closure of the business.Their aim is to continue to offer a high quality, British made product. Lilac Tree Designs is a wholesale business so they only sell to trade customers direct. They recruited me as a Frontline Agent for the Lilac Tree Designs business. This allows me sell their fabulous designs to you, my customers.

My Favourite New Greeting Cards

One of our favourite dog walks is at Hengistbury Head on the Dorset coast. This quirky 5″x7″ Beach Huts design by artist Kate Mawdsley reminds me of our lovely walks along the beach and around the beach huts.

Beach Huts card design

My grandfather had a small holding where my sister and I spent a couple of weeks each Summer helping with the menagerie. Any cards featuring farm animals bring back precious memories of our time with them. I love this cheerful 6″ x 6″ Farmyard design by artist Tim Mason. My grandfather would have loved it.

Humorous farm animals card design

Finally, the softie in me can’t resist this cute 6″ x 6″ Best Friends Birthday card design .   Artist Tim Mason is definitely a fan of farm animals!

Humorous sheep card design for best friends

All of the Lilac Tree Designs greeting cards are blank inside for your own messages.

New Notecard Pack

Great news for fans of the Flamingo Paperie notecard packs. We are delighted to announce that we have a new pack of notecards to share with you by artist Kate Mawdsley and they are the cutest design yet. Our new Owlets Notecards are 5″ x 7 ” and come in a pack of 8 for £4.50 with kraft envelopes. I have been lucky to get hold of a stock of them. Lilac Tree Designs sold out of them within two days and they are now being reprinted!

Owlet Notecards

How To Buy

You will find all of these designs within the “New Lilac Tree Designs Range” section of my online store. If you find the bundle of ten parameters too restrictive, please feel free to email me your order at sarah.l.gifford@gmail.com .

 

Together For Short Lives Fundraiser

Together For Short Lives cropped fundraising banner

The Together For Short Lives charity

The charity Together For Short Lives (formerly Children’s Hospices UK) supports families of children who are expected to have short lives, whilst helping the children to live as fulfilling a life as possible.

10% of the value of all orders will be donated

Over the next few weeks (until midnight on the 30th June) we are fundraising for Together For Short Lives. I will be donating 10% of all orders to this cause up to the end of June.

Additional donations will be made to Together For Short Lives from the sale of Special Fundraising Packs

Special fundraising packs have also been produced from which additional donations will be made to Together For Short Lives. You can see these in the “Fundraising Range” section of my online store. I will also be taking a limited stock of these packs to my June events. We have the following special packs on offer:

1. A pack of 5 assorted general greetings cards (normally £12.50) is just £5.00, with £1 being donated to the fund.

.Fundraising Pack of Greeting Cards in aid of Together For Short Lives
2. A pack of 2 Colour-In Tablecloths (normally £13) is just £12, with £2 being donated to the fund.
Fundraising Pack of two Colour-In Tablecloths in aid of Together For Short Lives
3. A pack of 5 Create-A-Character activity cards (normally £17.50) is just £10, with £1 being donated to the fund
Fundraising Pack of Create-A-Character Activity Cards in aid of Together For Short Lives

Why not borrow a Browse Bag?

If preferred, local customers can borrow a “Browse Bag”. These contain a mix of cards, wrapping materials and other paper stationery. In fact I can tailor the contents to your needs. 10% of sales from these browse bags will also go to Together For Short Lives until the end of June. If you would like to reserve one, please email me by return.

Browse Bag in aid of Together For Short Lives

Fundraising Open House

Finally, on the 21st June I will be holding a Fundraising Open House in aid of Together For Short Lives at my home in Verwood. More details about this will follow nearer the time. If you’re local and need to stock up, please make a note of the date.
If you would like to stock up now, you can view my online shop by clicking on the “Shop Now” link below :

 

SHOP NOW

If you are unable to place an order but would like, instead, to donate to the campaign, you can do so via their Justgiving Page.

Goodbye Flamingo Paperie, Hello Sarah Loves Cards and Lilac Tree Designs

Sad Flamingo ImageGoodbye Flamingo Paperie

Flamingo Paperie sadly ceased trading in May 2023. During the final couple of years of its operation a mix of trading challenges, rising costs of supplies and general mayhem within the economy meant that the Directors were unable to keep the business profitable.

Like Phoenix Trading, the Flamingo Paperie business was focused on greeting cards, wrapping paper and notecards  all year round. And in the Autumn/Winter; Charity Christmas Cards, Advent Calendars and Advent Calendar Cards.  Flamingo Paperie also successfully developed a range of Paper Craft Kits.

Sarah Loves Cards Championing British Art and Design

Hello Sarah Loves Cards and Lilac Tree Designs :

Back in 2017 when Phoenix Trading ceased trading, and before Flamingo Paperie emerged, I launched my own business called Sarah Loves Cards . I wanted to continue supplying my loyal customers with quality, British made greeting cards. At the same time I wanted to stick to the commendable ethos of Phoenix Trading.

After Flamingo Paperie emerged, I signed up as a distributor, but continued to operate under the umbrella brand of Sarah Loves Cards. I did this to protect my business should Flamingo Paperie cease trading and also to give me the freedom to sell other brands that fit with the ethos of my business. When Flamingo Paperie ceased trading in 2023 I bought a large quantity of stock so that I could continue to supply my customers until I could find an alternative British supplier that could offer the same style of designs and the same quality of product as Flamingo Paperie.

I am delighted that a new Greeting Card wholesale business has risen from the ashes of Flamingo Paperie Cards called Lilac Tree Designs. The company has been set up by two ex. Flamingo Paperie Partners/Phoenix Traders. Their aim is to continue to offer a high quality, British made product comparable with the previous offering. I was invited to join them as a Front Line Agent – an offer that I happily accepted. The new business is going very well. We are in the process of launching our third batch of new designs following two previous very successful launches.

Same Printers as Flamingo Paperie, Same artists, Same great quality

The Directors are using the same printers and many of the same artists so we are able to continue to offer the quality that you have come to expect from us.

Flying the Flag for British Design and Manufacturing

All of the cards from Lilac Tree Designs are produced in the UK so we continue to fly the flag for British artists. The range has been produced using UK sourced, environmentally accredited materials.

Exclusive New Card Designs

The Online Catalogue from Lilac Tree Designs contains a mix of New Exclusive Designs and third party products. Unless otherwise stated, all designs are blank inside for your own messages.

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