Monday, 16 July 2012

Rain Rain Go Away!

And please don't come again another day! Now I am more of a winter person (odd I know but I love the snow and cold) but even I believe in proper seasons and this weather is now getting slightly silly! I cannot believe I have a light on in my studio today!

Anyway enough moaning. In the studio things are starting to take off I am about to start my long overdue male range which I am quite excited about as I have been sourcing ideas and making mood boards for the last couple of weeks so now feel it is time to get down to work! Don't want to give too much away but here is a little sneak at one of the mood boards.

I recently sent out a survey on  and one of the questions asked "What sort of Greetings Cards do you think are lacking in the market?" Top of the results was a good males range with comments of "Male birthdays of all ages", "Good cards for men, they are always hard to find",  "Decent ones for boys and men - they often look a bit dowdy and "Cards aimed at men that don't feature beer, page 3 girls or football!". So I am setting out on a mission to answer your needs!

Right back to work and whoever it is please stop doing the rain dance and lets have a proper summer!

Friday, 13 July 2012


Red Berry Hill has joined Pinterest. I discovered it some time ago but have only just got around to opening an account and now I am just a little hooked.

For those of you who have not seen it is a pin board social photo sharing site where you can create themed pin boards in which put photos you find either from other peoples boards or websites. These can be for inspiration idea sharing or just because you love it. Like many social sites once you have an account people can follow you and your boards and re-pin any of your items that they like too.

So far I have loaded many things of inspiration as it is great for making an online mood board for projects. I have started to also put some of my cards on there too as you can add prices and link it to your website so it is a great marketing tool. I was worried about copyright but they always advise you that when you pin it that it always links back to the original website or link that you got it from.

Prints Board

Seaside Cards Product Board

Go and have a look and give it a try, although I warn you you will get hooked!

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Teacher Gifts

If you are looking for a different teacher gift this year then take a look at the handprinted bags and tea towels with a funky flower design. They come in three colours black, blue and pink along with a pink bag printed in black. The bags are £5 and the tea towels are £4 each. All available from the shop. Matching blank cards or notecards are also available.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Art Exhibition

Whilst at a fair last month I was approached by The Phonebox Gallery curator Nick Edell and asked if I would be interested in my own exhibition. I of course jumped at the chance plus it is such quirky and unusual space to use, it looked like it will be fun to do.

APP'D: An Exhibition by Ouse Life

Estelle Lankester

David Colbran

The Phonebox gallery has been running for two years and is an innovative scheme to encourage and promote local arts and crafts. You can read the full story along with past exhibitions on the website

I am very honoured and excited to have my own exhibition which will run for one month in September. I have started to think about what I can do and with it being local I think the Ely Cathedral Prints and postcards will be a definite feature.